La Guagua - MCC's Premier Poetry Festival Weekend

Friday, May 5 & Saturday May 6, 2023

Now in it's 4th year, La Guagua Poetry Festival will feature 25 poets, translators, publishers, and editors from around the world.

Open to the entire community and held in MCC's premier performance space, the Richard and Nancy Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, this year's festival will focus on translation with an emphasis on immigration and social justice.

The festival will include keynote presentations by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri and award-winning poet and translator Vanita Ruth, a live singing performance, multilingual reading panels, conversations about literary translation, and an interactive lunch on Saturday with featured poets.

Attendees will receive a hard copy of La Guagua Poetry Anthology: The Path Belongs to Us. This anthology showcases the works presented at the festival by visiting poets and includes poems in Arabic, English, Filipino, French, German, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Romanian, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Swedish, Vietnamese, and Urdu.

The festival will be held on Friday, May 5th, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 6th, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Richard and Nancy Donahue and Family Academic Arts Center, located at 240 Central St. in Lowell.

See this year’s schedule of events and list of visiting poets.

Last Modified: 8/4/23