Northshore Magazine

January/February 2013

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Boston Ballet School North Shore children���s Program JOIN US FOR AN OPEN HOUSE Saturday, January 12, 9am���1pm Learn about our dance classes for adults and children INSPIRINg A LIFE-LONg LOvE OF DANcE Boston Ballet School���s Children���s Program is an innovative program designed to encourage creativity, movement, and fun for toddlers to age 7. NORTH SHORE STUDIO Photo courtesy of Gloucester Writers Center Reader, Meet Author: Anne Waldman at the Cape Anne Museum. Surin, who grew up in a tough part of Queens, NY, found early on that writing was his way out. ���Literacy was a way for me to escape the neighborhood and see it from a different perspective; what I understand now, though, is that my function as an author is diminished if the people I am writing for can���t read my work.��� The poet, a Pushcart Prize nominee who teaches at SSU and Bunker Hill Community College, has published his own volume of poems, Higher Ground and has seen the impact of his open mic readings in ���so many moments where the light clicks on and someone���s face lights up because something has been expressed that would have otherwise been lost.��� Faces lit up on a recent Saturday afternoon in Gloucester, when the Gloucester Writers Group, in collaboration with the Cape Ann Museum, and the Charles Olson Society hosted a conversation about poetry with Anne Waldman. As a poet, Waldman is arguably one of the great literary voices of our time. Having caught the attention of the Beat Generation���s Allen Ginsburg, Waldman traveled extensively with the Rolling Thunder Revue, a poetry caravan of sorts that attracted musicians like Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and Joe Cocker in the ���70s. She later co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute (now Naropa University) in Boulder, CO, where she remains a Distinguished Professor of Poetics and the director of Naropa���s famous summer writing program. Waldman���s poetry is as beautifully startling as her ��ber-theatrical delivery of it. That a poet such as Waldman should be reading on Cape Ann rather than in some swanky gallery on Newbury Street is not at all surprising. After all, the North Shore���s literary heritage is extensive, with names like Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Updike, Anne Bradstreet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Charles Olson existing in the same milieu as Rhina Espaillat, Andre Dubus III, Askold Melnyczuk, and all the Kevin Careys in the world climbing their way to the forefront. Says Espaillet with regard to the preponderance of talent and literary n happenings in the area: ���A rising tide raises all boats.��� ��� NSJanFeb13_Authors.indd 117 in the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA 40 Leggs Hill Road on Salem/Marblehead line Toddler ��� Adult. Enrollment is ongoing. Register today. Beginners Welcome ��� 617.456.6380 ��� Wondering about ? now��in��two��NEW��locations:�� downtown��ANDOVER��and��READING��center�� ��Don���t��know��what��to��get��your��artsy��sister��for��her��birthday?������ ����������Looking��for��just��the��right��jewelry��to��jazz��up��your��wardrobe?�� ��Need��the��perfect��present��for��your��best��friend���s��wedding?�� All that and more in our WICKED COOL stores! 27��main��street�������andover,��ma��01810�������978.475.5544�� 2��haven��street�������reading,��ma��01867�������781.944.8986����������� 9330_SenseOfWonder.indd 1 11/5/12 9:56 AM 11/19/12 11:14 AM

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