October 3rd Hoot featuring Jeri Theriault and Matt Miller

Jeri Theriault’s full-length collection, Radost, my red, was published by Moon Pie Press in 2016. Her chapbook, In the Museum of Surrender, won the 2013 Encircle Publications Chapbook Contest. She has two previous chapbooks, Corn Dance and Catholic, and has published in journals such as the Paterson Literary Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Rattle, The Atlanta Review and the American Journal of Poetry. Her work also appears in anthologies including French Connections: An Anthology of Poetry by Franco-Americans, The Return of Kral Majales, Prague’s International Literary Renaissance 1990-2010, and, most recently, Three-Nations Anthology.

A Fulbright recipient and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Jeri holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her teaching career included six years as the English department chair at the International School of Prague. She lives in South Portland.


Matt W. Miller is the author of the collections The Wounded for the Water (Salomon Poetry), Club Icarus, selected by Major Jackson as the winner of the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize and Cameo Diner: PoemsHe has published poems and essays in Harvard Review, 32 Poems, Narrative Magazine, Notre Dame Review, Adroit Journal, Southwest Review, and crazyhorse, among other journals. Winner of the River Styx Microbrew/Microfiction Prize and Iron Horse Review’s Trifecta Poetry Prize, he is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University and a Walter E. Dakin Fellow in Poetry at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy and lives with his family in coastal New Hampshire.

The Hoot is back September 5th, Featuring Kevin McLellan and Linda Aldrich!

Kevin McLellan is the author of Hemispheres (Fact-Simile Editions, forthcoming), Ornitheology (The Word Works, 2018), [box] (Letter [r] Press, 2016), Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010). He won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize and Gival Press’ 2016 Oscar Wilde Award, and his writing appears in numerous literary journals. Kevin lives in Cambridge Massachusetts. His website is available at https://kevinmc66.wordpress.com/


Linda Aldrich has published two collections of poetry, Foothold (2008) and March and Mad Women (2012), and was selected to be the new Portland Poet Laureate in 2018.

Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, among them Crazy Woman CreekIndiana ReviewCimarron ReviewElixirThe Denver Quarterly, EllipsisThe Florida ReviewThe Ilanot ReviewPoet LoreThird CoastPuerto del SolSnake Nation ReviewThe Best of Write Action, and Words and Images.  Her poem “Woman-without-Arms” won the Emily Dickinson Award from Universities West Press, and her Mary Dyer poem sequence was a recent finalist for the Dana Award in Poetry.

Linda is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire (English and French), Florida State University (MA Theatre Arts), and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA/ Poetry).  She was director of the Young Conservatory and a member of the repertory at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco for ten years and later was Associate Professor of English and Humanities at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado. Currently, Linda teaches English at Southern Maine Community College and lives in Portland with her husband, David Miller, and their exceptional dog, Simba.

June 6th Hoot featuring January G. O’Neil and Patrice Pinette

January Gill O’Neill and Patrice Pinette

January Gill O’Neil is the author of two poetry collections, Misery Islandsand Underlife, published by CavanKerry Press. A third collection, Rewilding, will be published by CavanKerry Press in fall 2018. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, an assistant professor of English at Salem State University, and board of trustee member with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and Montserrat College of Art. A Cave Canem fellow, January’s poems and articles have appeared in the Academy of American Poet’s Poem-A-Day series, American Life in Poetry, Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, American Poetry Review, New England Review, andPloughshares, among others.

Misery Islands was selected for a 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Additionally, Mass Center for the Book chose Misery Islandsas a Must-Read Book for 2015 and it won the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award.

Previously, January was a senior writer/editor at Babson College. She earned her BA from Old Dominion University and her MFA at New York University. She lives with her two children in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Patrice Pinette is inspired by alchemy between the arts. She collaborates with artists and musicians in workshops, readings, and exhibits. She teaches creative writing, literature, and eurythmy, which embodies the dance of language, in Waldorf high schools, CFA’s Renewal Courses, and at Antioch University New England in the Healing Arts in Education program.
Patrice received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including The Inflectionist Review; Connecticut River Review; The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review; Adanna Literary Journal; Allegro Poetry Magazine; and Poet Showcase: An Anthology of New Hampshire Poets.

May 2nd Hoot featuring Suzanne Rancourt, Cheryl Savageau, and Marie Francis

Ms. Rancourt is Abenaki/Huron descent, born and raised in the mountains of West Central Maine currently residing in the Adirondack Mountains, NY. A multi-modal artist, she has work appearing, in Dawnland Voices 2.0 #4, Northern New England Review, Bear Review, Three Drops Press, Snapdragon Journal, mgversion2>datura, Sirsee, Slipstream, Muddy River Poetry Review, Ginosko, Journal of Military Experience, Cimarron Review, Callaloo, numerous anthologies, translations, and text books. Her book, Billboard in the Clouds was the winner of the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award.  Ms. Rancourt is a USMC and USA veteran.
Cheryl Savageau is the author of three collections of poetry, Mother/Land, Dirt Road Home, which was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and Home Country.  She has won Fellowships in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Program, and has been twice nominated for Pushcart Prizes.  Her children’s book, Muskrat Will Be Swimming, was a Smithsonian Notable Book and won the Skipping Stones Award.  She currently edits the online journal Dawnland Voices 2.0 and teaches writing workshops.  Her memoir, Out of the Crazywoods, is forthcoming in 2018.


Marie N. Francis is a full-blood Passamaquoddy. The youngest of five children, Marie was raised on the Pleasant Point reservation. She was born with eye and heart problems as well as dyslexia. She struggled in school for years while her mother fought to get appropriate academic support for her. These struggles did not affect her willingness to try, though. Her siblings describe her as “always willing to try or help or stand up to bullies.” Marie attended Landmark School, lettered in soccer, participated in drama, and created the peer leadership program that is still going strong today. Marie has spent the last 20 years working for the City of Portland, where she has participated in numerous trainings, including Nonviolent De-escalation and Google Guide. Outside of work, Marie has participated in many sports including bowling (where she was nationally ranked) and professional arm wrestling. She has run sound boards, organized benefit concerts, tried out for Fear Factor, and participated in The Equinox Petroglyph Project. Marie is a published poet and photographer. Her work can be found in Dawnland Voices, both in the anthology and volume 2 of the magazine. Her photography work can be found on display in various venues in Portland, Maine.