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The Page Poetry Workshop: The Reading

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Wednesday • December 12

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186 Hampshire Street (rear)
Cambridge, MA 02139

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The Page Poetry Workshop: The Reading

Do you consider the page when writing poems? Do you consider the whole page when writing poems? What is the effect of a vertical poem versus a horizontal one? Do you consider that where there aren’t words these open  spaces are silences? What if you considered silences in your poems as much as your words? What if you considered each from of punctuation and each line break (different kinds of pausing silences) as much as your words?
Kevin McLellan’s fall 2018 workshop (Cambridge, Mass.) explored these questions on the page and in discussion. The reading will
 include work by participating poets Cynthia Bargar, Eileen Cleary,
Christine Jones, Martha McCullough, Suzanne Mercury, David P. Miller, and Steven Riel, as well as Kevin McLellan.

Cynthia Bargar’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Stoneboat Literary Journal, LUMINA Online, Gargoyle, Driftwood Press, Loch Raven Review, and poems2go, among others. Her recently completed chapbook manuscript, Sleeping in a Dead Girl’s Room, explores the apparent suicide of her aunt, for whom she is named, and wonders about the doubling that seems to have occurred, family secrets, and intergenerational mental illness.
Cynthia is Managing Editor of Pangyrus LitMag and lives in Provincetown and Boston, Massachusetts.

Eileen Cleary is a graduate of Lesley University's and (soon) Solstice of Pine Manor’s MFA programs. She’s a recent Pushcart nominee and has work published or upcoming in Naugatuck River Review, J Journal, The American Journal of Poetry, Right Hand Pointing, Main Street Rag, and The West Texas Literary Review. She has chaired poetry panels at the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Poetry
festivals and been faculty at the Hollihock Writer’s Conference. She
co-founded the Lily Salon of Needham and edits The Lily Poetry Review. Her first full length collection, Child Ward of the Commonwealth, is forthcoming in 2019 from the Main Street Rag Press.

Christine Jones holds her MFA from Lesley University and is
founder/editor-in-chief of poems2go, a national public poetry project.
Her most recent poetry can be found or is forthcoming in 32 poems,
Salamander, Crab Creek Review, Cimarron Review, Mom Egg Review, Lily Poetry Review, Literary Mama and elsewhere. She lives in Cape Cod with her husband where you can find them swimming or surfing in their shark mitigating wetsuits.

Martha McCollough is a writer and painter who lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts. She has an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Baffler, Crab Creek Review, Salamander, and Tampa Review, among others. Her videopoems have appeared in Triquarterly, Datableed, and Atticus
Review.

Kevin McLellan earned BA's from the University of Southern Maine and the University of Central Lancashire, and an MFA from
 Vermont College. He is the author of Hemispheres (Fact-Simile Editions, forthcoming), Ornitheology (The Word Works, 2018), [box] (Letter [r] Press, 2016), Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010). He won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize and Gival Press’ 2016 Oscar Wilde Award, and his poems appear in numerous literary  journals including American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, West Branch, Western Humanities Review, and Witness. Kevin, originally from Conway, New Hampshire, currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Suzanne Mercury is a poet who also creates mixed-media visual and haptic poetry assemblages using glass, gold, tree branches, and all manner of natural materials. Her collection of glass visual poems sassafracas (Xerolage 69) is published by Xexoxial Editions— their first ever Xerolage in full and flamboyant color. She has published poetry in a variety of literary journals, and has shown her visual work and read poems a wide variety of venues in Cambridge, Brooklyn, Amherst, Boston, and Istanbul. She lives in Boston, where she co-organizes the Boston Poetry Marathon.

David P. Miller’s chapbook, The Afterimages, was published by Červená Barva Press. His poems have recently appeared in Meat for Tea, riverbabble, Nixes Mate Review, Naugatuck River Review, HedgeApple, Gravel, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Peacock Journal, and What Rough Beast, among others. His poem “Kneeling Woman and Dog,” was included in the 2015 edition of Best Indie Lit New England. With a background in experimental theater before turning to poetry, David was a member of the multidisciplinary Mobius Artists Group of Boston for 25 years. He was a librarian at Curry  College in Milton, Mass., from which he retired in June 2018.

Steven Riel is the author of one full-length collection of poetry, Fellow Odd Fellow, and three chapbooks, the most recent of which, Postcard from P-town, was published by Seven Kitchens Press as runner-up for the inaugural Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. His poems have appeared in several anthologies and numerous periodicals, including The Minnesota Review and International Poetry Review. He is the editor-in-chief of the online Franco-American literary journal Résonance.
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