The Thursday Poets

About the Member

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.

Jennifer Martelli: I am a poet, book reviewer, reading series organizer, and editor. My projects range from generative writing, to arranging poems in a collection, to curating a poetry series.

Kathleen Aguero: I’m a member of the Thursday Poets, a group that meets weekly to support one another’s writing and interest in poetry and to spread our enthusiasm for the written word throughout the North Shore.

Elisabeth Weiss Horowitz: I am a poet, teacher, social justice warrior and work resettling refugees.

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. Prize Wheel, her debut collection, will be published by Small Bites Press early in 2023.s 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. Prize Wheel, her debut collection, will be published by Small Bites Press early in 2023.

Cindy Veach: 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.

Kevin Carey: Kevin is the coordinator of creative writing at Salem State University and a member of the Thursday Poets.

J.D. Scrimgeour: I’m a writer who has lived in Salem since 1996. Ancestors of mine were put to death in this city for being witches, while others served on the jury that found them guilty. My personal essays and poetry often focus on class and education, exploring what constitutes authentic learning in the exchange between student and teacher. Learning was a major theme in my second book of nonfiction, Themes For English B: A Professor’s Education In & Out of Class, which won the AWP Award for Nonfiction.
I also write on sports, especially basketball and baseball. I wrote the basketball memoir, Spin Moves, and my sports writing has appeared in various journals, including the anthology Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball, and Creative Nonfiction, where my essay “My Outfield,” won the magazine’s Writing about Baseball contest.
Much of my work is interdisciplinary, exploring connections between writing and other arts. I have collaborated with artists in other media, including performing works with photographer Kim Mimnaugh and choreographer Caitlin Corbett. For several years, Philip Swanson and I have collaborated on Confluence, a performance group blending poetry and music. And, in 2014, I wrote the book and lyrics to Only Human, a musical that premiered in Salem Ames Hall Theater.
Currently, I chair the English Department at Salem State, where I created and direct the Salem Poetry Seminar, a free week-long summer program for select student poets at Massachusetts public colleges and universities. I am on the executive board of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and Chair of the Salem Athenaeum Writers Committee.

Kali Lightfoot: I am a poet and reviewer of poetry books. My debut collection of poems, Pelted by Flowers, came out in 2021 from CavanKerry Press. I am now working on a second full-length collection. My membership in The Thursday Poets collective is an ongoing source of joy for me.

Dawn Paul: I am a North Shore poet, writer and teacher. My writing centers on the natural history of the New England coast and science. My poetry chapbook, What We Still Don’t Know, is about botanist and taxonomer Carl Linnaeus. I also have two novels, Still River and The Country of Loneliness. Currently I am at work on a collection of poems from a recent writing residency at Isles of Shoals Marine Laboratory and another collection on botanist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian. I am available for workshops and readings.