Jan 082012

calliope.museCalliope, a community for poets, will present its next reading on Sunday, May 10 from 3 to 5 PM at the Library. Featured poets are Martha Collins, Lee Sharkey, and Jason Tandon. Open mic sign-up at 2:45 PM.

Martha Collins of Cambridge is a Pushcart Prize winner and the author of “Day Unto Day” (Milkweed, 2014), “White Papers” (Pitt Poetry Series, 2012), and “Blue Front” (Graywolf, 2006), a book-length poem based on a lynching her father witnessed when he was five years old. She founded the creative writing program at UMass Boston and is currently editor-at-large for FIELD magazine. Poet Kevin Prufer described “Day Unto Day” as “Musically brilliant, psychologically intricate, movingly humane…Martha Collins is one of our most vital poets.”

In 1974, Lee Sharkey bought a 100-year-old Pearl platen press, taught herself to set type and print, and produced her first poetry chapbook. She is the recipient of the 2013 Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Award in Translation. Since 2003, she has co-edited the “Beloit Poetry Journal,” one of the country’s oldest and most respected poetry journals. “Calendars of Fire” (Tupelo Press, 2013) is a Split This Rock Recommended Poetry Book of 2013.

Jason Tandon is the author of “Quality of Life” (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), “Give Over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt” (Black Lawrence Press, 2009), and “Wee Hour Martyrdom” (sunnyoutside, 2008). In addition to his journal publications, his poems have been featured on National Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac” with Garrison Keillor. He teaches in the writing program at Boston University.