July 11th: Brandon Amico and Derek Avila

Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery (located on 106 Prospect Street in Cambridge) with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. On July 11th, we have the pleasure of featuring young writers from northern New England on tour, Brandon Amico and Derek Avila.

Brandon Amico is a writer from Manchester, NH who hates writing bios but strangely enjoys talking about himself in the third person. His first chapbook, Sleepwalking, was published by Sargent Press in May 2011. He is frequently referred to by his friends as "that guy who won't shut up about poetry" or for short, "that guy who won't shut up." His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in a handful of literary magazines, including Northern New England Review, Borderline, and Midwest Literary Magazine. Brandon is a business student at the University of New Hampshire, where he is an editor of the school's literary magazine, Aegis, and has spent a semester abroad in Japan.

Derek Avila has been performing his writing for a little over two years now. In that time he has been a selected regional champion for the Poetry Out Loud competition, a finalist for the NH nationals team, Slam Free or Die, and will have a chapbook released through Sargent Press when money isn't so rare.