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 5th, we welcome back poet and storyteller, CD Collins.
Kentucky native CD Collins follows the storytelling traditions of the South, both as a solo artist and when accompanied by musicians. As one of originators of the resurgence of spoken-word with live music, her work has been archived in three award-winning compact discs: Kentucky Stories, Subtracting Down and Carousel Lounge.
Collins’ fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines including StoryQuarterly, Salamander, Phoebe and The Pennsylvania Review. Her short fiction collection, Blue Land, was published by Polyho Press. Her poetry collection, Self Portrait with Severed Head, was published by Ibbetson Street Press. Her work is available at Joseph Beth’s Bookstore and through her website www.cdcollins.com.
Collins has received grants from the Massachusetts College of Art, The St. Botolph Club, The Cambridge Arts Council, The Somerville Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
Her recent projects include a novel about the psychological effect of WWII on the daughters of an American and a German soldier, a short biographical film about a devastating event that illustrates the necessity of government regulations. Forthcoming are a compact disc titled Clean Coal/Big Lie and a book of essays designed for a multimedia tablet display with visual artist and designer Melody Farris Jackson Dutch artist and designer Markus Haala.
Collins has read and performed in a range of venues including Club Passim, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Berklee College of Music and the New York Public Library. She has consulted on a variety of projects including the screenplay for Debra Granik’s Academy-Award-nominated Winter’s Bone, the breakout film for Kentucky native Jennifer Lawrence.
Praise for Blue Land:
“CD Collins has the voice of a natural-born storyteller. The stories in this collection have the compressed beauty of poetry and the richness of novels. Original and unforgettable.”
— Stephen McCauley
author, The Object of My Affection and Alternatives to Sex