June 17th: Jamaica Pond Poets Feature

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 17th, Michael F. Gill hosts a feature by the Jamaica Pond Poets.

Dorothy Derifield's work has received an editor's award from Plainsongs, and has appeared in the Radcliffe Quarterly and Harvard Magazine, among others. She is the director of the long-running literary series Chapter and Verse in Jamaica Plain and is a member of the Jamaica Pond Poets. She is the author of the chapbook, The River and the Lakes. She lives in Roslindale and has taught poetry groups at Sherrill House, a nursing home in Jamaica Plain.

Carolyn Gregory’s poems have been published in American Poetry Review, Off the Coast, Main Street Review, Bellowing Ark, Art Times, and Seattle Review. She is a classical music and theatre writer for Stylus. A book, Open Letters, was published by Windmill Editions in 2009.

In 2011, Susanna Kittredge returned to the Jamaica Pond Poets after several years on the west coast where she received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from San Francisco State University. Her poems have been published in many print and on-line literary journals, including Salamander, 580 Split, Parthenon West Review, 14 Hills, and Shampoo. Her work has also appeared in the anthologies Sidebrow (Sidebrow, 2008) and Bay Poetics (Faux Press, 2006), as well as the upcoming Shadowed: Unheard Voices, edited by Meg Withers and Joell Hallowell. By day, she is a special education teacher for students with mild-to-moderate disabilities.

Sandra Storey's first full-length collection, Every State Has Its Own Light, will be published by Word Press imprint of WordTech Communications in 2014. Her poems have been published in various literary magazines, including the New York Quarterly, Friction (UK) and New Millennium Writings. Storey was a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand and lived in Southeast Asia from 1968 to 1972. Formerly editor and publisher of two neighborhood newspapers she is now a newspaper columnist. She wrote poetry from 1980 to 1988 and resumed in 2004. She has been a featured reader at many Boston-area venues.

Gary Whited is a poet, philosopher and psychotherapist. He grew up on the plains of eastern Montana, and a strong sense of place pervades his poems, whether that place is the prairie, the city or the inner spaces we inhabit. His poems have appeared in Salamander, The Aurorean, Bellowing Ark, Red Owl Magazine, and in Diamond Dust, an on-line publication. He received an International Merit Award in 2003 for a poem published in Atlanta Review, and in Spring, 2007, he won an Editor’s Prize in Plainsongs.He is a contributing author to the first anthology of the Jamaica Pond Poets titled This Great Gift, collected poems of grief and healing, and to a collection of essays in honor of his philosophy teacher, Henry Bugbee, titled Wilderness and the Heart, Henry Bugbee’s Philosophy of Place, Presence, and Memory. Gary is currently working on a poetry manuscript titled Having Listened, and on a prose manuscript titled Parmenides, Poetry and Psychotherapy. He has participated in many poetry readings and open mikes in the Boston area.