U35 is a bi-monthly reading series for poets under 35, held once each January, March, May, July, September, and November . The series seeks to promote and bolster Massachusetts poets uner 35 while giving them a venue to share their work and connect with other poets under 35. If you are a poet under the age of 35, sign up to read! U35 ran for four years under its founder Daniel Evans Pritchard, before Mass Poetry adopted the series in May 2014.
Upcoming readings: Tuesday, March 28 - new location - Trident Booksellers & Cafe
Tuesday, May 23 - new location - Trident Booksellers & Cafe
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Leslie Ahlstrand is a graduate of Trinity College where she was the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize. Her work has appeared in the Connecticut Review. She now lives and works in Boston.
Mario Alejandro Ariza
Mario Alejandro Ariza was born in the Dominican Republic, but grew up between Santo Domingo and Miami. He has held a scholarship from the Breadloaf Writer’s conference, and his poetry and prose appear or are forthcoming in Guernica, Keep This Bag Away From Children, UP literature and Circleshow. His self-published book of poems, The Same River Twice, is available for prchase on Itunes and Amazon. Please don’t hold that against him.
David Bartone’s book, Practice on Mountains, was selected for the 2013 Sawtooth Poetry Prize by Dan Beachy-Quick. He is also the author of Spring Logic, a chapbook with H_NGM_N. His poems and translations have appeared at Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Laurel Review, Mountain Gazette, Handsome, Volt, and others. He is faculty at University Without Walls at UMass Amherst. He lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Noah Burton was born in Kansas City, Kansas and grew up in Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied philosophy and from the University of New Hampshire's MFA program, where he teaches. His poems have appeared in Burningword, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Scapegoat Review, Basalt Magazine, and Kenning Journal.
Taylor Butts is a poet, writer, and teacher from New Bedford, Massachusetts. He is focused on building up a strong writing community in the city, while helping people find a way to express themselves more openly through programming and events that foster a greater understanding of language and the arts. He teaches creative writing classes in the community and performs spoken word poetry at various venues in Massachusetts.
Dan Carey is finishing up his Undergraduate degree in Creative Writing, Classics, and Music History this Spring at Suffolk University. He read, and was published, in the chapbook for the 2015 Greater Boston Intercollegiate Poetry Festival, and has helped organize open-mic readings in various sections of Boston over the last few years.
John-Paul Catenza Born 1981, the youngest of seven children, Catenza grew up in Needham, MA and works as a Concierge in Boston. He writes poetry and fiction.
Chen Chen received a BA in Creative Writing and Asian/Pacific/American Studies from Hampshire College. He is currently a University Fellow in Syracuse University's MFA program, where he also serves as Poetry Editor for Salt Hill. His work has appeared/is forthcoming in Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Narrative, DIAGRAM, [PANK], Crab Orchard Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Best American Poetry 2015, among others. A Pushcart Prize nominee and Kundiman Fellow, he was named a finalist for Narrative's 30 Below Contest and a second place winner of the Joy Harjo Poetry Award, from Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. He has also received scholarships and fellowships from Tent: Creative Writing and the Saltonstall Foundation. He is planning on pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature.
Josh Cook’s poetry has appeared in Epicenter Magazine, Lyrical Somerville, in Plume Poetry Anthology 2012 and 2013, and elsewhere. Other work has appeared in The Coe Review, The Owen Wister Review, Barge, apt literary magazine and other print and online journals. He was also a finalist for the 2011 and 2012 Cupboard Fiction Prize. He is a poetry reviewer for Bookslut.com, who featured his essay, “The Problem with American Poetry,” in Bookslut 100. Other criticism has appeared in The Millions and The Rumpus. He is a blogger, bookseller, and magazine buyer for Porter Square Books in Cambridge, and writes the books and culture blog “In Order of Importance.” His novel An Exaggerated Murder is forthcoming from Melville House in the Winter of 2015.
Colleen Coyne is the author of the chapbook Girls Mistaken for Ghosts (dancing girl press, 2015), and her work appears in DIAGRAM, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Tupelo Quarterly, New Delta Review, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Framingham State University and works as a freelance writer and editor. Find out more at http://www.colleencoyne.net.
