Memorial Reading for Joe Gouveia this Sunday, 11/2/14

Join us as a community of poets gathers to celebrate a beloved friend: José “Joe” Gouveia.

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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 cberggrun@gmail.com or Lauren Wolk at lwolk@cultural-center.org.

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