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Writers Series: Ann Taylor and Carl Carlsen

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February Reading

The Writers Series welcomes Ann Taylor and Carl Carlsen for our February reading. Advance registration is encouraged at as seating is limited.

Ann Taylor is a Professor of English at Salem State University where she teaches both literature and writing courses. She has written two books on college composition, academic and freelance essays, and a collection of personal essays, “Watching Birds: Reflections on the Wing.” Her first poetry book, “The River Within,” won first prize in the 2011 Cathlamet Poetry competition at Ravenna Press. A chapbook, “Bound Each to Each” (Finishing Line Press), was published in 2013. “Heloise and Abelard: the Exquisite Truth” (WordTech Communications, 2018), focuses on the 12th-century story of their lives. Her most recent collection “Sortings” (2020), is available from Dos Madres Press.

Carl Carlsen taught English at North Shore Community College from 1974 through 2011. In retirement, he has pursued his interest in oral history by producing “Fifty Years on Seven Seas,” the story of his father's career as a merchant mariner, and “They Came Out: Holocaust Diaspora Testimonies of the Lange Family.”

“Brickyard Stories 2.0: A Lynn MA Neighborhood Before and After Urban Renewal” [2021] is the culmination of his decades-long involvement with stories told by Lynn residents and poems written about particular places in the city.

Attendees are expected to follow Salem State Covid-19 Safety Protocols.

Masks are required indoors on the Salem State campus. Venue capacities are reduced. We ask that you not attend any event if you are feeling unwell. All campus event attendees are expected to follow university policies (including health and safety policies) and posted instructions while at any of our venues.

When 8:30pm
Classroom Building, Central Campus
71 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970
Recital Hall
Karen A Gahagan

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