Spoken Word Stage

2015 will be the fourth year for the SPOKEN WORD Stage!

The festival is happy once again to have Human Error Publishing creating the SPOKEN WORD Stage. Once again there is an incredible line up of writers. Bio”s are below and check the schedule for times and the map for location. (From the main gate, all the way back and to the Left where you will see WORD in big green letters.) Each half hour two writers will present around 12 minutes. View and print the schedule before coming so you are sure to hear your favorite presenters. There will be a book store of all the books by the writers who are there. Looking forward to seeing you there

If you would like to participate in the Festival on the Spoken Word Stage for next year, please fill out the form at the very bottom of this page and click Submit.

2015 performers for the Word Stage (this list is being updated daily so check back)

Adam Grabowski – poetry can be heard on voicemailpoems.org and read in The Naugatuck River Review. He counts his voice as part of the Northampton Poetry Open Mic mosaic. (www.northamptonpoetry.com) Most recently Adam was part of the Amherst Art Walk where he got shout his poetry in Emily Dickinson’s parlor under the banner of civic entertainment. He’s from Holyoke, Ma.

Alice Thomas –  is a regional poet, painter and maker of photographic-multimedia assemblage in western Massachusetts. This year, she is published in Plum, an on-line literary journal, will be published in the Silkworm anthology (in the autumn), she attended the 2015 Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference and 2015 Juniper Summer Writers’ Institute, was published in an anthology compiled by the Center For New Americans: Leveller Press, in the Montegue Reporter Poetry Page (multiple issues), the 2015 New England Farmers Union Facebook Page and the 2015 Center for New American’s Facebook Page. She exhibited her art at Greenfield Community College. She was a winner in the 2014 Poet Seat Poetry Contest.

Candace Curran – an Orange local has twice been named western MA Poet’s Seat laureate and has served on the panel of judges for the contest.  She is the founder of INTERFACE: a collaboration of word and image, exhibitions of visual original art and poetry. Candace is a judge next year for the 14th annual Massachusetts Book Awards in Poetry.

Cherrie Latuner – poet and author of Baby at My Breast and Soon They Will Fly–A Meditation at Fitzgerald Lake.  She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she teaches English, Literature, and French at the Hartsbrook High School, a Waldorf school. She was a fellow at Iowa State University, where she received her Masters degree in Literature and Creative Writing. She has published two poetry chapbooks: Soon They Will Fly–A Meditation at Fitzgerald Lake and The Ballad of Sackman Street, made possible by an Iowa State University FOCUS grant, and published in the journal Proteus. Her poetry has also appeared in The Comstock Review, Blue Unicorn, Tar River Poetry, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Blue Lyra Review and The Naugatuck River Review. She has also written essays for the Phenology Club of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment. Baby at My Breast is her first memoir.

Chris O’Carroll – 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.  http://lightpoetrymagazine.com/revamp

Cindy Markevich – is a 51 year old, happily married mother of three young college students. In her earlier years, she worked as a machinist and is now a small business owner. She began writing at the age of 36. Writing and reciting from memory are her life’s passion. Her goal as a communicator is to clearly express herself in as little words possible. Cindy’s highest hope is that the thoughts that she has put into words are far reaching and have a positive impact on our precious planet.

Deborah Rolski – https://tzaradaughter.wordpress.com

Dina Stander – Dina Stander lives in Franklin County. When asked in childhood what she wanted to be when she grew up, her first reply was poet. This seemed to cause quizzical raised brows and an occasional “oh, dear” or questioning “really?”, so she learned to keep it a secret. But poems keep happening so she shares them. She is a nondenominational Celebrant; crafting ceremony for weddings, baby welcome, traditional or alternative funeral services, and life celebrations of all sorts.

D. O. – “Bad Atmosphere” is the culmination of decades worth of writing by Don Ogden focusing on aspects of climate change that moved him to put into words, feelings and thoughts evoked by “the greatest crisis of our time”.

Doug Anderson – is the author of the poetry collections, The Moon Reflected Fire and Blues for Unemployed Secret Police, as well as the play, Short Timers, and the memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery. His awards include a Pushcart Prize and a Kate Tufts Discovery Award, in addition to grants and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Poets & Writers, National Endowment for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony.

Elaine Frankonis – At the age of 75, with the publication of her first chapbook by Finishing Line Press, What the Seasons Leave, Elaine Frankonis has been able to cross off the only item she has had on her bucket list. A writer since she learned how to use a pencil, she has composed hundreds of reams of successful speeches, reports, case statements, white papers, grant proposals, lesson plans, magazine articles, newspaper stories, legislative memos of support, and notes to teachers excusing her kids from various distasteful school activities. http://www.kalilily.net

Edite Cunhā – 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.

em jollie – Poet. Artist. Lover of the Living Earth. em jollie celebrates all genres of creative expression. Her poems have been published in various journals, and she is working on two full length manuscripts. In addition to writing poetry she is developing several prose pieces. em jollie identifies as a Full Blood Breed…. You are welcome to contact her at emjollie@gmail.com. em sees her work as an amalgamation of protest & prayer; in gentle rage & sure-footed love she seeks to address the collective injustices of a world rife with colonial conquests… and full of devastating Beauty… of Beauty… & Beauty.

