12/31/11

Three Holiday Poems

Performed during month of December.


R. Wayne Nickerson Jazzes Up Shel Silverstein





"Merry Merry," A Poem by Tom Daley





"Calling for Peace," A Poem by Samantha Jane


January 9th: Dennis Daly Features



Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery at 106 Prospect Street with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On January 9th, we enjoy a full-length feature from poet Dennis Daly.

Dennis Daly was born in Salem Massachusetts. He graduated from Boston College with a B.S. degree and earned a Master of Arts degree at Northeastern University. At Northeastern he studied poetry under Samuel French Morse.

For ten years Dennis worked for the General Electric Company. He became a union activist and was elected into the leadership of the 9000 member Local 201 of the International Union of Electrical Workers. During this period he published and edited The Union Activist and the North Shore Union Leader. He also was the managing editor of the Electrical Union News.

Dennis has been published in numerous magazines and small poetry journals such as The Sou’wester, Lyric, Boston Today Magazine, Soundings East, Tendril, Poetry &, Green House, Lyrical Somerville, and is included with two other poets in a chapbook entitled 10 X 3, published by Northeastern University Press. He also has done a verse translation of Sophocles' Ajax, which will be published in the next issue of Wilderness House Literary Review. He reads his poems regularly at Stone Soup Poetry and the Walnut Street Coffee Cafehttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif in Lynn and is a member of the Bagel Bards.

In addition Dennis has published travel articles and many op-ed pieces in the Salem Evening News. He is currently working on two books of poetry.

Dennis lives in Salem Massachusetts with his wife, Joanne. They have four children.

Visit the poet's blog.

12/27/11

January 2nd: Christopher Kain and Valerie Loveland Feature at Stone Soup

Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery at 106 Prospect Street with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On January 2nd, we kick off the new year the best way possible, juxtaposing the similar styles of two beloved local poets, Christoper Kain and Valerie Loveland.


Christopher Kain has been a regular a the Cantab Lounge's open mike for over a decade. He has published two books: homefront, with poems arranged by half hours of the day, and Twentieth Century Limited, with a poem for each year of the twentieth century. He is currently working on a collection called Janus: Looking Forward, Looking Back.


Valerie Loveland is the author of Reanimated, Somehow (Scrambler Books, 2009). Her work is anthologized in Best of the Web 2008, and has been featured at the 2009 Massachusetts Poetry Festival. She is a regular at open mics and writing groups around Boston and Cambridge. She works as an optician and lives in Action, Massachusetts.

12/26/11

12/8/11

Congratulations Bill Perrault


Congratulations to Bill Perrault, who recently won an award from the Lowell Telecommunications Corporation for Best Taped Show of 2011 for his weekly filming of Stone Soup Poetry.

12/7/11

December 26th: Tom Daley 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 26th, we close out 2011 with the awaited return of noted poet, playwright and instructor Tom Daley.

Tom Daley is privileged to work with the many fine writers who enroll in workshops he leads at the Online School of Poetry, Boston Center for Adult Education, and Lexington Community Education. He is grateful to editors who have published his work, but won’t bore you with a list of the journal names. He is the author of Every Broom and Bridget, a play about Emily Dickinson and her Irish servants. He worked as a machinist for many moons, and learned skills in that capacity that won him a seat in the Occupy Mount Parnassus Tent Pole Design Committee. He is currently looking for a campsite for a manuscript of his poems in the voice of his mother, House You Cannot Reach.
December 19th: Samantha Jane 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 December 19th, we welcome back poet, visual artist and local Head-to-Head Haiku host Samantha Jane.

Samantha Jane is a poet-photographer-philosopher-person who lives on the Atlantic coast when she is not sailing. By night she is a performance poet and represented Boston Cantab at the 2004 National Poetry Slam and is a Head to Head Haikuslammaster. By day she is a nonprofit healthcare advocate and organization founder. She has no capital letters after her name to prove she knows anything, but served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School anyway for courses in Cybermedicine. She says “For me poetry is autonomic. It’s essential as breathing. It is a spiritual practice. Respire, Inspire, Live with Spirit. Call me a religious poet.” Samantha counts among her ministers many Cantab and National poets who reach the deep into the heart, especially Jack McCarthy who introduced her to “Slam” at the Isles of Shoals in 2002. She has been poet-in-residence and workshop leader there at the Star Island Natural History Conference for several seasons and is a member of the STAR ARTS colony. She is also an award-winning photographer. Images are just poems without words. She likes to play with the combination. Her poems tell stories that make the mundane germane to even to those who thought they didn't enjoy poetry before. For her poetry is a place to gather large chunks of hope from the roadsides we travel.



December 12th: Gloria Monaghan 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 12th, we welcome Gloria Monaghan, who will be debuting her new poetry collection Flawed from Finishing Line Press.

Gloria Monaghan is an Associate Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. She teaches arts, humanities, and writing. She has been writing poetry since she was a teenager. Her influences include friends (many of them emerging from the Midwest as artists and musicians) and her professors. Her book, Flawed has recently been published by Finishing Line Press. Her work has also appeared in Spoonful, No Roses Review, Ninth Dimension, Slope, and Thirteen. She is working on her third collection of poetry. She also writes fiction and recently published and presented academic papers on music, technology and gender.

12/2/11

December 5th: Helen R. Peterson 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 5th, we welcome another visitor from our neighbors to the west in Connecticut as Helen R. Peterson debuts her new book.

Helen R. Peterson has been published in over 100 online and print journals, both nationally and internationally. Most recently she’s had work accepted at Word Riot, Juked, Existere, and Strong Verse. She was also featured in The Lunch Break Book published by Poet Plant Press, was the editor of the small print journal Chopper, and read at the Bowery Poetry Club in November. Recently she became the Poetry Editor of Waterhouse Review.
A mother of three living in Connecticut, you can find her blog at http://mspetersonexplains.wordpress.com/

11/28/11

11/21/11

Open Mike 11/21/11

Tonight, Stone Soup will have a pre-holiday open mike for all. Everyone welcome.

