Great Falls Word Festival 2017 Roster -
We are taking names and presses for venues, so check back for a full list of all the writers
2016 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..
Adam Grabowski's been reading his poetry out loud in New England for the past two decades. He's been a part of the New York City Poetry Festival, the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, the Amherst Poetry Festival, and featured locally in both The Valley Advocate and the Greenfield Recorder. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Beech St. Review, Off the Coast, Meat for Tea, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, The Naugatuck River Review, and elsewhere. Adam’s latest chapbook, The Washing Our Hands EP, came out in 2015 and is available through his website www.adamgrabowskipoetry.wordpress.com. He is a poet and organizer with the mighty Northampton Poetry Open Mic, where he runs a poetry workshop.
He lives and works in Holyoke, Ma.
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
Ash Amon is a Hadley-grown poet, scientist, and philosopher. Her passing of time includes woodsy walks, sweating out the monsters, & vegan baking. She enjoys dark maple syrup-sweetened coffee, the changing of the seasons, and cloud gazing the existential nausea away. Her poetry is narrative, confessional, fractured lyric. She is an eliminitivist about right and wrong, and equally moved by dusk and dawn. For conversation, critique, or file-sharing, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or
Anne Elezabeth Pluto is Professor of Literature and Theatre at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where she is the artistic director and one of the founders of the Oxford Street Players, the university’s Shakespeare troupe. She was a member of the Boston small press scene in the late 1980s. Her chapbook, The Frog Princess, was published by White Pine Press (1985), her eBook Lubbock Electric, by Argotist ebooks (2012), and her chapbook Benign Protection by Cervana Barva Press (2016).
Anita Gallers - lives in Northampton and is a member of the Florence Poets Society. She would be very surprised if you cared where she's been published because, really, why should you? But if you do, here's a partial list: _Silkworm_, _Naugatuck River Review_, and the poetry anthology _Villanelles_.
Ayshia E. Stephenson is a playwright, writing instructor and award winning poet. With an MFA in Writing from CalArts and an MA in Sociology; Ayshia uses drama and performance to investigate sexuality, race and gender. Her last play, Venus Hottentot, world-premiered at Davis Square Theatre and premiered Off-Broadway at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in 2016. She is currently earning her PhD in Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Barbara Ann Lemoine lives in Northfield, MA. She has a passion for nature and for words. She was a finalist in the Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest in 2015, and placed 2nd in 2009 and 3rd in 2016. Her poems have been published in Equinox and Silkworm
Brooks Robards -
Brian Adams - is a Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science at Greenfield Community College and now devotes his time to writing romantic comedies centered around environmental activism. His first novel, Love in the Time of Climate Change, was a Forword Reviews 2014 IndieFAB Gold Medal Winner for Humor. His second novel, KABOOM!, won the 2016 Literary Classics Gold Medal award for environmental issues.
Caleb Nelson - reports on local events and people for Boston-based news sites. His poetry and fiction appeared in Write on the Dot and The Watermark. He served four years in the Navy as an Aviation Electrician, deploying with VFA-105 on the USS Truman. Follow him on Twitter @calebsn.
Candace R Curran- Candace 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.
Cathey Boschen -
Colin Haskins -
Cynthia Snow's - writing has appeared in the Massachusetts Review, Peace Review, Worcester Review, Crannóg, and elsewhere. She has been a writing fellow at Cill Rialaig, Ireland, a Platte Clove Artist in Residence, and the recipient of a Vermont Studio Center Writing Residency. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart. Cindy holds an MFA in Poetry from Drew University, where her writing focused on the life of the 17th Century naturalist and botanical artist, Maria Sibylla Merian. Her chapbook, Small Ceremonies, is just out from Slate Roof Press. Cindy works at Greenfied Community College and lives in Shelburne Falls, MA, with her family.
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 www.danielhales.com
Debbie T Kilday - Owns Kilday Krafts, Co-CEO National Beat Poetry Foundation, Inc., writer, poet, photographer, artist.
Deborah Rolski -
Dennis Martin Piana
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.
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.
Dolly Arsenault -
Ed Rayher - is a letterpress printer, typefounder & publisher of poetry books; his first collection, All We Can Do Is Wait, was published by Slate Roof in 2012. The winner of the 2011 Poets Seat Contest, Ed is a founding member of Slate Roof and sports an out of control beard in the winter. One of the 2012 winners of the Hedgerow competition, his full length book, The Paleontologist’s Red Pumps, will be released in 2013.
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.
