AFAA MICHAEL WEAVER, poet, playwright, essayist, and translator, is the director of the Simmons International Chinese Poetry Conference and the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center at Simmons College, where he also holds an endowed chair. He has received NEA and Pew fellowships and been a Fulbright recipient, teaching in Taiwan. His twelfth book of poetry is The Government of Nature.


AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL is the author of Lucky Fish (Tupelo, 2011), winner of the Eric Hofer Prize and At the Drive-In Volcano (Tupelo 2007), winner of the Balcones Prize. Her first book, Miracle Fruit, won the Tupelo Press Prize, the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in poetry, and the Global Filipino Award. Her writing has been widely anthologized and has been awarded the Pushcart Prize and a 2009 NEA Fellowship. She is associate professor of English at SUNY-Fredonia where she was awarded a Chancellor's Medal of Excellence.


AIMÉE SANDS is the author of The Green-go Turn of Telling, released in 2012 by Salmon Poetry. Poet Bruce Weigl calls the book an "elegant wedding of fresh intellect and lyric bravado." Ms. Sands' poems have previously appeared in FIELD, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poet Lore, Measure, Salamander and other literary journals. She holds an MFA from Bennington College, and is the co-director of the Brookline Poetry Series. Ms. Sands is also an independent documentary filmmaker. The Kellogg Foundation recently made a grant to her diversity film What Makes Me White?.Her previous award-winning documentaries have appeared on NPR, WGBH, and PBS.


ALAN FELDMAN has published poems in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, Threepenny Review, Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere, including anthologies such as "Best American Poetry" (2001; 2011) and "The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present" (Scribner, 2008). He is the author for the Twayne United States Authors series (Twayne Publishers, 1979); his collections of poetry include a winner of the Pollak Prize for Poetry, "A Sail to Great Island" (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004), and "The Happy Genius" (Sun, 1978), which won the annual Elliston Book Award for the best collection published by a small, independent press in the United States. Website: www.alanfeldmanpoetry.com


ALEX CHARALAMBIDES, co-founder & co-coordinator of the Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts Youth Poetry Slam Festival, Founder of the Worcester Youth Poetry Slam, and Co-Curator of the Dirty Gerund Poetry Show, was a poetry mentor on the Nationally Aired PBS Childrens Television Show, "Fetch." www.hairylamb.wordpress.com


ALEXANDRA TEAGUE is the author of Mortal Geography (Persea 2010), winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and the 2010 California Book Award. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in FIELD, Slate, The Seattle Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. She is Assistant Professor of Poetry at University of Idaho and an editor for Broadsided Press.


ALEXANDRIA PEARY is the author of two books of poetry, Fall Foliage Called Bathers & Dancers and Lid to the Shadow, which was the recipient of the 2010 Slope Editions Book Prize. Her work received the Joseph Langland Award from the Academy of American Poets, and has recently appeared in The Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, and The Gettysburg Review. Her degrees include two MFAs (University of Iowa and University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and a PhD (University of New Hampshire). She is an associate professor in the English Department at Salem State University, where she coordinates the First-Year Writing Program.


ALEXIS IVY is a student of literature at Harvard University. Her poems have appeared in a variety of publications, including Main Street Rag, Tar River Poetry, Eclipse, and J Journal. Her poetry collection Romance with Small-Time Crooks was published by BlazeVOX in March of 2013.


ALFRED NICOL’S book of poetry, Elegy for Everyone, published in 2009, was chosen for the first Anita Dorn Memorial Prize. He received the 2004 Richard Wilbur Award for an earlier volume, Winter Light. Nicol has collaborated with poet Rhina Espaillat and classical guitarist John Tavano in making the CD Melopoeia. His most recent publication is Second Hand Second Mind, a collaboration with his sister, the artist Elise Nicol (available at www.blurb.com). A member of the Powow River Poets since 1999, Nicol edited The Powow River Anthology, published in 2006.


ALICE KOCIEMBA is the author of the chapbook Death of Teaticket Hardware (2011), the title poem of which won an International Merit Award from The Atlanta Review. She is a member of Jamaica Pond Poets, a weekly collaborative workshop, and director of Calliope, a monthly poetry series and its winter craft workshops. www.calliopepoetryseries.com. Her recent poems have or will appear in The Atlanta Review, Cape Cod Poetry Review, International Psychoanalysis, Main Street Rag, Off the Coast, Slant, and Salamander. She facilitates a monthly Poetry Book Discussion Group at the Falmouth Public Library and works as a psychotherapist.


ALLEN WEST was a professor of chemistry until 1993 and has been retired since then. A runner-up for the Grolier Poetry Prize in 1992, his chapbook The Time of Ripe Figs won the White Eagle Coffee Store Press’s 2000 competition. In 2010 Off the Grid Press published his book Beirut Again. Since 1989 his poems have appeared in many journals including Kansas Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Concrete Wolf, Brooklyn Review, The Comstock Review, RHINO, and Salamander. At present, among his poetic activities are readings and a talk titled “Writing Poetry! How? Why?”


AMANDA HARNEY is a double major at Salem State University in elementary education and creative writing. Although working towards becoming an educator is a massive part of her life, writing is her first love. She draws from her mishaps and misadventures as a twenty-something on the east coast to put the ink on the page.


Amanda Torres is a mexicana writer, singer, teacher, and organizer who loves avocados. Winner of the National Brave New Voices Slam Competition & veteran of Louder Than Bomb, Chicago, she showcased the first youth poetry slam in London. Amanda has received several awards for her writing and performance, including the Union League Civic Arts Foundation Award for Fiction. Originally from Chicago, Amanda has been teaching for over eight years. She founded the first Youth Advisory Council at Young Chicago Authors and co-founded L@s Eloter@s, a socially engaged Latino/a writing teachers collective. Upon arriving in Boston, Amanda has continues to teach ESL and performance poetry throughout the state. She currently serves as the Festival Director for the Louder Than A Bomb Teen Poetry Slam, Massachusetts and co-founded the Massachusetts Literary Education and Performance Collective (Mass LEAP), the youth spoken word programming arm of MassPoetry where she currently serves as Director of Programs and Youth Festivals. For more information on Ms. Torres, including poems and a recently released EP, visit her website at www.torreswrites.com.

Amelia Kurpeski

AMY DRYANSKY’S first book, How I Got Lost So Close To Home, was published by Alice James Books and her second, Grass Whistle, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry. She’s the recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the MA Cultural Council and awards from the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center and Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She’s also a former Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center at Mt. Holyoke College, where she looked at the impact of motherhood on the work of women poets. She writes about what it’s like to navigate the territory of mother/artist/poet at her blog, Pokey Mama.


Andrea Cohen is the author of the poetry collections Kentucky Derby (Salmon Poetry 2011), Long Division (Salmon Poetry 2009), and The Cartographer's Vacation (Owl Creek Press 1999). Her fourth collection, Furs Not Mine, will be published by Four Way Books. Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Hudson Review. The New Republic, and elsewhere. She directs the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, MA.

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Annie Finch is author of six books of poetry, most recently Spells: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press). Her many books about poetry include The Body of Poetry and A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (U of Michigan Press). She directs the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

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ARIELLE GREENBERG is the co-author, with Rachel Zucker, of Home/Birth: A Poemic (1913 Press, 2011), and author of My Kafka Century (Action Books, 2005), Given (Verse, 2002) and the chapbook Farther Down: Songs from the Allergy Trials (New Michigan, 2003). She is co-editor of three anthologies: with Rachel Zucker, Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days (Iowa, 2010) and Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections(Iowa, 2008); and with Lara Glenum, Gurlesque (Saturnalia, 2010). Twice featured in Best American Poetry, she now writes a regular column for the American Poetry Review on trends in contemporary poetics.


ARTHUR SZE is the author of eight books of poetry, including The Ginkgo Light, Quipu, The Redshifting Web, and Archipelago from Copper Canyon Press. He is also a translator and editor and has published The Silk Dragon: Translations from the Chinese and edited Chinese Writers on Writing. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a PEN Southwest Book Award, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, an American Book Award, a Lannan Literary Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing fellowships, and five grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry. His poems have been translated into a dozen languages, including Chinese, Dutch, Italian and Spanish. A professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and poet laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico, he is on the Board of Chancellors at the Academy of American Poets.

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BARBARA HELFGOTT HYETT is the director of PoemWorks, called “One of the Best Places for Workshops” by The Boston Globe. She has published five collections of poetry and has received a Father John Fellowship for Excellence in the Arts, Massachusetts Artists’ fellowships, the Gertrude Warren Prize, the Herman Melville Commemorative Poetry Prize and fellowships at Yaddo, the Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She has taught at Harvard, MIT, Trinity College and Boston University, where she won the Sproat Award for Excellence in Teaching English. As a poet in the schools, she has served more than 200 local communities.


BEN BERMAN has received numerous honors from the New England Poetry Club and poetry fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Arts Council. He teaches creative writing classes in Brookline and with Grub Street Writers. His first book, Strange Borderlands, was recently published by Able Muse Press.


BEN PURKERT’S poems appear or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Fence, Denver Quarterly, The Awl, Best New Poets 2012 and elsewhere. He also writes book reviews for Kenyon Review and Harvard Review. He currently lives in New York City and serves as Poetry Editor of Bodega Mag (www.bodegamag.com).

Betsy Retallack

Betsy Retallack lives in Beverly Mass on Poets Hill and has been writing poetry for about ten years, publishing here and there, reading here and there and hosts a Readers and Writers group in Hamilton, Mass. She earns her paycheck teaching music in elementary schools yet manages to write daily and do a bit of gardening in season to stay sane among many other 'fun' things. You can sometimes hear her singing in Gloucester at the Alchemy open mic or just yodeling at home.


BILL COYLE’S first book of poems, The God of This World to His Prophet, won the New Criterion Poetry Prize for 2006. His poems, translations and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Image, Modern Poetry in Translation, The New Republic, and Poetry. In 2010 he received a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


BILL GETTE is the Sanctuary Director of Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Newburyport, open since April, 2003. A skilled teacher and field naturalist, Bill has been leading domestic and international natural history expeditions for the Massachusetts Audubon Society since 1986. He has led very successful programs throughout the United Sates and Central America and to Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Turkey, and the Galapagos Islands. Bill has taken a leadership role in bird research and public education, particularly as it relates to birds and bird conservation.


Blaine Hebbel, a poet, activist and Ipswich native, has been fascinated by the “American Voice” for over thirty-five years and has been fighting social injustice since the 60s. He has read as a member of the Poets’ Mimeo Cooperative in Burlington, VT and on the Poemair show on KUOR FM, the University of Redlands, CA station. He is a member of the OccuPoets and performs his poetry at the Walnut Street Coffee Café, Stone Soup in Cambridge and every other venue he can find. He has published two chapbooks, Poems From the Shore and The Occupy Poems.

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BRIAN BRODEUR is the author of the poetry collections Natural Causes (Autumn House Press 2012), Other Latitudes (University of Akron Press 2008), and the chapbook So the Night Cannot Go on Without Us (WECS Press 2007). New poems and interviews are forthcoming in AWP Writers Chronicle, Shenandoah, and The Southern Review. Brian curates the blog “How a Poem Happens,” an online anthology of over 150 interviews with poets. He lives with his wife in Cincinnati where he is a George Elliston Fellow in Poetry in the PhD in English and Comparative Literature program at University of Cincinnati.


BRIAN SOUSA lives in Boston and is the author of a short story collection Almost Gone, (Dartmouth, MA, Tagus Press, 2013). His Poetry appears in Redivider, Gavea-Brown, and The Writer journals. He was awarded a Rhode Island Arts Council fellowship and teaches at Boston College.


BROOKS WRIGHT, hailing from Abilene, Texas, was born in 1960. Growing up, he avoided competitive activity and authoritative opinions. It was through Fine Arts Studies that he discovered his love for cabinetwork and restoration carpentry. Fourteen years ago, he landed solidly in Boston to make a living as project manager in home building. His hobbies include poetry, ceramics, and woodcarving.


Bzoc7, two time recipient of the International Library of Poetry “Editor’s Choice Award” and founding member of the Performance Troupe “Voices of a Beige to Blue Nation,” was a member of the 1992 International Poetry Slam Champion Boston Team. His works have been published worldwide, from Newsweek, to Café Noir.


Born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, vocalist CANDIDA ROSE is a captivating, diverse and seasoned performer. Her voice is uniquely compelling, combining elements of jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel with international spice. Her debut CD entitled “KabuMerikana: The Sum of Me”, combines Cape Verdean musical roots with American (primarily jazz) influences, which she calls “KabuJazz”. Included is the spoken word/song, title track “Sum of Me” authored by poet Everett Hoagland. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts – Music Degree, specializing in African-American/World music performance.

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CARL CARLSEN taught English at North Shore Community College for 37 1/2 years. His Brickyard Stories: A Lynn Neighborhood and its Traditions (1985) features poems and prose poems based on oral histories. His annual “Celebrations of the Poetry of Lynn” (1998 -2007) collaborations with the Lynn Museum led to his becoming the world's leading authority on the poetry of Lynn. The recently completed The Poetry of Places in Essex County, poetryofplaces.org, curates three centuries of poetry about Nahant, Gloucester and Lynn, and is intended to be a 21st century multi-media successor to Sidney Perley's Poets of Essex County (1889).


CARLO MATOS, born and raised in Fall River, is the author of Counting Sheep til Doomsday. (BlazeVOX, 2011), A School For Fishermen (BrickHouse Books, 2010), and Big Bad Asterisk (BlazeVox 2013).


CARMEN BAREFIELD is a twenty-two year old student at Salem State University. Some of her work has been published in Poetry Quarterly magazine and Thematic magazine. When Carmen is not working on new poetry, you can find her behind stacks of old books in the local library.


CAROL DINE, a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, published her first poem when she was thirty, her first mentor, Anne Sexton. Carol's latest book is "Van Gogh in Poems." Her book "Orange Night," a collaboration with acclaimed artist and Holocaust survivor, Samuel Bak, is forthcoming. She received a grant from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for her manuscript "Resistance."


CAROL HOBBS is a poet from Newfoundland, now living and writing in Massachusetts. Her work has published in the United States, Canada, and Ireland, and in various journals and anthologies including The Malahat Review, The Antigonish Review, TickleAce, The Comstock Review, The Larcom Review, The MacGuffin, The Backyards of Heaven, Solstice, Meat Paper, and Sanctuary. She is the recipient of a New England PEN Discovery Prize for her poetry manuscript titled New Found Lande. Carol teaches English and Creative Writing at Hudson High School, in Hudson, Massachusetts.


CAROL WESTON has featured many times with Stone Soup. She read alongside Jack Powers and Allen Ginsberg in 1973 in the former Charles Street Universalist Church. In the Winter of 1983, she was asked by Powers to feature in Boston's City Hall along with John Wieners. Her poetry has been published in The Farleigh Literary Review, Bomb, Stone Soup Anthology 2003, Spoonful and The Blind See Only This World.


CAROLYN GREGORY was born in Rochester, New York and graduated from the University of Michigan. Her poems and essays on photography have been published in AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW, SEATTLE REVIEW, YANKEE, WILDERNESS HOUSE LITERARY REVIEW, OFF THE COAST, MOVING OUT, SOUTH FLORIDA POETRY REVIEW, PIKESTAFF REVIEW, PRIMAVERA, GREENSBORO REVIEW, CALYX, MIDWEST POETRY REVIEW, WAYNE REVIEW, CYPRESS REVIEW, VIEWS: THE JOURNAL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC RESOURCE CENTER (Boston University) and STYLUS. Her first chapbook, "The Wait", was published in Michigan, and a second, "The Rope Singers", was published in Cleveland, Ohio. Her first book, OPEN LETTERS, was published in 2009. Her second book, FACING THE MUSIC, will be published in 2013. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011 and previously won a Massachusetts Cultural Council award. She has conducted workshops and given readings in Boston, Michigan, New York City, and Aspen, Colorado, and is a member of the Jamaica Pond Poets, Poetry Society of America and the New England Poetry Club.


CASEY LYNN ROLAND was born and raised in Peabody, Massachusetts, where she still lives today. She works at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School as a substitute teacher, and is the Assistant Director of the Drama Program at Higgins Middle School. She is a graduate of Salem State University where she majored in English and went on to receive her MA/MAT in English last spring. Casey also co-directs the non-profit arts community The Theatre of Words and Music based at The Vault in Salem. She writes a lot of stuff. You can read some of it at www.caseyroland.com.

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CHAD PARENTEAU is the current host and organizer of the Stone Soup Poetry reading series in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His work has been published in Amethyst Arsenic, The Scrambler, Popt Art, Ibbetson Street, and The Triumph of Povertyfrom Off The Park Press. His book, Patron Emeritus, is forthcoming from FootHills Publishing.

Charina Hanley

Charina Hanley, a junior at Acton Boxborough Regional High School, has been a member of the Robert Creeley Foundation since her freshman year. When she is not writing or updating the Foundation's Facebook page, she can be found playing or coaching volleyball.


CHARLES COE’S poetry and prose has appeared in numerous newspapers, literary reviews, and magazines. “Picnic on the Moon," a volume of his poetry, was published by Leapfrog Press, and a second volume “All Sins Forgiven:Poems for My Parents” was published in April of this year. His poems have been set to music by composers Julia Carey, Beth Denisch and Robert Moran. Charles also writes feature articles, book reviews and interviews for publications such as Harvard Magazine, Northeastern University Law Review and the Boston Phoenix. After winning a poetry fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Charles accepted a staff position with the agency in 1997 and now serves as a grants program officer.


Born in Trinidad and raised in New York City, CHERYL BOYCE-TAYLOR is the author of three collections of poetry, Raw Air, Night When Moon Follows, and Convincing the Body. Her work has been widely anthologized. She holds an MFA from Stonecoast, and an MSW from Fordham University. Boyce-Taylor's text WATER has been commissioned by Jacob's Pillow, and The Joyce Theater for Ronald K. Brown /Evidence Dance Company. She hosts The Calypso Muse Reading Series and The Glitter Pomegranate Performance Series. In progress is The Red Bible: Poems of Loss and Remembrance after her mother, Eugenia Boyce.


CHING-IN CHEN is author of The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press) and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press). A Kundiman and Lambda Fellow, Ching-In is part of Macondo, Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and Sharon Bridgforth's Theatrical Jazz Institute. They have been awarded fellowships from Soul Mountain Retreat, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony, and the Norman Mailer Center. In Boston, Ching-In was the Director of Programs at Asian American Resource Workshop. She is currently cream city review's editor-in-chief. www.chinginchen.com


CHRIS WARNER is an emerging poet and sometime-regular at the Cantab Lounge, home of the Boston Poetry Slam. She is the author of a micro-chapbook, Strokes (Mostly) in Silence, and her work has appeared in The Muddy River Poetry Review, Bagels with the Bards Anthology (volumes 6 and 7), in the Writer’s Digest Annual Poetry Contest Collection (2011 and 2012), and in Ibbetson Street (#32). She was selected to attend the 2012 Southampton Writer’s Conference as a contributor in poetry, with Mary Karr, and her poem, “Engulfed” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2013). A graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education (’97), Chris teaches yoga, meditation, and mindfulness-based core strength classes in West Boxford. She has begun to appear as the feature poet at venues throughout the greater Boston area, and writes, every day—‘ass in seat’—and works, every day, on letting go of attachment to outcome.


