12/31/15

January 4: The Stone Soup Poetry Slam Returns



Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On January 4, we kick off it's first Stone Soup Poetry Slam of 2016.

The Deal: 12 poets, 3 rounds, 5 judges, and amazing poetry.

The booty (I meant bounty): There will be three cash prizes:

1st place gets you $75, 2nd place gets you $30 and 3rd place gets you $15 smackaroos!

If you think you got what it takes, then step to the Stone Soup Mic and just, just: Just Slam!!!

We will also have an open mic sign up list with 10 spots - PLEASE come early to ensure your spot on the list.

12/24/15

December 28: Tom Daley Features at Stone Soup

Photo by Devin Altobello

Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On December 28 Stone Soup bids farewell to 2015 with what promises to be a stellar reading by poet and instructor Tom Daley.

Tom Daley (the American writer, not the British Olympic diver!) has worked as a waiter, prep cook, dishwasher, and free school teacher. He spent over two decades repairing and retrofitting molds as a machinist in a factory where he practiced his very bad Spanish with patient co-workers from Central and Latin America. He now leads writing workshops in the Boston area and online for poets and writers working in creative prose. Recipient of the Dana Award in Poetry and the Charles and Fanny Fay Wood Prize from the Academy of American Poets, his poetry has appeared in Harvard Review, Massachusetts Review, 32 Poems, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Crazyhorse, Barrow Street, Rhino, Prairie Schooner, Witness, Poetry Ireland Review, Conte, and elsewhere. His poems have been anthologized in Hacks--10 Years on Grub Street, The Body Electric, Unlocking the Poem, Bagels with the Bards (No. 4), 20 Years at the Cantab, and "'Relentless' by Jeff Bezos" (Berfrois).

He is the author of two plays, Every Broom and Bridget--Emily Dickinson and Her Irish Servants and In His Ecstasy--The Passion of Gerard Manley Hopkins, which he performs now as one-man shows. During one performance of Every Broom and Bridget, he noticed that a row of audience members had stopped watching the play because they were too busy ticking off the poems and letter excerpts listed in the program as they were performed. He wanted to suggest that this wasn't the Emily Dickinson version of Bingo, but he held his tongue, unusually for a man who comes from a family that put the "pro" in "inappropriate."

As poet-in-residence at the Boston Center for Adult Education, he staged several poetry-performance galas, including "The Poetry Vaudeville Show." In one of the skits, the performers line up and distribute pieces to workshop (the hardest thing to do in a workshop!) to the frenetic pace of "The Typewriter." You can watch him on MeFeedia (http://www.mefeedia.com/channel/6224/episodes/3-look for "Tom Daley @BCAE") play his Irish great-great grandmother Shanahan denouncing the American habit of chilling beer and the obnoxious practice of ending an encounter with "Have a nice day!" in another gala at the BCAE.

12/4/15

December 21: DANIELLE LEGROS GEORGES at the Stone Soup SOUP'ed Up Holiday Party


Photo by Priscilla Harmel.


FEATURE GOES ON EARLY. GET TO THE GALLERY EARLY


Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On December 21, Stone Soup partners with the Society of Urban Poets to bring you a holiday party that  begins with a reading from Boston's newest Poet Laureate, Danielle Legros Georges.

Danielle Legros Georges, the current Poet Laureate of the City of Boston, is a professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division of Lesley University. She also teaches in the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences summer Writer’s Workshop, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her poems have been widely anthologized, and recent essays of hers have appeared in Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences and Writing in America (ed. Abayomi Animashaun) and Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond (eds. Kendahl Radcliffe and Jennifer Scott). She is the author of the volume of poems Maroon. A second book of poems, The Dear Remote Nearness of You, is forthcoming from Barrow Street in 2016. 


11/23/15

December 14: Dexter Garcia Features at Stone Soup



Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On December 14, we welcome Dexter Garcia to her first Stone Soup feature.
Dexter Garcia is a spoken word artist deeply involved in her home community of Lynn as a former member of and a Co-coach for the RAW elements Slam team and as one of the main organizers of the City of Slam's first event. She is working on her first book, a compilation of poems titled "For Blackmail". She has performed at some amazing events such as 2014 World Aids Day Boston and The American Voice 2015.

December 7: Neiel Israel Features at Stone Soup



Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On December 7, we will welcome established performance poet and Lizard Lounge team member Neiel Israel to start off the final month of 2015 in style.

Neiel Israel is an internationally acclaimed poet, vocalist, performer and arts educator. Emerging from the Boston spoken‐word scene, she quickly distinguished herself as a powerful, and lyrical poetic voice. With her captivating voice she became a member of the Lizard Lounge National Poetry Slam Team 2011‐2015; as well as the Lizard Lounge Representative for 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Neiel has a B.A. in English, and graduated with honors, from University of Massachusetts Boston.

