about Mike

Mike Nelson was born in Framingham Mass and lived in Hudson then Londonderry New Hampshire from age one to twenty-two.  He started writing poetry when he was seventeen. Mike then lived in Old Orchard Beach for a year and South Berwick Maine for another twenty years. Mike started going to poetry reading’s in Portsmouth in his early thirties like the Stone Pigeon at Breaking New Grounds and Beat Night as well as other readings in the area. Mike Published his first book, The One in the Middle, in 2005 and his second, Sometimes at Night, in 2007. He was a founding member of the poetry workshop and performance group Blood on the Floor and he took over hosting and organizing Beat Night in 2014 when the readings founder, Larry Simon, moved from the area. Mike Published his third book of poetry, Another Forty Years, in 2013. In 2014, he founded the Tribe Poetry Project, and in 2017, became the poet laureate of Portsmouth. As laureate, he stared the publishing label Senile Monk Press and the Good Fat Poetry Zine. In 2018, Senile Monk Press published its first book by another author, And the Form Falls Away by Lauren WB Vermette. In 2019, Senile Monk Press will be releasing Lunation, the fourth in the Good Fat series and is a special anthology of 114 women poets from the seacoast and beyond.