Chapter and Verse Literary Reading Series: Kemi Alabi, Jennifer Barber, Dan Memmolo

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POSTPONED TO JUNE 7 at 7:30 pm

(Originally scheduled for FEBRUARY 8, 2013)

Kemi Alabi, a writer and performer from Milwaukee, is pursuing a joint degree in philosophy and political science from Boston University. There, she served for two years as president of spoken word collective Speak for Yourself. Kemi competed with BU’s first slam team, representing the university at a national contest in 2010. Since then, she’s performed in colleges, museums, poetry clubs, theaters, and protests throughout New England. She competed in the National Poetry Slam as a member of the 2012 Boston Poetry Slam Team.

Jennifer Barber is the author of Given Away and Rigging the Wind, both from Kore Press, and Vendaval in Take Three: 3 (Graywolf Press). She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a St. Botolph Grant, a Heinrich Boll Cottage residency, and the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award. Recent poems have appeared in Orion, Cerise Press, the New Yorker, the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and the Gettysburg Review. She teaches at Suffolk University and is founding and current editor of the literary journal Salamander, now celebrating its 20th year.

Dan Memmolo grew up in the suburbs of Boston where he discovered the virtues of a three-chord stomp, a 15-foot jump shot, and the seven dirty words. His poetry collection, Fist City, won the 2011 Holland Prize from Logan House Press. He is the author of the chapbook Beat Surrender (Main Street Rag, 2006) and his poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including Atlanta Review, Gargoyle, New York Quarterly and Southern Poetry Review. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Suggested donation $5.00 or whatever you can afford. (We mean this. We would rather have you than your money.) Free refreshments are served.

Parking Information: The Loring-Greenough House has a parking lot, but four spaces are reserved for ZIP Cars. Please respect these spaces, and also please try not to park on the grass. There is ample nonrestricted street parking and a large, free public parking lot off Centre Street, between Burroughs and Thomas Streets, just a block from the Loring-Greenough House.

For information check our website at http://jamaicapondpoets.com or email dorothy.derifield@gmail.com or call 617-325-8388.


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