|From Andrea Kunst, Executive Director of the
Dorchester Arts Collaborative:
"As I went from site to site
yesterday afternoon, I consistently ran
who had been at the readings and raved about how terrific
The readings were held at the Pilgrim Church in Upham's Corner. Their
small sanctuary was the perfect size and perfect space. The emcee kept
the afternoon moving with one poignant question for each reader. It
was a chance to hear the poets and writers speak about their work and
Anyone hesitant about sitting through four hours of poetry readings
came away surprised. Aaron Devine best describes this:
"A number of us from UMass expressed concern about sitting through a
reading stretching 2, 3, 4 hours long.
Afterward we remarked how none
of us had any trouble doing so.
The readers were excellent, the space
was intimate and the hosting upbeat and engaging."
Danielle Fontaine's feminist cat - refreshing and powerful
Sam Cha's staccato poetry - delivered with machine gun brilliance
Aaron Devine's intense confessional admissions of fear and anger after three muggings in Caracas
The Dot Four sharing their communal poetic journey
The Lord's Prayer spoken by Shemiram Fabian in Aramaic
Batuku - an allegorical look at colonial rule in Cape Verde read by Daniel Correia in his native Cape Verdean Creole
Jean Alonso's conversational glimpses into the starkly sensitive minds of factory workers
U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo reading and singing and performing her energetically charged poetry
And so much more ....
"What a unique, warm and wonderful event the Open Studios Reading
Even if I hadn't been a reader I would have wanted to be