Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series

Dear Dreamers & Poetry Lovers,

In the words of one of my favorite living poets, Matthew Dickman:

There’s no telling what the night will bring
but the moon. That’s a no-brainer.  (from the poem Gas Station)

On December 14th, there’s no telling what sort of amazing things will happen starting at 6:00 PM  and ending 8:30 PM at the UFORGE Gallery in Jamaica Plain (767 Centre Street). Aside from the moon, a no-brainer (if you aren’t familiar with the Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series) is that the music for the evening will be performed by the Jordan Carter Trio. Their tunes and jams will put you in the holiday mood with the jazzy Christmas sounds that will trumpet throughout the walls of the art gallery.

Other no-brainers for the evening consists of:

  • Poetry book giveaways. The more you interact, tweet, clap, cry, dance, Instagram, the more likely you are to win a lovely book of poetry. Especially since we don’t want the poetry to end after the event.
  • A family-friendly environment. All ages are welcome. Although, it can get real at times. \
  • $6 entrance fee. Plus maybe an extra goodie- or two. Free for the chaps 16 and under. We want the poetry to be accessible.
  • You’ll have the most handsome host. Plus he’s funny at times. And always adorable. I might sing my favorite Xmas jam that evening too, but don’t let that discourage you from coming.
  • If you physically can’t make it, join in on the fun by using the hashtag mrhip (#mrhip) or (#JCtrio). Or follow us over at @MrHipPresents

Poets reading for the night are below. (Just a heads up: There are going to be some interesting performances). Hope everyone can make it out. And if not for yourself, do it for poetry. Do it for love:

Kathi Aguero
Kathleen Aguero’s latest book is After That (Tiger Bark Books). Her other poetry collections include Investigations: The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth,Daughter Of, The Real Weather, and Thirsty Day (Alice James Books). She has also co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press. She teaches in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives Through Literature, an alternative sentencing program.

Maggie Dietz
Maggie Dietz’s book of poems Perennial Fall (University of Chicago Press) won the 2007 Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. For many years she directed the Favorite Poem Project, and is coeditor of three anthologies related to the project: Americans’ Favorite Poems, Poems to Read and An Invitation to Poetry (all published by W.W. Norton & Co.). She teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Photo by: Richard Beaubien

Photo by: Richard Beaubien

Simone Beaubien is a decade-plus-veteran of the New England slam poetry scene, seven-time competitor at the National Poetry Slam, and SlamMaster of the world-famous Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge. Called “the woman who made Wednesday night Saturday night” by Harlym125, she has hosted the Cantab’s weekly show since 2004 and appeared as an MC from coast to coast, including the 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam Finals in Vancouver and the 2010 College Poetry Slam Invitational Finals in Boston. She served as Host City Director for the National Poetry Slam, the largest poetry slam in the world, in Boston in 2011 and 2013, and she currently directs the Somerville iteration of the worldwide Encyclopedia Show.

Upon request, she produced and presented a booking and touring workshop exclusively for the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. Her poem One-Watt Lover was performed by John Malkovich as part of Jacob Marshak’s chamber ensemble Unsent Domestic Letters. She works as a paramedic in the greater Boston area.

Tara Skurtu
Tara Skurtu is a Lecturer at Boston University, a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow, and a recipient of a 2013 Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems have been translated into Romanian, and appear or are forthcoming in Poetry Review, DMQ Review, The Dalhousie Review, Poet Lore, B O D Ythe minnesota review, Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere.

best-valency-low-resRandy Ross is a Somerville-based writer, performer, and Web consultant. His fiction and humor have appeared in The Drum, Black Heart Magazine, Side B Magazine, Calliope, and For the Girls, a feminist porn siteHe is completing a novel with working title, The Loneliest Planet, which he will circulate to agents in 2014He has performed his one-man show, The Chronic Single’s Handbook, based on the novel, at fringe festivals in  Washington, D.C., and Portland, Maine.  Previously, he was an executive editor for PC World magazine.

akpAndrew Peterson is the author of several books of poetry, most recently some deer left the yard moving day (BlazeVox 2013) andMuseum of Thrown Objects (BlazeVox 2010). His chapbook bonjour meriwether and the rabid maps (Fact-Simile Press 2011), appeared in an exhibition on poet’s maps this year at the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center. His performance-based texts are anthologized inEmergency Index 2012 (Ugly Duckling Presse), and 4000 Words 4000 Dead, a collaborative project curated by poet Jennifer Karmin. He holds an MFA from Naropa University’s Kerouac School, and edits the online poetry journal summer stock.

Amy FantAmy Fant is an MFA candidate at Emerson College where she also teaches in the First Year Writing Program. Her work has appeared in the journals Sub-Scribe, The Cumberland River Review, Weave Magazine, and others. She’s originally from South Carolina.

Charles Coe (Coming Soon)

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