Great Falls Word Festival 2018 Roster


Alice Barrett - Lives in Goshen, MA - has a new book that was just released.

Alice Thomas

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

Alan Harris

Amy Dryansky’s


second book, Grass Whistle (Salmon Poetry, Ireland) received the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award for poetry. Her first, How I Got Lost So Close to Home, won the New England/New York Award from Alice James. She’s received honors/awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MacDowell Colony and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and is currently the Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA.

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

Amanda Lou Doster

Amie Hyson

Andrea Bernard

Angel Martinez

Anna M. Warrock

Anita Gallers


Brett Axel

Becky Jones

Brian Adams

Bri Leue

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.

Carlos Raúl Dufflar

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

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

David C Johnson -

David Wyman

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

Deborah Young Rolski -

Dennis Piana

Dina Stander -

Don Ogden,
D O known by many simply as d.o., has been active in environmental issues for most of his life. His poetry and commentaries have appeared in a wide variety of publications and on national and local radio. He has produced and performed in ecologically themed street theater in the Northeast for years as well. He is the producer and co-host of The Enviro Show on Valley Free Radio. His book, “Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis” published by Levellers Press in Amherst contains decades of writing on climate issues (you can get it at Collective Copies in Amherst.

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.

Dr. Jonathan Shay


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.

Ellen Blanchette

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.

Ellen LaFleche

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.

Ernie Brill

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.

Florence Stahl


Gail Thomas - Poet and teacher Gail Thomas has published four books, and her work as appeared in many journals and anthologies. Her books, as well as individual poems, have won prizes, among them the Charlotte Mew Prize, the Naugatuck Review’s Narrative Poetry Prize, the Massachusetts Center for the Book “Must Read”, the Edward Hearst Prize, and the Pat Schneider Poetry Prize.

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 


Howie Faerstein


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!


Jack Golden

James Paul Wagner

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.

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 MacFadyen

Janet Bowdan

Janet Keyes

Janice Sorensen

Jo Sallins -

John Sheldon -

Jon Wesick

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.

Jovanna Van Pelt

Jon Wesick


Karen Skolfield’s Karen book Battle Dress won the Barnard Women Poets Prize and will be published fall 2019 by W. W. Norton. Her first book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry. Skolfield is a U.S. Army veteran and teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Kate Rex
Poet/translator /feminist/artist/subversive/political activist, always vigilant and deeply critical.
She is European and lives principally in the clear light of the south of France, at other times in Glasgow, Scotland. She writes in English and in French.

KateFor her writing makes te links. It’s the process that unearths the connections and the juxtapositions that make the spaces, just like painting really

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.


Lawrence O’Brien

Lawrence Darren Green

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.

Mark Hart

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. 

Marty Glaser

Michael Goldman

Michael L Kilday -

Molly Scott

MorningStar Chenveng


Nina Rossi -




Paul Richmond -

Paul Richmond has been appointed Beat Poet Laureate of Massachusetts by the National Beat Poetry Foundation headquartered in Wolcott, Ct. for 2017 to 2019. Paul's work is best described as political and deadpan, delivered wryly humorously in his own style.

He has been called Assassin of Apathy – power of words / humor - on the unthinkable, the unsolvable, to analyze to digest to give birth to creativity and hope

Richmond has performed nationally and internationally on stages from the Austin International Poetry Festival, in Austin TX, to Gödör Klubban at the Jazzköltexzeti est in Budapest, Hungary. Sweden Beat Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His work has been published in four books, in many journals, magazines, anthologies and poetry collections. 

He runs Human Error Publishing which promotes Word events and festivals and publishes books

Paul Szlosek

Preston Hood



REbRebecca Hart Olander’s poetry has appeared recently in Ilanot Review, Plath Poetry Project, and Solstice, and collaborative work made with Elizabeth Paul has been published in They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (BLP) and online at Duende. Rebecca won the 2013 Women’s National Book Association poetry contest. She teaches writing at Westfield State University and is the editor/director of Perugia Press.

Richard Wollman

Rachel Riverwood

Rick Marsh

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.

Roger West -Roger

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Ron Whittle - A lifetime resident of Massachusetts, was born in Worcester and raised and educated in his hometown of Shrewsbury. Further education came by way of the U. S. Navy, Vietnam, the Apollo 13 recovery team, and 45 years of family living. Ron divides his time between his home in Worcester and the shores of Cape Cod. His influ- ences include Tom Waits, Lawrence Fer- linghetti, Edgar Allen Poe, Ogden Nash, Ezra Pound and Rod McKuen. Ron is a member of the Worcester County Poetry Association, the Works in Progress/ Outlaw Stage at the Worcester Artist Group, and a founding member of Worcester Art Walk,

and a member of the Warrior Writers of Boston.

Ron’s first book “Goodbye Again” was given glowing reviews and can be found at Barnes and Noble or on Amazon or his performances. Ron has also appeared on many television programs and he has also appeared at the Massachusetts State Poetry Festival in Salem, Ma, the Great Falls Word Festival and the Garlic Festival in Orange, Ma. Ron has completed a new collection of poems for his next books entitled Hello Again, Once again, and a fifth book in the early stages titled Yet Again.


Sally Bellerose

Samantha Wood - is an artist and writer. She works as a news editor at a daily newspaper.

Sarah Sousa Sara is the author of three poetry collections, most recently See the Wolf published in 2018 by CavanKerry Press. Her poems have appeared in the Massachusetts Review, Fourteen Hills, Southern Poetry Review, Verse Daily and Tupelo Quarterly, among others. Her honors include a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship, the Anne Halley Prize from the Massachusetts Review, and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship

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.

Stephen Billias

Susan Cocalis

Susan Cummings -

Susan Middleton


Ted Scott -

Terry S Johnson

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.

Trish Crapo

Wesley Blixt has worked as reporter, teacher and activist in the Pioneer Valley for more than 40 years. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in fiction at UMass Amherst, where he wrote Skaters. He currently writes “Of the Earth,” a weekly farm and food column that appears Wednesday in the Greenfield Recorder

Willie Velazquez

Yasotha Sriharan Yaso received her B.A. in English and Philosophy from Mount Holyoke College, and her M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Papua New Guinea and England before immigrating to the U.S. She writes about the countries of her childhood. She teaches at Hampshire College, Springfield Technical Community College and Springfield College.