Writing Studio Public Reading and Book Signing: Presented by Roots+Limbs Press

February 25, 2013

Please join Montserrat College of Art’s Writing Studio for an event presented by Roots+Limbs Press.

Maybe You’ll Find What Haunts You
Monday, March 4 at 7:30 pm
238 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA


This event is free and open to the public, and Roots+Limbs books and chaplets will be for sale at this event. This event will feature performances by Michael Flatt, Colleen Michaels, Janna Plant, Ariella Ruth, Meghan Schardt and Annie Sicherman.

Roots+Limbs is a book production collaboration between artists Ariella Ruth and Jeremy Jacob Schlangen. The two have been working together for nearly a decade and here come together to create books around the theme of most concern to each: life and death in America.

Michael Flatt’s absent reciever is forthcoming from SpringGun Press in March, 2013. His work has also appeared recently in The Destroyer, Horse Less Review, and on CA Conrad’s video journal Jupiter 88. He is associate editor at Counterpath in Denver.

Colleen Michaels’ poems and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies including The Paterson Literary Review, Blue Collar Review, The Mom Egg, Paper Nautilus, Stoneboat, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Constellations, and Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Love and Lesbian Marriage. Her poetry has been commissioned as an installation at Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts. She was a finalist for the Split This Rock Poetry Competition and the recipient of an honorable mention in the 2011 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize. She directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art, where she hosts the Improbable Places Poetry Tour. She has performed at venues such as the Bowery Poetry Club and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, but she usually can be found bringing poetry to unlikely places like tattoo parlors, laundromats, and swimming pools. Yes, in the swimming pool.

Ariella Ruth is a poet from Beverly, Massachusetts. She received her BA in Poetry from The New School and her MFA in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She is the Co-founder of Roots+Limbs, and writes story-poems on the blog Mountain Lost in the Palm (mountainlostinthepalm.com). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Other Rooms Press, Epiphany, The Pulchritudinous Review, Bombay Gin, Esque Magazine, CA Conrad’s video journal Jupiter 88, and Eleven and a Half Journal. Currently, she is working on poems about bluebirds, concrete, floods, and stories that arise from red sand.

Meghan Schardt holds her MFA in poetry from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. She is a poet, yogini, and herbal lover from a small farm town in Connecticut, a funky Vermont lake, and the rocky ocean-stone drop-off of Nauset Beach. She finds great solace in salt and her dreams lay in the architecture of a house on Barley Neck Road in Orleans, Massachusetts. Meghan currently lives in the Rocky Mountains, upward facing the Flatirons of Boulder, Colorado. Most days, you can spot her wearing a burnt orange wool sweater. Meghan has been published or has work forthcoming in Willard & Maple, Haight Ashbury, Bombay Gin, The PR, Lost Keys, Switched-on Gutenberg, Thunderclap, and the Body Electric Anthology.

Annie Sicherman is the artist behind the bittersweet songs of the Brooklyn-based group Glass Anchors. These songs are the stuff of long, dusty roads and late-night reverie. Like opening a box of old letters you found under your bed. Annie has toured extensively throughout these great United States. You can hear her music at glassanchors.com.

For more information, contact Ariella Ruth, co-founder of Roots+Limbs at [email protected], 508.648.2107 or visit rootsandlimbs.com