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Get Your Poetry ON!

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A three part poetry oration event.  Three poets present a chosen established piece of writing, then a newly prepared piece on the subject of Waltham or the Mill, then an on-the-spot piece on the subject provided by the audience.

The Poets

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Enzo Silon Surin

 Enzo is a Haitian-born poet, educator, publisher and social advocate, is the author of two chapbooks, A Letter of Resignation: An American Libretto (2017) and Higher Ground (2006). He is recipient of a Brother Thomas Fellowship from The Boston Foundation and is a PEN New England Celebrated New Voice in Poetry. Surin’s work gives voice to experiences that take place in what he calls “broken spaces” and has appeared in numerous publications. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University and is an Associate Professor of English at Bunker Hill Community College and founding editor and publisher at Central Square Press.

Matthew Carriker

As an ordained Christian minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC), Matt is the Protestant Chaplain at Brandeis University, and pastors a new UCC church start in Waltham, MA called “Agape Spiritual Community.” Matt loves facilitating youth and adult spiritual formation retreats, and is passionate about interfaith engagement and putting spirituality into action. Matt finds joy in leading mindfulness and contemplative practices opportunities on campus and in the wider Waltham community. The title of Matt’s upcoming book is “Giving Christianity back to Agape Love.” More info about Agape Spiritual Community can be found here:


Jamele Adams/Harlym 1Two5

1Two5 remains very well known in the New York City area in slam poetry circles. Known as Harlym 125, He was a frequent and highly regarded figure in competitions in New York and beyond. 125 has become a part of the Boston area poetry scene and joined a team of poets who have won numerous competitions regionally and nationally. 125 has also become well known in the Boston area for his work leading workshops dealing with issues of diversity. Several times in the last couple of years, Harlym has been called to local high schools, colleges and communities to help bring a calm and constructive unity after racial incidents have happened. Known for his work, Harlym 1Two5 is often asked to be a panelist or to give presentations on a broad range of topics regarding diversity and pluralism, and also is asked to prepare presentations in response to very specific incidents or conditions. Appearing at dozens of college campuses every year. He is the "HUMAN HIGHLIGHT OF POETRY AND EDU-ACTIVISM."

Doors open at 7pm

This event is co-created and moderated by the Waltham Public Library.