The Writers Studio on Cabot Street
Montserrat College of Art Academic Classroom, Cabot Street
Saturday, June 19
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This year’s Arts Fest Beverly has added The Writers Studio on Cabot Street, a venue to support and celebrate the local writing community. With events scheduled every hour for children and adults, there’s something for everyone.
Schedule of Events
10 a.m.—Tony Toledo's joining-in tales for the whole family. Beverly storyteller Tony Toledo is 52 years old but reads at a 63-year-old level.
10:30 a.m.— “Poetry Rocks!” Stop by the Writers’ Studio for a poetry-building activity that’s fun for all ages.
11 a.m.—Reading and Workshop with Children's Book Author Erin Dionne, reading from her new novel, THE TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET and run a writing workshop for kids and adults, ages 8 and up.
Noon— Videos: Screenings of short films made by local artists. Q and A to follow.
1 p.m.— Sean Devlin, playwright, community organizer, and founder of Beverly’s Trashfinders Ball will perform a staged reading of his play, Coffee Shop Assassins
1:30 p.m.—Beverly writer Dawn Paul will read from and discuss her new novel, The Country of Loneliness. In the novel, Paul imagines the boyhood and youth of her father, a silent and troubled war veteran whose early death deprived them both of any chance for understanding. The novel richly portrays a time, the early 1930s, and characters shaped by the events of that time, the Great Depression and the years leading to World War II.
2 p.m.—Poetry Reading
- Kevin Carey, a Beverly poet, writer, filmmaker, and writing teacher at Salem State College
- Jennifer Jean, author of the poetry chapbook, In the War
- Colleen Michaels, director of the Writing Center at Montserrat College of Art and a Beverly poet.
- January O’Neil, a Beverly poet, and the author of Underlife.
- J.D. Scrimgeour, author of The Last Miles and Themes For English B, and director of creative writing at Salem State College
3 p.m.—Student Poetry Showcase featuring Erik Lomen and members of the creative writing programs of area colleges.
3:30 p.m.—Open Mic. Join in! Contact Colleen Michaels at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Stop by anytime during the day to check out video installations from members of the Salem Writers’ Group and paintings by Montserrat artist, Erik Lomen.