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River Bards Fall Poetry Series & Open Mic

October 4 @ 7:00 pm

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Haverhill’s River Bards are a group of local poets with a passion for shining a light on poetry, prose, spoken word, and other literary arts! Twice a year the Bards present a once a month poetry series, and this season will be at a new location: HC Media at Harbor Place! These poetry series feature readings by fantastic published poets, followed by open mic readings. These events are family-friendly and open to the public.The October poetry night will feature J.D. Scrimgeour, a poet, and writer who lives in Salem, Massachusetts. His essays and poetry often focus on class and education, exploring what constitutes authentic learning in the exchange between student and teacher. His works include; Themes For English B: A Professor’s Education In & Out of Class, which won the AWP Award for Nonfiction, and his work has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Thought & Action, Off theCoast, and Organica.  He is the author of a basketball memoir, Spin Moves, and his sports writing has appeared in various journals. For severalyears, he and Philip Swanson have collaborated on Confluence, a performance group blending poetry and music. And, in 2014, he wrote the book and lyrics to Only Human, a musical that premiered in Salem Ames Hall Theater in 2014. Scrimgeour has served as Coordinator of Creative Writing at Salem State University for several years. He created and directs the Salem Poetry Seminar, a free week-long summer program for select student poets at Massachusetts public colleges and universities, and he is on the executive board of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. At 7:00 PM, Scrimgeour will kick-off the night with a reading, followed by open mic time (sign-upsare first come first served) until everyone has had a chance to read. Theevent wraps up no later than 9:00 PM. Make sure to get these dates on your calendar, and we’ll look forward to seeing you there!

This event first appeared on EssexCountyCreates.org


October 4
7:00 pm