The So and So Series


The So and So Series 3...Saturday, 7/8, 8pm. The Lily Pad.

This month's readers are: Austyn Ellese Mayfield, Rodney Wittwer, Beth Woodcome, and Peter Jay Shippy.

AUSTYN ELLESE MAYFIELD received her BA in English Literature from Washington University in Saint Louis and her MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. Among her many projects, she is currently translating the poems of the Afro-cuban poet Georgina Herrerra.

RODNEY WITTWER's poems have appeared in many journals such as Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, DIAGRAM, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Literary Review, Memorious, Pleiades, Ploughshares and Verse Daily.

BETH WOODCOME has published poems in Ploughshares, Columbia Journal of Arts & Literature and Gulf Coast, and she won the 2003 Grolier Prize. She has an MFA from Bennington College and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she serves as poetry editor of Agni.

PETER JAY SHIPPY is the author of Thieves' Latin (University of Iowa Press), winner of the 2002 Iowa Poetry Prize. BlazeVOX Books just published his abecedarian suite, Alphaville, as an e-book. Shippy's work has received many awards, including grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2005 Gertrude Stein Award for innovative poetry. New poems can be found in The American Poetry Review, The Colorado Review, Fence, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He teaches at Emerson College. For more info, go to:


Don't sleep on The So and So Series now.

On a dreadfully cold and rainy night (apparently in Boston June is in fact the cruelest month), the Lily Pad was brimming with listeners to hear members of the Ploughshares staff read their work.

Rob Arnold led the evening off with a reading from his Ghost Poem series centered around The Odyssey's Nausicaa.

Elisa Gabbert read from her chapbook manuscript Thanks for Sending the Engine. The highlights? Such poems as "Blogpoem w/ Blue Balls," "Blogpoem @ Sea," and "Ornithological Blogpoem."

Simeon Berry read from his full-length manuscript Ampersand Revisited, including sections from two of its long poems.

David Daniel read, among others, his "Rock n' Roll"--a contemporary lyric on the mid-life crisis that tips its hat to The Inferno.