May 13: 2023 Carlisle Poetry Festival with Carla Schwartz & Friends

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Date(s) - May 13, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Gleason Public Library


 Gleason Public Library

2023 Carlisle Poetry Festival Featuring:

Featuring panelists Michael Ansara, Anna V.Q. Ross & Carla Shwartz and the winners of the Carlisle Poetry Contest

The Gleason Public Library is holding its first Poetry Festival, during which a panel of three prominent, local poets will discuss the inner workings of the writing life and their recent publications. The hybrid event will take place in the Hollis Room with refreshments on Saturday, May 13th at 2pm – please click here to RSVP.

Panelist Bios:

Carla Schwartz: Filmmaker and photographer Carla Schwartz’s poems have been widely published, including in The Practicing Poet (Diane Lockward, Ed) and in her collections “Signs of Marriage” and “Intimacy with the Wind.” Her CB99videos youtube channel has 2,400,000+ views. Learn more at, or or find her on Twitter (, YouTube (, or Instagram ( Recent publications and acceptances include The EarChannelCalifornia QuarterlyCutthroatThe Poet’s TouchstoneIbbetson Street, Inquisitive EaterPaterson Literary ReviewTriggerfish Critical ReviewThe MacGuffinVerse-Virtual Online, and Leon. Carla Schwartz is a 2023 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant.

Michael Ansara: Michael Ansara’s work has been published in ArrowsmithThe Broken PlateBrushfireCognoscentiCourtship of WindsEl Portal JournalEllipsisEuphony JournalEvening Street ReviewGlint Literary JournalMid-American ReviewMidwest QuarterlyMuddy River Poetry ReviewOPEN: Journal of Arts & LettersPerceptions MagazinePine Hills ReviewPonder ReviewSalamanderSteam TicketWeb del SolIbbetson StreetPassager BooksPennsylvania EnglishThe PhoenixPoetry PorchPotomac ReviewSolsticeVisitant LitVox.comWhimperbang, and Wrath Bearing Tree. His first book, What Remains, was published in 2022 by Kelsay Books. He spent many years as an organizer and activist, having served as a regional organizer for Students for a Democratic Society, 10 years organizing against the war in Vietnam and then many years as a community organizer. He was the executive director of Massachusetts Fair Share. He is the cofounder of MassPoetry ( and serves on the boards of Tupelo Press, the Redress Movement and Together We Elect. He lives in Carlisle with his wife Barney Arnold and dotes on their three children and six grandchildren.

Anna V. Q. Ross: Anna V. Q. Ross’s most recent book, Flutter, Kick, won the 2020 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award and was published by Red Hen Press in November, 2022.

Her previous collections include If a Storm (Anhinga Press, winner of the Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry); Figuring (Bull City Press); and Hawk Weather (winner the New Women’s Voices Prize from Finishing Line Press and the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award from the New England Poetry Society).

A recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Fulbright Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Vermont Studio Center, her recent work appears in Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, The Nation, The Missouri Review, Poetry Northwest, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. She is poetry editor for Salamander Magazine and teaches at Tufts University and through the Emerson Prison Initiative. Anna lives with her family in Dorchester, where she runs the poetry and music series Unearthed Song & Poetry and raises chickens.