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Blue Hill, ME
My readings often involve as much oral improvisation as reading from pages of paper and sometimes have included writing, which may be projected to be seen as it is getting done, and projections, videos, prerecorded sound, looped recordings of the reading in progress, or other loopy gambits. For ten years I participated also in a co-authored series of ten volumes of The Grand Piano: An experiment in collective autobiography (Mode Z, Detroit). For a couple years after that I collaborated with Suzanne Stein on a series of 36 live improvised on-line chat performances, soon to appear in book form.
Cynthia Brackett-Vincent is currently earning her MA in English/Creative Writing—Poetry at Southern New Hampshire University. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing with a minor in Psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington and an AA in Social Sciences (Quincy College, MA, where she served as an editor of Stepping Stone and a member of Phi Theta Kappa). As well, she studied English at Bridgewater State College in MA. Cynthia has served as Membership Chairperson of The Maine Poets Society. A Pushcart Prize nominated and award-winning poet, Cynthia has had over 100 poems published in such journals as Avocet, YankeeMagazine.com, and Ibbetson Street; in her chapbook, the 95 Poems; and the online journals, Mannequin Envy, The Orange Room Review, Pirene's Fountain and others. Her nonfiction and poetry appear abroad. She has served as co-editor of a 45-church district newsletter and she co-founded the Tidepool Poets of Plymouth, MA in 2001. Three of her articles appear in Educators as Writers: Publishing for Professional and Personal Development (Carol Smallwood, ed., Peter Lang, 2006). Among other honors, her poetry has received an Honorable Mention in New England Writers, a citation in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and Second Place twice in Maine Poets Society contests. Cynthia has judged poetry locally, regionally and nationally for such contests as the Writer's Digest annual writing competition. Cynthia gives poetry workshops focusing on inspiration and images and she has a special interest in bringing poetry to elementary students.