Contributors Gail Mazur, David Rivard, Leslie Harrison, Tess Taylor, and Adam Tessier will read as part of the Mass Poetry Festival on May 14th from 3:15- 4:15 at 231 Essex Street (Colonial Hall) in Salem, Ma. Information about the festival can be found here:www.masspoetry.org
GAIL MAZUR’s sixth collection of poems, Figures in a Landscape, will be published in spring 2011 by University of Chicago Press. She is the author of five other books of poetry, including Zeppo’s First Wife: New and Selected Poems, which wo…n the Massachusetts Book Award and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and They Can’t Take That Away From Me, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Pushcart anthologies, The Best American Poetry, and Poems to Read. A former fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, she teaches in the graduate writing program at Emerson College, and lives in Cambridge and Provincetown, MA.
ADAM TESSIER studied art at Vassar and writing at Bennington. His poems have appeared in Linebreak, Memorious, Remedy Quarterly and elsewhere. He lives, and manages a local ice cream shop, in Cambridge, MA.
DAVID RIVARD was born in 1953 in Massachusetts, and is the author of five books of poetry: Otherwise Elsewhere, Sugartown, Bewitched Playground, Wise Poison, winner of the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Torque. His poems and essays appear in the American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, Poetry London, and other magazines. In 2006, Rivard was awarded the Hardison Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library, in recognition of both his writing and teaching. Among his other awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Rivard lives in Cambridge, with his wife and daughter, and teaches in the University of New Hampshire MFA program.
LESLIE HARRISON’s debut book of poems, Displacement, won the 2008 Bakeless prize in poetry and was published by Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in July of 2009.
She holds graduate degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Irvine. Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies, including the Best of the Web and Best of the Net anthologies, The New Republic, Poetry, Memorious, Barn Owl Review, Antioch Review, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere. Most recently, she was the Philip Roth Resident in Poetry at Bucknell University and the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
TESS TAYLOR grew up in El Cerrito, California, attended Berkeley High School, and holds degrees from Amherst College and New York and Boston Universities. Her chapbook of poems, The Misremembered World was selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America, and her work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the Boston Review, The Times Literary Supplement, Memorious, and The New Yorker. As a scout for Anderson Literary Management in New York City, she developed book projects with writers and helped to shape book proposals. Tess currently writes “STANZA” the Barnes and Noble Review’s column on poets and poetry. She was the the 2010-2011 Amy Clampitt Resident in Lenox, MA, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
You can find work by all five poets in the magazine at www.memorious.org.