2014-present – Producer
Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival
A Doublebunny Press project, Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival is a celebration of the meeting of poetry and the visual arts at the intersection of film, which invites writers and filmmakers to make non-performance short films illustrating original poems by living authors, and to compete for prizes in seven categories. Honors are awarded at a viewing party in Worcester, where films by finalists in all the categories are screened, and the winners are feted with prize money and trophies. The competition is open to writers and filmmakers internationally. As producer of this festival, duties include everything from logo design, to promotion, to the logistics and running of the viewing event.
1995 – Present Owner/Operator
Doublebunny Press, Worcester, MA
Doublebunny is a small independent press that serves the New England area through poetry design, layout, and production of fine books and posters. Doublebunny also supported Omnivore Magazine, a poetry and arts monthly which, during its three-year run, published poetry and articles by over 150 authors, and carried a national subscription base. In 2003, Doublebunny took its maiden voyage as a recording label with the release of music by Daily Mouse. In 2014, Doublebunny began stretching out into film, with the very first Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival.
2011-October 2014 Blog Curator
Worcester Poets’ Asylum, Worcester, MA
7 Hills Slam, Worcester, MA
The Poets’ Asylum Sunday night poetry reading series boasted an eclectic mix of features, readers, and events, and was, until October 2013, the home slam for the Worcester Poetry Slam team. 7 Hills Slam picked up the mantle a year later, and continues on in a similar vein. As part of the commitment to the community, both series maintain a blog for digital presence.
2004 -February 2006 Administrative Coordinator
First Night Worcester, Worcester, MA
As one of two formal office staff members answering to a Board of Directors, this is a key organizational position in the planning and execution of an annual city-wide New Year’s Eve arts festival. Duties included contracting of artists and venues, coordination of over one hundred volunteers, coordination of large mailings and databases, in-office cash accounting, and acquiring of permits, as well as general office tasks.
V-Day Worcester, Worcester, MA
Organized two sold-out benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues in conjunction with the V-Day Worldwide campaign, collecting over $7,000 for women’s charities, local and abroad. Responsibilities included coordinating publicity and all press materials, coordinating locations, rehearsals, leading writing groups, and directing actors.
2000-2002 Member of Board of Directors, 2002-2013 Staff Organizer
Worcester Po8ry Project and Poets’ Asylum, Worcester, MA
As the governing body for the Worcester Poetry Slam and the Poets’ Asylum, the WP8P ran two weekly readings. featured over three hundred different poets from 15 different countries, fielded teams to the National Poetry Slam for two decades, and helped build a large performance poetry community in the Worcester area.
1999-2001, 2005-2007 Poetry Co-host, Poetry Host and Curator for the Monday Night Miniature Reading
Worcester Po8ry Project and Poets’ Asylum, Worcester, MA
Supported by the Sunday night Poets’ Asylum reading series, this Monday night series was a forum for up-and-coming poets to share their work in a supportive open mic. The reading series also carried a weekly theme slam and readings from guest authors, as well as the occasional featured reader.
