Artist of the Week
On Sunday, May 4, Marblehead resident Elisabeth Weiss Horowitz will join thousands of poets and writers for the sixth annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem. Her workshop, “Writing the Sea: Water as Metaphor and Poetry of the New England Coast,” will take place in the Pickman Room of the Hawthorne Hotel from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Poets from Lucy Larcom to Sylvia Plath have gazed from the New England shore and traveled under both real and imagined sails. This workshop will follow a coast stippled with wrecks, shipyards and salty ports. Through writing prompts we’ll explore the sea’s tidal pull on the imagination: the myths of its vast expanse, the reflection of the human psyche in its surface and the idea of exploration as a road to riches and adventure.
Horowitz is a poet who teaches writing and literature at Salem State University. She’s taught poetry in preschools, prisons and nursing homes, as well as to the intellectually disabled.
Her award-winning poetry has been in London’s Poetry Review, Porch, Crazyhorse, and is forthcoming in the Birmingham Poetry Review.
She taught creative writing at Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead for many years, recently taught a writing workshop for the Lappin Foundation and has been a docent at the Jeremiah Lee Mansion for the last 15 years.
Horowitz is an enthusiastic volunteer and participant in the Mass. Poetry Festival and is a member of the Salem Writer’s Group.
The Massachusetts Poetry Festival will take place in many venues around Salem during the weekend of May 2, 3 and 4. Buttons for entry can be purchased at Spirit of ‘76 Bookstore in Marblehead as well as at the Festival. This year’s headliner poets include: Kim Addonizio, Lucie Brock-Broido, Rafael Campo, Carol Ann Duffy, Oliver de la Paz, Cornelius Eady, Rhina Espaillat, Forrest Gander, David Ferry, Li-Young Lee, Philip Levine, Susan Rich, Marge Piercy, Vivian Shipley and C.D. Wright.
For more information, visit masspoetry.org.