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Come to the IKE Box to hear great Salem poets. You will also have a chance to sign up to read your own poetry during the open mic part of the evening.

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Salem Poetry Project on Zoom Featuring Jim Merrill

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Jim Merrill grew up in the Bay Area near Berkeley and observed the Free Speech Movement on campus with keen interest. He worked as a skiing photographer after college and took bit-parts in movies in L.A. while writing screenplays until he settled into a teaching career at University of Colorado, where he studied the Beat movement with Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and William Burroughs as instructors. He has taught in China and immigrants from Central America. He moved to Salem to teach at Chemawa Indian School. His books of poetry are, “Blues Fall Down Like Rain” and “The Lust of Experience” and he has produced a creative writing manual, “You’re a Genius All the Time”, after a quote by Jack Kerouac.

Featured reader starts at 7:00 followed directly by an open mic.

This is a virtual event on zoom, for the zoom link contact the organizer at [masked]

Salem Poetry Project on Zoom Featuring Lynne Schmidt

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Lynne Schmidt is the grandchild of a Holocaust survivor, and a mental health professional. They are the winner of the 2021 The Poetry Question Chapbook Contest, and 2020 New Women's Voices Contest. Lynne is the author of the chapbooks, SexyTime (forthcoming 2022) Dead Dog Poems, Gravity, and On Becoming a Role Model. When given the choice, Lynne prefers the company of her three dogs and one cat to humans.

Featured reader starts at 7:00 followed directly by an open mic.

This is a virtual event on zoom, for the zoom link contact the organizer at [masked]

Salem Poetry Project on Zoom Featuring John Sibley Williams

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John Sibley Williams is the author of four award-winning poetry collections: The Drowning House, Scale Model of a Country at Dawn, As One Fire Consumes Another, and Skin Memory. A twenty-seven-time Pushcart nominee and winner of various awards, John serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and founder of Caesura Poetry Workshop.

Featured reader starts at 7:00 followed directly by an open mic.

This is a virtual event on zoom, for the zoom link contact the organizer at [masked]

Salem Poetry Project Featuring the Poetry of César Abraham Vallejo Mendoza

César Abraham Vallejo Mendoza (March 16, 1892 – April 15, 1938) was a Peruvian poet, writer, playwright, and journalist. Although he published only two books of poetry during his lifetime, he is considered one of the great poetic innovators of the 20th century in any language. He was always a step ahead of literary currents, and each of his books was distinct from the others, and, in its own sense, revolutionary. Thomas Merton called him "the greatest universal poet since Dante". The late British poet, critic and biographer Martin Seymour-Smith, a leading authority on world literature, called Vallejo "the greatest twentieth-century poet in any language." He was a member of the intellectual community called North Group formed in the Peruvian north coastal city of Trujillo.

Featured reader starts at 7:00 followed directly by an open mic.

This is a virtual event on zoom, for the zoom link contact the organizer at [masked]

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