Date(s) - January 18, 2024
Portsmouth Book and Bar
Mark Lipman, founder of the press Vagabond, the Culver City Book Festival, the Elba Poetry Festival; winner of the 2015 Joe Hill Labor Poetry Award; the 2016 International Latino Book Award and the 2023 L’Alloro di Dante (Dante’s Laurel – Italy), a writer, poet, multi-media artist, activist and author of fourteen books, began his career as the writer-in residence at the world famous Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France (2002-2003). Since then he has worked closely with such legendary poets as Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Jack Hirschman on many projects and for the last twenty years has established a strong international following as a leading voice of his generation. He’s the host and foreign correspondent for the radio program, Poetry from Around the World for Poets Café on KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles. As Mark continues to travel the world, he uses poetry to connect communities to the greater social justice issues, while building consciousness through the spoken word.
Jason O’Toole is the Poet Laureate of North Andover, the co-founder of the Anne Bradstreet Poetry Contest, and the author of two collections and one chapbook of poetry, with a new collection, The Strange Misgivings of the Sadly Gifted, coming out in 2024 from DiWulf Publishing House. He is a hospital risk manager north of Boston and Treasurer of Independent Living Resource Center – San Francisco, CA.
Statement from Jason. “Losing my oldest child Alex, a trans man of 18, to Leukemia, shifted my focus to a stronger advocacy for LGBTQ rights and since losing him two years ago, I have become far more active in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in my professional and personal life, as well as in building poetic community. I’m also teaching a workshop for consumers of ILRC-SF along with Laura Albert. Laura and I grew up with hidden disabilities and my late stepfather had CP and Parkinson’s and I hope to continue his mission in making the world more accessible.”