Join us as a community of poets gathers to celebrate a beloved friend: José “Joe” Gouveia.
The son of Portuguese immigrants, Joe Gouveia was a poet, journalist, organizer and radio personality. He received his MFA in Poetry from New England College and served as Poet in Residence at Cape Cod Community College. He was the Poetry Curator at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, wrote the “Meter Man” poetry column for the Barnstable Patriot in Hyannis, and hosted the “Poets’ Corner” radio show on WOMR in Provincetown. He published one full-length collection of poems, Saudades, with Casa Mariposa Press, and three chapbooks: What We Do; Ginsberg is Dead; and The Slaughter of the Sacred Cow. He also edited three anthologies: Dancing on Water; Common Roots, Common Ground; and Rubber Side Down, the first and only anthology of biker poetry.
Of Saudades, Alicia Ostriker wrote: “In this marvelous collection of poems, Joe Gouveia rides English like a Harley.” Marge Piercy called these poems “powerful and emotionally touching works.” Said Robert Pinsky: “I admire his laughter in the presence of death, his embrace of life and his loving attention to particular provinces and the world at large.“ Copies of the book will be available for sale at the reading.
Joe, who passed away in May, would have turned fifty on November 2nd. Sixteen poets will read their poems—as well as poems by Joe—to remember him on this day.
There is a suggested donation of ten dollars at the door (proceeds will benefit Joe’s family). For more information, please contact Chase Berggrun at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lauren Wolk at email@example.com.
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The NB Historical Society is delighted to host a celebration for the 80th birthday of Sonia Sanchez with a short program of poetry and greetings from local folks including Everett Hoagland, Iva Britto, Amanda deGrace, and New Bedford Poet Laureate Pat Gomes. We honor her legacy as a writer, artist, poet, activist, and voice of our people.
Sonia Sanchez will also be a keynote speaker at next weekend’s Connecting for Change Bioneers Conference, organized by the Marion Institute. She’ll be speaking at the Zeiterion Theater from 9:00 AM – 12:15PM (details at http://www.marioninstitute.org/connecting-for-change/events/sonia-sanchez).
Poet. Mother. Professor. National and International lecturer on Black Culture and Literature, Women’s Liberation, Peace and Racial Justice. Sponsor of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Board Member of MADRE. Sonia Sanchez is the author of over 20 books including Homecoming, We a BaddDDD People, Love Poems, I’ve Been a Woman, A Sound Investment and Other Stories, Homegirls and Handgrenades, Under a Soprano Sky, Wounded in the House of a Friend (Beacon Press 1995), Does Your House Have Lions? (Beacon Press, 1997), Like the Singing Coming off the Drums (Beacon Press, 1998), Shake Loose My Skin (Beacon Press, 1999) and most recently, Morning Haiku (Beacon Press, 2010).
In addition to being a contributing editor to Black Scholar and The Journal of African Studies, she has edited an anthology, We Be Word Sorcerers: 25 Stories by Black Americans. BMA: The Sonia Sanchez Literary Review is the first African American Journal that discusses the work of Sonia Sanchez and the Black Arts Movement. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts, the Lucretia Mott Award for 1984, the Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, she is a winner of the 1985 American Book Award for Homegirls and Handgrenades, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Humanities for 1988, the Peace and Freedom Award from Women International League for Peace and Freedom (W.I.L.P.F.) for 1989, a PEW Fellowship in the Arts for 1992-1993 and the recipient of Langston Hughes Poetry Award for 1999. Does Your House Have Lions? was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the Poetry Society of America’s 2001 Robert Frost Medalist and a Ford Freedom Scholar from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Her poetry also appeared in the movie Love Jones.
Sonia Sanchez has lectured at over 500 universities and colleges in the United States and has traveled extensively, reading her poetry in Africa, Cuba, England, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe, Nicaragua, the People’s Republic of China, Norway, and Canada. She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University and she held the Laura Carnell Chair in English at Temple University. She is the recipient of the Harper Lee Award, 2004, Alabama Distinguished Writer, and the National Visionary Leadership Award for 2006. She is the recipient of the 2005 Leeway Foundation Transformational Award and the 2009 Robert Creeley Award. Currently, Sonia Sanchez is one of 20 African American women featured in “Freedom Sisters,” an interactive exhibition created by the Cincinnati Museum Center and Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. In December of 2011, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter selected Sonia Sanchez as Philadelphia’s first Poet Laureate, calling her “the longtime conscience of the city.”
September 28, 2014 marks the fourth annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change, an event that brings poets, artists and musicians (new this year) around the world together to call for environmental, social, and political change. Voices will be heard globally through concerts, readings, workshops, flash mobs and demonstrations that each focus on their specific area of concern, within the framework of peace and sustainability, such as war, ecocide, racism and censorship.
“Peace and sustainability is a major concern worldwide, and the guiding principle for this global event,” said Michael Rothenberg, Co-Founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. “It’s amazing to see how many people have joined in around the world to speak out for causes they believe in, and to see so much heart and creativity expressed in their diverse approaches to this event.”
