Arnie’s Poetry Café – March 2023
March 29, 2023 at 7 pm
Hosted by Steve Ewing
With guest poets Ingrid Goff, Donald Nitchie, Jill Jupen and Elizabeth Sylvia
Steve Ewing is a dock builder living in Edgartown. He and his wife Claudia have two grown sons with growing families of their own. Steve is the first poet laureate of Edgartown and is also the town’s moderator. He has published two books of poetry: “Town Meeting Poems” and “Waterfront Poems”. He is currently working on his third collection tentatively titled, “I Remember”.
Ingrid Goff-Maidoff is a universalist poet and artisan who has lovingly created dozens of books and gifts that help deepen intimacy with the sacred. Her books include: What Holds Us, Wild Song, Befriending The Soul, Moonlight and Remembrance, Simple Graces for Every Meal, and many more. When not wandering the trails of the Vineyard, Ingrid can be found in her West Tisbury store, The Tending Joy Artisan Shop, which brims with poetry, beauty & spirit.
Jill Jupen grew up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and has lived on the island for 22 years. Her chapbook The Space Between was published by Plan B Press in 2019. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee.
Donald Nitchie has worked as a housepainter, fish market employee, landscaper, carpenter’s helper, newspaper production worker, and most recently editor. His poetry chapbook, Driving Lessons, was published by Pudding House in 2007. His poetry has been published by Cape Cod Review, Salamander, Martha’s Vineyard Arts & Ideas, The Further Shore: Exploring the Cape & Islands through Poetry, and local papers. For the past three years he has led Poetry Drop In, in-class writing sessions through local libraries. Check your calendar listing for upcoming sessions.
Elizabeth Sylvia lives with her family in southeastern Massachusetts, where she teaches English. Her first book None But Witches (2022), poems inspired by Shakespeare’s female characters, won the 2021 3 Mile Harbor Press Book Award. Elizabeth’s work is upcoming or has recently appeared in Verse Daily, Carve, Cherry Tree, Lily Poetry Review, On the Seawall, The Southern Review, and SWWIM, among others. She has been a semi- or finalist in competitions sponsored by C&R Press, DIAGRAM, 30 West, and Wolfson Press. She has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes and is a reader for SWWIM Every Day. Elizabeth will be a panelist for the 2023 Massachusetts Poetry Festival.