The Line: Have We Crossed It? Lowell Building, Room 201
Panelists: Jennifer Jean, Jennifer Martelli, Kevin McLellan, J.D. Scrimgeour, Cindy Veach
We write in exciting times! With the rise of “hybrid” forms—prose poem, listicle, flash—what is the function of the line? If a line of free-verse poetry is “arbitrary,” what does this say about poetry? Is the line more for visual or aural effect? What about white space as a communicative pause? Is the poetic line expelled breath? Can the line be a physical movement? Can it be sexy? Panelists will address these questions, and more, by examining their own techniques and craftsmanship, as well as their favorite poems. This panel will end with a generous Q&A.
From the Mothership:
Mom Egg Review 15th Anniversary ReadingLowell Building, Room 101
Panelists: Jennifer Jean, Jennifer Martelli, January Gill O’Neil, Kyle Potvin, Marjorie Tesser, Cindy Veach
“From the Mothership” is a poetry reading celebrating fifteen years of Mom Egg Review, a literary journal focused on motherhood. MER writers employ varied perspectives, voices, and creative strategies to write about mothering—pregnancy, the body, nurture—and its interplay with other roles: woman, worker, artist, member of families, cultures and communities.The readers, MER contributing poets and editors, will read works that explore diverse experiences of motherhood.
I will be reading as part of the launch of the "At Sea" Issue of WSQ. "At Sea" examines the gendered dimensions of the contemporary global migrant crisis, martime violence, and environmental destruction. For a preview of the issue visit: http://www.feministpress.org/forthcoming-contents/
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 6:00–8:00 p.m
The New School
Room 104 | The Orientation Room
2 West 13th St., New York, NY 10011
RSVP on Facebook or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wsq-at-sea-issue-launch-tickets-33647433379
It's Not About You - Writing the Persona Poem Workshop. Dawn Paul and Cindy Veach. Massachusetts Poetry Festival (day/time TBD)
Sometimes a poem calls for a different voice—one that’s not your own. Writing using a persona can free you to write about difficult subjects or experiences. It can help a poet avoid sentimentality or self-indulgence. It allows more control over the distance between poet and audience, and can give an audience room to breathe. A persona releases you from the constraints of time and space—you can speak as a Civil War nurse, a Neanderthal, or Queen Nefertiti. You can be a space alien or your goldfish. A persona can give you a more immediate kind of authority with being preachy. Or it can just be fun. But how does a poet create an authentic voice, one true in tone, diction and knowledge? In this workshop we will examine personae and how poets successfully create them. We will look at the work of a small, but diverse group of poets. Then we will put on the mask, and write a persona poem of our own. For whom will you speak? How will you answer the call of your poem?
J. D. Scrimgeour and Cindy Veach
March 20, 2017 7-8 pm
Peabody Institute Library
82 Main Street, Peabody. MA
2014 Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Salem, MA.