10/28/11

10/14/11

In light of Stone Soup's recent coverage and discussion of recent activist movements, we are pleased to publish an account of Occupy Boston from poet and past Stone Soup feature April Penn.

My personal story about Occupy Boston
by April Penn



What is it all about?

For those who don’t know what Occupy Boston is, let me explain in my own words: There is a public park in the middle of Boston’s financial center where protesters have gathered and set up a make-shift village of tents as a way to have an around-the-clock protest of the tremendous and growing economic inequality in this country and abroad. It was modeled off the movement in New York called Occupy Wall Street, inspired by Wisconsin’s occupation of the capital and the Arab spring which brought revolution in Egypt. Protesters in Boston, New York, and cities all over the country, also stand in opposition of corporate greed, corporate tax loopholes, special interests and lobbyists that buy out politicians. For example, CEO salaries have increased by 300 percent in the last 15 years, whereas the minimum wage has not been raised. Another issue is education. College students are graduating with an extreme amount of debt while there are fewer job prospects. Of those who are employed, many are under-employed (working part-time jobs) or being grossly underpaid. I myself am working two part-time jobs and am no stranger to minimum wage. I currently make about 20,000 dollars a year, for which I consider myself very lucky. I am also lucky that I don’t have any college debt due to the fact I was on scholarship. (I graduated third in my high school class and received numerous awards for writing.)

Getting back to the issues that Occupy Boston protesters and protesters in all the occupation movements are focused on, it is important to note that this is also an anti-war protest. On marches, protesters frequently chant: “How do you solve the deficit? End the wars and tax the rich! Other chants include, “What does democracy look like? This is what democracy looks like!” “Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.” “Who’s streets? Our streets!” “Money for jobs and education. Not for banks and corporations.”

What happened on Monday that resulted in Occupy Boston making national news?

I have been going to Occupy Boston marches and general assemblies (made up of the people who show up and vote on issues) since the movement kicked off in Dewey Square. I have been to several marches and numerous general assemblies as well as served as a sidewalk protester where I held a political sign (with the same kind of message as the chants previously noted). After going to the march on Columbus day, I had an appointment so I left for a few hours. On my way back home from the appointment, I got several text messages from comrades at Occupy Boston stating that we had an emergency situation. Police were planning to possibly shut down the latest expansion of the occupation into a field of grass across the street from the original occupation site. We had to expand because so many people brought tents and wanted to join the occupation movement that we were running out of room. In order to protect the occupation sight-- the meeting ground and heartland of the growing movement for economic change if not all out revolution—the general assembly met and we decided with a consensus that we would stay to occupy the sight of our peaceful protest. We locked arms in a circle around the tents while others with flags encircled us and many stood in front as another line of defense and look-out.

How did the police attack us?

The police came in and issued a warning saying that if we did not disperse we would be arrested. There were large trucks nearby which we knew were to clear all the tents and items on the greenway. We held our ground and repeated that our constitutional right to freedom of speech and assembly permitted us to be there. The police burst in from the rear of the greenway and knocked over many veterans for peace who were holding flags. They pushed those who were locking arms in the circle. When the police pushed me, I couldn’t help but step back and back because I would lose my footing. The line of people locking arms to my right fell so I was split from them. My comrade to my left was still locking arms with him but no one was on his other side because that is where the police broke the circle and began bringing down the tents. Police were manhandling someone further down the circle to my right. They arrested my comrade to the left and I was left standing on my own. The police officer put my hands behind my back and cuffed me with plastic ties. I walked out to the street with him without speaking or putting up any fight. He had me stand between what he called “paddy wagons.” I prefer to avoid such a racial slur against the Irish and instead say “police wagon.” Then he had me walk with him to the back of one police wagon. I was the first to get in so I had to scoot all the way to the back. Eight other women soon joined me. I quickly learned that the police had banded some of the other woman’s arms so tight they were losing sensation in their hands and fingers. When they asked a police officer to loosen it, the female police officer who began asking us for names, height, weight, birth date, said she didn’t care if it hurt. Fortunately, mine were on loosely so I didn’t have any trouble with loosing sensation. The police wagon was dark as we bumped along the road. We sang songs like Amazing Grace and talked about our backgrounds. We debated about whether the police were part of the 99 percent—the working class who are subject to the oppression of the ruling class state. I believe that the police may come from a working class background but the institution of the police sides with the ruling class. In New York, for example, the NYPD received millions of dollars in donations from JP Morgan before the police decided to arrest 700 protesters. Once we got to the police station, they kept us in a small cinder block holding cell. Our numbers in that one holding cell grew from nine to 18 women as more arrived at the station. In all about 140 peaceful protesters were arrested and dispersed to nearby jails. There was some writing on the cinder block wall that appeared to be scrawled in blood. Some of the women asked a cop about the mysterious handwriting on the wall. One said it must be menstrual blood. Another suggested it might be from a wound. A police officer told us it spelled out the name of a gang. He made a joke saying, “If I give you a hammer will you stop hitting yourself in the head with it?” I didn’t understand his joke but he thought it was funny and kept repeating it. They took a group of us out of the holding cell because we had enough cash on us to make bail. They moved us to another holding cell where we waited for hours to be processed and released. It turned out that Occupy Boston had already raised enough money to cover everyone’s bail so I didn’t have to pay out of pocket. They fingerprinted me and scolded me for not having an ID but said they’d let me go anyway. I didn’t have an ID because I knew about the risk of arrest and had given Brenda my purse. I only kept some money on me just in case. I got a court summons for Thursday morning with the charge being “unlawful assembly.” Then I was released.