November 30: Angelica Maria Aguilera Features at Stone Soup

 
 
Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On November 30, we enjoy some post-holiday relief with multiple Stone Soup Poetry Slam finalist Angelica Maria Aguilera finally taking the feature spot.

Angelica Maria Aguilera is a 20 year old mixed Latina from Los Angeles California. After high school, she left for half a year to travel and teach English in Peru. Afterwards, began a year of service as a core member for City Year in Boston. Currently is working as a design intern at Danger!Awesome in Cambridge and as a freelance artist.
 

11/12/15

November 23: Porsha Olayiwola Features at Stone Soup


Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On November 23, we are grateful to have "triple crown" poetry slam competition winner visit our venue.

Porsha Olayiwola is the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and the 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. Black, poet, dyke-goddess, hip-hop feminist, womanist, friend: Porsha separates herself from the field of issue-based performance poets by applying advanced political analysis to examine injustice while providing perspective on concrete solutions A native of Chicago, Porsha now resides in Boston where she writes and teaches.

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November 16: Deta Galloway Features at Stone Soup



Deta Galloway was born in Kingston in the Jamaica West Indies. She emigrated to America eighteen rs of age to live with American husband and study medicine. She is educated in professional nursing, human services and management, and currently specializes in behavioral nursing.

Her art life has been a central focus of her emotional and spiritual development. It has been a driving force in the way she has practiced Nursing and cared for families from all walks of life, It is healing, compassion, and empowerment throughout the life stages. She has lived and traveled deeply into the Southern States and lived for the last eighteen years in Georgia.

Deta began writing poetry at thirteen and has been published in several anthologies and journals. She has performed with poets such as Etheridge Knight, Josephine Miles, Galway Kinnell, M. S. Merwin, Hayden Carruth, Gwendolyn Brooks, Yusef K, Brother Blue, Tom Oleary, and Elizabeth Mckim.and others. She has read her work for numerous radio station including Radio Jamaica, (Subsidiary of the BBC). Her artwork has been exhibited and collected in museums both in the United States and Africa.

11/9/15

November 9: Mignon Ariel King Features at Stone Soup


Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On November 9, we welcome back Mignon Ariel King, who has just published her anthology Tell-Tale Inklings #1.

Mignon Ariel King is a third-generation New Englander who has never lived outside of Massachusetts.  She writes narrative poetry, memoir, and short fiction.  Ms. King holds a Master of Arts in English degree from Simmons College (for Women).  She is the publisher of Tell-Tale Chapbooks and Hidden Charm Press.  Four parts of her autobiographical pentalogy are available on Amazon.

10/27/15

November 2: Stone Soup Poetry Slam


Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts.On November 2, the Stone Soup Poetry Slam happens for the last time in 2015. Be in the audience and look for news of the first Stone Soup Poetry Slam in 2016.

Here we go again Stone Soup Poetry Slam! Where slam poets get together and show us what they got! You be the judge to see if they got what it takes to win the first place $75 cash prize!! "So you think you can SLAM!"

10/21/15

October 26: Navah the Buddaphliii Features at Stone Soup


Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts.On October 26, our celebration of the Society of Urban Poets concludes with the retrun of SOUP member Navah the Buddaphliii.

Navah the Buddaphliii (born Crystal Beck) is a Spoken Word Artist and a native of the South End of Boston. She has be in the game for over 17 years and has written some of the craftiest spoken word poetry. In 2001 Tru Magazine called her one of the strongest lyrist in Boston. Navah is a captivating performer and has performed all over Boston and Cambridge form every open Mic to the Big Stage of major venues. Her work continues to appear in venues such as Oddball Magazine and Stone's Throw.

In 2014 she joined forces with the collective poetry team call Society of Urban Poetry. She is also is the founder of Simply Poetry, which helps to showcase the most talented Poets in Boston. Navah is a big supporter of the Stone Soup family and is the creator of the Stone Soup Poetry Slam which is held every two Months at Out of the Blue Art Gallery.October 26: Navah the Buddaphliii Features at Stone Soup.

10/18/15

October 19: Hannah Brown Features at Stone Soup



Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts.On October 19, Hannah Brown, after being able to draw a crowd during post blizzard conditions, Hannah Brown returns during under more pleasant conditions to entertain us once again.

Hannah Brown is a Boston-based poet and spoken word artist. She has been writing since age 10, finding agency and voice through poetry. After graduating from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, she returned to Boston and began performing regularly in 2014. She has been a featured performer at several events and venues throughout Boston and Cambridge, including If You Can Feel It, You Can Speak It, Stone Soup and the Art & Noise exposition. She performed and spoken at Boston University’s Urban Engagement forum for incoming students in 2015. She was a speaker and performer on the Capable Poets forum at the 2015 Massachusetts Poetry Festival and her work has been published in Oddball Magazine and Stone’s Throw. She is a member of the collective Society of Urban Poetry, a group that strives to produce and support both written and performance poetry. SOUP is particularly focused on poetry that acts as a vehicle for discourse and education on matters such as identity, community and social justice. Hannah believes that poetry gives voice to closed throats, and sees it as a life-saving force for writer/performer and reader/listener alike. Hannah is now living in Boston, performing and teaching.

