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.  If you would like to participate in the Festival on the Spoken Word Stage, please fill out the form below and click Submit.



Here are the performers we hosted in 2014:

Bob Lipton – began seriously writing poetry only in the last several years. Altho in some circles accessibility is a dirty word, he doesn’t care to mystify or to obscure. He seeks clarity and writes to reveal. This does not preclude occasional wordplay or ambiguity. Even angry poetry is to be enjoyed.

Brooks Robards

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.

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.

Christopher Hantman  – currently residing in Pittsfield and hailing from Franklin, Mass. has been writing and performing regularly since 2011. His first collection of poetry titled, Ruffled Feathers and Sharpened Claws, was released on Amazon.com in 2012 to positive reviews. His work has recently been showcased in Spires Literary Journal, 2012 Sekou Sundiata Evening of Poetry, Myglo 1 & 2 music festival,  2012 Beckett Art Center student exhibit, and many more. He is currently working on a new poetry chapbook, a fiction story, and two comic books, which will have more details as they come closer to completion. Find more info at www.christopherhantman.com 

Cindy L. Markevich – is a 49 year old, happily married mother of three young college students. She once worked as a machinist and is now a small business owner. She began writing at the age of 36. Writing and then reciting from memory are her life’s passion. Her goal as a writer is to clearly express herself in as little words possible. Cynthia’s highest hope is that the thoughts that she communicates are far reaching and have a positive impact on the world.

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.

Donald Fisher – has been a writer of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction for thirty-plus years. He has had poems published in Peregrine, The Peralta Press, Riversedge, New Rag Rising, Poetry Motel, California Quarterly, Silkworm and the on-line journals JerseyworksSunspinner, Illya’s Honey and Congruent Spaces. In addition to that 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 – 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.

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.

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.

Gloria Matlock – resides in Western Massachusetts. From her mother’s pleasant voice she learned the power of words. The colorful sounds of her mothers tones lead her to listen to the emotional cries of life, it’s flaws, it’s wonders.  She played with the words as if they were her precious toys. She has been published by the Florida State Poets Association, Of Poets and Poetry,Into These Woods, a collection of Western Mass poets. She received a  Pepsi Cola grant for two years to produce her musical ‘In My House’ at Keene State University. She has written two manuscripts of poetry, ‘I Hear You Talking’ and ‘Invincible Child’. She has written twelve stories and one play and is presently working on a new book of poetry.

llina Singh

Janet MacFadyen – the author of three works of poetry, most recently In the Provincelands (Slate Roof Press 2012). She has published widely and has been a fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and a recipient of a Cill Rialaig residency in Ireland. See http://www.slateroofpress.com/MacFadyen.html. She lives in the tangled woods of Shutesbury.

Janice Sorensen – wrote weekly for 11 years, with Dori Ostermiller, Sarah Browning, David Lovelace, Michael Hoberman and other members of The Splinter Group.  She 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.  Janice also devotes much of her time to work in suicide prevention. She lives with her partner Michael, son, Langston, daughter, Della and a fluctuating number of cats, goats, dogs and chickens at Magpie Farm & Art, in Buckland, Massachusetts.

Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas (2013) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press, and is a Massachusetts “Must Read” selection for 2014. She is a 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council fellow, teaches writing to engineers at UMass, and is the poetry editor for Amherst Live. Skolfield lives in Amherst with her husband and two kids.

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.

Laura Rodley’s most recent chapbook, Your Left Front Wheel is Coming Loose published by Finishing Line Press was nominated for a Pen New England  L.L. Winship Award and a Mass Book Award.  Her other chapbook Rappelling Blue Light was nominated for a Mass Book Award.  Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her work  She teaches creative writing, works as a free lance writer and photographer.

Lisa Limont – lives in Leyden with her husband Jack Golden where she savors life’s natural beauties from their hilltop home.  She works at The Food Bank of Western Mass by day and writes at dawn and on weekends.  She is currently working on a memoir with her sister Kris.”

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.

Maria Luisa Arroyo – A Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow, María Luisa Arroyo’s first collection of poems,Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras was published by the Bilingual Press (Arizona State University, 2008). With Magdalena Gómez, Arroyo collected and  co-edited the anthology,Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions, Catharsis (Skyhorse: 2012). Currently, she’s an MFA candidate at the low-residency Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College

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.

Mary Clare Powell  and Violet Walker – on the musical saw.  Mary Clare Powell is a professor at Lesley University in the Creative Arts in Learning Division of the M.ED. program, where she teaches poetry and integrated arts to teachers across the country. In the last 25 she has published books on women and the future; the arts, education, and social change; and three books of poetry–Things Owls Ate, Academic Scat, and In the Living Room.

Morning Star & Moonlight – Morning Star Chenven is a musician, poet and educator. She’s been writing poetry since age 8. She creates poetic/musical pieces with her husband Moonlight Davis. They have performed for 20 years all over New England. Their dream is to travel and bring their music and poetry to people all over the world!  www.moonlightandmorningstar.wordpress.com 

Nicole DiCello – was a finalist for The Knightville Poetry Prize and won second place in the Blue Mesa Review poetry contest. Her poetry manuscript, Redshift, was a finalist for the Bordighera Poetry Prize. Nicole’s work has been published or is forthcoming in various places, such asMassachusetts Review, The New Guard, Breakwater Review, Poetry EastNimrodConcho River Review, and Ballard Street Poetry Journal. In addition, she’s an MFA Candidate for Creative Writing Poetry at Emerson College and a reader for Ploughshares Journal

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. He runs Human Error Publishing which organizes many monthly / annual word events / festivals and is responsible for this word stage.

Paul Sayword – lives in Leyden, MA.  Her poetry has appeared in Sanctuary, the Journal of Massachusetts Audubon Society; the Naugatuck River Review and Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology.  Her chapbook, What Sleeps Inside was published in the summer of 2010.   psayword@yahoo.com

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.

Rosie McMahan – Born and raised in Somerville MA, Rosie moved to the Pioneer Valley in 2001. She’s been steadily writing-memoir, short stories and poems-since 2006. Currently, she lives in Amherst with her multi-generational family and runs a small private practice in counseling & education. In her spare time, she grows many things in her garden, including garlic!

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

Victoria Floor’s – three books are VIA TERRA, a collection of poems, 80% CACAO, a collection of darker and sometimes funnier poems, and DEE GENERATION, a book-length “proem” about the baby boomers. She resides in Greenfield and is completing a WWII memoir about her poet grandfather and W.H. Auden serving in Army Intelligence. The title of this work (appearing in 2014) is TROUBLE WITH POETS. She is a graduate of Brown University and has an MA from Trinity College in Washington, DC. She also raised two kids.