Spoonful: A Gathering of Stone Soup Poets

An extension of Cambridge's Stone Soup Poetry Venue.

Stone Soup Issue #0

Chad Parenteau
Lynne Sticklor

Consulting Editors
Margaret Nairn
Jack Powers

Contributing Artists
James Conant
Bill Perrault
Cindy Williams

Patricia Brodie's poems have appeared in The Comstock Review, The Lyric, California Quarterly, The Pedestal, Raintown Review, Ellipsis, and many other journals, as well as several anthologies. She has won awards in several poetry contests and her chapbook, The American Wives Club, was published by Ibbetson Street Press this year. "Missing Ginny" originally appeared in Red River Review.

Ann Carhart considers herself to be an old Cambridge poet but readily admits being born in Brooklyn and falling in love with poetry while living in the Village and attending NYU. She has an M.A. in Writing and one in Counseling/Psychology from Cambridge's Lesley University and an Ed.D. from UMass. Her poems have appeared in the anthology Cries of the Spirit, Heat City Review, Earth's Daughters, The Hartford Courant and Spare Change News. Last November, Ibbetson Street Press published her first book, Sanctus! Sanctus! Sanctus! She is working on her next book, A Kid From Brooklyn.

James Conant: "Creatively I’m known as Konants Kritters or KKrits, and I’ve been living in Cambridge since 1991. I was given a slice of clay to keep me busy when my work slowed down due to the unfortunate events of 9/11. It amazes me the evolution of one piece of clay." His sculptures are currently available at the Out of the Blue Art Gallery.

Susie Davidson is a weekly correspondent for the Jewish Advocate and a Boston area poet. She is the editor of the Ibbetson Street Press book I Refused to Die, a compilation of stories from Boston-area Holocaust survivors and WWII liberating stories. Her poems appear monthly in Massachusetts Mensa’s The Beacon. She has written articles for The Beat!, Boston Rock, and others. She fronts a post-punk poetry band, Sound the Word, and moderates the Internet discussion group ProgressiveChat@yahoogroups.com.

Jacques Fleury, (a.k.a.The Haitian Firefly) was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He is a poet, freelance writer, journalist, columnist and Television show host/producer of “Dream Weavers w/ Jacques” at CCTV. He holds a degree in Liberal Arts and aspires for two degrees in creative writing from UMass Boston and Emerson College. His works has been published in The Boston Haitian Reporter, Spare Change News, What’s Up Magazine, Somerville News, The Bridge, The Alewife, and Eden River Press. He was recently a featured author in The Boston Globe. He is the author of Sparks in the Dark: A Lighter Shade of Blue, a poetic memoir from Warbler Books.

Lo Galluccio is a vocal artist, poet and writer who's recent essay, "Do Voices Need Shoes" was published in Abramelin on-line. Other works have been published in The Heat City Literary Review, Strangeroad.com, Lungful, I am from Lower East Side, and Ibbetson Street. In 2008 Cervena Barva Press will publish her memoir, Sarasota VII. In 2004, her first poetry chapbook, Hot Rain, came out on Singing Bone Press. Lo is also the Poetry Editor of The Alewife. Patti Smith has been a major influence on her becoming an artist and remains a shining hero of hers.

Marc D. Goldfinger has been published many places. He writes to save his life. He's hoping that he will succeed.

Carolyn Gregory has published poetry and essays on classical music and photography in the American Poetry Review, Seattle Review, Yankee, Bellowing Ark, Art Times, Main Street Rag, Poesy, Ibbetson Street, Stylus, and many others. A longtime member of the Jamaica Pond Poetry Workshop, she has done featured readings at Forsyth Chapel at Forest Hills Cemetery, St. John's Episcopal Church, Borders, and the Newton Arts Center.

Gypsypashn (a.k.a Betsy E. Lister) is a Boston area female poet, artist, career woman, mother, motorcycle enthusiast who writes about her passions, her dreams, her thoughts, and pieces stemming from life's experiences. She was voted Motorcycle Poet Laureate for New Hampshire 2005, and Motorcycle Poet Laureate for both New Hampshire and Massachusetts in 2006.

Multi award winning Metis, Director, Playwright and Screenwriter Paul Hapenny is proud to have his poetry published by the venue that got it all started over 30 years ago. Based in Nova Scotia and Boston, Hapenny's first public reading of any of his writing, came under the kind guidance of Jack Powers. He's forever indebted.

Doug Holder's poetry has appeared in Buckle, Rattle, Sahara, Harvard Mosaic, Poetry Motel, Poesy, Northeast Corridor and many more. He is the former president of Stone Soup Poets and the current arts editor of The Somerville News. He founded Ibbetson Street Press in 1998 with Richard Wilhelm and Dianne Robitaille.

