March 1: Simone Beaubien Returns

Photo by Marshall Goff

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 1st, we welcome back the long-awaited return of renowned local poet and venue host Simone Beaubien.

Simone Beaubien, decade-plus-veteran of the New England poetry scene, makes her home in suburban Massachusetts, working as an EMT and hosting the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge. She has competed at a national level in pinball (1999), Ultimate Frisbee (2001, 2004 - 2005) and poetry slam (2001, 2004 - 2008).

Simone has performed her work in colleges, bookstores, theaters, and bars on both coasts and all over New England. A lifetime nerd and part-time athlete, Simone is a natural product of the sound of Boston performance poetry, bringing the arts of slam and storytelling simultaneously to the poetry stage.

As a promoter and producer, Simone produced the Boston Poetry Slam's World Qualifier at the Middle East Rock Club in 2006, and, with the Poetry Jam Collective, brought Marc Smith to the Cambridge Family YMCA in 2007. She founded and produced the NorthBEAST Regional Poetry Slam in 2007, then expanded it to a two-day festival and competition in 2008, showcasing competing slam teams from all over the northeastern U.S. In addition, she's been a return performer and booking agent for demo slams at high schools, colleges, and literary festivals statewide; she's performed in Boston's First Night since 1999 and coordinated the poetry event since 2004, produced the annual Attleboro Arts Museum Poetry Slam since 2006, and operated as MC for the annual Newburyport Literary Festival Youth Poetry Slam since 2006.

Visit Simone Beaubien's web site.