May 20th: Elizabeth Gordon McKim 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 20th, we welcome the return of Elizabeth Gordon McKim.

Elizabeth Gordon McKim is an artist who celebrates in her poetry and in her daily life the oral tradition of sound,movement,story and chant; she practices her poetry locally in Lynn Massachusetts where she lives and is known as the Jazz Poet of Lynn, in parts of the United States and abroad, in such places as Canada, Sweden , Italy, France, Israel, Germany, Switzerland, India, and Bali Indonesia. In her innovative and sustaining teaching over decades, McKim has worked with teachers and students throughout Massachusetts and across the United States, guiding her students to exercise their imaginations in the spirit of serious play and through the many dimensions of language.

McKim has published five books of original poetry, and is included in many anthologies and reviews and journals. Her latest collection is Red Thread from Leapfrog Press.  She is the Poetry Editor of POIESIS (Toronto) and is included in a forthcoming book by Ring of Bone Press called The Wild Women of Lynn.

She is honored to be doing this Reading for Stone Soup and Out of the Blue Gallery, hosted by Chad Parenteau and she remembers with delight the decades of participating in Stone Soup Poetry when Jack Powers was with us. McKim is considered to be a master teacher, poet, and performer; and she demonstrates in all aspects of her life how poetry can be interwoven with community, culture and the arts; and how the spoken poem is an essential bridge toward reading, writing, and articulating one's life and time.