Writers in Your Neighborhood

March 15, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Salem Athenaeum—online
Free to Athenaeum members; $10 general
Salem Athenaeum
Salem has a long, distinguished literary history that continues today. This special event will allow you to sample the writing of several authors who are members of the Athenaeum or North Shore residents — the prose and verse of your talented neighbors. Cozy up to your computer with a warm cup of something and get a taste of their work, explore their books, talk writing.
We are excited to announce the authors who will be reading on the Ides of March:
Gregory Glenn
Kirun Kapur
Fred Krell
Hannah Larrabee
Kali Lightfoot
Carla Panciera
Peter Sampieri


Gregory Glenn is a writer living in Massachusetts. He is Beloved Editor Supreme at Unpopular Writer, and former poetry editor for Soundings East. His poems have been published by Poetry Soup, Drunk Monkeys, Mass Poetry, and he will be one of five poets featured in the forthcoming anthology, 9×5, due out in spring of 2022.

Hannah Larrabee’s book Wonder Tissue won the Airlie Press Poetry Prize and was short-listed for a Massachusetts Book Award. She was selected by NASA to write poetry for the James Webb Space Telescope program at Goddard Space Center, and she’s so excited to see the first images return. In October, Hannah will be sailing around Svalbard as part of the Arctic Circle Residency. She has an MFA from the University of New Hampshire where she studied with Charles Simic, and she recently joined the editing team at Nixes Mate Review.

Kali Lightfoot’s poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, been nominated twice for Pushcart, and once for Best of the Net. Her debut poetry collection, Pelted by Flowers, was named a “most anticipated” book for April, 2021 by Lambda Literary. It is now available from CavanKerry Press, Amazon, and Wicked Good Books in Salem.

Kirun Kapur grew up between Honolulu and New Delhi and now lives north of Boston. She is a poet, teacher and translator. Her debut collection, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist (Elixir Press, 2015), was the winner of the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry and the Antivenom Poetry Award. Her second book, Women in the Waiting Room (Black Lawrence Press, 2020) was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares and many other journals. Kapur serves as editor at The Beloit Poetry Journal and teaches at Amherst College, where she is director of the Creative Writing Program. To learn more, visit her at kirunkapur.com.

Fred Krell is a retired psychologist who spent decades working in the residential treatment of children.  He trained and supervised numerous direct-care and clinical staff.
His second career as a forensic psychologist revolved around performing evaluations for various courts and correctional programs.  In addition, many of his cases had to do with custody conflicts. Since retiring from clinical work, he has been writing about many of those experiences that shaped his development as a clinician.

Carla Panciera is a poet and a prose writer whose work has appeared in many journals including Poetry, the New England Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Carolina Quarterly. She is the author of One of the Cimalores (Cider Press); No Day, No Dusk, No Love (Bordighera Press); and Bewildered (University of Massachusetts Press). A high school English teacher, Carla lives in Rowley, MA.

Peter Sampieri is a director, playwright, song-writer, and puppeteer. He’s a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, the national labor union for playwrights, and an Associate Professor of Performance and Directing at Salem State University.

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