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Spoken Word Trolley

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The Spoken Word trolley will feature 15 performers spread across six hours. The performances will begin at noon, last an hour each, and include: stand-up comedians, performance poets, award-winning story-tellers, fiction writers, and a playwright directing a play written just for the trolley.

Schedule for Sunday, May 6

Noon - 1:00
Humor, story-telling, poetry
Randy Ross with Joan Fitzgerald, Susan Phillips, and Heather Campbell.

1:00 - 2:00
Poetry
Marsha Pomerantz with Jennifer Barber

2:00- 3:00
Original play, poetry, and live music
Deb Wiess with Kathleen Monteleone and Diva's Daughters.

3:00 - 4:00
Fiction, story-telling, poetry
Erica Ferencik with Marguerite McGrail and Mary McGrail.

4:00 - 5:00
Fiction and story-telling
Daniel Gewertz

5:00 - 6:00
Memoir, poetry, and humor.
Michael Mack with Judah Leblang and Randy Ross

Bios

Randy Ross, Coordinator
Randy Ross, a Somerville writer, has read his work at poetry slams, story slams, and one smut slam. His fiction has appeared in The Drum and Side B Magazine. He is finishing a novel, The Loneliest Planet: A Handbook for the Chronically Single, which he will circulate to agents in 2012. (Noon - 1:00, 5:00 - 6:00)

Jennifer Barber
Jennifer Barber’s new collection poems, Given Away, is forthcoming from Kore Press in 2012. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Orion, Bellevue Literary Review, Agni, the Harvard Review, the Gettysburg Review, Cerise Press, the New Yorker. (1:00 - 2:00)

Heather Campbell
Heather Campbell’s poetry has appeared in CenterPieces, The Beacon Hill Times, and Bagels with the Bards #5. Her professional experience includes: journalism, public relations, publishing, and advertising. She is a prize-winning public speaker who has done stand-up comedy which she describes as Outward Bound for couch potatoes. She lives in Boston. (Noon - 1:00)

Diva's Daughters
Diva’s Daughters is a Cambridge-based folk group who sings out against violence and advocates for women. The artists who comprise this ensemble sing on behalf of the Diva Day Foundation, A non-profit whose mission is to showcase artists while raising money for domestic violence shelters and addressing issues of assault. (2:00 - 3:00)

Erica Ferencik
Novelist, screenwriter, and essayist Erica Ferencik is the author of Cracks in the Foundation, called “hysterical” by Alex Beam of the Boston Globe, and Repeaters, a critically acclaimed supernatural thriller. Her work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, on Salon.com, and National Public Radio. (3:00 - 4:00)

Joan Fitzgerald
Cambridge transplant, Joan FitzGerald, former business reporter for the Boston Globe and the American Banker, who chucked her reporter's notebook to raise carefree offspring, is now completing a middle grade, magical realism novel while studying the Alexander Technique. Life makes no sense which is why we read and why we write. (Noon - 1:00)

Daniel Gewertz
For 28 years, Daniel Gewertz wrote about music and theatre for the Boston Herald, among other publications. He teaches memoir writing; won the 2011 Somerville Story Slam, the WBUR Zip Code Story contest; and placed 2nd in the MassMouth All-Star Story Slam. At B.U., he was best known for his Elvis Presley imitation. (4:00 - 5:00)

Judah Leblang
Judah Leblang is a Medford-based writer, who grew up in Cleveland. His essays have been broadcast on National Public Radio stations around the U.S., and published in newspapers and magazines in Boston and Cleveland. He is the author of Finding My Place: One Man's Journey from Cleveland to Boston and Beyond. (5:00 - 6:00)

Michael Mack
Writer and performer Michael Mack has published poems and stories in America, Best Catholic Writing, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Awards include an Artist Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He has performed feature-length solo shows at Foxwoods, the U.S. Library of Congress, Off-Off-Broadway, and at Harvard and Yale Universities. (5:00 - 6:00)

Marguerite McGrail
Marguerite McGrail was awarded first place in the Harold Taylor prize by The Academy of American Poets. She won second place in the Marcia Keach prize for poetry. Her poems have been published in the University of Massachusetts Literary Journal, The Watermark, and Boston’s The Local. (3:00 - 4:00)

Mary McGrail
Mary McGrail's stories have appeared in The Portland Review, Melic Review, and The Brooklyn Rail. She has an MA in Fiction from City College, CUNY, where she was a NY Times Fellow. Mary lives and works in New York City. (3:00 - 4:00)

Kathleen Monteleone
After winning the Irene Ryan Award for Acting at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Kathleen trained and worked in London. Upon her return to the U.S., she worked professionally for nine years on the New York stage, in television, and in film. Kathleen is currently a member of Boston's acting community. (2:00 - 3:00)

Susan Phillips
Susan Phillips, a Boston area writer, has had work published in many newspapers and magazines. Her short stories have been printed in Living Text, Red Wheelbarrow, Wild Violet, IdioM, Perspectives Magazine, Lichora and All the Women Followed Her. She is currently working on an historical novel about King Agrippa I. (Noon - 1:00)

Marsha Pomerantz
Marsha Pomerantz’s poetry collection The Illustrated Edge was published in 2011 by Biblioasis. Her poems and prose have appeared in/on Beloit Poetry Journal, Boston Review, Harvard Review, Parnassus, PN Review, Poetry Daily, Salamander, and Verse Daily, and she has translated poetry, short fiction, and a novel from the Hebrew. (1:00 - 2:00)

Deb Wiess
Debbie Wiess is a Boston-based writer, with projects in English and French. Her work, which includes plays, screenplays, poetry and stories, has been presented throughout the U.S. and abroad, and has won awards. She also directs and produces. This will be the first time she has presented work on a moving trolley. (2:00 - 3:00)