10/6/15

October 12: Jeannie Nunes Features at Stone Soup


Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts.On October 12, we welcome SOUP member and recent Stone Soup Poetry Slam winner Jeannie Nunes.

Jeannie Nunes was born and raised in Boston. The first in her family to have been born here in the US. She's a full time office administrator/student/mom by day and a kinda/sorta superhero by night. She's been writing for a long time, but just recently joined the ranks of poet behind the Mic. Shes also the newest member of the Boston based poetry collective The Society of Urban Poetry aka SOUP. She likes long walks in the park and doing dope things with dope people.


9/13/15

October 5: The SOUPed Up Beat Poetry Festival


Hosts: The Society of Urban Poetry & Stone Soup Presents
Who Are We Hosting: TBD
When: Monday, October 5th 7PM-10PM
What: International Beat Poetry Festival
Why? What's BEAT you say?

Beat poetry evolved during the 1940s in both New York City and on the west coast, although San Francisco became the heart of the movement in the early 1950s. The end of World War II left poets like Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gregory Corso questioning mainstream politics and culture. These poets would become known as the Beat generation, a group of writers interested in changing consciousness and defying conventional writing. The Beats were also closely intertwined with poets of the San Francisco Renaissance movement, such as Kenneth Rexroth and Robert Duncan.

The battle against social conformity and literary tradition was central to the work of the Beats. Among this group of poets, hallucinogenic drugs were used to achieve higher consciousness, as was meditation and Eastern religion. Buddhism especially was important to many of the Beat poets; Snyder and Ginsberg both intensely studied this religion and it figured into much of their work.

Ginsberg's first book, Howl and Other Poems, is often considered representative of the Beat poets. In 1956 Ferlinghetti's press City Lights published Howl and Ferlinghetti was brought to trial the next year on charges of obscenity. In a hugely publicized case, the judge ruled that Howl was not obscene and brought national attention to Ginsberg and the Beat poets.

Besides publishing the Pocket Poets Series, Ferlinghetti also founded the legendary San Francisco bookstore City Lights. Still in operation today, City Lights is an important landmark of Beat generation history. Several of the surrounding streets have been renamed after Beat poets as well, commemorating their important contribution to the cultural landscape of San Francisco.

Other Beat poets included Diane di Prima, Neal Cassady, Anne Waldman, and Michael McClure. Although William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac are often best remembered for works of fiction such as Naked Lunch and On the Road, respectively, they also wrote poetry and were very much part of the Beats as well; Kerouac is said to have coined the term "Beat generation," describing the down-and-out status of himself and his peers during the post-war years.


FEATURES




Venus de Mars is a Minneapolis-based multidisciplinary artist and musician, best known as a singer-songwriting transgender rock star and leader of the band All the Pretty Horses. H/ir most recent album "Flesh and Wire" (acoustic) was produced by longtime collaborator Barb Morrison (Debbie Harry, Rufus Wainwright, Scissor Sisters, etc.). De Mars is the recipient of multiple grants and awards, among them a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, a Bush Fellowship, and a Minnesota Music Award. 


Lynette Reini-Grandell's first collection of poetry, Approaching the Gate, won the 2015 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for poetry. Her work has appeared in Poetry City USA, It’s Animal but Merciful, Poetry Motel, and Revolver, among others. Her work is part of a permanent art installation (with Venus de Mars) in room 5D of the Carlton Arms Hotel in Manhattan, and she has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Finlandia Foundation. In Minneapolis, she performs regularly with the Bosso Poetry Company, a subsidiary of Bosso Enterprises, theoretically based in Big Lever, Wyoming.



Jonathan J. Joseph: human poet, vessel of truth, an artist who naturally discovered Out of The Blue, while walking past it on what seemed to be a random moment during an ordinary Monday last year, but fortunately as life would have it, this crossed path opened him into the cradle from which his experience on the open mic sprang up and grew with the energy that circulates through us all. Each words represents a morsel of love brought together to form the bold pieces which are given a place in existence to thrive through oral recitation and individual reading across the world.

9/12/15

September 28: Open Mic/Workshop Tonight at Stone Soup Poetry


Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On September 28, WORKSHOP DAY!
 
With the cancelation of this Monday's feature, and this months rent obtained, we're doing something different. Be in the audience by 7:00 PM to participate in the open mic and bring 5-10 copies of a poem you would like to workshop. We will hold the workshop in one of the sofa sections of the gallery as Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery & More​ prepares for a last minute fundraiser. Profits made from tonight will go towards the gallery's fundraiser. 