CHRISTINE STROIK STOCKE received her Bachelor’s in English from Washington University in St. Louis and her Master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Other works by Christine can be found in Word, Rio Grande Review, Menu 971, Wisconsin People & Ideas, and the 2013 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. You can follow Christine on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/ChristinePSS, but she always prefers you bug her in person. She currently lives and works in Holland.


CHRISTOPHER GRAEFE is the Dynamic Media Director at Colors In Motion and Director of Content Development at Sensory Interactive, Inc. His passion lies in digitally compositing beautiful, memorable experiences in collaboration with artists, dancers, poets, and musicians from all over the world. He brings two decades of experience and outstanding achievements in design and technical experience to multimedia projects, from large-scale immersive media installations to mobile interactive applications. He has received national recognition and publication for product design and research from Apple Computer, the Industrial Designers Society of America, the Association for Computing Machinery, International Design Magazine, and Business Week Magazine.


CLARA EUGENIA RONDEROS is an Associate Professor at Lesley University. Her short stories and poems have been published in literary and academic journals. Her short story “Círculo de Fuego” was a finalist in the XXI Premio de Narrativa de Mujeres sponsored by Editorial Torremozas in Madrid and her volume of poetry Estaciones en Exilio won the Carmen Conde Award in 2010. Her latest collection of poetry Raíz del Silencio appeared in Bogota, Colombia, in 2012. Clara Eugenia is a member ofRegistro Creativo, sponsored by Asociación Canadiense de Hispanistas where a selection of her work can be read.http://fis.ucalgary.ca/ACH/Registro/Clara_Eugenia_Ronderos/index.html


CLAUDIA GRACE is the author of The Other Side of Where I Used to Live and Write for Life. She holds a B.A. in English from UMass Dartmouth and an M.A. in English: Creative Writing from Brown University, has done production work with Providence’s Rites & Reason Theater and served as poet-in-residence at Bristol Community College. As artistic director of A.C.C.E.S.S. Art Corp. International, a cultural nonprofit, she co-produced 18 cultural documentaries for the organization’s Word That’s Heard series. Claudia teaches Write for Life and works in educational assessment. She lives with husband Thomas on New Bedford’s peninsula.

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COLLEEN MICHAELS directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, where she hosts The Improbable Places Poetry Tour. Her poetry has appeared in The Paterson Literary Review, Blue Collar Review, The Mom Egg, Stoneboat, and the anthology Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Love and Lesbian Marriage. She was a 2010 finalist for the Split This Rock Poetry Competition and the recipient of an honorable mention in the 2011 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize.


CORRINA BAIN, in a MSW program at Hunter College, is a gender-nonconforming writer, performer and educator. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice, his work has appeared in decomP, PANK, Muzzle Magazine, and elsewhere. A staff member of the louderARTS project, he lives in Brooklyn.


CRAIG NELSON runs a weekly poetry venue (www.northamptonpoetry.com) out of Northampton, MA. He is a former cohost at the world famous Cantab Lounge in Boston and has performed on multiple poetry slam teams, having represented both Providence and Boston at the yearly national competition. His poetry is accessible and heartfelt.


CYNTHIA ARRIEU-KING is an assistant professor of creative writing at Stockton College and a former Kundiman fellow. Her books include People Are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus 2010), By A Year Lousy with Meteors (Dream Horse Press 2013) and Manifest (Switchback Books 2013). Her poems and reviews will appear this year in The Denver Quarterly, Diode, and The Kenyon Review.


DAN SHANAHAN published The Alaska Poems, his first book of poems, through Stone Soup in 1995. In 2003, Dan produced an audio book on CD entitled The Lotus Seed Poems, a suite of poems recollecting his experience of living with a meditation master whom he lived with in India. His work is a contemplation on where the spiritual and material converge on the landscape of character, and the character of landscape.


At Endicott College DAN SKLAR teaches his students to love language and to write in an original, natural, and spontaneous way. Recent publications include Harvard Review, New York Quarterly, Ibbetson Street Press, and The Art of the One Act. His play,"Lycanthropy" was performed at the Boston Theater Marathon in May 2012, and was reviewed in the Boston Globe, May 22, 2012.


DANIEL CERITTO is a senior at Montserrat College of Art. This poet spawned from a generation of misfits and disappointments and has a bone to pick with politics. His poetry reflects the inner turmoil of the human mind, body and soul and speaks on the degradation of culture and society through modern day advancements.

Danielle Jones-Pruett

Danielle Jones-Pruett received an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bateau Press, Cider Press Review, DMQ Review, Verse Daily, and others. She has edited for numerous small presses, most recently Breakwater Review and ROAR. Danielle curated the Poetry Dress project, and is Common Threads coordinator for Mass Poetry.


Danielle Legros Georges’ recent poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Bill Moyers Journal (PBS Program), The Caribbean Writer’s Special Issue on Haiti, the Boston Haitian Reporter, Consequence, sx salon and The Women’s Review of Books. The author of a book of poems Maroon (2001), her poems has also been published in Agni, The American Poetry Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Callaloo and Salamander; and in numerous anthologies. She is visiting faculty member of the Annual Writer’s Workshop of the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences (UMass—Boston); and an Associate Professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division of Lesley University.


DANNY BRYCK is an actor, writer and theatre artist originally from Amherst, MA and currently based in Boston. He is the author of No Room for Wishing, a one-man documentary play based on interviews with people involved in Occupy Boston, and is currently working on a documentary play base on interviews in Israel/Palestine. As an actor he has worked in New England and New York, and with Boston companies such as the Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theater, New Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Central Square Theater, The Publick Theatre and Stoneham Theatre, and is an Artistic Associate with Whistler in the Dark Theatre. He also works as a dialect coach and theatre educator, and occasionally moonlights as a poet. He has been nominated for four IRNE awards for his acting and writing and is the recipient of Company One's David Wheeler Award. He holds a BFA from Boston University’s School of Theatre and studied at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. www.dannybryck.com


DAVE KOSTOS is a senior at Salem State, graduating this month with degrees in Creative Writing and Psychology. His work can be found in Crack The Spine magazine, countless notebooks of varying quality, and right here in just a minute.


DAVID DAVIS, a member of the Powow River Poets, is a poet and writer who has written or edited six books. His book of poems Crossing Streams On Rocks was published last year. Davis is the current Poet In Residence at Massachusetts Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center. He is currently working on an anthology of poems written "en plein air" and working with the staff of the Joppa Flats center to integrate poetry into their programs.


DAVID FERRY’S most recent book of poems, Bewilderment (The University of Chicago Press), won the 2012 National Book Award. He is an acclaimed translator of the Gilgamesh epic, the Odes of Horace, and the works of Virgil. He also is the author of Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems, and On This Side of the River, forthcoming in the U.K. He is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University.

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DAWN PAUL is the author of two novels, The Country of Loneliness (Marick Press, 2009) and Still River (Corvid Press, 2006). Recent stories can be found in Apple Valley Review, Folio, and The Sun Magazine. She has created a text/video with painter Ben Johnson and has worked with choreographer Kelley Donovan on dance/poetry pieces. Dawn has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Spring Creek Project. She is the producer of Personal Geography Workshop and North Shore Poets in the Round. She teaches at Montserrat College of Art.


DAWNE SHAND is a director of The Tannery Series. Her essays have appeared in Thicket and the anthology, “Children of a Changing South.” She studied poetry with Bill Knott and Daniel Tobin while earning an MFA at Emerson College. She is currently working on a book about Alabama's Black Belt.


DEBORAH LEIPZIEGER is an author, poet, and editor. Her poems have been featured in Ibbetson Street, Voices Israel, Bagels with the Bards, Scribblers on the Roof, The Muddy River Poetry Review, and Levend Joods Geloof (Netherlands). Her chapbook, Flower Map, is being published by Finishing Line Press. Ms. Leipziger is the co-editor and co-founder of Soul-Lit, an online journal for spiritual poetry. She is the author of several books on human rights and the environment, including The Corporate Responsibility Code Book, published by Greenleaf in 2010. Her books have been translated into Portuguese, French, Korean, and Chinese.

Dennis Daly

Dennis Daly lives in Salem, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Boston College and received an MA in English literature from Northeastern University. For ten years Daly worked for the General Electric Company. He became a union activist and was elected into the leadership of the 9000 member Local 201 of the International Union of Electrical Workers. During this period he published and edited The Union Activist and the North Shore Union Leader. He also was the managing editor of the Electrical Union News. Daly has been published in numerous magazines and small poetry journals such as The Sou’wester, The Lyric, Boston Today Magazine, Soundings East, Tendril, Poetry &, Dark Horse, Green House, Muddy River Poetry Review, Zigzag Folios, and Ibbetson Street #32 . He is included with two other poets in a chapbook entitled 10 X 3, published by Northeastern University Press. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Daly reads his poems occasionally at Stone Soup Poetry in Cambridge MA and the Walnut Street Coffee Cafe in Lynn and has featured at a number of venues. He is a member of the Bagel Bards, a group of poets and artists, who meet weekly in Somerville. He also regularly writes literary reviews for the Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene. Daly has additionally written Op Ed pieces and travel articles for the Salem Evening News. Ibbetson Street Press published The Custom House, his first full length book of poetry, in June, 2012. His second book, a verse translation of Sophocles’ Ajax, was recently published by Wilderness House Press. Daly’s third book is set in Salem Massachusetts, and it will shortly be seeking a publisher.


DIANE GIARDI is a Visual Artist, Arts Educator, and Poet, living with her husband in Gloucester, MA. She is an Adjunct Professor of Art at Endicott College and Montserrat College of Art, in Beverly, MA. Diane has an MFA in Ceramics from Syracuse University and a BS in Art Education from The University of Vermont. She exhibits her work nationally and her poetry has been published in the Yale Journal of Humanities in Medicine, The Wilderness House Literary Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Long Island Sounds, The Journal of Clinical Nursing, The Endicott Review, The Ann Arbor Review and Minerva Rising. She is a member of the Massachusetts State Poetry Society and the North Shore Poets Forum.


DIRK OBUDZINSKI is a night sky photographer and electronic music composer/producer from Germany. Living in San Francisco, he travels the Pacific Northwest as far as the Arctic Circle to capture his remarkable northern light displays. His passion and skills are expertly developed to convey the majesty of aurora phenomena in stills and time lapse formats. His images are widely published in print and net media, including NASA, CNN, BBC, and "The Amateur Astronomer." Dirk gets inspired in collaboration with Colors in Motion's creative team, by creating cosmic environments with his aurora images and his original soundscapes.


DOUG HOLDER is the founder of the Ibbetson Street Press. He directs the Newton Free Library Poetry Series, is the Arts Editor for The Somerville News, and the Book Review Editor of the Wilderness House Literary Review. Holder teaches writing at Endicott College and Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. His own work, both poetry and prose, have appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, Rattle, Small Press Review, Roswell Literary Review, Raintown Review, Main Street Rag, Caesura, Word Riot, Tower Journal and many others. Holder holds an M. A. in Literature from Harvard University.


DR. MISSY-MARIE MONTGOMERY is a poet, short-fiction writer, and creative nonfiction writer. She is a professor in the Humanities Department at Springfield College, where she teaches Creative Writing, Environmental Writing, Literature, and Composition. For the past five years, she has led a bi-monthly creative writing workshop for people with Alzheimer's. Her work has been published in over 25 literary magazines. Her poetry chapbook, The Blue Gate, was published by Pudding House Press in 2009.


E. M. JANIK is a Proposal & Communications Manager for an IT and engineering firm that provides services to the Department of Defense and other government agencies. Her poems have appeared in Visions International, The New Mexico Humanities Review, Mind in Motion, Soundings East, and The Marlboro Review. She has served as the webmaster for PoemWorks since September 2011 and has recently completed her first poetry manuscript. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Jay, and their pet rabbit, Emerson.


Raised on a farm in North Dakota, EDRIE never thought her Lawrence Welk accordion skills would come in handy. Now from heifers to the Hynes Convention Center and everywhere in between; follow Edrie as she tells you about her life and her Army of Broken Toys.


EDUARDO C. CORRAL is a CantoMundo fellow. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Slow Lightning, his first book, won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. He's the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.


ELIZABETH BRADFIELD is the author of two poetry collections, Approaching Ice and Interpretive Work. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Orion, The Believer, and Poetry, and she has been awarded the Audre Lorde Prize and a Stegner Fellowship, among other honors. Founder and editor-in-chief of Broadsided Press, she lives on Cape Cod and works as a naturalist and teacher. She is the current Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University.


ELIZABETH DANEAU is a European History major at Salem State University and a Girl Scout camp counselor. For fun she enjoys pranking people, reading, writing, beating people at poker (Texas Hold ‘Em or Five-Card Stud), and talking about Harry Potter. She is a major klutz and proud survivor of kidney-related conditions. Her interests are fashion, comic books, Star Wars, and animals. Her favorite pet is her woodchuck, King Henry VIII.

Elizabeth Gordon McKim

Elizabeth Gordon McKim has her deepest roots firmly planted in the Oral Tradition of song, story and poem. You can find her in spoken word poetry venues from here in the Boston area and in Lynn where she lives and is known as the jazz poet of Lynn all the way to a little village in the swiss alps where she is the Poet Laureate of the European Grad School of Expressive Arts. She has guided people of all ages into the power and pleasure of poetry and she speaks out herself on the issues of her life and times. She has five books of poetry, thelast one published by Leapfrog Press, and she will soon be published by Ring of Bone Press in Ipwich Ma. , joining four other women poets in a book called the WILD WOMEN of Lynn. Look for this title! And OCCUPY EVERYTHING!


ELIZABETH QUINLAN, author of Promise Supermarket (Ibbetson Street Press), is a poet and visual artist and a graduate of the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She received an Honor in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts Boston and has been a member of the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences for fourteen years. She is presently working on a collection of poems based on the life of Maud Cuney-Hare (1874-1936) the eminent scholar of African American music—pianist, composer, biographer, playwright and community organizer in the arts.


ELIZABETH T. GRAY JR. is a poet, translator, and corporate consultant. Her work has appeared in Little Star, The Kenyon Review Online, The Harvard Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal [Chad Walsh Prize 2012], The Cortland Review, Ploughshares,Provincetown Arts, and elsewhere. The Green Sea of Heaven, translations of classical Persian poet Hafiz-i Shirazi (d.1389) was published in 1995. A Best New Poet of 2012, she was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. An as-yet-untitled book of poems is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2015. She holds a B. A. and J. D. from Harvard, and an M. F. A. from Warren Wilson College.www.elizabethtgrayjr.com.


ELLEN DORÉ WATSON’S fourth and most recent volume of poems is Dogged Hearts (Tupelo Press, 2010). Her journal appearances include Tin House, Orion, and The New Yorker. Among her honors are a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and to Yaddo, and a NEA Translation Fellowship. She has translated a dozen books from the Brazilian Portuguese, including the work of poet Adélia Prado. Watson serves as poetry editor of The Massachusetts Review, director of the Poetry Center at Smith College, and teaches in the Drew University Low-Residency MFA program in poetry and translation.


ERIC E. HYETT is a poet and financial services executive from Brookline, MA. His poems have recently appeared in The Hudson Review, The Cincinnati Review, Off The Coast and Salamander. Eric’s first collection, English Through Pictures, was a finalist for the Yale Younger Poets Prize. He studied at Harvard with Lucie Brock-Broido and Seamus Heaney, and is a member of PoemWorks, the Workshop for Publishing Poets.


ERICA FUNKHOUSER'S most recent book of poems, Earthly, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April of 2008. Other Houghton Mifflin titles include Pursuit (2002), The Actual World (1997) and Sure Shot And Other Poems (1992). Natural Affinities was published by Alice James Books in 1983. Included in Sure Shot are three dramatic monologues in the voices of 19th century American women: Sacagawea, Louisa May Alcott, and Annie Oakley. The Oakley poem was adapted for the stage and produced by the Helicon Theatre Company in Los Angeles. Funkhouser’s work on Sacagawea led her to become involved with the production of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and her essay on Sacagawea appears in Ken Burns’ and Dayton Duncan’s Lewis and Clark (Knopf, 1997). “Singing in Dark Times,” an essay on war poetry, appeared in the Autumn 2005 issue of The Harvard Review, and a story, Snapper, appeared in The Massachusetts Review in 2006. Funkhouser’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Poetry and other magazines; one of her poems has been sand-blasted into the wall of the Davis Square MBTA Station in Somerville, MA. Educated at Vassar College (BA) and Stanford University (MA), Funkhouser was honored as a Literary Light by The Boston Public Library in 2002 and in 2007 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry. She lives in Essex, MA and teaches at MIT.


EVERETT HOAGLAND was the first poet laureate of the City of New Bedford (1994-1998), and he is a professor emeritus at UMass Dartmouth, where he taught poetry workshops and African American literature courses for 30 years. His work has appeared in anthologies such as The Best American Poetry 2002, African American Literature (Gilyard & Wardi, eds), The Oxford Anthology of African American Poetry, The Body Electric, Liberation Poetry. His periodical publications include The American Poetry Review, The Massachusetts Review, The UUA WORLD, Callaloo, and Cross Cultural Poetics His most recent book is OCEAN VOICES: An Anthology of Ocean Poems, www.spinnerpub.com


FELICIA CONNOLLY has been in a love affair with the English language since childhood. Over the years the two have explored poetry, fiction, journalism and, most recently, scriptwriting. Their journey has been long and rocky, but fulfilling. Evidence of the relationship has been published in The Sun Chronicle and Teen Ink magazine.


FRANCINE MONTEMURRO lives and works in Boston. For as long as she can remember she’s loved writing and reading poetry. She took her first poetry writing workshop at age 48 with the poet and Director of the Creative Writing Program at SUNY Binghamton, Maria Mazziotti Gillan. After she moved to Boston in 2009, Francine began attending poetry writing workshops lead by Sam Cornish, Boston’s Poet Laureate. Francine remains eternally grateful to Maria and Sam for the time, support, and guidance they have so generously given her. When she’s not working her day job, she likes to read and write poetry and to spend time with Isa and Squeaky, the two loving shelter dogs who run her life.


FRED MARCHANT is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Looking House (Graywolf Press). His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Word Works Washington Prize in poetry, and is being reissued in a 20th anniversary second edition. He is a professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at Suffolk University.


GAIL MAZUR is author of 6 books of poems, including They Can’t Take That Away from Me, finalist for the National Book Award; Zeppo’s First Wife: New and Selected Poems, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award and finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. Figures in a Landscape was published in 2011. She has twice been a Fellow in Poetry at the Radcliffe Institute. Her poems have been widely published and anthologized, included in several Pushcart Prize anthologies and the Best American Poetry. She is the founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, a center for the poetry community since 1973. She is Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Emerson College Graduate Writing Program and teaches in the Summer Program of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.


GAYLE C. HENEY is the award winning producer and host of the TV series Write Now, co-producer of Opportunity for Poetry and North Andover’s former 2-term Poet Laureate. Her poems appeared in Moments Falling Open, The Writer’s Block, Peace Poetry 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012. Heney selected poems in appear in Voices of Haverhill; she created the “Poetry Wall” and was editor of Songs from the Castle’s Remains.


