In 1971, Stone Soup started in the Beacon Hill area of Boston. For much of its forty-seven years of existence, Stone Soup has existed outside of Boston. This month we returned to Boston to celebrate our anniversary. From this week forward, we will be meeting every Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 at St. Paul's Cathedral on 138 Tremont Street (just steps away from the Park Street T stop). To conclude our anniversary month, on May 31 we welcome Stone Soup regulars Julia Carlson and Lee Varon, who will be celebrating the release of their recently published collections.
Julia Carlson is a graduate of Boston University & the University of Toulouse-le-Mirail, France, where she studied Philosophy & Linguistics.She also earned her MSW at Boston University and worked as a clinical social worker until retirement a few years ago. She served as the first Fiction Editor of the Wilderness House LIterary Review as well as the editor of Bagel Bards Anthology V. Her poetry has appeared in many small presses, e.g., Ibbetson House, Wilderness House Literary Review, Lyrical Somerville, Fresh! Magazine, & Muddy River Poetry Review. She was the winner of Davis Kidd Poetry Award, in 2001 and the PoetryKit Spring Competition in 2017. Her chapbooks include Turn of the Century, (Cloudkeeper Press, 2008) & Drift (March Hare Press,2012), Her most recent collection is Prayer for the Misbegotten. (Oddball Press, 2017). A Cantabrigian, she enjoys reading, art, rock n roll, & a wee dram on a cold night.
Lee Varon is a social worker and writer. Her chapbook Affairs Run In The Family was published by Finishing Line Press. She won the 2017 Sunshot prize for poetry, and her upcoming book Shot In The Head will be published by New Millennium Writings this spring. She is currently working on another book of poetry, The Addict’s Mother.