Ploughshares‘ author Meg Kearney (Vol. 27/2, Fall 2001) and Regie Gibson will be featured at the Concord Poetry Center’s Open Mic Poetry Series, 3:00 pm February 7, 2010, in the Emerson Umbrella for the Arts, 40 Stow St., Concord, Mass.
Meg Kearney’s latest collection, Home By Now (Four Way Books) made the Poetry Foundation’s contemporary bestseller list in November 2009. She has taught poetry at the college level and was Associate Director of the National Book Foundation, sponsor of the National Book Awards, for more than ten years. Her poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Agni, and many other journals and anthologies, and has been featured on Poetry Daily and Garrison Keillor’s “A Writer’s Almanac.” She is the director of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA. Her picture book, Trouper the Three-Legged Dog, is forthcoming from Scholastic in 2012 and will feature illustrations by E. B. Lewis. A native New Yorker, Kearney now lives in New Hampshire.
Author, songwriter, and educator Regie Gibson has performed and taught in seven countries, most recently Monfalcone, Italy, where he received the Absolute Poetry Award for performance and writing. He is a National Poetry Slam Individual Champion, and has been featured on NPR and HBO. He is an instructor at Grubstreet, Inc. His work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Iowa Review, Poetry Magazine, and The Good Men Project: Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood. His first collection of poems, Storms Beneath the Skin, received the Golden Pen Award. In 2007 he founded Neon JuJu, a literary music ensemble.
For more information, visit www.concordpoetry.org or call 978-897-0054.