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Poetry Café – December

Marilyn Meyerhoff Lobby
Hosted by
ARNIE REISMAN

Joined by Poets
Emma Young
Dan Waters
Christopher Legge
Holly St. John Bergon

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

Emma Young

Emma is a designer, printmaker, and writer living on her native Martha's Vineyard Island, Massachusetts, where she serves as poet laureate of the town of West Tisbury.

Dan Waters

Dan was born in New Jersey, raised in Brazil, and moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 1977 when he graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. For many years he wrote light verse for the Vineyard Gazette as “D.A.W.” He still uses this pseudonym for his humorous quatrains that are regular features in Yankee Magazine and Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. Dan pays close attention to meter and rhyme, and his poems are very much written for the ear. Lately he’s taken this one step further, crossing the line into songwriting. In 2006 he was appointed West Tisbury’s first Poet Laureate — a position from which he is now retired, although he continues to receive his full salary.

Christopher Legge

A grateful member of the Cleaveland House Poets, Chris has been quietly perfecting his unique form of story poetry on the island he loves. Soon to release his first Book, 'A Whither in the Twile', Chris ties the past and the present,mixing rhyme with metaphor, inviting the reader to wander and wonder down the path of his making.

Holly St. John Bergon

Holly St. John Bergon has published poems in The Sewanee Review, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Ploughshares, Terra Nova, College English, ISLE: as in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, and elsewhere. With her husband Frank Bergon, she has published translations of the Spanish poets Antonio Gamaneda, José Ovejero, Xavier Queipo, and Violeta C. Rangel in New European Poets and The European Constitution in Verse. For many years, she taught courses in English composition, modern poetry, and creative writing at the State University of New York-Duchess Community College. She lives in Oak Bluffs.

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. He served as Martha’s Vineyard Poet Laureate from 2014-2017. He is a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society and the Cleaveland House Poets. His published books of poems include Clara Bow Died For Our Sins, and Sodom and Costello. 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 - and became War Paint, a Broadway musical.

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