Monday! March 16th! Book Release Party for EMILY O’NEILL’s “Pelican” Plus! FINISH THIS LIMERICK CHALLENGE!

FEATURED POET: EMILY O’NEILL is an artist, writer, and proud Jersey emilyoneill girl.  She tells loud stories in her inside voice because she wants to keep you close. She has facilitated workshops and poetry programming in association with the White Plains Public Library, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and the New Jersey public school system.  She competed at the 2010 National Poetry Slam in St. Paul, MN with the Hampshire County Slam Team and is a founding member of the nationally touring performance poetry troupe No More Ribcage. Her work has appeared in The Best Indie Lit New England Anthology, Sugar House Review, and Whiskey Island, among others.  Her poem “de Los Muertos” was selected by Jericho Brown as the winner of Gigantic Sequins’ second annual poetry contest, and emilyoneill2her poem “& when the canary stops singing” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014 by Vector Press.  She is a former editor and essayist for Side B Magazine. She holds a degree in the synesthesia of storytelling from Hampshire College and teaches creative writing courses at the Boston Center For Adult Education.  Her debut collection, Pelican, is the inaugural winner of the Pamet River Book Prize, awarded by Yes Yes Books to first collections from female-identified and gender queer poets, forthcoming in January 2015.  She lives in Medford, MA.

BONUS RUCKUS: The FINISH THIS LIMERICK Challenge! So after limericksdoing some extensive research, it turns out limericks, those often bawdy short verse poems aren’t as Irish as many people think they are. We’re still gonna get a little broguey and throw down on the following: Contestants, bring and perform your own limerick in round one, you will then have the pleasure of finishing a limerick that me and NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS are too lazy to finish ourselves! We’ll get the crowd involved, see who rocks these short verse the best and the winner gets a prize! Simple yes? There once was a gerund so dirty…..

RAINY MAPLE SUGAR CANDY is filling in on drums for the Spring 7hillsBreaking ALEX THORSEN! Who’s got snacks? Word has it, MELISSA WORSTER (of the Worcester Worsters) isn’t stinging too bad from her closest of close defeats in last week’s Iron Poet Championships, she’s down to hook up the visual arts and we’re hoping that’s gonna happen sooner than later. YOSH & MIKEY are working on their St Paddy’s color schemes! More snow is melting. Great open mic and show last week. Can you open mic folks do us a HUGE favor and get down to Ralphs a little earlier so we can start on time? Thanks! Oooooh! ALSO SEVEN HILLS SLAM returns to SAHARA this Sunday, this is your next to last chance to earn your spot in this year’s Worcester Poetry Slam Team Finals, happening this May! Just Saying!

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