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The Shawna Foundation presents The Library Poetry Tour, bringing live poetry readings to the Milford Town Library and the Uxbridge Free Library quarterly throughout 2024. The readings will be held quarterly, hosted by Tony Brown, the winner of the 2022 Stanley Kunitz Medal, endowed by the late U.S. Poet Laureate and Worcester native and awarded annually to a poet for lifetime achievement and service to the Central Massachusetts poetry community. 

The August Readings features Art Dubois 

August 21                                                 August 22
Milford Town Library                                 Uxbridge Free Public Library 
80 Spruce Street                                      15 N Main Street
7:00PM                                                     7:00PM


The program is financed in part by the Milford Cultural Council, the Uxbridge Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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Art DuBois is a 67 year old career clinical social worker who has worked as a psychotherapist, in the public defenders office and in management positions in the human services field. He is an amateur nature photographer and intermittent poet. He counts Mary Oliver as his main inspiration and his own poetry is heavily influenced by his mindfulness practices and his work with helping others.
 

Art is a long time resident of Uxbridge and began writing poetry, songs, and short stories in high school, inspired by the enthusiasm and creativity of two teachers: Barbara Elder and Patricia Creighton. He wrote poems for the high school newspaper under a pseudonym and Barbara Elder was thrilled when she realized he was in her music composition class. He entered a poetry contest while in the Army and won first prize on the base where he was stationed for a poem entitled Circles of Infidelity. When he returned to Uxbridge he founded 4th St. Production Company with his lifelong friend, Skip Shea. 

Art has written poetry and songs intermittently over the years. Recently his poetry has become increasingly more impacted by the work he has done helping others, and then, even more so, by his own efforts to find the balance between his natural inclination to joy and the emotional baggage he carries.

SHAWNA FOUNDATION LIBRARY POETRY TOUR
IN Milford AND Uxbridge

Tony Brown has been writing for well over 50 years, and publishing and performing his work for over 40. 

A seven-time Pushcart Prize and two-time Best Of The Net nominee, he has traveled the country, slammed for the Worcester Poets’ Asylum, and organized and hosted many readings and reading series. 

 

He is the winner of the 2022 Stanley Kunitz Medal, endowed by the late US Poet Laureate and Worcester native and awarded annually to a poet for life achievement and service to the Central Massachusetts poetry community.

His most recent eBooks and publications can be found through his Patreon site (https://www.patreon.com/TonyBrown). 

His daily poetry blog is available at http://radioactiveart.blog. He resides in Worcester, MA.

 

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