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Friday, October 12 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Strong Medicine: The Poetry of Addiction

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From Horace to Coleridge, Rimbaud to Akbar, the “milk of paradise” led to masterworks, while addiction sinks ambition and destroys lives. In this stellar panel, award-winning poets, including a poet-neuroscientist, explore up front and personal the swerve from inspiration to ruination. They will explore addiction in self, family, lovers, and friends, as well as the seductive intimacy of shared intoxication. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Kim Addonizo

Kim Addonizio has been called “one of our nation’s most provocative and edgy poets.” She is the author of six poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and two books on writing poetry. She also plays blues harmonica and has two word/music CDs: Swearing, Smoking... Read More →
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Lynn Emanuel

Lynn Emanuel’s poetry has been described as “virtuoso,” “brimming with unfailing invention.” She is the author of five books of poetry.   The most recent, The Nerve Of It : Poems New and Selected, was awarded the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets... Read More →
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Owen Lewis

Owen Lewis is the author of two collections, Marriage Map and Sometimes Full of Daylight. Recent honors include the 2016 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, 2016 Jean Pendrick Chapbook Award (for best man),and finalist for the 2017 Pablo Neruda Award. A professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, he teaches medical humanities... Read More →
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Dawn McGuire

Dawn McGuire is a neurologist-poet and the author of four poetry collections, most recently American Dream with Exit Wound, a 2018 Northern California Book Award finalist. Born in Appalachian Eastern Kentucky, she has received numerous poetry honors, including the 2013 Indie Book... Read More →
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sam sax

sam sax is the author of Madness (Penguin, 2017) winner of The National Poetry Series and ‘Bury It’ (Wesleyan University Press, 2018) winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. He’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda... Read More →