Arts Fest Beverly: The Writers Studio on Cabot Street

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 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.


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