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 25, young local poet Widner Florestal will be celebrating his first feature.
Widner Florestal was born in Haiti and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "People get into writing to find a voice," says Florestal,"or express themselves some do it as a way of liberation. Deliverance from their personal demons. Other do it as a way of worship I started writing as a way of coping with the loss of someone close to me."
He describes himself as Influenced "by almost everything and anything. Really. Life, story, music. My past experiences. From being out in the streets and having to sleep in hotel lobbies, in basements, on friends couches."
In his past seven years of writing, Florestal has performed his poetry by himeslef and with the Harvard based group Speak Out Loud. He has perfored his work in Harvard University, the Haley House and First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain. He is currently attending Quincy College for psychology, and business while putting together his first chapbook.