9/11/15

September 21: Ryk McIntyre Features at Stone Soup




Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On September 21, we welcome back long-time performance poet Ryk McIntyre to Stone Soup's podium.

Ryk McIntyre has been a legendary presence on the New England poetry scene for decades. Which is to say, he is rarely photographed and not everyone is convinced he really exists. He has toured extensively around the continental United States and Canada, appearing on stages as varied as NYC’s New School, Portsmouth NH’s Music Hall, Lollapalooza and the very first “Legends of The Slam” Showcase, at the National Poetry Slam in 2006 in Austin, TX. He has also appeared at countless poetry venues, festivals and house parties. He has been published widely, most notably, in The Worcester Review, Off the Coast, Short Fuse- An Anthology of New Fusion Poets, Drunks in a Midnight Choir, Multi-verse - A collection of Super Hero poems, and Aim for the Head - An Anthology of Zombie Poetry.

September 14: Gordon Marshall Features at Stone Soup


Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On September 14, we welcome back poet, author and founder of the Jack Powers Stone Soup Savor Poetry Prize, Gordon Marshall.

Gordon Marshall has made a life of shaking up orthodoxies, which defines his career as a poet. Nothing is ever stable in his world, except through continuous chain. It is this continuum, he believes, in which we live, the essence and origin and end of poetry. Gordon Marshall lives in Boston.

9/5/15

September 10: Come to The Emerge Arts Festival

The new Emerge Boston Arts Festival is a one-day celebration on September 10, 2015 of local arts and culture showcasing regional and national talent all in the setting of Boston’s architecturally iconic City Hall. Emerge Boston will feature visual art, video art, music, dance, poetry, and performance art. The evening will kick off with the awarding of the Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Awards and the opening of the accompanying exhibition. It continues with an exciting performance line up: singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell, City of Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges hosting S.O.U. P. aka Society of Urban Poetry, Percussionist and founder of Kadence Arts Maria Finkelmeier, and a sneak peek at Daniel Beaty's new play Mr. Joy. In addition, local working artist/vendors will be selling their works including jewelry, prints, ceramics.

The juried exhibition in City Hall will run for the entire month with 30 works of art from Boston’s emerging artists. 2015 is the inaugural year of the Fay Chandler Award for emerging artists, in loving memory of the artist and philanthropist with support from the Chandler Family. Daniel Beaty’s work Mr. Joy is part of his play cycle reflecting on transforming pain into power, featuring actress Tangela Large, which debuts at Arts Emerson on September 22nd.


Everyone is invited to this new free festival on Thursday September 10 from 5:00 to 10:30 pm at Boston City Hall.

8/27/15

September 7: Stone Soup Poetry Slam!


Our 1st and 2nd slam was a bit o' a success! So come and join us for Stone Soup's 3rd Poetry Slam @ Out of The Blue Gallery located at 541 Mass Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139 right at the Central Square Red Line Train Station.

Advanced Tickets: 7
Tickets at the Door: 10


Order your tickets early!



The Deal: 12 poets, 3 rounds, 5 judges, and amazing poetry.

The booty (I meant bounty): There will be three cash prizes:

1st place gets you $75, 2nd place gets you $30 and 3rd place gets you $15 smackaroos!

If you think you got what it takes, then step to the Stone Soup Mic and just, just: Just Slam!!

We will also have an open mic sign up list with 10 spots - PLEASE come early to ensure your spot on the list.

August 31: Petrina Skyy Features at Stone Soup




Moving forward, Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On August 31, we say goodbye to the spirit of summer and prepare for the changes that come next month with one more summer celebration by giving a debut feature to poet Petrina Skyy.

Petrina Skyy is a poet and dancer born in Boston currently hanging in the south shore. Her favorite authors include Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Zora kneel Hurston, and Edwidge Danticat. "I pretty much enjoy books that bring me closer to understanding my history and identity."  She has performed her work on open mics at the Milky Way, the Cantab Lounge, Haley House, Stone Soup, the Salem State open mic, the Umass Boston open mic, and the Lizard Lounge. As a dancer she performed African and Haitian dance with the group Arc-en-cie at the Hyde Park Community Center.


7/27/15

August 24: David R. Surette Features at Stone Soup




Moving forward, Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On August 24, we conclude our summer session with the welcome return of David R. Surette, who is celebrating the release of his fourth full-length poetry collection.

David R. Surette’s new book of poetry is Stable, selected and new poems that feature the animals who have blessed his life. He is the author of four other collections: Wicked Hard, The Immaculate Conception Mothers‘ Club, Young Gentlemen’s School and Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep In which earned Highly Recommended status at the 8th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards. . He teaches English and coaches varsity hockey at East Bridgewater High School. He lives in South Easton, Massachusetts.

August 17: Alfred A. Zuñiga Features at Stone Soup



Moving forward, Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On August 17, we head closer to the end of our summer series with a feature by a poet who deserves wider recognition, Alfred A. Zuñiga.

