Worcester County Poetry Association
Established 1971
Worcester County Poetry Association / PO Box 804, Worcester, MA 01613 / 508-797-4770 / wcpaboard@yahoo.com

2011 Annual Meeting
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WCPA Board & Officers

Jonathan Blake
Alex Charalambides
Carrie Corcoran
Bob Cronin
Francine D'Alessandro
Monica Elefterion
Kristina England
Jim Fay
Gary Hawksley
Matt Hopewell
    VP - Programming
Carle Johnson
Jay Lavelle
Dan Lewis
Anne Marie Lucci
    Secretary, VP Publicity
David Macpherson
Rodger Martin
    Editor, The Worcester Review
Trent Masiki
Laura Menides
Catherine Reed
Joseph Reynolds
Robert Steele
Paul Szlosek
Eleanor Vincelette
Mark Wagner
Ian Williams
Patricia Youngblood
Robert Steele opened the meeting with a reading of "Maximus, to Himself" by Charles Olson.Michael True, co-founder of the WCPA, was the guest speaker. He discussed the early days of the organization.Laura Menides reported on the activities of the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary committee.Judith Ferrara provided an overview of the Stanley Kunitz programming for the past year.Anne Marie Lucci provided an overview of WCPA programming activities.Rodger Martin reported on The Worcester Review and facilitated the elections of board and officers.Jay Lavelle led the discussion period following the reports from the board.Matt Hopewell during the open discussion portion of the program.Featured poet Jessica Bane Robert.
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See below for meeting agenda, programming reports (PDF files), links, election results, and other news.

Jessica Bane Robert grew up off the grid on a mountain in Maine in a log cabin built by her father. She is currently completing a mixed-genre memoir about this experience and time in her life. An essay from this work has been published in Ecotone, a literary journal about place. Her poems have been published and anthologized by a variety of journals and presses including Naugatuck River Review, The Ghazal Page, Outrider Press, and Cider Press Review. She won the Writecorner Press editor’s prize for her villanelle entitled “Family Plot”.

Her first chap book of poems, Scarred Seasons, was published by Finishing Line Press and was nominated for a Mass Book Award and a Pen New England Literary Award.

Jessica currently teaches Writing and Literature courses at Clark University in Worcester, Mass where she resides with her husband and two children.

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