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Saturday, May 15 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Poetry in Libraries/Libraries in Poetry, sponsored by Massachusetts Center for the Book

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From the US Poet Laureate program to its rich, archive of poetry readings, our nation's library centers poetry in the cultural discourse.  Here in the commonwealth, the Mass Book Awards and other reading programs -- such as this year's Route 1 Reads (Poetry 2021) -- bring poets and readers together in libraries for meaningful interactions.  Join the Library of Congress, Massachusetts Center for the Book, and Massachusetts poets and librarians for a conversation about programs that promote poetry to library readers.  What are we doing now?  What more can and should we do?  The panel dicussion will conclude with audience Q&A and, if time allows, an open mike.  Bring your favorite poem about libraries or librarians!

Link to recording:  https://salemstate.zoom.us/rec/share/Zh0xI-1iQvhfMDvuA48eM3Sctldyc33LUwXPk0uthwOTQbq3V2FJDrzdl-BgsTwQ.zENsS3FpxOaWXy6o

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Kirun Kapur

Kirun Kapur's collections include Women in the Waiting Room, a finalist for the National Poetry Series, and Visiting Indira Gandhi's Palmist, which won the Antivenom Poetry Award. Her work’s appeared in Ploughshares, AGNI, and Prairie Schooner. She’s an editor for the Beloit Poetry... Read More →
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Amy Rhilinger

Director, Attleboro Public Library
Amy Rhilinger has been a librarian in Attleboro for 19 years. While not a poet or poetry scholar, she loves the wonder, curiosity, and connection that a poem can inspire. She shares poetry programming with our community because sharing that just-right poem with someone builds heartfelt... Read More →
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Jarita Davis

Jarita Davis is a poet and fiction writer with a B.A. in classics from Brown University and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She was the writer in residence at the Nantucket Historical Association and has received fellowships... Read More →
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Rob Casper

Head of Poetry and Literature, Library of Congress
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Sean Thibodeau

Coordinator of Community Planning, Pollard Memorial Library
Sean Thibodeau is a poet and librarian. He lives and works in Lowell, MA.

Saturday May 15, 2021 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT