Chad Parenteau


Author's Bio

Chad Parenteau was born in Woonsocket Rhode Island in 1973 and grew up in  Bellingham, Massachusetts. Graduating high school in 1991, he entered  Framingham State College (Now Framingham State University) and majored in  English. He learned poetry and prose writing from instructors such as Alan  Feldman and Miriam Levine and studied journalism under Desmond McCarthy. Volunteering for the college newspaper The Gatepost, he wrote articles, columns, and comic strips, serving  his Junior and Senior years as Comics Editor and Living/Arts Editor respectively.

A finalist for the Framingham State College Marjorie  Sparrow Literary Award in 1993, Chad was active in campus literary groups, contributing to The Onyx, Framingham State College's literary journal (where he also served as a reader), and  Life Underwater, an early literary effort by Boston-based writer, musician and journalist James O'Brien.

Moving to Boston in 1995, he obtained his MFA at Emerson College, studying with Bill Knott, Gail Mazur and John Skoyles. His involvement in the small press  continued, publishing poetry in Meanie and Shampoo and profile pieces for Lollipop, Comics Interpreter and Whats Up. He was also an early contributor to Boston's Weekly Dig, focusing on artistic and activist groups and reporting as one of a the few print journalists present for the events during and after the 2000 presidential debate at UMass Boston. 

In 2003, Chad self-published his first chapbook, Self-Portrait In Fire (based on his MFA thesis) and won a Cambridge Poetry  Award. He continues to appear in numerous print and online publications, including anthologies such as French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets. In 2007, his poem "Moonlighting" was on display at Boston City Hall as part of The Mayor's Prose and Poetry Program. 2008 saw the publication of his third chapbook, Discarded: Poems for My Apartments from Červená Barva Press. In 2011, a catalog of his work was added to Framingham State University's Alumni Collection at the Henry Whittemore Library. Recently, his light verse has appeared in such venues as Salon. His first full-length collection, Patron Emeritus, was released in June 2013 from FootHills Publishing.

Chad has featured in several venues, including Spoken Word Nantucket, the Fox Chase Reading Series in Philadelphia, the 17 Poets! Reading Series in New Orleans, the Brownstone Poets series in Brooklyn and the Out of The Blue Art Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the current host and organizer of Stone Soup Poetry, one of the longest-running weekly poetry venues in the state.

His contributions to the reading series include creating and editing its online tribute journal, Spoonful and releasing a limited series of print chapbooks currently available through the venue. Most recently, he has partnered up Stone Soup with Jason Wright's Oddball Magazine, where he currently serves as Associate Editor.

Publications & Prizes

Survival: A Poets Speak Anthology (Beatlick Press, 2018)
Mo’ Joe: The Anthology (The Continuing Saga of Joe The Poet, Vol. 2) (Beatlick Press, 2014)
The Triumph of Poverty (Off The Park Press, 2012)
French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets (Louisiana Literature Press, 2007)
The Collapsed Bookshelf (Tell Tale Chapbooks, 2020)
Patron Emeritus (Foothills Publishing, 2013)
Discarded: Poems for My Apartments (Cervena Barva Press, 2008)

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Woonsocket, RI
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Bellingham, MA
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Last update: Jun 03, 2021