GEORGE DREW was born in Mississippi and raised in the South as well as in New York State, where he currently lives. He is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently The View from Jackass Hill, the 2010 winner of the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize, Texas Review Press, 2011. His reviews have appeared in Louisiana Literature, FutureCycle, Off the Coast, BigCityLit and The Texas Review. Recently several of his poems appeared in Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont, and he has poems upcoming in Bloodroot, I-70 Review, Henry, Louisiana Literature and Naugatuck River Review.


GEORGE KALOGERIS is an assistant professor of English at Suffolk University, where he is the director of the Classics Minor. He is the author of a book of paired poems in translation, Dialogos (Antilever, 2012) and a book of poems based on the life of Albert Camus, Camus: Carnets (Pressed Wafer, 2006).

George Kovach

GEORGIA A. POPOFF is a community poet and managing editor of The Comstock Review. An artist educator in schools and community settings, Georgia provides professional development and writing residencies to school districts throughout NY and nationally. Frequently published in literary journals, she has two collections, Coaxing Nectar from Longing and The Doom Weaver, and co-authored Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy, & Social Justice in Classroom & Community with Quraysh Ali Lansana. In addition to creative writing, she’s published essays in Asheville Poetry Review, Comstock Review, NY Foundation for the Arts Chalkboard, Stone Canoe, and Teaching Artist Journal.


GERALD YELLE is a native of Holyoke, MA. He received an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts and lives in Amherst, MA. He teaches English, journalism and creative writing at Greenfield High School, where he is the advisor/editor of the school’s literary magazine. He has recently published poems in The Naugatuck River Review, Meat for Tea, The Bicycle Review and Abridged. He is a member of the Florence (MA) Poets Society. Find Gerald online at geraldyelle.blogspot.com.


GREY HELD is Director of Client Services at a research firm in Cambridge. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing. His first book of poems, Two-Star General, was published by Brick Road Poetry Press in 2012. His second book of poems Spilled Milk will be published by Word Press in 2013. His poem “Vending Machine” was set to music by Paul Carey and has been performed by a cappella groups all over the country. Through a prison outreach program he has led poetry writing workshops for prisoners in the Northeastern Correctional Center.


HANNAH BAKER-SIROTY was born in Newton, Massachusetts and lives with her family in Arlington. She holds degrees from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Sarah Lawrence College. Her recent poetry can be found in Best New Poets 2012, Each Moment a Mountain, Cactus Heart, and Broad!—where she is also an Editorial Advisor. She has been leading a private poetry workshop for five years and currently teaches writing at Pine Manor College. Her latest project is a book of poetry about Vice Presidents of the United States. Learn more at www.poetrying.com.


HANNAH FRIES is associate editor and poetry editor of Orion magazine, based in Great Barrington, MA. She is a graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers and is the recipient of a Colorado Art Ranch residency. Her poems have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Drunken Boat, Calyx, The Cortland Review, and other journals. She also serves on the board of The Frost Place—a Robert Frost Museum and poetry center in Franconia, NH—and on the organizing committee of the Berkshire Festival for Women Writers.


HARRIET FRANKLIN enjoys writing poetry and is inspired through everyday life events. She is a member of Poetry@7 workshop in Watertown, MA. Her favorite poet is Mary Oliver.


HARRIS GARNDER’S work has appeared in all of the following: The Harvard Review, Midstream, Cool Plums, Rosebud, Fulcrum, Chest, The Aurorean, Endicott Review, Ibbetson Street Journal, Main Street Rag, Facets, Vallum (Canada); Pemmican; The New Renaissance; WHL Review; I Refused To Die: A Holocaust Study by Susie Davidson; Lummox; Muddy River Poetry Review and elsewhere. He has three collections: Chalice of Eros (co-authored with Lainie Senechal, 1999); Ibbetson Street, (2003.) and Among Us (Cervena Barva Press 2007.) Harris is the co-Founder of Tapestry of Voices with Lainie Senechal 1999-Present. and Co-Founder, with Doug Holder: Breaking Bagels With the Bards (The Bagel Bards). He is also Poetry Editor of Ibbetson Street.


HARRY BAULD is from Medford, Massachusetts. His poems have appeared in, among others, Nimrod, Southern Poetry Review, The Southeast Review, Verse Daily, Ruminate, The Baltimore Review, Whiskey Island, and Deliberately Thirsty (UK). He won the 2008 New Millenium Writings poetry prize. He has taught and coached baseball, basketball, and boxing at high schools in Vermont and New York and currently lives and teaches in the Bronx.


Beginning in the early1970s, Northampton poet HENRY LYMAN organized readings in the Pioneer Valley when there were few if any to be found. From 1976 to 1994 he hosted and produced Poems to a Listener, a nationally distributed radio series of readings and conversation with poets. He edited Robert Francis’s posthumously published poems Late Fire, Late Snow, as well as two anthologies: After Frost, poetry from New England, and Open Field, poems from the Northampton workshop Group 18. His own work, including translations from Estonian, has appeared in various journals and in two collections.

Howard Faerstein

Howie Faerstein’s debut full-length book of poetry, Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn, a selection of the Silver Concho Poetry Series, was published in 2013 by Press 53. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals; recent publications include Great River Review, Nimrod (finalist in the Pablo Neruda Poetry Contest), CutThroat (featured as Discovery Poet), The Comstock Review, Mudfish and on-line in Gris-Gris, Connotation Press and The November 3rd Club. He has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. Faerstein is assistant poetry editor for CUTTHROAT, A JOURNAL OF THE ARTS. He lives in Florence, Massachusetts and teaches American Literature at Westfield State University.


Hosted by Colleen Michaels, THE IMPROBABLE PLACES POETRY TOUR is a Beverly-based monthly reading series, with the goal of bringing together area businesses, student writers, local poets, and enthusiastic listeners to celebrate the power of poetry and community. Readings are held in unlikely venues – bank vaults, roller rinks and swimming pools, to name a few.


IVORY WHITE is a junior at Salem State University, and is majoring in Creative Writing. This part of her college career is to soothe the soul. She grew up being encouraged to stick with her natural writing ability, and participated in many writing competitions in high school, attending a Writing Camp at Umass Amherst. Here she was able to get the feel of how life would be if she was to choose the career to write, specifically poetry; spending her days waking up, eating, writing, writing, eating, thinking, writing, eating, and going to sleep to start it all over again. This is where she fell in love with writing. She loves to be around young people that share her passion and curiosity in the art of writing, quoted to be inspired by one of the hardest things in the world…life.


J.D. SCRIMGEOUR teaches at Salem State University. He recently published the poetry collection Territories (Last Automat Press). He has published another book of poetry, The Last Miles, and two books of creative nonfiction, Spin Moves and Themes For English B: A Professor’s Education In and Out of Class. With musician Philip Swanson he formed the performance group, Confluence, and released a CD of poetry and music, Ogunquit & Other Works. He teaches at Salem State University and is the founder and director of the Salem Poetry Seminar, a summer program for students at public colleges and universities in the commonwealth.


After losing his funding from MIT's Department of Meta-mechanics midway through the completion of his doctoral thesis, "Why Rose is Not a Rose," JACK VAN SLY accepted the prestigious position of Fact Checker at the Institute of Human Knowledge and Hygiene. He reluctantly presides over the greater Boston editions of The Encyclopedia Show.


JADE SYLVAN comes from a family of scientists, professors, and vaudeville performers. Since coming to the Boston area in 2007, she has established herself as a notable writer, performer, collaborator, and organizer in the city's vibrant art scene. Her work has been widely published, and she's toured many of the world's most renowned poetry venues in five countries. Her passions include queer rights, feminism, and yoga. More at jadesylvan.com.


After a career as a songwriter and a current life as a clinical psychologist, JAMES K. ZIMMERMAN returned to writing poetry in recent years. He is the winner of the Daniel Varoujan Award from the New England Poetry Society, the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award (twice), and the Cloudbank Poetry Prize. He is also a Pushcart nominee. His work appears or is forthcoming in The Bellingham Review, The Naugatuck River Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Rosebud, Inkwell, Nimrod, Passager, and Vallum, among others.


James Van Looy has had his poetry has had his poetry published in Out of the Blue Writers Unite. He has run poetry workshops for Boston area homeless people at Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House since 1992 and regularly reads at Bay State Prison as part of their poetry program. Currently, Van Looy leads the Labyrinth Creative Movement Workshop. Van Looy has reunited twice with the performance troupe Cosmic Spelunker Theatre alongside Ian Thal and William J. Barnum to perform for Stone Soup.


JAN FREEMAN is a poet and the founder and director of Paris Press, a nonprofit literary press that publishes work by women writers that has been overlooked by the mainstream and independent publishing worlds. Author of two books of poetry, the NBCC-nominated Simon Says and Hyena, winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center award, and a chapbook, Autumn Sequence, Freeman is a Macdowell Fellow and contributing editor to American Poetry Review. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Southern Review, The American Poetry Review, The Massachusetts Review, Bloom, and The Women’s Review of Books.


JANAKA STUCKY is the publisher of Black Ocean, which has produced a number of best-selling contemporary poetry books as well as the annual poetry journal, Handsome. He is also the author of The World Will Deny It For You and Your Name Is The Only Freedom. His poems have appeared in such journals as Denver Quarterly, Fence and North American Review, and he has recently had articles published by The Huffington Post and The Poetry Foundation.


JANET BARRY is a musician and poet with works in numerous journals and anthologies including Ragged-Sky Press, Off-the-Coast, Cider Press Review, Canary, Adventus, Solidus, and New Mirage Journal. She serves yearly as a judge for Poetry Out Loud, and has received Pushcart Nominations for her poems “Winter Barn” and "Commandment" Janet hold degrees in organ performance and poetry.


Janet E. Aalfs, former poet laureate of Northampton, MA, is a community peace activist and the artistic director of Valley Women’s Martial Arts: Institute for Healing and Violence-Prevention Strategies. She has been a Dodge Festival poet, performer/ educator in Cape Town, South Africa, performer/ workshop facilitator at Goddard College's The Power of Words and Split This Rock in DC, and presented her poem-movement weavings all over the world. Her books include most recently Bird of a Thousand Eyes (Levellers), and her writing has appeared in A Fierce Brightness: 25 Years of Women’s Poetry (Calyx) as well as many other anthologies and journals.


JANICE SILVERMAN REBIBO received a President of Israel Award for her fourth poetry collection, A Stranger in Zion (Gvanim 2007). Her poem "My Beautiful Ballooning Heart" was nominated by Muddy River Poetry Review for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. Within the Song To Live, translations of poet Natan Yonatan, is now in its third printing (Gefen 2005). She is this year’s judge of the RAVSAK Poetry Contest, grades 1-12. Rebibo has written pop lyrics and classical libretti for works produced in Boston, Tel Aviv, Moscow and at Carnegie Hall. Her poems are published widely, including in the inaugural issue of Soul-Lit.


JANLORI GOLDMAN’S first manuscript, Rough Comfort, was a finalist for the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry from California State University, Fresno, and the Alice James Kinereth Gensler Award. Her poems have been published in Gwarlingo, Calyx, The Cortland Review, Contrary, Connotation Press, The Sow’s Ear, Four and Twenty, The Mom Egg, and, Gertrude Press. She co-edited For the Crown of Your Heads: Poems for Haiti. This year, Janlori worked with Paris Press to issue the first-ever pairing of Virginia Woolf’s On Being Ill, with her mother, Julia Stephen’s Notes from Sick Rooms. Janlori received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, she volunteers as a writing mentor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and hosts the Huge Shoes Poetry Salon. www.hugeshoes.org

January Gill O'Neil

JANUARY GILL O’NEIL is the author of Underlife (CavanKerry Press, December 2009), and a forthcoming collection, Misery Islands (CavanKerry Press, fall 2014). She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and an assistant professor of English at Salem State University.


JARED SCHICKLING'S poetry and criticism explore the ecological value of contrarian aesthetics in verse, and they treat of language-centered and romantic praxes as environmental products. His most recent books of poetry are t&u& lash your nipples to a post history is gorgeous (Blazevox, 2011) and The Pink (2012). A nonfiction project, “The Paranoid Reader: 2006-2012,” is forthcoming from Furniture Press (2013). His work has been published in journals and ephemera, online and in print. He is a founding editor of Delete Press, the proprietor ofeccolinguistics, and he serves on the editorial board of Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics and Poetry / Literature and Culture. He lives in Lockport, NY


JARITA DAVIS is a poet and fiction writer who earned a BA in classics from Brown University and both an MA and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She was the writer in residence at the Nantucket Historical Association and has received fellowships from the Mellon Mayes program, Cave Canem, and Hedgebrook. In addition, she was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Travel Research Grant, a Neiheisel Phi Beta Kappa Award, and a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Her work has appeared in the Southwestern Review, Historic Nantucket, Cave Canem Anthologies, Crab Orchard Review, Plainsongs, and Tuesday: An Art Project. Yusef Komunyakaa selected Davis’s first collection, As If Returning Home, as a finalist for the Cave Canem First Book Prize. www.jaritadavis.com


JASMINE DREAME WAGNER is the author of Rewilding (Ahsahta Press, 2013) and Listening for Earthquakes (Caketrain, 2012.) Her writing has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Indiana Review, NANO Fiction, New American Writing, Seattle Review, Verse, and in two anthologies: The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Press, 2012) and Lost and Found: Stories from New York (Mr. Beller's Neighborhood Books, 2009.) A recipient of grants and fellowships from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Hall Farm Center for Arts & Education, Summer Literary Seminars - Kenya, and The Wassaic Project, Jasmine lives in Brooklyn and teaches creative writing at Western Connecticut State University.

Jay Critchley

JD DEBRIS is a bad, bad man from the Witch City. Like Gil Scott-Heron and Saul Williams before him, JD Debris pulls double duty as an Alternative R&B artist and a performance poet. His poetry has most recently been featured in The 5-2 Crime Poetry Ezine. His all-new EP, "Prince of Thieves, Vol. 1" is now available for free download.


JEAN MERKL is a long time member of the poetry workshop Poetry@7. Her adventure into poetry began in a class she thought was about learning about famous poets and turned out to be for writing poetry, such is poetic fate. Five years later her workshop poetry group has taught her a deep respect for the work and art of writing poetry. Poetry gives her life a stronger eye and deeper appreciation for all the arts.


JEAN MONAHAN is the author of three books of poetry: Hands (chosen by Donald Hall to win the 1991 Anhinga Prize); and Believe It or Not and Mauled Illusionist, both published by Orchises Press (1999 and 2006). She has received several awards and an artist residency at Yaddo. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Poetry, The New Republic, Atlantic Monthly, and Salamander, as well as in several anthologies. Her MFA in Creative Writing is from Columbia University's School of the Arts.


JEANNIE MARTIN is a member of the Alewife Brook Haiku Group, the Boston Haiku Society and The Haiku Society of America. She has published haiku in a number of journals and anthologies, and in 2012 her third book of haiku, a line of light, was published by bottle rockets press. Jeannie teaches haiku at The Cambridge Center for Adult Education and Newburyport Adult Education, and leads haiku retreats. She lives on Ring’s Island, Salisbury, where the river meets the ocean, giving way to much inspiration.


Publisher JEFF VOLK has popularized the science of Cymatics, which demonstrates through simple physics experiments, how inert matter can be “animated” into life-like flowing forms by the unseen forces of vibration. Similarly, his poetry seeks to penetrate the surface levels of observation, shedding light on those unseen causes that manifest as the unforeseen events of our lives. His work is intimate and immediate, always seeking to offer a wider perspective and an inclusiveness that integrates the disparate…in ways that only poetry can. The Ambiguity of Autumn: Poems of Love, Longing and Transcendence is his first book of poetry. He is the resident poet of the Colors In Motion creative team.


JEFFREY HARRISON is the author of four books of poetry--most recently Incomplete Knowledge (Four Way Books), which was runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008--as well as of The Names of Things, a selected poems published by the Waywiser Press in the U.K. in 2006. His fifth book, What Comes Next, won the Dorset Prize and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, he has work in recent issues of The New Republic, The Hudson Review, upstreet, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. For more information, go to: http://www.jeffreyharrisonpoet.com


JENNIFER BARBER is the author of Given Away and Rigging the Wind, both from Kore Press, and Vendaval in Take Three: 3( Graywolf Press.) She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and recent poems have appeared in Orion, Cerise Press, the New Yorker, the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and the Gettysburg Review. She teaches at Suffolk University and is founding and current editor of the literary journal Salamander, currently celebrating its 20th year.


Jen Benka is the author of the poetry collections Pinko (Hanging Loose Press) and A Box of Longing With Fifty Drawers (Soft Skull Press); the artist book Preamble, a collaboration with Mark Wagner (Booklyn); and co-author, with Carol Mirakove, of the chapbook 1,138 (Belladonna). Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including Crossing State Lines: An American Renga (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Eoagh, Failbetter, How(ever), make/shift magazine, and a celebration of the poet Etel Adnan (Post-Apollo Press). She has served on the Boards of Small Press Traffic in San Francisco and Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee, and on arts and literature grants panels for the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Milwaukee County, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Having a commitment to bringing poetry into the public sphere, she has also organized several large-scale poetry events in New York City, including a 24-hour marathon reading of the collected poems of Emily Dickinson. Jen holds a BA in Journalism from Marquette University and an MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry from The New School. She was recently named the Executive Director of the Academy of American Poets, which you can find at Poets.org.


JENNIFER JEAN has published two poetry collections, In the War and The Archivist, and the multi-media chapbook FISHWIFE. She’s also released Fishwife Tales, a collaborative CD comprised of art songs and accompanied recitations. Her poetry, book reviews, and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including: Drunken Boat, Tidal Basin Review, Caketrain, Denver Quarterly, Poets/Artists, Poetica, Southern California Review, Art Throb, and The Mom Egg. She blogs for Amirah, a website addressing human-trafficking issues, and she teaches writing and literature at Salem State University. Jennifer is an Outreach Coordinator for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. For more info, visit: http://www.fishwifetales.com/


JENNIFER MILITELLO is the author of Flinch of Song, winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Award, Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013), and the chapbook Anchor Chain, Open Sail. Her poems have been awarded the Barbara Bradley Award from the New England Poetry Club, the 49th Parallel Award from Bellingham Review, the Ruskin Arts Club Poetry Award from Red Hen Press, and grants and fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and Writers at Work.

Jennifer Vaccaro

Jennifer Vaccaro is currently completing her senior year at Reading Memorial High School. She draws inspiration from awkward and wonderful situations that arise from running and playing piano. Her future plans lean toward engineering for philosophical reasons

Jerry Abelow

Pushcart prize winner JILL MCDONOUGH’S books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), and Where You Live (Salt, 2012). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s Prison Education Program for thirteen years. Her work appears in Slate, The Nation, The Threepenny Review, and Best American Poetry 2011. She teaches poetry at UMass-Boston and directs 24PearlStreet, the online writing program at the Fine Arts Work Center.


JIM KNOWLES first joined the Robert Frost Poetry event in 2005. There have been journal appearances and a few contest wins elsewhere since. The staging and art of podium construction become part of the existential art therapy.