Kevin Cutrer was born and raised in the American South, has lived in South America, and now resides in the southernmost neighborhood of Boston. His poems and reviews appear widely, in such publications as The Hudson Review, Cimarron Review, The Dark Horse, Sugar House Review, and Words Apart. His first collection, Lord's Own Anointed, was a semi-finalist for the Anthony Hecht prize and is currently in search of a publisher.
DiDi Delgado is a writer, activist, freelance journalist and poet. She is currently Head of Operations at S.O.U.P (The Society Of Urban Poetry) a collective of artists and musicians whose mission statement, is to help shed light on the diversity amongst creative individuals and groups across gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, faith, ability, age; and aims to bridge the gaps between these intersectionalities. She has facilitated writing workshops at the Haley House and the Dudley Café in Dudley Square. She has served on the leadership team for the ACLU's BCPA Committee, the Boston Branch of the NAACP's Young Adult Committee. She is constantly on the front lines blazing pathways, creating channels and fostering connections in support of other activists. She is the recipient of the 2015 Jack Powers Stone Soup Savor award which is awarded annually to one poet that serves the Boston and Cambridge communities as a mentor while consistently providing distinguished contributions to the art of poetry. DiDi has participated in Michael Rothenberg's 100,000 Poets for Change, adjudicated with Boston Poet Laureate and others for the 2015 Mayor's Poetry and Prose program, performed for various venues such as: Boston Center for Arts, Boston City Hall, Emerson College performing under the direction of Akiba Abaka and Walter Mosley, Boston City Councilor At Large Ayanna Pressley's Jump Into Peace initiative and co-curated an event for Illuminus during Hubweek 2015. Deeply passionate about both her local and global community; she believes that poetry and activism go hand in hand. Visit DiDi and team at www.facebook.com/soupboston or www.soupboston.com.
David R. DiSarro
David R. DiSarro is currently an Assistant Professor of English and administrator at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. His work has previously appeared in The Wilderness House Literary Review, The Hawaii Pacific Review, Shot Glass Poetry Journal, The Ibbetson Street Magazine, The Orange Room Review, Breadcrumb Scabs, Third Wednesday, among others. David was featured on SCATV's Poet to Poet / Writer to Writer television series, and his first chapbook of poems entitled I Used to Play in Bands is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. He currently lives on the North Shore with his fiance, Beth, their two boys, and two rambunctious golden retrievers.
Hillary Vaughn Dobel
Hilary Vaughn Dobel was born in Seattle and lives in Boston. Her poetry and Spanish-to-English translations have appeared in Ploughshares, Kenyon Review Online, Boston Review, and the New York Times. She is the translator of Nine Coins by Carlos Pintado (Akashic Books) and The Clouds by Juan José Saer (Open Letter Books). Hilary holds an AB from Princeton University and has received fellowships from University of Chicago, Columbia University, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, where she is in residence as a fellow for 2016-2017. She is an editor at Circumference: Poetry in Translation.
Will Dowd is a writer currently living and working in Braintree, Massachusetts. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, where he was a national Jacob K. Javits Fellow in poetry. He also received an MS from MIT. His poems have appeared in The Rialto, Barrow Street, 5 AM, Post Road, 32 Poems, Eclipse, and Boston College Magazine. In 2010, he was selected by Paul Muldoon for the Scotti Merrill Memorial Scholarship at the Key West Literary Seminar. In 2006, he was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from Poetry magazine.
Curtis Emery is a poet from Massachusetts. He lives somewhere between the intersection of light and dark and excess— his work is published in [In] Parentheses New Modernism, Boston Poetry Magazine, INFINITE SCROLL: a journal of literature and art, The Sierra Nevada Review, ELDERLY, Sink Review and translated into German with the Berlin publication, Kathedrale19. His work also appears in DEVOURING THE GREEN: fear of a human planet: a cyborg / eco poetry anthology from Jaded Ibis Press. Curtis has forthcoming work in Reality Beach. Emery received his M.F.A. from Sierra Nevada College.
