Saturday, June 23
A Reading her new book UNBOUND, Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity
Award-winning sociologist Arlene Stein takes us into the lives of four strangers who find themselves together in a sun-drenched surgeon’s office, having traveled to Florida from across the United States in order to masculinize their chests. Ben, Lucas, Parker, and Nadia wish to feel more comfortable in their bodies; three of them are also taking testosterone so that others recognize them as male. Following them over the course of a year, Stein shows how members of this young transgender generation, along with other gender dissidents, are refashioning their identities and challenging others’ conceptions of who they are. During a time of conservative resurgence, they do so despite great personal costs.
Transgender men comprise a large, growing proportion of the trans population, yet they remain largely invisible. In this powerful, timely, and eye-opening account, Stein draws from dozens of interviews with transgender people and their friends and families, as well as with activists, and medical and psychological experts. Unbound documents the varied ways younger trans men see themselves and how they are changing our understanding of what it means to be male and female in America.
Arlene Stein is a professor of sociology at Rutgers University and director of the Institute for Research on Women. The author of six books, she received the Ruth Benedict Prize for her book The Stranger Next Door. Stein has written for The Nation, Jacobin, and The New Inquiry, among other publications. She lives in New Jersey.
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Voices of Poetry presents Raise the AMP III
Readings and Performance by Kevin Carey, Philip F. Clark, Tom Daley, Kirk Etherton, David Surette, Lary Chaplan and Thomas Leidenfrost
5 to 7 PM; suggested donation
is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Salem State University. He has published three books: a chapbook of fiction, The Beach People
(Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014); and two books of poetry, The One Fifteen to Penn Station
(Cavankerry Press, 2012), and Jesus Was a Homeboy
(Cavankerry Press, 2016). His one act plays have been staged at The New Works Festival and The New Hampshire Theater Project and his co-written screenplay Peter’s Song
won Best Screenplay at the 2009 New Hampshire Film Festival. Kevin is also a documentary filmmaker. His latest project, Unburying Malcolm Miller
, premiered at the Mass Poetry Festival in Spring 2017. His work can also be found in several literary journals, including The Apple Valley Review, The Literary Review, The Comstock Review
, and The Paterson Literary Review.
Philip F. Clark
is an adjunct lecturer in English at City College, New York, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing. His first collection of poetry, The Carnival of Affection, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in November 2017. His work has been published in Assaracus Journal, The Good Men Project, The Conversant, and the new anthology Transition: Poems in the Aftermath, published by Indolent Press. He is also the editor of the poetry blog, The Poet's Grin, which can be read at https://philipfclark.wordpress.com.
teaches poetry writing at the Boston Center for Adult Education, and poetry and memoir writing at Lexington (MA) Community Education. He is a member of the faculty of the Online School of Poetry and serves on the tutorial faculty of Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Tom's poetry has been published in numerous journals, including Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, Barrow Street, Del Sol Review, Diagram, 32 Poems, Salamander, Perihelion
, and Hacks: The Grub Street Anthology
. His manuscript, Shim
, was a finalist for the Emily Dickinson First Book Prize and the Brittingham and Pollak Poetry Prizes. His poetry was nominated for inclusion in the anthology, The Best New Poets 2007
. He graduated with highest honors in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina, where he won the Charles and Fanny Fay Wood Academy of American Poets Prize.
's poetry has been published in Ibbetson Street, Muddy River Poetry Review, Constellations,
and elsewhere. He is a freelance writer, songwriter, and sculptor who uses found materials. Kirk serves on the board of the annual Boston National Poetry Month Festival.
David R. Surette
is the author of six poetry collections, Malden
(Moon Pie Press, 2017); Stable
(2015), which was named an Honor Book at the 2015 Massachusetts Book Awards; Wicked Hard
(Koenisha Publications, 2013); The Immaculate Conception Mothers' Club
(Koenisha Publications, 2010); Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep In
(Koenisha Publications, 2007); and Young Gentlemen’s School
(Koenisha Publications, 2004). He has been an instructor at the Cape Cod Writers’ Conference, a keynote speaker at New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf, and a contributor at the Bread Loaf Writing Conference. He has featured at poetry venues across New England, such as the Boston Poetry Slam, Tapestry of Voices, and The Poetry Hoot. A native of Easton, MA, he teaches English and coaches varsity hockey at East Bridgewater Junior High School.
is a violinist with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and a teacher at Cape Cod Conservatory. In 1954, Lary started studying and playing violin in Los Angeles with Ben Berzinsky, a member of the New York Philharmonic. He joined the California Junior Symphony in 1959 wher he remained a member for 9 years. He attended UCLA for 3 1/2 years, studying violin and chamber music with Stanley Plummer. He then moved to NYC, where he attended CUNY and received a BFA. Before moving to the Cape, he played as a freelance violinist in New York for 18 years, working with various symphonies, pit orchestras, rock and jazz bands.
is an accordionist, vocalist, and actor living on Cape Cod. He studied theatre at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, but his musical pursuits are mostly self-taught. Tom has performed at various venues on the Cape, including The Mews Restaurant & Café in Provincetown; the UU Meeting House of Chatham; and Cape Repertory Theatre in Brewster.