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Upcoming Show April 11, 2021

Sunday, April 11, 2021
4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Join us to hear new work from local favorites and former Nantucketers Len Germinara and Sarah Oktay. In addition to our featured readers, the program also includes shorter readings with the island poets Kathy Butterworth, Julia Lewis, Maggie Sullivan, and Beck Fee.  Len Germinara’s recent poems collected in the chapbook Back Story (December 2019) take the reader on a tour from the east to west coast with a detour through Colorado. Len co-founded Spoken Word Nantucket with his wife Sarah Oktay, a venue that ran for 12 years. He currently lives in Sacramento, CA. where he is co-host of the Poetry Slam at the Sacramento Poetry Center.  Dr. Sarah Oktay published her first chapbook of poetry Sifting Light From Darkness in September 2020. She is a chemical oceanographer specializing in climate change and currently works at the University of California’s Davis campus in the John Muir Institute of the Environment’s Natural Reserve System. Her poems examine the interfaces between science and the sublime.  The program is free admission, but registration is required. Please sign up online.

Just launched:

The Poets’ Theatre of Northern California. A zoom room for Sacramento area poetry, spoken word, staged readings, and other offerings. Contact Len at lensir at hotmail.com in you want to find out how to offer a show.

Len Germinara, Poet and Educator

Poetry featured readings
Bradford College w/ Martha Collins 1986
Marshfield Arts Festival 2001, 2002, and 2003
The Daily Grind 2001, 2004
The Gallery, East Bridgewater, MA 2002
Out of The Blue Cambridge, MA 2002, 2006
Mad Poets Cafe, Providence, RI 2002
Walden Woods, MA 2003
Dartmouth College, NH 2003
Brockton Public Library Series, MA 2003, 2005, 2007
Poetribe, Brockton, MA Jan. 2004, Jan. 2007
Fuller Museum Of Art, Brockton, MA 2004
Jester’s Cafe, Westfield, MA 2004
Uptown Players Celebration of Black History Month 2004
Monday Night Mingle, Nantucket, MA, 2004
Black Repertory Theatre, Providence RI 2004
ACTing for Democracy, Nantucket, MA 2004
Acoustic Coffee, Portland, ME Oct 2004
Poetry in the Chapel, Forest Hills, MA 2005
Museum of Bad Art, Dedham, MA 2005
Gypsy Pashyn’s Poetry Caravan, Medford MA 2005
TV Feature: “Literary Limelight” Jan. 2006: Boston Neighborhood Network
Cantab, Boston Poetry Slam, Cambridge, MA 2007
Poetribe, January 2008
O’Shea’s in West Dennis on October 18th, 2012:  Watch the Video
Moors Poetry Collaborative: Nantucket Atheneum, October 28, 2012, November 2015
Brockton Fuller Craft Museum, November 2014
Mersault 2014, 2015
Gloucester Writer Center, 2014
Addison Art Gallery, Orleans MA 2015
Mitchell’s Book Store 2016 
Western Colorado poetry Slam Winner 2017
Sacramento Poetry Center “A Special Night of Spoken Word and Slam Poetry” 7/30/18
Jack Kerouac Poetry Contest 2019 Honorable Mention
Natsoulas Gallery December 2019
Luna’s Cafe Dec 2019
James Lee Jobe’s Other Voice Poetry Series at the Davis Unitarian Universalist Church January 2020
Sacramento Poetry Center February 3rd 2020 7:30 pm co feature


Author of: “Everything’s Jake”, “Dust Bunnies”, “Quaise”, “Finding a Bookstore”, “Of Course, I Could be Wrong” and “Back Story

Len’s poetry also appears in anthologies by the Moors Poetry Collective:

Lemon Hummus: A Book of Poems

Poems So Far 

Tips on Throwing a House Warming Party in a Small Space

The Title is Elusive

Co-Host of Spoken Word Nantucket (2004-2016)

Co-Host of Poetry Slam at Sacramento Poetry Center with CharRon Smith (starting December 2nd 2019)

  • Member of Moors Poetry Collective (2010-2016)
  • Nantucket Book Festival
  • Former SlamMaster and Co-host of the Bridgewater Poetry Slam/Poetribe
  • Winner – 2003 Cambridge Poetry Awards: Best Narrative Poem
  • Member of Poetry Slam Inc.
  • 2006 Former co-host of The Daily Grind
  • Member of Poetribe Slam team 2003
  • Coach – 2002 East Regional Teen Team Slam Champions from Bridgewater
  • Producer – 2003 Celebration of National Poetry Month event at Brockton High School
  • Producer – Monday Night Mingle (Even Keel) 2004
  • Producer – 2005 Katrina Relief Poetry and Music Events
  • Producer and Host – New Blue Moon Poetry Slam at Attleboro Arts Museum
  • Host of The Nantucket Teen Slam 2004-2006 at the Nantucket Atheneum
  • Co-Producer –
    • Celebration of Robert Burns 2007,
    • MLK Celebration 2006, 2007
    • Black History Month Celebration at the African Meeting House 2006, 2007
    • Co-Producer – Juneteenth Celebration 2007
    • AMP (Arts, Music, Poetry) Festival at the Gallery; Summer 2002
    • Poets Against the War Reading at the Gallery March 2003
  • Dozens of appearances around the United States as a poet and performer