October 7th: D.A. "Da Butcha" Boucher 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 October 7th, we welcome the return of D.A. Boucher to Stone Soup's stage, with a special appearance by bassist Ethan Mackler.

Da Butcha rose from the ashes of, Art Fluff, Short Attention Span Poet, in the mid-nineties, born one Sunday night at the Poetry Jam, Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, Mass, the name coined by Jeff Robinson, from D. A. Boucher, who rose from the ashes of David Alan Boucher, who burned down in the mid-nineties during a vision quest for self.

Rebuilt using whatever parts were laying around at the time, Da Butcha, continues in the tradition begun by his predecessor, writing continuously about anything and everything, wholly addicted and consumed by Poetry, Da Butcha is Poetry Incarnate.  Da Butcha writes, writes, writey, writes, non-stop, anywhere, and he holds nothing sacred, attends the church of Sacred Nothingness, and will harpoon, lampoon, and take to the carpet any subject, from Politics to Life to Family to Sexuality to everything in between.

He began his egotistical attempt at the ever popular, 365/365 Poetry Challenge, after writing, 418 Pomes in 2012, and saying to himself, "huh, that was easy. I bet I could succeed at the, 365/365 Poetry Challenge", and ten months later, here he is, reading random selections from the project that continues his brand of irreverence and observation of the stupidities of life.

Da Butcha and Ethan Mackler have been bringing Poetry to life since 1997, when they met at Naked City, and have amazed and astounded audiences all over New England and New York City.

Ethan is an accomplished musician-multi-instrumentalist specializing in Bass Guitar and has performed with many bands over the years and accompanied Poets at Open Mics in Cambridge, Mass.

The two are known in underground circles as, Words and Music, the foundation blocks of high Culture, Da Butcha is called the King of Poetry and Ethan as Bass Master, and after tonight's reading you, the audience, will know why they are the best thing to happen to Poetry and Music since the ball point pen and ball strings.

Sit back, relax, listen, and enjoy the Poetic and Musical Styling of Da Butcha and Ethan Mackler, some times referred to as, Da Butcha 'shoppe...but, not tonight.

September 30: Infamous Somerville Bagel Bards to invade Stone Soup!

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 September 30th, Stone Soup celebrates another visit by the Bagel Bards.  Be sure to bring extra money to purchase their latest anthology.

The Bagel Bards were brought to life through discussion over breakfast by two area poetry icons, Doug Holder and Harris Gardner. Their anthology Bagel Bards #8 was edited by Zvi Sesling of Muddy River Poetry Review and boasts an amazing cover showcasing the art of the talented Irene Koronas. Between the covers the anthology does not disappoint and is filled with a host of well-known, well-published Boston area writers.

The Bagel Bards, who meet every Saturday morning at the Au Bon Pain in Davis Square, are an avante-garde group of writers who may or may not be considered “camp.” They will delight you with the reading of their work and with their witty camaraderie. You will not want to miss this group of wonderful, eclectic poets!


September 23: Bluu Kollar 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 September 23rd, Stone Soup welcomes Bluu Kollar to the podium with a feature hosted by former Cambridge Poet Populist Toni Bee.

From the state asylum to the stage Bluu Kollar harpoons every corruption. Lyrics lavish with trips to the other side, teachings of healing, and interracial love. Bluu Kollar is a fighter for people who choose to be good.


What Does This Have to Do With My Stone Soup Workshop?

Email me at chadpoetforhire@yahoo if you want an answer.  Oh, and want to workshop.


September 28th: Stone Soup Participates in 100 Thousand Poets for Change 2013

Stone Soup is helping to host another annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change event. In the wake of recent national and global events, we feel it's more important than ever to continue this forum. We will be holding it from 11:00 to 3:00 at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery.  We are planning to have an open mice with extended forums. Depending on the number of people in the audience, we will give you 10-15 minutes to feature your work. Less is fine.We will be filming for the 100 Thousand Poets for Change web site, and poet Joe Gouveia should be on hand to interview and record for his Provincetown radio show.

From the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Web site by Michael Rothenberg:

The first order of change is for poets, writers, musicians, artists, anybody, to actually get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world. This will change how we see our local community and the global community. We have all become incredibly alienated in recent years. We hardly know our neighbors down the street let alone our creative allies who live and share our concerns in other countries. We need to feel this kind of global solidarity. I think it will be empowering.

And of course there is the political/social change that many of us are talking about these days. There is trouble in the world. Wars, ecocide, the lack of affordable medical care, racism, the list goes on. We are only asking that local organize events about change within the guidelines of peace and sustainability.

It appears that transformation towards a more sustainable world is a major concern and could be a global guiding principle for this event. Peace also seems to be a common cause. War is not sustainable. There is an increasing sense that we need to move forward and stop moving backwards. But I am trying not to be dogmatic. I am hoping that together we can develop our ideas of the “change/transformation” we are looking for as a group, and that each community group will decide their own specific area of focus for change for their particular event.

We're also happy to announce that Joe Gouveia, host of the Poets Corner radio show out of WOMR-FM Provincetown, is planning to come to the event to record it and other poets for his show.

September 16th: Chad Parenteau 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 September 16th, Chad Parenteau will read from his new poetry collection as well as selections from the late founder of Stone Soup, Jack Powers, in honor of his recent birthday.

Chad Parenteau is the current host of the long-running Stone Soup Poetry reading series in Cambridge.  His latest book is Patron Emeritus from FootHills Publishing.


September 9th: Pre-Stone Soup Poetry Writing Workshop

I will be leading a workshop today on September 9th, to take place before Stone Soup Poetry from 6:00 PM to just before 8:00 PM at the Out of The Blue Gallery (or at the Au Bon Pain in Central Square if the weather is bad).

Please bring a poem of any form and style no more than 1-2 pages. Bring up to 10 copies of your poem to share with the group, and be prepared to share your thoughts on each others work. If you have trouble printing your work, you can email it to me before 5:00 Monday at chadpoetforhire@yahoo.com

Those unable to attend that are interested in future dates please email me or call me at 617-217-8038.


September 9: Ying Zhang 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 September 9th, Stone Soup has the pleasure of granting both a debut and farewell feature to poet Ying Zhang.

Born in China 1974, Ying Zhang quit high school at age of 17 in order to pursue his dream of becoming China's Hemingway. After successfully working as a headhunter (recruiter) with international executive search companies in Shanghai and Hong Kong for 10+ years, he resigned from business at age of 36 and in 2010 came to the US where he has been studying for 3 years including the most recent one year studying at IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts) in Santa Fe, NM and another year studying at Diné College (Navajo Tribal College) in Navajo Reservation, AZ.

The idea of studying and living with Native American peoples has been influenced by the biography of the French painter Gauguin which he read in his teen. He has never published any of his works even though more than 2,000 poems have been created by him since he started poetry writing at age of 10. Ying has just completed his Poetry Writing course at Harvard Summer School in the past summer break and is about will be returning to his home country on Sep 20th for good.