Gretl Claggett - Tuesday 25th May

On Tuesday 25th May we have an open mic evening at The Punter, headlined by featured guest poet Gretl Claggett. Doors open 7.30; arrive before readings start at 8pm if you want to sign up for a 2-minute open mic slot.

Gretl Claggett is originally from Hannibal, Missouri. She holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, an MFA in nonfiction from Goucher College, and an MFA in theater from Western Illinois University. After an acting career On- and Off-Broadway, then a stint as a corporate video/show producer, she worked for a decade as an account executive at an incentive-marketing agency. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Atlanta Review, BigCityLit, The Greensboro Review, Heliotrope, Lumina, New Millennium Writings, Mangrove, Rattapallax and The Same, and have been anthologized in Chance of a Ghost, Helicon Nine Editions, 2005, and Submerged: Tales from the Basin, StepSister Press, 2008. She is a 2008 Pushcart Prize nominee.

"Searing stuff. The poet's people are identified at what seem defining times of their lives. The poems have huge compulsive moments, and are real page-turners. The reader has to know what happens next in these vivid dramas." – Robert Minhinnick


Often you’ll see a solitary shoe
in an alley. Sometimes, a solitary
man—there’s seldom proof
he’s connected to that shoe.
A rye seed in his tooth,
he says: “There’s nothing
out there.” You notice a stain
on his shirt. He keeps his head
down. Like you, he’s no stranger
to the loneliest road, the road
Christ chose: its pavement cracked,
a whorehouse on every corner.
“Does it lead to the desert?” “It’s
all desert,” he replies. You ask
his name. “Dwight.” He asks
yours. For a moment, you don’t
remember: “There’s nothing
in here.” You are the solitary
shoe, the alley, the shirt stain,
the cracked pavement, the whore-
house, the desert, yes, you are the head
down, the Christ, the rye seed
stuck in His tooth.

Gretl Claggett

Lizzy Dening at The Punter

Open mic with a guest reading from featured local poet Lizzy Dening. Lizzy has been published in The Times, The Rialto, Orbis and Rising, amongst others. She also edited 'In The Red' magazine in Liverpool and is training to become a freelance wildlife journalist.

2010. The Year We Make More Poems.

Kerri French's poetry has been featured on Sirius Satellite Radio and was selected for inclusion in Best New Poets 2008, edited by Mark Strand. A recipient of the Larry Franklin and Mei Kwong Fellowship from the Writers' Room of Boston, her poetry has appeared in The Southeast Review, Barrelhouse, Brooklyn Review, Fugue, DIAGRAM, Natural Bridge, and Lumina, among others. A North Carolina native, she currently lives here in Cambridge. Click here for her website.

On Tuesday 23rd February 2010 we have an Open Mic event at The Punter with featured guest poet Molly Naylor.

Molly Naylor is a poet, scriptwriter and performer. She has written and directed two plays, Press Escape To Continue and Goodbye Friday and is currently writing a radio drama for the BBC. Molly has read her poems on BBC Radio and has performed at a number of festivals and events including Latitude, Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Seven Arts, Poet in the City, Edinburgh Fringe, Hull Truck, the Poetry Link, Norfolk and Norwich festival, Purple Ronnie’s Stand Up Poetry Club, Shunt, Colchester Arts Centre, Soho Theatre and many more.

Doors open at 7.30pm at the Punter, arrive in good time for the 8pm start if you want to sign up for a 2-minute open mic slot and impress all with your poetry stamp.

Open Mic with Tom Yates

As well as a host of short open mic slots, there'll be a guest reading from Tom Yates.

Tom studied English and Creative Writing at Warwick University and now lives and works in London. In 2008 he was one of three poets chosen for the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme for Gifted and Talented Writers. He won the Poetry Society's Young Poet of the Year Award in 1998 and 1999 and has been published in magazines and anthologies including The Gift: New Writing for the NHS, Phoenix New Writing and The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Tenth Anniversary Anthology.

Readings start at 8pm, doors open 7.30pm. £3 / £2.

There's no Michaelhouse event in April, so it's your last chance to get a CB1 Poetry fix until April 27th...