Calliope Poetry Series
Massachusetts Poetry Festival


May 1-3, 2015 in Salem, Massachusetts




Two events will feature poets from Cape Cod


Cape Cod's Steeple Street Poets: Poems of Place, with an Open-Mic

Saturday, May 2, 2 PM
Old Town Hall, second floor



Smack Down:  Cape Ann Poets vs. Cape Cod Poets Vying for the title, "THE CAPE"


Smack Down—Cape Ann Super-Poets: Kevin Carey, MP Carver, Jen Martelli, Colleen Michaels, with Jennifer Jean, captain, vs. Cape Cod's Super-Poets:  Gregory Hischak, Jason Mellin, Carole Stasiowski, Lauren Wolk, with Christine Ernst, commander.

Saturday, May 2, 11:00 AM
Hawthorne Hotel - Library Room



Common Threads Discussion Panel

Rhina P. Espaillat, John Hodgen, Alice Kociemba, Fred Marchant

Sunday, May 3rd
11:00 - 12:15
Peabody Essex Museum, Bartlett Gallery


Guess who's coming to Salem in May?


We’re happy to announce a partial list of poets for the seventh Massachusetts Poetry Festival, to be  heldMay 1-3, 2015 in downtown Salem.
Rita Dove • Richard Blanco • Stephen Burt • Denise Duhamel • Jorie Graham • Edward Hirsch • Adrian Matejka 

And we’re not done yet! We are still adding to this outstanding lineup. Stay tuned in the next weeks and months for more announcements on the featured poets joining us in May. Visit our website for updates and news about the festival, and share your excitement with our hashtag #MPF15.
Rita Dove is a former U.S. Poet Laureate (1993-1995) and recipient of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Thomas and Beulah. The author of nine poetry collections, most recently Sonata Mulattica (2009) and American Smooth (2004), as well as a collection of short stories, a novel, and a play, she also edited The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry (2011). She has received numerous honors, among them the 1996 National Humanities Medal from President Clinton and the 2011 National Medal of Arts from President Obama. Dove is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.
Feeling nostalgic? Watch this video from the 2014 festival, and start planning for next year!
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