The Network for Arts Administrators of Color (or NAAC Boston) was established to enhance the visibility of professionals of color in Greater Boston’s arts and culture sector, as well as widen the leadership pipeline and highlight opportunities for professional and personal growth in the field.
Below is a calendar of events promoting the work of NAAC Boston members and events affiliated with NAAC Boston members’ organizations.
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July 26, 2017
Patricia Spears Jones is a Brooklyn-based African American poet and recipient of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize. She has authored eight poetry collections and chapbooks, including A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems from White Pine Press. Her work is included in major anthologies, most recently, Truth to Power: Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear (Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts); The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (U. of Arkansas Press); BAX: Best American Experiment Writing, 2016 (Wesleyan U. Press) Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin (WW Norton) and Resisting Arrest: poems to stretch the sky (Jacar Press). She is 2016 Pushcart Prize winter, a 2015 recipient of a Money for Women/The Barbara Deming Fund award and has received NEA and NYFA grants and awards from Foundation for Contemporary Art and the New York Community Trust. Featured in the documentary Louder Than a Bomb, Peter Kahn is the co-founder of the London Teenage Poetry Slam, and as a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths-University of London, the founder of the Spoken Word Education Training Programme. An English teacher at Oak Park/River Forest H.S., Peter runs the largest school-based Spoken Word Club in the world. His work has been featured in the London Telegraph, Chicago Tribune, Education Week, NPR, PBSand Chicago Sun-Times. A guest lecturer at DePaul University, Northwestern University, Cambridge University (UK) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Peter holds an MA in English Education from The Ohio State University and recently earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. Jack Powers is the english and math special education teacher at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Connecticut, and director of the school’s Writing Center. He won the 2015 and 2012 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contests and was a finalist for the 2013 and 2014 Rattle Poetry Prizes. His poems have appeared in The Southern Review, The Southern Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Poet Lore, Cortland Review and elsewhere. Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English and teaches poetry in the MFA program at UMass Boston. His most recent volume of poems is Little Kisses (University of Chicago Press). His honors include an NEA grant in Poetry, a Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in The Best American Poetry and The Best of the Best American Poetry. A noted Elizabeth Bishop scholar, he has edited Elizabeth Bishop and Her Art, The Library of America’s Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters, and FSG’s centennial edition of her Prose. He was the longtime Classical Music Editor of the Boston Phoenix and is the classical music critic for NPR's Fresh Air. For his writing about music, he's received three ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Ravi Shankar is the author, editor or translator of over a dozen books, including most recently "The Golden Shovel: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks" (University of Arkansas Press, 2017) and "Andal: The Autobiography of A Goddess" (Zubaan Books/University of Chicago Press, 2016). He has won a Pushcart Prize, a Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner, appeared on NPR, PBS, the BBC and in such publications as The New York Times, The Paris Review and Caravan, and been awarded many fellowships, including from the Rhode Island Commission on the Arts, the MacDowell Colony and the Corporation of Yaddo. He founded Drunken Boat, one of the world's oldest electronic journals of the arts, and he teaches and performs around the world, most recently for the New York Writers Workshop and as the Writer-in-Residence at Sun Yat-Sen University in Gwangzhou, China. His memoir-in-progress is entitled "Correctional." Maura Snell is co-founder and poetry editor at The Tishman Review and teaches poetry writing and critique to incarcerated teen girls. Her work has appeared both online and in print, most recently in Mom Egg Review, Brain Child Magazine, Red Paint Hill Quarterly, Bennington Review, Inside the Dome, and in several anthologies. Her chapbook, Eating Cake, was a finalist in the 2015 Five Oaks Press chapbook competition, and her poem “Landing” won the September prize from international blogger, Wilda Morris. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and lives outside Boston with her family. Associate Professor of English Daniel Donaghy is a published poet and scholar in contemporary British and American poetry. His works have been honored by a top-ranked university press; received finalist distinctions in a highly prestigious national poetry contest; and been published in some of the most widely read literary publications in the country. Ellen Doré Watson serves as Director of the Poetry Center at Smith College. Her 5th full-length collection of poems will be out from Alice James early next year. Individual poems have appeared widely, including in Tin House, Orion and The New Yorker. Watson has also translated a dozen books from Brazilian Portuguese, most notably those of Adélia Prado, and she edits both poetry & translation for The Massachusetts Review and teaches in the Drew University Low-Residency MFA Program in Poetry and Translation.