Common Threads Partnering Poets

By design, Common Threads seeks to reach people who are not particularly familiar or comfortable with poetry, asking them to not only discuss the poems in Common Threads, but to consider leading those discussions in their communities and work places, such as libraries, senior centers, churches, and more. To increase the comfort factor for those organizing the discussion of something they may not be expert at, these poets have offered to partner up with discussion group leaders who request it. We are very appreciative to the following poets for volunteering their time and skills to make Common Threads a fun, comfortable experience for those welcoming poetry into their communities! 

Partnering Poets

Abbot Cutler
Alana Folsom
Amy Dryansky
Angela Siew
Annie Won
Anthony Febo
Charles Coe
Colleen Coyne
Corey Howard
Curtis Emery
Daniel Pritchard
Derek JG Williams
Diana Gordon
Domenic Scopa
Doug Anderson
Elizabeth Bradfield
Elysia Smith
Enzo Silon Surin
Erich Haygun
Fred Marchant
Gail Thomas
Hannah Baker-Siroty
Hannah Larrabee
Haywood Fennell
Heather Hughes
Hilary Dobel
Ishmael Klein
Jamele Adams
Janet MacFadyen
Jean Monahan
Jeffrey Harrison
Jennifer Jean
Jennifer Militello
Jessica Fjeld
Joanne Preiser
Joey Gould
John Bonanni
Jonathan Mendoza
Karen Sharpe
Kate Rushin
Kathi Aguero
Kelly DuMar
Kevin Hogan
Leo Hwang
Lisa DeSiro
Lloyd Schwartz
Lori Desrosiers
Margaret Young
Maria Williams
Matt Miller
Matt Parker
May Buchinger Bodwell
MP Carver
Neiel Israel
Patricia Lee Lewis
Paul Richmond
Rage Hezekiah
Richard Wollman
Sandra Kohler
Sarah McCann
Stepehn Pusateri
Steven Haven
Tim Gager
Walter Smelt
Zachary Bos

What People Are Saying

"I partnered with librarian Amy Rhilinger at the Attleboro Public Library for a spirited reading and discussion of the Common Threads poems with a group ranging in age from teenage to retired. Volunteers from the group read each poem aloud (terrifically!) and then invited comments. While I may have been the “partnering poet” in the mix, the engaging and varied poems themselves invited the perspectives, musings, questions, and connections that followed. On yet another cold, snowy night in Massachusetts, I think we all came away feeling nourished and warmed." -Amy M. Clark

"Thank you so very much for your work on Common Threads. The Attleboro Public Library had their discussion last night with Amy M. Clark and it was a lot of fun, for poetry lovers and for the folks that were new to it. We had everyone from teens to retirees and it was just delightful." -Amy Rhilinger, Attleboro Public Library