Apr
23
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: National Poetry Month

Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series

National Poetry Month Celebration

6:00 - 8:30 PM at UForge Gallery

$8


It is the most, wonderful time of the year. Come celebrate National Poetry Month the right way with Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series for our penultimate reading featuring the coolest of poets at Uforge Gallery. 

Poets helping us celebrate NPM for this reading is Sarah Blake, David Blair, Kevin Cutrer, and Bobby Crawford. Our musical guest for this event will be The Love Experiment: D'Vibes & Philly-G (of Viva La Hop). 

If you're looking for amazing and awe-spiring artworks, poetry that redefines the genre, or classy, bluesy-jazz music, then come on out. We hope to see you there. Send us some love on Twitter at @MrHipPresents and possibly win a book for showing up. We love to celebrate poems that much.

See you all so, so soon.

Love,

Mr. Hip

Bios:

Sarah Blake is the author of Mr. West, an unauthorized lyric biography of Kanye West, out with Wesleyan University Press. Named After Death, her first chapbook, is forthcoming from Banango Editions with an illustrated companion workbook. Her poems have appeared, or will soon, in The Kenyon Review, Poetry Northwest, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship for poetry in 2013. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son.


Bobby Crawford is the “one-man-boy-band” of Emerson College. He discovered the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge in his freshman year (via Emerson’s slam scene, the Emerson Poetry Project) and has been an avid open mic reader and slammer at the Boston Poetry Slam ever since.

Bobby competed on three consecutive College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational teams representing Emerson (2011-2013). He also served as a curator of the Emerson Poetry Project from 2012-2013, where he was instrumental in helping the EPP win Emerson’s Student Organization of the Year. Bobby will compete at the 2013 National Poetry Slam with the Mill City Slam team from Lowell, Mass. He is the winner of the 2013 Boston Poetry Slam World Qualifier and represented the Boston Poetry Slam at the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, Wash., ranking 15th out of 70.

A competitor and showman by instinct, Bobby is a retired nationally-ranked figure skater and a former chess-club kid. He plays harmonica and wears a leather jacket. He loves late night food and hanging out with other writers/performers. You can connect with him via Facebook.

Bobby is the current reigning Champion of Champions of the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge. He defeated Ellyn Touchette for the title on August 13, 2014.


David Blair grew up in Pittsburgh. He is the author of Ascension Days, which was chosen by Thomas Lux for the Del Sol Poetry Prize,  Friends with Dogs (Sheep Meadow Press, 2016) and a forthcoming book, Arsonville (New Issues, forthcoming, 2016). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Ploughshares, Slate Magazine, and many other places as well, including the anthologies, The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud WristletDevouring the Green, and Zoland Poetry. He has taught at the New England Institute of Art and in the M.FA. Writing Program at the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter, and he has a degree in philosophy from Fordham University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Visit his website at www.davidblairpoetry.com.


Kevin Cutrer was born in the American South, has lived in South America, and now resides in the southernmost neighborhood of Boston. His first poetry collection, Lord’s Own Anointed, appeared from Dos Madres Press in 2015. His run-ins with higher education have occurred at Southeastern Louisiana University and Emerson College. The Hudson ReviewThe Dark HorseThe Raintown Review, and many other journals have published his poems, and he has been a featured reader for the reading series Mr. Hip Presents, U35, and Carmine Street Metrics.

 

Mr. Hip Presents: Poetry Resurrection (Reading Before Easter)
Mar
26
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: Poetry Resurrection (Reading Before Easter)

  • Abigail Ogilvy Gallery

Mr. Hip Presents: March Reading

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery

460 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

$8

Come join us for an evening of awe and spirit-raising poetry on March 26th at the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery in the South End (Boston). Poets reading are: Michelle Brown, DiDi Delgado, Tom Nicotera, Breauna Roach, and David Blair. 

We are extremely excited to bring poetry to the South End and celebrate this month's reading at the Abigail Ogilvy gallery. 

