U35 is a bi-monthly reading series for poets under 35, held once each January, March, May, July, September, and November. The series seeks to promote and bolster young Massachusetts poets while giving them a venue to share their work and connect with other poets. If you are a poet under the age of 35, sign up to read via Mass Poetry’s website!
Our May readers are Shirley Jones-Luke, Kailey Tedesco, and Rhosalyn Williams. Read more about them below:
Shirley Jones-Luke is a writer, poet and public speaker who lives in Dorchester. Shirley is an educator with the Boston Public Schools, teaching English Language Arts. She has been published in several journals and magazines, including Anti-Heroin Chic, Deluge, For the Sonorous, and Longleaf Review. Her work has earned her spots at VONA (Voices of Our Nation), Tin House, Breadloaf and The Watering Hole Poetry Retreat. Shirley’s poems were nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award.
Kailey Tedesco is the author of She Used to be on a Milk Carton (April Gloaming Publishing), These Ghosts of Mine, Siamese (Dancing Girl Press) and Lizzie, Speak (White Stag Publishing). She is an associate editor for Luna Luna Magazine and a co-curator for A Witch’s Craft: Panel & Reading Series. You can find her work featured or forthcoming in Fairy Tale Review, Black Warrior Review, Electric Literature, Bone Bouquet Journal, New South, fields, and more. For further information, please follow @kaileytedesco.
Rhosalyn Williams is a poet from Wenvoe, Wales and Tallahassee, Florida. She recently received her MFA from the University of New Hampshire where she taught poetry and worked as a reader for Barnstorm Literary Magazine. Her writing has appeared in Black Fox and Pulp. She currently works as a waitress and tutor.
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