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Poets' Theatre Presents: Voices In The Room

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Registration is required
Members $20 and Non-members $30

Poets' Theatre Presents: Voices In The Room

Charles Coe and Amanda Shae

Poet Charles Coe and New England Hip Hop Woman of the Year Amanda Shea lead a group of poets to highlight the dynamism and diversity in Boston poetry today through a vibrant, eye-opening, and ear-opening program.

Since retiring in 2015 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), Charles Coe spends his time writing, teaching writing, and making music. His published work includes All Sins Forgiven: Poems for My Parents and Picnic on the Moon (both published by Leapfrog Press), as well as the novella Spin Cycles (Gemma Media). Filmmaker Roberto Mighty based his short film Peach Pie on Coe's poem "Fortress." Coe has received a fellowship in poetry from MCC and was selected by the Associates of the Boston Public Library as a "Boston Literary Light" in 2014. He served as an Artist-in-Residence for the City of Boston in 2017. And he is an Artist Fellow for the St. Botolph Club. He is an adjunct professor of English at Salve Regina University where he teaches poetry and non-fiction in the low-residency MFA program.

Amanda Shea is a New England based spoken-word artist, organizer, host, and artist manager. She has performed at numerous venues throughout Boston, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. She served as an official host for the 2018 Boston Art & Music Soul Festival and has been featured on podcasts and broadcasts such as ItsLitBoston, Boston Come Through, and Live Free or Die Radio. In April 2019 Shea will appear in the cast of The Poets’ Theatre’s seventh revival of Boston Abolitionists, a program developed in partnership with the Boston Athenaeum. Shea is passionate about humanity and the arts. She enjoys staying busy being a mother, an artist, and a polymath.


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