Spoken Word Stage

Join us in 2020 on October 3 and 4.  If you are interested in performing on the Spoken Word Stage in 2020, please fill out the form below and click Submit.


Once again Human Error Publishing created the SPOKEN WORD Stage, which is located at the back left of the festival when coming from the main gate. Look for the signs. Once again the festival’s line-up was a part of the 100 Thousands Poets for Change going on around the world. Each half-hour new writers presented their work with over 40 writers present throughout the weekend. You can view and print the schedule for 2019 before coming so you are sure to hear your favorite writers and there will also be a book store of all the writers publications in the Word stage area. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Bio’s are below for the incredible group of writers who will take part in the 2019 Festival, will be updating regularly:

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.4

Brian Adams – is the author of two award-winning romantic comedies about environmental activism, Love in the Time of Climate Change and KABOOM! Adams will be reading from his newest novel Offline. Seventeen-year-old Meagan is addicted to online dating but scared to death to take those online “relationships” offline. Banished by her parents to her gay hippie grandfather’s farm, two boys fall for her at a Netaholics Anonymous meeting, and a hilarious fast-paced romantic romp through the dark underbelly of technology ensues. A Professor of Environmental Science at Greenfield Community College in a previous life, Brian desperately tried to get students offline and outside. He lives in Northampton with his wife and cat.

David Bulley

Ernie Brill – Brooklyn -born at the Holocaust’s ending, Ernii BrilllR received a BA and Ma at San Francisco State College and was an active participant in 1968-169 San Francisco State Third World student strike against racism from November 6 1968 to March 20,1969, the longest student strike in US History that established our country’s f virst Department of Black Studies and College of Ethnic Studies. Brill is the author of I Looke Chesteerd Over Jordan and Other Stories (South End Press Boston 1980, and the fictiion chapbook Project Kids (Ice Floe Press , Toronto 1990). He has published fiction and poetry widely in small press and alternative venues in the US and Canada, including River Styx, Sunbury, Other, and numerous anthologiooes.
His favorite writers include Mahmoud Darwish,Virginia Woolf, Jean Toomer, Victor Serge, Linh Dinh, Pablo Neruda’tayt

John Burroughs of Cleveland is the 2019-2021 Beat Poet Laureate for Ohio. His latest book, Rattle and Numb: Selected and New Poems, 1992-2019, was published in August by Venetian Spider. John hosts the Poetry+ reading series in Lakewood, Ohio, and since 2008 has served as the founding editor for Crisis Chronicles Press.

Janet Bowdan’s – poems have appeared in APR, Pinch, Hobartpulp, Coffee Poems Anthology, the Attack Bear Press poetry vending machine and elsewhere, including her chapbook Making Progress. The editor of Common Ground Review, she teaches at Western New England University and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband, son, and sometimes a lovely stepdaughter.

Lou Conover

Edite Cunha’s – 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.

Carlos Raúl Dufflar is Founder and Artistic Director of The Bread is Rising Poetry Collective, celebrating 25 years. The Collective has performed and given workshops across the United States, Canada, and England. Among his published books of poetry include “El Barrio de Naomi”; “The Eyes of the Flower”; “ Haravek”; “Las Trincheras de la Vida”; “Where There is No Justice The Drum Will Rise”; “Agustina Meléndez Álvarez, Tobacco Worker”; and “A Time to Heal and A Time to Live in Aquahong.” He has a BA from Antioch College and is a member of the Academy of American Poets

Adam Grabowski – his work has appeared in Off the Coast, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Voicemail Poems, Wilderness House Literary Review, and The Naugatuck River Review.  His poem “‘And I’ll Love You Forever'” was recently featured in Poem of the Moment at masspoetry.org.  Adam will be a featured poet in this September’s Amherst Poetry Fest.  He received his MSW from Westfield State University in 2012 and is poet and organizer with the mighty Northampton Poetry collective, where he also facilitates a poetry workshop.  His latest chapbook The Washing Our Hands EP is available to order through is website www.adamgrabowskipoetry.wordpress.com.   Adam lives with his family in Holyoke, MA.