Coleen T. Houlihan is a novelist and poet who studied writing at Wellesley College. She has featured at Stone Soup, Best Sellers, the Sherman Cafe and Walden Poetry Series and published poetry in The Alewife, The Wilderness House Literary Review, Ibbetson Street Press, Spare Change and elsewhere. Her poetry could be described as sensual, magical, light and dark, with images so vivid you can lose yourself in her hauntingly beautiful world. She has released two chapbooks, the most recent titled, This Human Heart.

Gordon Marshall
has been writing poetry, with significant periods of remission, for 26 years. He has a B.A. and M.A. from UMass, Boston. He is seeking publication for his new manuscript, A Trip to the Bay.

Margaret Nairn was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Guernsey on the British Channel Islands, traveling around before meeting Jack Powers and learning that what she had to say mattered. She's worked for Earthwatch and has traveled to Kenya, and the Arctic on two climate-related projects (stopping twice in Tanzania to attempt climbing Killimanjaro, succeeding the second time). She currently spends time working on art projects with Collaborative Artworks in Lynn, helping distressed artists, and as Art Curator at the International Community Church in Allston.

Chad Parenteau is the author of two chapbooks: Self-Portrait In Fire and a collection of his Sarcastic Haiku. His work appears currently in French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets from Louisiana Literature Press.

Bill Perrault went to the Universities of New England and Maine and wrote a graduate thesis on the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire. He has published poems on Mothwing, Boston Poet, Stone Soup Anthology 2003, and Out Of The Blue Writers Unite. He reads his poetry throughout New England and has featured at the Lizard Lounge, Gypsypashn's venue, and Stone Soup. He was recently named Producer of the Year for LTC Channel 8 in Lowell for his weekly production of the Stone Soup Poetry TV series as well as other programs. Inquires about his photos can be emailed to Spoonful.

Jack Powers founded Stone Soup Poetry as a weekly venue thirty-five years ago. The reading currently meets every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery. In 2002, he was the first recipient of the Ibbetson Street Press lifetime achievement award. He is the author of several collections, the most recent being the chapbook entitled, The Inaccessibility of The Creator.

Deborah Priestly runs the Out of the Blue Art Gallery of Cambridge, Mass at 106 Prospect Street with Tom Tipton, (founder, owner). She runs the Open Bark Poetry reading every Saturday night at the gallery. Her publication credits include Ibbetson Street, Spare Change, Poesy, Fresh!, The Boston Poet, The Boston Herald, The Boston Girl Guide and Out of the Blue Writers Unite (which she also co-edited). She is the author of The Woman Has A Voice from Ibbetson Street Press, an eclectic combination of healing poetry and images of women in transition.

Sue Red, Virgoian poetess from Somerville, Mass, graduated with a B.A. in creative writing from Vermont College, Montpelier, VT. She reads regularly at New England open mics. She considers other poets as well as musicians a constant source of inspiration for her writings.

Chris Robbins is the author of two chapbooks: Bard's Ambition and Love Among Equals. His work has most recently appeared in the Sacred Fools Press anthology of comic book poetry Look! Up In The Sky!

Lynne Sticklor, The Prize Lady, is a Performance & Visual Artist, Editor and Text & Graphics Designer Artist. She is the sole creator of The Prize Lady Experience: a one-on-one performance art piece and a grand poetic theatrical show with chances to earn “Fabulous Prizes." She is on-staff as an Editor and Designer in the book division of Ibbetson Street Press, with credits including Stone Soup Anthology 2003, Fairytales & Misdemeanors, The Woman has a Voice, Hot Rain, and Sanctus! Sanctus! Sanctus!. She was also Assistant Editor for the Out of the Blue Writers Unite anthology and freelance designer of A Sampling of Soul.

Ian Thal is a poet, mime, and choreographer. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Tokens: Contemporary Poetry of the Subway, Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writings from Rising Generations, Boom! For Real, Breaking Bagels with the Bards, Flash!Point, Poesy, Ibbetson Street Press, and The Crooked River Press. "Numbers" has previously appeared in Out of The Blue Writers Unite and I Refused to Die and was originally composed for a reading at the New England Holocaust Memorial organized by Stone Soup Poetry.

Adam Thielker has always thought he was a poet, but until about ten years ago, he threw away everything he wrote. He didn't like it. Since then, he has read his work regularly at Stone Soup and the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab. He likes to think of his work as a cross between T.S. Eliot and Mother Goose.

James Van Looy became involved with Stone Soup in the mid-70's when he lived on Beacon Hill, seeing performers such as Bill Barnum and Brother Blue. He studied mime for eight years with the Mirage Movement Theatre, eventually becoming a member of the troupe. He is currently the co-Artistic Director of Cosmic Spelunker Theatre.

As part of Stone Soup, Carol Weston has given readings alongside such individuals as Jack Powers, Allen Ginsberg, and John Weiners. Her chapbook, Spirals, Whorls, Sutures, Septa, was published by Stone Soup.

Cindy Williams is a 1985 graduate of the Art Institute of Houston. She has had her photography published in Pettycoat Relaxer and High Horse.