June Readers - Bios & Photos

Mr. Hip Presents: June Readers

Bios and Photos

Saturday, June 21. 6PM-8:30 PM

UFORGE Gallery 

767 Centre Street, JP, MA 02130


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Sarah Fard began performing at open mics during her years at the University of New Hampshire, singing classic jazz standards with her guitar. Upon moving to the Boston area, she began booking solo gigs at local cafes and bars. The past two years have seen Sarah working with a band and writing original music in the style of jazz-tinged alternative. The band is currently working on an album and gigging in the Boston area. 


James Haug’s most recent book is Legend of the Recent Past . His chapbooks include Why I Like Chapbooks (Factory Hollow Press), and Scratch (Tarpaulin Sky Press). His “Cuba Hill Diary,” using images from 1930s-era comics, appears in the current issue of The Massachusetts Review.


Alexandra Naughton is a writer based in Oakland, California. She wrote I Will Always Be Your Whore [love songs for Billy Corgan], which was published by Punk Hostage Press in January, 2014. She hosts a reading series in the Bay Area and also publishes a literary magazine, both called Be About It. She is hungry, not thirsty, and dubbed 'Oakland's darling' by Steve Roggenbuck.


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Timothy Gager is the author of ten books of short fiction and poetry. His latest, The Shutting Door (Ibbetson Street Press) was nominated for The Massachusetts Book Award. He has hosted the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts every month for the past twelve years and is the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival.

He has had over 250 works of fiction and poetry published since 2007: nine have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been read on National Public Radio. He lives on www.timothygager.com He lives on www.timothygager.com


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Susan Nisenbaum Becker’s poetry has appeared or in PLAINSONGS, PHOEBE, SALAMANDER, COMSTOCK REVIEW, POETRY EAST, WILDERNESS HOUSE LITERARY REVIEW, LUMINA, AVATAR REVIEW, CONSEQUENCE, CAYLX and SLIPSTREAM, among others. She is a playwright, actor and arts organizer. She has received several Local Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants on behalf of the Herring Run ArtsFest, a weekend long arts festival held in her hometown of Middleboro, MA, which she co-founded and co-directed. She has been awarded writing fellowships at Canada’s Banff Center for the Arts’ Leighton Studios, Yaddo where she held the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency, and the MacDowell Colony. Susan has been a featured reader at venues in Boston, Cambridge and Cape Cod. Her work was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. Her first full-length book of poems, Little Architects of Time and Space, was published by Word Poetry in October, 2013.    


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Duy Doan's poems have appeared in Slate, The Cortland Review, and Amethyst Arsenic. A Kundiman Fellow and Robert Pinsky Global Fellow, he is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award and an Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club. He is the Programs Director of the Favorite Poem Project and is currently working on an open online course with Robert Pinsky called The Art of Poetry, which launches in the fall. A Vietnamese American, Duy was born in Dallas, Texas and received his MFA from Boston University.


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Jamie is a New York/Boston based actor and writer.

The son of professional actors Jay O. Sanders and Maryann Plunkett, Jamie knew he wanted to perform from a young age. In second grade he was diagnosed with mild Tourette Syndrome, which was a bit of a setback for a career so ingrained in public speaking.

Not one to be have his future dictated by a few misfiring synapses, Jamie learned over time to cope with and even embrace the disorder and is still pursuing a career in acting. 

Jamie studied Drama at LaGuardia Highschool. He currently attends Emerson College as a TV Production major. He enjoys poetry, milkshakes, and making terrible puns.


Teisha Dawn Twomey received her MFA in Poetry from Lesley University. She is an Associate Editor at Wilderness House Press.  Teisha’s work has appeared in Ibbetson Street , Fried Chicken and CoffeeMetazenPoetica, JMWW Journal, Oddball Magazine, Paragraph LineSanta Fe Literary Review, and the "Wasn't That Special?" Anthology.


Also featuring Jesse Prado & Chad Parenteau.