BEG, BORROW, AND STEAL: Perugia Press Poets Re-Define These Words as They Read and Talk About What Influences Their Writing

3:30 - 4:45pm on Saturday, May 14 2011 in House of Seven Gables, #1

From overheard conversations, lines from others’ poems, and personal life experience to historical events and cultural philosophies, poets are influenced by an array of stimuli. Each poet will read example poems from her body of work, and then talk briefly about a significant influence on her subject matter, voice, or craft. How do those influences shift over time? What is original and appropriate and what is inspiration? Following all the presentations, the poets will take questions from the audience. This is an opportunity to showcase seven Massachusetts poets, to hear their poems, and also to gather a little wisdom from them on their writing processes. All the poets were published by Massachusetts-based and nationally acclaimed Perugia Press. The mission of Perugia Press is to produce beautiful books that interest long-time readers of poetry and welcome those new to poetry. The Perugia Press Prize is a national poetry award for first or second books by women.

Moderated by Susan Kan.