The 2023 Massachusetts Poetry Festival
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Friday, May 5 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Celebrating 25 years of Autumn House Press: Writing the Tough Stuff

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A reading by four poets celebrating 25 years of distinguished publishing by Autumn House Press. All four poets have found innovative ways to craft poetry from pain: the poems in this reading move from those that explore family violence and loss, queerness in the female Black body and the white male body, mental illness, incarceration, addiction and death. In addition to a dynamic reading, the poets will offer comments on how to write the tough stuff.

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Charles Kell

Charles Kell is the author of Ishmael Mask, just released from Autumn House Press. His first collection, Cage of Lit Glass, was chosen by Kimiko Hahn for the 2018 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize. He is an assistant professor at the Community College of Rhode Island and editor of... Read More →
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Michael Walsh

An independent scholar, creative writing instructor and writer, Michael Walsh received his B.A. in Creative Writing from Knox College and his M.F.A. in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. He’s the editor of Queer Nature, the first ecoqueer... Read More →
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Shayla Lawz

Shayla Lawz is a writer and interdisciplinary artist from Jersey City, NJ. She works at the intersection of text, sound, and performance and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Jack Jones Literary Arts, The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP), and The Digital... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2023 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
PEM Forbes Gallery