Richard Cambridge, a gentle, down-to-earth poet with an eye to both transcendence and social justice, is author of “Pulsa – a book of books.” (Hanover Press, 2004) Robert Pinsky called him a “true poet of the streets,” “full of heart….and a genuine devotion to the mysteries of language.”
Richard is a past winner of the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for a Fine Arts Work Center Residency in Provincetown, MA. His work has appeared in Heartland Journal, Paterson Literary Review, Defined Providence, Red Brick Review, Squawk, Nantucket Journal, Asheville Poetry Review, among others.
On the performance side, he won the Master’s Slam at the 1997 National Poetry Slam, and was also a member of the 1992 Boston Championship Slam Team, and 3rd Place 1993 Cambridge team.
A reformed smoker, his one-person theater piece, The Cigarette Papers was dubbed “a tour-de-fome” by the Boston Globe.
He produced and co-authored Where the Red Road Runs, a dramatic performance of poetry and music providing a Native American perspective of the European settlement of the Americas. The show had a five month run at Catch a Rising Star in Cambridge, MA.
Richard is also a co-founding member of Singing with the Enemy, a troupe of poets, musicians and performance artists. Their show, IEMBARGO! is (with poetry, music, and dance) is dedicated to raising awareness of the 40-year economic blockade the United States has imposed on the people of Cuba. By special invitation, the troupe performed in Havana, Cuba in July of 1998 at the historic First U.S.–Cuba Friendship Conference.