Upcoming Events » Middlesex CC Humanities Center Poetry Festival

April 21, 2017
April 22, 2017
Free and open to the public
MCC’s Federal Building
50 Kearney Square
Lowell, MA
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Donna Colella

The Middlesex Community College Humanities Center will host La Guagua Community Poetry Festival: Voices in Translation. This unique two-day event will be held Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22, in MCC’s Federal Building on the Lowell campus, 50 Kearney Square. The festival is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

A reception to honor the legacy of Rhina P. Espaillat, poet and translator, will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21. Espaillat was born in the Dominican Republic under the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Her family was exiled to the U.S. and settled in New York City. She began writing poetry as a young girl – in Spanish and English – and has published in both languages. She has published 11 poetry collections and has garnered numerous awards.

The all-day poetry festival will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22. It will feature readings by 20 local, regional and international poets, including Harvard Scholar-at-Risk Jorge Castillo. Readings will include public dialogue about the aesthetic, social, and cultural aspects of each poets work. The day will end with a session integrating artistic expression and musical performance. Lunch will be provided.

For complete Poetry Festival program information, visit: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/phc/poetry.aspx

This event is supported by grant funds from Mass Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information and to RSVP for MCC’s La Guagua Community Poetry Festival, contact Donna Colella at honors@middlesex.mass.edu

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