2019 Other Events
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Firehouse Center for the Arts
One Market Square
The Seventeenth Annual Greater Newburyport Favorite Poem Project
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 seventeenth 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 8 to 80, including a school superintendent and a city councilor, among other notables. This year’s program includes a poem in German and a poem in Montenegrian…with translations, of course! The poets represented will include elementary school students, a poet from the Tang Dynasty, a poet from the Islamic tradition, as well as more well-known poets, such as Mary Oliver and Billy Collins. As if that weren’t enough, one poem will be sung by local resident Anne Azema, the Director of the prestigious Boston Camerata and international soloist.
You are guaranteed to leave the Firehouse feeling uplifted and inspired — and to add to the enticement — it’s free!