2018 Other Events
Sunday, April 29th
Firehouse Center for the Arts
One Market Square
The Favorite Poem Project was started by former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky to encourage people to share their favorite poems with others and to appreciate the wonders of poetry. This is the sixteenth year that Newburyport High School’s Creative Writing students have produced the Greater Newburyport Favorite Poem Project. By asking community members to send in their favorite poems with a brief explanation of their personal connection to them, students culled through a variety of interesting poems and came to understand them in a unique way. This afternoon affords you an opportunity to hear a selection of these poems, read by the people who love them.
Readers range in age from 9 to 103. (REALLY!) This year’s program includes a poem in Russian and a poem in Montenegrian… with translations, of course! The poets represented will include three elementary school students, a poet from Uganda, a poet whose words were featured on an album by Beyonce, as well as more familiar poets, such as T.S. Eliot and Ogden Nash. As if that weren’t enough, one poem will be performed by local resident Anne Azema, the Director of the prestigious Boston Camerata.
You are guaranteed to leave the Firehouse feeling uplifted and inspired – and perhaps best of all – it’s free!