New Poetry and Open Mic

Date(s) - Sun. Dec. 08, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


New Poetry and Open Mic, a monthly reading series hosted by the New England Poetry Club, features poets with new books. An Open Mic follows the reading; sign-up is at the door. The New England Poetry Club, founded by Robert Frost, Amy Lowell, and Conrad Aiken, has been bringing poets and readers together for over 100 years. Our events are free and open to the public.

Featured poets this month:

Toni Bee is a singer, educator, and advocate. She grew up in Roxbury and raised her daughter in Cambridge, MA. In 2011, she was the 1st woman elected as Poet Populist of Cambridge; she was also the 2016 Inaugural Cambridge Poetry Ambassador. In 2017 Toni graduated with a BA from Simmons University. 22 Again is her first book of poetry.

Jennifer Martelli’s collection, My Tarantella (Bordighera Press), was named a 2019 “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Her chapbook, After Bird, won Grey Book Press’s Open Reading. Her work is forthcoming in Poetry and The Sycamore Review. Jennifer Martelli received the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry and is co-poetry editor for Mom Egg Review.

Chris O’Carroll is a writer, actor, and comedian. He has been Light magazine’s featured poet, and frequently contributes topical satire to that journal’s “Poems of the Week.” His work appears in The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology, and his collection The Joke’s on Me has been hailed as “a hilarious book, an erudite one, and truly moving.”

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