Alana Folsom recently graduated with an MFA in poetry from Oregon State University, where she was Editor-in-Chief of their literary magazine, 45 Parallel. Her poetry has been published in The Journal and Hobart.
Elana Friedland is a Boston-based poet and theatre artist. She has received scholarships and fellowships from Grub Street and Summer Literary Seminars. Her writing has been published in Broad! and the Jewish Journal. Originally from the Midwest, she currently resides in Brighton and co-edits Window Cat Press, an online literary magazine for emerging artists.
Jessica Fjeld is the author of the chapbooks The Tide (2010) and On animate life (2006), a winner of the Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Jubilat, Poetry Magazine, Boston Review, Conduit, Sixth Finch,Better: Culture & Lit, and H_NGM_N, among other journals. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and now lives in Boston, where she works as a lawyer.
Mark Gosztyla’s poems have recently appeared in Barn Owl Review, Bodega, LUMINA, Transom, and Whiskey Island Magazine. Mark received an MFA from the University of New Hampshire, and for the past 6+ years he has taught poetry workshops at Tufts University. He lives with his family in New Haven, CT, but really, Boston, you're his home.
Ryan Heidorn lives in Salem, MA, holds a masters degree in Information Technology, and used to be in a Christian emo band. He teaches cybersecurity, works in corporate software, and writes poetry to save his life.
Rage Hezekiah is a MacDowell Fellow, who earned her MFA degree from Emerson College. Her poems have appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Glassworks, Columbia Poetry Review, and Chicago Quarterly Review, as well as other journals, and are forthcoming in the Minnesota review, and Painted Bride Quarterly. Her writing has been anthologized in Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out and All We Can Hold, a collection of poems on motherhood..
Corey Howard is a Massachusetts raised poet and musician. He graduated from Suffolk University in 2014 with a BA in English, Creative Writing. He works as a full time Line Cook at the Sinclair and is the Senior Editor for the literary journal Hollow. He is currently preparing a manuscript tentatively titled, “On the Spot,” and writing a record titled “Bad Burn.” Corey is 23 years old and growing.
Heather Hughes hangs her heart in Boston and Miami. She divides herself rather unevenly into poet, yoga teacher, and traveler slices. Heather holds a Master’s in Foreign Literature from Harvard, and she is currently an MFA candidate at Lesley. Her work has appeared in Midwest Quarterly, Cream City Review, Prick of the Spindle, and other fine journals. She has been called smart and full of whimsy, quirky, raw, and awkward. Sometimes even to her face. All her tattoos have wings.
Daniel Jackson, a poet from New York, says he writes with spareness, about the body as a political object, questioning his masculinity in a family of women; where his experiences being a parent, black, and gay is woven into the American experience. Currently, he is an MFA candidate at Emerson College. His work has appeared in Calliope Magazine and other small journals.
Frances Kimpel is a performance and creative artist currently residing in Waltham, Massachusetts. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, she maintains a marked love the region's characterizing rain, cold seas, and pervasive evergreen. Frances completed her BA at Brandeis University and achieved a Masters in Medieval History at Durham University, UK, before returning to Massachusetts, where she now divides her time between a job at Albright Art and her many creative undertakings. These include both collaborative work as a writer, director, and actor for her beloved theatre troupe, Chameleon's Dish, as well as a myriad of independent projects in prose fiction, poetry, and material crafts. Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Window Cat Press (Dec. 2014), Polychrome Ink (Feb. 2015), and Agender Zine (projected Mar. 2015). Frances can be found online at fidelishaereticus.wordpress.com.
Hannah Larrabee considers herself tremendously lucky to have completed an MFA in creative writing, and to have engaged in two disparate fields of work: teaching and technology sales. She is also slightly obsessed with anything related to Cosmology. Her chapbook, Virgo, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2009 and nominated for a Massachusetts Book Award, and a Pen New England Literary Award. Her poems have appeared in: Best Indie Lit in New England, Tidal Basin Review, Contemporary American Voices, Extract(s), Conceit Magazine, Scarab Literary Magazine, and others.
