Poetry Series: Cammy Thomas and Regie Gibson

Monday, April 47:00—8:00 PMLarge Meeting RoomCary Memorial Library1874 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA, 02420

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, Alan Shapiro will not be able to attend this event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Join us for another installation of our poetry series. While this series is usually hosted by Cammy Thomas, for the first time here at the library Cammy will be a reader, joined by the poet Regie Gibson.

Regie Gibson has lectured & performed widely in the U.S., Cuba & Europe. In Italy, representing the U.S., Regie competed for & was awarded the Absolute Poetry Award & The Europa in Versi Prize. He has served as consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts & “The Mere Distinction of Color” exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier home. He’s received the Walker Scholarship for Poetry from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, a YMCA Writer’s Fellowship, a Mass Cultural Council Poetry Award, a Lexington Education Foundation Grant, a Brother Thomas Fellowship & two Live Arts Boston Grants to develop his first play, The Juke: A Blues Bacchae, which uses elements of the Euripidean tragedy to explore African-American music, history, and spirituality.  He is regularly featured on NPR and other radio media, he also works with Unite America, a movement of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents working to put voters first and country over party; and is a creative-in-residence at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center (Hague, Netherlands) working to craft language regarding issues of climate change. He is the creator of The Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy— a multi-media, literary concert (which will be performed at Cary on May 7th) focusing on the works & influence of William Shakespeare, and is the former Poet-In-Residence at the Cary Memorial Library. He currently teaches at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Cammy Thomas’s newest collection of poems, Tremors, has just come out. Her first book, Cathedral of Wish, received the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. A fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation helped her complete her second, Inscriptions. All three are published by Four Way Books. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, and in the anthologies Poems in the Aftermath, and Echoes From Walden. On March 13, 2022, Far Past War, an orchestral setting of her poems composed by her sister, Augusta Read Thomas, premiered at Washington DC’s Cathedral Choral Society. She lives in Bolton, MA, and can be found at cammythomas.com.

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