On May 11, Stone Soup Poetry and The University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA Program team up to retun to the Dudley Cafe in Roxbury for another night of poetry and prose iwth open mic included. Readers include Richard Hoffman, Vanesa Pacheco and main feature Tim Hall.
Tim Hall is an educator, artist, and entrepreneur, from Detroit, MI, who now resides in Boston, MA. He began playing alto saxophone at the age of 10. In college, Hall found poetry and used this form of creative expression to share his thoughts on paper. Tim Hall draws inspiration from his lived experiences - charting the nuances of blackness, masculinity, and the beauties of life. As a musician, Hall has shared stages with world-renowned recording artists such as The Nappy Roots, Carolyn Malachi, Bilal, Chris Turner, and Aloe Blacc. His poetry has been heard at Boston's Hub Week, The Museum of Fine Arts, Berklee College of Music, Outside the Box Festival, Bridgin' Gaps Festival, and many other venues and poetry slam communities around the Boston/Greater Boston area.
Hall currently works as a at Berklee College of Music as the Assistant Director of the Career Center, is the co-owner of HipStory - a digital media production company dedicated to creating and showcasing the work of marginalized identities within media, and Events Coordinator for BAMSFest. Additionally, Tim can be found performing with local artists Cliff Notez, Oompa, VQnC, and Will Dailey, as well as session and work-for-hire opportunities. Most recent, he was nominated for “Session Musician of the Year” by the 2018 Boston Music Awards. Tim Hall’s work can be found in his self-produced spoken word EP entitled Colors Of My Soul, and in his self-published book titled Trust The Process, both of which released in 2016.
Vanesa Pacheco is a Latina poet. She received her BA in Literature and Communications from Wheelock College and her MFA in Poetry at Stonecoast’s Creative Writing program. Vanesa’s fascination with languages and translation has inspired her to blend English and Spanish in all creative writing forms with her love for surrealism, horror, and sci-fi. She is also inspired by the idea of multi-layering in writing, which has led her to experiment with erasure poetry. She was the poetry editor for the literary journal Stonecoast Review and has been published in Delirious Hem; The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society; Queen Mob’s Teahouse; and Velvet-Tail.
Richard Hoffman has published four volumes of poetry, Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the Sheila Motton Award from The New England Poetry Club; Emblem; and his new collection Noon until Night. His other books include the celebrated Half the House: a Memoir, published in a 20th Anniversary Edition in 2015 with an introduction by Louise DeSalvo, the 2014 memoir Love & Fury, and the story collection Interference and Other Stories. His work, both prose and verse, appears in print and online in such journals as Agni, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Consequence, Harvard Review, Hudson Review, The Literary Review, The Manhattan Review, Poetry, Witness, World Literature Today and elsewhere. He is Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College in Boston, nonfiction editor at Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, and an adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University.