Spoonful: A Gathering of Stone Soup Poets

An extension of Cambridge's Stone Soup Poetry Venue.


Stone Soup Issue #6

Chad Parenteau

Contributing Editor
Dale Meyer-Curley

Contributing Artists
Chad Parenteau

C.C. Arshagra is a Boston based poet and songwriter. He was active in Stone Soup as the videographer for the Stone Soup Poetry TV show. He also toured with the Barnum and Buddah Poetry Circus. He is the author of The Open Mike Poems, a series of chapbooks. He has been called "The hardest working man in poetry" by Jeff Robinson.

Christine Casner is writer, poet and artist. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts with: Jackson, Grumpers & Wayne (2 Kitties and one Human). "Jack Powers helped my find my voice. I miss him."

Susie Davidson, a proud member of Garrison Keillor's ignoble Professional Organization of English Majors, is a journalist for the Jewish Daily Forward, the Jewish Advocate and the Jewish Journal, and has contributed to the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. She is also a filmmaker and author, and a poet who was greatly inspired by Jack Powers.

Raffael De Gruttola is a longtime member of the Nick Virgillio Haiku Association.

Edward S. Gault is a photographer and poet. He lives with his wife Karen and their daughter in Mosaic Commons, a co-housing community in Berlin Ma.

Marc D. Goldfinger
loves poetry. "The Spirits of Jack Powers, Jack Spicer, Rainer Maria Rilke & Sylvia Plath, among others, haunt the words I write. I ride a metric motorcycle and pray to the Mystery."

Carolyn Gregory is a poet/music writer/journalist/community activist who lives in Jamaica Plain, MA. She published a full length book, Open Letters, in 2009.

Doug Holder is the founder of the Ibbetson Street Press and teaches writing at Endicott College and Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. He is a former president of Stone Soup Poets, and his work has appeared in the Endicott Review, The Boston Globe, Poesy, and others.

Walter Howard is a retired history professor, English teacher and journalist.  His poems have appeared in Motive, Longfellow Journal, Ibbetson Street, Journal of Modern Writing, Endicott Review, and others.

Yuri Hospodar used to be a poet. He now lives in writerblocked exile in deepest Sydney, Australia. His one slim volume of verse, To You In Your Closets and Other Poems, was published by the Stone Soup Arts Trust in 1990. Other poems have appeared in other places, and not appeared in many, many more.

Lawrence Kessenich won the 2010 Strokestown International Poetry Prize for his poem “Angelus.” His poetry has been accepted for publication by Poetry Ireland Review, Atlanta Review, Cream City Review, Chronogram, Ibbetson Street, Word Riot, Verse Wisconsin, Ekleksographia, and other magazines. His chapbook Strange News was published by Pudding House Publications in 2008.

Gordon Marshall is an accomplished jazz critic and poet, as well as writing tutor, for Jewish Vocational Service in Boston, Mass., where he works with students in the Bridges to College program. His criticism can be found in AllAboutJazz.com, as well as The New York City Jazz Record.

Felipe Victor Martinez is a beat-influenced poet with strong ties to Stone Soup.  A former host to the venue, he has been published in the Boston Poet website.  He manages the successful business Astro Inkjet in Malden, Massachusetts.

Ryk McIntyre has been on the Boston poetry scene for several decades. Clearly, he hasn't learned his lesson.

Dale Meyer-Curley has been a lover of words since her first episode of Sesame Street.  If there was an equivalent of "Foodie," for poetry appreciation, she'd be that.  When she's not working in IT, spending time with her family, knitting, organizing scifi conventions, or editing poetry journals, she's writing blogs and stories.

Bridget Murphy is a singer/songwriter/musician. She lives in Allston MA with "PEACE & LOVE" along side of "Understanding."

Joanna Nealon has five published books: The Lie And I, Poems Of The Zodiac, Said The Sage, The Fourth Kingdom, and Living It. Her poems have appeared in Stone Soup Gazette, Poiesis, The Aurorean, Medaphors, Ibbetson Street, and the anthology We Speak for Peace.

Chad Parenteau is the current host and organizer of Stone Soup Poetry.

Bill Perrault records and produces the Stone Soup Poetry TV series for public access TV in Cambridge and Lowell.

Jack Powers founded Stone Soup Poetry in 1971. He passed away in 2010. The poem here first appeared in issue 6 of Stone Soup Poetry, a collection compiled by the late John Wieners.

Su Red is a photographer/writer/artist currently residing in the boston area. She designed and maintains her own website at www.wellredcreations.com

Ryan "Rat" Travis began his poetic career at Stone Soup during the latter part of the TT the Bears years. Jack was a driving force in Ryan's work, egging him on to push the envelope as far as he could. Ryan continues to write and perform poetry and can be found stalking the hallways of Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery throughout October.

James Van Looy has been a fixture in Boston’s poetry venues since the 1970s and performed with the Mirage Mime Theater from 1980 to 1987 during which time he was also taught classes offered by Mirage. From 1987 to 1988 he was a member of the Collective Mime. His poetry has been anthologized in Out of the Blue Writers Unite. He has run poetry workshops for Boston area homeless people at Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House since 1992 and regularly reads at Bay State Prison as part of their poetry program. Currently, Van Looy leads the Labyrinth Creative Movement Workshop.

Carol Weston has featured many times with Stone Soup. She read alongside Jack Powers and Allen Ginsberg in 1973 in the former Charles Street Universalist Church. In the Winter of 1983, she was asked by Powers to feature in Boston's City Hall along with John Wieners. Her poetry has been published in The Farleigh Literary Review, Bomb, Stone Soup Anthology 2003, Spoonful and The Blind See Only This World.