June 9: Alice Weiss 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 9, we welcome poet and activist Alice Weiss to the podium.
Alice Weiss' poems have been appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Oddball Magazine, Ibbetson Street, Radical Teacher, Liberty’s Vigil, The Occupy Anthology, Poetry Super Highway, Wilderness House Literary Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, and Jewish Currents. She has also published nonfiction at VoxMom and Wilderness House Literary Review. Until 2011 she was the unofficial Poet-in-Residence at Am HaYam, the Cape Cod Chavurah. She has featured most recently at the Boston Poetry Salon and studies with Tom Daley and Joan Houlihan.
Weiss received an MFA in poetry from New England College in 2010. From 1977 to 1998 she was a civil rights attorney and public defender in New Orleans, Louisiana. This included voting rights cases and challenges to prison conditions, throughout the state. "I came to New Orleans as a young lawyer from the Northeast eager to make change and I was seduced by the dank and swampy and irremediable dysfunction of the place and the wit and sadness and the song people conjured up to deal with it. If I write poetry at all it’s because of the way living in Louisiana unlocked my suburban Jewish heart." She now lives and writes in Cambridge, Massachusetts.