Interviewer vs. Interviewer

Interviewer vs. Interviewer
( Click on picture to view) Elizabeth Lund--Host of Poetic Lines interviews Host of Poet to Poet-- Doug Holder

Monday, July 20, 2015

Aug 4, 2015 Poet, Actor, Playwright George MacDonald 5PM

George MacDonald   (Watch the show live at  http://scatvsomerville.org)

George MacDonald is an accomplished writer, actor and comedian. George has over 23 years sober and spreads his recovery message through the gift of comedy. George has performed with such stars as Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Dane Cook, and Dennis Miller, just to name a few. George is also a playwright, some of his works include: At The Funny Factory, Waiting for Whitey, and Whistling Past The Graveyard. George is a member of The Dramatist Guild of America, Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

July 14 5PM Poet Afaa Michael Weaver

Afaa Michael Weaver

 
Afaa Michael Weaver

In 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland, Afaa Michael Weaver, formerly known as Michael S. Weaver, was born to working class parents. He attended public schools and graduated as a National Merit finalist at the age of sixteen. After two years at the University of Maryland, he entered the world of factory life alongside his father and uncles and remained a factory worker for fifteen years. These years were a literary apprenticeship during which he wrote and published poetry, short fiction, and freelance journalism. During that time he also started 7th Son Press and Blind Alleys, a literary journal.

His first book of poetry, Water Song, was published in 1985 as part of the Callaloo series. He received a NEA fellowship for poetry six months after signing the contract for the collection and left factory life to attend Brown University’s graduate writing program on a full university fellowship, where he completed an MA with a focus on theater and playwriting. Concurrently, he completed his BA in literature in English at Excelsior College.

Tess Onwueme, the Nigerian playwright, gave him the Ibo name “Afaa," meaning “oracle," while Dr. Perng Ching-hsi, of National Taiwan University has given him the Chinese name “Wei Yafeng," derived from “Wei” for flourishing or blossoming, and “Yafeng," the title of a section of poems from the Book of Songs, the oldest anthology of Chinese poetry.

Since Water Song, Weaver has published several more collections of poetry, including City of Eternal Spring (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014); The Government of Nature (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013), for which he received the Kingsley Tufts Award; The Plum Flower Dance: Poems 1985 to 2005 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007); Multitudes (Sarabande Books, 2000); and The Ten Lights of God (Bucknell University Press, 2000). His full-length play Rosa was produced in 1993 at Venture Theater in Philadelphia. His short fiction appears Children of the Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present (Little, Brown, 1997), edited by Gloria Naylor, and Identity Lessons: Contemporary Writing About Learning to Be American (Penguin Books, 1999), edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Jennifer Gillan .

Weaver has been a Pew fellow in poetry and taught in National Taiwan University and Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan as a Fulbright Scholar. He teaches at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Poet,Writer, Professor Kevin Carey author of the short story collection " Beach People" July 7 5PM


Kevin Carey





Kevin Carey teaches in the English Department at Salem State University. He writes poetry, fiction, drama, and the occasional personal essay. His work can be found in several literary journals:  The Apple Valley Review,  The Literary Review, The Comstock Review, and The Paterson Literary Review.




See new poem http://www.connotationpress.com/a-poetry-congeries-with-john-hoppenthaler/may-2015/2552-kevin-carey-poetry
See recent interview with Kevin: https://geosireads.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/interview-with-kevin-carey-author-of-the-beach-people/
His book of poetry, The One Fifteen to Penn Station, is available from CavanKerry Press, NJ. http://www.upne.com/1933880297.html and Amazon.com. A new book of poems, Jesus Was a Homeboy, is forthcoming (Fall 2016 - CK Press).
“Carey’s poems, firmly rooted in the American landscape of the city and its surrounding towns, bring these places and people alive for us in poetry that is specific, clear, and unflinching,” Maria Mazziotti Gillan
 A new chapbbok of fiction - The Beach People - from Red Bird Chapbooks. Now available at http://www.redbirdchapbooks.com/kevin-carey.html
"In Carey’s fiction we meet a band of fast food workers, bartenders, carny operators, a bookie, a nursing home resident and a retired Navy man, all of them intersecting at the boardwalk institutions of this urban beach. These are not the suntan lathered bathing beauties or the muscle men who fawn over them. These are not the families with children making sand castles at low tide. These “Beach People” live across the street, working day after day, trying to survive, in sometimes desperate ways, the insanity of the routine, wanting more but settling for less, and daring to dream too much."


