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    Boston National Poetry Month Festival, 2014

    Presented by and Kaji Aso Studio at Boston Public Library

    April 10 - April 13, 2014


    Boston National Poetry Month Festival, 2014

    This FREE festival, now in its 14th year, is a partnership involving The Boston Public Library, Kaji Aso Studio, and Tapestry of Voices.

    LOCATION: The Boston Public Libriary & Old South Church

    This year, the Festival begins at 7:30 pm Thursday evening with a "Poetry, Music & Dance" concert upstairs at Old South Church. (This event is produced by Berklee College of Music professor Lucy Holstedt.)

    Friday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, 15 "Keynote Poets" read at the Boston Public Library's "Commonwealth Salon" room. These featured writers include David Ferry (National Book Award), Diana Der-Hovanessian (Barcelona Peace Prize), and Lloyd Schwartz (Pulitzer Prize).

    Saturday & Sunday, (April 12 & 13), 60 established & emerging poets read at the B.P.L.'s Rabb Hall. They include Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish, National Poetry Slam winner Regie O. Gibson, Rep. Denise Provost, Charles Coe, CD Collins, January O'Neil, philosopher/ poet Ifyeani Menkiti, and several gifted Boston high school students.

    There are Open Mics Saturday AND Sunday. There is also a free poetry workshop, led by noted poet Tom Daley. For more details on times, locations, etc., go to:

    "Who will be your favorite poets this year?"



    Boston Public Library

    700 Boylston Street
    Copley Square
    Boston, MA 02116

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    NOTE: The Thursday evening (7:30 pm) event is at Old South Church (upstairs). All other Festival events are at the Boston Public Library.

    Phone: 617.306.9484


    By subway

    • Green Line to Copley Station.
    • Orange Line to Back Bay/South End Station. Walk down Dartmouth Street to Copley Square.

    By car
    Interstate 93 (from north or south) Take Storrow Drive exit. Take Copley Square exit off of Storrow Drive. The exit deadends at a signal light. The cross street is Beacon. Take a right on Beacon Street. While on Beacon Street, you will cross Berkeley, Clarendon, and Dartmouth Streets. The next street is Exeter. Take a left onto Exeter (it is a one-way street). While on Exeter, you will cross Marlborough Street, Commonwealth Avenue, and Newbury Street. The next cross street is Boylston. The Library is on the corner of Exeter and Boylston Streets.

    Mass Pike (Interstate 90) Come all the way into the city on the Mass Pike. Take the Copley Square exit (the sign will read: Prudential Center, Copley Square). The exit road will split, follow the Copley Square (right) lane. You will exit the tunnel onto Stuart Street. You will be on the right hand side of the street. Move to the lane furthest left. Take the left at the next light, Dartmouth Street (approximately 500 feet from the tunnel exit). The Library is on the left of Dartmouth Street, after the next light (approximately 500 feet).

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