Richard Cambridge’s poetry and theater productions address controversial themes on the American political landscape. His troupe, Singing with the Enemy,co-founded with Cuban writer Patiño Vásquez, is a performance of song, poetry, and dance that brings to light the devastating effects of the U.S. Blockade of Cuba. By special invitation of Cuba’s Institute of Friendship with the Nations (ICAP) they performed at the historic U.S.—Cuba Friendship Conference in Havana in 1998.
His poetry has appeared in The Paterson Literary Review, Nantucket Journal, Asheville Poetry Review and others. He was a member of the Boston Championship Slam Team in 1992, and won the Masters Slam at the National Poetry Slam in 1997. His awards include The Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize. He was voted Best Male Performance Poet at the Boston Poetry Festival in 2000. In 2003 he received the Cambridge Peace and Justice Award for the contributions of his art and activism. In 2004 his book of poems, “PULSA— A Book of Books” was published by Hanover Press.
In 2005 he was appointed a Fellow at the Black Earth Institute, a progressive think tank dedicated to re-forging the links between earth, spirit, and society where he remains active as Fellow Emeritus. In 2014 he guest edited About Place, Black Earth Institute’s online journal. The theme: 1963-2013: A Civil Rights Retrospective. See aboutplacejournal.org, “previous issues.”
He presently curates the Poets’ Theatre, a monthly poetry and performance series, in Somerville’s (Massachusetts, USA) Arts at the Armory.
Mark Daley goes by the stage name, Black-Sheep M.A.D. He is a Jamaican poet and author who debuted with the novel, “My Vegetable Garden,” a story about domestic violence and child abuse, and a community that would have none of it.
He has since published several poetry ebooks, to include, “Have Your Sex and Eat it Too,” a compilation of erotic poems, looking at sexuality and what we as human beings use the act to accomplish; “365 Thoughts of the Year for You,” urging all to excel and believe in themselves; “The Book of Templates” words of encouragement; “The Age of Reasoning and Truth, Epistle 1 – The Shanique Myrie Case”, “Perhaps Love” ,“House of Purple” and “House of Blues.”