Out of the Blue Art Gallery
106 Prospect St
1/8/09, 8 PM
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Kevin Dailey "South Pacific Survivor"
Jade Sylvan "The Spark Singer"
Yuyutsu RD Sharma "Poemes de l’ Himalayas"
Timothy Gager "Treating a Sick Animal"
After graduating from Northeastern University magma cum laude, Kevin joined the U.S. Peace Corps. He trained for months in Samoan culture and language then taught at the Western Samoa Techincal Institute, now part of National University of Samoa. He also founded a multi-national culture club and wrote fiction. One poem, published in over sixty countries, was amusingly misprinted under the name “Kevin Klein.”
At Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., Kevin studied on scholarship and became one of its few Caucasians graduates. He won awards and earned a spot on the national and international moot court teams. He and his classmates protested the Rodney King verdict across from the White House, and often debated on the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial. He was a law clerk at federal government agencies and marched in President Clinton’s inaugural parade.
A stint with a prestigious, minority-owned law firm kicked off his legal career. Kevin's law firm—in Government Center, Boston, for over a decade—is now in the heart of Central Square, Cambridge, MA. He teaches law classes at Bunker Hill Community College of Boston, beginning over a dozen years ago. He enjoyed Social Law Library programs like Kafka and the Law, and being a judge at the American Trial Lawyers Association competition and at Boston University’s moot court competition.
At Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, a community non-profit corporation, he was a board member and vice president. He volunteered for local schools, Cambridge Cares About Aids, and People Making a Difference. He campaigned for others vying for congress and school committee.
Jade is a writer and performer living in Boston. Her first full-length collection of poetry, The Spark Singer, was published in 2009 by Spuyten Duyvil Press. Her first novel, Backstage at The Caribou, was published in 2009 by Ray Ontko & Co. She has performed across the country, appearing as the featured performer at The Cantab Lounge (Boston), The Green Mill (Chicago), and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe (New York City), among others. She has also lectured and facilitated writing workshops, most recently at Indiana University and The University of Cincinnati. Her favorite yoga position is Crane Pose, and she never learned how to whistle. She is currently at work on a second novel, an album of songs, and more poetry. You can find her at www.jadesylvan.com.
Yuyutsu RD Sharma
Yuyutsu is the recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is a distinguished poet and translator.
He has published eight poetry collections including, Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America, (Howling Dog Press, Colorado, 2009), Annapurna Poems, (Nirala, New Delhi 2008), Everest Failures (White Lotus Book Shop, Kathmandu, 2008) www.WayToEverest.de: A photographic and Poetic Journey to the Foot of Everest, (Epsilonmedia, Germany, 2006) with German photographer Andreas Stimm and a translation of Irish poet Cathal O’ Searcaigh poetry in Nepali in a bilingual collection entitled, Kathmandu: Poems, Selected and New, 2006. He has translated and edited several anthologies of contemporary Nepali poetry in English and launched a literary movement, Kathya Kayakalpa (Content Metamorphosis) in Nepali poetry.
A collection of his poems in Slovenian translation, entitled, Jezero Fewa in Konj has just come out from the Sodobnost International Press, Ljubljana. A collection of his poems in French, Entitled, Poemes de l’ Himalayas shall appear from Harmattan, Paris in the Fall, 2009.