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Marilyn Rea Beyer

I have been speaking in public since the fourth grade when I emceed the Coolidge Elementary School library pageant. That led to a lifetime of teaching and performing poems and stories of some of my heroes such as Poe, Joyce, Bradbury, and Brautigan. Twelve years on WUMB-FM link me to our local cultural scene. A decade as PR director at Perkins School for the Blind and my current role teaching writing at Lasell College have convinced me anew that words have power.

About 10 years ago, I began writing poems. Once in a while, I step up to the mic to share them.
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