Find out more about the lineup of performers for March 7!
Steve Almond is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times Bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football and, most recently, Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country. His short stories have been anthologized widely, in the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Erotica, and Best American Mysteries series. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He teaches at the Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard, and hosts the New York Times podcast “Dear Sugars” with fellow writer Cheryl Strayed.
Krysten Hill is an educator, writer, and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at the Boston Book Festival, Merrimack College,The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and many others. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. Her work can be found in apt, The Baltimore Review, B O D Y, Word Riot, Muzzle, PANK, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Winter Tangerine Review and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. Her chapbook, How Her Spirit Got Out, received the 2017 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize.
Davone Tines. Deemed a “…charismatic, full-voiced bass-baritone…” by The New York Times, Davone Tines is building an international career commanding a broad spectrum of opera and concert performance from early music: recently performing Bach with The Clarion Music Society and a concert of French baroque arias both in Alice Tully hall; to adventurous contemporary music including the U.S. premiere of Menachem Zur’s ‘Cartoons’ and performances with the New York Festival of Song. Upcoming engagements include the workshopping and premiere of “Crossing: A New American Opera” for The American Repertory Theater directed by Diane Paulus, his European debut with the Munich Philharmonic and the premier of two chamber operas by Kaija Saariajo and directed by Peter Sellars. Mr. Tines is a 2009 graduate of Harvard University and 2013 Master of Music graduate of The Juilliard School.
Kevin Holden is a poet, critic, and translator. He is the author of six books and chapbooks of poetry, including Solar, which won the Fence Modern Poets Prize, and Birch, which won the 2014 Ahsahta Chapbook Award. His writing has appeared in magazines and journals such as Conjunctions, The New Yorker, Denver Quarterly, Lana Turner, 1913, and Jubilat, and his translations of poetry from French, German, and Russian have been widely published. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the department of comparative literature at Yale, and has taught at several colleges and universities including Iowa, Bard, Stonehill, and Harvard. He is also an activist, and his political work has been dedicated to three primary areas: to the labor movement, to queer rights and expression, and to ecological activism. He is currently a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and is the writer-in-residence of Kirkland House at Harvard. https://kholden.net/
Kat Geddes is a global health activist and IP lawyer whose secret loves are spoken word poetry and Union Square donuts. When she’s not in sub-Saharan Africa promoting access to medicines, you can find her hunched over a black coffee in Tatte, scribbling poems, or sketching cartoons about racism, feminism, and woke squirrels. She has performed at the Lizard Lounge, won poetry slams at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York, and formed her own spoken word group, the Live Poets Society. Her poems and sketches can be found @karrotsandpeas.
Carolyn Riley is a Boston-based comedian who has established herself as a smart, fresh face in the comedy scene. At just 20 years old, Carolyn was selected to perform in the Hampton Beach Comedy Festival with Jimmy Dunn (CBS’s “The McCarthys”). She was invited back in 2017 where she shared the stage with Lenny Clarke. Formerly The University of New Hampshire’s “Funniest Person on Campus,” she has opened for other national headliners including Chris Distefano (MTV’s “Guy Code”), Juston McKinney, and Kelly MacFarland, and has appeared on John Fugelsang’s “Tell Me Everything” on Sirius XM radio. A former women’s studies major, Carolyn served as a panelist on the 2016 Black New England Conference presentation on race, gender and class in popular humor. She can regularly be found performing at The Comedy Studio in Harvard Square.
Youth Underground (YU), the resident youth performance ensemble at Central Square Theater, creates and performs original theater that investigates social issues relevant to young people. Last year, they interviewed people in the community about the achievement gap, and Circle Up! was born. Circle Up! shows what’s going on in urban high schools by presenting the voices of real students, and the educators who work with them, as they describe the effects of opportunity gaps and implicit bias on their everyday lives. Youth Underground’s Circle Up! was written by Betsy Bard and directed by Vincent Ernest Siders.
Co-Hosts Timothy Patrick McCarthy and Sarah Sweeney