Daniel Hales book of poems, Tempo Maps, was officially released by Ixnay Press in Philadelphia at the Philalia Small Press Festival.

Sharon Harmon – poetry has appeared in Green Living, Silkworm, The Aurorean, Worcester Magazine, The Paterson Literary Review and numerous other publications, including a chapbook Swimming with Cats (2008). She was the Poet Laureate in 2015 for the 250 anniversary of Royalston, Massachusetts. Sharon is also a freelance writer and writes for Uniquely Quabbin Magazine. Some of her work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Caterpillar, Highlights for Children, Birds & Blooms and Millers River Reader. She teaches writing workshops. She lives in the woods of Central Massachusetts with her husband and cat. You may see more of her work at Sharon Ann Harmon Publishing.

Richard Horton – began writing in Dallas in the 60s, spent a year as a Catholic seminarian, served in the Navy, and spent the 70s in Austin getting lit and history degrees, studying several languages and connecting with the early Austin literary scene. He has received 2 Pushcart nominations and has published 2 books, Sticks & Bones (Meat For Tea Press, 2018), and Artists In The Underworld (Human Error Publishing, 2019). Richard is the 2019-21 Massachusetts Beat Poet Laureate. His stories have appeared in Meat For Tea, Danse Macabre, Lonesome October, Literary Heist, Bull & Cross and others. His style is spare, powerful, funny and hard to put down. Artists In The Underworld is currently in launch mode and is seeking reviewers.

Amie Hyson

Marian Kelner

Lori Lamothe -Trace Elements is an extraordinary debut. These poems turn on images both astonishing and enlightening; and it’s clear the mind behind them is intelligent, sophisticated, and complex.

Amy Laprade – received her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, 2015, and has, for over ten years, served as workshop coordinator, facilitator and mentor for writers of many ages and backgrounds. Her work has appeared in Meat for Tea: the Valley Review, Canyon Voices, The Scribe, The Montague Reporter and Grad Lab Theater Productions at Sarah Lawrence College. In 2013 “1405 Van Ness” won her an honorable mention for the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival. “So Nice to Finally Meet You…” is her first novel. You can visit her at lapradeamy@yahoo.com or LinkedIn.

Angel Martinez is Deputy Director for Arts of The Bread is Rising Poetry Collective, celebrating 25 years. The Collective has performed and given workshops across the United States, Canada, and England. Among his published books of poetry are “Spirit, Fire, & Flower” and “2 for the Hemisphere.” He teaches poetry, social sciences, and Puerto Rican Studies. He is a member of the Academy of American Poets.

Carol Mays has been writing and compiling poetry for forty years. She focuses on poetry that is concise, uplifting, and beautiful. Some of her books include A Collection of Uplifting Poems, Halloween Enchantment; Haunting Poems and Stories, The Mystique of the Sea: Poems, Stories, and Intriguing Facts. She collaborated with Richard Bachtold and Nina Andersen on Mystical Poems by Three Contemporary New England Writers. Carol also created a multimedia DVD entitled, Poems of Enchantment. Short videos from this DVD may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/IdyllicProductions.

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.

Karl Meyer – has been writing to give a voice to the broken Connecticut River in Massachusetts for 25 years. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and a Teachers’ Choice Award-winning children’s book author. He has just completed a picture book story that is prime material for an agent or illustrator seeking new horizons: The Last Bat in Franklin County, Copyright © 2019, by Karl Meyer. Karl can be reached at: karlmeyer1809@verizon.net

Rick Marsh – lives in Petersham, MA with his 30 plus cats. He has been writing short stories for 15 years mostly about cats. Wonder why…

D. O. – In keeping with the Other Works section of the 2nd edition of “Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis” and my Facebook page “Devolution Days” I plan to continue my verbal assault upon His Malignancy The Mad King. This year I’m planning a premier performance of my latest attack titled “This man”. If you happen to be a Trump Chump I suggest you do not attend.