Eric Wasileski – is a Persian Gulf Veteran of Operation Desert Fox. He is also a father, activist, preacher, ethicist and poet. He is the coordinator of Chapter 9 Smedley D. Butler Brigade, Veterans for Peace, Clerk of New Enlgand Yearly Meeting (Quakers) Peace and Social Con- cerns Committee, and a facilitator with Warrior Writers. He facili- tates monthly at the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans. He has a new book out “Live Free (or die)

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.

Howard Kogan – a psychotherapist and poet, lives in rural upstate New York.  In 2011 he was the Poet Laureate of Smith’s Tavern, Voorheesville, NY.  He was a finalist in the second Annual Jewish Currents Dora and Alexander Raynes Poetry Competition, a semi-finalist in the Naugatuck River Review Annual Contest (2014) and one of three first place winners of the Rensselaerville Festival of Writers Poetry Contest (2014). His poems have appeared in Still Crazy, Occu-poetry, Poetry Ark, Naugatuck River Review, Jewish Currents Anthology (2014), Farming Magazine, Up the River, Misfit Magazine and other publications.  His book of poems, Indian Summer, published in 2011 is available from Amazon.com.   His chapbook, General Store Poems, (2014) published by Benevolent Bird Press is available from the author.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Karen Skolfield’s – book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry. She received the 2015 Arts & Humanities Award from New England Public Radio and the 2015 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America; she teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts. http://www.karenskolfield.com<;http://www.karenskolfield.com

Lori Desrosiers –  has a book of poems, “The Philosopher’s Daughter” from Salmon Poetry. A chapbook of poetry, Three Vanities, was published in 2009  by Pudding House Press. Her poetry has been published in Contemporary American Voices,BigCityLit, Concise Delights, Blue Fifth Review, Pirene’s Fountain, The New Verse News, Common Ground Review, and many more, including a prompt in Wingbeats. She is the Editor of Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry, and also publishes Poetry News, an online newsletter of poetry-related events in the CT/Mass. region.

Marian Kelner – 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 Certain and Tomboy Girl. She is active in local government, loves improv, and works for animal rights.

Paul Richmond – wrote or co-wrote the scripts for his solo, duet, and group performance shows. He started to attended spoken word / poetry events and compiled this work into his first collection, No Guarantees – Adjust and Continue. The second was Ready or Not – Living in the Break Down Lane and his latest book is Too Much of a Good Thing – In the Land of Scarcity – Breeds Contempt. His latest book, You Might Need A Bigger Hammer, just came out. He runs Human Error Publishing which organizes many monthly / annual word events / festivals and publishes other authors.

Rebecca Hart Olander – poetry has appeared recently, or is forthcoming, in Brilliant Corners, Naugatuck River Review, and Silkworm, and her critical work has appeared in Rain Taxi Review of Books and Solstice Literary Magazine. She was the winner of the 2013 Women’s National Book Association poetry contest, judged by Molly Peacock. Rebecca lives in Western Massachusetts where she teaches writing at Westfield State University and serves on the board of Perugia Press.

Rick Marsh – Author of: “A through Zoe” A collections and “Rhyming Rubbish” An Assemblage – Rick lives in Petersham, MA with his 34 cats.

Rick Paar – likes to write stories. some of them are about people who do things that he doesn’t understand and some of them are about himself, also a topic he’s not too sure of either. he teaches psychology at springfield college.

Shanna Melton -is a Poet, Painter & Photographer from Bridgeport, CT. View this site along withwww.PoeticSoulArts.net to learn more about this artist.

Tantra Zawadi – author of three books of poetry, my latest “Bubbles: One Conscious Breath” (Po-­ ets Wear Prada), illustrated by Edwin Boone. Has performed original works with the Senegal-­America Project, and at venues from New York City to South Africa and directed two short documentaries “Girl: The Film” and “A Silent Genocide -­ A Brief Insight into HIV/AIDS,” as well as collaborations with several artists on spoken word/musical com-­ pilations worldwide.

Ted Scott – and his wife moved to Greenfield in 2006. Two years later he took Julie Payne Britton’s Memoir class at GCC and developed a passion for writing. Since then he writes with Julie’s Friday Night Writes group and also with The Well Done Writers (GSC). He reads occasionally at the monthly Greenfield Spoken Word, and has had a few poems and memoir pieces published on-line and in local anthologies. He can be found Saturdays at 11 AM on the Greenfield Common, holding a sign “NO WAR WITH IRAN” with the vigil for peace and justice.

Tommy Twilite – is the founding co-director of the Florence Poets Society.  He claims to be invisible, with the strange ability to “cloud men’s minds” but periodically he will appear in person to read his poems for those who care to listen

To inquire about participating in the Spoken Word Stage for the 2016 Festival, fill out this form and click Submit.