11:00 AM11:00

Metaphor in Poetry: A Life Vest in the Silences of Trauma

Jan Freeman, Kathi Aguaro, Jullia Lisella, and Jennifer Jean. Poets recovering from trauma and/or PTSD can use metaphor to express the "unspeakable," translating experience and emotion into objects, images, scenes that free writers and liberate readers of poetry as well. Bypassing literal details of traumatic experience, which often cannot be expressed by individuals experiencing trauma, metaphor can help poets articulate these life-changing emotions and experiences. Each poet on the panel will reflect on poems that use metaphor to express different types of trauma, and discuss how she pushed beyond the unspeakable to break through silence imposed by trauma. Panel members will then read two of their own poems and invite audience members to discuss the liberating qualities of metaphor.

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9:00 AM09:00

Solitude of Self: A Reading and Discussion with Azar Nafisi and Jan Freeman

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Jan Freeman and Azar Nafisi read from and discuss Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Solitude of Self, the importance of equal rights for women and equal education for all.

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6:00 PM18:00

The Augurs: A Poetry Reading

Jan Freeman joins Meena Alexander, Robin Becker, Michelle Boisseau, Marianne Boruch, Rosellen Brown, Heid Erdrich, Alice Friman, Allison Joseph, Thylias Moss, Alicia Ostriker, Rebecca Seiferle, Enid Shomer, Terese Svoboda, and Eleanor Wilner. Poets read their own poems and the work of a woman poet they deeply admire. Jan Freeman will read "Blue Structure," the title poem of her new book of poems, and "The Wound" by her mentor Ruth Stone.

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4:00 PM16:00

Jan Freeman and Zoe Darrow: Music of the Heart. Poetry and Fiddle: A Call and Response.

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Jan Freeman and beloved fiddler Zoe Darrow will create a musical medley of poetry and original compositions on the fiddle in this original "call & response." Jan will read poems from Blue Structure and other work, and Zoe will perform her original compositions on fiddle in this unique performance celebrating music of the heart. For more information about the Book Fair, go to

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7:00 PM19:00

Green Line Monthly Poetry Series: Jan Freeman and Martin Woodside

Jan Freeman will return to Philadelphia — her home turf — and read from her new collection of poetry, Blue Structure (Calypso Editions). Martin Woodside, poet, translator, children's book author, and a Calypso Editions founder, will read from The River Goes Two Ways and recent work.

Jan's last reading in Philadelphia took place many years ago in Giovanni's Room, following the publication of her award-winning first collection of poems, Hyena (CSU). The natural world of the Wissahickon and Chester County continue to weave through the poems in this new book, which travels from passion through grief, loss, love, and continuum.

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6:30 PM18:30

Bryant Literary Series: A Reading with Jan Freeman and Pamela "Jody" Stewart

Visit the Trustees of Reservations' Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA, and hear Jan Freeman and Pamela "Jody" Stewart Cothey read from their poetry and "prosettes." Jan will read from Blue Structure and her work in progress, About Face. Jody will read from Just Visiting and from a new series of "prosettes."

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7:00 PM19:00

Jan Freeman and Alison Prine

Visit Provincetown's AMP Gallery and hear Jan Freeman and Alison Prine read from their new books of poetry. Alison will read from Steel (Cider Press) and Jan will launch Blue Structure, hot off the press from Calypso Editions!

For more information, please call: 646-298-9258. 

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