Meet Your Judges

Doublebunny is pleased to announce the judges for the 2016 Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival!


What a beautiful bumper crop of judges this year!

jenith_zpsihk2nbllJenith Charpentier is the author of two chapbooks, Bending the Water Between Us (2011) and Bad at Gravity (2013).  She represented Worcester’s Poets Asylum at the 2012 Individual World Poetry Slam and as a member of the 2013 National Poetry Slam Team.  Jenith’s poetry appears in several publications including OVS, Mas Tequila Review, The Orange Room Review, Worcester Magazine, Tipton Poetry Journal, and the anthology Knocking at the Door.  She is currently one of the organizers of Worcester’s newest slam venue 7 Hills Slam .  

bill-macmillan_zpsydeygffuBill MacMillan is the Co-founder of the Worcester Poetry Slam & Worcester Poets’ Asylum. He is featured in the documentary film SlamNation and was a member of the 1996 National Poetry Slam Championship team from Providence, RI. Bill co-hosted the 2005 Individual World Poetry Slam Championships in Worcester and the 2000 National Poetry Slam in Providence. In his day job Bill works with untraceable weaponry. He lives & works in Worcester, MA.

aisha2015_zpsxvr8hwjaAisha Naseem
is a queer spoken word poet, essay writer, mixed media artist, Rabbit Heart 2014 finalist, and lover of pizza.  Originally from Worcester, MA they were born in the era of mixed tapes, with a serious case of arachnophobia. Aisha is currently on the road.



desmond20duo_zpstosbcyuxApril Desmond was the winner of the first Spirit of the Slam award at the 2001 National Poetry Slam in Seattle, WA, and the assistant coach of the 2008 Worcester Poetry Slam Team.  She has published six chapbooks of her own work, as well as the work of several other poets under her imprint, RoseWater Publications. She never cashed the check she was given for her first published poem.

Ted Desmond is a Marine Corps veteran, a world traveler, and a natural storyteller.  He has a great eye when it comes to visual composition, and an even better ear for sound design. He has studied both psychology & philosophy and finds them both to be imperative to the understanding of art.

angel2015_zpselq80rzhAngel Gonzalez,  a renaissance man by his very nature, stays fascinated with the world. He enjoys building bridges between psychology, poetry, technology, and more. If you’re lucky, you may get to experience his famous bear hugs. He was one of the judges at the inaugural Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival in 2014.



ruby_zpsuggignljRuby Maddox is the Director of LEEP Projects for Clark University. A recent transplant from Western Mass, Ruby is also the co-founder of Gardening the Community a youth urban agriculture program in Springfield, MA. She has been a blogger, a bartender, and a theater major (all in some distant past). Ruby loves storytelling, poetry, dancing, and gorgonzola cheese. Her most recent project, Leaders of the Free World, focuses on international experiential learning for young men of color.  


sarahgfacebook_zpsjxtkyo32Sarah BC Guimond is a poet, artist, and lifelong resident of Worcester County.  Her film “1890” was a finalist for Rabbit Heart’s Best Smartphone Production in 2014.  Having been awestruck as an audience member by the festival’s amazing films for the last two years, she’s honored to serve as a judge this year.



allan2015_zpsvmurj7gdAllan Broskowitz is an impressive ukelele-and/or-guitar-wielding creature with +4 charisma. The feature of all those What Not to Submit Monday videos, he is the perfect fit here at Rabbit Heart.


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