FEATURE: TARA JEAN BERNIER walked into an open mic in August of 2012, and never left.
Currently, she is the slam master and host of the weekly Northampton Poetry open mic & poetry (though, admittedly, she is vexed by adding three numbers together after having two beers on slam nights). She also taught things about books and writing to students at the second smallest high school in Massachusetts for eleven years. She is currently on sabbatical in attempt to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. Mama of a Kai and Keegan, she is not above using their antics as source material for her work. Incidentally, this led to her recent inclusion in the anthology, The Good Mother Myth published by Seal Press in 2014.
BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER: We need to find a competitor to challenge MALT SCHLITZMAN for the championship! You know (or should know) how this works. Two prospective challengers take the stage, delivering three poetic concoctions (haiku, short poem, and incorporated poem) for three judges who give scores on three criteria, all based on one crazy secret ingredient from the chairman! All poems delivered fresh!
SHANNON DONNELLY will be handling the live visual arts! MARK LEIGHTON will be handling house band leader biz. EMILEE will handle snacks unless we get a volunteer (hint, almost at rice cake alert time, hit us up!), YOSH, MIKEY & MATTY from Ralph’s got the rest! Check out ART WALK WORCESTER this SUNDAY!

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