Extended Family

 

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Regie Gibson
Advisor - Student Day of Poetry and Professional Development

Regie Gibson is a poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator. He has performed at The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Field Museum of Natural History, and many other venues.  Gibson is widely published in anthologies, magazines, and journals, such as Power Lines, An Anthology of Poetry along with Pulitzer-Prize winning poets Gwendolyn Brooks, Yosef Komunyakaa, and Lisel Mueller. His first full-length book of poetry, Storms Beneath The Skin, was released in 2001. Gibson and his work appear in the film Love Jones, based largely on events in his life. In 1999 he performed for the award-winning Traffic Series at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater where he adapted the work of Kurt Vonnegut. 



Jacquelyn Malone
Web Content Director

Jackie worked as Senior Web Writer/ Editor at IBM and Lotus Development Corp., taught both technical and scientific writing and editing at Northeastern, and writes poetry. She has won a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship Grant in Poetry, is the author of a chapbook titled All Waters Run to Lethe, and has been published in numerous journals, including Poetry, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry Northwest, and Cortland Review. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart and have appeared on the website Poetry Daily.  She is the mother of two children and has six grandchildren.

Jade Sylvan
Special Programs Coordinator

Jade is a multidisciplinary writer, performing artist, and producer best known for the 2013 Write Bloody book Kissing Oscar Wilde and other genre-bending work exploring gender, sexuality, and love. Jade has successfully produced dozens of programs, performances, and events, and is excited to explore bold new poetry-spreading avenues with Mass Poetry. 

Gabrielle Tyson
Programs Assistant
January 2014 - May 2015

Gabby worked at Mass Poetry as a Programs Intern for a year and then as the Programs Assistant. Gabby recently graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Writing, Literature & Publishing.  Her fiction has been published in a few different on campus publications and her poetry was published in Burningword literary journal.  Gabby has worked previously in publishing at Elsevier and for the literary journal Ploughshares and currently works for the Health & Human Rights Journal at the Harvard School of Public Health.

M.P. Carver
Festival Intern, Salem State University
Fall 2014, Spring 2015

M.P. Carver, poet, lives in Salem, MA. She is a member of YesNo Press--publisher of the Zig Zag Folios--and Poetry Editor of Soundings East. Her work has appeared in various local journals, and she has been featured at multiple venues across the state.

Josh Grossman
Programs Intern, Brookline High School
Summer 2014

Josh assisted with various tasks in Summer 2014, including website transition and construction, writing for the web, and donor gift fulfillment. Josh is a junior at Brookline High School, where he is the founding captain of the slam poetry team, and hopes to graduate some time in the near future. He has been a poetry writer and enthusiast ever since his fifth grade teacher introduced him to Walt Whitman (not personally). He won first place in the poetry division of PEN New England’s Naked Truth high school writing competition, and received a Brookline Hub Youth Award both in 2014. He also runs for the Brookline cross country and track teams, is in charge of the “info time” morning announcements at the high school, and plays in a band which has played at the Middle East in Cambridge.

Jennifer Keogh
Programs Intern, Emerson College
Summer 2014

Jennifer assisted with the many tasks of our Program Director for the Summer of 2014. She is a Poetry MFA student at Emerson College and a course instructor in the emersonWRITES program. She is also a reader for Redivider, a waitress, and a seller of the clothes she shamelessly loves to wear at American Eagle. She loves writing because it scares her, challenges her, and gives her butterflies. You can find her poetry in Emerson's 48 Review and in the inaugural issue of East Coast Ink. Her BFA thesis, which she self-published is available on Amazon.com. She is a self-proclaimed foodie, pen collector, friend of the ghost of Emily Bronte, and yogini. A Rhode Island native, she loves nothing more than a hot cup of New England clam chowder on a 90 degree day and iced coffee in December.

Kaitlin McGuire
Press & Social Media Intern, Emerson College
Fall 2013, Spring 2014

While Kaitlin worked as a social media and outreach intern with MassPoetry, she was also pursuing a BFA in Writing, Literature, & Publishing from Emerson College.  She completed the degree in May 2014, and has since put her skills to work as a publishing intern and general go-to gal at Pegasus Books in Manhattan. She continues to read and write in her spare time, and is currently looking for her next big opportunity in New York City.

Beth Moore
Festival Assistant
Spring 2012

Beth Moore was outreach coordinator, volunteer coordinator, and festival assistant to the wonderful January O’Neil for the 2012 Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem. Her poetry has appeared in Pangyrus, and her first work of fiction, The Truth and the Life, was published by Alternative Book Press in 2014. She currently works in books marketing at The MIT Press, and lives not too far away in Medford, MA with her husband, Nathan. You can find her online at elizabethmooreauthor.com.

John Toothaker
Festival Intern, Salem State University
Spring 2015

John Toothaker hails from the small town of Wakefield, thirty minutes north of Boston. He loves poetry and creating stories. He is currently attending Salem State University to receive his Bachelor's in English. His poem "Believe The Lies" can be seen on Red Skies' website, the local literary magazine. He loves poetry, music, tattoos, concerts, writing, reading, drag queens, queer and identity politics, horror, punk rock, libraries, bookstores and comics/manga.