Pawtucket Celebrates National Poetry Month

Samaritan Forget Me Not Art Gallery will host 2015 Galway Kinnell Contest Winners

April 27, 2016 at 7 pm

Pawtucket, RI – Pawtucket will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of National Poetry Month with a reading featuring last year’s Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest winners on April 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The Samaritans will host the event at its Forget-Me-Not Gallery, 64 Park Place, Pawtucket, RI.

Poets reading will include second place winner Karen Haskell and third place winner David O’Connell. Haskell, of Coventry, RI, won in last year’s Galway Poetry Contest for her poem, “She’s Tough.” Third place winner, O’Connell, North Providence, won with an “Elegy for Galway Kinnell.”

Also reading at this event are organizer and poet Patti McAlpine and special guest poet, Julie Danho. Danho is one of the three winners of the MacColl Johnson Fellowship for 2016.

Organizer and Rhode Island poet, Patti McAlpine, hopes to continue the momentum that began last September with the reinstatement of the Kinnell Poetry Contest and first Pawtucket Celebrates Poetry event by hosting this National Poetry Month event and plans to announce the deadline for the 2016 Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest. The event also gives an opportunity for last year’s winners to share their body of work.

In addition to continuing the Kinnell Poetry Contest, McAlpine plans on working with The Samaritans to host the Second Annual Pawtucket Celebrates Poetry literary event in conjunction with the Pawtucket Arts Festival in September. For more information and upcoming details for the 2016 Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest visit

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