What happened after I got out of jail? And Concluding Reflections

A few comrades from Occupy Boston greeted me with a cheer so I smiled real big. Brenda arrived a few minutes later after she had finished driving someone else home. I was happy to see Brenda and gave her a big hug. I have a mix of emotions. I feel very loved because so many people helped support me in this process. I am grateful to everyone at Occupy Boston for carrying on the movement even in the face of personal sacrifice and the adversity that comes with police brutality. However, I also feel deeply hurt and confused why we everyday people were not permitted to peacefully assemble. I do not know what awaits me at court. It isn’t considered a serious offense so I probably won’t have to do much but pay a fine. Many people in our community, especially people of color, have endured far worse consequences at the hands of police brutality. I am humbled at my privilege as a white middle-class looking female. I am appalled that I can even refer to myself as privileged because most Americans like myself are far from privileged, from problems with healthcare to employment, education to police states, we are not going to be okay unless this movement continues to strengthen and give voice to the oppressed. We must tear down the capitalist system and replace it with one based not on human greed and profit but on human need where community and democracy are the highest goals.


10/10/11

November 28th: Ian Thal 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 November 28th, Ian Thal will be presenting Arlecchino Am Ravenous at Stone Soup, a one-act, one-man play which Ian describes as "a tale slapstick blasphemy and auto-canibalism" featuring Arlecchino, who before becoming a star of the commedia dell'arte and the inspiration for Harlequin, was a demonic figure of European folklore, even appearing as one of the "Evil-tails" in Dante's Inferno.

Ian Thal began writing poetry and doing performance art on the Boston scene in the late 90s, and was a regular at Stone Soup, he would later collaborate with James Van Looy and William J. Barnum in the poetry and mime troupe, Cosmic Spelunker Theater. A puppeteer and actor as well, he has also performed with Bread & Puppet Theatre, i Sebastiani, and the commedia dell'arte troupe, Teatro delle Maschere, of which he is the capocomico ("head comedian.") His play, Total War, was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition, and its first reading was greeted with a protest on the sidewalk outside the venue. He is currently at work on another play, The Conversos of Venice. Ian has worked all over the Boston area as a theatre educator.

10/5/11

November 14th: Tony Toledo Remembers Brother Blue



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 November 14th, Tony Toledo returns to the Out of The Blue to feature at Stone Soup to pay tribute to the late storytelling legend Brother Blue.

Tony Toledo spent many a Tuesday night with Brother Blue as his guide at the Tuesday Night Story Swaps. Brother Blue often said, "Tony, your voice is a trumpet! You and your lovely lady make a fine team." When Tony thinks of Blue he is happy and sad at the same time. Happy for the memory, sad Blue is not here to lead another swap. So next Monday Tony will be thinking of Brother Blue as he features at Stone Soup.

Come to hear some memories of one of Cambridge's finest fellows. A spoken salute if you will. Oh, don't worry, Tony will also share his poem of the Cat With a Drinking Problem, and What He Left Behind. There'll be a ghost story too just for the boo of it. See you Monday.

Tony Toledo lives on a massive one tenth of an acre estate in Beverly, MA that he bought with his storytelling. There is just enough room for his wife's basil, his books and their Corn Museum. Tony has been telling stories to pay the rent since 1990. Listeners at libraries, elementary schools and day cares all clap for more stories. Tony is 54 years old but reads at a 69 year old level.

10/4/11

November 7th: D.A. Boucher, aka "Da Butcha," 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 November 7, we celebrate the long poetic life of D.A. "Da Butcha" Boucher.

Da Butcha entered the Cambridge Poetry Scene November 4, 1991 joining the fun of Stone Soup Poetry at T. T. the Bears Place. Through the ensuing twenty years, David Alan Boucher morphed into the Short Attention Span Poet, Art Fluff, then finally, Da Butcha, Short Attention Span King of Poetry.

Da Butcha's early sets were all of 30 seconds long & anything could happen during Butcha's set; his performance troupe, the Collective performed all over New England & has morphed as well, going from a bunch of Poets & Musicians, to Da Butcha & Ethan Mackler, who perform as, Da Butcha 'shoppe; Da Butcha also has an alternative set of musicians with whom he performs under the banner, Da Butcha & the Madcap Electric Jazz Band. Da Butcha has self published two chap books, Poetry Tales & Uncle Gay Dave, as well as numerous unpublished chap books, & one CD, with The Collective, Beyond the Page.

Da Butcha has written thousands of Poems, Stories, & Songs without music on subjects ranging from drug use to politics to queer & is known as the Poet who will write about a Taboo subject so that his peers don't have to. In short, Da Butcha is the best thing on stage since the Ramones & has proven time & again why he's the Short Attention Span King of Poetry, and he's humble, too.

Check out Da Butcha's 20th Anniversary Retrospective Show November 7, 2011, & experience twenty years of quality Poetry, this is not your grandfather's Poetry.

Warning: easily offended folks should definitely come to the show.
October 31st: Aaron Goldstein Features




Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the at the newly renamed Yarrow Gallery at 106 Prospect Street with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On 31st, Stone Soup invites back Aaron Goldstein.

Aaron Goldstein has been writing poetry for nearly twenty years. Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, Aaron came to Boston in 2000 to pursue happiness. A conservative in a field dominated by liberals, socialists and communists, Aaron used to antagonize the patrons and poets of the Cantab Lounge with his verse from the right until he was banned for life late last year.

Undeterred, Aaron has become an accomplished essayist on politics and other passions. He writes a weekly column and blogs daily for The American Spectator as well as contributing to other conservative blogs.

Aaron's poems were featured in the anthology Out of the Blue Writers Unite (2003). He has also put out two chapbooks Oysters & The Newborn Child: Melancholy & Dead Musicians (2003) and Woman in the Sky: Poems Inspired by Amelia Earhart & The Journey of Flight (2009).

Aaron, however, does not live by politics alone. His other passions include, but are not limited to, baseball, music and ketchup flavored potato chips. Aaron currently lives in Jamaica Plain where he shares space with the beloved Boston poet Christopher Kain.
October 24th: Rene Schwiesow 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 October 24th, we welcome the debut Stone Soup feature for local poet Rene Schwiesow.

