Northshore Magazine

January/February 2013

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THE LACE COLLECTION tion. ���There is a convergence of art and talent and interested people who care about poetry and connecting to the unique synergy that is the North Shore���s literary community,��� says O���Neil. ���People are gravitating toward a shared experience���it���s something that Twitter and Facebook can���t offer.��� This year, the poetry festival will feature Academy of American Poets Chancellor Sharon Olds, as well as Terrence Hayes, Tracy K. Smith, and Nick Flynn, among others. Once again, downtown Salem will throw open its doors to poets and their poetry from May 3-5. Readings and workshops will take place in bookstores, restaurants, gift shops, the Old Town Hall, on trolleys headed across town, and amid the Old World charm of the Gables. Headlining events will be held at the Peabody Essex Museum, whose atrium each year becomes the backdrop for such literary gurus as Mark Doty and Major Jackson. ���The North Shore is absolutely a literary center, of course, and has been since its founding,��� says Newburyport resident and award-winning poet Rhina Espaillat. Her own group, the Powow River Poets, which includes such notable talents as Mike Juster, Alfred Nicol, Debra Warren, Len Krisak, and Bill Coyle, was started 20 years ago, when Espaillat moved to the area from New York City. As a group that meets bi-monthly to workshop their poetry at the public library in Newburyport, they have been coaching each other for the past 20 years, racking up quite a share of such prestigious honors as the Robert Penn Warren and Robert Frost Book Awards, among others. The group will be presenting again this year at the Newburyport Literary Festival, an event that showcases all genres, on April 26 and 27. Espaillat���s other group, Melopoeia, which in translation means ���the making of poems or music,��� is a performance collaboration between herself and fellow Powow poet Alfred Nicol, set to the music of John Tavano and vocalist Ann Tucker. Espaillat joins a few other area poets who have turned to this amped-up literary delivery, including Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States, whose Literary Lady January Gill O���Neil NATIONAL TILE INC. There is no need to look any further. We have it all! Ceramic & Porcelain Tile ��� Mexican Tiles ��� Marble, Slate, Granite & Limestone ��� Glass & Metallic Tiles ��� Prices That Will Please You ��� Friendly, Knowledgeable Staff 330 Main Street, Route 28 ��� North Reading, MA 01864 978.664.3165 ��� Carriage Town Plaza 100 Macy Street, Amesbury, MA 978.388.8002 Pentucket Shopping Center 58 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, NH 603.382.1000 Ashley���s Hallmark Gold Crown Mariposa John Medeiros ChaMilia Author photo courtesy of January Gill O���Neil Crabtree & evelyn NSJanFeb13_Authors.indd 115 trollbeads vera bradley stonewall KitChen CustoM Gift basKets 11/19/12 11:08 AM

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