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Poetry Café – April

Marilyn Meyerhoff Lobby
Hosted by MV Poet Laureate
ARNIE REISMAN

Joined by Poets
Brooks Robards
Lee McCormack
Valerie Sonnenthal
Maureen D. Hall

$10 at the door, cash only
Price includes a beverage and a slice of PIE CHICKS pie.

Brooks Robards

Brooks Robards

Brooks Robards spends four months of the year in Oak Bluffs. She’s authored 15 books, including four collections of Vineyard poetry, and writes features as well as movie and art reviews for Island newspapers. Her most recent Island poetry collection is “On Island,” with images by Hermine Hull.

Lee McCormack

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Martha's Vineyard Poet Laureate Emeritus, 2012 - 2014, studied with some of the best American poets of our time, for which he has nothing but gratitude. He has been writing poetry for 56 years, 43 of which were spent as a hermit in the dank and moldy primeval forest of West Tisbury, which many have entered but none have returned properly dressed to re-enter society. He currently has three books of poetry and a novel in the works.

Valerie Sonnenthal

Valerie Sonnenthal

Valerie Sonnenthal lives in Chilmark, writes the town column for the MV Times , is a regular contributor to Arts & Ideas and The Local, and is a member of the Cleaveland House Poets. She is passionate about pro- active self-care and teaches both on and off Island. Valerie offers a monthly Sound Bath for the public and at Windemere. Ask her about it. She has been continuing her studies in self-care modalities and Sound Healing, is the publisher for Errata Editions (creating publications, new dialogues and education surrounding great photographic bookworks), and walks and swims as much as she can.

Maureen D. Hall

Maureen Hall

Maureen D. Hall has been writing since she was eight. Her poems, essays, and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Paterson Literary Review, Hospital Drive, and American Journal of Nursing. Her work was included in the Vineyard Poets Anthology, and she was one of five island poets featured in the chapbook "Quintet". Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in West Tisbury and works at the West Tisbury Library.

Arnie Reisman

Arnie Reisman

Arnie Reisman lives on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his wife, former television consumer reporter and executive coach, Paula Lyons. In October 2014 he was named Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate for a two-year term. He is a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society and the Cleaveland House Poets. His first book of poems, Clara Bow Died For Our Sins, was published in July, 2015 (Summerset Press). He is also a columnist for the weekly Vineyard Gazette, a playwright, a filmmaker and a radio performer. His dark stage comedy, Not Constantinople, had its world premiere at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse in June, 2015, directed by MJ Bruder Munafo. Since the radio program’s debut in 1996, along with his wife, he has been a regular panelist on the weekly NPR comedy quiz show, Says You! Among his film credits are Hollywood On Trial (the Blacklist era), which received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary, The Other Side of the Moon (Apollo astronaut program), which he co-produced for PBS with Mickey Lemle, and The Powder & the Glory (the Helena Rubinstein-Elizabeth Arden business rivalry), which he co-produced for PBS with Ann Carol Grossman. A theatrical musical based on this film is now being developed.

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