Great Falls Word Festival 2017 Roster -

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The line up so far for 2017, check back often, updating regularly

2017 Line Up
These aren't in aphibetical order necessarily, they are just grouped by letters - we don't have the time to keep making the changes as names come in, I am sure there is a way to do it...but there are other fires that need to be dealt with for the festival to happen. Some writers have provied links to their work and others give short bio's and not all the writers have submitted info..


Alice Barrett - Lives in Goshen, MA - has an up coming book coming out soon.

Alison Murchie - lives in Western MA where she runs Unbuttoned in Easthampton an open mic and features local and national writers - she is know for emptying liqueur stores, a trail of broken hearted who fell for her poetic words, a long list of crimes from a cross country escapade looking for poetry readings none of them she has been convicted of and she says she is innocent at least in her

Amy Laprade - Originally from Northampton, MA, Amy Laprade received her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, 2015, and has, for over ten years, served as workshop coordinator, facilitator and mentor for writers of many ages and backgrounds. Her work has appeared in Meat for Tea: the Valley Review, Canyon Voices, The Scribe, The Montague Reporter and Grad Lab Theater Productions at Sarah Lawrence College. In 2013 “1405 Van Ness” won her an honorable mention for the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival. “So Nice to Finally Meet You...” is her first novel. You can visit her at or


Candace R Curran- CandaceCandace R. Curran not only writes poetry, she champions it. The only two-time adult Western   Massachusetts Poet’s Seat Laureate, she is also the founder of Interface, A Collaboration of Word and Image; a unique North Quabbin exhibition of original visual art and poetry created by participants collaborating as if two or more minds were one. "Playing in Wrecks" her book of poems has gotten rave reviews.

Cynthia L Markevich - is a poet, activist and philosopher and will be reciting writings from her book “Connect The Dots.”

Chris o' Carroll - is a writer and an actor. He has performed locally at the Majestic in West Springfield and at other regional theatres around the country, including Kentucky Rep., Cortland Rep. (NY), Winnipesaukee Playhouse (NH), Lost Nation (VT), and St. Croix Festival (WI). His poems, from playful children's verse to adults-only limericks and love sonnets, have appeared in Angle, Literary Review, Measure, New Verse News, and The Rotary Dial, among other print and online journals.

Colin Haskins -

Daniel Hales
Daniel Hales is the winner of the 2015 Poets Seat Contest and the author of Tempo Maps, a poetry chapbook with the companion CD Miner Street Symphony (ixnay press). He’s in three bands: Umbral, The Ambiguities, and The Frost Heaves, whose most recent album is Contrariwise: Songs From Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Debbie T Kilday - Owns Kilday Krafts, Co-CEO National Beat Poetry Foundation, Inc., writer, poet, photographer, artist.

Deborah Rolski -

Donald Fisher

is a writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction who lives and works in Chicopee, MA.has been published in Peregrine, The Peralta Press, Riversedge, New Rag Rising, Poetry Motel, California Quarterly and the on-line journals Congruent Spaces, Silkworm, Jerseyworks, Sunspinner and Illya’s Honey. In addition to this his poem At The Rainbow Café… won an Honorable Mention in the Springfield MA Library contest, and the poem The Creative Process was a runner-up in the Poets Seat Poetry Contest in Greenfield, MA.

Doug Anderson

has new poems in Prairie Schooner, Poetry Ireland Review, Cimarron Review, and Stone Canoe. He is poet in residence at Fort Juniper where he has just completed a new book, Horse Medicine. He teaches at Emerson College.


Edite Cunha - her short fiction has won awards and fellowships including Smith’s Spencer Prize for Excellence in Writing, AWP’s Intro Writing Award and the Tara Fellowship for short fiction. She has been a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and A Room of Her Own. Her work has been published both locally and nationally. She has run writing workshops for people of all ages for over twenty years. She has a BA from Smith College and an MFA from Warren Wilson College.

Elaine Reardon - Elaine's poetry has appeared in several anthologies, and she's won poetry contests. Elaine has been an artist in residence teaching poetry," Spinning tales and Weaving Words at the Maine Fiber College summer program. Nonfiction includes the "Global Education Handbook", and Vernal Pool poster. Her chapbook, The Heart Is The Nursery For Hope was published in Sept 2016.