Several years ago, Alfred participated in Somerville Open Studios to debut a collection of works titled Modest Machinations of An Intrepid Insomniac. From that point on he discovered a new world in poetry: Wednesday nights at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, advanced workshops with poet Tom Daley,the  Poetry Salon with Ron Goba (a serendipitous reunion, as Ron had been a teacher at his high school). This led to the recent publication of his first pieces, “The Sea, Parts 1, 2 and 3” in Crow Point Living Magazine by N2 Publishing earlier this year.

His early work was raw and a bit naïve (at the time obsessed with rhyming), but his poetry has since flourished under Tom’s tutelage, and through sharing with a diverse community of poets and friends. There is a constant reminder posted over his desk, written in beautiful calligraphy: “A poem is an event, not the record of an event.”

Alfred is a Fine Art Handler for an art transportation company based in Boston, Massachusetts. He has a BA in Animation and Film Theory from University of Massachusetts at Boston. He lives in Dedham with his wife, Beth, and their two French bulldogs and cat.

7/22/15

August 10: Mary Ann Honaker Features at Stone Soup




Moving forward, Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On July 20,  On August 10,we welcome North Shore poet Mary Ann Honaker, who will be reading from her long awaited chapbook collection.

Mary Ann Honaker holds a B.A. in philosophy from West Virginia University, a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and is currently a student in the Creative Writing MFA program at Lesley University. She has previously published poetry in many online and print magazines, including Euphony, Caveat Lector, Off the Coast, Zig Zag Folios, Van Gogh's Ear, The Lake, and Oddball Magazine. Her first chapbook, It Will Happen Like This, is available now from YesNo Press of Salem. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts.

7/21/15

August 3: Emilio Phoenicio Features at Stone Soup



Moving forward, Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On August 3, we welcome Emilio Phoenicio, who will be reading from his latest collection Living Breathing Poem.

Emilio Phoenicio, recently completed his Master's of Divinity at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology this May. A deeply spiritual person, he loves laughing and making others laugh.
"However," he says, "my humor does not come out in my poetry, which is more intense. I have a deep care for others and wishe to have an authentic impact on others."  A man who discovered his penchant with words over two years ago and is grateful for it, he believes inward reflection  "is a necessity for my existence. Art has helped me with the longest journey in life which is from head to heart."

7/20/15

July 27: ROADPOET K. Peddlar Bridges Features at Stone Soup




Moving forward, Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On July 20, On July 27, biker poetry is once again added to our summer schedule with the return of motorcycle poet K. Peddlar Bridges as part of the Roadpoet Fortnight event this July


K. Peddlar Bridges is a prolific and persistent talent, one of the founders of the Biker Poetry movement. Peddlar is a well recognized, unique voice currently living on the North Shore of Boston. The Roadpoet Fortnight is his brain child, and debuted in July, 2013. In addition to being a regular at many poetry venues, he also hosts RoadPoet Café, on ICAM, (the Ipswich Cable access station) and is working on a new collection of works about the poetic heritage of Gloucester.

7/16/15

July 20: A night of song lyrics and poetry With Lo Galluccio at Stone Soup



Moving forward, Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On July 20, Stone Soup welcomes recent (and  hopefully not the final) Cambridge Poet Populist Lo Galluccio, who promises song, spoken word, and her own innovation of an open mic grab bag.

Lo Galluccio is a poet/prose-writer and vocal artist whose work has appeared in Literary Kicks,  Heat City Literary Review, Abramalin magazine, Night, the Home Anthology of Eden Waters Press, Lungfull Magazine!, Wilderness House Literary Review and The Audience Review, among others. In 2008, Cervena Barva Press released her prose-poem memoir, Sarasota VII and she appeared in Heide Hatry’s collection, Heads and Tales on Charta Books. In the summer of 2009, Propaganda Press published another chapbook called, Terrible Baubles. She has two albums on CD Baby: Being Visited  and Spell on You. She’s been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes in Poetry and read at The Somerville Arts Festival and St. Mark's Marathon Day Reading in NYC, among many other venues. Her first poetry chapbook Hot Rain, along with Sarasota VII and Terrible Baubles are all available at The Grolier Bookstore in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. Lo just finished serving as the 4th Poet Populist of Cambridge.

7/11/15

July 13: Stone Soup Poetry Slam!


Our first slam was a bit o' a success! So come and join us for Stone Soup's 2nd Poetry Slam @ Out of The Blue Gallery located at 541 Mass Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139 right at the Central Square Red Line Train Station.

