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Sunday, May 16 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Rivers of Addiction: Poetry of Witness to the Opiate Epidemic

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How to speak of the river of addiction and the trauma of loved ones drowned in it? An
epidemic that rages fiercely within the current pandemic, drug overdoses have claimed even
more lives this last year. In this group reading, three poets who are mothers of children who
died from addiction offer their voices, highlighting the ways in which poetry gives voice to
unspeakable tragedy. These poets are writing about the “silent epidemic,” one that doesn’t
have a Dr. Fauci as its champion, where big pharma is the villain, not the hero. The poems
explore three unique, agonizing and loving journeys of mother and child. Poems of varying
aesthetic styles, poems like prayers, curses, conversations with gone ones, poems that
illuminate both loss and hope, and offer ways forward. The reading is designed to spark a
fruitful conversation about art and addiction.

Link to recording:  https://salemstate.zoom.us/rec/share/DNXn_DGrgIUtUfSgUc1j7K-HYXTrTU49ThaVPNOx25x3nCpJzfj_CN_DQFWvFp66.JhFt9QKOXeSsvZuA

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Miriam Greenspan

Miriam Greenspan is a psychotherapist and writer whose work includes the bestseller Healing Through the Dark Emotions, as well as numerous magazine essays of political/cultural commentary. The Heroin Addict’s Mother, (Atmosphere Press, 2021) a memoir that bears witness to the ravages... Read More →
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Julia Paul

Pres., Board of Directors, Riverwood Poetry Series, Inc
Julia Paul is president of Riverwood Poetry Series, a longstanding reading series in Hartford, CT, and an elder law attorney. Her chapbook, Staring Down the Tracks, was published by The Poetry Box , and her book, Shook, by Grayson Books. Her book, Table with Burning Candle, is forthcoming... Read More →
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Sheryl St. Germain

Sheryl St. Germain has published six poetry books, three essay collections, and co-edited two anthologies. The Small Door of Your Death (poetry) explores the life and overdose death of her son, as does her latest collection of essays, Fifty Miles. sheryl-stgermain.com/... Read More →

Sunday May 16, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am EDT