May 12: John Landry Features at Stone Soup Poetry


John Landry with Arlene Stone

Amidst the global pandemic, Stone Soup Poetry has been offering an online open mic via Zoom for anyone interested. This continues to receive an amazing response, and we appreciate everyone's participation.

On Wednesday May 12, we continue our celebration of Stone Soup's 50th anniversary with John Landry, one of Stone Soup's many surviving dignitaries form the days of its founder, the late Jack Powers.

John Landry was born in New Bedford and served as its poet laureate (2007-2010). He ran several poetry reading series there over the decades. He has survived as a quahogger, scallop shucker, factory worker, warehouseman, librarian, health educator, and teacher. He was a regular participant in Stone Soup readings organized by founder Jack Powers from the 1970's through the 1990's. At the invitation of Gwendolyn Brooks, he read at the Library of Congress.

Landry was enlisted as a contributing editor for the 50th anniversary anthology of San Francisco's BEATITUDE in 2009, and for the Spring 2018 Cape Cod Poetry Review. His own work has appeared in a wide array of publications in the US and abroad. During a campaign of civil disobedience concerning homeless services, AIDS awareness, and the Iran-Contra scandal, he was arrested at the Reagan White House. At the time, he was working with the Community for Creative Non-Violence, helping to run the largest homeless shelter in the country (2 blocks from the U.S. Capitol).

Join us this Wednesday night from 7:00 to 9:00 PM ET by clicking this link.

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