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2009 POET POPULIST FINALISTS
The following Cambridge poets were also nominated for Cambridge Poet Populist and selected as finalists by the Poet Populist Advisory Committee.
:: Learn about the finalists: Cambridge Chronicle: For second year, Cambridge to vote on official poet, 5/7/09

Mary Buchinger Bodwell’s first poetry publication was released in 2002, and she won her first Cambridge Poetry Award in 2004. She is a member of the New England Poetry Club and leads a monthly writing workshop at Harvard’s Yenching Library. Outside of New England, her work has been published internationally in Upstairs at Duroc (France) and Versal (Netherlands). Her collection Roomful of Sparrows was a semi-finalist in 2008’s New Women’s Voices Series. Last March she read at the Library of Congress, and in 2007 at the Versal V Reception in Amsterdam. Originally from Michigan, Buchinger has spent the past 20 years in the greater Boston area working with linguistics and communications. She holds a Ph.D. in applied linguistics and is currently an associate professor of English and Communication Studies at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

:: Read Mary Buchinger Bodwell's Bio and Poetry
:: Hear Mary Buchinger Bodwell read samples of her poetry.

Timothy Mason has been actively performing poetry and promoting folk music since the mid 1980s. Born in the Midwest, Mr. Mason moved around North America when he was younger but has been a resident of New England for nearly three decades. His poetry is written to be performed aloud, coinciding with his strong background in folk music. He has collaborated with musicians numerous times, including prize-winning guitarist Geoff Bartley to record “Saddam’s Insane” which aired on NPR’s HEAT show at the onset of the first Gulf War. Mr. Mason’s most recent work, Feral Voices. More information at
published in February 2009, is a 94 page collection of poetry giving a non-human voice and sensibility to the 21st century experience on our shared planet. His first book was released in 1997 and since then he has been active combining poetry and music into a dynamic creations, including a performance at last year’s Ottawa Folk Festival along with multiple CDs. www.timothydmason.com
:: Read Timothy Mason's CV
and poetry
:: Hear Timothy Mason read samples of his poetry.

Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell is a poet, painter, and short story writer born and raised in Haiti. She was first recognized in 1993 when she won the Grolier prize for poetry. Her collection Crossroads and Unholy Water won the 1999 Crab Orchard Poetry Prize and was also a finalist for the Walt Whitman prize from the Academy of American Poets. Phipps-Kettlewell’s work has also been published in England in 2007 under the title New Caribbean Poetry. She has held fellowships at the Guggenheim Foundation, the Bunting Institute, Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, and the Center for the Study of World Religions among others. Her short stories have been featured in Best American Short Stories 2003 and listed in Best American Short Stories 2001. More information at www.marilenephipps.com
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Read Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell's CV and poetry
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Hear Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell read samples of her poetry.

 

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