With over 80 countries participating, Gallery X in downtown New Bedford will be the site of our own local event that includes acoustic musicians along with area poets.
Hosted by New Bedford’s Poet Laureate Patricia Gomes, the reading starts at 1PM in the lower level (Frederick Douglass Gallery) of Gallery X, 169 William St., New Bedford. This event is free and open to the public, but parental guidance is suggested as not all poetry may be suitable for younger listeners. Poets will read from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 28, 2014. Visit 100 Thousand Poets for Change at http://100tpc.org.
Bring your poems of hope and change, peace and acceptance — be the change you want to see. Hosted by local poets Patricia Gomes and Maggie Cleveland.
100 Thousand Poets for Change is a “live” worldwide initiative featuring nearly 700 events in 110 countries. Plan to be a part of this event! New Bedford’s 100 TPC will be held on Sunday, September 29th at Gallery X in New Bedford.
For the first time, we are including acoustic musicians in addition to poets. Sign-up begins at 12:30 pm sharp, no more than 2 poems, please.
E-mail for info: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.100TPC.org
Photo credit: Drew Pion
The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, the state’s biggest annual gathering of poets and poetry lovers, takes place this weekend. From Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5, in Salem, SouthCoast and Cape Cod poets will be well-represented. Everett Hoagland of New Bedford, and Alice Kociemba and Jarita Davis, both of Falmouth, will lead readings.
The festival includes over 100 events – readings, workshops, panels, performances, concerts, open mics, a small press fair, activities for children and teens, and more.
Sharon Olds, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her 2012 collection, “Stag’s Leap,” will speak Saturday evening. The Pulitzer Board described “Stag’s Leap” as a “book of unflinching poems on the author’s divorce that examine love, sorrow and the limits of self-knowledge.”
She compares her husband’s departure, after 30 years of marriage, to the image of a leaping stag a wine label: “When anyone escapes, my heart / leaps up. Even when it’s I who am escaped from.”
Other headliners include Tracey K. Smith and Terrance Hayes. Smith won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for “Life on Mars,” a collection of poems in part an elegiac tribute to her late father, one of the engineers who worked on the Hubble Telescope. For Smith, poetry is a way of “stepping into the mess of experience,” being part of the “ongoing conflict” of life and surviving nonetheless.
Hayes has won numerous awards and honors. His most recent collection, “Lighthead,” explores how we construct experience: “the light-headedness of a mind trying to pull against gravity and time.”
Many other nationally recognized poets and emerging poets from all across Massachusetts will read from their works and share their ideas on writing about everything from love and sexuality to global warming. There are workshops on how to write surrealistic poetry, how to give voice to objects, how to incorporate rhythm and movement into poems, how to run a poetry group, and how to stage a slam poetry event, and much more.
“Imagine your town full of poets—every coffee shop, every restaurant, every arts center, every library—each hosting inspiring poetry readings, excellent writing workshops, poetry slams, and even a place where you can read your worst poetry. That’s what Salem is like during the Mass Poetry Fest,” said Alice Kociemba, who directs Calliope Poetry Readings at the West Falmouth Library.
“Imagine coming in second in the worst poetry contest,” she added. “There are poets on trolleys reading their poems; there are poets on the train from South Station reading their poems. There are poets everywhere.”
Kociemba, who serves on the board of Mass Poetry, will moderate “From Every Corner of the Commonwealth,” a panel discussion and reading on Saturday, May 4, from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at the Hawthorne Hotel. Kociemba has selected six “poet ambassadors” who have created a sense of community in their own area of the state by directing poetry reading series, holding workshops, sponsoring collaborative projects with artists, musicians, and other writers, and promoting creativity about their craft and performance.
The panel will be of interest to those who direct poetry readings and workshops or are thinking of starting one, as well as to poets who are looking for venue hosts. Among those participating on the panel are two Cape Cod poets: Lorna Blake of Brewster and Alan Feldman of Natick and Wellfleet. Each will describe their reading series, workshops, and collaborative endeavors and read from their own work.
Everett Hoagland of New Bedford has organized a reading for the Ocean Voices Anthology, featuring an array of poets from various cultural traditions and writing influences. Ocean Voices, an intergenerational, multicultural anthology of “ocean poems,” was published this fall by New Bedford’s award-winning small press, Spinner Publications. The reading will take place on Saturday in the Hawthorne Hotel, Essex Room, from 12:15 – 1:15 PM and features Martin Espada, winner of the Poetry Society of Amer’ca’s Shelley Memorial Award, vocalist Candida Rose, and several poets who have work in the Ocean Voices anthology.
Jarita Davis will lead “Poems for the Invention of Glory” on Saturday, May 4, from 11 AM to noon, at the Peabody Essex Museum. Davis and five other panelists will read ekphrastic poems written in response to the museum’s exhibition, “The Invention of Glory: Alfonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries.” All are members of a new collective of over 100 Luso-American (Portuguese-American) poets.
Mass Poetry Fest buttons, which allow admission to all events except workshops, are $15, $7 for seniors and students. For an additional $5, workshops are included. Because workshop attendance is limited, it is advisable to register online in advance at masspoetry.org.