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Mr. Hip Presents: National Poetry Month

Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series

National Poetry Month Celebration

6:00 - 8:30 PM at UForge Gallery


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.


Mr. Hip


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

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.