Elizabeth MacDuffie - is a founding editor of Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, a two-time Annual New England Book Show-winning arts and literary journal published in western Massachusetts. With the publication of each issue of the quarterly review, she produces a celebratory multi-media event she calls a cirque.

Eric Wasileski
His new book is out, "Talking about War:" Poems by Eric Wasileski to order contact him.

Eve Brown-Waite

Florenace Poets - is a poet and bookseller in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. He is the co-director & co-host of the weekly Northampton Poetry Open Mic & Feature, facilitates poetry workshops, published a poetry collection called ‘Hot Poet Sex on the Floor of T.S. Eliot’s Kitchen’ in July, 2015,  and served on the Reading Committee for the 2016 Amherst Poetry Festival.

Gerald Yelle - teaches high school English in Greenfield, MA. His poems have appeared in numerous journals in print and online. The Holyoke Diaries is his first published collection. A second collection, Mark My Word and the New World Order is scheduled to be published later in 2014 by The Pedestrian Press. He is a member of the Florence (MA) Poets Society.  Notes, comments and links can be found at 



IZIKHOTANE is the Avant-Garde in the Age of Auto-Correct.
IZIKHOTANE is a collaboration between musician, Karl Warner and poet, Jim Whitten.
IZIKHOTANE is political, experimental, psychedelic.

IZIKHOTANE is a Connecticut-based poetry/music project that sometimes borders performance art. Musician Karl Warner utilizes a wide-range of instruments including keyboard, computer, guitar, harmonium, and toy piano. Poet Jim Whitten reads from his books of poetry including his newest title, Benjamin Banneker's Almanack. Together they create the Avant-Garde in the Age of Auto-Correct!

Jan Maher - writing credits include a novel, Heaven, Indiana; plays Ismene, Intruders, Widow's Walk; and Most Dangerous Women (co-authored with Nikki Nojima Louis); and books for educators Most Dangerous Women: Bringing History to Life through Readers' Theater and History in the Present Tense: Engaging Students through Inquiry and Action (co-authored with Douglas Selwyn). Her novel Earth As It Is is slated for publication by Indiana University Break Away Books in February 2017. She holds a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies and has taught interdisciplinary seminars, education-related courses, writing, and documentary studies at colleges in New York, Vermont, and Washington State. She is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Ethics in Public Life, State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

James Smethurst - Professor at University of MA received his B.A. in English from the University of Southern Maine, his M.A. in English from the City College of New York, and his Ph.D. in English from Harvard University. Prior to coming to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he taught at the University of North Florida. His primary research areas are African American literature, culture, and intellectual history from the late 19th to the late 20th centuries, with a particular emphasis on black cultural and political radicalism. He is currently working on a history of the Black Arts Movement in the southern United States.

Jeff Coughter - is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and the University of Richmond. He and his wife live in Deltaville, Virginia where he works as an editor for a web publisher. His poems have appeared in Streetlight and on Poetry Daily

Joshua Michael Stewart

Joshua Michael Stewart is a Massachusetts Book Award nominee, and the author of two chapbooks, Vintage Gray, published by Pudding House Publications in 2007, and Sink Your Teeth into the Light, published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. He has had poems published in theMassachusetts Review, Worcester Review, Euphony, Rattle, Cold Mountain Review, William and Mary Review, Pedestal Magazine, Evansville Review and Blueline.  Hedgerow Books will publish his first full-length poetry collection, Passage to the Orchards. He lives in Ware, Massachusetts.

Joseph H. White


Karl Meyer - writer and journalist, is an award-winning children’s book author. He considers himself a “river writer” and works to get factual information about the Connecticut River ecosystem before the public. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.


Laura Rodley - Pushcart Prize winner, quintruple Pushcart Prize nominee, quintruple Best of Net, in Best Indie Lit NE. Publisher Finishing Line Press nominated Your Left Front Wheel Is Coming Loose PEN L.L.Winship Award, Rappelling Blue Light Mass Book Award nominee. Former co-curator Collected Poets Series, teaches As You Write It class, edited and published As You Write It, A Franklin County Anthology volumes I-V, nominated for a Mass Book Award; featured reader at Greenfield Word Festival since its conception.

Lori Lamothe's - Trace Elements is an extraordinary debut. These poems turn on images both astonishing and enlightening; and it’s clear the mind behind them is intelligent, sophisticated, and complex.

