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Where Poetry Meets Technology: a roundtable discussion + feature from Madden Aleia + open mic

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

featured poet Madden Aleia

On Wednesday, July 17, Attack Bear Press and the Endopolis Poetry Room will be presenting a roundtable discussion and poetry reading! We'll also be bidding a fond farewell to the Poetry Vending Machine as it prepares to leave the Endopolis Poetry Room for new adventures.

It’s fitting then that our discussion topic for the evening will be Where Poetry Meets Technology. How have changes in technology influenced writing in the past 100 years? In the past 20? How can we use technology as inspiration for creating and presenting contemporary creative arts? And what how might poetry + tech interact in the near future? We hope you’ll join the conversation but it’s absolutely ok if you just come to listen!

Following the roundtable discussion we are excited to host a poetry reading from local Florence poet Madden Aleia.

About our feature: Madden Aleia is a Florence-based poet and synth pop musician whose work focuses on the neuroses of intimacy and pays tribute to the poetic canon while lovingly interrogating it. About Madden's work, poet Nathan McClain writes that there "is a vast emotional range tempered by a sardonic wit; there is frustration and sadness, there is joy, bliss, there is optimism, there is love. A lot of love. The poems are often subtle and quiet but steeped in nuance." Madden is a student at Smith College studying cyberculture and assemblage theory, as well as a member of the bands Plants of the Bible and the Ruby Lou Trio.

Then, after a short break, there will be an "open mic" style poetry circle, so please free to bring a poem of your own to share, and quarters for the vending machine!

Hosted by Alex Woolner and 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.

unrelated poetic robot

unrelated poetic robot

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