The widely impactful career of poet, actor, screenwriter, playwright, and activist Michael Lally celebrates a milestone in 2018 with the publication of his 30th book, ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY, by Seven Stories Press. After a lifetime of building unlikely communities across the United States, Lally’s book tour reunites him with New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, New Jersey, and the Berkshires.

Lally’s mission to facilitate change through accessible language reveals its footprints in pivotal moments of the civil rights, LGBTQ, punk, feminist, and progressive movements—a motivational template for any believer in equality. Featuring original interviews with poets, activists, artists, movie stars, and more, I WANT TO CALL IT POEMS captures the trajectory of a curious, pugnacious spirit that dares to lift its gaze beyond current limitations.


Rachel E. Diken is a filmmaker, screenwriter, playwright, actor, poet, and speaker. She is the Director of Operations at Naked Angels, the longest-running cold reading series in the U.S. Rachel received a 2018 Fellowship from the NJ Council on the Arts for playwriting. Her publication appearances include Cultural WeeklyThe Theatre Times and HowlRound, and performances in venues around NYC and LA include Gotham Comedy Club and Beyond Baroque. Through of course i am productions, llc., Rachel is directing and producing the feature documentary film MICHAEL LALLY: I WANT TO CALL IT POEMS, in production 2018- 2019. She is findable on the web at