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Poetry Friday: Rachel McKibbens, 2012 Festival Poet

Posted on by Rebecca Gambale, Program Associate

Rachel McKibbens isn’t afraid to take on difficult topics. Her poems approach life in a way that is raw and honest – and she wants to deliver it to you that way, whether in print or on stage. When she … Continue reading

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Poetry Friday: Taylor Mali, 2012 Festival Poet

Posted on by Michele Russo, Poetry Coordinator

A former teacher and slam poet, Taylor Mali is best known for his poem “What Teachers Make” which advocates for the immense impact teachers have on students’ lives.  Mali’s dedication to promoting good teaching and good teachers defines much of … Continue reading

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2010 Festival Poet: Tyehimba Jess

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Khalil Murrell, Program Associate, Poetry Poetry may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Music History,” unless you’ve been reading Rita Dove’s Sonata Mulattica, or leadbelly by Tyehimba Jess. Through poems in the voice of … Continue reading

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Poetry Fridays: 2010 Festival Poet Michael Cirelli

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Rebecca Gambale, Festival Assistant Flip over Michael Cirelli’s debut collection, Lobster with Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and you’ll see an interesting combination: a blurb by The Best American Poetry editor and founder David Lehman, alongside one by Grammy-award winning rapper and … Continue reading

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Poetry Fridays: Anne Waldman

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Martin Farawell, Program Director, Poetry Anne Waldman is deeply committed to an approach to performing that treats poems and songs as “word-scapes” or “sound-scapes” created with breath, voice and body. The German language has a word for this: sprechstimme, which … Continue reading

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