JIM VRABEL is the author of When In Boston: A Timeline & Almanac (Northeastern University Press, 2004) and co-author of John Paul II: A Personal Portrait of the Pope and the Man (St. Martin's Press, 2001). A longtime Boston community activist and former city official, he now lives in Brookline. Jim first encountered John Berryman's Dream Songs while attending the graduate school in English at the University of Iowa in 1971-1972, and ever since has felt that the poems and Henry should be brought to the stage. He has performed the Berryman play for the Association of Literary Scholars at Boston University and at the Oberon Theater in Cambridge for the benefit of the Grolier Poetry Book Shop. He can be contacted at jimvrabel@gmail.com.


JOAN HOULIHAN is the author of four books of poetry: The Us, named a “must-read” by Massachusetts Center for the Book, The Mending Worm, winner of the Green Rose Award, Hand-Held Executions: Poems & Essays, and Ay, forthcoming in 2013. She is contributing editor and reviewer for the Contemporary Poetry Review and author of Boston Comment, a series of critical essays. She founded and directs the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference and the Concord Poetry Center, and she has taught at Clark University, Columbia University and Emerson College. She is currently on the faculty of Lesley University’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Joanie DiMartino

Joanie DiMartino has work published in many literary journals and anthologies, including Modern Haiku, Alimentum, Calyx, and Amethyst Arsenic. Her first chapbook, Licking the Spoon, was published with Finishing Line Press in 2007. She is a past winner of the Betty Gabehart Award for poetry from the Women Writers Conference, Kentucky, and was a finalist in the Cultural Center of Cape Cod poetry competition. Her first full-length collection, Strange Girls was published in June, 2010 by Little Red Tree Publishing, and the poem “A Treatise on Handling Snakes” from that collection received a nomination for a Pushcart Prize. Strange Girls was nominated for the 2011 Connecticut Book Award, and is presently being developed for a stage performance by director Steve Rotolo for the Salem Theater Company in Salem, MA.


JOE GOUVEIA is Poetry Curator, Cultural Center of Cape Cod; Host, Poets Corner radio, WOMR-FM Provincetown; authors the Meter Man column for the Barnstable Patriot newspaper in Hyannis and has published 3 chapbooks of poetry: What We Do; Ginsberg Is Dead; and The Slaughter of the Sacred Cow. As Poet-In-Residence of Cape Cod Community College, Gouveia was Editor on anthologies DANCING ON WATER and Common Roots, Common Ground; and Rubber Side Down, the biker poet anthology (Archer Books). He was awarded the Cambridge Poetry Awards Poet of the Year 2001. He has an MFA in Poetry from New England College.


JOEL MOSKOWITZ grew up in Long Beach, California, one of eight children. He studied sculpture at Brandeis University where he received a BA in 1976. He married Janet Buchwald, and, with their first of two children, moved to Sudbury and opened the FrameLoft and Gallery, their family business for 29 years. Joel's art can be seen at JoelMoskowitzFineArt.com. His poems have appeared​ in J Journal, Naugatuck River Review, Midstream, The Healing Muse, and Whiskey Island Magazine. Two of his poems won Honorable Mention for the Reuben Rose Poetry Prize, 2012.


John Landry was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he served as poet laureate (2007-2010). He has been an active member of the Massachusetts poetry community since the early 1970's. During the 1990's, he edited the magazine collision, and was a contributing editor for the 50th anniversary anthology of San Francisco's Beatitude, and for The Newport Review. His bookquién va a podar los ciruelos cuando me vaya /who will prune the plum tree when i'm gone, was published in 2010 by Editorial Cuneta in Santiago Chile. Recent work appears in Caesura, Cape Cod Poetry Review and Ocean Voices.


JOHN MURILLO'S first poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie (Cypher 2010), was a finalist for both the 2011 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and was named by The Huffington Post as one of "Ten Recent Books of Poetry You Should Read Right Now." A graduate of New York University's MFA program in creative writing, his other honors include a Pushcart Prize, two Larry Neal Writers Awards, and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Cave Canem Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the New York Times, and the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing.  His work has appeared in such publications as Callaloo, Court Green, Ninth Letter, and Ploughshares, and is forthcoming in Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of African-American Poetry.  His choreo-play, Trigger, was commissioned by Edgeworks Dance Theater and premiered in spring 2011.  

John Payne
jojo LAZAR

jojo LAZAR,"The Burlesque Poetess, " is a multimedia visual/performance artist and a teacher of creative writing, zine-making and the mighty ukulele. For the past five years she has been causing a vaudeville ruckus and been an art enabler to the steampunks of the eastern seaboard. She holds an MFA in poetry from Lesley U, and can be seen in Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken TOys, along with a few of her own musical comedy projects (Tiny Maccabees Prod.'s.) Check out her keyring site: jojolazar.com


JON CHIN, BA from BU, MFA, Brooklyn College, and native New Yorker, teaches English and Taekwondo in New York City.

Jose Gouveia

JOSEPH O. LEGASPI is the author of Imago (CavanKerry Press) and Subways, a chapbook (Thrush Press). He lives in Queens, NY and works at Columbia University. Recent poems appeared in American Life in Poetry, From the Fishouse, jubilat, World Literature Today, Smartish Pace, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Normal School, and the anthologies Language for a New Century (W.W. Norton) and Collective Brightness (Sibling Rivalry Press). He co-founded Kundiman (www.kundiman.org), a non-profit organization serving Asian American poetry.


JOSEPH SPECE split his youth between Long Island, NY, and Massachusetts. His honors in verse include a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, an artist fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, and the Corrente Prize in Poetry from Columbia University. He was educated at Boston College and Columbia, and currently lectures at Newbury College in Brookline, MA. His first book of poems, Roads (Cherry Grove), appeared in March, 2013


JOSHUA HUMMEL, composer and pianist, is the recipient of various composition awards including the prestigious Frederick Fennell Prize and the Leonard Bernstein Award. His music has been performed in Carnegie Hall and throughout the US, as well as Paris, Croatia, Perugia, Rome, London and Moscow. Josh holds an M.A. in Theatre and MMus. in Composition and has studied with professors from the Hartt School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory and Julliard. Principle of Sinensis Music, a composition studio in Bloomfield, CT, he has recently produced two albums with his ambient performance group ARIL. As the composer of music and soundscapes for Colors in Motion, Josh’s music skillfully balances accessibility, artistic integrity and innovation.


JOSHUA MEHIGAN’S first book of poems, The Optimist, was a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His second book, Accepting the Disaster, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, and many other periodicals. He is a recent NEA Fellow.

Joy Ladin

KAT GOOD-SCHIFF, author of the chapbook East of North, has published work in journals including Meat for Tea, Pank, and Twelve Stories, and has contributed words to collages and installations.


KATE TARLOW MORGAN, New York City-born choreographer, writer, urban archaeologist, has lived in rural New England since 1998. Her interest in local place was jumpstarted at age twenty by Gloucester-poet Charles Olson’s A Special View of History. Morgan’s 10-year performance project, “Red Train/Blue Brain,” about the NYC Subway and her re-enactment of the New England’s mining industry, entitled, "Walking In The Water," (2006) — are direct products of Olson's “Dogtown” technique. Editor-in-Chief of Currents, Journal of Body-Mind Centering, Morgan is the author of a new book on dance and cultural history entitled Circles and Boundaries (Factory Press, 2011) and co-editor of The Body-Mind Centering Anthology: Experience and Method (North Atlantic Press, 2011). At this year's festival, Morgan joins choreographer Sarah Slifer Swift in the dance/installation Invisible Stories surrounded by 500 books and a 92-foot scroll of handwritten poetry.


KATHLEEN APONICK, who helped design the Robert Frost Award and who served as a judge in the first competition in 1996, has joined as the judge of the 2012 competition as well. Her talk will focus on Frost's narrative, "The Code". Aponick will announce the winner and honorable mentions for this latest competition. Her newest volume, Bright Realm, (WordTech) will be published in the fall.


KATHLEEN SPIVACK’S most recent book, With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Plath, Sexton, Bishop, Rich, Kunitz and Others was published by the University Press of New England in 2012. She has seven previous books, prose and poetry, (Doubleday, Graywolf, etc.) Her last book, A History of Yearning (2010) won the Sow’s Ear International Poetry Chapbook Prize & First Prize, the London Book Festival. Her work is widely published. In 2011-2012 she received Knightville, Allen Ginsberg, Best Travel Essay, NEPC, and Carpe Articulum awards. She has held Radcliffe Institute, Discovery, Mass Council, Howard, NEA, Fulbright, and other fellowships. Kathleen teaches in Boston and Paris.


KAYLA RUSSELL, at 22, hasn’t gotten a handle on the art of writing biographies. At 9, she began writing fiction and poetry with a passion. Her work so far has only been featured in her personal collection of notebooks kept tucked away in the top drawer of her dresser, but she’s working on changing that. Currently a student, and forever learning, Kayla Russell is relieved to be reading her poetry today and not this biography.


KELLY DUMAR is a playwright, fiction writer and workshop facilitator. Whether in drama, non-fiction, or fiction, her workshops explore the creative spark - how we ignite it in ourselves, nourish it in others and keep it lit in the world. Over the past ten years, Kelly’s award winning plays have been produced around the US and Canada, and are published by Brooklyn, Heuer, Youth Plays, and Smith & Kraus audition anthologies. Her most recent publications include: Monarch, a short story, published in Open Road Review, her performance poem, Singing Over Your Bones,"published in Lingerpost,”and her short play, "Everything Blows Away," published by Art Age. She blogs at www.kellydumar.com


KEVIN BOWEN’S collections include: Playing Basketball with the Vietcong, Forms of Prayer at the Hotel Edison, Eight True Maps of the West, and Thai Binh/Great Peace. He has worked as co-editor and translator with Nguyen Ba Chung, Bruce Weigl and others on the collections: Writing Between the Lines, Mountain River: Poetry from the Wars, Six Vietnamese Poets, Distant Road, A Time Far Past, and most recently Zen Poems from Early Vietnam. From 1985-2011 he was the director of the William Joiner Center for the Center of War and Social Consequences at UMass Boston, hosting delegations of writers and artists from Vietnam and other countries at its annual Writing Workshop. In 2011 he was awarded the Phan Chi Trinh Award for contributions to Vietnamese Culture.


KEVIN CAREY teaches in the English Department at Salem State University. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, won Best of the Net 2011, and was a finalist for The Million Writers Award 2012. He recently has been chosen as a finalist for 2012 Black River Chapbook Competition. His co-written screenplay “Peter's Song” won Best Screenplay at The New Hampshire Film Festival 2009 and his one-act plays have been staged at The New Works Festival in Newburyport, Mass and The New Hampshire Theater Project. His book of poetry is “The One Fifteen to Penn Station.” Kevin is also a seventh grade basketball coach in Beverly, Mass and a part-time filmmaker. He has recently completed a documentary, with photographer Mark Hillringhouse, called All That Lies Between Us. He is also a dedicated fan of the Boston Celtics.


KEVIN GOODAN was born in Montana and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation where his stepfather and brothers are tribal members. Goodan earned his BA from the University of Montana and worked as a firefighter for ten years with the U.S. Forest Service before receiving his MFA from University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2004. Goodan’s first collection of poetry, In the Ghost-House Acquainted (2004), won The L.L. Winship/ PEN New England Award in 2005. His other books include Winter Tenor (2009), and Upper Level Disturbances (2012), and the forthcoming Forward Observer (2014). Goodan has taught at the University of Connecticut, and has served as Visiting Writer at Wesleyan University. He currently teaches at Lewis-Clark State College and resides in Idaho.


KEVIN SPAK has been knowing things since before many people were born. He holds degrees in both silly voices and ridiculous metaphors, holds them close, so that at night the darkness doesn't seem so dark. His never-ending quests to share his knowledge and be on stage a lot have made him a regular and stunningly popular host at the Boston Poetry Slam. He is also an up-and-coming board game designer, and has presented at the prestigious TEDxBoston conference, where only smart people get to talk.


When KIM BAKER isn’t teaching the abundant virtues of the comma and writing poetry about big hair and Elvis, she works to end violence against women. Her poems have been published online and in print and her essays broadcast on NPR. Three short plays have been stage-read at Culture*Park in New Bedford. Kim’s first chapbook of poetry, Under the Influence: Musings about Poems and Paintings, is forthcoming in 2013 from Finishing Line Press. Kim is currently working on a book of ekphrasis poems about the stories and portrayals of women in the paintings of female artists. Kim can be reached at bighairedpoet@gmail.com.


KIM VAETH is the author of a book of poems, Her Yes. Her poetic texts for orchestra, in collaboration with Richard Danielpour, composer, include Elegies, performed by the London Philharmonic, and American Requiem, performed by the Pacific Symphony. Elegies premiered at Carnegie Hall with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. She has had residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony and has taught at Goddard College, Simmons College, Emerson College, Boston University and currently at MIT. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Grand Street, and The Boston Review, among other publications.


KIRK ETHERTON was thrilled to win the 2009 Ibbetston Street Press Poetry Award for "Georgia,1963," which details the experiences of his aunt Wendy in the crucible of the civil rights movement. He works as an advertising writer, promoter, songwriter, and visual artist, as well as organizing and hosting fundraising events. His poetry has appeared in Wilderness House, Spare Change News, Lyrical Somerville, and elsewhere. Kirk has performed music, poetry, and also stand-up comedy at venues ranging from Berklee College of Music to the Middle East Nightclub; he's a featured poet at the 2013 Boston National Poetry Month Festival. Kirk lives in Union Square with musician/poet/professor Lucy Holstedt.


Kirun Kapur is a poet and director of The Tannery Series. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Poetry International, FIELD, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Massachusetts Review, and the UK magazine likestarlings. She has taught creative writing at Boston University and through the Harvard Extension program and has been awarded fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Vermont Studio Center and McDowell Colony. Her work was awarded the 2012 Arts & Letters/Rumi Prize for Poetry.


KL PEREIRA likes to traipse around dark, woody crevices where most would rather not wander. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, The Medulla Review, The Pitkin Review, and other publications. Pereira writes a column for the Grub Daily (grubdaily.org) called: Slaying Genre: A Monthly Column on Horror, Noir, Fantasy & the Other Red-Headed Step-Children of the Literary World, and is expanding her chapbook of speculative poems, “Escaping Myths” into a full-length collection. Her website is: darknesslovescompany.comand you can chat with her about poetry and monsters anytime on Twitter (@kl_pereira).

Krysten Hill

LAINIE SENECHAL is a poet, painter and environmentalist Her most recent solo exhibit was at the Provident Bank in Amesbury, MA. A poet since the 1960's, her poems have appeared in several publications including Spare Change, Ibbetson Street Press, The Aurorean (featured poet 2002),The Larcom Review, and The South Boston Literary Gazette (best poem of issue, Fall 2000.) She co-authored two volumes of poetry: Chalice of Eros with Harris Gardner and Naiad's Lantern with her sisters. Her poetry appears in two anthologies: “City of Poets” and “Auroean’s Favorites” from the first fifteen years. Her chapbook Vocabuary of Awakening was published by Pudding House.


LANA FOX’S erotica appears in numerous anthologies published by Cleis, Harlequin and Go Deeper Press – in fact, she is a Senior Editor for the latter. Her erotic novel, “Confessions of a Kinky Divorcee,” will be available from Harper Collins’ “Mischief” in March 2013. She has also published in various literary magazines under a different name. Lana’s ardent belief in the political and emotional importance of sex led her to become an online sex columnist at Boston Magazine and the Nervous Breakdown. She is represented by the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency and can be found at godeeperpress.com and lanafox.com


LAURA BOSS is a 1994 first place winner of the Poetry Society of America's Gordon Barber Poetry Contest. Founder and editor of the poetry magazine Lips, she was the sole representative of the USA in 1987 at the XXVI Annual International Struga Poetry Readings in Europe. Her awards for her poetry also include three Fellowships in Poetry from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, an American Literary Translator's Award ( funded through the NEA) for her book On the Edge of the Hudson ( CCC). In 1998, her manuscript was one of ten finalists in the country in PSA's Di Castagnola Award. In June 2011, she received the first Poetry Prize at the first International Poetry Festival in Swansea, Wales ( sponsored by Cross-Cultural Communications and Seventh Quarry Magazine of Wales. Her seven books of poetry include Reports from the Front ( CCC), Arms: New and Selected Poems ( Guernica), and,most recently ,Flashlight (Guernica). Her poems have appeared in The New York Times.

Laurie Roberston-Lorant

LAWRENCE KESSENICH won the 2010 Strokestown International Poetry Prize. His poetry has been published in Atlanta Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Cream City Review, Ibbetson Street, as well as other magazines. His chapbook, Strange News, was published by Pudding House Publications in 2008. Other chapbooks were a semi-finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award and a finalist for the Spire Press Chapbook Contest. His current collection, Before Whose Glory, was a semi-finalist for the Off the Grid contest. His poem “Underground Jesus” was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Lee Eric Freedman

The Renegade Poet Laureate of Swampscott, Massachusetts, in 2002, Lee Eric Freedman recited his poetry while standing on the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in New Mexico. Lee's poems have appeared in La Ostra,200newmexicopoems.wordpress.com, Bray Arts Journal (Ireland) and Soundings East. Lee is a back-to-back winner of the Naomi Cherkofsky Memorial Poetry Contest a founder and current president of the Tin Box Poets of Swampscott and massive Red Sox fan.

Lee Freedman
Lenelle Moïse

Lenelle Moïse is a Haitian-American feminist poet, playwright and performance artist. Her verse-infused one-woman shows―Womb-Words, Thirsting and Ache What Make―have received standing ovations at theatres and colleges across the country. Moïse was the fifth Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, the 2012 winner of the Southern Rep Ruby Prize, the 2012 Visiting Performing Artist in African & African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin, the 2011 Artist in Residence in Performance Studies at Northwestern and the 2010 recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Award in Poetry. She is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow.http://www.lenellemoise.com

Lesléa Newman

Lesléa Newman is the author of 65 books for readers of all ages including the poetry collections STILL LIFE WITH BUDDY, NOBODY'S MOTHER, and SIGNS OF LOVE. Her newest book, OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD explores the impact of Matthew Shepard's murder in a cycle of 68 poems. Lesléa Newman has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation. Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award finalists. A past poet laureate of Northampton, MA, she is currently on the faculty of Spalding University's brief-residency MFA in Writing program.


Leslie Williams' first book, Success of the Seed Plants, won the 2010 Bellday Prize. She is the recipient of the Robert Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America and grants in poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Illinois Arts Council. Her work has appeared in Salamander, Poetry, The Southern Review, Slate and many other magazines.


Lexa Hillyer received her MFA in poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. Her first book, Acquainted with the Cold (Bona Fide Books, 2012) won the 2011 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared recently in Best New Poets 2012 as well as Alligator Juniper, Albatross, Bloodroot Literary, and Spillway. She had four finalists in the 2011 Sow’s Ear Review Contest and won the Inaugural Poetry Prize from Tusculum Review and First Prize in Poetry from Brick & Mortar Review. Lexa edited novels at Harper Collins and Penguin, and now runs Paper Lantern Lit in Brooklyn.