Rene Schwiesow came to the Boston Poetry Scene through drumming. In a fortuitous alignment of the planets and stars she met the late, great Mike Amado at a drum circle and the rest is history. Now she travels Boston, Cambridge and southeastern Massachusetts on a regular basis seeking to secure a spot on open mike lists. She is a co-host for the popular South Shore poetry venue, The Art of Words, where she not only reads poetry and introduces features and open mike readers, but also is maker of the meatballs served during intermission (recipe is strictly a secret, unless you ask her nicely).

A member of Somerville’s Bagel Bards and Plymouth’s Tidepool poets, Rene has been published in various publications including Muddy River Poetry Review, City Lights, Ibbetson Street Press, The Aurorean, and Bagel Bard and Tidepool Poet Anthologies. She is a reviewer for Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene and Wilderness House Press. She is currently working on a third manuscript. When she is not writing, reading or studying, she can be found with a Tarot deck, aligning chakras with Reiki, or shopping for boots in support of her shoe fetish.

10/3/11

October 17th: James Van Looy and Ethan Mackler 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 October 17th, James Van Looy performs a tribute to late founder Jack Powers with musical accompaniment by Ethan Mackler.



James Van Looy has been a fixture in Boston’s poetry venues since the 1970s and performed with the Mirage Mime Theater from 1980 to 1987 during which time he was also taught classes offered by Mirage. From 1987 to 1988 he was a member of the Collective Mime. His poetry has been anthologized in Out of the Blue Writers Unite. He has run poetry workshops for Boston area homeless people at Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House since 1992 and regularly reads at Bay State Prison as part of their poetry program. Currently, Van Looy leads the Labyrinth Creative Movement Workshop. In 2008, Van Looy reunited with the performance troupe Cosmic Spelunker Theatre alongside Ian Thal and William J. Barnum to perform for Stone Soup.


Ethan Mackler has been involved in the Cambridge poetry scene, in a musical capacity, for over ten years. Whether backing poets as diverse as DA Boucher, Deb Priestly, Lee Kidd or a host of others with his trusty BG, he delights in the opportunity for spontaneity, musical and otherwise.

9/30/11

October 10th: Jack Scully and Nancy Brady Cunningham Debut Mike Amado's Book of Arrows



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 October 10th, we celebrate the legacy of Mike Amado with Jack Scully and Nancy Brady Cunningham reading from Amado's first posthumous collection.

The late Mike Amado was the co-founder, along with Jack Scully, of two ongoing poetry venues in Plymouth, Massachusetts , Poetry: The Art of Words a monthly poetry series and The Poetry Showcase a yearly poetry reading held in conjunction with the Plymouth Guild for the Arts yearly juried art show. Mike Amado published three books of poetry during his short time on this earth. Scully and poet Nancy Brady Cunningham have edited his fourth book, The Book of Arrows.

Scully, who currently serves as the literary executor of Mike’s work has read Mike's poetry as a feature reader at Greater Brockton Poetry and Arts Society, Boston National Poetry Month Festival, Main Street Café, Poetry in the Village, Stone Soup Poetry and Salem Literary Festival 2010. He also serves as the unofficial photographer of numerous poetry venues

Nancy Brady Cunningham is a published poet and author of 5 books of non-fiction. Nancy has featured at many venues, including Boston’s First Night 2000 in Big Night at the Bookhouse at the Boston Public Library. Her international experience includes readings in Paris, Toronto, and Lesbos, Greece. She is the founding member of the poets’ theater troupe IYANU, which has performed in Cambridge at the Blacksmith House, Club Passim, and Squawk Coffee House, as well as in Easton at the Blackthorne Tavern.

October 3rd: Elizabeth K. Doran 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 October 3rd, eturning to feature at Stone Soup is local poet and regular open miker Elizabeth K. Doran.

Elizabeth K. Doran has been influenced as a poet by modern women writers such as Sharon Olds and Louis Gluck. Although she would never want to be called a "nature poet" nature is always present in her work. "Nature is part of the environment we all share and informs my sensibility," she says. Elizabeth is drawn to syllabics and loves long syllabic lines. A major influence is Eugino Montale who in 1975 was awarded the Nobel prize for literature.

She has been published in Poises and Spare Change news and has read at many Venues in Boston and beyond. She is the former host of poetry at Gallery Diablo.

9/26/11

September 26th: The "Chad F***ed Up" Open Mike Extravaganza




Due to more than one scheduling error and one too many events planned in a row (i.e. Chad f***ed up AGAIN), Stone Soup was unable to secure a feature for September 26th. As a result, the night belongs to the open mikers with an ultra-extended open mike segment. People always afraid of showing up late for the open mike, coming with a poem that's too long (note: this almost never happens) or not knowing whether a particular night is a good night to debut a different kind of poem, Stone Soup says "Come on down!" People who have been away are welcome. People who have never been are welcome. We want to hear from you.

9/23/11

Tomorrow, September 24th: Stone Soup Celebrates 100 Thousand Poets for Change


Tomorrow, at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery on 106 Prospect Street, Central Square, Cambridge: Stone Soup joins over over 335 cities representing 68 countries to take part in this this global initiative promoting the themes of peace and social change with poetry readings, political demonstrations, community picnics, awareness events, parades, and more!

Poets: Come read and share your work, or email a poem to be read for the recording of the event.

Musicians: Lend your voices as well.

Art Lovers: Come enjoy the atmosphere of the gallery, free food, and the multitude of voices!

The show begins at 11:30. Slated performers include:


Walter Howard
R. Wayne Nickerson
Chad Parenteau
April Penn
Bill Perrault
Carol Weston

and many other old and new friends.

Email us with any questions: stonesouppoetry@yahoo.com

9/16/11

September 19th: Gordon Marshall 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 September 19th, we celebrate Gordon Marshall's return. Marshall will feature his latest book and be on hand to present this year's Jack Powers Stone Soup Savor Poetry Prize.

Gordon Marshall will be celebrating the release of his tenth volume of poetry, Poet of the Smashed Palace (Shires). Gordon is an accomplished jazz critic as well as poet. His criticism can be found on the All About Jazz website, as well as The New York City Jazz Record. His nine previous volumes of verse are available through Shires Press, Manchester Ctr, VT. He lives in Boston's North End.

