Somerville Community Access TV Show "Poet to Poet/Writer To Writer" ( Tuesdays Channel 3 5 PM ) Host: Doug Holder. Many of these shows are archived at the Lamont Library Poetry Room at Harvard University, for scholars and the general public to view. We explore the creative process and the work of local poets and writers. Each guest will get a video of the show upon request. Contact: email@example.com Directions: http://tinyurl.com/2btevtn
MATTHEWS: An artist of the road, heart and life.
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Poet/Vocalist/Musician Jennifer Matthews is releasing a 7th CD "Tales
of a Salty Sweetheart." She has engineered this album herself and it was
mixed by Phil Greene ( 25- time Grammy Award-winning engineer) who according to
Matthews told her, “Tales of a Salty Sweetheart is one of my favorite records I
have mixed in the last 10 years.” Matthews had a number of musician preform on
this album including Russell Chudnofsky who played the Dobro slide guitar. The
CD will be released by the label Thundamoon Records founded by her manager Rose
Gardina, who also founded the Boston Girl Guide website and magazine.
Matthews, who is studying at Salem State University for
her degree in English, said when she writes lyrics she literally locks herself
in a room. She smiled "I can’t be disturbed.” And like the poem finding the poet
,the song finds Matthews. Matthews says she is in touch with her “inner voice.”
Her lyrics can be ethereal and transcendent and she counts Leonard Cohen and Bob
Dylan as spiritual masters who have influenced both her lyrics and music.
Matthews has been collaborating on poem song projects with poets Doug Holder and Dennis Daly, and will be taking on new projects as time allows.
Krikor Der Hohannesian lives in Medford, MA. His poems have appeared in many literary journals including The South Carolina Review, Atlanta Review, Comstock Review, Peregrine and Connecticut Review. His first chapbook, “Ghosts and Whispers”, was published by Finishing Line Press (2010) and was nominated for the Pen New England and Mass Book Awards. A second chapbook, “Refuge in the Shadows”, has just been released (Cervena Barva Press). He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for anyone wishing to order copies ($10 including shipping and postage).
"In Krikor Der Hohannesian's poetry, we hear things we might not be able to hear otherwise. "A man is down" signals the wind and rain coming in from the east, and the poet listens. In another poem a wife is keening, a child is crying, and the poet listens, listens with all his imagination and his heart. We hear colonial whispers emanating from the Granary Burial Ground. We hear the particular beauty of the names of the winds in many languages, and in another poem we hear the equally specific sadness of parents grieving a lost child. We hear final words, and words that should have been said, and we hear in several of these poems the long, agonized memory traces of the Armenian genocide. In all there is a deeply empathic imagination at work, and these poems give the poet and the reader alike a place of refuge, a place in the shadows in which to hold onto what is so profoundly dear and filled with meaning." -Fred Marchant, Author of The Looking House
(known to his friends as Joe) was born in Dover, N. J., on
August 21, 1929, shortly before the crash of the stock market. Irked
by the hardship of having the name of Joseph Kennedy, he stuck the X on
and has been stuck with it ever since.
Kennedy grew up in Dover, went to Seton Hall (B.Sc. ’50) and Columbia
(M.A., ’51), then spent four years in the Navy as an enlisted
journalist, serving aboard destroyers. He studied at the Sorbonne in
1955-56, then devoted the next six years to failing to complete a Ph.D.
at the University of Michigan. But he did meet Dorothy there.
He has taught English at Michigan, at the Woman’s College of the U.
of North Carolina (now UNC Greensboro), and from 1963 through 1978 at
Tufts, with visiting sojourns at Wellesley, U. of California Irvine, and
the U. of Leeds. In 1978, he became a free-lance writer.
Recognitions include the Lamont Award of the Academy of American Poets (for his first book, Nude Descending a Staircase in 1961), the Los Angeles Book Award for poetry (for Cross Ties: Selected Poems, 1985), the Aiken-Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry (given by the University of the South and The Sewanee Review),
Guggenheim and National Arts Council fellowships, the first Michael
Braude Award for light verse (given by the American Academy &
Institute of Arts & Letters to a poet of any nation), the Shelley
Memorial Award, the Golden Rose of the New England Poetry Club, honorary
degrees from Lawrence and Adelphi universities and Westfield State
College, the National Council of Teachers of English Year 2000 Award for
Excellence in Children’s Poetry, and in 2004 the Poets’ Prize (for The Lords of Misrule: Poems 1992-2002). In spring 2009 the Poetry Society of America gave him the Robert Frost Medal for lifetime service to poetry.
The Kennedys have five grown children and six grandchildren. They
now live in Lexington, Mass., in a house half century-old and half new.
Born in Baltimore in 1935, poet Sam Cornish was educated at
Goddard College and Northwestern University. Associated with the Black
Arts Movement, Cornish incorporates history and family and takes on
topics such as race and class in his short-lined poems. He is the author
of more than half a dozen collections of poetry, including Dead Beats (2011), An Apron Full of Beans: New and Selected Poems (2008), Songs of Jubilee: New and Selected Poems 1969–1983 (1986), and Generations (1971). A theatrical production of An Apron Full of Beans was presented in Boston in 2012.
Cornish wrote the children’s books Your Hand in Mine (1970) and Grandmother’s Pictures (1967) and co-edited the anthology Chicory: Young Voices from the Black Ghetto (1969). With Hugh Fox, he co-edited The Living Underground: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (1969). Cornish’s work has been featured in numerous anthologies, including Black Fire (1968), The New Black Poetry (1969), American Literary Anthology (1970), and ThePoetry of Black America (1973).
Cornish’s honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for
the Arts, the Somerville Arts/Ibbetson Press Lifetime Achievement Award,
and a grant from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts.
laureate of Boston since 2008, Cornish has taught at Emerson College and
for a number of years ran a bookstore in Brookline, Massachusetts. He
also ran the small press Beanbag Press. He lives in Boston.
In addition to After That (Tiger Bark Press), Kathleen Aguero’s poetry collections includeInvestigations: The Mystery of the Girl Sleuth(Cervena Barva Press), Daughter Of(Cedar Hill Books), The Real Weather (Hanging Loose), and Thirsty Day (Alice James Books). She has also co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press (A Gift ofTongues, An Ear to the Ground, and Daily Fare) and is consulting poetry editor of Solstice Literary Magazine. She is a winner of the 2012 Firman Houghton Award from the New England Poetry Club and a recipient of grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Elgin-Cox Foundation. She teaches the low-residency M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives through Literature, an alternative sentencing program.
Zachary Bos studied in the graduate poetry program at Boston University.
He's been on the editorial staff of publications including News from
the Republic of Letters, Fulcrum, Clarion, and The Battersea Review, and
is current editor of Poetry Northeast. From the Pen & Anvil Press
sharespace on Newbury Street, he publishes books, periodicals, literary
posters, and chapbooks, including a new series of poems that have been
hand-written, burned, and then "published" as ashes in corked glass
bottle reliquaries. He lives in Lunenburg with his fiancee and family.