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Franco-American Words That Sing, That Matter: Celebrating National Poetry Month

April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Four accomplished Franco-American poets from Massachusetts will give a reading on Monday, April 29, 2019, from 6:30-7:30 PM.

These four writers bring diverse experiences and approaches to their creative work.  Cheryl Savageau is a French/Abenaki poet and writer who has received fellowships in poetry from the NEA and MA Artists Foundation, and was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize.  Her most recent book of poems is Mother/Land.  Ellen LaFleche, the winner of several national poetry awards, including the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, has authored three chapbooks of poetry, including Beatrice.  In addition to her poetry publications, Sally Bellerose’s credits include her novel The Girls Club, and she has won an NEA Fellowship.  Steven Riel’s most recent book is Fellow Odd Fellow. He edits the new Franco-American literary e-journal, Résonance.

In towns and cities throughout New England, a significant percentage of the population is of Franco-American heritage, yet this ethnic group has often survived by avoiding notice and blending in. These four poets break that traditional silence by exploring varied facets of Franco-American experience.

Sponsored by the Academy of American Poets each April, National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world. Each year, thousands of performances and educational programs help deepen the important role poetry plays in our culture and our lives.

Sponsored by Friends of Jacob Edwards Library. 


April 29
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Jacob Edwards Library
508 764-5426


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236 Main Street
Southbridge, MA United States
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