Well– I advise all Somerville poetry lovers to attend this event. I have been a featured reader in the Boston National Poetry Festival for 12 years, and always have had a great time–hosting, running the book table, and reading from my work. Somerville poets like Harris Gardner ( Founder of the Festival), Afaa Michael Weaver, Kirk Etherton, Lucy Holstedt, and more will be reading at this three day event. Hope to see you there! –Doug Holder
Now In Its Successful THIRTEENTH!!! Year
CO-SPONSORS: Tapestry of Voices & Kaji Aso Studio in partnership with the Boston Public Library, SAVE the DATES: Friday, April 5, Noon-4:00P.M. Saturday, April 6th 10:00 A.M.- 4:40 P.M. OPEN MIKE: 1:30 to 3:00P.M.; & Sunday, April 7th, 1:10 to 4:30P.M. Open Mike 1:30-3:00P.M.- Work Shop 3:15-4:30 P.M. The Festival will be held at the library’s main branch in Copley Square. FREE ADMISSION
Friday, April 5- Commonwealth Avenue Salon Room at the BPL:
12:00-1:00 P.M. Dan Tobin, Afaa M. Weaver, Christine Casson
1:00-2:00P.M. David Ferry and George Kalogeris
2:00-3:00 P.M. Rhina P. Espaillat , X.J. Kennedy
3:00-4:00P.M. Kathleen Spivack, Richard Hoffman, Judith Steinbergh
56 Major and Emerging poets will each do a ten minute reading; ALSO
Featuring 5 extraordinarily talented prize winning high school students: from Boston Latin High School,; Boston Arts Academy, and Harvard University, Daniel Schwartz. These student stars will open the Popular Poetry Marathon portion of the Festival April 6th at 10:00 A.M. SAM CORNISH, Boston’s current and first Poet Laureate will open the formal part of the Festival at 11:00 A.M. 55 additional major and emerging poets will follow with a POETRY MARATHON
Some of the many luminaries include SAM CORNISH, Rhina P. Espaillat, Afaa M. Weaver, Christine Casson, Dan Tobin, X.J. Kennedy, Alfred Nicol, Kathleen Spivack, Ifeanyi Menkiti , Richard Wollman, Doug Holder, Elizabeth Doran, Richard Hoffman, Lucy Holstedt, Kirk Etherton, Charles Coe, Ryk McIntyre, January O’Neil , Regie O’Gibson, Kate Finnegan (Kaji Aso Studio), Victor Howes, Lainie Senechal, Harris Gardner Susan Donnelly, Jack Scully, Rene Schwiesow, Tomas O’Leary, Marc Goldfinger, Gloria Mindock, Tim Gager,Barbara Helfgott Hyett, Stuart Peterfreund, Elizabeth McKim, Valerie Lawson, Michael Brown, Mignon Ariel King, Tom Daley, Molly Lynn Watt, Chad Parenteau, Joanna Nealon, Walter Howard, Kim Triedman, Zvi Sesling, Irene Koronas, Fred Marchant, Sheila Twyman, Robert K. Johnson, Chris Warner and a Plethora of other prize winning poets.
This Festival has it all: Professional published poets, celebrities, numerous prize winners, student participation, OPEN MIKES, WORKSHOP, BOOK TABLES.
Even more, it is about community, neighborhoods, diversity, Boston, and Massachusetts. FREE ADMISSION !!!
FOR INFORMATION: Tapestry of Voices: 617-306-9484- Library: 617-536-5400
Wheelchair accessible. Assistive listening devices available. To request a sign language interpreter, or for other special needs, call 617-536-7855(TTY) at least two weeks before the program date.