His new book is out, "Talking about War:" Poems by Eric Wasileski to order contact him. firstname.lastname@example.org
Estelle Cade -
Fred Marchant's new collection of poetry, Said Not Said, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in Spring 2017. He is also the author of The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, House on Water, House in Air, and Tipping Point. He has edited Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, work that focuses on Stafford's conscientious objection during World War II. Marchant himself was a conscientious objector within the military during the Vietnam war, and in recent years Marchant has (with Nguyen Ba Chung) co-translated the work of the Vietnamese poets Tran Dang Khoa and Vo Que. An Emeritus Professor of English at Suffolk University in Boston, Marchant is the Founding director of that university's Poetry Center.
Forrest Propper - writes poems in his Poetry Cave somewhere in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachuse tts, and inflicts them weekly on the audience at Northampto n Poetry, where he is the co-directo r & co-host.
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.
Gail Thomas - as published three books of poetry, Waving Back, No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley, and Finding the Bear. Her chapbook, Odd Mercy, won the Charlotte Mew Prize and is forthcoming from Headmistress Press. Gail’s work has appeared in many journals and anthologies including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Calyx, The North American Review, and Valparaiso Poetry Review.
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 geraldyelle.blogspot.com.
Gokh-Bi System (pronounced Go Bee) reunite hip hop storytelling, with its ancient West African ancestors in a style dubbed "ancient meets urban.
Their sound remind people about the origins of rap music. While it is well known that Hip Hop is an American creation, its origins are rooted deeper than the Boogie Down, Bronx. Historically in Senegal, the drum and rapping have been part of "Tassu", a system of communication, storytelling used by "Jeli" to spread news amongst villagers. “Tassu survived the Middle Passage, crossed over oceans and time and found its rhythm reincarnated in the microphones of emcees who continue to ride the beat, send a message about what's going down in the streets and tell their stories like the jeli of Senegal,"
Hope Jordan’s chapbook, The Day She Decided to Feed Crows, will be published in 2017 by Cervena Barva Press. She served as a trustee of the NH Writers’ Project and was the first official poetry slam master in New Hampshire, coaching the inaugural NH Slam Team in 2007.
Howie Faerstein - his book of poetry, Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn, a selection of the Silver Concho Poetry Series, was published in 2013 by Press 53.
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.
Janet E. Aalfs, poet laureate of Northampton, MA, 2003-05, founder of Lotus Peace Arts, and director of Valley Women's Martial Arts since 1982, has shared her weavings of spoken word and movement arts all over the world. Books of poems include Bird of a Thousand Eyes (Levellers), Reach (Perugia), Red and Lubec Tides (Thousand Hands). In 2008 she was a Dodge Festival poet, and in 2009 was selected to join a performing artists teaching exchange in Cape Town, South Africa. She received the Leadership and Advocacy in the Arts Award from the UMass Center for Women and Community in 2013, and a Founders Award from the National Women's Arts Federation in 2016. Her writing appears in A Fierce Brightness: 25 Years of Women's Poetry and many other journals and anthologies.
Janet MacFadyen -
Janice Lepore -
Janice Sorensen - has been the recipient of grants in art and writing and has been published in the Massachusetts Review and as an art critic for the National Museum of Bermuda Press. She lives with her partner Michael and a fluctuating number of cats, goats, dogs and chickens at Magpie Farm & Art, in Buckland, Massachusetts.
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
Jessamyn Smyth's writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Crab Orchard Review, Nth Position, Red Rock Review, American Letters and Commentary, and Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry. She has received honorable mention in Best American Short Stories (2006), and has garnered a long list of prizes. Her books The Inugami Mochi and Gilgamesh/Wilderness are from Saddle Road Press (2016 & 2017), and Kitsune is available from Finishing Line Press (2013). She has taught Classics, comparative religion, writing, editing, philosophy, ethics, and many interdisciplinary Humanities courses at Middlebury College, The University of Massachusetts' Commonwealth Honors College, and Quest University Canada, among other schools in New England: she is currently faculty at Bard College's new microcollege in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Jim Culleny - writes regularly for the Greenfield Recorder and the West County Independent. He has been poetry editor for the prize-winning web digest 3QuarksDaily.com. His work has regularly appeared there since 2004 and has also been published in the poetry journals Anon7, Muscle and Blood, Astropoetica, Concise Delights, The Buddhist Poetry Review, the newspaper The Christian Science Monitor, and a chapbook 5 Minute Pieces.
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
Julie Payne Britton - leads Friday Night Writes, a weekly writing group meeting since 2006. She teaches memoir writing through GCC’s Community Education and poetry with the Literacy Project. She was a finalist in the Poet Seat Poetry Contest in 2012 and 2013, and also in the Tiny Lights Flashpoint Memoir Contest of 2012. Her poetry is published in LaLitamba, Toward the Light, and Tiger’s Eye poetry journals, and a memoir piece was published in the late, great Equinox magazine. A story about her dog appeared in the Spanish version of People Magazine, thus reaching a larger audience than she ever will.
