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Poetry Takes Center Stage at UML


LOWELL - The University of Massachusetts Lowell's new Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for American Studies will present the inaugural New England Poetry Conference on April 6 to 7 at the Boott Cotton Mills in downtown Lowell.

The event will feature readings, panel discussions and a film presentation from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day at the 200 John St. mill.

Presenters include:

·        David Barber, author of The Spirit Level and staff editor at The Atlantic Monthly;

·        John Burt of Brandeis University, author of Work Without Hope and editor of Selected Poems of Robert Penn Warren

·        UML English Prof. Anthony Szczesiul, author of Racial Politics and Robert Penn Warren's Poetry

·        Ted Buswick, publications director of The Boston Consulting Group's Strategy Institute

·        Michael Casey, author of Obscenities, Millrat, and  The Million Dollar Hole;

·        Kate Davy, dean of arts and sciences at Bentley College

·        Erica Funkhouser of MIT, author of Pursuit: Poems and Sure Shot and Other Poems

·        Major Jackson of the University of Vermont, author of Leaving Saturn: Poems

·        Elizabeth Lund, poet and poetry editor of the Christian Science Monitor

·        Mary Pinard, poet and professor at Babson College

·        Louisa Solano, owner of the Grolier Poetry Bookshop in Cambridge

·        Askia Touré, author of Dawnsong! The Epic Memory of Askia Touré and From the Pyramids to the Projects: Poems of Genocide and Resistance

All events are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. For complete information, visit or contact Prof. Hilary Holladay, conference coordinator and director of the Kerouac Center at 978-934-4195 or

The New England Poetry Conference is co-sponsored by the English Department. Additional support is provided by the UML Friends of the Library, Committee on Industrial Theory and Assessment, and Lowell Poetry Network.

       The University of Massachusetts Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental, and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students more than 80 degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, and the School of Health and Environment and the Graduate School of Education.  Visit the website at

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