Becoming Iconic@ Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site

Becoming Iconic: August 19th, 11:00AM-3:30PM at Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic site. Join the Stewards of the Future for fun, games, poetry, park design, and free food. All while learning about local American icons.  There will be a poetry reading at 2PM by two local poets Carmellite Chamblin and Donald Vincent (Mr. Hip).

Carmellite Chamblin is a first generation born Haitian-American minoring in women’s study at MCPHS University. She resides in Malden MA with a large collection of books she’s yet to touch, and a growing concern for the gradual gentrification of her city. Her most recent poems touch on unmasking the emotions behind loss and change. She enjoys writing, drawing, and hopes to one day own a tarantula and a bunny. 
Donald Vincent also known as Mr. Hip is a poet, educator, and founder of le pamplemuse™, a multimedia content development platform for cruelty-free companies, and creator of online cooking segment, That’s So Vegan. Aside from writing and performing poetry and creating hip-hop music, Mr. Hip taught writing and literature courses at Emerson College in Boston. His poems have been published in a variety of different literary magazines and journals. His music can be found everywhere that music is sold and streamed. His passion is making others happy and he will be performing his work for Stewards of the Future to tickle everyone’s fancy.

Poet Marilyn Nelson to receive the Golden Rose Award: Reading and Reception this Sunday, August 13th, 3 pm, Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site

Please join us for the Golden Rose Reading and Reception this Sunday, August 13th, 3 pm, Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site Poet Marilyn Nelson is this year’s recipient of the Golden Rose Award in recognition of her wide-ranging contributions to American poetry and her inspirational teaching. The public is invited to join the celebration of Marilyn Nelson and to hear her read her work.

Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of over twenty-four books, including collections for children and young adults. Her work uses storytelling and lyricism to probe the complexity of history, especially the history of racism and slavery in America, and to give voice to praise, wonder, grief, and contemplation. Along with the Golden Rose, Nelson’s honors include the PEN Book Award, the Lenore Marshall Award, the Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal and others. Nelson is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut and the founder of Soul Mountain Retreat, a writing retreat to support the work of African-American poets. In 2009 she was a faculty member of U-Mass Boston’s Writer’s Workshop at the Joiner Center. Her website:

 The Golden Rose, one of America’s oldest literary prizes, is an annual award, inaugurated in 1919, to honor a poet whose work and encouragement of other writers has made a significant mark on American poetry. Winners have included Adrienne Rich, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Fanny Howe who was honored in 2016.

I, Immigrant: A Poetry Reading with Danielle Legros George and Alan Smith Soto

Danielle Legros Georges, Boston Poet Laureate, and Alan Smith Soto, poet, translator, editor, share their work and that of other immigrant and refugee poets, giving voice to the contributions such poets have made to the U.S. literary landscape.

Danielle Legros Georges, the current Poet Laureate of the City of Boston, is a professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division of Lesley University. She also teaches in the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences summer Writer’s Workshop, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her poems have been widely anthologized, and recent essays of hers have appeared in Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences, and Writing in America (ed. Abayomi Animashaun) and Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond (eds. Kendahl Radcliffe and Jennifer Scott). She is the author of two books of poems, Maroon and The Dear Remote Nearness of You, the chapbook Letters from Congo, and editor of City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems.

Alan Smith Soto is the Associate Chair of Romance Studies and Professor of Spanish at Boston University. His teaching and research interests include Galdós, Lorca, contemporary Spanish poetry, Cervantes, César Vallejo, and the theory of aesthetics in literature and the plastic arts. His poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies around the globe. His book of poems, Fragmentos de alcancía, was published in 1998, with the support of the Consulate of Spain in Boston. His second book of poetry, Libro del lago was published in Madrid, in 2014 by Árdora Ediciones. He was guest editor and translator of Spain’s Poetry of Conscience, a special issue of International Poetry Review (Spring, 2006). Professor Smith has received a Fulbright Scholarship and a Whiting Fellowship.