Saturday, January 1, 2011

Framingham's Award-Winning Poet

Given the size and diversity of our community, it's not surprising that it is home to people talented in a wide variety of endeavors. For a long-time poet and lover of poetry like me, however, it's particularly thrilling that Framingham is home to an award-winning poet.

Alan Feldman, a retired English professor who taught at Framingham State University for thirty-six years, has published award-winning books of poetry and numerous poems in many of the nation's leading literary magazines, as well as The Atlantic and The New Yorker. He has even been called "one of the best poets in America" by one reviewer.

I have known of Feldman's work and reputation for years, but after attending a recent reading by him I came away with a newfound appreciation of the great talent in our midst. And even more exciting for both novice and experienced local poets, Feldman leads a free poetry workshop on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Framingham Public Library. What a great opportunity to learn from a master of his craft!

To learn more about Alan Feldman and read some samples of his work, go to