Poetry, prizes, fun, and wine all in one evening. Live music provided by our usual trio of: Jordan Carter, DeShawn D'Vibes Alexander, and Reggie On the Bass. 

See you all so, so, soon.

Mr. Hip Presents

Feb
27
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series

Mr. Hip Presents: Lyrics, Love, & Loss Reading
Saturday, February 27, 2016
6:00 - 8:30 PM
$8


Poets:

Anna Ross

Jabari Asim

Daniel Bouchard

Jim Henle

Jesse Bradley (Virtual)

Musical Guest:

Good Vibes (Jordan Carter & DeShawn D'Vibes Alexander)


767 Centre Street

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130




Jan
31
1:00 pm13:00

Mr. Hip Presents: Judging a Book By its Cover in the Digital Age

Mr. Hip Presents: Judging a Book By its Cover
Sunday, Jan. 31
1:00 - 3:30 PM
$5 Suggested Donation for Adults (for refreshments)


Art critic and poet Frank O'Hara once wrote, "Why? I think would rather be / a painter, but I am not." After all, art is silent poetry and poetry is aural art. Because of our fascination with art and poetry, Mr. Hip Presents is hosting an afternoon of literature, art, and tea at Uforge Gallery on January 31, 2016 from 1PM to 3:30PM. 

In conjunction with Uforge's Pages exhibit featuring collective artwork from its members showcasing an artist's perspective on book covers, Mr. Hip will be hosting a terrific panel of writers, editors, and other literary influences discussing what judging a book by its cover truly means in a digital era. There will be a short reading to close out the panel discussion. 

Come hear about favorite book covers and original work from Michael Medeiros (from Emily Dickinson Museum), Kaveh Akbar (of Dive Dapper), Andrew Peterson (Anonymous Bouquet, 2015), Kate Layte (Papercuts JP) and Richard Hoffman (Love & Fury). 

Light refreshments will be served. Come out for a good literary laughs and fun for The Pages exhibit's closing day.

Sample Questions

1. What does judging a book by its cover mean to you? 
2. What paintings (in the gallery stand out/speak to you) 
3. How do you see this being affected by the digital age? Good? Bad? Thoughts? 
4. What was your favorite book covers as kids? 
5. What are your favorite book covers or some of them now? 


Biographies of Panelists

Andrew K. Peterson is an editor, teacher, and author of three poetry books: Anonymous Bouquet (Spuyten Duyvil, 2015), and previously, some deer left the yard moving day and Museum of Thrown Objects. A chapbook bonjour meriwether and the rabid maps (Fact-Simile, 2011) appeared in an exhibition on poets’ maps at the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center. His writing has appeared in Emergency Index (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Earth Archive (curated for Providence’s RISD Museum), and various small press literary journals. He is a co-founder and editor of summer stock, an online poetry journal, and lives in the Boston area.

Kaveh Akbar founded and edits Divedapper, a home for feature dialogues with the most vital voices in contemporary poetry. His work is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Narrative, The Iowa Review, Puerto del Sol, Pleiades, and elsewhere. 

After 10 years in the book business, Kate Layte left her job at a major publishing house to open an independent bookstore in JP.  In its first year, Papercuts has been featured in Boston Globe Magazine's Best of the New issue, named Best Book Nook by Improper Bostonian magazine, and has received glowing praise from the community on Facebook, Yelp, and in real life.

Richard Hoffman is the author of three poetry collections: Without Paradise, Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the New England Poetry Club's Sheila Motton Book Award, and his latest, Emblem. His prose works include the celebrated Half the House: a Memoir,Interference & Other Stories, and Love & Fury, forthcoming from Beacon Press this June. He is Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College.

Michael Medeiros is the public relations coordinator at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA. He is a member of Northampton poetry, and recently edited and contributed to A Mighty Room, a compilation of poetry by contemporary poets written in Emily Dickinson's bedroom. 


Nov
21
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: November Poetry Reading

Mr. Hip Presents: Anniversary Poetry Reading

Uforge Gallery 

767 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

$8.00 

Come help us celebrate the last reading of this year at the UFORGE Gallery bringing together a wide range of diversepoets from all backgrounds to share in the joys of the written and spoken language on November 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM. 