New poems Chicago / Wishing Well http://www.chagrinriverreview.com/kevin-carey.html
Read Home for the Holidays (Best of the Net 2011) http://www.leahbrowning.net/Apple/Spring_2011/Kevin_Carey.html
Read a short story Lucky Day at Ragazine http://ragazine.cc/2013/06/kevin-careyfiction/

Reading of a poem Crazy Stuff at book launch. http://poetmom.blogspot.com/2012/05/kevin-carey-crazy-stuff.html
Watch a new short film collaboration (with his son) www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSPQlWdyCf0
Watch a Revere Beach music video Kevin made in the 90's of the band West https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPaCHdW7BLw
His latest documentary project is a film about New Jersey poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan called All That Lies Between Us.
Watch Movie Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaFUVTEC9JU 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Nina Rubinstein Alonso Poet and publisher of Constellations magazine. June 30th 5PM

Nina  Rubinstein Alonso  (Left)  with poet Kathleen Spivack
Nina Rubinstein Alonso’s poetry appeared in Ploughshares, The New Yorker, Bagel Bards, Ibbetson Street, The New Boston Review, MomEgg, U. Mass. Review, etc. and her stories in Southern Women’s Review, won a Pushcart nominee, and Broadkill Review. David Godine Press published her book This Body. She works with Constellations a Journal of Poetry and Fiction (www.constellations-lit.com) and directs Fresh Pond Ballet in Cambridge (www.freshpondballet.com). 


Watch this show live at  http://www.scatvsomerville.org 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Buell Hollister author of Leeram in Fordlandia June 2 5PM


My guest will be Buell Hollister former president of the St. Botolph Club in Boston and author of Leeram in Fordlandia   watch it live at Poet to Poet


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

May 12, 2015 Sebastian Lockwood 5PM


SEEE IT LIVE at  http://scatvsomerville.org 
Sebastian Lockwood






Sebastian Lockwood is a Storyteller who specializes in the epics:  The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer’s Odyssey,  CAESAR: the man from Venus,  Beowulf, and… Monkey: A Journey to the West.  These are the great tales of heroic struggle and self-discovery.  Lockwood is now narrating a series of audio books available at Audible.com and Amazon.com.  Working as a traveling bard, teacher and audio book narrator, Lockwood lives with his wife, singer and producer, Nanette Perrotte, by Crotched Mountain, NH.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

U/Mass Boston MFA Poets Adam M. Graaf and Alyssa Mazzarella April 28 5PM


 

Adam M. Graaf is completing his MFA at the University of Massachusetts Boston where hecurrently teaches creative writing. He previously taught poetry at Bay State Correctional Center and tutored students enrolled in the Veterans Upward Bound program. Adam served nine years
in the Army Reserve, deploying once to Kuwait and Iraq in 2003/2004. He is an active member of Warrior Writers Boston where he co-facilitates writing workshops. Adam’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in War, Literature & the Arts, Breakwater Review, and CONSEQUENCE. In 2013, he received the New England Poetry Club’s The John Holmes
Award.



Alyssa Mazzarella is an MFA candidate in poetry and an instructor for Introduction to Creative
Writing at UMass Boston. In 2013 and 2014, she received an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Mary Doyle Curran Scholarship, and a Brian Rattigan Scholarship. She’s previously taught at Baystate Correctional Center and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and holds a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College. Her poems have appeared in Freshwater and Common Ground Review.