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Poet-in-Residence Evening Event

Poet and author Willie Perdomo will be featured in Berwick Academy’s annual Mary Anker Poet-in-Residence series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 in the Jackson Library HUB. This event is free and open to the public. Perdomo is the author of The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Milton Kessler Poetry Award, winner of the International Latino Book Award, and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominee. He is currently a member of the VONA/Voices faculty and an English Instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy.
Perdomo’s reading on Thursday evening will be the culmination of a week-long residency at Berwick Academy, where he and Middle School students engage in the process of making and performing poetry in daily workshops. Perdomo will also be sharing his work with the Lower & Upper School students. “Poetry has always provided an alternative language toward experience and imagination; it’s as close to dreaming in real time as we can get,” says Perdomo. “The goal of my visit to Berwick is to create an environment where students can inhabit their dream space.”
Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves. Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.