Libby Rowe

LINDA BAMBER teaches in the English Department of Tufts University. Her short fiction collection, Taking What I Like, is just out from Black Sparrow/Godine. She is also the author of a poetry collection, Metropolitan Tang (Black Sparrow/Godine) and a critical book on Shakespeare, Comic Women, Tragic Men: Gender and Genre in Shakespeare (Stanford University Press). Her poems, stories, essays and reviews have appeared in such places as The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Tikkun, The Nation, Raritan, The New York Times Book Review and Ploughshares.

Linda DeHart

Linda DeHart creates art that carries the viewer beyond the object, to a place of inner transformation through the power of color and motion. Principal of DeHartArt (dehartart.com), Linda's mastery of color is expressed through digital art, watercolors, applique tapestries, paper sculptures, silk paintings, and more. Her portfolio encompasses original and commissioned art ranging from large-scale architectural settings to small-scale individual works. In 2009, Linda launched Colors In Motion at the British Consulate General, in Boston. She is Creative Director/Visual Artist of the Colors In Motion (ColorsInMotion.com) creative team. She holds a BFA (1961) from the Rhode Island School of Design.


Lisa Olstein is the author of Radio Crackling, Radio Gone, winner of the Hayden Carruth Award; Lost Alphabet, named one of the best books of 2009 by Library Journal; and Little Stranger (Copper Canyon Press, May 2013). She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Centrum. She is the lyricist for the band Cold Satellite, fronted by Jeffrey Foucault. The band’s eponymous release was ranked #1 on Greil Marcus’ Real Life Rock Top Ten list in The Believer. A new album, Cavalcade, is being released in April 2013.

Liz Flint-Somerville

Liz Flint-Somerville’s poetry has been published in VoiceCatcher, Pointed Circle, and ellipsis… literature and art, among other journals. She is a graduate of the Atheneum Master Writing Program at the Attic Institute in Portland, Oregon. She is a member of the Writers’ Room of Boston, and teaches creative writing with 826Boston’s in-school tutoring program.

Lloyd Schwartz

Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English and teaches in the MFA program at UMass Boston. He is classical music editor of The Boston Phoenix and a regular contributor to NPR’s Fresh Air. His books of poems include These People (Wesleyan), Goodnight, Gracie (Chicago), and Cairo Traffic (Chicago). His poems have been selected for The Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry, and Best of the Best American Poetry anthologies. He’s edited the Library of America’s Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters and Elizabeth Bishop’s Prose (FSG). His most recent book is Music In—and On—the Air (Arrowsmith). In 1994, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

Lori Desrosiers

LORI DESROSIER’s chapbook, Three Vanities, was published by Pudding House in 2009. She earned her M.F.A. in Poetry from New England College. A full-length collection, The Philosopher’s Daughter, is forthcoming in 2013 from Salmon Poetry. She has work in numerous journals, including a prompt in Wingbeats, Exercises in Poetry from Dos Gatos Press, and is also an editor for Paradise Found- a walking tour of Northampton, MA through poetry and art. She is the publisher and managing editor of Naugatuck River Review.


Lorna Knowles Blake's first collection of poems, Permanent Address, won the Richard Snyder Memorial Prize from the Ashland Poetry Press and was published in May 2008. She teaches at the 92nd Street Y, at Sarah Lawrence College and serves on the editorial board of Barrow Street. She lives in Brewster, where she has been working with the Brewster Ladies Library on building a mid-cape poetry community through poetry workshops and readings. Workshop students were featured readers at a literary evening co-sponsored by the Brewster Cultural Council and the Library, which is seeking to expand the local audience for poetry events.

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Lucy Holstedt, featured poet in the Boston National Poetry Month Festival in 2012 and 2013, Lucy is also a playwright and musician. Her performance credits include Improv Boston, Boston Playwrights Theater, and music on a variety of stages. Her compositions are performed in clubs, schools and churches across the US and in Canada. Lucy is professor in the Harmony Department at Berklee College of Music, and director of Women Musicians Network, a forum for Berklee women students and their bands. March 7th 2013 marks WMN's 16th annual Berklee Performance Center concert, including special guest C.D. Collins. Lucy's poems have appeared in various print and on-line publications. She lives in Somerville with her husband, writer, artist and musician, Kirk Etherton.


LYNNE PROCOPE is a Cave Canem fellow and former National Poetry Slam champion (NYC Nuyorican 1998.) She is co-founder and managing editor of Union Station Magazine and executive director of the louderARTS Project. Her work is widely published.


Hailing from the seacoast town of Fairhaven, Maggie Cleveland lives with cats, children, & a sci-fi writer & works developing courses for the Elevator Industry. She's coordinated poetry readings in southeastern Massachusetts for 15+ years. Her chapbook ATOM FISH was published by One Time Press (New London, 2012); her poems have been published in journals & anthologies including The Offending Adam, qarrtsiluni, Newport Review, Elephant, Flying Fish, BURP, Out of Our, Amerarcana: A Bird & Beckett Review, & Tingujt e erës:Lirikë e re Amerikane (Sounds of Wind: New American Lyrics – trans.). She received an MFA from Goddard College in 2011.


Maggie Maraschino is the dance delight to top off your night. Since watching the premiere of “…Baby, One More Time” on MTV, she’s been studying the moves of her favorite pop stars in hopes of bringing pop-culture burlesque to the Boston scene. (As seen in: Army of Toys, Slutcracker and more!) She wants to thank everyone who has given her the chance to dance, and promises to deliver moves that will pop more than your cherry.

Mala Radhakrishnan


Marc Goldfinger has been published by the Ibbetson Street Press, the Aurorean, Liberation Poetry Collective, Pegasus, the Boston Poet, the Crooked River Press, EarthFirst! magazine, Clamor magazine, The New Renaissance, User's News, Poiesis and many others. He is currently the poetry editor and a regular columnist for the Spare Change News, a paper put out for the benefit of homeless people. He is a counselor for people with Substance Use Disorders. He is a member of The Road Scribes Of America. Marc has 3 books for sale at www.Smashwords.com and can also be found at www.sparechangenews.net/. He has performed at Occupy Boston more than once. He also has his own website at http://marcdgoldfinger.outlawpoetry.com/ where he also has books and a CD for sale.


Marcia Slatkin, retired from teaching, farming, care-giving, continues to live a happy life. She plays cello, makes photo collages, and writes in three genre: drama, fiction, and poetry. Two full length poetry books are available on Amazon: A Woman Milking, Word Press,2006, and NOT YET: A Healiang Journey Through Alzheimer's Care-Giving, sfapress, Texas, 2012. A long-time earth activist, she is now working on a book about climate change, called OP-ED: Earth. "Sweat Lodge," (winter issue of the Naugatuck River Review), will be the first poem in that volume. She and her longtime partner, Dan, live in Rhinebeck, NY, where they cultivate many gardens.

Margaret Eckman

Margaret Eckman’s award-winning poetry has appeared in the Aurorean, Nantucket Magazine, and other publications. Her debut book of poetry "Hope runs through it" (written as M. W. MacKay) is a narrative collection that explores nature, the spiritual world, and what it means to raise a child with special needs. She's a member of Swampscott's Tin Box Poets, a motley collection of writers who have a grand time criticizing each other's work and making every poem they work on just a little bit better.


MARGARET YOUNG grew up in Oberlin, Ohio, and earned an M.A. at U.C. Davis. She has been an artist in residence as both an actor and writer, and has worked with many artists, arts institutions, and schools to develop curriculum. She received an Individual Artist Grant from the Ohio State Arts Council in 2005 and has two poetry collections, Willow from the Willow (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2002) and Almond Town (Bright Hill Press, 2011). She teaches creative writing at Endicott College and lives in Beverly, Massachusetts.


MARGOT WIZANSKY develops households for disabled adults. A PoemWorks member since 1998, her poems have appeared in many journals, such as Poetry East, Lumina, Tar River Review and anthologies about Alzheimer’s, love and cancer. She edited two anthologies: Mercy of Tides: Poems for a Beach House (2003) and Rough Places Plain: Poems of the Mountains (2006). She won a Writers@Work Poetry Fellowship and the Patricia Dobler Prize from Carlow University to study in Ireland with its MFA program. She transcribed Don’t Look Them In The Eye: Love, Life, and Jim Crow, an oral history of Emerson Stamps, grandson of slaves.


Educated at Colby (BA), Tufts (MA) and Harvard (ABD) in German, MARÍA LUISA ARROYO writes, reads, and has published many poems in English, Spanish, and German as well as poems which code-switch. Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras (The Bilingual Press: 2008) is her first collection. A 2004 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in poetry, María Luisa facilitates many poetry workshops, including in 2012 at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival (DC), the Freshwater Poetry Festival (CT), and the Monson Arts Festival (MA). With Magdalena Gómez, she co-edited the first inter-generational, multicultural anthology, Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions, and Catharsis (Skyhorse: 2012).


Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us(Guernica Editions). She has a book forthcoming in April 2013, entitled Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories from MiroLand Publishers (Guernica).She is Founder /Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is also Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY. Her webpage is www.mariagillan.com.


Maria Termini is the author of the book, Silkscreening, published by Prentice-Hall and three memoirs: Solitude and Splendor: Living in the Schoolhouse, The Artist and the Spy., and Driving Curiosity: On the Road in Central America. Her narrative essays, including “Hurray Hitchhiker Fairy Godmother” and “Almost Godiva” have been published by Newton Magazine. Her poetry has been published in Boston’s street newspaper, Spare Change, Edge, and in the journal Soul-Lit (www.soul-lit.com). She has produced the CD, “Leafdancer” in which she sings the soundtrack of her life with original songs, classical and folk music. Maria Termini lives in Massachusetts writing always, painting her inspiration, singing, gardening, and walking in the forest in solitude and beauty. Her artwork can be seen at: www.mariatermini.com.

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Marie-Elizabeth Mali

MARIE-ELIZABETH MALI is the author of Steady, My Gaze (Tebot Bach, 2011) and co-editor, with Annie Finch, of the anthology, Villanelles (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets, 2012). She serves as co-curator for Page Meets Stage, in New York City, and her work has appeared in Calyx, Poet Lore, and RATTLE, among others. For more information please visit www.memali.com.


Marjorie Hicks is a former nurse & current member of the Community Research Advisory Board at UMass and an educator in the Educational Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials is a graduate of Amherst Writers & Artists and has conducted writing workshops in the Roxbury/Dorchester area including Miracle Miles for cancer survivors and caregivers. Ms. Hicks wrote & performed for the production of “Ain’t I a Woman” at the New England Conservatory and was a script writer for Sister Talk II TV on health maintenance and illness prevention. Marjorie Hicks has coordinated and been involved in poetry readings throughout the Boston area

Mark Damon

Mark Hillringhouse is a published poet, essayist, and photographer whose works have been widely exhibited in area galleries. His photography and writing have been published in The American Poetry Review, The Literary Review, The New York Times, The New Jersey Monthly, The Paris Review, and in many other journals, books, anthologies and magazines. He was the founding editor of The American Book Review, and a contributing editor for The New York Arts Journal. Thrice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and a three-time recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, he recently won the 2011 Allen Ginsberg Award for poetry and the National Parks 2012 Calendar photography contest. He has an MFA in creative writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and he is a member of the English Department at Passaic County Community College. Visit his photography Website: http://mhillringhouse.zenfolio.com

Mark Leidner

MARK LEIDNER is the author of a book of poems, Beauty Was the Case that They Gave Me, published by Factory Hollow in 2011, and The Angel in the Dream of Our Hangover: aphorisms, published by Sator in 2011. He lives and tweets in western Massachusetts.


MARK PAWLAK has published seven collections of poetry, most recently "Go to the Pine", Plein Air Editions, Bookstrap Press (2012). His work has been translated into German, Polish, and Spanish and published in many distinguished magazines and anthologies, including "Best American Poetry, 2006". He is Boston editor of Hanging Loose Press.


MARK SCHAFER’S latest translation is The Scale of Maps by Belén Gopegui, which Publishers Weekly called “beautifully composed and elegantly translated.” He has translated the poetry of David Huerta (Before Saying Any of the Great Words: Selected Poems) and Gloria Gervitz (Migrations/Migraciones) as well as fiction by Virgilio Piñera, Alberto Ruy Sánchez, and Jesús Gardea; and essays by many Latin American authors. His awards include two translation fellowships from the NEA, a grant from the Fund for Culture Mexico-USA, and the Robert Fitzgerald Prize. He is a Lecturer at UMass Boston and a visual artist. His website is www.beforesaying.com.

Mark Schafer

Mark Schorr is the author of three books of poetry. Some dream songs from Recovery have appeared in periodicals including Poetry Northeast (heart monitor sequence)http://poetryne.org/2/ma-schorr-from-recovery-7.htm ; E-verse Radio (the Avatar sequence)http://www.everseradio.com/the-avatar-song-by-mark-schorr/ ; and the Mass Poetry Blog (the awakening appetite sequence) http://masspoetry.org/2012/09/16/from-recovery-by-mark-schorr/ . The full text of Schorr’s Recovery: 77 Dream Songs of Man and Machines and John Berryman’s77 Dream Songs, that inspired Schorr’s use of the form, should be available at the festival bookseller area. In November 2012, Schorr turned the Grolier Poetry Book Shop into a Poets Theater to perform Ben Mazer's verse play "A City of Angels". Schorr can be contacted at frostfoundation@comcast.net

Marsha Pomerants

Marsha Pomerantz’s The Illustrated Edge was among the Boston Globe’s Best Poetry Books of 2011. Her poems and essays have appeared widely in journals in the US, UK, and Israel, and she has published translations from the Hebrew of a novel, short stories, and poems. Recognition of her work has included an MCC Artist Fellowship (2012) and two residencies at the MacDowell Colony. She is managing editor at the Harvard Art Museums.


MARTHA COLLINS is the author of White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012), as well as the book-length poem Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), which won an Anisfield-Wolf Award and was chosen as one of “25 Books to Remember from 2006” by the New York Public Library. Collins has also published four earlier collections of poems and two collections of co-translated Vietnamese poetry. Her other awards include fellowships from the NEA, the Bunting Institute, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, as well as three Pushcart Prizes and a Lannan Foundation residency fellowship. Founder of the Creative Writing Program at UMass-Boston, she served as Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College until 2007, and is currently editor-at-large for FIELD magazine and one of the editors of the Oberlin College Press.


MARTÍN ESPADA is the author of more than fifteen books. His latest collection of poems, The Trouble Ball (Norton, 2011), received the Milt Kessler Award, an International Latino Book Award and a Massachusetts Book Award. His previous collection, The Republic of Poetry (Norton, 2007), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (South End Press, 1998), has been banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Espada teaches at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


Martin Rodriguez grew up in New Jersey and moved to Massachusetts to attend Harvard College. His poetry has been on exhibit at Boston’s City Hall, and he has held a reading of his poems at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. He has also read his poems at the Brighton Allston Congregational Church, the Jamaica Plain Library, as well as other locations around Boston.

Mary Miceli

MARY ANNE MICELI, a Boston native, has studied her Irish ancestral roots. Mary Anne holds B.A. and M.Ed. degrees and is a Board Member of the MA State Poetry Society, the N.S. Poets Forum and Woodcrafters. Her poems have appeared in Janus, The Endicott Review, and The MA State Poetry Anthology. Her published books include a series of “Boston North Shore’s … Children Picture Books” and two poetry collections: Poetry: Reflecting on the Clouds of Everyday Living and Poetry: Aging Ever So Gracefully. Website: www.Boston North Shore’s Stories and Poems


Mary Bichner is an eclectic classipop composer with the bizarre musical superpowers of perfect pitch (the ability to recognize notes and chords by name upon hearing them played) and synesthesia (a neurological condition that causes Mary to “see” splashes of specific colors when she hears their corresponding pitches sounded). Called a "musical genius" by CBS News, and invited to Harvard University's prestigious neuroscience lab to be studied for her brain's unusual wiring, Mary creates richly-colored compositions that delight classical enthusiasts and indie-pop rockers alike.


Mary Bonina’s newest poetry collections are Clear Eye Tea (2011) and Living Proof (2009) from Cervena Barva Press. A finalist in the Teacher’s Voice competition, her chapbook Lunch in Chinatown, poems inspired by the experience of teaching recent immigrants the English language in their work places; her poetry and prose has also been featured in Salamander, Hanging Loose, English Journal, Gulf Stream, in many other journals and several anthologies, most recently in Entering the Real World, VCCA Poets on Mt. San Angelo celebrating 40 years of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She was commissioned by composer Paul Sayed to write a suite of three poems, “Grace in the Wind,” which he has set to music for piano, cello, and soprano premiered at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, Cambridge MA in concert Fall 2012.   


Mary Dingee Fillmore earned her M.F.A. at Vermont College in 2005 after a twenty-five year career in organizational development and a hidden life as a writer. Her poetry appears in Atlanta Review, Slant, Upstreet,Pearl, Diner, Westview, Main Street Rag, Pinyon, New Verse News and Blueline among other venues. She won the Poetry Grand Prize in the 2007 Tallgrass Writers’ Guild Contest, and is a winner of the 2006 Iowa Sourcecontest, as well as receiving Honorable Mention from Naugatuck Review’s 2012 contest. Three of her poems were included in Grey Hen Press’s 2009 anthology Cracking On: Poems on Ageing by Older Women.


MARY ELLEN D'ANGELO-LOMBARI writes poetry, fiction (including flash fiction), creative non-fiction and journalistic articles. Her work has been published in Parnassus, MethuenLife, Elijahmagazine.com, the National Day of Writing website and the NECC Observer, where she is Editor-in-Chief. She is currently working on a young adult novel. She lives in Methuen with her husband and three teenage sons. Mary Ellen performs her poetry live accompanied by her son Tyler D'Angelo-Lombari, songwriter and drummer for Empirical.

Mary Ellen D'Angelo-Lombari

Mary Ellen D'Angelo-Lombari writes poetry, fiction (including flash fiction), creative non-fiction and journalistic articles. Her work has been published in Parnassus, MethuenLife, Elijahmagazine.com, the National Day of Writing website and the NECC Observer, where she is Editor-in-Chief. She is currently working on a young adult novel. She lives in Methuen with her husband and three teenage sons. Mary Ellen performs her poetry live accompanied by her son Tyler D'Angelo-Lombari, songwriter and drummer for Empirical.

Mary Ellen Letarte

MARY O'DONOGHUE grew up in Co. Clare and lives in Boston. Her first novel Before the House Burns appeared in 2010 (Dublin: The Lilliput Press.) Her poetry collections are Among These Winters (Dedalus Press, 2007) and Tulle (Salmon Poetry, 2001). Her poems, translations and short stories have appeared widely in Ireland and the US. She has received artist’s grants from Massachusetts Cultural Council, most recently in 2012; the Tyrone Guthrie Centre Annaghmakerrig in conjunction with Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and Vermont Studio Center. She teaches in the Arts and Humanities division at Babson College.


MARY PINARD teaches poetry and literature courses in the Arts and Humanities Division at Babson College. Her poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Georgia Review, Salamander, and Poetry East. She has published essays on poets Lorine Niedecker and Alice Oswald and has an essay on process and form in the making of a long poem forthcoming in (In)Scribing Gender: International Female Writers and the Creative Process (Diversion Press). Her first book of poems, Portal, is forthcoming from Salmon Press in 2014. She was born and raised in Seattle.


