The Thursday Poets

About the Member

The Thursday Poets, based in Salem, Massachusetts, is a collective of professional poets. We create, promote, celebrate, and support poetry efforts north of Boston and beyond through readings, gatherings, workshops, publications, and advocacy. Contact us at

Who We Are

Kathleen Aguero: The author of  World Happiness Index from Tiger Bark Books. Her other poetry collections include After That, Investigations: The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth, Daughter Of, The Real Weather, and Thirsty Day. She has co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press (A Gift of Tongues, An Ear to the Ground, and Daily Fare) and is consulting poetry editor at Kenyon Review. She teaches in the Solstice low-residency M.F.A. program at Lasell University and in Changing Lives through Literature, an alternative sentencing program. Kathleen has received grants from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and the Elgin Cox foundation.

Kevin Carey: Coordinator of Creative Writing at Salem State University. Books include: three books of poetry: The One Fifteen to Penn Station (2012), Jesus Was a Homeboy (2016) which was an Honor book for the Paterson Literary Prize and Set in Stone (2020), as well as three books of fiction: The Beach People (2014), Murder in the Marsh (2020) and Junior Miles and the Junkman which will be out in September of 2023 from Fitzroy Books, an imprint of Regal House Publishing. . His poems have twice appeared on The Writers Almanac on National Public Radio and on The Academy of American Poets Poem a Day. Kevin is also a playwright and a filmmaker. He has co-directed & co-produced two documentaries about poets, All That Lies Between Us and Unburying Malcolm Miller, which premiered at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in 2017.

M.P. Carver: A poet and visual artist living in Salem, MA. She is director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and editor and co-founder of the journal Molecule: a tiny lit mag. M.P. teaches creative and digital writing at Salem State University.

Elisabeth Weiss Horowitz: Teaches writing at Salem State University in Salem, MA.  She’s taught poetry in preschools, prisons, and nursing homes, as well as to the intellectually disabled. She’s worked in the editorial department at Harper & Row in New York and has an MFA from The University of Iowa Writers Workshop. She’s published poems in London’s Poetry Review, Porch, Crazyhorse, the Birmingham Poetry Review, the Paterson Literary Review and many other journals. Lis won the Talking Writing Hybrid Poetry Prize for 2016 and was a runner up in the 2013 Boston Review poetry contest. Her chapbook, The Caretaker’s Lament, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016.

Jennifer Jean: Poetry collections include VOZObject Lesson, and The Fool. Her resource book is Object Lesson: a Guide to Writing Poetry. Her poems and co-translations appear in POETRY MagazineRattleThe CommonWaxwingOn the Seawall, and elsewhere. She’s received honors, residencies, and fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, the Academy of American Poets, the Mass Cultural Council, DISQUIET/Dzanc Books, and the Women’s Federation for World Peace. She organizes and co-translates Arabic poetry for the Her Story Is collective, edits translations for Consequence Forum, and is senior program manager of 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center’s online writing program. Jennifer lives in Salem, MA with her husband and children.

Kali Lightfoot: After living in 8 different states, Kali Lightfoot settled happily in Salem, MA. Her debut poetry collection, Pelted by Flowers, published by CavanKerry Press, was chosen a Must Read for 2022 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book; and Best Dressed by Sundress Publications. Her individual poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Lavender Review,Lily Poetry Review, and Star 82 Review. Kali’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and Best of the Net. She is available for readings in person and online. Kali earned an MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2015. Website:

Jennifer Martelli: The author of The Queen of Queens and My Tarantella (Bordighera Press), awarded an Honorable Mention from the Italian-American Studies Association, selected as a “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and named as a finalist for the Housatonic Book Award. She is also the author of the chapbooks All Things are Born To Change Their Shapes, winner of the Small Harbor Press open reading, In the Year of Ferraro from Nixes Mates, and After Bird, winner of the Grey Book Press open reading. Her work has appeared in The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Poetry, The Tahoma Literary Review, Scoundrel Time, Jet Fuel Review, Verse Daily, Iron Horse Review (winner of the Photo Finish contest), and elsewhere. Jennifer Martelli has twice received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for her poetry. She is co-poetry editor for Mom Egg Review.

Colleen Michaels: A poet and educator living on Massachusetts’ North Shore. She directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, where she hosts the Improbable Places Poetry Tour, bringing poetry to unlikely places like tattoo parlors, laundromats, and swimming pools. Yes, in the swimming pool. Her poems have been published, anthologized, and commissioned as installations for The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, The Peabody Essex Museum, and The Trustees of Reservations. She serves on the board of trustees for the Beverly Public Library. She is the author of Prize Wheel (Small Bites Press, 2023).

January Gill O’Neil: An associate professor at Salem State University, and the author of Glitter Road (forthcoming 2024), Rewilding (2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), all published by CavanKerry Press. From 2012-2018, she served as the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and currently serves on the boards of AWP and Montserrat College of Art. Her poem, “At the Rededication of the Emmett Till Memorial,” was a co-winner of the 2022 Allen Ginsberg Poetry award from the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. The recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cave Canem, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, O’Neil was the 2019-2020 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She lives with her two children in Beverly, MA.

Dawn Paul: Currently at work on a series of poems about North Shore’s Great Salt Marsh. She is the author of the novels The Country of Loneliness and Still River. Her poetry chapbook What We Still Don’t Know examines the contradictions in the life of scientist Carl Linnaeus, originator of the Linnaean biological naming system used worldwide today. Paul has been a recipient of residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Ragdale Foundation, the Spring Creek Project, Friday Harbor Marine Laboratories and Isles of Shoals Marine Labs. Her poetry has been published in anthologies, journals and most recently,Orion Magazine. Also look for it engraved in the sidewalk on Cabot Street in downtown Beverly!

J.D. Scrimgeour: The author of five poetry collections, the most recent being a book of bilingual poetry, 香蕉面包 /Banana Bread (Nixes Mate Press). He also won the Association of Writers and Writing Program’s (AWP) Award for Nonfiction for his second book of nonfiction, Themes for English B: A Professor’s Education In & Out of Class. With musician Philip Swanson he released Ogunquit & Other Works, a CD blending music and poetry. The musical, Only Human, which he composed with his sons Aidan and Guthrie, premiered at Ames Hall Theatre in Salem, Massachusetts in 2014. A longtime resident of Salem, Massachusetts, he’s written in many genres about the city. Mary Towne Eastey, an ancestor in his direct line, was put to death during the Salem Witch Trials. Another ancestor, Thomas Perkins, sat on the jury that found her guilty.

Cindy Veach: Author of Her Kind (CavanKerry Press) a finalist for the 2022 Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal and Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press), a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and a Massachusetts Center for the Book ‘Must Read,’ Her poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-DayAGNI, Michigan Quarterly Review, Salamander, Poet Lore and elsewhereCindy is the recipient of the Philip Booth Poetry Prize and the Samuel Allen Washington Prize. She is co-poetry editor of MER (Mom Egg Review). A resident of the Beverly/Salem area for thirty years, Cindy currently lives in Seattle and returns to the North Shore as often as she can.