May 1-3: Poetry, the sea, and me

masspofest15logoThe Massachusetts Poetry Festival is this weekend, and I’m geared up and ready to go! If you’ll be in Salem for the festival, here are places to find me:*


1:15 pm – “Because, the Internet” workshop
3:30 pm – Poetry meetup at Howling Wolf
7:30 pm – Headliner reading with Denise Duhamel, Nick Flynn, and Adrian Matejka


9:30 am – “Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Massachusetts Poetry” workshop
11:00 am – “Writing Sound to Sound” workshop
sometime between 11 am – 2 pm – Poetry Carnival
12:15 pm – “From Zero to One” panel
2:00 pm – “Narrative Poetry” workshop with Naugatuck River Review
3:15 pm – either “Flatline Poetry” or “Aloha, Winter. Aloha, Spring.” readings
7:30 pm – Headliner reading with Rita Dove and Richard Blanco


A view of Branching Out: Trees as Art from the Peabody Essex Museum

A view of Branching Out: Trees as Art from the Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Meg Winikates.

10ish am – Paint Chip Poetry and other art activity drop-ins at PEM

11:30 am – “Found Narratives” workshop led by me! The workshop is currently sold out, but there’s a waitlist available, and it’s always worth turning up day-of in case there are no-shows.  Hope to see you there!

1 pm – either Rita Dove reading or “Shakespeare’s *itches, a Poetry Musical”
2:30 pm – Headliner Jorie Graham and Stephen Burt reading

If I’m not where I’ve said I’ll be, I may be hanging out at the art activities, or walking down to the waterfront for a brain break, because when the ocean’s that close, why not take it in?


A view from the Willows in Salem, September 2014. Photo by Meg Winikates.

*As with any festival kind of event, a schedule is more of a guideline than actual rules. I reserve the right to be a poetry pirate and sail off on a different tack if that’s how the wind blows on the day.  :)