MARYBETH RUA-LARSEN lives on the South Coast of Massachusetts and teaches part-time at Bristol Community College in Fall River. Her poems, essays, flash fiction and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in The Raintown Review, Measure, 14 magazine (UK), Angle (UK/Australia), Crannog (Ireland), The Poetry Bus (Ireland), Verse Wisconsin and The Nervous Breakdown. She is a book reviewer at NYQ Reviews (online), has had work nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and was named winner in the Poetry category for the 2011 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Competition in Galway, Ireland.


Mass LEAP (Literary Education & Performance) - Our mission is to build a vibrant youth spoken word community in Massachusetts. We work to connect teaching artists with schools and other organizations in order to create opportunities for the youth of the Commonwealth to consume and create poetry. We are driven by the desire to empower the voices of young people, to foster creativity, to promote literacy, and to build community. We offer writing workshops, all-ages open mics, and youth poetry slams, as well as trainings for educators who want to infuse spoken word into their curricula.


Matt Kraunelis is a founding member of the Robert Frost Foundation and the Grey Court Poets. His poems have appeared in The Merrimack Review, The Alternative Voice, The Bridge Review, MethuenLife, Elijah Magazine and Romantics Quarterly. He is a winner of the St. Francis Institute Poetry Award, and was two-time finalist for Merrimack College’s Aherne Poetry Award. His poetry has been published numerous times in the Eagle-Tribune as part of its Annual Spring Poetry Contest. He lives in New England with his family and is also an attorney. His collection of poetry, Tackle Box, is available from Finishing Line Press.


MATT W. MILLER is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University and his second book of poems, Club Icarus, was selected by Major Jackson for the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize. His first collection, Cameo Diner: Poems, was published by Loom Press. He earned a BA at Yale University and his MFA from Emerson College. He has published work in Slate, Poetry Daily, Harvard Review, New California Writing 2012, Notre Dame Review, Memorious, and Third Coast, and other journals. He is a former Visiting Professor of Writing at New England College and has taught writing workshops at Stanford University, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and the New Hampshire State Prison for Men. Miller teaches English and co-directs the Writers' Workshop at Phillips Exeter Academy. He lives with his family in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Matthew Lippman

MATTHEW LIPPMAN is the author of two poetry collections, Monkey Bars (Typecast Publishing, 2010) and The New Year Of Yellow (Sarabande Books, 2007). He is the recipient of the 2010 Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review.

Maya Janson

MAYA JANSON's poetry has appeared widely in journals including Harvard Review, Lyric, Alaska Quarterly Review, Jubilat, and Rattle, and has been included in Best American Poetry. She received her B.A. from Smith College, her M.F.A. from Warren Wilson, and has been a recipient of an artist fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She lives in Florence, MA and is employed as a community health nurse and as a lecturer in poetry at Smith College. Her book of poems, Murmur and Crush, will be published by Hedgerow Books in the fall of 2012.

Maya Phillips

New York native MAYA PHILLIPS is an Emerson College student candidate for a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing with a focus on poetry. The current curator of the Emerson Poetry Project, Maya represented Emerson at CUPSI as a member of the college’s 2010 and 2011 slam teams. She competed for the Cantab at the National Poetry Slam in Cambridge and Boston as a member of the 2011 Cantab slam team.


Meg Brooker, Artistic Director of Thel Dance Theatre/Austin, TX, danced as a member of Lori Belilove & Company/Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation. She has performed, taught, and lectured about early modern dance work in Russia, Crimea, Italy, Costa Rica, and the US, and teaches world dance for Texas State University. Movement Director for Colors in Motion, she also contributes to Dance Studio Life, and blogs at “Tunics in Texas.” Meg preserves the work of Florence Fleming Noyes and serves on the Board of the Noyes Rhythm Foundation. She holds an MFA from UT Austin and a BA from Yale.

Meg Winikates

As Program Specialist for the Art & Nature Center at the Peabody Essex Museum, MEG WINIKATES enjoys incorporating her interests in the literary and visual arts with elements of science and history. Prior to her work at PEM, Meg was Associate Education Director for the Discovery Museums in Acton, and also reveled in poetry and history as a Ranger at the Longfellow House/Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site in Cambridge.


MEGAN FERNANDES is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and holds an MFA in poetry from Boston University. She is the editor of Strangers in Paris (Tightrope Books) and the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Organ Speech (Corrupt Press) and Some Citrus Makes me Blue (Dancing Girl Press). Fernandes is the recent recipient of the "Writers Room of Boston" fellowship, the Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship, and the Dzanc Books Luso-Descent Award. She has forthcoming publications in Memorious, Redivider, and RATTLE, and currently teaches poetry at Boston University.

Melanie Mowinski

Melissa Guillet, founder and editor of Sacred Fools Press, has performed nationally and her work has appeared in many journals.


MELISSA TUCKEY'S book Tenuous Chapel was chosen by Charles Simic for the 2012 ABZ First Book Poetry Prize. She is also author of Rope as Witness, a chapbook published by Pudding House Press. Her poems have been published in Beloit Poetry Journal, Hayden's Ferry Review, Poet Lore, and Witness and her work has been recognized with support from DC Commision on Arts and Humanities, Ohio Arts Council, and by the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center which awarded her a winter fellowship. She's co-founder of Split This Rock, a national poetry organization dedicated to poetry of witness and provocation and lives in Ithaca, New York.

Merle Feld

After many years as an organizer, and after founding three businesses, MICHAEL ANSARA has been working to learn how to write good poetry for the last 8 years. Michael is the co-founder of Mass Poetry and of the Festival.


Michael Brown, Ph.D., author of four books of poetry and co-founder of the Cantab Lounge poetry venue, organized the Boston Poetry Slam Performance Troupe in 1993. During a series of shows at Jimmy Tingle’s Off-Broadway and the Zeitgeist Gallery, the group morphed into its current format, a tribe of more than a dozen poets performing their own work in stage shows running two hours.

Michael Cantor

Michael Cantor’s full-length collection, Life in the Second Circle (Able Muse Press, 2012), is presently a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry. A chapbook, The Performer, was published in 2007; and his work has appeared in The Dark Horse, Measure, Raintown Review, SCR, Chimaera, and numerous other journals and anthologies. He was a finalist for the Nemerov (twice), Richard Wilbur and Robert Penn Warren poetry competitions; and has won the New England Poetry Club Gretchen Warren and Erika Mumford prizes.


Michael Roche has a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross and is currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at Virginia Tech, where he teaches composition and reads for The Minnesota Review as a creative writing editor. His work can be found in Best New Poets: 2012.


Michele Leavitt earned her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and her M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poetry and prose are most recently published in Per Contra, Mezzo Cammin, The Journal, Hippocampus, and Umbrella. "No Trespassing," an essay about violence against women, won the 2010 William Allen Award from The Ohio State University and received a "notable" listing in Best American Essays 2011. A chapbook, The Glass Transition, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010. She teaches writing in the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities at Unity College.


MICHELE POULOS’S A Disturbance in the Air won the 2012 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition. Her poems and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2012, The Southern Review, Smartish Pace, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. IV: Louisiana, Crab Orchard Review, The Hollins Critic, Copper Nickel, Sycamore Review, Waccamaw, and other journals. Her essays and book reviews have been published in Blackbird and Stone Canoe. In addition, she is currently filming a feature-length documentary titled My Story in a Late Style of Fire about the poet Larry Levis.


MICKEY COBURN is a playwright as well as poet. Among her credits: her poetry has been published in the Oakland Review, the Pine Island Journal of New England Poetry, the Playwrights Union of Canada International Monologue Competition, Charette Magazine, among others. Her work has received recognition from the Massachusetts State Poetry Society and the Massachusetts Poetry Association. Her screenplay, THE WOMAN’S VOICE, was a finalist at the L.A. Femme Film Festival 2009; her children’s plays are published and handled by havescripts.com. Her collection, Charming Princes and Wicked Queens, is published in book form and is available on Amazon.com. See more at her website, mickeycoburn.com and follow her blog at mickeycoburn.blogspot.com.


Millicent Borges Accardi (parents from New Bedford, named after The Millicent Library in Fairhaven) is the author of Woman on a Shaky Bridge (chapbook), Injuring Eternity and Only More So (forthcoming from Salmon Press Ireland). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Calif. Arts Council and CantoMundo.


MOIRA LINEHAN is the author of IF NO MOON, winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry open competition and also winner of the 2010 Foley Award in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Alaska Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, The Greensboro Review, Notre Dame Review, Orion, Poet Lore, Poetry, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, and Salamander. Linehan holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. Her website is www.moiralinehan.com.


Molly Lynn Watt wrote “Strains of 1963” (forthcoming), “Consider This” —commissioned for Across the Ages Dance, “Civil Rights Update”—paired with Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” as required reading in Dallas, co-creator and performer for “George & Ruth: Songs & Letters of the Spanish Civil War”, “Shadow People,” curator for 12 years of Fireside Readings, poetry editor at HILR Review for 6 years and founding editor of the Bagelbard Anthology and editor of volumes 1-4.


MONICA RAYMOND was the 2008–2009 Jerome Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Her plays have had over 60 productions and staged readings, including at the Kennedy Center in DC, Boston Theater Marathon, Actors Shakespeare Company, Stage Left (Chicago), Vital Theater (NYC), Golden Thread (San Francisco), Samuel French Festival, New York and Montreal Infringement Festivals, Pillsbury House Theater, Bedlam Theater, and many others. Novices appeared in Best Short Plays of 2009 (Smith & Kraus Publishers), Creche received a prize from Boston Playwrights’ Platform, and her full-length play The Owl Girl received the Clauder Competition Gold Medal, the Peacewriting Award, and the Castillo Theater prize for political theater. Raymond has performed with the street theater troupe, CLASS ACTS, toured in “An Olive on the Seder Plate,” (a review by and for American Jews about Israel/Palestine), and hosted “Theater about Israel/Palestine” at the 2005 ATHE Conference. Her poetry has been published in the Colorado Review, The Iowa Review, and the Village Voice, and she is a regular contributor to the online journal, qarrtsiluni.com. She has been a MacDowell Colony fellow, and has taught at Harvard, the Boston Museum School, and the City University of New York.


NANCY CAPACCIO is the Artistic Director of Boston Playback. She has been performing and teaching Playback Theatre for over 12 years. Nancy has performed in other theatrical improv troupes and in scripted theater, and co-starred in the indie film Manual. Formerly the President of Stage One Marketing Research, Nancy worked with Fortune 500 companies in the development and marketing of new products. She has facilitated thousands of meetings, with a specialty in ideation and thinking outside the box.

Nancy Couto

Nancy Vieira Couto is the author of a poetry collection, The Face in the Wate, and a chapbook, Carlisle & the Common Accident. Her awards include two NEA fellowships and an Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. She was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, received a B.S. in Ed. from Bridgewater State College, and an M.F.A. from Cornell University. She now lives in Ithaca, New York, where she is poetry editor of Epoch.


Nguyen Ba Chung is a writer, poet and translator. He is the co-translator of Thoi Xa Vang (A Time Far Past) and the author of four poetry collections. He co-edited with Kevin Bowen and Bruce Weigl the anthology Mountain River: Vietnamese Poetry From The Wars 1948-1993 (University of Massachusetts Press, 1998); ); with Kevin Bowen, Six Vietnamese Poets (Curbstone Press, 2002); with Kevin Bowen and Nguyen Duy, Ly Tran Zen Poems From Vietnam ( Van Hoa Saigon, 2005); and with Fred Marchant, Tran Dang Khoa’s From the Corner of My Yard(Giao Duc, 2006).


Nick Flynn is the author of three memoirs, The Reenactments(Norton, 2013), The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment(2010) and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004)—currently being published under title Being Flynn—which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir and has been translated into fifteen languages. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City has been made into a film, Being Flynn, starring Robert DeNiro as Flynn's father, Julianne Moore as his mother, and Paul Dano as Nick. He is also the author of three books of poetry, The Captain Asks For a Show of Hands (Graywolf, 2011), Some Ether (Graywolf, 2000), which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and Blind Huber(Graywolf, 2002). He has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust, and The Fine Arts Work Center. Some of the venues his poems, essays and non-fiction have appeared in include The New Yorker, the Paris Review, National Public Radio’s “This American Life,” and The New York Times Book Review. He worked as a “field poet” and as an artistic collaborator on the film Darwin’s Nightmare, which was nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary in 2006. One semester a year, he teaches at the University of Houston and spends the rest of the year elsewhere.

Nick LaRoche

Nick LaRoche is a senior at Salem State University about to graduate with a BA in Drama and Music. He played Bradley in Mr. Marmalade this past spring, as well as Bobby in Cabaret this fall at SSU. Other roles include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Rooster in Annie, Doody in Grease, and Mark in A Chorus Line. He has studied voice with Daniel Blake, Lynn Shane, and Andrea Rash of New England Conservatory. Nick also studied ballet and tap with Betty Jane Robinson for ten years. He plans to go for his Masters in Music next fall! Sincere thanks for letting him be apart of performing this wonderful work!


OMOIZELE OKOAWO (“Oz”) has been a force in poetry slam for nearly a decade, both as remarkable performer and talented coach. He started slamming at the Cantab in 1999 and made his first team in 2000. He coached the Lizard Lounge National Poetry Slam team from the slam’s inaugural year in 2001 until 2007, competing as a team member for five of those seven years. He qualified for the last-ever NPS Individual Finals in 2007 and finished ninth.


OONA PATRICK is a native of Provincetown, Massachusetts, where her ancestors were whalers and fishermen from the Azores. She earned degrees from Brown University and the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her nonfiction, prose poems, and interviews have appeared in Provincetown Arts, Gulf Coast, Gávea-Brown, Salamander, the Portuguese-American Journal, and elsewhere, and she is a nonfiction editor for Post Road. She is the Luso-American Liaison for the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal, and works with Presence/Presença, a community for North American writers of the Portuguese diaspora founded at DISQUIET in 2011. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


PABLO MEDINA’S seventh collection of poetry, "The Man Who Wrote on Water", was published by Hanging Loose Press in 2011. He has received many awards for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry for 2012. His work has been translated into many languages. He is currently working on a bilingual Spanish/English collection of poems. He teaches at Emerson College and lives in Boston's South End.

Paige Fasold

Paige Fasold is a sophomore at Salem State University perusing her BFA in theatre arts with a concentration in performance. Recent roles include Olympia in this past falls production of Big Love, and Viola in the spring’s production of Twelfth Night, where Paige received the Irene nomination. Paige would like to sincerely thank Professor Peter Sampieri, JD Scrimgeour, Ellen Doré Watson, and Brian Brodeur.


PATRICIA CALLAN, playwright and poet, in collaboration with composer Yoko Nakatani, wrote the narration for “The Adventures of John Manjiro,”a suite of piano pieces performed frequently throughout the United States. Her poems have been published inThe Lyric, So to Speak, Red Lights, The Poets’ Touchstone and other journals. She was a finalist in the 2011 Rita Dove Poetry Award Competition. Pat is a member of the Powow River Poets and The Tuesday Evening Poets.


PATRICK PIERCE shares his name with the famed Irish poet. Like him, he has declaimed poems in various Dublin venues, but took root, grew, and flourished in Oregon, a state whose profound natural beauty sustains him still. A sculptor and poet of life-long practice, Pierce lives in Lowell. Working in his downtown studio everyday, poetry is an integral influence in his sculpture. His work is included in collections across the country and has been reviewed in The Atlantic Monthly, The Boston Globe, and other publications.


PAUL RICHMOND is an artist and performer. He organizes two monthly readings, three annual Word festivals in Western MA, and publishes others under HumanErrorPublishing.com. He has two books, No Guarantees – Adjust and Continue (2007) and …Ready or Not - Living in the Break Down Lane (2009), along with a third out soon.


Paul Rowe hails from the north shore of Massachusetts and serves as teaching assistant for two upper level English courses at his alma mater, Suffolk University. Additionally, he is a café staff member at the Paris Creperie in Brookline. Having graduated with distinction in May 2012, Paul has both scholarly and poetic aspirations. He currently in the graduate studies application process, and at present resides in Allston, Massachusetts.

Peter Filkis

Peter Filkins is the author of four collections of poems, the most recent being The View We're Granted. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including The Iowa Review, The New criterion, Sewannee Review, and The Common. Previously he has been the recipient of a Berlin Prize, a Stover Award in Poetry, and a Finalist Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Commission. He teaches writing and literature at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, MA.


PETER FRANKLIN teaches English and Creative Writing at Swampscott High School (Swampscott, MA). Peter received a BA in English & Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis, and a Juris Doctor degree from Concord Law School. Peter has been published in The Write Place At The Write Time, The Camel Saloon, and A Long Story Short. He has penned one anthology of poetry, Quiet River, available as a chapbook, and is working on a food-related collection of ekphrastic poetry, Eating With Your Eyes. Peter resides in Marblehead with his wife, two children, and Zorro, a dog of many talents.


PETER JAY SHIPPY is the author of Thieves’ Latin (University of Iowa Press, 2003), Alphaville (BlazeVOX BOOKS, 2006) and How to Build the Ghost in Your Attic (Rose Metal Press, 2007). He has received fellowships in drama and poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. David Lehman and Mark Doty selected his work for The Best American Poetry 2012. Shippy teaches literature and creative writing at Emerson College. www.peterjayshippy.com


PETER SAMPIERI is a professional stage director and Salem State University professor who lives in Peabody, MA. His professional directing credits include (Off-Broadway/NYC) the world premiere of On The Line at the Cherry Lane Theatre, The SisterWall at Barrow St. Theatre, and The Three Same Guys at The Public. He has taught and directed at New York University, Brown University, Huntington Theatre Company, New England Conservatory of Music, Providence College, University of Rhode Island, OperaWorks, in Northridge, California, and Northwestern University’s National High School Institute.


PETER ZAY is Principal Cellist of the Plymouth Philharmonic and a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with numerous other organizations including the Boston Lyric Opera, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Boston Modern Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. He has toured throughout Europe with the American Sinfonietta. He has appeared with many international artists including: Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Barry Manilow, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Krall, and Aretha Franklin. He holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Hartt School.


Hailing from Huntington, New York, PHILIP DECKER is a sophomore at Phillips Exeter Academy. He gathers inspiration from T.S. Eliot, Samuel T. Coleridge, Cervantes, Dmitri Shostakovich, Alexander Pushkin, and Robert Browning. His favorite poet is Percy Bysshe Shelley.


PILAR QUINTANA is a poet, artist, musician, and actor. She is a member of the Grey Court Poets, the Arts Institute Group of the Merrimack Valley, the art group 4bstraction, and the band Pride of Wolves. She also reads her poetry accompanied by guitarists Kimberly Quintana and Tyler D’Angelo-Lombari. Her poems have appeared in MethuenLife, Athens, GA’s Word of Mouth, and the forthcoming Grey Court Poets anthology, Songs from the Castle’s Remains.


