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September 2019

Reading, Book Launch, Reception

September 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
Old Cambridge Baptist Church, 1151 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 United States
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Free

Because What Else Can I Do (Pittsburgh, September 2019) is a sequence of untitled poems I addressed to my husband in the months following his unexpected death. I wrote them for him, for his abiding presence, and of course I wrote them for myself. At the time, I had no intention of publishing them. But they will be out in September, and this reading and reception will welcome them.

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October 2019

Boston Book Festival Reading with Nick Flynn

October 19 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm PDT
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts United States
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Martha Collins and Nick Flynn will read "Poems of Bewilderment and Loss," followed by a discussion moderated by Fred Marchant, as part of the October 19-20 Boston Book Festival.

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Dramatic Reading

October 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT
Lowell National Memorial Park Visitors Center, 246 Market Street
Lowell, Massachusetts 01852 United States
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Free

Harriet and William: a dramatic reading of Holly Guran’s work, read by Martha Collins, Lloyd Schwartz, Holly Guran. This drama in verse by Holly Guran is based on letters William Robinson, Lowell Courier editor, exchanged with Harriet Hanson, a Lowell mill girl, between 1847 and 1868 against the backdrop of the mid-19th-century.

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Reading at Shakespeare & Co., NYC

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Shakespeare and Company, 2020 Broadway
New York, New York United States
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A reading with Rosebud Ben-Oni, Malcolm Tariq, and Shamar Hill.

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Cervena Barva Press Poetry Workshop

October 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT
Cervena Barva Press, Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Basement Room B8
Somerville, Massachusetts United States
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$10

In this workshop, we'll look at some poems that move beyond personal experience and into material that involves historical, social, nature-related and/or other research, without sacrificing personal involvement and feeling. We'll discuss some strategies for transforming documentary material into poetry, and I'll invite you to answer some questions that might give you starting points for writing these kinds of poems yourself. Limited to 12. Sign up at website address below.

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November 2019

Reading and Booksigning in Rochester, New York

November 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
Writers and Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, New York United States
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Free

I'll be reading from my new book, Because What Else Can I Do, and translations of Vietnamese poems by Ngo Tu Lap.

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Panel: Sounding the Line, Poets as Translators

November 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm PST
ALTA Conference Rochester, New York United States + Google Map

A panel at the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) conference, with Sharon Dolin, Mihaela Moscalisc, Marcela Sulak, and Don Share

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Porter Square Books Poetry Reading

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
Porter Square Books, Porter Square
Cambridge, MA 02140
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Free

Poetry Reading with Joseph Campana. We'll both be reading from new books: his The Book of Life, my Because What Else Could I Do.

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