Karen Skolfield’s - book Frost in the Low Areas (Zone 3 Press) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry. Recent honors include fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, New England Public Radio, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Ucross Foundation, Split This Rock, Hedgebrook, and Vermont Studio Center. Skolfield is an Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the UMass Amherst. www.karenskolfield.com
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.
Kevin McVeigh - has been telling stories, some of them true, for most of his life. For the past two years, he has told stories in various Pioneer Valley story slams. He has recently been taking classes in Improv theater, where groups of adults laugh, play and learn to have fun making mistakes as they explore unrehearsed creative expression. Kevin lives in Greenfield with his wife Ginger, three cats and Benny the Cockatiel.
earned her B.A. from Smith College and her M.F.A. in Poetry from Drew University. She’s published in many journals, including American Writing, Equinox, Naugutuck River Review and The American Poetry Journal. She received the Rosemary Thomas Prize, the Ethel Olin Corbin Prize, the Elizabeth Harries Prize, and The Mary Augusta Jordan Prize. She was a Juniper Fellow and a Colrain Poetry Conference fellow. Her book Adagio was runner up in the Leveler’s Press Hedgerow Book Prize. She was Director of the Poetry Program at The Care Center in Holyoke, MA, a program for pregnant and mothering teens. Kim was co-curator of The Collected Poets Series 2009-2013. In 2015 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Florence, MA.
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.
Lauren Singer - Is one of the stars of the Northampton Word scene
Lea Banks published or has work forthcoming in The Laurel Review, Connotation Press, Meat For Tea, Poetry Northwest, American Poetry Journal, and Sweet, among many other journals. Recently, she was a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. She’s been published in many anthologies and won a few prizes here and there. Banks is newly on the board of Paris Press, the founder of Collected Poets Series in Shelburne Falls, and Poetry Coordinator for the Brattleboro Literary Festival. She and Eric Wasileski have a new poetry series with open mics, Wagon Wheel Word, in Gill. Author of All of Me, (Booksmyth Press, 2008), Banks lives in Western Mass where she runs an online vintage store, The Domestic Darling.
Libby Maxey - (of Conway, MA) has a master's degree in Medieval Studies and works as a freelance editor. She is on staff at the online journal Literary Mama, which has also published her poetry. Other work has appeared in The Mom Egg Review, Off the Coast, Tule Review, Crannóg Magazine, Mezzo Cammin and elsewhere. Her non-literary activities include singing classical repertoire and mothering two sons.
Linda Bratcher Wlodyka -is a resident of Cheshire, in Western Massachusetts, and is a member of the Florence Poet’s Society. She works as an educator at Mt. Greylock Regional School District. Her poetry style is eclectic and varied. Currently she is enlightened by the poets and poetry of the Beat Generation. Recently three of her poems were published in Red Barn Volume I, the first volume where poets collaboratively met to create an annual journal at Arrowhead, former home of Herman Melville, in Pittsfield, MA. “Without poetry the world would be dull and less joyful.” LBW
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 Voices, Best Indie Lit New England, String Poet, Blue Fifth Review, Pirene's Fountain, The New Verse News, The Mom Egg, The 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
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Marcia Seabury - is Professor and Chair of English in Hillyer College of the University of Hartford, where she enjoys reading poetry with students and working with student writers. She has published a variety of articles plus a collaborative book, Interdisciplinary General Education: Questioning Outside the Lines.Some of her recent poems have appeared in Teaching English in the Two-Year College, The Healing Muse, and Big Muddy.
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.
Marian Kent - Purveyor of pretty words and superheroic verse Marian Kent lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts with her husband and two children. Her third full-length poetry collection, Heart Container, was recently released by ALL CAPS PUBLISHING. Marian's earlier collections are SUPERPOWERS or: More Poems About Flying (2013) and Responsive Pleading (2012). You can find a great quantity of Marian's poetry and other missives at her website: www.runawaysentence.com.
Mary Buchinger Bodwell -
Mary Clare Powell - 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 Ate, Academic 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.
Marty Glaser -
Matt Baine -
Mildred Grant -
Michael L Kilday -
Michael Mederos -
is a poet and photographer who lives in Amherst Massachusetts. The public relations coordinator at the Emily Dickinson Museum, he is the co-founder and one of the organizers of the Amherst Poetry Festival, and editor of A Mighty Room, a collection of poetry by contemporary poets written in Emily Dickinson's bedroom.