9/12/11

Reminder

Stuart Florsheim Tonight!
September 24th: Stone Soup Celebrates 100 Thousand Poets for Change




Saturday, September 24 · 11:30am - 8:00pm
Out of the Blue Art Gallery
106 Prospect Street
Cambridge, MA

Poets around the world are planning individual events to take place simultaneously on September 24th in a demonstration/celebration of poetry to promote social and political change.

So far over 335 cities representing 68 countries have signed up to make this global initiative a success through poetry readings, political demonstrations, community picnics, awareness events, parades, and more!

Michael Rothenberg, the event's creator, envisions "a demonstration/celebration of poetry to promote serious social, environmental, and political change." Guidelines are peace and sustainability, and local groups define local issues within. Anyone with ideas of where to take this are welcome to contribute thoughts and more.

Stone Soup Poetry has elected to help Boston poets represent themselves for this event. The Out of The Blue Art Gallery Cambridge has allowed us to use their site as the initial "headquarters" as we seek volunteers and possibly other sites to hold this event simultaneously. If you have or know of a Boston area location that could offer us space for the day, please contact me at chadpoetforhire@yahoo.com or stonesouppoetry@yahoo.com as soon as you can.

Our tentative time frame is from 11:30 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturday, September 24th. But if we get enough volunteers to keep the celebration going, we will.

We are also looking for the following:

People wiling to read their poetry throughout the day. The more the merrier.

Musicians and other performers.

People willing to record the event for prosperity.

People willing to help set up streaming video which will be used in conjunction with the main 100 Thousand Poets for Change website.

We also hope to load YouTube segments throughout the day.

If you are a poet or other performer who would like to contribute to the Boston effort, contact me at chadpoetforhire@yahoo.com or stonesouppoetry@yahoo.com as soon a possible. We want as many possible to attend. Let's make this an event to remember.

Visit the 100 Thousand Poets for Change website for more news on this global event.

www.bigbridge.org/100thousandpoetsforchange/

9/9/11

September 12th: Stuart Florsheim 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 August 29th, we welcome back New York poet and past Stone Soup feature Stewart Florsheim to the podium.

Stewart Florsheim was born in New York City, the son of refugees from Hitler's Germany. He has received several awards for his poetry and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has been widely published in magazines and anthologies. Stewart was the editor of Ghosts of the Holocaust, an anthology of poetry by children of Holocaust survivors (Wayne State University Press, 1989). He wrote the poetry chapbook, The Girl Eating Oysters (2River, 2004). In 2005, Stewart won the Blue Light Book Award for The Short Fall From Grace (Blue Light Press, 2006). His new collection, A Split Second of Light, was published by Blue Light Press in 2011 and received an Honorable Mention in the San Francisco Book Festival, honoring the best books published in the Spring of 2011.

He has been awarded residencies from Artcroft and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Stewart also writes non-fiction. Stewart's day job is in the technical writing field. He is also co-chair of the Board of Directors of Compassion and Choices of Northern California, an organization that helps the terminally ill make end-of-life decisions. Stewart lives in the Bay Area with his wife, two daughters, and their dog, Roxie.

8/21/11



August 29th: John Strum Performs 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 August 29th, the Boston poetry scene's star reciter, John Sturm, the Orator Extradinor, will be featuring some of his most popular recitations at Stone Soup. Audience members are encouraged to recite their own favorite poems on the open mike.

John Sturm has been performing at open mikes for the last few years at The Cantab, Club Passim, Out of The Blue and other venues. He has also performed at Forsyth Chapel for e.e. cummings' birthday anniversary.
August 22nd: Diana Saenz and Marshall Harvey and Lowell Poets Galore 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 August 22nd, Bill Perault hosts an open mike filled with a contingency of poets from his hometown of Lowell, followed by his requested feature poets, Diana Senz and Marshall Harvey.

Diana Sáenz is a native of Los Angeles California, and has been writing poetry since the age of 15. Her plays have been produced around the country, and she is has three books of poetry presently for sale: An Ordindary Life Discussed, The Book of Eve, and Just This side of the 3rd Millenium. Diana and her husband, Marshall Harvey, whom she met in 1995 at Stone Soup Poetry when it was at TT The Bears, are the editors of Boston Poet Publication.

Marshall Harvey has been published in numerous journals and is the the author of Painted Light, published in 1994. He has also written a novel (The Psychic Lover) and an acclaimed study on iambic pentamet ("Iambic Pentameter from Shakespeare to Browning"). He is currently working on a theory on art.

8/3/11

Regarding The Caller on Today's On Point Radio Featuring Slam Poetry

Let it be known that "Susie" who called WBUR today was NOT representing Stone Soup Poetry as a group. If you are going to make a comment about slam poetry, please stand on your own two feet and not on behind any banner you think we might be holding. In the last few years, Stone Soup has featured and appreciated poetry in all its forms and will continue to do so. Such comments made allegedly on our behalf do nothing but hurt us and the poetry scene as a whole.

7/4/11

August 15th: The Highway Poets Return

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 August 15th, Stone Soup celebrates Biker Poetry Month with the return of The Highway Poets.



K.Peddlar Bridges is the co-founder of the Biker Poets & Writers Association and founder of the ROADPOET online magazine. He also serves as a columnist for CT Cruise News and motorcyclegoodies.com. An occasional writing workshop teacher, his work has appeared in numerous publications and has made many radio and television appearances.



Gypsypashn publishes in print and on the web regularly, she is well-known for her monthly column... in New England's Motorcyclist Post. She and Colorado's Gypsyrose produce 'Biker Bits,' a daily Biker Rights e-zine. In 2004, Gypsypashn published A Samplng of Soul, a collection of poetry.



