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Thursday, June 6 • 7:00pm - 7:45pm
The Great American Poetry Challenge

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Get ready to flex your poetry muscles in this competitive creative challenge! Attendees will be grouped into five teams, and each team will be appointed an established poet — Anna V.Q. Ross, Febo, Ben Berman, Enzo Silon Surin, or Colleen Michael — as their team cheerleader. Mass Poetry will provide a series of prompts (e.g., a certain number of lines, a certain meter, in the style of a certain poet). Each team will have up to 20 minutes to write their poem. For the last 15 minutes, one member from each team will read their poems aloud, and the winner will get a prize, including a gift card from Aeronaut Brewing!

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Anna V.Q. Ross

Anna V.Q. Ross is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in Poetry and author of the poetry collection If a Storm and two chapbooks: Figuring and Hawk Weather. Her recent work appears in the Southern Review, Harvard Review, the Nation, and the Baffler. She teaches at Emerson College... Read More →
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Febo is a poet, actor, youth worker, lover, and friend. He founded the adult slam poetry scene in the city that birthed and raised him, Lowell, MA. He also co-founded FreeVerse! an organization that works with Lowell's youth to better understand themselves through poetry. He has been... Read More →
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Colleen Michaels

Colleen Michaels's poems have been published in journals and anthologies, printed on bar coasters, painted on the stairs to Crane Breach, and projected at the Peabody Essex Museum. She directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, where she hosts the Improbable... Read More →
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Ben Berman

Ben Burman is the author of two books of poetry, Strange Borderlands and Figuring in the Figure, and the newly released small book of short prose, Then Again. He has received awards from the Mass Center for the Book and New England Poetry Club and fellowships from the Massachusetts... Read More →
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Enzo Silon Surin

Enzo Silon Surin, Haitian-born poet, educator, publisher, and social advocate, is the author of the chapbooks, A Letter of Resignation: An American Libretto and Higher Ground. He is the recipient of a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellowship from The Boston Foundation and is a PEN New England... Read More →

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Aeronaut Brewing Co.

In December 2013, friends /housemates/cofounders: Dan, Ben and Ronn set out from a Somerville backyard on a journey that would become Aeronaut Brewing Co. On the first day of Summer 2014, we launched in the loading bay of a historic envelope factory, creating Somerville's first craft... Read More →

Thursday June 6, 2019 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Trident Booksellers & Cafe 338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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