The Poet for Hire Has Connections
I have links below to poetry venues and other comrades in the written and visual arts. Email me if you'd like to suggest a link of your own or someone else's.
Stone Soup Poetry
One of the longest running poetry venues in Massachusetts, Stone Soup was founded by the late Jack Powers (shown at left) and meets every Monday evening in Cambridge at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery. I host nearly every week. I have set up a home on the web here.
I also edit its online journal, Spoonful. Check out the current and past issues here.
Out of The Blue Art Gallery
For almost fifteen years, this gallery has struggled but prevailed in the Cambridge area. It has the largest selection of local artists I've ever seen and hosts a number of spoken word and musical events, including Stone Soup Poetry. I encourage you to do everything you can to support this gallery. Click here to visit their main site for more info.
Poetry Venues (aside from Stone Soup)
If you're ever in New Orleans on a Thursday, stop by and check out the 17 Poets! Reading Series.
The Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge has been going strong for over a decade.
The Dire Literary Series is another reading series the Out of The Blue houses.
GotPoetry Live is a major poetry event in Providence hosted by Ryk McIntyre and Tony Brown.
Poetry: The Art of Words is a Plymouth-Based poetry venue carrying on the work of it's founder, the late Mike Amado.
Speak UP: Spoken Word meets every Wednesday at the Walnut Street Cafe and is hosted by Tony Toledo. Worth the trip every time.
The Speakeasy Cafe is an phone-in open mike. Worth listening to and participating in.
Spoken Word Nantucket takes some effort to get to, but it's so worth it.
If you're in New Bedford, The Whaling City Review series is host to a number of new and established poets.
Bicycle Comics publishes and is run by a number of worthy poets both currently and formerly in the Boston poetry scene.
Visit the publishing collective Black Ocean.
Červená Barva Press published my most recent chapbook.
I just found out about Black Widow Press, and now I want everyone to know about them.
FootHills Publishing will be putting out my latest collection.
Ibbetson Street Press is a press headed up by Somerville-based mogul Doug Holder.
IN Publications is the latest really good idea from Joanna Nealon and Ken Ingram.
Off The Park Press will be releasing Triumph of Poverty, an anthology my work appears in, very soon.
Penhallow Press, a former poetry press, does good old fashioned letter press work.
Write Bloody puts out some exciting work by amazingly talented young authors.
I' m a contributor to the comics online show "We Got Issues," created by Paul Davis Lyons.
Small Business and Organizations I Support
As a comics fan, I've been relying on Comicopia for years, and they've never let me down.
If you walk the streets of Boston and Cambridge, look around to see if someone is selling Spare Change News.
Friends and Colleagues
Visit the literary estate webstie of my late friend, the poet Mike Amado.
Former Stone Soup videographer and future poet entrepreneur C.C. Arshagra now has a radio show. Listen to "The I Do Not Know Show."
The hard working Joanna Ballard Louisiana Storyteller.
Jim Behrle hates your poetry, and you love him for it. Now he's on Tumblr!
Simone Beaubien is the host and Slammaster at the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge.
Longtime open micer D.A. Boucher is now writing on the blogosphere. Check him out.
Some in the scene fear Michael Brown, but even they wisely choose to read his poetry.
Tony Brown keeps it simple but awesome with his poetry blog, Dark Matter. Check out his music thing, The Duende Project.
James Conant illustrated two of my chapbook covers. He and Cindy Williams are an artistic team who have graced Spoonful journal and elsewhere.
I don't usually link simple blogs, but Dennis Daly is new the Boston poetry scene, and I already want him to post more and be read more.
Tom Daley keeps off the web, unless you are smart enough to take a class from him with the Online School of Poetry.
Alan Feldman was my first poetry instructor. Retired from Framingham State, he still writes and teaches workshops.
Say hello to poet, fiction writer and fellow traveling reader/fool Timothy Gager.
Lo Galluccio is now the Poet Populist of Cambridge.
Photographer Edward S. Gault is also active in Boston's spoken word scene.
Christine Gelineau, among many other things, is the edior of the great French Connections anthology.
Michael F. Gill's website is also the home of April Penn's chapbooks!
Len Germinara lives on Nantucket, hosts a great reading series there, has a wonderful wife and deserves every bit of it.
The website of poet, editor columnist and radio host Joe Gouveia.
I'm very lucky to have met artist Jerry Hoyt.
Stacy Juba graduated in my high school class and has been getting articles and novels published ever since.
Congratulations to Steve Katsos on the 1st anniversary of his television show.
Feast your eyes on the designs of my first college roommate, Bret Kerr.
It was a pleasure to meet poet and alternative journalist Laura Kiesel. Contact her if you think she's worth sponsoring.
Check out the blog of poet, editor and memoirist Mignon Ariel King.
I am thankful to have Valerie Loveland at Stone Soup and in Massachusetts.
Check out the work of self-proclaimed "Mathematic Artist" Owen Maresh. You'll see it's a fitting title.
Meet cartoonist and instructor David Marshall.
Behold the old blog of Ryk McIntyre. When you have a chance (i.e. now) visit the blog he writes for, Blogsaurus Stampede.
I'm glad Christy Merry came into Stone Soup one day to read. I hope she comes back to feature soon.
Here's the new webiste of performance poet (and occassional jazz pianist for Stone Soup) Michael Monroe.
April Penn is a poet and activist. Check out her blog.
Take a minute or five to visit the site of writer and visual artist D.L. Polonsky.
Su Red is a writer and photographer whose work I'll be introducing to more people. Visit her website Well-Red Creations.
From Philadelphia, we have G. Emil Reutter, poet, author and venue host.
Hans Rickheit's new book, The Squirrel Machine, is available from Fantagraphics Books.
Visit the website of writing and cartooning spitfire John Linton Roberson.
If you see Steve Subrizi on the streets of Northampton, ask him for a chapbook or about his band, The Crazy Exes From Hell.
David R. Surette has poetry books with real spines. He's given me quite a few breaks over the years.
Jade Sylvan is a pretty new and very welcome addition to the Boston poetry scene.
I don't usually link blogs, but Ian Thal has been in the Boston scene for years and has a blog worth visiting.
Founder of the National Poetry Writing Month challenge, Maureen Thorson.
Stone Soup and others have benefited from the photography and writing of Su Red. Visit her website Well-Red Creations.
Derek JG Williams is a name that more of you should know.