Voices Amidst the Virus Reading, Other News

Hello friends in poetry:

There’s been such a blossoming of poetry happenings in the past couple of months. All the energy of National Poetry Month has extended well into May! I have a feeling the return of the Mass Poetry Festival had a lot to do with it. If you weren’t able to attend, I believe they will be making recordings of some the events available after the fact. There should be information on the website.

Some other news:

  • The Cambridge Common Writers (Lesley’s MFA alumni group) is hosting a reading from the anthology I mentioned in my last mailing, Voices Amidst the Virus. In addition to myself and other Lesley alumni, faculty members Kevin Prufer and Steven Cramer will be reading.

    When: Tuesday, June 8, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

    Where: Zoom (click this link to register)

    There’s a pretty flier at the end of this message perfect for posting on your social media accounts should you so choose.

  • I recently posted an interview with Steven Cramer on my website. The conversation happened via email over a period of weeks and I think it turned out pretty well. Among the usual discussion of writing process (which is so different for every poet) , etc., is an interesting conversation about “white space,” and whether that’s even the correct term to use. Read the interview here.

  • To those of you who are still waiting for me to hear from me about your interviews in progress, please know that I haven’t forgotten about you, and thank you so much for your patience. As for most of us, I’m juggling a full-time job, my own writing, and other responsibilities—including this sweetie, who just came home to us about six weeks ago.

  • I’m excited to become more involved with Lily Poetry Review Books, specifically helping get the word out about their wonderful titles. I also started an Instagram account for them. If you are on Instagram, please do follow us here. The handle is @lilypoetryreview. Thanks to Eileen Cleary for letting me become part of such a wonderful community of poets.

  • Two poets I admire from the PoemWorks community continue to offer workshops. They’re both based in the Boston area, but with the advent of Zoom you no longer have to live nearby to participate. You can learn more about Grey’s workshop on his website. Below are details about Alexis’s summer offerings:

Tuesday evenings 7pm-9:30 on July 27th, August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st.  

Summer rates: 6 for $200 // 4 for $150 // $50 a class   ////   6-packs / 4-packs are good through 2021.

Classes are limited to 6 poets. 

Contact Alexis at alexisivy52@yahoo.com

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Enjoy the gorgeous May weather! And please stay healthy and safe.


Frances Donovan