The 2023 Massachusetts Poetry Festival
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Friday, May 5 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Memory & Desire: Poetry of Mid-life

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Mid-life is the time, as Brene Brown says, “when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear: I’m not screwing around. It’s time.” Gail Thomas, Rebecca Hart Olander, and Jennifer Martelli write about navigating loss, regret, reclamation and joy that mark this time in life. Their work demonstrates how to use craft to produce clear-eyed poems that leave readers and listeners moved without slipping into sentimentality.

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Gail Thomas

Poet & Educator
Gail Thomas has published six books, most recently Trail of Roots and Leaving Paradise. Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies. Among her awards are the Charlotte Mew Prize from Headmistress Press for Odd Mercy, the Narrative Poetry Prize from Naugatuck... Read More →
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Rebecca Hart Olander

Writing Teacher / Editor & Director, Perugia Press
Rebecca Hart Olander’s poetry has appeared recently in Bracken, Crab Creek Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Jet Fuel Review, The Massachusetts Review, and others, and her collaborative visual and written work has been published in multiple venues in print and online and in They... Read More →
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Jennifer Martelli

Co-Poetry Editor, Mom Egg Review
Jennifer Martelli is the author of The Queen of Queens andMy Tarantella (Bordighera Press), awarded an HonorableMention from the Italian-American Studies Association,selected as a “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center forthe Book, and named as a finalist for the Housatonic BookAward... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2023 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
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