Calendar

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2023

Upcoming Features

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January 26TH

Sara LeTourneau

(Co-Founder & Host OF Pour Me A Poem)

Sara Letourneau

Sara Letourneau is a poet and the founder of Heart of the Story Editorial & Coaching Services, where she works as a book coach and editor and a writing workshop instructor. She is also the cofounder of the Pour Me a Poem open mic in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Her poetry has received first place in the Blue Institute’s 2020 Words on Water Contest and has appeared in Full Mood Mag, Mass Poetry’s Poem of the Moment and Hard Work of HopeMuddy River Poetry ReviewArlington Literary JournalConstellationsBoston Area Small Press and Poetry SceneLiving CrueSoul-Lit, and Amethyst Review, as well as several anthologies. Her manuscript for her first poetry book is on submission. She lives in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

THE FEATURED DEAD POET OF THE MONTH Will Be Stephen Dunn READ BY Tom Ewart (AKA Tommywart)

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February 23rd

Bruce Michael Galli

(actor, teacher, poet, screenwriter, and filmmaker)

Bruce Michael Galli

Bruce Michael Galli is a writer, actor, teacher, poet, screenwriter, and filmmaker born in Southbridge, Massachusetts where he attended public schools. and later attended Worcester State College (now Worcester State University) earning two BAs (in English and Media Arts) and Associate Degree in Philosophy. While at WSC, Bruce was involved in the Poet’s Club and many theatrical productions. He also held a position at WCUW, a community radio station on the campus of Clark University, where he produced, directed, and provided his voice for many on-air broadcasts. An independent study in filmmaking resulted in the short feature The Toyer which made its debut at Clark University in Cinema Hall in the Spring of 1982. Shortly thereafter, Bruce was asked to help co-organize a film festival with Alan Nidle and Robert Goodness at the Grove Street Gallery as well as create a new film for its opening. He was accepted into the Graduate Art Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree, having produced films, performance art pieces, and a collaboration with visiting artist Bonnie Ho from China at the Chicago Public Library Performance Hall.

After earning his MFA, Bruce moved to Los Angeles where he landed minor roles, enabling him to join the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA. However it was at this time Bruce turned to teaching as a career path, devoting the next twenty-five years to teaching in both Massachusetts and California. While teaching, Bruce spent time writing a series of short stories, a book of poetry, and screenplays, one of which he co-produced and had a major role as an actor. Bruce also appeared in Paul Sampson’s Night of the Templar (David Carradine’s last film) as well as had multiple roles in theater productions in and around Worcester County.

Bruce retired from teaching in 2013, and in 2014, he began a new literary work which he is currently editing and finalizing into a printable draft. Bruce has not, as of this writing, published any of his literary work, but is now seriously considering seeking a suitable publisher.

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March 30th

Rebecca Hart Olander

(Author of Dressing the Wounds & Uncertain Acrobats)

Rebecca Hart Olander

Rebecca Hart Olander holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College, a master of arts in teaching in English from Smith College ’96, and a master of fine arts in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches writing at Westfield State University and is the editor/director of Perugia Press, an independent feminist press that publishes full-length poetry collections by emerging women poets.

Rebecca’s poetry has appeared recently in Bracken MagazineCrab Creek ReviewJet Fuel ReviewThe Massachusetts ReviewTinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere, and her collaborative written and visual work has been published in multiple venues online and in They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (Black Lawrence Press). Rebecca is a Women’s National Book Association poetry contest winner and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her chapbook, Dressing the Wounds, was published in 2019 by dancing girl press, and her debut full-length collection, Uncertain Acrobats, was released by CavanKerry Press in 2021.

THE FEATURED DEAD POET OF THE MONTH AND READER TO BE ANNOUNCED

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April 27th

James B. Nicola

(AUTHOR OF Manhattan Plaza & Wind in the Cave)

James B. Nicola

James B. Nicola’s poems have appeared in the Antioch, Southwest and Atlanta Reviews, Rattle, and Poetry East. His nonfiction book Playing the Audience won a Choice award. His seven full-length poetry collections are Manhattan Plaza (Word Poetry, 2014), Stage to Page (Word Poetry, 2016), Wind in the Cave (Finishing Line, 2017), Out of Nothing: Poems of Art and Artists (Shanti Arts, 2018), Quickening: Poems from Before and Beyond (Cyberwit.net, 2019),  Fires of Heaven: Poems of Faith and Sense (Shanti Arts, 2021), and Turns & Twists (Cyberwit.net, 2022). He won a Dana Literary Award, a People’s Choice award (from Storyteller) and a Willow Review award; was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and once for a Rhysling Award; and was featured poet at New Formalist. A Yale graduate as well as a composer, lyricist, and playwright, James has been giving both theater and poetry workshops at libraries, literary festivals, schools, and community centers all over the country. His children’s musical Chimes: A Christmas Vaudeville premiered in Fairbanks, Alaska, where Santa Claus was rumored to be in attendance on opening night.

THE FEATURED DEAD POET OF THE MONTH AND READER TO BE ANNOUNCED

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May 25th

Therese Gleason

(AUTHOR OF Libation & Matrilineal)

Therese Gleason

Therese Gleason is the author of two chapbooks: Libation (2006), selected by Kwame Dawes as co-winner of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative chapbook competition, and Matrilineal (Finishing Line, 2021). She was a finalist in the 2022 Wolfson Press chapbook competition and received an honorable mention for the 2020 Frank O’Hara Prize from The Worcester Review. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in 32 Poems, Indiana Review, Rattle, New Ohio Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, America, and elsewhere. Originally from Louisville, KY, Therese currently works as literacy teacher at an elementary school in Worcester, MA, where she lives with her spouse and three children. She reads for The Worcester Review and has an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University. Find her online at theresegleason.com. Copies of Therese’s most recent chapbook Matrilineal may be purchased online through her publisher Finishing Line Press by clicking here.

THE FEATURED DEAD POET OF THE MONTH AND READER TO BE ANNOUNCED

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