Michael McInnis - lives in Boston and served in the Navy chasing white whales and Soviet submarines. His poetry and short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Chiron Review, The Commonline Journal, Cream City Review, Naugatuck Review, Oxford Magazine and Yellow Chair Review to name a few.
Molly Scott - has enjoyed overlapping careers, as a poet, singer, and psychologist. She has performed and taught internationally with her Creative Resonance Voice work, recorded her music and taught at the university level. She won the Robert Frost Foundation prize for poetry and has published “Up to the Windy Gate: Poems of Grief and Grace” with Finishing Line Press. She is a recent featured writer with the Straw Dog Writer’s Guild and a member of the Friday Morning Poetry Seminar .
Mario Moroni - was born in Italy . He moved to the United States in 1989. He has taught at Yale University, the University of Memphis, Colby College, he currently teaches Italian at SUNY Binghamton. Mario Moroni has published eight volumes of poetry and one of poetic prose. In 1989 he was awarded the Lorenzo Montano prize for poetry. His poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. As a critic, Mario Moroni has published Essere e fare (1991), La presenza complessa1998), and Al limite (2007). He has co-edited three collections of essays: Italian Modernism with L. Somigli (2004), From Eugenio Montale to Amelia Rossellii, with J. Butcher (2004), and Neoavanguardia, with P. Chirumbolo and L.Somigli (2010). In 2006 he released Reflections on Icaru’s Lands, a DVD of poetry, electronic music, and images in collaboration with composer Jon Hallstrom. In 2016 he released a CD/DVD entitled Reciting the Ashes, inspired by the events of September 11th, 2001, for reciting voice, soprano voice, and piano, composed by David Gaita. Mario Moroni has performed his poems and “Reciting the Ashes” in various venues in the US and Europe
Naila Moreira - is a poet and writer frequently inspired by nature and the environment. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Gorgeous Infidelities, published as an art book in collaboration with photographer Paul Ickovic by Impossible Dream Editions; and Water Street, forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Her poetry, essays and science journalism have also appeared in venues including the Boston Globe, Seattle Times, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Cape Rock, Pirene's Fountain, Common Online, and of course Naugatuck River Review. She teaches at Smith College and is the Writer in Residence at the Forbes Library in Northampton.
recently completed her narrative nonfiction work, LONG WAY OUT, in which she tells the true story of her coming-of-age struggles while deployed as an officer on a U.S. Navy destroyer. In bold detail, the narrative chronicles the personal obstacles the main character “Brenda” has to overcome in order to survive her ordeal wherein she discovers that she is ill-suited – and philosophically opposed – to Navy life. The young female naval officer, initially drawn to the military out of her parents' values and her youthful idealism, faces the most cruel of shipboard executive officers, and spirals into psychological crisis when she questions the cherished beliefs that led her to join the military.
Nina Rossi -
Patrick Donnelly - Associate Editor at Poetry International,Director, Poetry Seminar at The Frost Placeand MFA Interdisciplinary Advisor in Poetryat Lesley University
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 -
Rachel McNeill -
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 -
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Sandra Boston -
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.
Shannon Kafka - was born in the Cayman Islands to U.S. military parents. She has lived many places before calling Massachusetts her home. She is a visual and sculptural artist with a background in law and psychology. Inspired by her parents' military, archaeology and artistic backgrounds, in conjunction with having grown up in an environment of poverty, violence, crime and drugs, led her to find her calling helping other victims of trauma through the arts. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at UMass Boston, as well as both the Outreach Coordinator and a Facilitator for the Boston Chapter of the veteran-focused non-profit organization Warrior Writers. Her work has been featured in Stat®rec, TAG: OOC, at the Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference, and in past issues of The Watermark.
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.
Sharon J. Tracey
Sherry Kohler -
Susan Cummings -
Susan Middleton - has worked as a freelance editor since the 1980s, and been writing in AWA groups and workshops since 1996. She and several other western MA poets founded Slate Roof, a collaboratively run small press, which published her chapbook, Seed Case of the Heart (Slate Roof Press) in 2007. Since early 2013 Susan has been leading In Our Nature writing workshops. Recently she won 2nd prize in Write Action's 8th Annual Prose & Poetry Writing Contest for her short story "A Water Body Is Filled with Names."
Tara Bernier -
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 www.tantra-zawadi.com and www.blackartinamerica.com/profile/Tantrazawadi
Ted Scott -
Tommy Twilite - is the founding co-director of the Florence Poets Society and the host of the "Twilite Poetry Pub" on WXOJ Vally Free Radio.
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-