*This JUST in! Someone actually threw a stone in the soup! (Thanks Chad -_- ) We will be having a Micro Feature PROMPTLY at 7PM. Chad will host as Yuri Hospodar returns to Stone Soup in all the hot noodle glory that one can muster up after a 20 year absence. Yuri Hospodar, in a previous incarnation, had poems included in New York Quarterly, Stone Soup Poetry Quarterly, Boog City, and most likely a few other magazines, as well as appearing in An Anthology of New (American) Poets and online journals such as Shampoo. He moved to Australia and became antipodean in 2007; he is slowly reawakening and becoming reacquainted with words and such.

The Deal: 12 poets, 3 rounds, 5 judges, and amazing poetry.

The booty (I meant bounty): There will be three cash prizes:

1st place gets you $75, 2nd place gets you $30 and 3rd place gets you $15 smackaroos!

If you think you got what it takes, then step to the Stone Soup Mic and just, just: Just Slam!!

6/29/15

July 6: Colin Killick Features at Stone Soup

Photo by Marshall Goff
Moving forward, Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On July 6,Colin Killick features at Stone Soup for the first time.

Colin Killick is a poet and community organizer based in Somerville, MA. His work has been published in FreezeRay and Oddball Magazine, and he's featured at venues across MA and RI including The Lizard Lounge, If You Can Feel It,You Can Speak It, and theMassArt Poetry Alliance. When not performing poetry, he advocates for the civil rights of people with disabilities, and obsesses needlessly over the wording and tone of his bio.

6/8/15

June 29: Ron Goba Features at Stone Soup


Moving forward, Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On June 29, we are thrilled to host the return of poet, teacher and former doorman to The Cantab open mic, Ron Goba.

Ron Goba is the author of such collections as The Music Box, The Custom of Quoting Someone, and Collage As Silkscreen. For several years, he was known as the doorman for the weekly Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab. In 2011, he released Swan Song, a small collection of poems, to coincide with his reading at the Cantab on the eve of his birthday. In 2012, his work was included in Songs of Innocence and Sam Adams, a collection of poems co-authored by Prabakar T. Rajan. This year, Ron has featured at Arts at The Armory and The Cantab Lounge reading poems created specifically for each event. This June, he will be performing poems specifically created for Stone Soup Poetry.

June 22: PunQrose Features



Moving forward, Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On June 22, be in the audience for PunQrose, who will be having her debut feature at Stone Soup.

PunQrose was seeded and watered in Boston, MA. She has always had an unquenched thirst for social justice and peace for all living beings. As a young, black womyn, she has been granted with both a gift and a curse as she sees the world from the bottom and to left of the spectrum. She lives for all of the other afro-punks, misfits, outcasts, the awkward and for those who stay woke. She is a hopeless romantic who believes in everlasting love. She is a certified crazy cat lady who would rather be a cat mom than a human mom. She loves good herb, hot beverages, cute socks that don’t match, and the colors purple and turquoise are her favorite. She practices Nichiren Bhuddism as she believes all humans have the innate capacity to reach their greatest potential. Stalk her on instagram @punqros3.

June 15: Ralph Pennel Features at Stone Soup



Moving forward, Stone Soup Poetry meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On June 15, we will be visited by Ralph Pennel.
 
Ralph Pennel is the author of A World Less Perfect for Dying In, published by Cervena Barva Press. His writing has appeared in The Cape Rock, Ropes, Open to Interpretation, Ibbetson Street, The Smoking Poet, Unbound Press, Monologues From the Road, Right Hand Pointing, and various other journals in the U.S. and abroad. He has also published reviews with Rain Taxi Review of Books.  Ralph teaches literature for Bunker Hill Community College and poetry at Bentley University. He has been a guest lecturer at Emerson College and served as the judge for the 2013, WLP Dean’s Prize for Emerson. He is a founding editor and the fiction editor for the online literary magazine, Midway Journal (www.midwayjournal.com), published out of St. Paul, Minnesota. Ralph Pennel lives and writes in Somerville, Massachusetts, and was a finalist for the Poet Laureate of Somerville in 2014.

REMEMBER NEW TIME: June 8: Extended Open Mic at Stone Soup

In the past, Stone Soup Poetry has met from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. 

As of June 1st, Stone Soup now meets at the gallery at the new time of 7-9 PM. 

Tonight, on June 8, we will have an extended open mic, with our first June feature scheduled for June 15.  More information to come soon.

Visit the Stone Soup web site: http://stonesouppoetry.blogspot.com/

5/31/15

June 1: Stone Soup Poetry Slam

 NEW TIME!

Stone Soup Poetry meets tonight from 7-9 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts. On June 1, we welcome the first slam Stone Soup has sponsored in almost two decades.

Come and join us Stone Soup's first Poetry Slam @ Out of The Blue Gallery located at 541 Mass Ave. Cambridge, MA right at the Central Square Red Line Train Station.

The Deal: 12 poets, 3 rounds, 5 judges, and amazing poetry. There will be a $50.00 cash prize.

If you think you got what it takes, then step to the Stone Soup Mic and just, just: Just Slam!!