Hailing from Chicago’s most southern side, PORSHA OLAYIWOLA is a woman, poet, lover, warrior, sister, and feminist. A recent college graduate, Porsha received her B.A. in African American Studies with dabbles of U.S. History and Women Studies, and is currently spending a year of service helping to alleviate America’s poverty. Poetically, Porsha O. intertwines the spirits of Audre Lorde, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ida B. Wells Barnett, and June Jordan with the bluntness of Hip Hop Feminism, creating poetry that speaks for itself (pun intended). A citizen of the universe, Porsha O. has NO poetically acclaimed titles to her name, but has had the opportunity to open for Mae Jemison, the first African American female astronaut, Dr. Cornell West, Hip Hop artist, MC LYTE, and activist Angela Davis. A founding member of the Chicago-based political performance group, “The Unwritten Amendment,” Porsha O. uses poetry to create a dynamic flow of infra-politics that rebel against the norms and generates a cypher that is all her own; a cypher that is uncontrollable, undocumented, and just plain 'ole dope.


PORTIA REILLY has been writing poetry for a number of years. She is a member of Poetry@7 workshop in Watertown MA. Portia has published in Haiku Journal and currently she is working on new poems and a novel.


PRINCESS CHAN is a part time waitress, half time high school senior, and full time emerging youth poet and musician from Lowell, MA. She is 1/4 of Lowell's Louder Than A Bomb slam team. She has been published in the Young Angel Midnight Anthology, performed in various local events and brought "Awkward Swag" to the Youth Speaks Brave New Voices festival with the 2011 Lowell Youth Slam Team. When she isn't saving the world with her words and tuba, she is teaching poetry workshops to beautiful middle schoolers... and sleeping.

Prithwiraj Choudhury

PRITHWIRAJ CHOUDHURY is a Bengali poet who lives in Belmont, MA. He grew up in the U.K. and West Bengal, with roots in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Prithwiraj has published three volumes of poetry: Email-e-Ishwar (When God appeared in an email), Obhishar dot mp3, and Shikor ekhon wireless (My roots are now wireless). Prithwiraj writes on topics ranging from the Partition of Bengal to the rootlessness of the global Bengali. He is also the lead singer and songwriter for the Boston-based Bangla band, Apaar Bangla. Prithwiraj has a doctorate from Harvard University and is on faculty at the Wharton Business School.


R.A. VILLANUEVA is a Language Lecturer at New York University and a founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art. A finalist for the Beatrice Hawley Award and the Kinereth Gensler Awards, his writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, AGNI, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, DIAGRAM, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn.



RACHEL LAREAU is a senior at Westfield State University and is majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. An active member of the writing and literary community she is the Editor-in-Chief of Persona, the literary arts journal on campus, Captain of the WSU Poetry Slam Team, and is a member of the Honors Program. Her professional goals include being a full-time professional author and/or poet. She intends to begin working after graduation, but has plans for grad school to pursue her M.F.A. in the future. Her favorite poet is currently Sharon Olds, and enjoys reading the work of Harlem Renaissance poets as well as the Confessionals.


RACHEL M. SIMON is the author of two poetry collections: Theory of Orange (winner of the 2005 Transcontinental Poetry Prize) and the chapbook Marginal Road (Hollyridge Press, 2009). She teaches writing, gender studies, and film courses as an adjunct professor at SUNY Purchase College, Pace University, and in the college program at Bedford Hills Maximum Security Correctional Facility. She is currently at work on a collection of sports poems.




Rachel Zucker is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently, Museum of Accidents. With Arielle Greenberg she has co-authored three books including Home/Birth: a poemic. Zucker has three sons and lives in New York. She teaches at NYU and the 92nd Street Y and is a labor doula and childbirth educator.


RAVI SHANKAR is the founding editor and Executive Director of Drunken Boat, one of the world's oldest electronic journals of the arts. He has published or edited seven books and chapbooks of poetry, including the 2010 National Poetry Review Prize winner, Deepening Groove. Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he edited W.W. Norton's Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond, called “a beautiful achievement for world literature” by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. He has won a Pushcart Prize, been featured in The New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, appeared as a commentator on the BBC and NPR, received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and has performed his work around the world. He is currently Chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust, on the faculty of the first international MFA Program at City University of Hong Kong and an Associate Professor of English at CCSU.


Ray Landry has been involved in hosting the open mic of Robert Frost poetry events since 2002. He taught in the North Reading Public Schools for 26 years; and has hosted a yearly exchange trip to Japan since 2000. His new book of poems is: Growing Into Infancy: Musings of A Self-Proclaimed Legend (Dr. Mee Chow Hound Press).


RAY J. WHITTIER, born September 3, 1932, is the father of eight children. He founded and operated the ‘Ray J. Whittier for Lettering Co.’ a sign and graphic art shop in Lynn, MA for forty years. Ray is the author of three Poetry Books, including “A Christmas Gift”, available at many local schools and libraries. Ray mainly writes in rhyme and recites his work by memory. He is an audience favorite. Ray’s poetry has been published in the Lynn Telegram, Lynn Item, Stratham New Hampshire News, US Army Yankee, and the Swampscott Patch.


REBECCA WOLFF is the author of three collections of poetry (Manderley, Figment, and The King) and a novel, The Beginners (Riverhead, 2011), as well as numerous pieces of occasional prose. Her fourth poetry book and second novel are in process. Wolff is the editor of Fence and Fence Books and the publisher of The Constant Critic, a site for poetry criticism. She is also a doula. She is the mother of two children, with whom she lives in Hudson, New York, and is a fellow at the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany.


Former National Poetry Slam Champion REGIE GIBSON received his MFA from New England College. He's lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba, and Europe, and he competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He's been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, various NPR programs, and nominated for a Boston Emmy. A recipient of the Walker Poetry Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Gibson has been published in Poetry Magazine, Harvard's Divinity Magazine and The Iowa Review, among others. Regie received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for Poetry in 2010 and a Lexington Education Foundation Program Grant in 2010-11.


RHINA P. ESPAILLAT is a Dominican-born bilingual poet, essayist, short story writer and translator. She has published 8 books and 3 chapbooks. Her work has appeared in over 60 anthologies and many periodicals, and has earned numerous awards, including the Richard Wilbur Award, the T. S. Eliot Prize in Poetry, the May Sarton Award, the Nemerov Prize, a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from Salem State College, the "Tree at My Window" Translation Award from the Robert Frost Foundation, and several honors from the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Culture. Her most recent poetry collection is Her Place in These Designs.


RICHARD CAMBRIDGE was born in the USA. He’s been a continuing presence in the Boston/ Cambridge poetry scene, mixing poetry, dance and drama in many of his representations. Cambridge has supported the movement to free Mumia Abu Jamal, and to end the US embargo against Cuba.


RICHARD FEIN’s new book is B'KLYN, his eighth book of poems, published last year. He has also published two books of translations of Yiddish poetry.


RICHARD HOFFMAN’s poetry collections are Without Paradise (Cedar Hill Books, 2002); Gold Star Road, winner of the 2007 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the New England Poetry Club's Sheila Motton Book Award; and Emblem (Barrow Street Press, 2007). He is also author of Interference & Other Stories (New Rivers Press, 2009) and the memoir, Half the House (New Rivers Press, 2005). He teaches at Emerson College and currently serves as Chair of PEN New England.


RICHARD MICHELSON is the author of 20 books. He has been a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award and the National Jewish Book Award. The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The New Yorker have all listed Michelson’s books among their Ten Best Books of the Year. Michelson’s poetry has been published in many anthologies, including The Norton Introduction to Poetry. Clemson University named Michelson their Calhoun Distinguished Reader in American Literature in 2008. New poetry has recently appeared in Image and The Harvard Review. He is the current Poet Laureate of Northampton Massachusetts. www.RichardMichelson.com


Richard Waring is a layout artist for the New England Journal of Medicine. He hosts the Workshop for Publishing Poets reading series at Porter Square Books in Cambridge. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Sanctuary, Mothering, JAMA, Chest, The American Journal of Nursing, and the anthologies The Pocket Poetry Parenting Guide, The Unitarian Universalist Poets, and Rough Places Plain: Poems of the Mountains.


RITA BANERJEE is a writer, and PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature at Harvard University. She has been published in Poets for Living Waters, The New Renaissance, The Fiction Project, DesiLit, Catamaran, The Crab Creek Review, The Dudley Review, Objet d’Art, and Chrysanthemum among other journals. Her first collection of poems, Cracklers at Night, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010, and her novella, A Night with Kali, was digitized by the Brooklyn Art-house Co-op in 2011. She is a co-director of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, and her writing has been featured on KBOO Radio’s APA Compass in Portland, Oregon.


ROBERT W. CRAWFORD lives in Chester, NH. He has published two books of poetry, The Empty Chair and Too Much Explanation Can Ruin a Man (the most recent book, The Empty Chair, won the 2011 Richard Wilbur Award). His poems, “Odds Are” and “The Empty Chair,” won the 2011 and 2006 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Awards. His poems have appeared inThe Formalist, First Things, Dark Horse, The Raintown Review, The Lyric, Measure, Forbes, and many other publications. He is a trustee of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH, a long-time member of the Powow River Poets, and co-founder of the Hyla Brook Poets.

Robert W. Crawford

ROBIN LINN's poetry chapbook, "Fairytale-Ending Machine," came out earlier this year through FootHills Publishing. Robin is a volunteer/coordinator for PEN New England’s Freedom to Write prison writing program and facilitates poetry workshops in the Boston area, which frequently feature themes of playfulness-in-poetry. Her poetry has recently appeared in Saranac Review, SPECS, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, and online at Amethyst Arsenic, where she was nominated for a Best of the Web award; her review of a poetry book was recently published in Sugar House Review, where her poetry has also appeared. Robin received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University.

Rodney Wittwer

Rodney Wittwer is a native of Wisconsin, received an M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and lives in W. Medford, MA. He currently spends his days writing and working with his wife in her clothing design business. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Barrow Street, DIAGRAM, The Literary Review, Mead, Memorious, Pleiades and Ploughshares. His first book, Gone & Gone, was published by Red Hen Press in September, 2012, and he is the recipient of a 2012 Artist Fellowship in Poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


ROSS GAY is the author of Bringing the Shovel Down (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011) and Bringing the Shovel Down (CavanKerry Press, 2006). His poems have been published in numerous magazines and journals, in addition to being widely anthologized. Ross is an editor for the chapbook press Q Avenue, and has happily shepherded many beautiful poets' work into print. His Artists' Books, in collaboration with Kimberly Thomas, are The Halo, BRN2HNT, and The Bullet. Ross is very involved in the Bloomington, Indiana community as a board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard and as an Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of Creative Writing at Indiana University Bloomington.


Ruby Poltorak was born and raised in Brighton, Mass. She has been a vocalist (and, more recently, drummer) in a Klezmer band for many years and has performed Yiddish kabaret. She teaches and translates Yiddish and is in the concert ensemble of the Yiddish Chorus of the Boston Workmen's Circle, which has performed in venues such as the Somerville Theater and Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center. Her poetry has focused on social activism and on the city of Boston and on family stories that illuminate class and Jewish issues. Ruby's poetry has appeared in Summer Home Review, and four of her poems have been staged at the Shubert Theater (and most recently the Wang's Grand Lobby) over the last five years for the City Spotlights program of the Citi Center for the Performing Arts. One of her poems was chosen for the Mayor of Boston's Poetry and Prose program in 2011 and was on the wall at Boston City Hall. She read at Dennis Brutus's 80th birthday celebration and those poems reside in the Dennis Brutus collection at Worcester State College. She read at the 2011 Massachusetts Poetry Festival with the Thursday Project.


Sally Bellerose is the author The Girls Club, Bywater Books. The novel won the Bywater Prize and a Fellowship from the NEA. Excerpts from the novel have been published in Sinister Wisdom, The Sun, The Best of Writers at Work, Cutthroat, Quarterly West and won the Rick DeMarinis Award and the Writers at Work Award. The manuscript was a finalist for the James Jones Fellowship, the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, The Backspace Scholarship, a Lambda Literary Award, an Independent Publishers Award, A Golden Crown Award, and the Bellwether Endowment. Bellerose is also a poet who loves rhythm, rhyme, and messy emotion.

Sally Bellerose

SAM CHA is an MFA candidate at UMass Boston. His poems, translations, and essays can be found in apt, ASIA, Amethyst Arsenic, Anderbo, Banipal, decomP, Opium Online, Printer's Devil Review, and Radius, among other places. He was a finalist for the 2007 Anderbo poetry prize and the 2012 Memorious Art Song Contest, and he was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize at UMass Boston in 2011 and 2012.


SAM CORNISH is Boston Poet Laureate and teaches poetry workshops at the Boston Public Library. He is the author of seven books of poetry, the most recent of which is Dead Beats (Ibbotson Street Press, 2011). A theater production of his previous book of poems, An Apron Full of Beans (CavanKerry Press, 2008), was premiered last year at various locations. He is the author of a memoir, several books for children, and has been the recipient of an NEA Award, ALA Notable Book Award and the St. Botolph Society Foundation Award. Additional information is available on his website at www.samcornish.com.


SAMANTHA LIBBY is a muppet in a world of cartoons and marionettes. She is mom to two children, and just said goodbye to her twenty-year-old cat. Sam was a co-host of the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge and Lizard Lounge in the late 90's and was a member of the Boston slam team in 1999. She currently teaches creative writing at Nichols College. She is also the poet rabbi to an alternative Jewish congregation in Weston, MA. You can find her online at: www.poetrabbi.blogspot.com andwww.samalamaspins2.blogspot.com.

Samantha Milowsky

SAMANTHA MILOWSKY is the founder and managing editor of the online poetry & art journal Amethyst Arsenic, amethystarsenic.com. She has led poetry groups and workshops, as well as sponsored MassLEAP Collective, National Poetry Slam 2011, and creative projects for musicians and poets. She is currently organizing the Small Press Fair for MassPoetry 2012. Her poems have appeared in 2River View, Revolution House, Stirring a Literary Collection, VIDA Women in Literary Arts, and White Whale Review. She has a degree in Information Systems and works as a technology consultant. She currently lives in Somerville, MA.


SANDRA STOREY’s collection was a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award in 2011. Her poems have been published in various magazines, including the New York Quarterly and New Millennium Writings and posted in Boston City Hall.
Storey was a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand and lived in Southeast Asia for four years. For twenty years, she was the editor and publisher of two Boston neighborhood newspapers and now writes a column for one. She wrote poetry from 1980 to1988 and resumed in 2004, joining Jamaica Pond Poets in 2005. She has been a featured reader at many Boston-area venues.


SARAH GREEN lives in Athens, Ohio, where she is a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing at Ohio University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2012, Mid-American Review, FIELD, Gettysburg Review, H-ngm-n, Forklift Ohio, Inter/rupture, Leveler, Cortland Review, Redivider, the 2009 Pushcart Prize Anthology, and elsewhere. A singer-songwriter whose Americana record, "Climb", was released in 2011, Sarah is also an ongoing teen poetry facilitator at Medicine Wheel in South Boston.


SARAH HELLER teaches Creative Writing at Rutgers University. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in RealPoetik, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pembroke Magazine, NextBook, The Temple/El Templo, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, The Tule Review, Thin Air, The Apocalypse Anthology (Flying Guilliotine Press), Literary Companion to Shabbat, (NextBook Press), and Hayloft. She was the recipient of the Nadya Aisenberg Fellowship at the MacDowell Colony, and has received other fellowships or awards from the Drisha Institute, Virginia Council for the Creative Arts, Centre D’Art I Natura, Vermont Studio Center, and Soul Mountain Retreat. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.


Sarah Slifer Swift is a dance artist based in Gloucester, MA who's work includes choreography, improvisation, and site-specific performance. She has performed with the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, Vincent Cacialano, Anno Dijkstra, and Caitlin Corbett Dance Company, and has collaborated with several composers including Andrea Fontemaggi, Stephen Hastings-King, and Marten de Wind. From 2005 to 2010 she Directed the Gloucester New Arts Festival, an annual festival of contemporary and experimental art and performance, with a special focus on site-specific work. She received a 2010 MCC Fellowship in Choreography.

Sarah Slifer Swift

Sarah Stone grew up in northern California, and has studied poetry at U.C. Berkeley, Brown University, and Yale University. She had the good fortune of studying bookmaking with Renee Gladman and Paulette Rosen. Ever since, she has loved to teach her verse writing students to design and make books of their own poems. You can find her poetry, criticism, and essays in journals such as Horse Less Review, Jacket, Mandorla, and Sentence under the pen-name S.M. Stone.

Sarah Stone
Sarah Vickery

SEJAL SHAH is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, and teacher of writing. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review Online, Brevity, Web Conjunctions, The Massachusetts Review, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review; The Asian American Literary Review; AWP's The Writer's Chronicle and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Writers & Books in Rochester, NY; find her online at www.sejal-shah.com.


SHARI CAPLAN is a Lesley University MFA candidate, actress, and co-curator of The Theatre of Words and Music in Salem, an event that fuses literature, visual art, music and performance. Though she lives in Brookline, she is very glad to be part of the North Shore Poets in the Round again and to be part of this vibrant artistic community. You can find her poetry on Bone Orchard Press, a blogozine of the surreal, and find out more about the event series by emailing theatre.of.words.and.music@gmail.com or by going on Facebook.


SHARON OLDS is the author of eight volumes of poetry. Her poetry, says Michael Ondaatje, is “pure fire in the hands,” and David Leavitt in the Voice Literary Supplement describes her work as “remarkable for its candor, its eroticism, and its power to move.” With sensuality, humor, sprung rhythm, and stunning imagery, she expresses truths about domestic and political violence, sexuality, family relationships, love, and the body. Often compared to “confessional” poets, she has been much praised for the courage, emotional power, and extraordinary physicality of her work. A reviewer for The New York Times hailed her poetry for its vision: “Like Whitman, Ms. Olds sings the body in celebration of a power stronger than political oppression.” Born in San Francisco, Sharon Olds studied at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her numerous honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant; a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; the San Francisco Poetry Center Award for her first collection, Satan Says (1980); and the Lamont Poetry Selection and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for The Dead and the Living (1983). Her other books of poetry are Strike Sparks: Selected Poems 1980-2002 (2004), Blood, Tin, Straw (1999), The Wellspring (1995), The Father (1992), and The Gold Cell (1987). Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times. Named New York State Poet Laureate (1998 – 2000), Olds teaches graduate poetry workshops at New York University as well as the writing workshop she helped found at a 900-bed state hospital for the severely disabled. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. One Secret Thing (2008) was a finalist for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize. Her next collection, Stag’s Leap, will be released in Sept. 2012. She lives in New York City.

Shayok Misha Chowdhury

SHAYOK MISHA CHOWDHURY is a queer Bengali poet, singer, and performer. He received his mantra, "Story comes first," in a high school theater rehearsal; he has been living his responsibility to story ever since. Misha is a Kundiman Fellow, and he recently returned from a Fulbright Creative Writing Fellowship in Calcutta, his city of origin, under the auspices of which a collection of new poems was born. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Portland Review, Asian American Literary Review, Lantern Review, and elsewhere. Currently, he teaches humanities and theater at Meridian Academy in Brookline.

