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.