9/23/16

September 26: M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. Features at Stone Soup



Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On September 26, we offer art and real insights as an alternative to the spectacle of the impending debates.  Come by Monday and hear M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. have his feature at Stone Soup.

Tarishi M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. Shuler is an all around artist. Tarishi is native of New Haven, CT. He has performed and won various poetry slams across the country. Places such as the Nuyorican Poets Café, The Inspired Word, Bar 13 in New York City, The Lizard Lounge in Boston, MA, Five Seasons Café in Baltimore, MD, The Bushnell Theater in Hartford, CT, the Nuyorican Cafe in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico and many more.
He recently won 1st place at The Martin Luther King Jr. Family Festival of Environmental and Social Justice / Zannette Lewis Invitational Poetry Slam at the Yale Peabody Museum in 2016. In 2016 he opened for Saul Williams at Wesleyan University. In 2012 he opened for President Bill Clinton at the Madison Ballroom in Time Square for Love146 10th Anniversary. He has won the title of CT Grandslam Champion in 2016, 2012 and 2011, He was the 2015 and 2016 Slammaster of the CT National Poetry Slam Team Verbal Slap. He has been competing on a national level at the National Poetry Slam each year since 2011 - 2016. 

Besides doing art, Tarishi works for the Discovery Center a nonprofit, diversity and antiracism training program serving elementary and middle school's throughout Connecticut. He has won first place at the McDonald's McCafe Poetry Slam in NY for 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2016. He has also appeared on HOT97 radio station in NY. He performed a poem for the 15th anniversary for 9/11. 

You can learn more about Tarishi at his website.

9/12/16

September 19: Gordon Marshall and the Jack Powers Prize!


Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On September 19, we welcome back poet, author and founder of the Jack Powers Stone Soup Savor Poetry Prize, Gordon Marshall.


Gordon Marshall has been involved with Stone Soup ever since he was 19, in 1983. He gave his first feature reading at Charlie's Tap, in Central Square, Cambridge, in 1986. Years went by where he wrote no poems, or only a few, and then a spate more; then, in 2006, he reached his mature period, writing poems every day, and he has continued writing regularly since then.

He has published 33 books, with Shires Press, in Manchester Center, Vermont, and he is writing a new one currently, The Stars of the City. Gordon is also a music critic. He has many credits with The New York City Jazz Record, All About Jazz, and The Boston Hassle. He as a music blog, The Flash Boston.
 

September 12: Three Poets from The Boston Poetry Workshop

 
 
Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On  September 12, we have a special reading from members of the Boston Poetry Workshop
 
Sara Afshar is a children’s attorney based in Boston. Her work has appeared in Sidelines Magazine, Slice Magazine and Claudius Speaks. She is a recipient of UMass Lowell's Jack Kerouac Creative Writing Award and is a Salem Poetry Seminar Alum.

Zachary Bos directs Pen & Anvil Press, which like the Boston Poetry Workshop is an activity of the not-for-profit Boston Poetry Union. His work has appeared this year in Unbroken Journal, Written River, Public Pool, Secular Age, Fallujah Magazine, and the chapbook Splash published by Old Frog Pond Farm as part of their annual plein air poetry program. A few times a year, he puts out some of his writing in chapbook form; his most recent is titled "Ditch-lilies and Loukmades." (Ask him for a copy.)

Robert Morris is a poet, fiction writer, and interface artist who lives in Brookline. He studied literature and creative writing at Ithaca College in new York State. His writing has most recently appeared in Clarion and New England Review of Books.

8/25/16

September 5: Tom Daley Features at Stone Soup




Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On  September 5, we celebrate the Labor Day Monday once again with poet, teacher and author Tom Daley.

Tom Daley leads writing workshops in the Boston area and online. Recipient of the Dana Award in Poetry, his poetry has appeared in Harvard Review, Massachusetts Review, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Crazyhorse, WitnessPoetry Ireland Review, museum of americana, and elsewhere. He is the author of two plays, Every Broom and Bridget—Emily Dickinson and Her Irish Servants and In His Ecstasy—The Passion of Gerard Manley Hopkins, which he performs as one-man shows. FutureCycle Press published House You Cannot Reach—Poems in the Voice of My Mother and Other Poems, in the summer of 2015.

