Professional Nonprofit Theater on Martha's Vineyard
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24 Church Street, Box 2452, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 | 508-696-6300
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$10, includes beverage and a slice of Pie Chicks pie

Poetry Cafe


Hosted by ARNIE REISMAN
with poets Ellie Bates, Maureen Hall, Lee McCormack, Donald Nitchie and Rose Styron

Ellie Bates

Her work is inspired by her love of nature and by time she spent with the Navajo and Kiowa as a Scholar in Native American Literature under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her poetry and nonfiction have been published in The Vineyard Gazette, The MV Times, MV Writing and Refocus. She is a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society, Cleaveland House Poets, MV Poets’ Collective, Featherstone Center for the Arts and Pathways Institutes. She edited the Collected Work of the Howes House Writers where she currently writes and offers feedback on a variety of genres. She taught haiku by using images and edited the 2013 publication by the MV Poets’ Collective. Her photographs and poetry appeared in her 2015 Calendar and in her two small chapbooks: Everything Changes and Rooted in Change. Her 2016 book is a Collage of Poetry.

Maureen Hall

is a writer/poet, and year-round resident of Martha’s Vineyard. She’s been writing since age eight, and her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Paterson Literary Review, Woman’s World, Vineyard Poets, and Hospital Drive. She is one of five island poets featured in the chapbook Quintet. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart. She’s worked the last nine years at the West Tisbury Library.

Lee McCormack

Is a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard for 45 years. Poet, master carpenter, sculptor and guitar-maker; co-founder of The Savage Poets of Martha's Vineyard, he has written poetry for 59 years.  He was the first Martha's Vineyard Poet Laureate in the history of the Island, selected in 2012 by ten judges representing the Martha's Vineyard Poetry Society.  He has engaged in poetry studies with Howard Nemerov; Galway Kinnell; Sharon Olds; Charles Simic; Robert Pinsky; Thomas Lux; and George Mills.

Donald Nitchie

edits the Banjo Newsletter, a monthly magazine for banjo players. His poems have been published in local journals, and his poetry collection Driving Lessons was published in 2008. He lives in Chilmark.

Rose Styron

is a poet, journalist, translator and international human rights activist. She's published four volumes of poetry, and traveled widely for Amnesty International and other human rights organizations, chairing AIUSA’s National Advisory Council, PEN's Freedom to Write Committee and the RFK Human Rights Award. Articles on her involvement appeared in national periodicals. In 2009 and 2010 Rose was a resident fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and its Carr Center for Human Rights. Recently she has written introductions to Letters to My Father (LSU Press) and The Selected Letters of William Styron (Random House), also editing the latter. With Meryl Streep, she co-chairs Poetry and the Creative Mind on stage at Lincoln Center each April on behalf of the Academy of American Poets. She is now involved with Beyond Conflict, with its new emphasis on neuroscience and conflict resolution. Rose’s new volume of poems Fierce Day was published in 2015. She is currently working on a memoir and various literary articles.

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