|Sarajevo hard at work|
I don't know all the names of the village of volunteers that made this event possible, but I do know that three key players were Michael Ansara, January O'Neil, and Jennifer Jean. I tip my poetry cap to you!
As a former organizer for Amnesty International USA, I know all the energy and months of planning it takes to pull off an event with an outdoor stage, several different venues, over a hundred (!) poets, and a series of musical acts. Please forgive me for not mentioning special projects like The Poetry Dress and other amazing things that were included in this festival. As a participant, I gave a workshop, "Speaking Pictures" and spoke on a panel on "Lives of the Poets" my job was easy. I worked with the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) and was overwhelmed with the warmth and cooperation that everyone I encountered there from Michelle Moon to the museum security guards showed me.
I'm still thinking about what made this event so important for me, but for now let me mention some personal highlights.
Mark Doty speaking on Dutch Still Life at the PEM
Lloyd Schwartz on Elizabeth Bishop at the PEM
Meeting an old friend in the women's bathroom at the PEM
Spending time with new friend poets Joseph O. Legaspi and Aimee Nezhukumatathil
|Duende on deck|
More to come!