Sarah Levine received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Green Mountains Review, PANK, and Fourteen Hills among others. Sarah won Westchester Review's 2012 Writers' Under 30 Poetry Contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook Herman was published by The New Megaphone Press in 2014.
Alyssa Mazzarella is an MFA candidate in poetry and a creative writing instructor at UMass Boston. In 2013, she received an Academy of American Poets Prize and a Mary Doyle Curran Creative Writing scholarship. She’s previously taught at Baystate Correctional Center and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and holds a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College. Her poems have appeared in Freshwater and Common Ground Review.
Lauren McCormick is a current graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University working towards a Masters in English/Creative Writing in Poetry. She is working on her thesis, which will be comprised of blues poems about North Carolina (her home state), southern culture, food, love, sex, and heartache.
A.J.'s poetry has appeared in a number of strange and wonderful publications, including Sybil's Garage, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, Cabinet des Fées, Midnight Echo, Not One of Us, Dreams & Nightmares, Goblin Fruit, Strange Horizons, Stone Telling, Farrago's Wainscot, Through the Gate, Liminality, inkscrawl, Battersea Review, and SWAMP (just to name a few). Her début collection, Lost Books (Flipped Eye Publishing, 2010), was nominated for the 2010 London New Poetry Award and for the 2011 Forward Prize, and was also a finalist for the 2011 People's Book Prize. Her second collection with Flipped Eye, The Dishonesty of Dreams, was released in August of 2014. Her two chapbooks, Devil's Road Down and Wanderlust, are available from Maverick Duck Press. She has been serving as Senior Poetry Editor at Strange Horizons magazine since 2012. She holds degrees from Wellesley College and the University of York (UK), and she is currently an MFA candidate and Teaching Fellow in Poetry at BU.
Calvin Olsen holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University, where he received a 2011 Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship. His poetry and translations have appeared in Nashville Review, Catch & Release, Salamander, SWAMP, and the anthology Lay Bare the Canvas: New England Poets on Art, among others; and he has presented work at a variety of venues, including TEDxNewEngland and the Blacksmith House Poetry Series. He currently lives and teaches in Boston and can be found on Twitter @cal_olsen.
Lindsey O’Neill is a yoga teacher, writer, word alchemist and wilderness poetess. In her work, Lindsey writes to give voice to the sacred and visceral, the felt relationship between purusha and prakrati: soul, and the physical world and bodies we inhabit. She feels poetry to be an indispensable art form capable of creating embodied social change, while awakening both our humanity and our spirituality. Lindsey has taught Yoga & Writing workshops at Grub Street, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and at a local Boston yoga studio. She is passionate about inviting others to explore the way embodied creativity can enhance their own writing process, and align them more closely with their heads & hearts. Lindsey posts online at her website, Luminous Rebels, (www.thelindseyoneill.com) a virtual campfire to spark thought and ignite possibility while exploring what it means to see through the eyes of the Self as witness.
Matt Parker has been an avid fan of poetry since his childhood in the 1980's, and used it as a life saver during his tumultuous adolescence of the 1990's. Matt began to share his poetry and encourage others to use it as a coping tool in his career field as a youth development professional from the early 2000's to now. Today, Matt is still learning and teaching poetry to students in schools & community settings, co-facilitating the Boston S.O.U.P. (society of urban poetry) project, and supporting community causes everywhere.
Bryan Parys is the author of the memoir, Wake, Sleeper, which was released in the fall of 2015. His work has appeared in Ruminate Magazine (as a finalist for the 2012 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize), The Good Men Project, and Sojourner's, among others, and he has been a grant recipient of the Beverly Cultural Council. Bryan received his MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of New Hampshire and has taught creative writing classes since 2007. He commutes from Beverly to Berklee College of Music for his day job as a writer/editor, and the train journeys are solely responsible for keeping his writing habits from flatlining.