Marc D. Goldfinger has been published by Ibbetson Street Press, The Aurorean, Pegasus, The Boston Poet, Clamor magazine, Earth First! and the Crooked River Press among others. He is currently the poetry editor of Spare Change News, a paper put out for the benefit of homeless people. He is a counselor for people with Substance Use Disorders and some of his work has been used to augment courses at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. His newest works include Essays On Major Mental Illness with a Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorder or What Came First: The Chicken or The White Horse.
August 8th: Paul Boutchia 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 August 8th, Stone Soup introduces fiction and poet Paul Boutchia to a new audience.

Paul Boutchia began writing eleven years ago, starting first with short stories and moving to poetry soon after. As a short story writer, Paul sought to explore themes such as redemption and forgiveness, religiousness and relationships. His poetry expands upon those themes and seeks to expose and elevate the strangeness and seemingly odd intersections that occur in everyday life.

Paul has studied with Cambridge poet Tom Daley in both his Boston Center and advanced poetry workshop for the past several years. Paul has participated in readings and open mic’s in Cambridge and recently featured at the Goba Salon.



Paul lives with his wife and two daughters in Melrose, MA

7/3/11

August 1st: Laura Kiesel 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 August 1st, welcome local poet, journalist and activist Laura Kiesel to her first Stone Soup feature.

Laura Kiesel was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She received her B.A. in English (with a double minor in creative writing and journalism) from SUNY New Paltz in 2001, and a Master's in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont in 2009.

Laura started writing poetry at the age of 10, when her much older teenage cousin egged her into a poetry contest between the two of them and the adults in the family declared her the winner. Though she has gone on to write and publish in many other forms and genres, she still considers poetry her first and truest love, as well as her initial instinctual reaction to the world. Laura's articles have appeared in numerous outlets, including Vermont Woman, E Magazine, Earth Island Journal, MotherJones.com, Z Magazine, and SolveClimateNews.com. Her poems have been featured, or are forthcoming, in 12th Planet, Gin Bender, upstreet, Naugatuck River Review, and Amethyst Arsenic.

She presently resides in Somerville and works part-time as a freelance writer and editor and the other half of the time coordinating and instructing writing workshops and environmental programs for kids, teens and adults at various venues in the greater Boston area. She also has a popular blog called "Writing for Survival," which is about "sustainability, social justice, and scraping by as a scribe" at survivalwriter.blogspot.com.
July 25th: The Bagel Bards Invade 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 July 25th, we welcome the local writers group The Bagel Bards as they celebrate the 6th volume of their annual anthology.

Infamous Somerville Bagel Bards to invade Stone Soup! A host of well-known, well-published Boston area writers will be reading from the recently published Bagel Bards #6. The Bagel Bards, who meet every Saturday morning at the Au Bon Pain in Davis Square, are an avante-garde group of writers who may or may not be considered “camp.” Award-winning poet, Lawrence Kessenich was this year’s editor. The introduction to the phenomenal work was written by Kathleen Spivack, also an award winning poet! The Bagel Bards are a group of wonderful, eclectic poets that you will not want to miss!

Kitty Beer
Molly Bennett
Barbara Bialick
Heather Campbell
Louisa Clerici
Adrienne Drobnes
Timothy Gager
Harris Gardner
Elizabeth Hanson
Doug Holder
Abbott Ikeler
Anne Ipsen
Irene Koronas
Linda Larson
Limin Mo
Luke Salisbury
Jack Scully
Zvi Sesling
Manson Solomon
Bert Stern
Paul Stone
Barbara Thomas
Amy Tighe
Chris Warner
Dan Lynn Watt
Molly Lynn Watt

Purchase a copy before the reading.
July 18th: John Landry and Jake St. John Feature

Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery (located on 106 Prospect Street in Cambridge) with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On July 18th, the venue welcomes the return of poets John Landry and Jake St. John.



John Landry has been reading for Stone Soup since 1973. He hails from New Bedford, where he ran a reading series and served as poet laureate. Bob Creeley named John his "memory guide" during his last teaching gig at Brown University. He served as contributing editor for the 50th anniversary anthology of Beatitude, and is a poetry editor for Newport Review. His book who will prune the plum tree when i'm gone/quién va a podar los ciruelos cuando me vaya was published in Chile in February 2010. He will read at the Gloucester Writers Center August 3. He resides in California.


Jake St. John currently writes out of New London, CT, where he also coordinates poetry readings in and around the New England area. He is the co-editor of Flying Fish and the editor of Elephant, two small press poetry magazines. His work has appeared in several print publications including Chronogram, Unarmed Journal and Fell Swoop. He has published five collections of poetry. His latest chapbook, Subterranean Skyline (Blasted Press), is set to be released in summer 2011.

July 11th: Brandon Amico and Derek Avila



Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery (located on 106 Prospect Street in Cambridge) with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On July 11th, we have the pleasure of featuring young writers from northern New England on tour, Brandon Amico and Derek Avila.

Brandon Amico is a writer from Manchester, NH who hates writing bios but strangely enjoys talking about himself in the third person. His first chapbook, Sleepwalking, was published by Sargent Press in May 2011. He is frequently referred to by his friends as "that guy who won't shut up about poetry" or for short, "that guy who won't shut up." His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in a handful of literary magazines, including Northern New England Review, Borderline, and Midwest Literary Magazine. Brandon is a business student at the University of New Hampshire, where he is an editor of the school's literary magazine, Aegis, and has spent a semester abroad in Japan.

Derek Avila has been performing his writing for a little over two years now. In that time he has been a selected regional champion for the Poetry Out Loud competition, a finalist for the NH nationals team, Slam Free or Die, and will have a chapbook released through Sargent Press when money isn't so rare.

7/1/11

July 4th: Stone Soup Welcomes Back James McCoy

Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery (located on 106 Prospect Street in Cambridge) with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On July 4th, Stone Soup welcomes back one of the more elaborate participants on the open mike, James McCoy.

