Get the Word Out!

January O'Neill, Colleen Michaels, and Erik Lomen in front of Lomen's mural of Gloucester's late poet Vincent Ferrini. Courtesy photo

The Beverly Arts Festival is proud to announce a new feature to its celebration of art and culture. This year, The Writers Studio on Cabot Street, hosted by Montserrat College of Art, will feature events throughout the day to support and celebrate the writing community in Beverly.  With events scheduled every hour for children and adults, there’s something for everyone.

Date and Time: Saturday, June 19th, 2010 10am – 4pm

Location: Montserrat College of Art Academic Classroom, 238 Cabot Street

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 & Workshop with Children’s Book Author Erin Dionne. Montserrat Faculty member Erin Dionne will read 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.

1 p.m.  Sean Devlin, playwright, novelist, community organizer, and founder of Beverly’s Trashfinders’ Ball will be reading from his newest work in progress.

1:30 p.m. Beverly writer and Montserrat faculty member 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 featuring Kevin Carey, Jennifer Jean, Montserrat Writing Center Director Colleen Michaels, Jan O’Neil and J.D. Scrimgeour

3 p.m. Student Poetry Showcase: Erik Lomen, Amy Moore, Grant Archer, Shari Caplan, and Steph DeOrio, members of the creative writing programs at Montserrat and Salem State.

3: 30 p.m. Open Mic with Judith Shimer and her Ukulele.  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 alumnus, Erik Lomen ’10.

Please visit Art Throb for more information on the Writers Studio.