October was Poetry month for me! Thanks to four soul-quenching days at Kripalu in Western Massachusetts, I recharged my creative batteries and started filling my poetry notebook again. Then on Oct. 27, I headed over to Boston for a fun & mind-blowing evening of Poetry. I was invited, along with other New England contributors, to the launch party of Stonecoast Review’s Fall Issue #9. We braved torrential rainstorms to umbrella ourselves in the new Dudley Cafe in Roxbury. The space is quickly becoming a mecca for spoken word poets, youth empowerment, foodies and a diverse community of artists, activists and dreamers. My reading was cheered on by two dear writer friends from the Boston area: Peter Elikann, who I’ve known since high school; and Laura Krantz, a talented reporter for The Boston Globe.
Here’s how the evening was described by its organizer: Stonecoast MFA Graduate Assistant Lo Galluccio (poetry/creative non-fiction) has teamed up with the Boston area poetry series’ Stone Soup MC Chad Parenteau to hold a special release party reading for the Stonecoast Review Issue #9 on October 27th at the Dudley Café in Roxbury, Massachusetts. There will be an open mic at 7:30 pm (with a sign up at 7 pm) and three features: Stonecoast Review contributor and creative non-fiction writer, Lee Kahrs, Stonecoast Review Managing Editor and fiction writer, Emily Bernhard, and Boston performance poet Joseph “Skoot” Mosby.
Reading at the same mic with such talented writers and performers was amazing! Proof that when you send your work out into the Universe, you never know what doors might open. In the clip I’m reading one of my newer poems, “Stella Knows Sin.” This was recently published in Cold Lake Anthology, 2018 Writing from the Burlington Writer’s Workshop.