His work, including "Don't Quit Your Day Job" – the most viewed video on Chad Parenteau's FreakMachinePress YouTube website – has been described as "fearless ... moving from the workaday to the mythical."McCoy will tell other original rhyming narratives, including "Thompson Was My Only Failure", the story of Francis Thompson, a 19th-century poet, Catholic and failed boot-maker. "Poignant and sweet, as only James can be." By incorporating meter, McCoy gives his poems a heartbeat. "Let's talk about your performance and your poem! BOTH really amazing."

6/24/11

June 27th: Deborah Priestly Features


Photo by Bill Perrault

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 June 27th, Out of The Blue co-founder Deborah Priestly returns to feature.

Deborah M. Priestly is co-founder of the Out of the Blue Art Gallery located in Cambridge, Mass at 106 Prospect Street with Tom Tipton, (founder, owner). She runs the Open Bark Poetry reading every Saturday night at the gallery. Her publication credits include Ibbetson Street, Spare Change, Poesy, Fresh!, Boston Poet, The Boston Herald, The Boston Girl Guide and Out of the Blue Writers Unite (which she also co-edited). She is the author of The Woman Has A Voice from Ibbetson Street Press, an eclectic combination of healing poetry and images of women in transition.

6/19/11

June 20th: Chad Parenteau Features at Stone Soup (wait, what?)



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 June 20th, the host of Stone Soup takes center stage just this once (probably).

For one night only, the host of Stone Soup comes from behind the podium to...go back behind the podium for an extended reading of his work. This feature was brought about by popular demand (even before Chad did a whiny "why me" post), so don't miss out on this opportunity to see Stone Soup with Chad as a full feature for the first time since 2004. Hosted by Person or Persons yet unknown. Possibly some kind of robot.

6/15/11

Bruins Haiku



Gloria Monaghan, poet and future Stone Soup feature, recently brought her class to Stone Soup to read on the open mike just before the Bruins game. They were challenged to send in their Bruins poems (haiku or otherwise) to be printed on this page. Here is what we were sent.


Boston ice brings strength.
The Bruins will take it home.
The Cup is waiting…

--Kevin Gebo



Swiftly gliding side to side
the Bruins soar, the fans pride
forever fighting, let's get the cup!

-Rebecca Cowee

6/10/11


June 13th: Linda Lerner Returns

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 June 13th, we welcome back New York poet and Stone Soup friend Linda Lerner.

Linda Lerner was born and educated in New York City; her next full length collection will be published by New York Quarterly Books in the Spring, 2011.

She’s published thirteen collections of poetry. The most recent: Something Is Burning In Brooklyn (http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif2009, Iniquity Press/ Vendetta Books) Living In Dangerous Times (Presa Press, 2007) and City Woman (March Street Press, Fall, 2006, both Small Press Reviews’ Picks). Two previous collections also had that honor; she’s been nominated twice for a pushcart prize.

In 1995 she and Andrew Gettler began Poets on the Line, the first poetry anthology on the Net for which she received two grants. She is also a contributing editor of Home Planet News.

She’s published in the New York Quarterly, Onthebus, Louisiana Review, Paterson Literary Review, Ragged Lion Anthology, Chiron Review, Tribes, Van Gogh’s Ear, Home Planet News, New Verse News, Danse Macabre, Rusty Truck, et.al. She has given readings at the Bowery Poetry club (the Beat Hour) hosted by George Wallace, Smalls Jazz Club, Cornelia Street Cafe, and various other venues around NYC and throughout the country.

5/30/11

Tonight at Stone Soup

R. Wayne Nickerson.

5/27/11

June 6th: Michael F. Gill 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 June 6th, we welcome Michael F. Gil with his debut feature.

Michael F. Gill started writing poetry on September 3rd, 2007, after a freak accident with perfection on the Boston Harbor Islands. He is the co-founder and the host of the Brighton Word Factory, a bi-weekly writing group in Boston. He enjoys the rare book rooms of libraries, the resonance of dadaist sound poetry, and waking up to bake bread with your name carved in it. He reads regularly at poetry open mics around Boston and Cambridge, and can be read regularly at www.bbtp.net and the Boston 365/365 blog.

5/16/11

May 16th: Who Wants to Be A Stone Soup Feature And Kick Off Chad Parenteau?



PLANNED FEATURE GORDON MARSHALL HAS CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS.

As can be expected, noted egomaniac and Stone Soup Host Chad Parenteau has decided to be the stand-in feature for the night.

This must be stopped!!!!!!!!
...
Chad Parenteau has been brazen enough to charge poets for attending a venue that does not sell alcohol. He has been selfish enough to suffer a number of nervous breakdowns in private (tonight being the exception). This self-imposed 11th hour appointment of himself as feature is just the latest in poetry atrocities, not including his actual poems.

WE WANT YOU TO FEATURE IN HIS PLACE.

Tonight on May 16th, open Mikers are encouraged (to the point of begging) to come down and audition on the open mike to win a feature spot for the night, as voted on by those in attendance. Open Mikers, we need your help now more than ever. Critera includes having 15-25 minutes worth of work and NOT being Chad Parenteau. Once we figure out a winner, Chad will just be bludgeoned or something.

(note: there is currently no evidence that Chad put tonight's feature in the hospital in order to have the spotlight for himself, but we decided to put that in in Fox News fashion just so it can be misunderstood and spread as rumor)

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5/9/11

Stone Soup May 9th

From Host/Organizer Chad Parenteau:

Due to circumstances of my own making, I was not able to secure a feature for this week. I hope you will accept my apologies for doing this during the month of Stone Soup's 40th and that you'll consider sharing your voice on the open mike, which has always been an essential part of every Stone Soup for what has now been over 40 years. Features return next week, I promise.

