SHAWNA FOUNDATION LIBRARY POETRY TOUR
IN Milford AND Uxbridge
The Shawna Foundation presents The Library Poetry Tour, bringing live poetry readings to the Milford Town Library and the Uxbridge Free Library quarterly throughout 2023. The readings will be held quarterly, hosted by Tony Brown, the winner of the 2022 Stanley Kunitz Medal, endowed by the late U.S. Poet Laureate and Worcester native and awarded annually to a poet for lifetime achievement and service to the Central Massachusetts poetry community.
The April Readings for National Poetry Month features Catherine Marenghi and will be held on April 5, 7 p.m. at the Milford Town Library and April 6, 7 p.m. at the Uxbridge Free Library. The program is financed in part by the Milford Cultural Council, The Uxbridge Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Continuing the April Readings for National Poetry Month, Tony Brown will be reading on April 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Jacob Edwards Library, 236 Main Street in Southbridge, MA 01550. The program is financed in part by the Milford Cultural Council, The Uxbridge Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Tony Brown has been writing for well over 50 years, and publishing and performing his work for over 40.
A seven-time Pushcart Prize and two-time Best Of The Net nominee, he has traveled the country, slammed for the Worcester Poets’ Asylum, and organized and hosted many readings and reading series.
He is the winner of the 2022 Stanley Kunitz Medal, endowed by the late US Poet Laureate and Worcester native and awarded annually to a poet for life achievement and service to the Central Massachusetts poetry community.
His most recent eBooks and publications can be found through his Patreon site (https://www.patreon.com/TonyBrown).
His daily poetry blog is available at http://radioactiveart.blog. He resides in Worcester, MA.
For years, Tony performed his poetry with jazz/rock/funk/poetry band “The Duende Project” in collaboration with Steven Lanning-Cafaro on electric bass and classical guitar, Christopher Lawton on guitar, and Chris O’Donnell on drums. They released seven collections of their work, available on all the usual online streaming and download outlets.
More information can be found at their Website: http://theduendeproject.com
Katie works in publishing and disability rights advocacy. Her first poem was published at the age of thirteen. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Connecticut, guest speaker for her town’s Out of the Darkness Walk, taught at the True Colors Conference, interviewed for Kaiser Health News and The Way We Roll Podcast, and a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Disability Coalition for the 2020 election. Katie is controlled by three cats, one coffee maker, and hair dye.
Catherine Marenghi is an award-winning poet, novelist and memoirist. She is the author of Breaking Bread: Poems (2020), Glad Farm: A Memoir (2016), and Our Good Name (2022), an historical novel based on her immigrant ancestors. Her next poetry book, Unfurled: Love Poems, is now available.
Robin Ballou Boucher is the featured poet for February 2023. Robin is on the Board of Directors of the Worcester County Poetry Association and has studied with local poets, attended writing retreats and workshops and has taken classes through Grub Street and with Stanford University.