Friday, April 21, 2017 5:00 PM – Saturday, April 22, 2017 4:30 PM
Join Middlesex Community College for a reception to honor the legacy of Rhina P. Espaillat, poet and translator, and a daylong poetry festival the next day. Espaillat was born in the Dominican Republic under the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. Her family was exiled to the U.S. and settled in New York City. She began writing poetry as a young girl -- in Spanish and English -- and has published in both languages. She has published 11 poetry collections and has garnered numerous awards. The all-day festival will feature readings by 20 local, regional and international poets, including Harvard Scholar-at-Risk Jorge Castillo. Readings will include public dialogue about the aesthetic, social, and cultural aspects of each poets work. The day will end with a session integrating artistic expression and musical performance. Lunch will be provided. This event is part of the Berkshire Immigrant Stories Project, a pilot program for a Public Humanities Center at BCC supported by Mass Humanities.