Spoken Word Stage

Join us in 2019 on September 28th and 29th.  If you are interested in performing on the Spoken Word Stage in 2019, please fill out the form below and click Submit.


Once again Human Error Publishing will create 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 will be a part of the 100 Thousands Poets for Change going on around the world. Each half-hour new writers will present their work with over 40 writers present throughout the weekend. You can view and print the schedule 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 took part in the 2018 Festival:

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

Alice Barrett – Has a new book out “The Bridge” – My family is Manhattan Irish Catholic. During the U.S. war in Vietnam, I joined up with the Catholic Left and with protest theater, marches, and jailing. Unfortunately, we’re still at war. In 1976 Paki Wieland and I went to Ireland to march with the Peace People as they worked to end the violence between Catholics and Protestants. At Thich Nhat Hanh’s retreat center in France,
I received the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings (Precepts). I was able to go to Thailand and Vietnam in 2008 when Thich Nhat Hanh returned to his home after exile. During a retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, I emptied to well at the monastery trying to catch up with laundry. I’ve also gone to meditation retreats
at Spenser Abbey and the Siddha Yoga Ashram. Now my home is my retreat; I’m happily ensconced with my wife, my animals, friends, and the forest. The marching hasn’t stopped.
I am the House Manager for the wife’s theatre production com- pany, Pauline Productions (PaulineLive.com). For years I taught ESL to adults in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and loved it. My blogs: poetsindulgence.com religion-sightunseen.com dorothytoday.com

Candace Curran – lives in downtown Shelburne Falls. She is the founder and organizer of INTERFACE, a collaboration of word and image, exhibitions including the work of twenty or more artists and poets in presentations throughout Western Massachusetts. Other group multimedia installations include, Four on the Floor and Three on a Tree and most recently, Exploded View. She was twice named Western Massachusetts Poet’s Seat laureate and has judged for that competition; as well as for the annual Massachusetts Book Awards. Publications include, Bone Cages, Bugaboos, Dirty Dishes and Playing in Wrecks, (Haley’s Press), and the Canadian Haiku journal, Raw Nervz, Meat For Tea and Paperjam.

Lori Desrosiers -debut full-length book of poems, The Philosopher’s Daughter was published by Salmon Poetry in 2013. A second book is due out in 2016. Her poems have appeared in New Millenium Review(contest finalist), Contemporary American Voices, Best Indie Lit New England, String Poet, Blue Fifth Review, Pirene’s Fountain, The New Verse News, The Mom Egg, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish-American Poetry and many other journals and anthologies. She won the Greater Brockton Award for New England Poets for her poem “That Pomegranate Shine” in 2010, judged by X.J. Kennedy. She is Editor-in-Chief of Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry, and serves as an editor for several other publications

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.

Lawrence Darren Green

Daniel Hales

Sharon Ann Hammon – 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 – grew up in the deep South, lived in Dallas in the 60s, studied to be a priest, spent the late 60s in the Navy, and spent the 70s in Austin going to school and connecting to the Austin poetry and arts scene. He has published in Southern Pacific Review, Meat For Tea, Danse Macabre, Quail Bell, The Bitchin’ Kitsch and the Blue Nib. He was nominated for a pushcart. Richard’s first chapbook, Sticks And Bones, is funny, macabre and moving. The stories and poems tantalize the reader with their spare, powerful language.

Izikhotane – is the Avant-Garde in the age of Auto-Correct. Izikhotane is Absurdist. Experimental. Synonym for Political. A Poetry/Music Collaboration.

Roberta Jones

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.

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 – 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.

Rick Marsh

Peter Murphy – grew up on the St. Lawrence River in Alexandria Bay, NY, the Heart of the Thousand Islands, where he learned to shoot pool and ice fish. His poems have appeared in the Birmingham Poetry Review, New Madrid, and The Café Review. His critical work includes three books on men and masculinity: Studs, Tools, and the Family Jewels: Metaphors Men Live By; Fictions of Masculinity; and Feminism and Masculinities. His essays and reviews have been published in The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Twentieth Century Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, College Literature, Signs, and Feminist Studies. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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”.

Jovonna Van Pelt – performance work has appeared at the Cambridge River Festival, the Puppet Showplace Theatre, the National Cathedral Summer Artists series, and the Puppeteers of America National Festival. A member of the Straw Dog Writers Guild and a frequent open mic contributor, I was also a finalist in 2017’s Poet’s Seat contest.

Mary Clare Powell – is a Professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division at Lesley University in Cambridge. She has published books on women and the future; the arts, education, and social change; and four books of poetry–Things Owls Ate, Academic Scat,In the Living Room, and Box of Water. A new manuscript of poems about aging has just come out. Currently, she is working with elders who want to write the stories of their lives.

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.

Dina Stander – has always wanted to be a poet when she grows up. A New Englander for most of her life, she also has roots in New York and California. She is a daughter, sister, wife and mother; a funeral celebrant and burial shroud maker; a story teller and artist. She loves the dog, trusts the cats, and is amused by the neighborhood raven that croaks about it’s dreams when she sits in the garden. If she had to choose, her favorite day jobs have been hospital chaplain and school bus driver. Her interests include fancy cheese, the contemplation of broken things, and the practice of radical kinship. Because of disabling spinal cord damage she has had the extraordinary gift of time to consider how to live in peace with pain, and how to reach into the present for a redemptive lift. Visit her website, http://www.dinastander.com, and be in touch.

Deborah Rolski

Paul Szlosek

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.

Lindy Whiton

JJ White

Ron White – 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.

David Wyman

Michael Young