National Poetry Month (April 25th) Readers

Mr. Hip Presents: April Poets & Performers

Dear Reader,

I must say thank you for reading this. We are here to not only celebrate the poets and performers we have for this month's Mr. Hip Presents, but we are also here to celebrate the essence of poetry with house music provided by Kyle Aaron and DeShawn Alexander. This is our 20th poetry show at UFORGE Gallery and we can't believe the poetry still gets better and better. 

We have a ton of poets reading with some inspiring accolades and awards. We hope to see you at UFORGE this Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 6:00PM. And don't forget to bring a friend. We plan to give you a million dollars worth of a great time for only $10. However, if you sport a bow-tie or follow @MrHipPresents on twitter, we will give you a $2 discount. 

Hope we can have you as a part of the dopest audience we've seen at poetry readings. 


Mr. Hip Presents


Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press. She received the 2015 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and the 2015 Arts & Humanities Award from New England Public Radio, and has received additional fellowships and awards in 2014/2015 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Ucross Foundation, Split This Rock, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Skolfield is an Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts.<>

Jessica Fjeld is the author of the chapbooks The Tide (Pilot Books, 2010) and On animate life (Poetry Society of America, 2006), for which she received the PSA's Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in The Boston ReviewBetterConduitjubilatPoetry, and Sixth Finch, among other journals. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and now lives in Boston, where she works as a lawyer.

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Sparrow has run for President of the United States in every general election since 1992. Soft Skull Press has published three of his books, the most recent being America: A Prophecy -- The Sparrow Reader. Follow him on Twitter: Sparrow@Sparrow14

Matt Rosenthal's poetry has appeared displayed on the window of the Grolier Poetry Bookstore, in the ‘Bad Ass’ edition of the Boston Poet Journal, in post cards from Cervena Barva Press, in the first three editions of the Bagel Bards Anthology, in The Wilderness House Literary review and various and sundry other places.  A student of the classics and modern media, Matt graduated from NYU and studied creative writing with Grace Paley at Sarah Lawrence College.  Matt is a big fan of Multi Media Mr. Hip!

John Sieracki finds himself further entwined in the landscape of Amherst every day. While he can cook just about anything, he views any group of words as a battle for his personal integrity. Mostly though, he sits looking through screens. He is enrolled in the MFA program at UMass Amherst where at times he surrounds himself with like-minded entities, the enemies of his enemies, and others.

Musical Guests:

Improvisational bassist Albey Balgochian & spoken wordist Jane B. Grenier, NYC's free-garde duo the 'ZenBeatz' create a fusion of music genres and improvisation that transcend the expected. 

"Balgochian's bass drives the music in interstellar fashion, while Grenier pronounces the truth like a Delphic oracle." Simon Harper, Music World Roundup

Other Poets Reading

*Patrick Gaughan (Info coming soon)

Mark Wagner (Info coming soon)