[act-ma] 4/11th “A Spring Murmuration of Poets” with Poets' Theatre

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REMINDER: CCB THIS SUNDAY-April 11th at 11AM: “A Spring Murmuration of 
Poets” with Poets' Theatre
*Here is what's happening virtually at Community Church of Boston!*

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*April 11th 2021 - 11 AM *(EST)

"A Spring Murmuration of Poets"
with Poets' Theatre

*Sunday, April 11th at 11 AM:*

*“A Spring Murmuration of Poets”*
*with Poets' Theatre*

*• POETS' THEATRE* was founded in Cambridge in 1950 by a bunch of young 
poets who became famous later such as John Ashbery, Richard Wilbur, 
Frank O’Hara, Richard Eberhart, Alison Lurie. The first staged reading 
of Dylan Thomas’ A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES was a Poets’ Theatre 
production. Their Palmer St. theatre burned up in 1968 and so the PT 
remained invisible until a “wake” to remember it was held at the JFK 
Library in 1989 but the wake became a rebirth, and for the next dozen 
years the PT produced numerous events.
*AMANDA SHEA*is a noted Spoken Word poet from Boston. She has performed 
at the MFA, the ICA and the Gardner Museum, as well as acting in the 
Poets' Theatre production of The Boston Abolitionists at the Boston 
Athenaeum and UMass/Boston. She also curated and performed in "Other 
Voices in the Room," the Poets' Theatre's celebration of the best Spoken 
Word poets in Boston. She also served as an official host for the 2018 
and 2019 Boston Art & Music Soul Festival and the Arts Equity Summit.

*DAVID GULLETTE***is Literary Director of the Poets' Theatre. His most 
recent book of poetry is Questionable Shapes. Two of his scripts have 
been presented in recent years by the Poets' Theatre: The Boston 
Abolitionists, and Four Generations of the Adams Family. He is currently 
at work on "Gaspar's Decision," a play based on his book about a 
Catholic Spanish missionary and poet who took up arms and joined the 
Sandinista insurrection against the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua.

*MARTHA COLLINS*is the author of many books of poetry, the most recent 
being Because What Else Could I Do which won the 2020 Poetry Society of 
America’s William Carlos Williams Award 
A staged version of her long narrative poem, Blue Front about a 1909 
lynching in Cairo Illinois was performed by The Poets' Theatre.
*LLOYD SCHWARTZ*is Poet Laureate of Somerville. His most recent book 
is Who's on First? New and Selected Poems. He won a Pulitzer Prize for 
his music criticism, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Schwartz served as 
co-editor of an edition of the collected works of Elizabeth Bishop 
<https://communitychurchofboston.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=97f7dfeb0bfd338d2250fe8e5&id=419458e592&e=3e8e4cf5c6> for 
the Library of America, entitled Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and 
Letters (2008) and edited the centennial edition of Elizabeth Bishop's 
Prose for Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2011). He adapted his first book of 
poems, These People for the stage; it became a Poets' Theatre production.

*FRED MARCHANT* is the founding director of the Suffolk University 
Poetry Center and the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of 
which is Said Not Said. He has co-translated (with Nguyen Ba Chung) work 
by Tran Dang Khoa and Vo Que, among others. Poems from his own first 
book, Tipping Point (winner of the 1993 Washington Prize) were part of 
The Poets' Theatre's dramatic presentation of Writing Between the 
Lines, an anthology of writings by Vietnamese and American authors 
connected to the Vietnam War. Performed at Suffolk University, the cast 
of that production included the late and great Grace Paley.

*ANI GJIKA*studied at Simmons University and Boston University (in the 
MFA program where her teachers included Rosanna Warren, Robert Pinsky 
and Louise Gluck). Her first book of poems, /Bread on Running 
Waters/ was published by Fenway Press, and her translation of/ Negative 
Space/ by leading Albanian poet Luljeta Lleshanaku was published by New 
Directions. She has been a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize, and 
the PEN Literary Award. She has taught at Grub Street and UMass Framingham.

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*CCB Sundays & More, April - June*
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*Sunday, April 18th at 11 AM: *

*"Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption
and One Man's Search for Justice"*
*with Carey Gillam*

Investigative journalist Carey Gillam will discuss her new book and 
research that has revealed how Monsanto spent decades hiding the 
cancer-causing dangers of its weed killing products and the story of Lee 
Johnson's fight both to survive cancer and hold Monsanto accountable. 
Though doctors told Johnson his cancer would kill him years ago, he is 
"striving and thriving" and working to warn others about harms 
associated with pesticides and plans to join in the presentation.

*Music by Jay Mankita*

*Sunday, April 25th at 11 AM:*

*“Conscience of the Radical: **Scott & Helen Nearing's 20th Century 
*with Greg Joly*

This talk will explore Scott's role in the birth of Academic Freedom for 
educators, his 1919 Federal Sedition trial for anti-war writings, and 
his progressive stance on economics, social justice and Black lives. 
Also covered will be how Scott & Helen integrated their 
ecologically-based homesteading and maple syrup business with their 
intellectual pursuits and social activism.

