The Poetry Cafe at the M.V. Playhouse features guest poets Donald Nitchie, Marlan Sigelman, Spencer Thurlow, and Jennifer Tseng on Thursday, March 7, at 7 pm. Hosting the evening will be poet Fan Ogilvie. Admission is $10, cash only, which includes a beverage and a slice of Pie Chicks pie.
Donald Nitchie lives in Chilmark, and his poetry collection, “Driving Lessons,” was published in 2008. He sometimes facilitates poetry classes around the Island, and his poetry has been published locally. He works as an editor when he’s not writing his own poetry.
Marlan Sigelman co-facilitates the Contemporary Poetry Book Club at the Chilmark library, where she is the adult programs coordinator. Sigelman is also a writer and archivist whose been published in Prelude, Queen Mobs Tea House, Flag + Void, and other publications.
Spencer Thurlow is a poet, writer, and the current poet laureate of West Tisbury. His most recent co-translated work, “Sonic Peace” by Kiriu Minashita, was published by Phoneme Media in 2017 and shortlisted for the National Translation Award and the Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize, according to information on the Playhouse website. His poetry or translations have appeared in World Literature Today, Cincinnati Review, Comstock Review, Worcester Review, Pudding Magazine, and Aurorean.
Jennifer Tseng is the author of three awardwinning poetry collections, a collection of flash fiction, “The Passion of Woo & Isolde,” a Firecracker Award finalist, and the winner of an Eric Hoffer Book Award. Her novel, “Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness,” (Europa Editions, 2015) was a finalist for the PEN Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and for the New England Book Award.