2018 is organized by four volunteer organizers – Bridget Eileen, Suzanne Mercury, Gillian Devereux, 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!
MEET THE TEAM!
Bridget Eileen is a Political Pagan Plus-Size Pinup Poet 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 writes a lot: mostly poetry, but also journals, picture books & blogs.
She runs a fashion blog called Vintage Bridge Style: Retro Fashion on a Bohemian Budget. It’s an age/sex/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 online arts and culture notebook is available at www.Vintage-Bridge.com, where she writes about her interests in many aspect of art and culture, including theater, music, organization, journaling, food, travel, books and–of course–poetry.
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.
She received her MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University, and has published her poetry and art work in a variety of places including SpoKe, Truck, Summer Stock, Throg Sludge, Sonora 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 shown her work and given readings and performances in Cambridge, Boston, Brooklyn, London, San Francisco, and Istanbul.
Her chapbook sassafracas (Xerolage 69), a collection of visual poems etched in dichroic glass, is published by Xexoxial Editions. Her home on the web, where she happily “rebels against the shattered records of the dictionary” is Flânuese of the Spider’s Universe.
Gillian Devereux received her MFA in Poetry from Old Dominion University and directs the writing center at Wheelock College, where she also teaches creative writing. She has written two chapbooks: Focus on Grammar (from dancing girl press, 2012) and They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights (from Aforementioned Productions, 2011). Her first full-length collection, To Feel Sleep Coming, is published by Coven Press (2017). Her work has been published in numerous journals and in the anthology A Face to Meet the Faces (from University of Akron Press, (2012). In 2010, her poem “Under the Big Top” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. People like to repost her poem “Things That Are Not Magic” on Tumblr or their blogs. This does not make the internet magic. Gillian likes robots, knitting, small woodland creatures, film noir, gin, and the library. Meet Gillian at: gilliandevereux.com/.
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 2018!