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September 29TH

Jennifer Freed

(2022 Frank O’Hara Prize Winner)

Jennifer Freed (Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Freed)

Jennifer L Freed is a poet and teacher living in Holden, MA.  She has a background in teaching English as a Second Language to adults, and currently leads writing programs for adults. Her first full-length collection, When Light Shifts (Kelsay, 2022), explores the aftermath of a family health crisis and was a finalist for the 2022 Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize.  She is also the author of a chapbook, These Hands Still Holding, a finalist in the 2013 New Women’s Voices Competition. Her awards include the 2022 Frank O’Hara Prize, Honorable Mention for the 2022 Connecticut Poetry Award, and the 2020 Samuel Washington Allen Prize for a long poem or poem-sequence.  She has been a finalist for the Frank O’Hara prize multiple times and her work has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and the Orison Anthology.  

Less recently, Freed’s non-fiction describing her experiences as an English language teacher in Sichuan, China, was published in The Yale-China Review, and, in Chinese translation, in Cultural Meetings: American Writers, Scholars, and Artists in China (Guangxi Normal University Press).  Her articles about life in Prague in the 1990s, where she worked as an English teacher shortly after the fall of the communist government, appeared in the travel section of The Boston Globe. Please visit  jfreed.weebly.com to learn more.

Rod McKuen and Ron Whittle

THE FEATURED DEAD POET OF THE MONTH To Be Rod McKuen Read By Ron Whittle

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October 27TH

Meg Smith

(AUTHOR OF DEAR DEEPEST GHOSTTHIS SCARLET DANCINGNIGHT’S ISLANDPRETTY GREEN THORNS: NEW AND COLLECTED POEMS, AND THE PLAGUE CONFESSOR: SHORT STORIES)

Meg Smith (Photo Courtesy of Meg Smith)

Meg Smith is a writer, journalist, dancer, and events producer living in Lowell, MA. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Cafe ReviewMuddy River Poetry ReviewAcropolis JournalPoetry BayBeliveau Review, and many more.  She served for 15 years on the board of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!, a festival honoring Lowell-born author Jack Kerouac. She produces the Edgar Allan Poe Show, honoring Poe’s presence in Lowell. She is the author of five poetry books and a short fiction collection, The Plague Confessor, and welcomes visits to megsmithwriter.com

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

THE WEARING OF HALLOWEEN COSTUMES IS ENCOURAGED!

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January 26TH

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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February 23rd

Featured Poet to be Announced

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

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March 30th

Featured Poet to be Announced

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 23rd

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