New this year! The festival is happy to have Human Error Publishing creating the Words, Stories & Songs Stage. Located to the left of the entrance and on top of the hill, it was previously known as the Family Stage. As a venue for Words, Stories and Song the stage will now be a quieter spot that will appeal to adults. There is ample space for kids entertainment now in the beautiful and spacious North field behind the Main Stage.
Here are the featured performers for 2013:
Angelo Rosso – currently residing in Orange, MA as a proud member of the Seeds of Solidarity family. Heart work includes: sustainable farming, adventuring with the written word, creating theatre and openhearted exploring. Much thanks to brother Paul Richmond. I am very grateful to participate in this amazing festival.
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.
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.
Daniel Brown – lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts and has been a published writer since 1986. Currently, he writes a monthly op-ed for the Recorder newspaper.
Dave Dersham – was born in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and spent his formative years in Western Massachusetts. Although he largely ignored his guitar throughout college, the galaxy of artists, actors, and musicians at Oberlin stirred in him an aesthetic to be realized only over time. His first CD, “The Burn of Summer,” enjoyed regular airplay on Folk Radio’s WUMB and on numerous college stations. His second CD, “Gilding the Lilies,” was released in 2012.
Dina Stander – lives in the Pioneer Valley and writes poems, essays, and other stuff relative to the delightful coincidence and inevitable predicament of being human.
Divine-Nix Duo – Chris Devine and Michael Nix perform a high energy, entertaining blend of composed and improvised music for violin, guitar, mandolin, and the Banjar–a seven string classical banjo. Their colorful, kaleidoscopic instrumental wizardry features arrangements of traditional classical repertoire, Argentine Tango, Brazilian Choro, Classical Neapolitan Mandolin music, American Banjo music, jazz, and multi-genre original compositions.
Donald Fisher – is a writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction who lives and works in Chicopee, 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.
Ed Rayher - lives in Northfield, making a living as a letterpress printer, typefounder & publisher of poetry books. The winner of the 2011 Poets Seat Contest, this is his first new chapbook after many years of writing and refining his poems in a local peer-run writing critique group he founded years ago in Northampton. Ed is also a founding member of Slate Roof, sports an out of control beard in the winter, and infuses his poems with whimsy and a philosophical quirkiness (he has an MFA in poetry and a PhD in philosophy). One of the 2012 winners of the Hedgerow competition, his full length book, The Paleontologist’s Red Pumps, will be released in the fall of 2013.
Elizabeth Lara - has worked as a language teacher and editor. She is a member of the Hot Poets Collective, which published the anthology Of Fire, Of Iron in 2012. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, online and in print. She lives and writes in New York City and the Dominican Republic.
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 email@example.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.
Grete Miller - Is a singer, actor, director, filmmaker, writer and artist, working in the NYC, NJ, and PA regions. She recently finished a 3 month run of “Footloose!” and is Chiefing “Route 66.” She has worked on over 25 film projects. Miller works in Documentary, Narrative and Experimental film. Grete is an assistant at the Film-maker’s Cooperative in NYC, working on their music benefits and art auctions. She performed readings of her work at the 2012 GAWF. She is a regular performer, Asst. Stage Manager and Chief for the Pines Dinner Theatre in PA. She is thankful and overjoyed to return to MA and to read with so many wonderful poets.
Howie Faerstein – book of poetry, Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn, a selection of the Silver Concho Poetry Series, was published in 2013 by Press 53.
Jim Smethur - teaches Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst. He is the author of The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African American Poetry, The Black Arts Movement, and The African American Roots of Modernism.
Larry Fader – was born when he was very young. Since then, he has utilized his allotment of time on earth helping others, searching for love with occasional success, taking stands for fairness, traveling, writing, filling his life with art, philosophy and music, teaching and learning, trying to remain very young as he grows begrudgingly up and out.
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.
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.
Michael Mauri - a forester, sometimes prepares small books of poetry (A Family of Skunks, etc.) or performs poetry with live music (see Yeoman: Rob Skelton’s Pitchfork w/Mike Mauri, www.cdbaby.com, 2012).
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!
Nina Keller - has lived in Franklin County since 1970 on a productive organic family farm. She is passionate about maintaining and improving the health and beauty of the environment, her community and her family. She says that there have always been insults to the environment that have demanded active involvement. Stopping the nuclear reactor on the Montague Plains, trying to stop the use of toxic herbicides under the power lines, the constant vigil and activism against the VT Yankee Nuclear Reactor are a few of the unsolicited demands on life. But opposing aggressive and noxious adversaries is not her love. Writing, farming, seed saving, chicken rearing, nature studies, teaching high school, drawing and horticulture are some of her passions. Also being an active member of her town of Wendell, as Hazardous Waste Coordinator and on various committees, keeps her a loyal member of an extended community.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Roberta Jones - lives in Easthampton, MA, where she writes, practices and teaches shamanic energy medicine, and practices psychotherapy. She is in the process of self-publishing a manuscript of her poems.
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!
Sharon Ann Hamon – writes from her home in Royalston. She also does freelance writing and teaches classes at Monty Tech in Fitchburg, Ma. She had a chapbook of poetry Swimming with Cats in 2008 and has published over 100 poems. She is a member of Cathouse Women Poetry group where she gets a lot of support for her writing.
Sianna Plavin – is a musician, farmer, and aspiring midwife. Her songs tend to revolve around wildness, storytelling, and the ever shifting spaces between things that make an impression. She makes music because she loves the physical sensation of words traveling through her body. Words sung taste different. For her, the pleasure of playing music stems mostly not from writing songs but from the exhilarating freedom of exploring the flexible spaces within each song once it has become its own landscape.
SOL Garden Kitchen Blues- is a performance of an original tune written by the local youth in Seeds of Solidarity’s SOL (Seeds of Leadership) Garden program with the guidance of musicians Katie Sachs and Doug Plavin. The song is paired with a theatrical and delicious cooking demonstration.
Tantra Zawadi’s centrifugal perception, radial creativity and energy continually find wavelength to match her inventiveness and skill. She beats words into ploughshares. Love, conquering all, must still triumph over HIV and AIDS. Video of her poem “Scarlet Waters” assisted Product Red in emblazoning awareness. Tantra herself directed two short documentaries to that purpose: Girl, the Film — Volume I, A Message from Ardija Red-Cloud and A Silent Genocide — A Brief Insight into HIV/AIDS. “Girl” the poem received nomination for a Pushcart Prize in 2010; its author — mother in her own right and mentor for the Girl Child Network, partial beneficiary of the proceeds from her book sales — received the Kings County District Attorney’s Office’s Women’s History Month Award in 2001 for her artistic contributions to the borough of Brooklyn
Terry Johnson – is a retired elementary teacher, a poet (her first book is coming out in 6/14 by WordTech Communications), she is the clerk of the newly formed Straw Dog Writers Guild and this year’s event chair of “30 Poems In November,” which is a fundraiser for the Center for New Americans.
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
Trish Crapo - wrote her first poem in third grade. It was about Jack Frost. Trish grew up in Miami, Florida. She was one of the featured poets in the new anthology out called Open Field: Poems from Group 18. and she continues to use her imagination.