5/22/15

May 25: A Tribute to Lawrence Carradini by Meg Smith

Stone Soup Poetry meets tonight from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts On May 25, Meg Smith celebrates the life of fellow poet and husband, the late Lawrence Carradini.
Lawrence Carradini was a scientist, poet, and longtime resident of Lowell, Massachusetts. The author of Burning Heads, he joined the board of directors of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!, which plans a festival each year in honor of Lowell-born writer Jack Kerouac. For six years, he served as the organization’s board president. He passed away in May 2014. As we celebrate Stone Soup's anniversary this May, we mark his passing as May comes to a close.




Meg Smith writes and publishes poetry, fiction, articles, essays, and arts and entertainment reviews. She is the editor of Red Eft, a publication of speculative literature and art and for four years was editor and publisher of The Banshee, a zine based in Lowell, Mass. honored by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

She frequently appears at poetry readings throughout the area and have hosted numerous open mics and have produced several literary events -- including events combining my passion for literature and Middle Eastern dance.

She served for 14 years on the planning committee and board of directors of the annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! festival honoring Lowell, Mass. author and native son Jack Kerouac.

Visit the Poet's web site.


5/18/15

May 18: Extended Open Mic at stone Soup

 
In the past, Stone Soup Poetry has met from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. Beginning June 1st, Stone Soup will be meeting at the gallery at the new time of 7-9 PM. Because there was some question of Stone Soup attending the gallery, a feature was not scheduled tonight.

On June 1, Stone Soup will be hosting a well-attended slam night. We urge those who have not attended Stone Soup before to come tonight to get acquainted with the gallery tonight on May 18. More shows will be added in the coming days.

5/8/15

May 11: Chad Parenteau Features



Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On May 11, long-time Stone Soup host Chad Parenteau will read from a selection of his "Jesus Poems" manuscript, many of which have not be seen or heard.

Chad Parenteau is a poet living in Boston.  He hosts the weekly Stone Soup Poetry series in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  His book, Patron Emeritus, was released from FootHills Publishing in June of 2013. He has had work recently published in Amethyst Arsenic and the anthology Uncommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning and Living. He serves as Associate editor to the online journal Oddball Magazine, recently taking a part co-hosting the Oddball Show podcast.

4/27/15

May 4: Toni Bee Features

Photo by Selena Brooks-Yard

Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On May 4, Stone Soup celebrates its forty-fourth anniversary beginning with a much anticipated feature by former Cambridge Poet Populist Toni Bee.

Toni Bee is a poet, photographer, and one of the founders of Black Lives Matter in Cambridge. The community advocate and mother was the first elected female Poet Populist for the City of Cambridge (2011-2013) She received the 2011 YWCA Cambridge Outstanding Woman Award.

Bee led the Black Lives Matter in Cambridge march along with co-founders and teen leaders in January 2015. She served on the board of directors from 2013-2015 at Cambridge Community Television - after years of being a Neighbor Media journalist at the television station.
https://www.cctvcambridge.org/user/tonibee

Since 2012, Toni has been a story teller and poetry facilitator involved with (CPAC) Citi Performing Arts Center; for one year as the Community Artist Fellow and every summer since as a City Spotlights Spoken Word Teaching Artist.

4/22/15

April 27: Jonathan J. Joseph Features



 
Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On April 27, Stone Soup brings a close to National Poetry Month by featuring open mic regular Jonathan J. Joseph.


Jonathan J. Joseph: human poet, vessel of truth, an artist who naturally discovered Out of The Blue, while walking past it on what seemed to be a random moment during an ordinary Monday last year, but fortunately as life would have it, this crossed path opened him into the cradle from which his experience on the open mic sprang up and grew with the energy that circulates through us all. Each words represents a morsel of love brought together to form the bold pieces which are given a place in existence to thrive through oral recitation and individual reading across the world. This featured performance shall be no different, as Jonathan who casually goes by Johnny, is prepared to deliver simple words with exceptional emotion that is going to make April 27th, 2015 quite a nite to remember.

3/29/15

April 20: Liza Zayas Features


Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On April 20, we welcome poet, singer and songwriter Liza Zayas.

Raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Liza Zayas is a lover of writing and dancing and celebrates both as a singer and songwriter performing as Luna del Flor. Writing out scenarios since the age of 13, she has been reading her poetry on stages for over 15 years. Songwriting and delivering her lyrics over music came shortly thereafter.

She has 5 released singles to date and works with other artists as a songwriter or vocalist. Behind the entertainment scenes, Liza produces dance and performance events while also collaborating with others for large-scale events serving as a promoter, stage manager, event coordinator, talent coordinator, hostess or performer. She has co-founded parties in Boston and has performed in venues as a singer, DJ or poet in the great cities of Lawrence, Boston, Cambridge, Providence, Brooklyn, Detroit, Montreal and Tampa.

