May 21st: Doug Holder, Harris Gardner and Susie Davidson

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 21st, Stone Soup welcomes the return of three old mainstays of the open mike: poet/activist Susie Davidson, Tapestry of Voices founder Harris Gardner, and former Stone Soup President Doug Holder. 

Doug Holder is the founder of the Ibbetson Street Press. He teaches writing at Bunker Hill Community College and Endicott College. Holder is the Arts Editor for The Somerville News, the Director of the Newton Free Library Poetry Series, and former President of Stone Soup Poets. Holder's work has appeared widely in the small press including Rattle, Iodine, Toronto Quarterly, The Scrambler, The Oak Bend Review, the new renaissance, Word Riot, and many others. He holds an MA Literature from Harvard University.

Boston-area poet and freelance journalist Susie Davidson writes regularly for The Jewish Daily Forward, the Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal, the weekly Tabs and other media, and has contributed to the Boston Sunday Globe and the Boston Herald (op-ed), the Jerusalem Post and the Eagle-Tribune. She has been published over 150 times in varied poetry journals across the U.S. and Canada. Susie began and hosted the OccuPoetry series at Occupy Boston with poets Peter Desmond and Robyn Su Miller, which was the subject of a front-page Metro article in the Boston Globe in November, 2011.

Harris Gardner is founder of Tapestry of Voices--a poetry organization that sponsors the Boston National Poetry Festival and other venues. His work has appeared in the Harvard Review, Ibbetson Street Midstream, Aurorean and many other magazines. He is the poetry editor for Ibbetson Street, and co-founder of Somerville 's Bagel Bards. He is the author of three collections: Chalice of Eros (C o-authored with Lainie Senechal), Lest They Become ( Ibbetson Street ) 2003, and Among Us (Cervena Barva Press). In 1999, he founded Breaking Bagels with the Bards, community of Poets and Other Writers. He currently serves as Poetry Editor of Ibbetson Street.\