to Oct 29

MASS MoCA Poetry Retreat

Join Jan Freeman, poet, founder and former director of Paris Press,
at the Studios at MASS MoCA Artist Residency Center
for a Poetry Retreat in the heart of the Berkshires.

Enroll now through July 7, 2019.

Contact janfreemanpoetry@gmail.com to sign up or ask questions.

Create new poems and work on your manuscript surrounded by art and the beauty of autumn foliage in the Berkshires

Write and revise poems, enjoy daily writing prompts, discussions, readings, and workshops. Explore the many ways that you can use visual art and metaphor to express love, fear, anger, grief, joy, and a multitude of experiences in your poems.

Paintings and sculptures, along with metaphors that arise from the natural landscape, can feed our imaginations and help us access emotions, memories, and language with immediacy and surprise. Join this intimate, eight-person workshop to write and revise poems as you explore the visual feasts of MASS MoCA, the Clark Institute, and the Williams College Museum of Art. New and experienced poets are welcome.

Each participant will receive a private 90 minute manuscript consultation or a conference
with Jan Freeman, which focuses on 6 poems of your choice.
In-depth manuscript consultations will be available for an additional fee.

Studio space at the museum, accommodations, and cost

Private writing studio at the museum, with 24/7 access.

Private bedroom (queen-sized bed) with shared bathroom and kitchen
in two four-bedroom apartments across the street from MASS MoCA.

Free admission to MASS MoCA, the Clark Art Institute,
and the Williams College Museum of Art throughout the week.

Welcome dinner on Oct. 23.

Lunches at MASS MoCA’s eatery Lickety Split, Oct. 24 – Oct. 28.

Free parking

$1,500. Limited financial assistance is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Payable via Venmo @ Jan-Freeman-7 or send a check snailmail to
Jan Freeman, P.O.Box 487, Ashfield, MA 01330

To reserve your space and to request additional information, contact: janfreemanpoetry@gmail.com.

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11:00 AM11:00

Metaphor in Poetry: A Life Vest in the Silence 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. https://themassachusettspoetryfesti2017.sched.com/event/ab16dce715cc5ed31444f11aa98c3c12

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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. https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/presenters_view/azar_nafisi


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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 www.northamptonbookfair.com

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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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