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February 7, 2013

Poetry and play readings on tap

The Gloucester Writers Center is hosting two reading events this weekend: one with three Lowell poets and another of 10-minute plays by Cape Ann talent.

Ryan Gallagher, Chuck Levenstein and Paul Marion, all of Lowell, will read from their works Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m.

Gallagher is the author of “Plum Smash and Other Flashbulbs,” and has translated “The Complete Works of Catullus” from Latin. He curated “Young Angel Midnight, An Emerging Generation in the Arts in Lowell” (Bootstrap 2011). He is co-founder of Bootstrap Press and teaches literature and journalism at Malden High School.

Levenstein is the author of “Lost Baggage” and two other poetry collections. He was a contributing editor to the now-defunct Zurich-based electronic poetry magazine, Poems Niederngasse. His poems have been widely published in e-zines. He is professor emeritus of Work Environment Policy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Marion is the author of several collections of poetry, including his most recent, “What Is The City?,” and editor of Jack Kerouac’s early writings. He works at UMass Lowell as executive director of community and cultural affairs. He is also the publisher of Loom Press.

On Sunday, Feb. 10, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the Writers Center will host readings from its 10-Minute Playwriting Workshop. Cape Ann talent will read 10 original 10-minute plays penned by local playwrights from M. Lynda Robinson’s workshop. The final step for a new play is to have directors put actors and the play on stage in front of an audience for their feedback. A reception will follow.

The Gloucester Writers Center is located in the late poet Vincent Ferrini’s home, at 126 East Main St. in Gloucester. Parking is across the street. For more information, visit gloucesterwriters.org.

Valentine’s Day at the library

On Valentine’s Day, the Mari Martin Trio, featuring Mark Retallack and Ken Steiner, will perform songs of love and romance on the main floor at Sawyer Free Library. The program, “To Have and to Hold: Songs of Love for Everyone,” runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Along with the music, homemade refreshments will be served.

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