About the Drink & Draft Workshop Co-Facilitators

Jen May



Jen May is a poet warrior. She's a domestic violence survivor of the gun in the closet. She's a former police officer, who refused to write tickets. She's a champion mom, raising activist children. Jen May is a force and her poetry pulls no punches. Her motto is,"Be scared and do it anyway."

Jen May is a founding member of Open Sky Poets and is an honorary member of the Atrocious Poets of Woodstock. She has been published in the Journal of Modern Poetry 19: Poems of Protest, and in the literary magazine Persephone's Daughters. Her most recent book, Battle Cry, will make you pause to catch your breath between poems. Look for her next work, Midnight Birdsong, this spring.

Locally, you can find her co-hosting The Open Mic @ Bar Evolution every second Sunday from 5 to 8 pm.

Eric Bodwell



Eric Bodwell is a part-time poet, full time high school librarian, and spoken word poetry coach for his school's Louder Than A Bomb poetry team.

In the last several years, Eric has been published in a few literary journals, including The Main Street Rag and Juniper: A Poetry Journal. He has also been a featured reader at Waterline Writers and other local literary events. Eric is also a former member of the Open Sky Poets group.

Eric’s poetry has a plain spoken, image driven style that covers a variety of topics. A few of his favorite poets include Ellen Bass, Dorianne Laux, Ted Kooser, Billy Collins, Stephen Dunn, Natasha Trethewey, Philip Levine, Gary Soto, Kim Addonizio, and many others.