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Day of the Dead: A Poetic Reflection 
featuring Marc Zegans and Charles Coe

Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Cambridge Co-Housing
175 Richdale Ave, Cambridge

A fundraiser to support the education and outreach programs of the Cambridge Poet Populist Program. A dessert reception following the reading with sweet treats provided by Royal Pastry Shop and Petsi Pies. Suggested Donation: $20 (or whatever you can contribute).

Poets Marc Zegans and Charles Coe present this very special evening to explore the question of mortality with poems that are by turns poignant, philosophical and humorous. This event is intended to support the work of the Cambridge Poet Populist program.

A Poet Populist is elected by Cambridge residents to this unofficial office of the City of Cambridge with a "mandate" to create his or her unique style of poetry-focused events and programs that celebrate poetry and benefit the broader population. Toni Bee is the current Cambridge Poet Populist, and as such, she has been actively organizing poetry readings in libraries, parks, and performance venues around Cambridge. One of her specialties has been "music mash-ups," in which she collaborates with musicians on live performances. Most recently, she created original work for the Revels' RiverSing and José Mateo Ballet Theatre 25th anniversary events.

Marc Zegans has recorded two spoken word albums, Night Work (Philistine Records) and Marker and Parker (Tiny Mind Records); and is author of the book Pillow Talk (gspot Press) with artist Gabrielle Senza, and the play, Mum and Shah. His poems most recently appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of, Wick and are forthcoming in Caper. He is Narragansett Beer's poet laureate, a member of the New York Poetry Brothel, and Fall 2010 Poet in Residence at Bascom Lodge. His book, Devil Blues and Other Songs, is forthcoming on Poetry Brothel Press.

Charles Coe has been a featured poet in numerous literary reviews and magazines. A volume of his poetry, Picnic on the Moon, has been published by Leapfrog Press. Charles also appears on two spoken-word CDs: Get Ready for Boston (Troubadour Press), a collection of stories and songs about Boston neighborhoods; and on One Side of the River (Say That! Productions), an anthology of Cambridge and Somerville poets. His poems have been set to music by composers Julia Carey, Beth Denisch and Robert Moran. Charles is also a grants program officer for the Massachusetts Cultural Council and co-chair of the Boston Chapter of the National Writers Union, a labor union for freelance writers.

Directions & Parking: Cambridge Co-Housing is three blocks from the Red Line stop at Porter Square. A request to the City of Cambridge will allow out-of-town visitors to park on Richdale Avenue from 6:30-10:30pn on the evening of the event.

Information: Please contact Charles Coe at charles52@comcast.net or 617-491-8121.