We have a lovely show that will be sure to provide you with a  good time. Even if you aren't fond of poetry, this reading will make you fall in love. Aside from Thanksgiving, this might be the best part of our November. 

Poets:

  • Audrey Mardavich
  • Jay Deshpande
  • Aimée Sands
  • Jean-Dany Joachim
  • Toni Bee
  • Aaron Griffin
  • Joe Sonnenblick & Brittany Connors reading from their 'Sensitive Demons' project

Funk Music will be provided by DeShawn D-Vibes Alexander. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone. And do come out to have a good time. You, the audience, make us the greatest poetry show on the earth. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to visit the Contact page and get in touch!

See you soon,

Mr. Hip Presents

Mr. Hip Presents: Anniversary Poetry Reading
Aug
29
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: Anniversary Poetry Reading

  • UFORGE Gallery

Mr. Hip Presents: Anniversary Poetry Reading

Uforge Gallery 

767 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

($10) OR $8 with a bowtie or friendly follow on Facebook & Twitter

Come help us celebrate the beginning of our third year bringing poets from all backgrounds to share in the joys of the written and spoken language on August 29, 2015 at 6:00 PM. 

We have a lovely show with sparkled with a lot of golden poets for you to check out.

Poets:

  • Afaa M. Weaver
  • Megan Fernandes
  • Jessie Brown
  • Suzanne Mercury
  • Bridget Eileen
  • Tom Daley
  • Christian Rees (Virtual)

Looking forward to seeing all of your smiles. And do come out to have a good time. You, the audience, make us the greatest poetry show on the earth. 

See you soon,

Mr. Hip Presents

 

May
30
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: May Reading

Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series.

UFORGE Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA. 6:00-8:30pm.

$10.00 ($2 discount if you follow @MrHipPresents on Twitter or wear a bow-tie)

Poets


Alexis Pope is the author of Soft Threat (Coconut Books, 2014), as well as three chapbooks: Bone Matter (The Lettered Streets Press), No Good (H_NGM_N), and girl erases girl (dancing girl press). Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bat City ReviewDenver QuarterlyPoor ClaudiaPowderkeg, Sink Review, and The Volta, among others. She is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative and lives in Brooklyn.


Tadeusz Dąbrowski – (b. 1979) Poet, essayist, critic. Editor of the literary bimonthly Topos and the art director of the European Poet of Freedom Festival. He has been published in many journals in Poland and abroad: The New Yorker, Boston Review, Agni, American Poetry Review, Tin House, Harvard Review, Little Star Weekly, Crazyhorse, The Common, BODY, Poetry Daily, Guernica, 3 Quarks Daily, Poetry Review, Poetry London, The Reader, Shearsman, Poetry Ireland, Poetry Wales, 3:AM, Seam, Other Poetry, iota.


Simeon Berry


MATTHEW SIEGEL'S FIRST BOOK BLOOD WORK WON THE 2015 FELIX POLLAK PRIZE IN POETRY FROM UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON. HE WAS A WALLACE STEGNER FELLOW AT STANFORD AND HOLDS DEGREES FROM UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON AND BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY. HE CURRENTLY TEACHES LITERATURE AND CREATIVE WRITING AT SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC. (SKYPING FROM LONDON).


Sara Eliza Johnson grew up in Stratford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Cornell University and received her MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Boston Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Best New Poets 2009, Crab Orchard Review, Tampa Review, Memorious, Vinyl, Pleiades,MeridianTriQuarterly Online, and Salt Hill, as well as the anthologies Read Women and February, and has been featured on Poetry DailyVerse Daily, and the Academy of American Poets website. Her first book, Bone Map (Milkweed, 2014), won the 2013 National Poetry Series. 


Cecily Iddings (Skyping)


Jon D. Lee has a Ph.D. in Folklore, and is working on an MFA in poetry from Lesley University. He is the author of three books, including the academic monograph An Epidemic of Rumors, and the poetry collection These Around Us. He lives in Boston with his wife and son, and lectures at various universities.


