The 2016 Massachusetts Poetry Festival (MPF) was held April 29-May 1 in historic downtown Salem. Join the MPF mailing list to have updates delivered to your inbox. Also be sure to check out some of the other past festivals.
Jamaica Pond Poets presented…
LOL: Poetry That’s Funny
A Reading by Jamaica Pond Poets Followed by an Open Mike
Saturday, April 30, First Universalist Church of Salem (main hall), 211 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 2-3 p.m.
Participants: Carolyn Gregory, Audrey Henderson, Susanna Kittredge, Jennifer Markell, Alan Smith and Sandra Storey
“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese,” said G. K. Chesterton. Jamaica Pond Poets have cheese poems to read and will expand the spread to other humorous subjects and styles. Members of the weekly workshop will read a selection of theirs or someone else’s poems to tickle the funny bone. Then, attendees will be invited up to the open mike to read a humorous poem. Someone once said, “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” Maybe, but sharing funny poems results in group laughter every time (and maybe some ideas for new poems). To borrow a phrase from a recent episode of NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” this LOL program promises to “taste so Gouda.”
Common Threads Panel
Jamaica Pond Poets member, Alice Kociemba, moderated the Common Threads panel on Sunday, May 1, from 11 AM until 12:30 PM, in the Bartlett Room at PEM with Susan Donnelly, Alan Feldman, Danielle Legros Georges and Henry Lyman (discussing their Common Threads). For more information about Common Threads - http://www.masspoetry.org/commonthreads