Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series (Jordan's Farewell)
November 8, 2014
6PM - 8:30PM
UFORGE Gallery (767 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130)
$8.00 (free for the kids)
We must say a special thanks to you. Because of you not only reading this and coming to our events, you are the reason for the success of Mr. Hip Presents. We hope you can make it out to our reading this Saturday. The poets below are looking forward to sharing their words with and meeting you.
After being nominated as a finalist for #BestInBoston and this being Jordan's last show, we are looking forward to the celebrations. Well, Mr. Hip might cry that Jordan is leaving us, but it will still be best thing to do with your plans this weekend.
Come see what the hype is about. Don't forget to tweet how much fun you're looking forward to having.
Poet Bios & Smiles
I am a Haitian-born poet and social advocate and the author of the chapbook, HIGHER GROUND (Finishing Line Press, 2006). My poetry has appeared in publications such as sx: salon, Tidal Basin Review, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, The Caribbean Writer, among other literary journals. I earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University and currently serve as Assistant Professor of English at Bunker Hill Community College. I am also founder and publisher at Central Square Press, a small, independent, literary press that publishes poetry with a commitment to African-American, Caribbean and Caribbean-American communities.
Dorianne Laux’s fifth collection, The Book of Men, winner of The Paterson Prize, is available from W.W. Norton. Her fourth book of poems, Facts about the Moon won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also author of Awake (Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary) What We Carry (finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award) and Smoke, as well as two fine small press editions, The Book of Women, and Dark Charms, both from Red Dragonfly Press. Co-author of The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry, she’s the recipient of three Best American Poetry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Widely anthologized, her work has appeared in the Best of APR, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and The Best of the Net. In 2001, she was invited by late Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz to read at the Library of Congress. Her poems have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Romanian, Dutch, Afrikaans and Brazilian Portuguese, and her selected works, In a Room with a Rag in my Hand, have been translated into Arabic by Camel/Kalima Press. In 2014 singer/songwriter Joan Osborne adapted her poem, “The Shipfitter’s Wife” and set it to music on her newest release, “Love and Hate”. Ce que nous portons (What We Carry,) translated by Helene Cardona, has just been published by Editions du Cygne Press, Paris. She directs the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty of Pacific University's Low Residency MFA Program.
Dorianne Laux is represented by The Field Office Agency: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Jean's most recent poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table Publishing, 2013); other collections include: The Archivist, Fishwife, and In the War. Her poems, book reviews, and essays have appeared in: Drunken Boat, Denver Quarterly, Tidal Basin Review, Caketrain, Poets/Artists, Poetica, Talking/Writing, Mass Poetry, The Mom Egg Review, and more. She is Co-director of the Morning Garden Artist Retreats, and Poetry Editor for The Compassion Project; as well, she teaches Free2Write poetry workshops for Amirah, an advocacy group for human-trafficking survivors. For more about Jennifer, visit: www.fishwifetales.com
Shari Caplan is the Writing Program Director at the Salem Athenaeum, curator of the event series The Theatre of Words & Music and an English tutor at Bunker Hill Community College. She is a recent graduate of Lesley University's MFA program as well as an actress and filmmaker. Her work has been published in Bone Orchard Press and Paper Nautilus. Her short film, Empty Room, won Best Film at the NH48 Film Project Screening and her next short, The Whisper Chain, is forthcoming. She is so glad to be hip tonight!
Nathan Comstock started performing poetry in 2011, and has featured at such venues as Stone Soup, Rhythmic Cypher in Portland, ME, the Cantab Lounge, and Untitled Open Mic in Lowell, MA, where he represented at the National Poetry Slam in 2013. He once made a latte for Anderson Cooper. He didn't say anything about it specifically, but he definitely drank the whole thing.
My name is L.U.C.C.I., which stands for Listening, Understanding, Caring, Considering, Inquiring. I am a poet, actor and aspiring comedian. I am a Pactormedian. I am a Gothic, Hip-Hoppin', Hippie. I intend to make positive change while entertaining in the process. I am from Metro Detroit, MI, lived in Cleveland, TN, Cartersville, GA, Daytona Beach, FL and now Jamaica Plain in Boston. I have overcome many personal trials in my life to be able to do what I do today. I have a heart for social justice, a fascination with characters and their stories, and a fulfilling feeling of helping somebody smile, laugh, cry, think differently or feel appreciated. I write about myself and my experiences, I write character pieces to impersonate, whether the characters were created by me or not and I write for those who sometimes may not have a voice. My work centers around a simple idea: PEACE N LOVE. I truly believe if there was more of this in the world, it would be a better place. I intend to help bring it closer to that place. It's not a cliché; it's a goal.
We hope to see you this Saturday, November 8th :)