Lori Desrosiers Naugatuck River Review Writers

debut full-length book of poems, The Philosopher’s Daughter  was published by Salmon Poetry in 2013. A second book is due out in 2016. Her poems have appeared in New Millenium Review(contest finalist), Contemporary American VoicesBest Indie Lit New England, String Poet, Blue Fifth Review, Pirene's Fountain, The New Verse News, The Mom EggThe Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish-American Poetry and many other journals and anthologies. She won the Greater Brockton Award for New England Poets for her poem “That Pomegranate Shine” in 2010, judged by X.J. Kennedy. She is Editor-in-Chief of Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry, and serves as an editor for several other publications


Marian Keiner – is the author of As a Sailboat Seeks the Wind, a collection of poems, short stories, and essays, and a songwriter with two folk/country CDs, One Thing’s for Certainand Tomboy Girl. She is active in local government, loves improv, and works for animal rights.

Mary Clare Powell
-MayClare is a Professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division at Lesley University in Cambridge.  She has published books on women and the future; the arts, education, and social change; and four books of poetry–Things Owls AteAcademic Scat,In the Living Room, and Box of Water.  A new manuscript of poems about aging is in the works. Currently, she is working with elders who want to write the stories of their lives. 

Michael L Kilday -


Nicole Waybright

Nina Rossi -




Paul Richmond - has 4 Poetry Books published, “No Guarantees – Adjust and Continue.” and "Ready or Not - Living in the Break Down Lane" and "Too Much of a Good Thing - In the Land of Scarcity - Breeds Contempt" and " You Might Need A Bigger Hammer" he has also been published in,  di-verse-city anthology 2015, 2013, 2011 Austin International Poetry Festival, In Silkworm The Annual Review of the Florence Poets 3, 4 , 5, 7, 8, The Fall 2008 Equinox, Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry 2012, "Paradise Found" by Levellers Press, several poems in "Preoccupied with Austin an Anthology" and newpapers and on online journals. He is the organizer of this festival.

Peter Marcus -

Peter Tusinski


Richard Horton - grew up in the deep South, lived in Dallas in the 60s, studied to be a priest, spent the late 60s in the Navy, and spent the 70s in Austin going to school and connecting to the Austin poetry and arts scene. He has published in Southern Pacific Review, Meat For Tea, Danse Macabre, Quail Bell, The Bitchin' Kitsch and the Blue Nib. He was nominated for a pushcart. Richard's first chapbook, Sticks And Bones, is funny, macabre and moving. The stories and poems tantalize the reader with their spare, powerful language.

Rich Parr -


Samantha Wood - makes art with words and ideas and is lately focused on how technology and surveillance affect art and free speech. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and still thinks about running away to work on the backside of every remaining horse racing track in the U.S.

Sharon A. Harmon - from Royalston is a poet and freelance writer for Uniquely Quabbin. She has published close to 200 poems and recently had 2 accepted from The Patterson Literacy Review.
She has a chapbook Swimming With cats (2008) and is currently working on another.

Susan Cocalis

Susan Cummings -

Storm -

Stuart Mieher


Tara Bernier -

Tara Dasso

Tantra Zawadi the author of three books of poetry and an international performance poet, has presented to standing room audiences around the world. She has performed original works off-Broadway and featured at The Badilisha Poetry X-Change Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, Lincoln Center, American Museum of Natural History, The Montserrat Poetry Festival, The Daniel Sorano National Theatre and The Austin International Poetry Festival. Tantra is a 2010 Pushcart Prize nominee for her poem “Girl,” a recipient of the Kings County District Attorney’s Women’s History Month Award, and in 2014, received the honor of Pan African Princess. As a mentor for the Girl-Child Network Worldwide, she is donating a portion of the proceeds from her books to GCN. Tantra-zawadi performs regularly with The Senegal-America Project, appears on several global music compilations and publications including Essence Magazine. She is the director of two short documentaries, and her poem and video “Scarlet Waters,” was featured on the Product(RED) video wall to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Follow Tantra-zawadi on-line at and

Ted Scott -

Tommy Twilite - Tommy is the founding co-director of the Florence Poets Society and the host of the "Twilite Poetry Pub" on WXOJ Vally Free Radio.

Tony Vacca

Tony Vacca one of the world s leading percussionists, Tony has performed with Sting, Senegalese Afro-pop star Baaba Maal and jazz trumpeter and World Music legend Don Cherry.

Trina Mace Learned-

Trish Crapo

Tricia Asklar