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Arnie’s Poetry Cafe – April 2022

Fan Ogilvie

In 2008 Fan published “YOU" selected poems and "KNOT: A LIFE” a memoir. In 2016 "EASINESSES FOUND" poems and paintings was published. It received special recognition from the Washington Independent Review of Poetry and Grace Cavieleri, creator of the Poet and the Poem series. In 2020 “The Berth” was published. (Details below) Fan taught English and poetry in Washington, DC, New Haven, CT, New York City, NY, and Martha's Vineyard, MA. She was selected to be the 2nd Poet Laureate of West Tisbury, MA She worked three years at the Dukes County House of Correction, where she published two volumes of poetry by the inmates. She is now facilitator of the Cleaveland House Poetry Workshop, the oldest continuous poetry group in the USA. Fan, also a painter, had a one person show at Featherstone Center for the Arts, and at The Free Library of West Tisbury, and the Chilmark Library. Fan and Arnie Reisman co edited a collection of Judith Neeld’s poetry 2019 . Judith’s work has been celebrated many times on the Vineyard. In 2020, Fan published “The Berth: American Themes in Poems and Images” It is a conversation between a contemporary poet and a passenger on the Mayflower 400 years ago answering the question: what has happened to the dreams and experiment in democracy between then and now in America.

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.

Georgia Morris

Georgia Morris is a writer of poems, plays, fiction and documentary films. Thirty years ago she moved to the Vineyard as a partner in Galen Films with her husband, Len, written plays and fiction, raised their two kids, Sam and Lily, co-founded the 4th Grade Theater Project with MJ at the Playhouse and has always kept her secret life of poetry brewing.

Susan Puciul

Susan has been a member of Cleveland House Poets since 2009. Her work has appeared in their two anthologies, in the book, Legacy of Light, on NPR and in various poetry journals over the years. She has also combined her poems with choreography performed at The Yard in Chilmark, at Featherstone and at the dance collective What's Written Within. Her day job has been running Tashmoo Realty for forty years and raising four children in the home she shares with her husband in Chilmark.

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: 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-Dutchess Community College. She lives in Oak Bluffs.

Rose Styron

Rose Styron is a poet, journalist, translator and international human rights activist. She's published five volumes of poetry (Viking, Rizzoli), 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. A variety of her articles appeared in national periodicals on her involvement. 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. Her essays and book chapters are published from time to time. With Meryl Streep, she co-chairs Poetry and the Creative Mind on stage at Lincoln Center on behalf of the Academy of American Poets each April. Beyond Conflict, with its new emphasis on neuroscience and conflict resolution, interests her greatly. She is currently working on a memoir.

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