Sheila Mullen Twyman

SHEILA MULLEN TWYMAN’s award winning poetry has been published in various literary journals and anthologies. For Massachusetts Radio Network for the Blind, she produced and hosted “Egads It’s Poetry” for eight years. She is co-host for Poetry: the Art of Words in Plymouth, MA, as well as for The Brockton Library Poetry Series. She writes book reviews for Off the Coast, Maine’s International Poetry Journal, and currently has three poetry collections, the most recent being Shadows in Bas Relief.


SHELBY ALLEN has published in the The New York times, Boston Globe, and many literary magazines. She is also a prison poetry teacher. Crack Willow: Poems of Transformation (from Cherry Grove Collections) is her first book.


Spencer Thurlow is a freelance marketing contractor. He is also a poetry student and has been a member of PoemWorks since May 2012. He recently served as the editor for Sergeant Sparrow Magazine, an arts journal on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, where he was born and raised. He has always loved artistic expression of all kinds. Shortly after graduating Goucher College in 2010, he traveled to Alaska under a grant from the Kratz Center For Creative Writing to study tourism and fiction. He is currently living in Jamaica Plain, Mass.


STEVE ALMOND is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, three of which he published himself. His memoir Candyfreak was a New York Times Bestseller. His short stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies. His most recent collection, God Bless America, was short-listed for The Story Prize. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. This Won’t Take But a Minute, Honey is composed of 30 brief stories, and 30 brief essays on the psychology and practice of writing. Bad Poetry and Letters from People Who Hate Me are exactly what they sound like.


STEVE SUBRIZI lives in Somerville and has played music and read poetry across America, by himself, along with Emerson College's first slam poetry team The Gringo Choir (with Carrie Rudzinski, Carlos Williams, and Maxwell Kessler), with New Hampshire poetry chieftain Sam Teitel, and with his band, The Crazy Exes from Hell (with Kirsten Opstad). His poems have appeared in such places as The Scrambler, NOÖ Journal, Muzzle, and Monday Night. His e-chapbook Newly Wild Hedgehog is available from NAP, and he is live-tweeting a chapbook, Fields of Teeth, @fieldsofteeth and at www.fieldsofteeth.com


STEVEN CRAMER is the author of five collections of poetry, including Clangings (2012) and Goodbye to the Orchard (2004), winner of the Sheila Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club, and named an Honor Book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Recipient of fellowships from the Artists Foundation of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts, Cramer’s work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Kenyon Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Paris Review, Poetry, and numerous other periodicals. He directs the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University.


SUE OWEN is the author of four books of poetry: Nursery Rhymes for the Dead; The Book of Winter,which won the national competition at Ohio State University Press; My Doomsday Sampler; and, most recently,The Devil’s Cookbook (2007), from Louisiana State University Press. She has received writing grants and the Professional Artist of the Year Award from the Louisiana State Arts Council. Her poems have been published in The Iowa Review,The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The Southern Review. She taught as the Poet-in-Residence at Louisiana State University before she moved to Cambridge.


SUSAN DONNELLEY’S latest poetry collection is Capture the Flag. She is the author of two other collections: Morse Prize winner Eve Names the Animals and Transit, as well as three chapbooks. Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Prairie Schooner, The Sun, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry and many other journals, textbooks and anthologies. It has been featured several times on Garrison Keillor’s Writers Almanac and on Poetry Daily. Susan lives, writes, and teaches poetry in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She reads her work regularly at libraries and reading series in the Boston area.

Susan Gaylord

SUSAN GAYLORD has an international reputation for sharing the art and craft of making simple handmade books through her website (makingbooks.com) and blog (susangaylord.com). Her own artists books have been featured in magazines (Urthona: Buddhism and the Arts, Somerset Studio, Fiberarts, Letter Arts Review) and books (1,000 Artists' Books, 500 Handmade Books, Cover to Cover, The Art of the Handmade Book, Handmade Books And Cards) and exhibited around the US and abroad.


SUSAN GRACE is the founder of the Bartleby Scrivener Poetry Group which has been meeting once a month in New Bedford, Massachusetts since its beginning April of 1994. Susan started writing poetry in her teenage years and organizes poetry readings in the New Bedford area. She was publisher and editor of what's up? EVENT GUIDE for five years, has owned entertainment & event planning company, EncorENTERTAINMENT for nearly 25 years and works as marketing director for Spinner Publications. She likes to take time out of her busy schedule for nature walks and birding with her husband and grandsons.


Susie Davidson is a journalist, author, poet and filmmaker who writes regularly for the Jewish Advocate, the Jewish Journal, the Jewish Daily Forward and other media, and has contributed to the Boston Sunday Globe, the Boston Herald and the Jerusalem Post. She has been featured in major media including a July, 2012 "G-Force" full-page Boston Globe feature. She has written "The Music Man of Terezin: The Story of Rafael Schaechter as told by Edgar Krasa" (2012); “I Refused to Die: Stories of Boston-Area Holocaust Survivors and Soldiers who Liberated the Concentration Camps of World War II” (2005); “Jewish Life in Postwar Germany” (2006); “Selected Poetry of Susie D” (2006); and edited a collection of remarks made by former German Consul to New England Wolfgang K. Vorwerk at area Holocaust community events (2008) (All Ibbetson Street Press, Somerville). She organized the 2011 OccuPoetry series at Occupy Boston in Dewey Square, Boston, which received a front-page Boston Globe Metro section writeup in November, 2011. She is Coordinator of the Boston chapter of The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, a board member of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow and the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, and coordinates the Brookline Library Authors' Collaborative.


SYDNEY KASIERSKI is a senior at Salem State University, majoring in Creative Writing. She enjoys working on stories and screenplays and aspires to eventually open her own coffee shop and write novels. When she’s not in school, she’s making lattes at her work and day dreaming her life away or singing loudly in her car. Her favorites movies are Remember Me and Like Crazy. She’s a huge believer in Karmate, karma and fate.

Sylvia Reilly Collins

SYLVIA REILLY COLLINS began writing at the age of twelve and published The Gift in February 2013. Her poems have appeared in On the Water Magazine, Dream Catcher of the White Buffalo, and several newspapers. She has won a number of poetry contests and has appeared twice on cable TV. Sylvia reads her poetic stories at various Councils on Aging and Senior Centers. She is a member of the Massachusetts State Poetry Society, N.S. Poets Forum, Woodcrafters and the Ipswich Poetry Group. In her spare time, Sylvia is the coordinator of the Circle of Love Knitters, working with seniors all over the North Shore and has delivered over 6,000 knitted items to ten hospitals in the Greater Boston area.

Talin Tahajian

Talin Tahajian is the recipient of the Sixth Annual Helen Creeley Poetry Prize, was a finalist in the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest, and was awarded several regional keys and a national medal in the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She edits for Polyphony H.S. and [Slippage] Literary Magazine, and will graduate from Belmont High School in 2014.


TAMIKO BEYER is the author of We Come Elemental (Alice James Books), winner of the 2011 Kinereth Gensler Award, and bough breaks (Meritage Press). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Volta, Octopus, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. She is the Senior Writer at Corporate Accountability International and lives in Cambridge, MA. Find her online at wonderinghome.com.

Taylor Botticelli

Taylor Rae Botticelli is a 20 year-old sophomore at Salem State University. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatrical Performance. She was most recently seen at Salem State in the Student Theatre Ensemble's Spring production of Mr. Marmalade in the role of Emily and in the Kate Kohler Amory's Fall Production of Big Love in the role of Thyona. This is Taylor's first time performing persona poetry and she has been both refreshed and challenged by the change of pace. Along with her passion for traditional theatre, Taylor has a growing interest in devised and experiment theatre, somatic movement, aerial arts, mythology and playwriting. Taylor would like to thank JD Scrimgeour and Peter Sampieri for consistently opening doors for her as well as Ellen Doré Watson and Brian Brodeur for their inspiring work.


TEKEISHA MEADE is a sophomore at Salem State University with a major in Professional Writing and a minor in Graphic Design. Her passion for writing runs far deeper than the naked eye can see and she aims to make people think twice about the world we live in through poetry.


One of the most compelling voices in American poetry, TERRANCE HAYES is the author of four books of poetry; Lighthead (2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry; Wind in a Box, winner of a Pushcart Prize; Hip Logic, winner of the National Poetry Series, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and runner-up for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Muscular Music, winner of both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has been a recipient of many other honors and awards, including two Pushcart selections, four Best American Poetry selections, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation. His poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Fence, The Kenyon Review, Jubilat Harvard Review, and Poetry. His poetry has been featured on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.Lighthead, his most innovative collection, investigates how we construct experience, presenting “the light-headedness of a mind trying to pull against gravity and time.” The citation for the National Book Award described it as a "dazzling mixture of wisdom and lyric innovation." In Muscular Music, Hayes takes reader through a living library of cultural icons, from Shaft and Fat Albert to John Coltrane and Miles Davis. In Wind in a Box he explores how identity is shaped by race, heritage, and spirituality with the unifying motif being the struggle for freedom within containment. In Hip Logic, Hayes confronts racism, sexism, religion, family structure, and stereotypes with overwhelming imagery. A Professor of Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University, Hayes lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and children.


TERRY LUCAS is a poet, essayist, and reviewer. He was the winner of the 2012 Littoral Press Poetry Prize and, among other honors, his poems have garnered four Pushcart Prize nominations. Terry has recent or forthcoming poems in Best New Poets 2012, Great River Review, MiPO, A Clean Well-Lighted Place, and Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders. His chapbook, Altar Call, available from Anaphora Press, was a winner in the San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival chapbook contest. Terry grew up in New Mexico and resides in northern California. He is Associate Editor for Trio House Press, and blogs at http://www.thewideningspell.blogspot.com


THEADORA SIRANIAN is an MFA Poetry candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has had poems appear inGigantic Sequins, mojo, elimae, DIAGRAM, and Mason’s Road. In 2007 she received the Academy of American Poets Prize from Emerson College, and was selected for inclusion in the Best New Poets 2012 anthology series.


THOMAS LIBBY works with Brockton Arts, a volunteer based, non-profit arts and culture advocacy organization. The center piece of Brockton Arts is the Brockton Poetry Series at the Fuller Craft Museum. On the 3rd Saturday of the month they take over the museum's cafe, starting at noon with poetry workshops. The day continues with our open mic readings, hosted by South Shore poet and publisher Sheila Twyman and Brockton Art's president Arnie Danielson. The day concludes with our featured readers, from poets just starting out, to poets laureate. For more events and programs please visit them at brocktonarts.org .


THOMAS R. MOORE's first book of poems, The Bolt-Cutters, was one of three Finalists in the 2011 Maine Writers and Publishers Competition. Two poems from The Bolt-Cutters were featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac in January 2011, and two were 2012 Pushcart nominees. His poem “Calving in Te Awamutu” won first prize in the 2010 Naugatuck River Review narrative poetry contest and his poem “Chet Sawing” won the 2011 Maine Postmark Poetry Contest. His second book, Chet Sawing, was published in November 2012. Moore taught English for 40 years in Iran, Turkey, Mali, and the United States. He lives in Brooksville, Maine.


TIM CREMIN is a member of the Grey Court Poets and several of his poems will be included in their forthcoming anthology, Songs from the Castle’s Remains. Tim’s poetry has appeared in MethuenLife and has been recognized several times by the Eagle-Tribune in its annual poetry contest, including first place in 2005. Tim has been a frequent participant in local poetry readings sponsored by the Robert Frost Foundation, North Andover Community Access Media, the Salem Arts Festival, and other organizations. Video versions of several of Tim’s poems can be found on the Grey Court Poets channel on YouTube.

Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction. He lives on www.timothygager.com


TOM DALEY serves on the faculty of the Online School of Poetry and teaches poetry writing at the Boston Center for Adult Education and Lexington Community Education. His poetry has appeared in a number of journals including Massachusetts Review, Fence, Harvard Review, Denver Quarterly, Witness, Conte, Barrow Street, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Ireland Review, Diagram, and Rhino. His reviews have appeared in The Bulletin of the Emily Dickinson International Society, Amethyst Arsenic, and Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene. He is a recipient of the Charles and Fanny Fay Wood Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets.


TONTONGI (aka Eddy Toussaint) is a poet, critic, and essayist who writes in Haitian, French, and English. His published books include: Cri de Rêve, (poetry, French, Haitian, 1986); The Dream of Being (poetry, English, 1992); The Vodou Gods’ Joy (poetry, English, Haitian, 1997); Critique de la francophonie haïtienne (French, Haitian, 2008); Poetica Agwe (2011), essays and poems on resistance, peace, and the ideal of being. He has edited the trilingual anthology, Voices of the Sun: The Anthology of Haitian Writers Published in the Review Tanbou (English, French, Haitian, 2009). He is Editor of the trilingual politico-literary journal, Tanbou (www.tanbou.com).


TONY LEVA is an educator, improvisor, collaborator and performer. He performs regularly with Bury Me Standing, Jaggery, The Michael Dobiel Quartet and the Junk Kitchen Players. Since 2002 he has been actively studying and performing on the upright bass. Central to his playing and teaching style are deep understandings of rhythm and tone production along with a continual development of personal and creative expression through traditional and extended techniques. He currently teaches bass at the Rockport Community School and is an active collaborator/educator at Tunefoolery, an artist collective of musicians with psychiatric disabilities. Tony also studies the sintir (a North African bass lute) and has occasionally performed on trumpet, melodica, accordion and clown nose.


TRACY K. SMITH is the author of three books of poetry. Her most recent collection, Life on Mars (Graywolf, 2011), won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. The collection draws on sources as disparate as Arthur C. Clarke and David Bowie, and is in part an elegiac tribute to her late father, an engineer who worked on the Hubble Telescope. Duende (2007) won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body's Question (2003) was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005. Smith's poems embody the lyrical, rhythmic quality of masters such as Lorca. At times political, whimsical, and always meditative, they speak largely to the role of art and to the conception of what it means to be American, dealing with the “evolution and decline of the culture we belong to.” Her work also explores the dichotomy between the ordered world and the irrationality of the self, the importance of submitting oneself willingly to the “ongoing conflict” of life and surviving nonetheless. For Smith, in her own words, poetry is a way of “stepping into the mess of experience.” After her undergraduate work at Harvard, Smith earned her MFA at Columbia before going on to be a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University from 1997 to 1999. She currently teaches Creative Writing at Princeton University, and has also taught at Columbia, City University of New York, and the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Brooklyn.


TRISH CRAPO is a fiction writer, poet, and artist. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies, and in Ted Kooser's national column, "An American Life in Poetry." Her chapbook Walk through Paradise Backwards was published in 2004. She also writes for The Recorder, a Franklin County newspaper, Women's Review of Books and other publications. Trish has taught workshops in writing, collage, photography and hand bookbinding in New York City, New England, Russia, and India.

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VALERIE DUFF’S first book, To the New World (Salmon Poetry) was shortlisted for the 2011 Seamus Heaney Poetry Prize. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and St. Botolph Foundation for her work. Poems have appeared in Ploughshares, AGNI, Harvard Review, PN Review, Denver Quarterly, Verse, Poetry Daily, Antioch Review, and other journals. She is the poetry editor of Salamander Magazine and works as a freelance writer and editor. Reviews and other writings have appeared in the Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Journal, , TheCommonOnline, and elsewhere. She studied poetry at Boston University and Trinity College, Dublin.


VALERIE LAWSON, founder of the Daily Grind poetry venue in Bridgewater, MA, is co-editor of Off the Coast, Maine’s International Poetry Journal. She has coached youth poets and was a legend poet at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.


VICKI VOGT is a librarian at the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library in Watertown, MA. She is a member of the Poetry@7 poetry group. Her poems have appeared in MOLT Journal, Haiku Journal,The Bashful Beaver, Mused Literary Magazine and Feathertale. Vicki’s hobbies are writing poetry, reading, going to movies, calligraphy and loving her roommates’ seeing-eye dog.


VICTORIA LYNNE MCCOY holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2012, BoxcarPoetry Review, Used Furniture Review, PANK, and Union Station Magazine, among others. She is a member of the louderARTS Project, Associate Curator of Page Meets Stage, and was the 2011 and 2012 Work Fellow for the Frost Place Festival and Conference on Poetry. A Southern California native, Victoria now lives in Brooklyn and works for Four Way Books.


VINCENT DORIO has been a carpenter for over 25 years. He started to write poetry about it eight years ago with a large group. It was then that he learned what it actually meant to him to do this work. The greatest benefit of this was that when he started writing, he began to love listening to other poets read their work. It was as if he could hear differently. He has lived in Boston for 34 years and enjoys being married to the poet Elizabeth Quinlan. He has had poems in “BREAKTIME” and “IT’S ALL IN THE FRAMING”.


WAYNE-DANIEL BERARD, Ph.D. is Professor of English, Director of Spiritual Life and Chaplain of Nichols College, Dudley, MA. His chapbook The Man Who Remembered Heaven received the 2003 chapbook award from the journal Ruah. His first full-length book When Christians Were Jews (That Is, Now), subtitled, Recovering the Lost Jewishness of Christianity with St. Mark’s Gospel, was published in 2006 by Cowley Publishing. Wayne-Daniel is co-founder and coeditor of Soul-Lit, an online journal of spiritual poetry (www.soul-lit.com).


WENDY DREXLER is a freelance editor. Her first book-length collection, Western Motel, was published in 2012 by Turning Point. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Blood Orange Review, Cider Press Review (2011 Pushcart Prize nominee), Mid-American Review (2012 Pushcart Prize nominee), Nimrod (semi-finalist, 2006 Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize), Off the Coast, Poetry East, and Salamander, and featured on Verse Daily and in the anthologies Blood to Remember and Burning Bright. Her chapbook, Drive-Ins, Gas Stations, the Bright Motels (Pudding House, 2007), was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a poetry editor for Sanctuary magazine.


WESLEY ROTHMAN serves as an assistant poetry editor for Narrative and reads for Ploughshares. He helps curate the Breakwater Reading Series and tutors writing at Snowden International School. His poems and reviews have appeared in numerous journals including Analecta and The Critical Flame. Rothman holds a BA from the University of San Diego and is completing his MFA at Emerson where he teaches writing.


YETTI FRENKEL began her career painting scenes of everyday life on the North Shore. She has painted murals for nine public libraries in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Other projects include history murals for Brookline, East Boston, and Lynn. Ms. Frenkel’s story “The River” was published in Cricket Magazine, and she is the illustrator of Andre the Famous Harbor Seal, published by Down East Books. She is the author and illustrator of: Trudy and the Captain’s Cat, The Big, Blue Lump (Children’s Choices Selection), Libby and the Cat (a KIND Honor Book selection of the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education)


YUSEF KOMUNYAAKA’S thirteen books of poetry include Taboo, Dien Cai Dau, Neon Vernacular, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize, Warhorses, and most recently The Chameleon Couch. His many honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry, and the 2011 Wallace Stevens Award. His plays, performance art and libretti have been performed internationally and include Saturnalia, Testimony, and Gilgamesh. He teaches at New York University.


ZÖE MORE loves dark and sexy words. People often blush when they read her poems, stories, and nonfiction as her work explores bondage, BDSM, pop culture, gender and sexuality, and postmodern fairy tales and myths. Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, The Medulla Review, Bitch Magazine, Clamor Magazine and other publications, sometimes under a different name. More is a proud Go Deeper Press author. Follow her on Twitter (@more_zoe) or on her blog: http://zoemore.blogspot.com.