2/3/16

February 15: Ashley Wonder 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 February 15, we have Ashley Wonder on the mic.

Ashley Wonder has been writing poetry for over 15 years and performing Spoken Word for the past 8, in her hometown of Worcester, throughout Boston, Northampton, Providence, and as far as Maryland. She is a Slam Poet in the Worcester and Boston poetry scenes. She competed in the National Poetry Competition in August 2015 with the 7hills Slam Team! Her ch book Miraculous is now available. She uses her life experiences, relationship with God, to help inspire and motivate others to always have hope. She is known to perform with dynamic passion no matter the content in hopes of positively impacting her audience.

February 8: Sharley Paul 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 February 8, we have Sharley Paul visit our stage.

A Brooklyn native, Sharley Paul is an Inspirational Speaker, Spoken Word Artist, Actor and Entrepreneur. As a part of Central Square Theater’s Touring Ensemble, her love for the art of acting flourishes.

Sharley is also the Owner of “Zion Resources”, a motivational platform with a major focus on our youth. Facilitating workshops, classes and speaking engagements throughout Boston and surrounding areas, Sharley uses her platform to help free negative mindsets and restore light, truth, and positivity in individuals. A Four-time Slam champion, Sharley’s pieces are undeniably vivid, raw, and straight from the heart.

“I grew up having so much to say but not knowing how to use my voice. Many times, I traded in my self-worth as a result. Breaking free from that was painful but it was worth it, and you can sense that in my pieces. I bring that foundation with me every time I get an opportunity to speak to the people. The world needs healing. You need healing; I need healing. That’s what I’m all about.”

Sharley Paul has partnered with organizations such as Boys & Girls Club, THRIVE, S.K.I.R.T.S, Press Pass TV, Boston Day & Evening Academy and Gatorwood Upreach.

1/29/16

February 1: 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 February 1, 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!

1/20/16

January 25: Gladys Hidalgo Features at Stone Soup

1/18/16

January 18: 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 January 18, 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! Let's celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King by sharing with us what it is that is on your heart and in your mind. Come one Come all!

: There will also be light refreshments:

1/11/16

January 11: Extended Open Mic/Workshop with Big Poppa Ben


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 January 11, in lieu of a feature, Stone Soup will be holding an extended open mic followed by a special workshop held by open mic regular and frequent Stone Soup Poetry Slam competitor, the man known as Big Poppa Ben. Bring a poem to workshop to the group. If you do not have access to a printer, email your work (limited to one page if possible) to stonesouppoetry@yahoo.com with "Workshop" in the subject.

Ben has been a poet since he was 8, though the poetry was much better then. He started in the spoken word scene in Jersey City. In DC, he participated in the Beltway Slam Finals. In LA, he started branching out into storytelling and comedy, and now, in Boston, he has no idea what he's doing. In every city he's participated or organized writing workshops and found the input he gets from other writers to be invaluable.
 

12/31/15

January 4: The Stone Soup Poetry Slam Returns



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 January 4, we kick off it's first Stone Soup Poetry Slam of 2016.

The Deal: 12 poets, 3 rounds, 5 judges, and amazing poetry.

The booty (I meant bounty): There will be three cash prizes:

1st place gets you $75, 2nd place gets you $30 and 3rd place gets you $15 smackaroos!

If you think you got what it takes, then step to the Stone Soup Mic and just, just: Just Slam!!!

We will also have an open mic sign up list with 10 spots - PLEASE come early to ensure your spot on the list.

12/24/15

December 28: Tom Daley Features at Stone Soup

Photo by Devin Altobello

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 December 28 Stone Soup bids farewell to 2015 with what promises to be a stellar reading by poet and instructor Tom Daley.

Tom Daley (the American writer, not the British Olympic diver!) has worked as a waiter, prep cook, dishwasher, and free school teacher. He spent over two decades repairing and retrofitting molds as a machinist in a factory where he practiced his very bad Spanish with patient co-workers from Central and Latin America. He now leads writing workshops in the Boston area and online for poets and writers working in creative prose. Recipient of the Dana Award in Poetry and the Charles and Fanny Fay Wood Prize from the Academy of American Poets, his poetry has appeared in Harvard Review, Massachusetts Review, 32 Poems, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Crazyhorse, Barrow Street, Rhino, Prairie Schooner, Witness, Poetry Ireland Review, Conte, and elsewhere. His poems have been anthologized in Hacks--10 Years on Grub Street, The Body Electric, Unlocking the Poem, Bagels with the Bards (No. 4), 20 Years at the Cantab, and "'Relentless' by Jeff Bezos" (Berfrois).

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 now as one-man shows. During one performance of Every Broom and Bridget, he noticed that a row of audience members had stopped watching the play because they were too busy ticking off the poems and letter excerpts listed in the program as they were performed. He wanted to suggest that this wasn't the Emily Dickinson version of Bingo, but he held his tongue, unusually for a man who comes from a family that put the "pro" in "inappropriate."

As poet-in-residence at the Boston Center for Adult Education, he staged several poetry-performance galas, including "The Poetry Vaudeville Show." In one of the skits, the performers line up and distribute pieces to workshop (the hardest thing to do in a workshop!) to the frenetic pace of "The Typewriter." You can watch him on MeFeedia (http://www.mefeedia.com/channel/6224/episodes/3-look for "Tom Daley @BCAE") play his Irish great-great grandmother Shanahan denouncing the American habit of chilling beer and the obnoxious practice of ending an encounter with "Have a nice day!" in another gala at the BCAE.