4/23/11

May 1st: Stone Soup's 40th Anniversary Tribute to Jack Powers, 6:00-9:00 PM



May 1st marks 40 years to the day that Stone Soup began as a weekly poetry series founded by Jack Powers. Join us at the International Community Church (30 Gordon Street in Allston) as members from Stone Soup's history celebrate the life of the man that inspired and spurred so many poetry movements in the Boston area. The time is from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Performers for the night include:

D.A. Boucher and Ethan Mackler (Da Butcha Shoppe)
David Fillingham
Walter Howard
Lee Litif
Gordon Marshhall
R. Wayne Nickerson
Bill Perrault
Andreas Powers
Sidewalk Sam
Ryan "Rat" Travis
James Van Looy
Carol Weston performing with bassist Jon Voight

More to be announced.
May 30: R. Wayne Nickerson 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 May 30th, we finish Stone Soup's 40th anniversary celebration with the debut feature of long time friend to the venue, R. Wayne Nickerson.

R. Wayne Nickerson writes: "I started writing short stories and poetry at Riverview Hopefield School, A boarding school I attended from 1966-1968. I had a great English Teacher, Mr.s Prat, who encouraged her students to read both classics and new writers, which I still do to this day.

I also like to encourage people to do the same. I also paint and enjoy singing. I've been since age five and still own my first book. I started performing mine and others' work three work three years work three years ago. I pray I'll continue to do this for a long, long time. Viva Stone soup, viva fellow writers, good company, good life."
May 23: Ryk McIntyre 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 May 23rd, we welcome the return of local legend Ryk McIntyre.

Ryk McIntyre is a Multi-Hyphen. Poet,-critic-performer-workshop facilitator-co-host at both GotPoetry! Live (Providence) and Cantab Lounge (Cambridge,MA), as well as a carbon-based life form and known biped... triped... whatever. Ryk has performed his work at Boston's ICA, NYC's New School, Portsmouth, NH's Music Hall and Lollapalooza, to name just a few, and opened for such acts as Leon redbone, Jim Carroll, Andre Codrescu, Reggie Gibson, to name-drop but a few.. He has toured the US, performing in countless Poetry, Music and Academic venues, and wants to share that rehearsing his poems in a mumbly, soto voce usually gets him the entire seat on trains, planes and buses. He is pleased to share this information. He's also a really good Dad to 2 sons and a daughter. He's most proud of that.
May 16 Gordon Marshall 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 May 16th, we'll have the return of Gordon Marshall, author and founder of the Jack Powers Stone Soup Savor Poetry Prize.

Gordon Marshall will be celebrating the release of his tenth volume of poetry, Poet of the Smashed Palace (Shires). Gordon is an accomplished jazz critic as well as poet. His criticism can be found on the All About Jazz website, as well as The New York City Jazz Record. His nine previous volumes of verse are available through Shires Press, Manchester Ctr, VT. He lives in Boston's North End.
May 2: Lynne Sticklor The Prize Lady and Walter Howard

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 May 2nd, we start our Monday celebrations of Stone Soup's 40th anniversary with a focus on The open mike with Lynne Sticklor helping to facilitate the open mike and featuring the open miker's open miker, "Sir" Walter Howard.


Lynne Sticklor, The Prize Lady, is a Performance & Visual Artist, Editor, Text & Graphics Designer and Poet. She is the sole creator of The Prize Lady Experience: a one-on-one performance art piece and a grand poetic theatrical show with chances to earn "Fabulous Prizes." She edited and designed oodles of books that were independently published by the poets as well as by Ibbetson Street Press and its imprint Singing Bone Press. She has been writing more poetry and damn! There's a book of her own forming a way to come out~


Walter Howard is a retired history professor, English teacher, and journalist. He is a member of the Longfellow Society, Natick Writers, and the Wayland Poetry Workshop. His poems have appeared in Motive, Longfellow Journal, Ibbetson Street Press, Journal of Modern Writing, Endicott Review, and others.

3/27/11

April 25th: April Penn 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 April 25th, Stone Soup brings National Poetry Month to a satisfying conclusion as April Penn has her first feature at Stone Soup.

April Penn moved to Boston one year after graduating class of 2008 from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. She earned a B.A. in English, specializing in American Transcendentalism and feminist experimental writing. She learned much more from the poetry scene in Boston, however, than she ever learned in school. She completed the 365 challenge to write 365 poems in a year for 2010 and is well on her way to doing the same in 2011. Working with poet Michael F. Gill, she was a founding member of the the Brighton Word Factory, a very productive writer's group that meets every other Thursday in Brighton. Her first chapbook, One inside the other, is a DIY success and owes much to the writing of Michelle Tea and Eileen Myles.

3/21/11

April 18th: The Fifth and Sixth Horsemen Return



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 April 18th, the Fifth and Sixth Horsemen, Lee Litif and Chris Robbins, return for annual their Stone Soup. It is the most contraversal night of the year at Stone Soup, and you are invited to contribute your own outrageous material to the open mike to compliment the outrageousness on display.

The most infamous open miker at the venue. Lee Litif has been a regular contribution to the Stone Soup open mike since 1991. He's the author of several chapbooks, including Unpatriotic Flags and Abominating White Houses, Reckless Paella and Defecating Republicans, and Ultrasonic Amplifiers and Marshall Amps/Genital Wart Puking Rednecks. He's been described as "The love child of Gallagher and Larry Fischer with G.G. Allin as midwife" by Stone Soup host Chad Parenteau.

If you can imagine Alice Walker dating Jim Morrison and their kid having George Carlin and John Valby for teachers, you’d have a fair picture of Chris Robbins. His darker side is a cross between “Animal Farm” and “Animal House”. Ever since he discovered that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, he quit writing feminist poems in favor of writing autistic ones because he believes that he’ll become more relevant that way. In other words, just like former Boston Red Sox player Manny Ramirez joining the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chris is playing on a different team now, but he’s still playing the same game.
April 11th: Valerie Loveland Returns


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 April 11th, Stone Soup celebrates the return of Valerie Loveland.

Valerie Loveland is the author of Reanimated, Somehow (Scrambler Books, 2009). Her poetry has appeared in Dzanc Book's anthology Best of the Web 2008 and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a regular at various open mics around the Boston area and a co-founder of the poetry group Amethyst and Arsenic.

Valerie enjoys running and listening to audio poetry. She is an optician apprentice and lives and works in Acton, MA.