Musical Guest: Kyle Aaron

Apr
25
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: April Reading

  • UFORGE

HAPPY NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series. UFORGE Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA. 6-8:30pm. ($10 | $2 discount if you (a) wear a bow-tie or (b) follow @MrHipPresents on Twitter).

Poets: Karen Skolfield, Matthew Wagner, Sparrow, Jess Fjeld, Patrick Gaughan, John Sieracki, and Matthew Rosenthal.

Musical Guest: (Duo) Jane B. Grenier & Albey Balgochian; spoken word & bass.

Hosted by: Donald @Mr_Hip Vincent

Mar
28
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: March Reading

Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series. UFORGE Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA. 6-8:30pm.

($10) | $2 discount if you follow @MrHipPresents & @UFORGEGallery on Twitter or wear a bow-tie for the evening.

Poets: Veronica Golos (Skype), Colleen Louise Barry, Tamiko Beyer, Sarah Sala, Jennifer Markell, Samantha Zighelboim (Skype), Eve Smith, DiDi Delgado 

Musical Guest: Emily Miller

Feb
28
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: February Reading

  • UFORGE Gallery

Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series. UFORGE Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA. 6-8:30pm.

Poets: Anne Pluto, Jon Ruseski, Linda Spolidro, Clay Ventre, Mike Morency, and Raina Fields (Skype).

Musical Guest: Mr. Hip X Kyle Aaron (Pianist/Drum Combo)

Dec
20
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: Special Raffle Event

#HipKidsRead Special Raffle and fundraiser for a book drive to benefit the youth of the greater Boston communities for the holidays by way of the following organizations: 

Readers for this benefit event are: January Gill O'Neil, Adam Fitzgerald (virtually), Simeon Berry, Cecily Iddings, Michael Morency, and Donald Vincent. 

Classical Pianist Kyle Aaron will be providing the house music. 

Prizes for this event can be found at: mrhippresents.com/benefit-raffle (they are cool)!

In order to purchase your $5 raffle tickets, please visit: http://mrhippresents-raffle-event.eventbrite.com

If you have any questions regarding this important holiday mission of ours, please visit the contact page or send us a tweet @MrHipPresents with your inquiry. 

Don't forget to RSVP (Facebook)!

Dec
13
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: December

Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series. UFORGE Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA. 6-8:30pm.

Poets:  Danielle Jones-Pruett, Bianca Stone, Ben Pease, Mckendy Fils-Aime, Chris Siteman, Heather Treseler,  Eric Eidswick, and more.

Musical Guest: Rob Flax & House Music provided by Kyle Aaron. 

Nov
15
7:00 pm19:00

Mr. Hip Presents: Poets House

#MrHipNYC

Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series. Poets House. New York, NY. ($10).

Poets: Eduardo Coral, Deborah Landau, Sampson Starkweather, Amy Lawless, Thurston Ray, Erika Chamberland, Emily Toder, and Don Share (virtual reading). With special guest: Berl's Poetry Bookshop Poetry Chicken.

Musical Guest: Maria Dontas with live music provided by the Good Vibes Trio. 

RSVP via Facebook

*This reading is made possible in part as a result of Poets House's Literary Partners Program.

 

 

Nov
8
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: November

Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series. UFORGE Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA. 6-8:30pm. ($8).

Poets: Enzo Silon Surin, Dorianne Laux, Jennifer Jean, Michael Todd Steffen, Nathan Comstock, and Shari Caplan.

Musical Guest: Jordan Carter Trio*

 

*This will be Jordan's farewell event. We are going to wish him off with a spectacular set and the funkiest of jam sessions. 

John Skoyles will not be at our November reading and will be rescheduled for 2015. 

Oct
2
7:00 pm19:00

Mr. Hip Presents: Youth Reads

Four to five young poets (youth) sharing their words from 7pm-8:30pm. After the youth reading, there will be a local/traveling guest poet who will also share poems and hold a Question and Answer for the audience and kids that are interested.

The guest poet for this reading will be Harris Gardner. 

