2018 is organized by four volunteer organizers – Bridget Eileen, Suzanne Mercury, and Darren Black. We’re all Boston-area poets who have performed at past Marathons, and we’ve learned a lot from the courageous efforts of the festival’s prior organizers. We are thankful to lend our efforts to keep this much loved summer tradition going strong!



Bridget Eileen

Bridget Eileen is a writer who lives in Providence. She grew up in the Boston area. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in the great state of Maine. She is a poet, and also writes journals, picture books & blogs.

Her online arts and culture notebook is available at, where she writes about many topics, including art, food, travel, nature, neo-paganism, politics, home organization, and the literary arts, especially poetry.

She runs a beauty blog called Vintage Bridge Style: Retro Fashion on a Bohemian Budget. It’s an age, sex, and body positive, plus-size, pin-up and vintage style website that provides people with inspiring ideas for outfits, accessories, and makeup on a budget.

Her work has recently been published in Nitrogen HouseStone’s ThrowHineni MagazineLet the Bucket DownReality BeachSummer Stock Lit Journal, & Anti-Heroin Chic. Her work has also been published in Reflections, The Maine Review, The Ornery Hipster, Vividarium, The Accompaniest, Stonecoast Lines, and Newport Life Magazine. She has covered arts and cultural events for The Maine Campus, The Loop and The Malden Muse. She has been main editor and writer for numerous educational newsletters at various academic institutions in New England. She’s done poetry readings in Boston, Brooklyn, Albany, Cambridge, Gloucester, Maine, Manhattan, and New Orleans.

Her social and biological nieces and nephews call her Auntie Boo-Boo and that’s awesome. Her role model in life is Maude, of Harold and Maude.

Suzanne Mercury

Suzanne Mercury is a poet, impassioned lucid dreamer, and gardener who creates mixed-media assemblages using found objects, old texts, LED lights, glass, gold, tree branches, spider webs, and all manner of natural materials, combining them with her written work.

She has published poetry in a variety of places including SpoKeTruckSummer StockSonora Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, as well as in anthologies Let the Bucket Down and The Wisdoms of the Universes in a Single String of Letters. She has also exhibited work and given readings and performances in a wide variety of venues in Cambridge, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Amherst, Boston, Aspen, London, and Istanbul. 

Her chapbook sassafracas (Xerolage 69), a collection of visual poems etched in dichroic glass, is published by Xexoxial Editions. Her chapbook Hand to Earth is forthcoming from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs.

She lives in Boston where she creates sustainable gardens, keeps honeybees, lets bumblebees nestle in her hair, and does what she can to help save the planet. Her home on the web can be found at:

Darren Black

Darren Black is an unabashed, M.F.A. drop-out who has found his way back to poetry with a fever!  He is a steady force of erosion, a calm presence, a sensual explorer, queer celebrant of human strengths, and the low-fi bassist for the band Ilk of Amnesia.  He is delighted to offer his service to the divine muse in bringing to life another fabulous poetry marathon in 2019!