The Madmen of Lynn; Writings from the Walnut Street Coffee Café book party and open mic will take place this Wednesday May 10, 2017 at 7:30pm at the Walnut Street Café in West Lynn.
The Beat Poet Lew Welch, in his poem “I Saw Myself” wrote “ I saw myself- a ring of bone- in the clear stream- of it all- and vowed, – to always be open to it- that all of it- might flow through”. Blaine Hebbel, a poet and activist, founded the Ring of Bone Press as homage to Lew Welch. Blaine Hebbel’s first poetry anthology, Wild Women of Lynn, was published in 2014 and features the work of Kerry Zagarella, Alicia Churchill, Jocelyn Almy-Testa, Kato Mele, and Elizabeth McKim. – available on Amazon
Now the sequel, Mad Men of Lynn, has arrived. The book opens with a statement from the owner of the Walnut Street Café, Jim Chalmers. “Throughout history, revolutions have been born in coffee shops and taverns. A free speech venue, allowing an exchange of ideas, is essential to fostering poetry and spoken word…our mission at the Walnut Street Café is to provide a home for culture in our neighborhood of West Lynn. These poets are a prime example of a talented and diverse community”.
Walnut Da Lyrical Genie- Tyron Hawkins, aka Walnut He adopted the name Walnut because it symbolized his life due to the shells hard rough rugged surface which is the body protecting a very delicate inner being which is the soul. The name Da Lyrical Geni, well, it speaks for itself. Walnut has been writing poem and short stories since the age of seven. He has always been fascinated with all sorts of literature as a kid, particularly fairy tales. Over the years he developed a style of writing that suited his ideals in life. He believes that writing should come from the soul whether fact or fiction. Walnut-Da Lyrical Geni is a writer, composer and a producer. He writes short stories, poems, essays and plays.
Don White There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He has survived and thrived for twenty-five years, bringing his audiences to laughter and tears in his live performances, studio recordings, and on the printed page. He is a storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter.
Neal Zagarella is the co-founder of Wail! Magazine. His first novel “On Top Of Everything” is available through This Works Press. Neal’s work has appeared in The Stone Soup Quarterly, The Bradford Review, Borderline, Naked City, and Yellow Moon Press.
Lee Eric Freedman is the Renegade Poet Laureate of Swampscott, Massachusetts. In 2002, he recited his poetry while standing on the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in Taos, New Mexico. Lee’s poems have appeared in Merrimac Mic Anthology (1st year), La Ostra, 200 New Mexico Poems.com, Bray Arts Journal (Ireland), This Magazine Lee is a back-to-back winner of the Naomi Cherkofsky Memorial Poetry Contest and a founder and president of the Tin Box Poets of Swampscott, Massachusetts.
Copies of Madmen of Lynn, as well as Wild Women of Lynn, will be available for purchase and signing. Poets, comedians, storytellers, activists, and musicians are welcome to sign up for the open mic as well.