*Music by Dean Stevens & Rob Flax*

*Sunday, May 2nd at 11 AM: *

*“Encore: The Red & Green of May Day"*
*with Judith Woodruff*

An encore presentation of the origins of  May Day celebration: May Day 
is recognized around the world as a holiday of celebration and 
appreciation of working people. Originally it was a springtime fertility 
festival whose origins go back far into the ancient world. It is known 
for its May poles, dances, floral wreaths, fertility rites, and general 
rejoicing along with days off from work. This program will explore how 
May Day came to be the working class holiday by 1894; a remembrance of 
the Haymarket martyrs' struggle for the eight hour day; and is now a day 
of world wide working class demonstrations with efforts to make it a 
legal American holiday, as it is in most of the countries of the world.

*Music by David Rovics*

*Sunday, May 9th at 11 AM:*

*“Storytellers for a Small Planet”*
*with Andy Davis, Judith Black and Jackson Gillman*

This talk will explore Scott's role in the birth of Acedemic Freedom for 
educators, his 1919 Federal Sedition trial for anti-war writings, and 
his progressive stance on economics, social justice and Black lives. 
Also covered will be how Scott & Helen intregrated their 
ecologically-based homesteading and maple syrup business with their 
intellectual pursuits and social activism.

*Sunday, May 16th at 11 AM: *

*“Reinventing how we tackle Hunger"*
*with Katie Martin*

COVID has increased food insecurity and exposed systemic inequalities. 
Learn about a new book that provides inspiration and action steps for 
reinventing how we tackle hunger in the U.S. The key is shifting our 
focus from a lack of food to strategies that build empathy, equity, and 
political will.

*Music by CommUnity Voices*

*Sunday, May 23rd at 11 AM:*

*“The Sweet Chariot Music & Arts Festival”*

The Sweet Chariot Music and Arts Festival is a wild gaggle of 
songwriters, musicians, divas and divos, poets storytellers and artists 
who meet for a week each summer on an island off the Maine Coast and 
deliver three nights of inspiration to a rapt audience in the funkiest 
hall you’ve ever stepped into. They’ve been doing this for over 30 
years, and keep coming back for more, except when a virus requires an 
involuntary sabbatical. Now they’re rarin’ to go, and will give you a 
sneak preview, in celebration of one of their member’s birthday (Dean), 
and in fond memory our beloved Kathleen Dinan. Join us!

*Music by Eric Kilburn, Lisa Redfern, Dean Stevens, Ritt Henn, Beth 
Falcone, Daisy and Stan, Geoff Kaufman, Suzy Williams, John and Rachel 
Nicholas, David Dodson, Mary Kate Small*, and many more.... in other 
words way too many to fit in one service, but who even cares??

*Sunday, May 30th at 11 AM: *

*“Film: Child's Play"*
*with Michael Sheridan*

Four children in Sialkot, Pakistan, introduce us to their daily lives 
and tell us why they work stitching soccer balls. The film argues that 
to eliminate child labor, viable economic options must be created so 
that parents can afford not to have their children work. Produced for 
Save the Children Fund-UK and shown at the United Nation's International 
Conference on Child Labor and at the British Sports Apparel Industry's 
annual conference. The film helped change policy and raised 1.2 million 
dollars for Save the Children's Sialkot program.

*Sunday, June 6th at 11 AM:*

*“Exonerating Ethel”*
*with Jennifer Meeropol*
Jenn Meeropol discusses the successes and lessons learned from the 2016 
campaign to exonerate her grandmother, Ethel Rosenberg. In 1951, at the 
height of the McCarthy era, Ethel was convicted of “conspiracy to commit 
espionage” alongside her husband Julius in a trial that would come to 
symbolize "Red Scare" hysteria and the U.S.’s willingness to commit 
injustice in the name of national security. As we mark the 70th 
anniversary of the conviction, Jenn shares what comes next for the 
exonerate campaign, including the exciting possibility of a relaunch 
effort in the months to come, and why it still matters today.

*Music by CommUnity Voices*

*Sunday, June 13th at 11 AM: *

*“Centroamericanos Speak:
On Migration and Struggle"*
*with Members of the Central American News*

• Melissa Vida is a freelance journalist and filmmaker from Belgian and 
Salvadoran descent. Melissa has had her work published in The New York 
Times, Foreign Policy, World Politics Review and America Magazine and 
has been hired by the Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven (KUL) to 
produce a documentary on St. Oscar Romero's legacy in El Salvador. She 
is also the founder and editor of the weekly newsletter Central American 
News, which is followed by 500+ journalists, researchers and public 
officials. She hones a bird's-eye view on Central America as a region 
and specializes in El Salvador, for which she works as a consultant for 
government institutions.

*Music by CommUnity Voices*

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