You can hear her collaborative sounds at this page and experience life through her storytelling at her tumblr page. She invites you to dance at here. Her poetry seeks to initiate dialogue by intentionally expressing consequences of love, lust, ego and self-respect.

April 13: L.U.C.C.I., Features



Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On April 13, we feature the return of performance poet L.U.C.C.I.

His name is L.U.C.C.I., which stands for Listening, Understanding, Caring, Considering, Inquiring. He is a Pactormedian (poet, actor, comedian). He is a Gothic, Hip-Hoppin', Hippie-Punk. He intends to make positive change while entertaining in the process. He is from Metro Detroit, MI, lived in Cleveland, TN, Cartersville, GA, Daytona Beach, FL and now Jamaica Plain in Boston MA. He has a heart for social justice, a fascination with characters and their stories, and a fulfilling feeling of helping somebody smile, laugh, cry, think differently or feel appreciated who may have needed it. He writes about himself and his experiences, he writes character pieces to impersonate whether the characters were created by him or not and he writes for those who sometimes may not have a voice. His work centers around a simple idea: PEACE N LOVE. He believes if there was more of this in the world, it would be a better place. He intends to help bring it closer to that place. It's not a cliché; it's a goal.

He has a CD entitled, "My Name Is L.U.C.C.I." with 15 poems for $3-$5.

He has been published in Oddball Magazine and featured on the shows The Minority Men and The Point Of Entry.

He helps support The Blue Rose Amazing WoMen Poetry Showcase, is part of A  Spoken Word Flash Mob, and had a role in the Elijah Starr film, "Supa Dupa".

He is the creator of the Facebook group, "A.W.E. - Art Without Ego", a group for local artists of all talents to have a place to display their art, promote their events, and support each other at their own will.

He has been featured at community events and venues such as Haley House, Stone Soup, GRAB THE MIC, R&B Poetry Slam, The Listening Party, ALL EYEZ ON ME POETRY, B.T.S. (Boston Talent Showcase), Quality & Soul, Lizard Lounge, Liquid Elements, It's Bigger Than Hip Hop Movement, Weirdstock 2011, One Hundred Thousand Poets For Change and more.

Feel free to follow him and contact him at his art page www.Facebook.com/LUCCI1985, his personal page atwww.Facebook.com/lucci85or follow his twitter @LUCCI5785. He is always available for questions, feedback and/or discussions about anything. He networks and associates with everyone so feel free to come up to him at any time. He loves meeting new people.

April 6: SOUP Presents A Benefit for DiDi Delgado at Stone Soup Poetry


Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery, now at its new location at 541 Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square Cambridge, Massachusetts with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On April 6, Stone Soup enters National Poetry Month by inviting all of you to attend our fundraiser involving a multitude of poets coming together for the benefit of DiDi Delgado.

DiDi Delgado is passionate and hardworking. She puts so much energy and love into others through her activism, poetry, friendships, and genuine care for humans.

DiDi is a dedicated humanist. Her love for her friends, family, and her people resonate through everything she does. Whether she advocating for POC inclusion in arts and culture, convening a political meeting, or simply reaching out to people to provide emotional support and affirmation, DiDi's dedication to others is so clear. Her heart and love for others can be seen with every move she makes.

Born with Third-Degree Atrioventricular Block, DiDi has never let her condition slow her down or prevent her from giving all of herself to others. Although at the age of 16, she received a pacemaker to save her life, she has unfortunately had to have several surgeries within the past 12 years to support her quality of life. Why so many surgeries when the battery is only supposed to be replaced every 10 years? As many of you know, she has excelled in weightloss, then struggled with it. The doctor's have all recommended she undergo the gastric sleeve to improve the rewards instead of constantly being subjected to the risks, such as yet another pacemaker implant. DiDi is scheduled to undergo surgery on April 13, 2015 and will be out of work for 6-8 weeks.

Always authentic, generous, and honest; DiDi needs our help now to ensure her a long happy healthy life. We've helped her calculate her expenses for the two month period she will be out of work and we are asking that you please help us support her in this endeavor.

Donating whatever you can is the least anyone can do for someone who does so much for everyone else; but specifically supporting DiDi's recovery is supporting liberation for all people.

You can send donations through Paypal email: cholacoquetola@gmail.com and the GoFundMe link to donate is here.

Performers for April 6 Include:

* Former Cambridge Poet Populist Toni Bee
* Somerville Poet Laureate Nicole Terez Dutton
* Dorchester Poet Extraordinaire Liam Day
* Flatline Poetry's Kaleigh O'Keefe Heinhold & Lewis Reginald Morris
* WOWPS Qualifier Tru Kwene
* The Beautiful and EXTREMELY captivating Randyl Jonette
* UMass Creative Writing Program Alex Quilon

... SOUP Poets Hannah Brown & Crystal Beck duh.

* Artists Tara Ozella & TJ Edson doing live art.

And more to be announced.