12/20/14

December 22: Mars Jptr Features


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 December 22, Stone Soup gathers one last time before the holidays to see Mars Jptr take the podium.

Mars Jptr - A sound artist born and raised in Marsachusetts, leader of the 7th House, curator of The Vibrary. Formative years spent learning Hip Hop & Theater. Mentored through New World Theater's Project 2050, a multi-year exploration of the year 2050 - lwhen minorities are projected to reach a majority - using the disciplines of Hip Hop in a theatrical setting. Through 2050 he was mentored by Hip Hop theater pioneers Universes, Baba Israel & Lemon Andersen among others. Mars has starred in Hip Hop Theater in NYC off-Broadway and has been featured as a performer at The Americans for the Arts conference. He's performed at famed spoken word venues the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Bowery Poetry Club, Critical Breakdown and Out of the Blue Gallery. He will be releasing a new solo ep called DOWN, a beat tape called Quinoa & Kale as well as The 7th House's first ep "7" quite soon. He uses words, sounds and visuals to help welcome humankind into the age of Aquarius.

12/12/14

December 15: Deta Galloway Features




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 December 15, we welcome back Deta Galloway. 

Deta Galloway was born in Kingston in the Jamaica West Indies.  She emigrated to America eighteen rs of age to live with American husband and study medicine.  She is educated in professional nursing, human services and  management, and currently specializes in behavioral nursing. 

Her art life has been a central focus of her emotional and spiritual development.  It has been a driving force in the way she has practiced Nursing and cared for families from all walks of life, It is healing, compassion, and empowerment throughout the life stages.  She has lived and traveled deeply into the Southern States and lived for the last eighteen years in Georgia.

Deta began writing poetry at thirteen and has been published in several anthologies and journals.  She has performed with poets such as Etheridge Knight, Josephine Miles, Galway Kinnell, M. S. Merwin, Hayden Carruth, Gwendolyn Brooks, Yusef K, Brother Blue, Tom Oleary, and Elizabeth Mckim.and others.  She has read her work for numerous radio station including Radio Jamaica, (Subsidiary of the BBC). Her artwork has been exhibited and collected in museums both in the United States and Africa.

12/8/14

December 8: Radiant Jasmin 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 December 8, we welcome back Radiant Jasmin to the podium.
 
Radiant Jasmin is a multi-media dancer, jeweler, painter, poet and singer/songwriter. Like a chef, she selects each art ingredient to complement and bring out the best in the others. She studied fine jewelry making at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the North Bennet Street School and midwifery at Maternidad Laluz in El Paso, TX. 

Exhibits and performances include: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Museum of the National Center of African American Artists, The Arsenal Center for the Arts and the Artists Foundation.

Radiant Jasmin teaches performance and visual art to children and adults using fun ways to link art with preventative healthcare, parenting skills, literacy, math and social studies for a balanced educational experience and healing from trauma.

In her Music and Poetry creation, she is a channel. Songs and poems come to her while asleep, cooking and painting. They always mirror her values of self-love, happiness and self-reflection. She mixes funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop, gospel, Indian music and more. Like a chef, she selects each art ingredient to complement and bring out the best in the others. She will release her first spoken word poetry and music CD, Breaking It Down, towards the end of 2014.

Radiant Jasmin is married to writer Haji Shearer, they live in the Boston area and are parents of a son and daughter who are now in their early 20’s. Sharing these gifts she’s been given is her contribution to uplifting the world.

11/20/14

December 1: Peter Storey 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 December 1, we welcome Peter Storey, who returns to his home state for his first feature at our location.

Peter Storey is a poet and performer currently living in Chicago, IL. Originally from Massachusetts, he's read his poetry in Boston, New York, Washington D.C., and the South Pole. His work has been published in Oddball Magazine, The Quotable, Squawkback, and elsewhere.

 



11/17/14

November 24: Tru Kwene 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 November 24, we welcome Tru Kweene to her first Stone Soup feature.

Tru Kwene: "I'm no more special than anyone. I just decided to pick up my pen and speak my truth."


11/12/14

November 17: Karen Locascio 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 November 17, we have Karen Locascio returning to the podium.

Karen Locascio is a recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she won the Academy of American Poets prize in 2014. She attended the New York State Summer Writers' Institute on a scholarship last summer, and has attended the Tin House and Bread Loaf conferences in the past. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Amethyst Arsenic, Breakwater Review, Spry Literary Journal, Cider Press Review, Ibbetson Street, Paper Nautilus, and Hanging Loose, among others. Karen is originally from New Jersey and currently lives in Dorchester.

11/7/14

November 10: Chris Warner 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 November 10,  we welcome back Chris Warner for her first full-length Stone Soup feature.


Chris Warner, graduate of the Harvard University School of Education (M.Ed., ’97), is (still) an emerging poet, and the author of a micro-chapbook, Strokes (Mostly) in Silence;  her poem, “Engulfed” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  She’s been much-compared to Anne Sexton, and is also often described in terms of royalty, as in: ‘The Queen of Longing,’ and ‘The Princess of Suburban Dystopia.’  Chris also teaches yoga, core strength, and mindfulness meditation in West Boxford, MA, and offers workshops (including MBSR) throughout the greater Boston area.  In January of 2014, Chris began co-leading the creative writing program for inmates at MCI Concord, medium security prison.Her writing process is, as Stephen King says, “ass in seat.”  Everyday.  And she also works, everyday, at letting go of attachment to outcome.