July 19th: Michael Mack 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 July 19th, we feature poet and playwright Michael Mack, fresh from a performance in Washington, DC.

Poet, playwright, and performer Michael Mack served in the US Air Force before graduating from the Writing Program at MIT.

His poems have appeared in America, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Cumberland Poetry Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Southern Poetry Review. They have aired on National Public Radio and were anthologized in Best Catholic Writing.

Awards include an Artist's Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, First Prize in the National Writers Circle Poetry Competition, and an Eloranta Fellowship, which funded a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre for the Arts in Ireland.

Mack has performed in venues as diverse as the US Library of Congress, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the Columbia Festival of the Arts, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Austin International Poetry Festival, and Off-Off-Broadway at the Times Square Arts Center.

His solo play Hearing Voices (Speaking in Tongues) explores his mother's life with schizophrenia, and he has performed it nationwide both in theatrical settings and for consumers and providers of mental health services. These have included McLean Hospital, the national conference of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and for faculty and students of the Harvard Medical School.

Visit Michael Mack's website.