Jovonna Van Pelt – Her performance work has appeared at Cambridge River Festival, Puppet Showplace Theatre, National Cathedral Summer Artists series, Puppeteers of America National Festival, and local venues. Jo is a member of Straw Dog Writers Guild, a frequent open mic participant, and a Poet’s Seat finalist. Her first book of poetry Unrelated Questions is now available from Human Error Publishing.

Paul Richmond – has been name Beat Poet Laureate of Massachusetts by the National Beat Poetry Foundation headquartered in Wolcott, Ct. for 2017 to 2019. Paul’s is best described as political, deadpan and wryly humorous delivered in his own style. His first collection, No Guarantees – Adjust and Continue. The second was Ready or Not – Living in the Break Down Lane and his third book is Too Much of a Good Thing – In the Land of Scarcity – Breeds Contempt. His fouth book, You Might Need A Bigger Hammer,. He runs Human Error Publishing which organizes many monthly / annual word events / festivals and publishes other authors.

Elaine Reardon – is a poet, and herbalist. Her chapbook, The Heart is a Nursery For Hope, won first honors from Flutter Press in 2016. She’s recently been awarded the Beal Poetry third place prize ( 11/18), was shortlisted at the International Hammond House Poetry contest in 2018 and the Writer’s Digest Poetry Contest earlier in 2018. Most recently Elaine’s poetry has been published by UCLA journal, North Dakota Quarterly, Naugatuck Review, Paddock Review, Automatic Pilot, Henniker Review, Smokey Quartz, Sleep-ZZZ Journal, The Dublin Inkspinters 2019 anthology (May 2019), and similar journals. Elaine has has been a feature on Dublin Ireland radio as well. She was recently nominated for the Push Cart Prize. Visit her website at elainereardon.wordpress.com.
twitter @elainereardon33

Deborah Rolski lives in New Salem where she is able to practice magic in a safe and supportive environment. She enjoys mocking failure and appeasing the gods. She is a high school English teacher by day. What she does at night is illegal in three states.

llina Singh grew up in India. She moved to New Zealand at sixteen, where she completed high school, got married and had two children. At 29 she moved to the states and has been here ever since. She holds a BA from Smith College and an MFA in poetry from Bennington College. She has made her home in a small and peaceful village in Western Ma.

James Smethurst

Paul Szlosek

Andrew Shelffo

Karen Skolfield’s – book Battle Dress (W. W. Norton, 2019) won the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her book Frost in the Low Areas (Zone 3 Press) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry, and she is the winner of the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry from The Missouri Review. Skolfield is a U.S. Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. http://www.karenskolfield.com

Willie Velázquez is a worker, a poet, and a Puerto Rican human rights activist. He is currently putting together his first book of poems..

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 Concerns
Committee, and a facilitator with Warrior Writers. He facilitates
monthly at the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans. Book of poems called Live Free (or die)

Lindy Whiton

Ron Whittle – has two books out “Goodbye Again, and “Postcard from a War Zone” Ron is a member in good standing in the Worcester County Poetry Association, a member of the Works in Progress / Outlaw Stage at the Worcester Artist Group, Founding member of the Worcester Art Walk, and a member of the Warrior Writers of Boston. Those that have en- joyed Ron’s previous work can be on the look out for future posting on face book, other E poetry sites and readings through out New England.

Jim Whitten and Karl will be performing as Izikhotane – https://www.facebook.com/izikhotane

David Wyman’s – first poetry collection Proletariat Sunrise was published by Kelsay Books in 2017. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in BlazeVOX, Dissident Voice, Clockwise Cat, Picaroon Poetry, Down In The Dirt, The Voices Project, Squawk Back, Tuck Magazine, The Aurorean, Zombie Logic Review, S/WORD and Genre: Urban Arts among other publications. He’s a fan of Karl Marx, jazz guitar and the visionary poetry of William Blake. He lives in Massachusetts where he teaches American Literature and Composition at Mount Wachusett Community College.

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.

Michael Young – lives and writes in Royalton, MA. He has been a contributor to several publications, including A Certain Slant, Uniquely Quabbin and the anthology Mountains and Meditations by the Quabbin Quills collective, of which he serves on the editorial board. His other passions are fly fishing, which provides material for poems, playing guitar and meditation.