Andrew K. Peterson
Andrew K. Peterson’s poetry publications include some deer left the yard moving day (BlazeVox Books, 2013), karaoke lipsync opera (White Sky Press), and Museum of Thrown Objects (BlazeVox 2010). His chapbook bonjour meriwether and the rabid maps, published by Fact-Simile Press in 2011, was recently featured at an exhibition of poets’ maps at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Peterson’s writing is anthologized in Emergency Index 2012 (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Ash Anthology (Fact-Simile Press), and Jennifer Karmin’s 4000 Dead, 4000 Words Project. He is a cofounder and editor of summer stock, an online poetry journal. He lives in Brookline, Mass.
Charlotte Seley is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Emerson College where she served as Poetry Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Redivider and still serves as a poetry screener for Ploughshares. She is also the Social Media Manager for Mr. Hip Presents, a monthly poetry, spoken word, and music series housed at UForge Gallery in Jamaica Plain. Her work has been published in Rattle, inter|rupture, Metazen, InDigest, and others.
Richard Shideler always wanted to be a writer, scientist, comedian, engineer or inventor. So naturally, he works in advertising, where he gets to be a little bit of all of them. He’s done work for MINI Cooper, HALLS Cough drops, Virgin Mobile, the Red Sox, Staples, Eastern Bank and more. His work has garnered various awards, but he’s proudest of the set of steak knives he won at a bar one time. He currently lives in Salem, with way too many plants.
Walter Smelt is from south Florida and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is a master's candidate at Harvard Divinity School. He has published poems and translations in Poetry East, Subtropics, and the Harvard Divinity Bulletin and has an MFA in poetry from the University of Florida.
Lora Straub, 30, born in New Hampshire, living in Allston, Massachusetts, has been focusing on completing her first book of prose poetry, Language's Body. She received her BA in Literary Arts from Brown University, and her MFA in poetry from Saint Mary's College of California. Her work can be found in She Explores, Small Po[r]tions, BlazeVox, Construction Lit Mag, and Wave Composition. She is currently curating the first issue of her lit mag, ODIETAMO. She loves Pessoa, Duras, Bolaño, and beer.
Victoria Thompson studied in the MFA poetry program at the University of New Hampshire. She currently teaches 4th and 5th grade English as a Second Language in Boston Public Schools and lives in Arlington, MA.
Sarah Tourjee grew up in the Berkshires and now lives in Providence RI. She is the author of Ghost, a chapbook out from Anomalous Press. She collaborates widely and enthusiastically with artists of all mediums, and received an MFA from Brown University. She is a recipient of the John Hawkes Fiction Prize, an &NOW Award for Innovative Writing, and was a finalist for the FC2 Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize. She is a director and teacher with Frequency Writers, a writing community and school located in Providence. Find her work at sarahtourjee.wordpress.com
Denise Warren lives, writes, and works in the suburbs of Boston. By day she is a typo vigilante, working as a copy editor at an ad agency. When she was interviewed for the job, she was asked whether she watched the show Mad Men. She said no but they gave her the job anyway. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she also spent time as assistant managing editor of jubilat. Poems appear or are forthcoming in Pismire, Apt, and Handsome.
Margaret Winikates is a freelance writer and museum professional from Boston, MA. She writes poetry and fiction as well as Brain Popcorn, a blog on interdisciplinary education. Meg was also a contributing writer to the Peabody Essex Museum blog, Connected, during her 5 years as Art & Nature Programs Coordinator. She majored in English Literature and Language at Harvard University and studied poetry and composition with Peter Sacks and Douglas Powell. Her poem "Float then Flicker," part of a photography/poetry triptych with photographer Michele Morris, was featured in Venice Arts Gallery’s 21st Gala show in 2014, and she has several other poems forthcoming this summer on Window Cat Press.
Annie Won is a poet, yoga teacher, and medicinal chemist who resides
in Somerville, MA. She is a Kundiman Fellow and a Juniper Writing Institute scholarship recipient. Her chapbook with Brenda Iijima, Once Upon a Building Block, recently published with Horse Less Press (2014) and individual chapbook, so i can sleep, is forthcoming from Nous-Zot
Press (2015). Her work has appeared in or is soon to appear in the following venues: New Delta Review, Entropy, Delirious Hem, TheThePoetry, TENDE RLION, Similar:Peaks::, and others. Her critical reviews can be seen at American Microreviews and Interviews.
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