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Joyful Poems & Why We Need Them: a Discussion + Special Feature

  • Endopolis Poetry Room 40 Main St, Suite 201 Florence, MA USA (map)
Our featured poet!

Our featured poet!

On Wednesday, June 12 we’re going to have our first roundtable discussion at the Endopolis Poetry Room! The topic is Joyful Poems & Why We Need Them, followed by a feature from an internationally touring poet.

Joining us to chat about their favorite joyful poems and how writing from and towards delight has impacted their work are local poets Eliza Araújo and Robbie Dunning, as well as a touring (not-so) secret guest & feature.

Please feel free to bring a poem by a poet you admire that speaks to and/or brings you joy—we hope you’ll join the conversation but no pressure and it’s ok if you just want to listen!

After the discussion, the feature will present a selection of their own work.

Our feature (she/her/they/them) is a Queer, Punjabi-Canadian spoken word poet based in what is colonially known as Hamilton, Ontario. She is currently enrolled at McMaster University, where she pretends to know what she wants to do with her life. She is the Burlington Slam Project’s 2018 Grand Slam Champion, and their 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam representative. They are the 2018 Voices of Today Underground Indies Champion. She is also the 2018 National Poetry Slam Rookie of the Year.

She also has self-published her first chapbook titled “My Grandmother’s Rivers” where she writes about her Indian and British heritage, and her relation to her faith and culture, and how that effects the way she moves through the world. She has performed on national and international stages. When she is not competing or performing, she is volunteering within the art community. She is a part of the 2018/2019 Voices of Today festival organizing committee. She is trying to live her best life always.

This will be an unforgettable evening! Can’t wait to see you!

Hosted by Catherine Weiss.

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The Endopolis Poetry Room is in Suite 201 on the second floor of 40 Main St, an office building in downtown Florence, MA. To use the elevator, go in the doors under the Central Building / Main Entrance sign. Follow the hall back to the elevator and go up to the 2nd floor. Take a right off the elevator and follow signs all the way down (through a bunch of doors) to 201.

To use the outside stairs, first identify the North building and its exterior signage (it’s to your left if standing in the parking lot, facing 40 Main). There is an outdoor stairway next to the North building. Take it up to the 2nd floor. Once inside the exterior door there—you’ll be in an unheated lobby thing—201 is the door on your left.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To enter the 201 space there are three carpeted steps down. There’s no way around them, and there’s no railing. Let me know if you want to make a game-plan around this inaccessibility.

ANOTHER NOTE: There are gendered bathrooms for us to use in the building, down a long-ish hallway. They are near the elevator.

This event is 100% free! But we gratefully accept donations to help us pay featured poets, workshop leaders, and to offset the cost of renting the space.

Earlier Event: June 9
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Later Event: June 14
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