Jamaica Pond Poets
Metaphorically speaking....since 1995
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Biographies of Our Next Readers


December 8, 2017,  Friday, at 7:30 PM

Karen Locasio

Karen Locasio was born and raised in New Jersey. She received her MFA from UMass Boston, where she won an Academy of American Poets prize. Her work has appeared in Spry Literary Journal, Cider Press Review, Window Cat Press, and other fine places, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Karen’s debut collection, May All My Wounds Be Mortal won the inaugural Ron Schreiber Memorial Award and was published by Hanging Loose Press earlier this year. When not poeting, Karen is either working at CRI of New England as an enrollment specialist for the state's HIV Drug Assistance Program or is sipping a little Jack Daniel’s. She lives in Dorchester.

Fred Marchant

Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said (2017). Earlier books include The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, and House on Water, House in Air. His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize, and was reissued in a 20th anniversary second edition. Marchant has translated works by Vietnamese poets Tran Dang Khoa and Vo Que. He has also edited Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford. An emeritus professor of English, he is the founding director of the Suffolk University Poetry Center in Boston.

Robert Oldshue

Robert Oldshue began writing fiction when he completed his medical training in 1990. Twelve years later, he published his first story in The Bellevue Literary Review. In 2005, he obtained an MFA from Warren Wilson College. His first collection, November Storm, was awarded the Iowa Short Fiction Award in 2016.  A new story, "Thomas," won the New Letters Fiction Prize in 2017.  His work has also appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Ars Medica, and New England Review. He is married, has two children, lives in Jamaica Plain, and sees adults, children, and families at the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center.

2017-2018 Season  

October 13, 2017 November 10, 2017
  Noy Holland
  Amy Hoffman
  Adam Scheffler   Meg Kearney
  Sandra Storey*   Nicholas Samaras
December 8, 2017 January 12, 2018
  Karen Locasio   Alan Smith Soto*
  Fred Marchant   Tim Suermondt
  Robert Oldshue   Pui Ying Wong
February 9, 2018 March 9, 2018
  Natalie Shapero   Jonathan Aibel
  Richard Waring   Ben Berman
  Anna M. Warrock   Wendy Drexler
April 13, 2018 May 11, 2018


  TBA    TBA



   *member of the Jamaica Pond Poets

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