On Sunday, November 2, at 2 pm, sixteen poets will convene at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth to read their own work and poems by Joe Gouveia, who passed away in May. Joe would have been 50 years old on November 2. This is a free event, though suggested donations of $10 will permit Joe’s family to commemorate him in other ways. The Cultural Center is located at 307 Old Main Street in South Yarmouth.
The son of Portuguese immigrants, Joe Gouveia was a poet, journalist, organizer and radio personality. He received his MFA in Poetry from New England College and served as Poet in Residence at Cape Cod Community College. He was the Poetry Curator at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, wrote the “Meter Man” poetry column for the Barnstable Patriot in Hyannis, and hosted the “Poets Corner” radio show on WOMR in Provincetown. He published one full-length collection of poems, Saudades, with Casa Mariposa Press, and three chapbooks: What We Do; Ginsberg is Dead; and The Slaughter of the Sacred Cow. He also edited three anthologies: Dancing on Water; Common Roots, Common Ground; and Rubber Side Down, the first and only anthology of biker poetry.
Of Saudades, Alicia Ostriker wrote: “In this marvelous collection of poems, Joe Gouveia rides English like a Harley.” Marge Piercy called these poems “powerful and emotionally touching works.” Said Robert Pinsky: “I admire his laughter in the presence of death, his embrace of life and his loving attention to particular provinces and the world at large. “ Copies of the book will be available for sale at the reading.
The readers are: Marge Piercy, Martín Espada, Everett Hoagland, John Landry, Chard DeNiord, Chase Berggrun, Maria Nazos, Maritza Rivera, Emma Ayres, Melissa Tuckey, Sarah Browning, John Bonanni, Mary Ellen Redmond, Lamont Steptoe, J. Barrett Wolf, and Lauren Wolk.