Poetry Jam- Charles Coe

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Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam-Charles Coe


Charles Coe is the author of four books of poetry published by Leapfrog Press: All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents, Picnic on the Moon, and Memento Mori, designated a “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and “Purgatory Road.” He is also author of Spin Cycles, a novella published by Gemma Media. Charles was selected as a Boston Literary Light by the Associates of the Boston Public Library and is a former artist fellow at the St. Botolph Club in Boston.

A short film by filmmaker Roberto Mighty, “Peach Pie,” was based on his poem, “Fortress” has been shown at film festivals nationwide. Another short film, “Charles Coe: Man of Letters,” also by Roberto Mighty was named “Outstanding Documentary Short” at the 2020 Roxbury Film Festival. His poems have been set by composers Kitty Brazelton, Beth Denisch, Paul Frucht, and Robert Moran

Charles was a 2017 artist-in-residence for the city of Boston, where he created an oral history project focused on residents of Mission Hill. He is poetry editor of “Multiplicity,” an online literary journal published by Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Mass, and associate editor of “About Place,” an online literary journal published by Black Earth Institute.

Charles has served as poet-in-residence at Wheaton College, the Newton Public Schools, and at the Chautauqua Institution in New York State. He is an adjunct professor of English at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, where he teaches in the MFA programs. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Boston Chapter of The National Writers Union, which serves free-lance writers and editors. He is also on the Board of Directors of The New England Poetry Club and of Revolutionary Spaces, Inc., the organization that manages and programs activities at Boston’s Old South Meeting House and the Old State House, site of the Boston Massacre.

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