7/28/16

August 29: Jla Features at Stone Soup Poetry


Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, located at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On August  29, we welcome a long awaited feature from Jla.

Jla is a freelance photographer, videographer and poet. Born and raised North of Boston. Jla has been writing since she was a teenager. She has found that writing is a huge part of balancing her emotions, “writing and performing soothes my soul, my heart, and my mind” Jla founded the poetry club “Uncensored Soul” at Curry College in 2003 while studying psychology and therapeutic uses of writing. Since then she went on to find the musically group Jla & The Boyz exuding a jazzy, soul induced sound. Jla & The Boyz mutually separated for there artist to fulfill other dreams. Jla has been performing publicly for 10 years locally and in the surrounding east coast states. While her ever changing media career took over most of her life for years, Jla has embarked on a new project. Jla Vibes was fathomed during the Winter of 2016. She is proud to release and perform as Jla Vibes!

7/26/16

August 22: Mik Augustin Features at Stone Soup


Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On August  22, we welcome Mik Augustin, one of the many poets who has visited us from the north shore over the years.

Mik Augustin passed up a lucrative career in mopping floors to bring you these absurdly creative notions of food-love, lamp-post music, and domestic grandeur. He has accidentally published a few poems, and prefers not to type anything. Mik has a substandard memory, but he can read quite loudly. It's a start.

7/25/16

August 15: STONE SOUP OPEN MIC! ALL NIGHT





Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On August 15, as the title above says, it's all open mic all night!

Stone Soup presents "Stand on your soap box" and speak your truth. This will be an open mic all night and each poet will have 7 minutes on the mic. Come early to sign up! Come one Come all!

August 8: Gemma Cooper-Novack Features at Stone Soup


Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On August 8, Gemma Cooper-Novack returns to us in time to say good bye as she features one last time before leaving Boston for greater fortunes. We wish her well and are pleased to help give her one last sendoff.


Gemma Cooper-Novack is a writer, arts educator, and writing coach. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in more than twenty journals, including Ballard Street Poetry Journal (Pushcart Prize nomination), Bellevue Literary Review (Pushcart Prize nomination), Cider Press Review, Hanging Loose, Santa Fe Writers Project, and Printer’s Devil Review. Gemma’s plays have been produced in Chicago, Boston, and New York, and she diablogs on sinnerscreek.com. She has been awarded multiple artist’s residencies from Catalonia to Virginia and a grant from the Barbara Deming Fund, and enjoys baking cookies and walking on stilts in her spare time. Her debut poetry collection We Might As Well Be Underwater will be published by Unsolicited Press in 2017.

August 1: Mark Lipman Features at Stone Soup Poetry


Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On August 1, we welcome visiting poet Mark Lipman.

Mark Lipman, recipient of the 2015 Joe Hill Labor Poetry Award; founder of VAGABOND; a writer, poet, multi-media artist and activist, is the author of six books, most recently, Poetry for the Masses; and Global Economic Amnesty. Co-founder of the Berkeley Stop the War Coalition (USA), Agir Contre la Guerre (France) and Occupy Los Angeles, he has been an outspoken critic of war and occupation since 2001. Mark uses poetry to connect communities to the greater social issues that affect all of our lives, while building consciousness through the spoken word. Currently, he is a member of POWER (People Organized for Westside Renewal), Occupy Venice, the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, 100 Thousand Poets for Change and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). 

7/24/16

July 25: Widner Florestal Features at Stone Soup


Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On July 25, young local poet Widner Florestal will be celebrating his first feature.
Widner Florestal was born in Haiti and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "People get into writing to find a voice," says Florestal,"or express themselves some do it as a way of liberation. Deliverance from their personal demons. Other do it as a way of worship I started writing as a way of coping with the loss of someone close to me."

He describes himself as Influenced "by almost everything and anything. Really. Life, story, music. My past experiences. From being out in the streets and having to sleep in hotel lobbies, in basements, on friends couches."

In his past seven years of writing, Florestal has performed his poetry by himeslef and with the Harvard based group Speak Out Loud. He has perfored his work in Harvard University, the Haley House and First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain. He is currently attending Quincy College for psychology, and business while putting together his first chapbook.