If you’re in Boston this weekend, come on down to the newly renovated Jamaica Plain Public Library on Saturday, February 3 for a poetry reading at 2:00 pm.
Heather Derr-Smith is a poet and human rights activist and the author of four books of poetry, Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005), The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008), Tongue Screw (Spark Wheel Press, 2016), and Thrust–winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award (Persea Books, 2017. She lives in Iowa and runs a nonprofit called Čuvaj se (Bosnian for “Take Care”) which supports writers and poetry workshops with refugees and in communities around the world affected by war.
Erica Charis-Molling is a performer, poet and teacher based in Jamaica Plain. Her most recent poems, featured in places like Mezzo Cammin, Entropy, Vinyl, and Broad!, can be found on her blog: lettheceleryrot.wordpress.com.
Frances Donovan’s work has appeared in such publications as Borderlands, Snapdragon, Marathon Literary Review, Chronogram, Incessant Pipe, and Oddball Magazine. She is a certified Poet Educator in Massachusetts. Find her online at www.gardenofwords.com. (this website)
Sonja Johanson is a Maine poet currently living in West Roxbury; her poems often focus on the intersection of culture and the environment. She has recent work appearing in BOAAT, Flyway: A Journal of Nature and the Environment, and The Worcester Review, and her chapbook Trees in Our Dooryards is available from Red Bird Chapbooks.