Enzo Silon Surin (Artistic & Executive Director)
Enzo Silon Surin is a Haitian-born poet, playwright, educator, publisher and social advocate. He is the author of three collections of poetry, including When My Body Was A Clinched Fist (Black Lawrence Press, 2020), and the chapbook, A Letter of Resignation: An American Libretto (2017). He is a 2019 Denis Diderot [A-i-R] Grant as Artist-in-Residence at Chateau d’Orquevaux in France, a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellow, a 2015 recipient of the PEN New England Discovery Award (Celebrated New Voice in Poetry). His poems have been published and are forthcoming in numerous journals and were recently commissioned by the Boston Opera Collaborative as part of the 2021 project titled “Love in the Time of…” which is based on the Robert Schumann’s masterpiece song cycle Dichterliebe. His 10-minute play “Last Train”, which deals with the generational impact of racial injustice on a young black family, is also in the process of being adapted as a libretto by the Boston Opera Collaborative for their Opera Bites series.
Surin teaches creative writing and literature at Bunker Hill Community College and is also Founding Editor and Publisher at Central Square Press. He is also the Founder and President of the Faraday Publishing Company.
Raquel Liriano is an emerging poet and the recipient of a 2021 Voices of Color Poetry Fellowship from the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. Her career started as an Elementary teacher where she fostered a learning environment that promoted children's literature, creative writing, and poetry. Although Raquel’s career moved her out of the classroom and into higher education and the corporate world, she has returned to her first love of poetry. She holds a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction and a Master of Science in Management.
Treasurer & Director of Education
Michael Mercurio lives and writes in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. His poetry has been published and is forthcoming in THRUSH, Palette Poetry, Bear Review, The Sugar House Review, Cider Press Review, Rust + Moth, and elsewhere. His poem "Mercy in a Cold April", anthologized in Voices Amidst the Virus (Lily Poetry Review Press, 2020), was adapted into a short film by filmmaker Michael Rautio in March of 2021 as part of Michigan State University's Filmetry program.
Michael is also the founder and curator of What The Universe Is: A Reading Series, which features both established and emerging poets reading. He has contributed poetry criticism to the Lily Poetry Review and Coal Hill Review and serves on the steering committee for the Tell It Slant Poetry Festival, held each September at the Emily Dickinson Museum.
Michael is a graduate of Lesley University's low-residency MFA program and is the executive director of Cambridge Common Writers, an alumni association for and by graduates of the program.
Secretary & Director of Community Engagement