Salem State University Professor Kristine Doll, PhD Receives Homer European Medal of Poetry and Art

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SALEM, MA- Salem State University Professor Kristine Doll was awarded the Homer European Medal of Poetry and Art at the Yale Club in New York City on Friday, May 17. Established in Brussels, Belgium in 2016 the Homer European Medal is a juried award celebrating artistry and literature for which Doll was awarded the Chamber of Medal. [….]

Salem State Hosts Poetry Seminar: Public Readings June 4-8

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SALEM, MA –   Salem State University and the Salem Athenaeum announce the eighth Salem Poetry Seminar, a week-long event for students at public colleges and universities in Massachusetts. The Seminar gives thirteen students, selected from throughout the commonwealth, the opportunity to study poetry writing intensively with noted teachers and authors Charlotte Gordon, J.D. Scrimgeour, [….]

A Month of Women’s Events at Salem State University

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It’s a great month for women’s events at Salem State University Center for the Arts. Crossing many mediums and focuses, these events demonstrate the broader conversations happening in the community and provide an inclusive opportunity for people to learn more about these conversations. From theatre to musical performance to poetry, these events just can’t be [….]

“When We Fly, We Find Our Fire.” – Reading January Gill O’Neil’s Rewilding

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by Joey Phoenix What happens when you have to start over after a major life change? Do you keep doing what you’ve been doing or do you let yourself become something brand new?  These are the questions January Gill O’Neil examines in her newest book Rewilding (Cavankerry Press, 2018).    Rewilding is a term for [….]

POETRY – An excerpt from Entombed in Verse: An Epitaph for Salem by Laurie Moran from the poem “Encircled”

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On the morning of September, 8, 1963, 58-year-old Evelyn Corbin was sexually assaulted and murdered in her Lafayette Street apartment: another victim of the Boston Strangler. Albert Desalvo later confessed to the Strangler murders, and counted Evelyn among his victims, but a Salem police detective believed another man had committed the murder, upon finding some [….]

Mass Poetry Highlights Creative Salem

America’s Top Prize-Winning Poets Converge in Salem, MA for the Three-Day Mass Poetry Festival

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The 9th Massachusetts Poetry Festival brings American’s most admired poets from across the country to a celebration of Massachusetts’ lively contemporary poetry scene—Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7, 2017 in historic downtown Salem, MA. Throughout the weekend, we spotlight the following highly acclaimed poets: Pulitzer-prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Louise Glück, Guggenheim [….]

JD Scrimgeour Creative Salem

The Write Space – J.D. Scrimgeour

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The Write Space is a new Q&A series from Creative Salem covering a local writer and a Salem space s/he associates with writing. Taking suggestions for who to cover next at Give us your best writerly bio. J.D. Scrimgeour is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Salem State University. He has [….]

Word Up Next

Word Up Next Writers Events – March & April 2017

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Word Up Next Word Up Next is a listing of writers’ events in Salem and nearby towns. Want to add something to the calendar? Email    Monday, March 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Witch City Writers Group Meet up and Write, Atomic Cafe, 268 Cabot St., Beverly Let’s set aside some time to do some writing. [….]