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Massachusetts Poetry Festival

Guess who's coming to Salem in May?

The sixth Massachusetts Poetry Festival will be held May 2-4, 2014 in downtown Salem. Here’s a partial list of the extraordinary poets coming to what promises to be our best festival yet.
Kim Addonizio • Lucie Brock-Broido • Rafael Campo • Carol Ann Duffy • Oliver de la Paz • Cornelius Eady • Rhina Espaillat • Forrest Gander • David Ferry • Li-Young Lee • Philip Levine • Susan Rich • Vivian Shipley • C.D. Wright

And we’re not done yet! We are still adding to this amazing 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.

Common Threads Reading & Discussion

Saturday, May 3rd, 11 AM

Peabody Essex Museum, Auditorium


Come experience a live discussion of this year’s Common Threads Poems:


Michael Ansara, Dorothy Derifield, Susan Donnelly, Fred Marchant,

J.D. Scrimgeour, discussants.   Alice Kociemba, moderator.


Common Threads poems.  Download the whole booklet as of March 20th at


Elizabeth Bishop, “Late Air” 

Jorie Graham, “Syntax”

E.E. Cummings, “spring is like a perhaps hand”

Sylvia Plath, “Poppies in October”

Thomas Sayers Ellis, “Or”

Eileen Myles, “An American Poem”

Peter Gizzi, “Lullaby”

Stanley Kunitz,  “Halley’s Comet”

Agha Shahid Ali, “Resume”

Robert Creeley, “For the Graduation

As part of the Festival, the Jamaica Pond Poets will present a reading on "Poetry and the Otherworldly". 

Date: Saturday, May 3, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Library room of the Hawthorne Hotel at 18 Washington Square

 Please mark your calendars and join us!

The lawn  

Is pressed by unseen feet, and ghosts return

Gently at twilight, gently go at dawn

T.S. Eliot, To Walter De La Mare

Ghosts are a metaphor for remembrance, connecting us to worlds we cannot know and can only imagine. Poems about ghosts and the otherworldly abound, from Edgar Allan Poe's classic "The Raven," to Emily Dickinson's "The Soul has Bandaged moments," to the 3 a.m. dream-scrawls of our notebooks.  Visions and visitations, spirits and apparitions, dream-states and muses, imaginings of a world to come—we welcome them all in this shared group reading, led by the Jamaica Pond Poets. 

Members of the Jamaica Pond Poets (Dorothy Derifield, Holly Guran, Carolyn Gregory, Audrey Henderson, Susanna Kittredge, Alice Kociemba, Dorian Kotsiopoulos, Jennifer Markell, Sandee Storey, and Gary Whited)  will read their own otherworldly poems (as well as some favorites) and then the reading will be a themed open mike for audience members to share poems on the subject.

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