Lovers of Poetry, Writing, Reading, and the Arts,
For the fourth installment of the Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series, we have some fantastic poets and spoken word artists who are sure to amaze and make you fall in love with poetry again. The reading will take place at the illustrious UFORGE Gallery on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain (6pm-9pm). The art exhibition for the month of November will be sure to add to the vibrance and ambiance of the reading series. Here, everyone is and will feel hip for the evening. We will be giving away free poetry books, chapbooks, bookmarks, among other prizes for crowd and audience participation.
Fee free to tweet us at: @MrHipPresents or using the hashtag #MrHip. Don’t forget to like our page on Facebook too! To check out the lineup of awesome readers, check out the flyer below. Please check below for poet bios and photos.
The event is $8 at the door and will be free for anyone under the age of 16. We want to make poetry accessible to any and everyone. The musical guest for the evening is none other than the fabulous JULEA LiGregni along with everyone’s favorite band, the Jordan Carter Trio.
Frank Bidart’s most recent full-length collections of poetry are Watching the Spring Festival (FSG, 2008), Star Dust (FSG, 2005), Desire (FSG, 1997), and In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965–90 (FSG, 1990). He has won many prizes, including the Wallace Stevens Award, and, most recently, the 2007 Bollingen Prize for American Poetry. He teaches at Wellesley College and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Pablo Medina is the author of 14 books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and translation, most recently the novel Cubop City Blues and the poetry collection Calle Habana. He teaches at Emerson College.
Elizabeth Doran is a poet and painter. She has been published in Spirited Magazine, Poiesis, and Ibettson Street Press. She is currently the book buyer at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop
Eve Strillacci is a recent product of the Hollins University MFA program. She now works at a cooking store and lives in an attic the approximate temperature of a Jacuzzi, though her work has appeared in Brusque, Birdfeast, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. In 2013 she was a recipient of the Gertrude Claytor Poetry prize. All Eve’s poems have been begrudgingly proofread by her feisty identical twin, and any success is likely due to this.
Betsy Gomez is originally from Southern California. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her work has been published in The Coachella Review, 580 Split, and Monkeybicycle.
Eloisa Amezcua is an Arizona-native currently pursuing her MFA at Emerson College. Her work has been published at Boston Poetry Magazine and The Bitchin’ Kitsch. She is the recipient of the 2011-12 Cropper Undergraduate Creative Writing Award from the University of San Diego, chosen by Ilya Kaminsky.
Rudy Rudacious was born and raised in Providence, RI. Rudy Rudacious is a Poet, Actor, Host, Barber, Author and Radio Personality who is horrible at writing bios. Known to travel solo and get lost EVERYWHERE, Rudy has performed on many stages and has hugged a lot of people. Rudy keeps his bio short because he believes his past accomplishments mean nothing. “It’s all about the current moment, my resume is not going to perform for me. Regardless of what I’ve done I still have to do, so let’s just do it!”
Alex Charalambides is a free lance performance poet, teaching artist and youth arts activist from Worcester, Massachusetts. He’s competed at several national poetry slam tournaments, placing as high as 5th in the country. He’s toured extensively throughout North America, released four books and 2 spoken word albums. Founder of the Worcester Youth Poetry Slam, he spent 8 years directing operations, coaching and chaperoning teens at the Brave New Voices International Youth Festival. Co-Founder and Co-Director of Mass LEAP, (the youth arts programming arm of the Mass Poetry Outreach Project 501(c)3 Non-Profit, he teaches performance poetry in schools and coordinates special events like the annual Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts Youth Poetry Slam Festival. He’s appeared as a mentor for the nationally aired PBS Childrens Show “Fetch” and was recently named a 2011 Worcester Arts Council Fellowship Award Recipient.
See you all Saturday night. To be hip or not to be (that’s never a question).
Donald @Mr_Hip Vincent