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Sep
13
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: September

Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series. UFORGE Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA. 6-8:30pm.

Poets: Matthew Lippman, Mark Schorr, Ricky Orng, Sam Cha, Danniel Schoonebeek, Tyler Smith, Sarah Sweeney, and Soren Stockman.

Musical Guest: Glazed Thought

Sep
7
7:00 pm19:00

Mr. Hip Presents: Le Poisson Rouge

Sunday, September 7, 2014. Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street,New York, NY. 7:00-9:30pm.

Poets: Paige Taggart, Randall Horton, Nicole Callihan, Sparrow, Erica Buddington, April Ranger, and Emily Skillings.

Musical Guest: Jazmin McCrae with the Jordan Carter Trio.

Tweet us @MrHipPresents for more information 

Sep
4
7:00 pm19:00

Mr. Hip Presents: Youth Reads

Four to five young poets (youth) sharing their words from 7pm-8pm. After the youth reading, there will be a local/traveling guest poet who will also share poems and hold a Question and Answer for the audience and kids that are interested.

The guest poet for this reading will be Andrew K. Peterson. 

Aug
7
7:00 pm19:00

Mr. Hip Presents: Youth Reads

Four to five young poets (youth) sharing their words from 7pm-8pm. After the youth reading, there will be a local/traveling guest poet who will also share poems and hold a Question and Answer for the audience and kids that are interested.

The guest poet for this reading will be Tara Skurtu. 

Jul
28
2:30 pm14:30

Mr. Hip Presents: Anniversary Poetry Reading Bios and Photos

Dear Literary Lover or Soon-to-be Lit. Lover,

I must say that it has been a wonderful year hosting poetry readings in Boston. I still remember the first reading as if it were yesterday. With that said, I can't wait for our anniversary poetry reading on August 16th at Gold Gallery (655 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118). The poetry, spoken word, and music will be more than spectacular. This won't just be a poetry reading, it will be a celebration of poetry, art, music, and life. Come see how we make poetry hip. 

Smiles and Poetry Bios

Tara Betts (Coming Soon)


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Emily Pettit is the author of Goat in the Snow (Birds LLC, 2012) and three chapbooks: Because You Can Have This Idea About Being Afraid Of Something (Dikembe Press, 2013), How (Octopus Books), and What Happened to Limbo (Pilot Books). She is an editor for Factory Hollow Press, jubilat, and notnostrums. She teaches at Flying Object and Elms College.


Princess Chan (Coming Soon)


Regie Gibson (Coming Soon)


Jordan Pailthorpe (Coming Soon)


Brandon Amico  is from New Hampshire. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Baltimore Review, The Carolina Quarterly,Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hunger Mountain, Phoebe, Tupelo Quarterly, and other journals. You can visit him at www.brandonamico.com.


Sean Patrick Mulroy (Coming Soon)


April Nicotera (Coming Soon)

Jul
12
6:30 pm18:30

Mr. Hip Presents: July Reading (NY)

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Saturday, July 12, 2014. Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series. Poets House, 10 River Terrace New York, NY. 6:30-9:00pm.

Poets: Ishion Hutchinson, Lisa Marie Basile, Leah Umansky, Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Ashleigh Lambert, Joe Sonnenblick, Ella, Ian Blake, and more.

Musical Guest: Deron Hogans.

Jun
21
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: June Reading

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Saturday, June 21, 2014. Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series. UFORGE Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA. 6-8:30pm.

Poets: James Haug, Alexandra Naughton, Timothy Gager, Susan Nisenbaum Becker, Teisha Dawn Twomey, Chad Parenteau, Duy Doan, Jamie Sanders.

Musical Guest: Sarah Fard with the GOOD Vibes Trio.

May
17
6:00 pm18:00

Mr. Hip Presents: May Reading

Saturday, May 17, 2014. Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series. UFORGE Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA. 6-8:30pm.

Poets: Peter Jay Shippy, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Curtis Perdue, Ralph Pennel, Mario Ariza, Christine Tierney, Kevin Cutrer, and others.