Kissing the Shuttle – A Lyric History (Blackstone River Books, 2018) is a full-length collection of poetry, historical illustrations and explanatory captions, reenacting a little known history. The lead title refers to a common weaving practice that spread tuberculosis. The book explores the nexus between labor and health, and features the first public health movement to stamp out TB. Set largely in the newly industrialized Blackstone River Valley, notably Rhode Island, this associational history also traces “Cotton Fever’s” effects beyond regional borders. Well-researched, engaging, and full of period details and diverse voices, it shows the human face of industrialization as well as society’s new “esprit de corps” for public health. Readers will experience daily life in the mills and villages, the TB sanatorium, and the nation’s first “open-air schools.” The Historian Laureate of Rhode Island has praised the book as “a blend of both triumph and tragedy.”
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Mary Ann Mayer’s most recent collection is Salt & Altitudes (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her poems, essays, and translations have been widely published. Her honors include the GrubStreet “Blue Period” Poetry Prize, a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, and Massachusetts Book Award and Pushcart Prize nominations. She has been a finalist for the May Sarton New Hampshire Book Award. Mary Ann is an editor for Crosswinds Poetry Journal and volunteers with the Ocean State poets, promoting poetry in underserved communities. She was raised in Rhode Island. Newly retired from her occupational therapy practice, she divides her time between Sharon, MA and Franconia, NH. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us at the Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters in Cambridge on August 12th at 3 pm for a poetry reading from award-winning poets and translators, Chloe Garcia Roberts and Ani Gjika. These two poets reach across cultures, bringing us new and lively voices as well as their own new work.
Chloe Garcia Roberts is the translator of poems by Chinese poet Li Shangyin. She lives in Boston and is managing editor at Harvard Review and a contributing editor for The Critical Flame.
Ani Gjika brings us her translated poems of Albanian poet, Luljeta Lleshanaku and Kosavar playwright, Xhevdet Bajraj. Gjika moved to the U.S. at age 18 and earned an MA in English at Simmons College and an MFA in poetry at Boston University.
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Award-winning poets and physicians Drs. Glenn Colquhoun and Rafael Campo explore the tremulous terrain of the doctor-patient relationship as they illuminate the richly human search for meaning in the face of mortality.Dr. Rafaeil Campo teaches and practices at Harvard Medical School, where he directs the Arts and Humanities Initiative’s Literature and Writing Program. Author of eight highly acclaimed books, he is the recipient of the National Poetry Series award among many others.
Glenn Colquhoun is a poet and children’s writer. He has written award-winning books on poetry and four children’s books.
His poems, rooted in personal narrative about his Louisiana childhood, his stint in Vietnam, urban living, and the legacies of slavery and racism, are infused with jazz and blues. The recipient of many honors and awards, Professor Komunyakaa currently serves as Distinguished Senior Poet at New York University.
Yusef Komunyakaa’s books of poetry include Taboo, Dien Cai Dau, Neon Vernacular (for which he received the Pulitzer Prize), Pleasure Dome, Warhorses, The Chameleon Couch, and most recently The Emperor of Water Clocks (FSG). His awards include the William Faulkner Prize (Université Rennes, France), the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, and the 2011 Wallace Stevens Award. His plays, performance art and libretti have been performed internationally, and include Wakonda’s Dream, Saturnalia, and Gilgamesh: a Verse Play. He teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and serves as State Poet of New York.
The Golden Rose Award is one of the oldest in the poetry prizes in the United States dating to 1919. The New England Poetry Club awards the Rose to a poet, who by their poetry and inspiration to and encouragement of other writers, has made a significant mark on American poetry. Winners have included three Nobel Laureates: Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott and Czeslaw Milosz, and several Pulitzer Prize recipients, all of whom received the Golden Rose before their international acclaim. Other winners include American icons Robert Frost, Katherine Lee Bates, Archibald MacLeish, David McCord, Robert Lowell, Stanley Kunitz, X.J. Kennedy, May Sarton, Adrienne Rich, Robert Penn Warren, John Updike and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
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