Mike Nelson

Mike with the Beat Night Band upstairs at the old Press Room in Portsmouth

Mike is a New England guy through and through. He was born in Framingham Mass, grew up in Hudson and Londonderry New Hampshire, lived just over the border in Maine for twenty years and he’s been back living in the woods of New Hampshire for the last twelve years.

Mike started wring poetry in his teens out of some typical angst and hasn’t stopped since. His job is as a maintenance and HVAC engineer at a hotel but his real work is with poetry and the poetry community. Mike is fueled by a passion for the written and spoken word and its power to connect people and even cause a little human evolution.

Mike has been hanging around the poetry scene of Portsmouth and the Seacoast for over twenty years. He’s been participating in Beat Night, created by Larry Simon, for 19 of its 24 years and hosting and organizing it for the last 10. He was 11th Poet Laureate of Portsmouth from April 2017 to April 2019. Mike started Bee Monk Press just as a way to publish his own work, but over the years has published others authors and it’s become a real thing. Check out Mike’s other sites as well at Hive Poetry Project and Space Bee Studio.