3/27/15

March 30: Gloria Mindock Features at Stone Soup

 

Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery at 106 Prospect Street with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On March 30, we welcome Gloria Mindock provides the perfect transition to National Poetry Month and the 10th anniversary of Červená Barva Press.

loria Mindock is the founding editor of Červená Barva Press and one of the USA editors for Levure Litteraire (France). She is the author of La Porţile Raiului (Ars Longa Press, 2010, Romania) translated into the Romanian by Flavia Cosma, Nothing Divine Here (U Soku Stampa, 2010, Montenegro), and Blood Soaked Dresses (Ibbetson, 2007). Widely published in the USA and abroad, her poetry has been translated and published into the Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, Estonian, and French. Her fourth chapbook, Pleasure Trout, was published by Muddy River Books in 2013. In December 2014, Gloria was awarded the Ibbetson Street Press Lifetime Achievement Award.

3/17/15

March 23: VCR (Vernon C. Robinson) Features at Stone Soup





Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery at 106 Prospect Street with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On March 23, Stone Soup is pleased to welcome respected performance poet and venue host VCR to its podium.


VCR (Vernon C. Robinson) is a Dorchester native born and raised in Boston. He has been writing, reciting and performing poetry/spoken word for over a decade, not to mention that he’s been emceeing (rapping) for over 25 years. As a poet, VCR has performed at several local open mic spots and gathering as a feature and participant. Venues include Afrocentrics, the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, The Milky Way Lounge, Ogunnaike Galleria, Strand Theatre and more. He has poetically graced the same stage and opened up for such acts as Dead Prez, S.O.S. Band, Amiri Baraka, Pharoahe Monch, Suheir Hammad,Saul Williams, Lakeside, New Birth, Last Poets, Les Nubians, Jessica Care Moore, Georgia ME and other well-known artists. Besides the Boston and Cambridge areas, he has taken his poetry at cities and states such as New York (including the famous Nuyorican Poets Café), Atlanta, Chicago, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Dallas, Cleveland, New Hampshire, Baltimore, Los Angeles and surprisingly Cuba where he met the legendary Assata Shakur. In 2015, he was an opening act for the ArtsEmerson musical/play “Breath & Imagination” in Boston.

VCR is also a cultural event organizer under the company known as BloodSkinLand Productions. From that umbrella, he has created many annual gatherings which include Winter Words, Maylennium, Devotion…Black Love Day, Megacipher, SistaHood, Body Language, Afro-Cinema, Young Gifted & Black and The Red Black & Green Affair (a dedication to Marcus Garvey). His most recognized gathering is an ongoing event called VerBaLizAtiOn which is currently the longest-running open mic spot in the Boston area of nearly a decade and a half.


Through VCR’s performances, there is an array of memorable poems that are popular to the ears of spectators who have witnessed his stage presence whenever blessed the microphone. Poems such as “Tooth Decay”, “Alphabet Killaz” and “Pigs – That Other White Meat” are among the favorites from supporters of VCR’s work. In fact, those three pieces and others can be found on the debut CD of VCR entitled “Poetic Insanity”. VCR has been nominated for best male spoken word artist at the 2006 New England Urban Music Awards and twice for best spoken word artist at the 2006 & 2007 M.I.C. Hip-Hop Awards. In 2011, he became an awardee of the NAACP Image Awards of the Boston chapter. Recently in 2014 he was awarded the Ralph F. Browne Jr. Juneteenth Incentive Award for his continuous work through VerBaLizAtiOn.  Currently, he’s working on a second poetry CD and planning on a book of his poems in the near future. Please stay tuned!


3/10/15

March 16: Silent E Features at Stone Soup


Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery at 106 Prospect Street with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On March 16,  we welcome the first time feature of performance poet Silent E. 

Eunice Belacy aka Silent E is a local poet and spoken word artist originally from Cambridge Massachusetts.  She is a lover of poetry and began to write poetry when she was sixteen. She wrote her very first poem in high school as part of an assignment for her English Literature class and became hooked ever since. She attended Bridgewater State University to study Psychology and while attending was a part of a poetry group called The Seeds of Poetry.

She has performed at several different open mic venues in the Boston area including the You Can Feel It You Can Speak It, Lost Voices of Boston, The Haley House and Liquid Elements. She has also performed as part of the Feel It Speak It Flash Mob Poetry group since 2014.

Eunice's favorite time of poetry is typically anything that is genuine and comes from the speakers soul. She finds writing to be therapeutic and an outlet also. Apart from poetry Eunice enjoys working with teens in her Church and being involved in community development. She aspires to be an entrepreneur and a writer.

3/6/15

March 9: Bill Perrault and Carol Weston at Stone Soup

Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery at 106 Prospect Street with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On March 9, Stone Soup welcomes back friend Bill Perrault, who will be celebrating his birthday featuring alongside Carol Weston.



Photo by Chad Parenteau

Bill Perrault was born and lived in Biddeford ME until he finished college for which he had paid by working as a weaver in the textile mills. From 1958 to 1960, the U S Army sent him to Germany as a medic and Educational Counselor.  He did graduate studies at University of Maine and wrote his masters thesis on Guillaume Apollinaire. Bill now lives in Lowell.

Bill Has been published in the Stone Soup Anthology 2003, Out of the Blue Writers Unite Anthology, and various web pages, and if you are lucky enough to be on his e-mail list, the poetry is Hot Off The Presses! He has featured, performed and sometimes hosted at open mikes all over New England--including: COOL COFFEE in Biddeford, ME, Bestseller’s Cafe in Medford, MA his Walden Pond Series and, of course, Out Of the Blue Gallery. 



Photo by Bill Perrault

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.

2/27/15

March 2: Karen Skolfield Features at Stone Soup


Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 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 with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m.  On March 2, we welcome veteran and award winning writer Karen Skolfield to the podium.

Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press. She received the 2015 Arts & Humanities Award from New England Public Radio, and has received additional fellowships and awards in 2014/2015 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Ucross Foundation, Split This Rock, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Skolfield is an Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts.  Visit her website at www.karenskolfield.com.

2/19/15

February 23: Hannah Brown Features


Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 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 with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m.  On February 23, we welcome the rescheduled feature of poet and activist Hannah Brown.


Hannah Brown kicks ass
Her poems are powerful
Full of life and love

Her passion runs deep
Poetry and activism
All you need to know

2/15/15

February 16: M.A.K. Black Poets Night at Stone Soup Poetry



Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 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 with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m.  On February 16:

All Black Poets on OPEN MIC All Night

Feature Poet: U-Meleni

Former Cambridge Poet Populist Toni Bee​ is your host for this poetry event where EVERYONE is INVITED but but only Black Folk may read Poetry.

OPEN MIC RULES -

Only Black Poets read at the mic/read 1 poem from a black poet you adore THEN read one of your poems.

Africian Dispora, Haitian dominicans, AfroLatins, Jamaicans, African Americans...and ALL those with African blood in ya veins COME BOLDLY to the microphone.

The  M.A.K. Night honors the work of prolific Boston Black Poet Mignon Ariel King​, a publisher who has taken the time to celebrate female poets and Black History throughout her artistic career.