Editing and Publishing
Editor, The DCS-O Gauge Companion by Barry Broskowitz 2010, third edition 2015
Editor, Omnivore Magazine Worcester, MA 1995-1998
Co-Editor, Poetry Fly Columbus, OH 1993-1995
Organizer, Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival Worcester, MA 2014, 2015, 2016
Organizer, iWPS Worcester, MA 2005
Local Organizer, The Vagina Monologues Worcester, MA 2002-2003
Organizer, Second Annual Celebration of Worcester Poets Worcester, MA 2001
Organizer, National Poetry Slam Providence, RI 2000
Member/Local Organizer of Slamsisters, a national organization focused on proactive work for women in the poetry and arts community, national 2000
Organizer, Pride Celebration poetry reading, Clark University Worcester, MA
Host/Organizer, Luna Café reading series Columbus, OH, 1995
Local Organizer and performer, Lollapallooza music festival, “Revival Tent,” poetry events Columbus, OH, Cincinnati, OH, St. Louis, MO 1994
Member of Slam Team from Worcester MA 1996, 1997, 2000 (finalist team), 2001
Coach for Slam Team from Worcester, MA 1998, 1999, 2013, 2014
Tag-Team Competitor at the Taos Poetry Circus with Patricia Smith, Taos, NM 1998
Featured Presenter The Rectory School, Pomfret, CT 2006
Featured Presenter Monument Valley Middle School, Great Barrington, MA 2006
Featured Presenter University Park Campus School, Worcester, MA 2005
Featured Presenter PS 150, Tribeca Learning Center, NYC, NY (With Dawn Gabriel) 2003
Local Organizer of teen participation for Words Alive events Hartford, CT 2001
Featured Presenter Sullivan Middle School, Worcester, MA 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001
Internship Sponsor/Mentor to Doherty High School student Elizabeth Greenwood, Worcester, MA 2000-2001
Featured Presenter Doherty High School Literary Club, Worcester, MA 2000
Featured Presenter for young people’s workshop with jazz-based poems & art, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA 2000
Coach of Teen Slam Team from Worcester, MA 1998
Poetry & Writing Workshops
Workshop Instructor for North Brookfield High School, 2013
Facilitator for Shakti Womens’ Writing Pact, a free and weekly womens’ writing workshop 2000-2008, 2010-2013
Workshop Instructor for Umass Dartmouth for Jerry Blightfield (with Rebecca Henderson) & William Nelles, Dartmouth, MA 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005
Workshop Instructor for Poets’ Asylum Workshop Series, Worcester, MA 1997
Workshop Instructor for Words Alive, Hartford CT 1999
Workshop Instructor at Lorraine Women’s Correctional Facility (with Celeste McCarty), Lorraine, OH 1994
Performance & Publishing
Has presented works as featured performer at such institutions as Worcester State College (MA), Holy Cross University (MA), Clark University (MA), Mt. Ida College (MA), Mt. Adams College (MA), MIT (MA), Durham University (NH), as well as at the Austin International Poetry Festival (TX), the Mandalay Arts Festival (TX), the Rant Festival (KY), and has toured with music and spoken word through the Midwest, Northeast, and Southwest.
Has been published in the anthologies An Anthology of Babes, The Spoken Word Revolution Redux, Poetry Slam: the Competitive Art of Performance Poetry, and Bottomdog Coffeehouse Poetry Anthology, as well as One Step Beyond from Subatomic Books. Has been published as well in periodicals such as Syracuse University’s Salt Hill Journal, The Boston Poet, Pudding House magazine, and most recently in the online publication Drunk in a Midnight Choir.
A collection of her poetry, Shallow Empire, was published by Lethe Press in 2006. Her novel Chrysanthemum was syndicated at GotPoetry.com in 2007, and was subsequently published in paperback by Lethe Press. In 2004, was honored as a winner of the Jacob Knight prize for poetry. Of note are performances in the 1995 documentary film, Off the Page (for Case Western University, Cleveland, OH), and 1995 appearance on NPR radio for, InfOhio.
Personal credits in recordings include tracks on Eric Darby’s The Secret Dream Lives of Engineers, on My Name Is Esther Cohen (Double Deuce/Caroline Records) and Pigasus (Burnt Sienna Records), on The Art of Brutality (Furnace Records), If Money Burns, and Shallow Empire, the Soundtrack (Doublebunny), as well as recordings with Wolfgang Parker & the Jumpin’ Terrors (independent). In 2015 HeadHat Records re-released six of her poetry and music tracks in a collection for digital download called Struggle, a Reprise.
Screening (short film) – Worcester FilmWars, Worcester, MA October 2016
Screening (short film) – pro.l.e Videopoem Series, Barcelona, Spain, June 2015
Screening (short film) – CYCLOP Videopoem Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine, November 2014
Screening (short film) – Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival 2014, 2015
BA in Russian Literature from Ohio State University, 1993