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Red Weather Reading Series Thursday, March 15 5:30 pm 102 Burrowes

J.D. Scrimgeour is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Salem State University. He has published two books of nonfiction, Spin Moves and Themes For English B: A Professor's Education In & Out of Class. The latter won the Association of Writers and Writing Program's (AWP) Award for Nonfiction. He's also the author of the poetry collections The Last Miles and Territories and his latest book of poems, Lifting the Turtle, published in November 2017.  He has collaborated with artists in other mediums, including choreographer Caitlin Corbett, photographer Kim Mimnaugh, and Director Peter Sampieri. With musician Philip Swanson he released the CD of poetry and music, Ogunquit & Other Works. The musical that he composed with his two sons, Aidan and Guthrie, Only Human premiered in Salem's Ames Hall Theater in 2014. He created and directs the Salem Poetry Seminar, a free week-long summer program for select student poets at Massachusetts public colleges and universities, and he is on the executive board of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. He lives in Salem, Massachusetts, a city where some of his ancestors were put to death for being witches and others sat on the jury that found them guilty.