Saturday, August 14: Poets and Writers from the Newport Review

Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 7:00pm, Whaling City Review LIVE and Baker Books welcome poets and writers from the Newport Review. The reading will take place at 7:00 PM in Baker Books’ Bean and Leaf Cafe.

Featured readers will include:

Lisa Borders – Lisa Borders is the author of the novel Cloud Cuckoo Land (River City Publishing, 2002) and a contributor to the anthology Don’t You Forget About Me (Simon and Schuster, 2007). Lisa lives in the Boston area and is an instructor at Grub Street Writers. She recently finished her second novel,
The Fifty-First State, set in the Delaware Bay region of South Jersey. “Lost and Found” was originally published in print in Kalliope, Vol. XXIX, No. 1, 2007.

Mary Callahan – Mary Callahan recently completed a Master’s in Professional Writing program at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is working on a memoir,
Tom’s Kingdom, sections of which have been published in Temper and Mary teaches writing at the University of Rhode Island.

Maggie Cleveland – Maggie Cleveland looks for omens and wears her heartbreak like jewels in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, where she works as a grant writer and lives as a proud mama of two fierce little girls. A student in an MFA program at Goddard College, Maggie has been published in the Newport Review, …like this, Elephant, Flying Fish, Wallet Scrap, Out of Our, and Amerarcana: A Bird and Beckett Review. She has a poem forthcoming in qarrtsiluni.

Becky Hemperly – Becky Hemperly holds a Master’s degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and a B.A. from Wheaton College (MA). Her essays have appeared in
THE BOOK GROUP BOOK, 1st and 2nd editions, edited by Ellen Slezak, published by Chicago Review Press and
The Doc Kountze Annual as part of the Doc Kountze Arts Festival. She contributed to an essay by Beverly Clark et al, published by the Modern Language Association. Her poems have appeared on She works for Candlewick Press, a children’s book publisher, and lives with her partner in Medford, MA.

Kathryn Kulpa – Kathryn Kulpa is the editor of the Newport Review and the author of Pleasant Drugs (Mid-List Press, 2005). She was born in Rhode Island and has spent most of her life in small towns in her home state and in nearby Massachusetts. A lifelong writer, her first professionally published story appeared in Seventeen in 1994, and she has published work in a variety of magazines and journals including Monkeybicycle, Pif, Florida Review, Carve, The Pedestal, Flashquake, and Stone’s Throw. Her story “How the Light Walks” received the Florida Review Editor’s Award in Fiction, and “Los Gatos Bus” was honored with a supplementary award in the Bridport Prize International Writing Competition. Two other stories, “Insensates” and “Mr. Lillicrop’s Shining Moment,” were nominated for Pushcart Prize awards. Kathryn is a librarian and from time to time leads fiction workshops for teens and adults.

Melissa MacLeod
– Melissa MacLeod is a lover of words who lives in New Bedford, MA. She is a poet, mother and librarian who keeps company with the moon while writing at night. Melissa has degrees in English Textual Studies and Advertising from Syracuse University, which she uses to peddle books to patrons. She produced a small volume of poetry titled New England Nights, which she sold at local bookstores and fairs, then stole from the library collection after people began asking questions about her work.

The reading will be followed by an open mic.

The Newport Review is an independent online journal of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and visual art founded in Newport, RI in the 1980s. It publishes innovative, language-rich fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, including prose poetry, one-act plays, graphic stories and experimental forms. For more information and to read the latest issue, visit

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