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

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Jan. 17, 2017 Novelist Josh Cook--author of-- An Exaggerated Murder

Josh Cook

JOSH COOK is a bookseller at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His fiction, criticism, and poetry have appeared in numerous leading literary publications, including The RumpusThe Millions, and Bookslut, and he is the blogger for Porter Square Books’ blog. This is his first novel.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Jan 3, 2017 Poets Diane P. Smith and Khem K. Aryal

Khem K Aryal
Diane P. Smith

 Diane P. Smith is the founder of the Grey Sparrow Press. Khem K. Aryal collaborated with Smith on the American-Nepal issue of Snow Jewel ( Grey Sparrow Press) in 2015.  Both poets will most probably be working together on the forthcoming issue, 2016, as well. Diane Smith is a noted editor and publisher. She is currently doing graduate work at Harvard University. Aryal teaches writing at Syracuse University.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Dec 13 5PM Poet Teisha Twomey

Poet Teisha Twomey
Teisha Dawn Twomey is the poetry editor at Night Train, as well as an associate fiction editor for Wilderness House Literary Press. She received her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous print and online poetry reviews and journals. By day, she is the Resource Specialist at Springfield College's Boston campus and by night, she is (currently) at work on her first novel. We will talking about her new collection of poetry " How to Treat Pretty Things."  To see it live go to 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Dec 6, 2016 5PM Poet, Milton Scholar, Playwright, and Novelist Francis Blessington

Poet Francis  Blessington
Francis Blessington’s first novel is The Last Witch of Dogtown. He has translated The Bacchae of Euripides and The Frogs of Aristophanes. He has published two books of poems, Lantskip and Wolf Howl. He is a Milton specialist, the author of Paradise Lost and the Classical Epic and Paradise Lost: Ideal and Tragic Epic (A Student’s Companion to the Poem). His essays, poems, and short stories have appeared in the Harvard Magazine, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, and many other journals. He has also published a play, Lorenzo de’ Medici. A professor of English at Northeastern University in Boston. He lives with his wife, Ann Taylor, also a writer and English professor, and their two children. In the summer, he works part-time on a farm in Spain.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Nov 8, 2016 Nanette Perrotte

Nanette Perrotte
Born to an Ecuadorian mother and French father, Perrotte was raised in Amsterdam Holland and Orlando Florida before attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music where she received her BA in Jazz Composition and Arranging with a principal instrument of Voice. This course of study was the fulfillment of a childhood spent singing and performing that continues on as a professional vocalist.
Perrotte’s Masters Degree in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts focused her work on Arts as a tool to learn about and experience cultural diversity. With her college teaching career, private voice students, college choir and acting/improv troupe, Perrotte has now evolved a new lecture/presentation form. This is a new series that combines social history, musicology and storytelling. Ella Fitzgerald- Queen of Swing and Duke Ellington and the Harlem Renaissance.
Recently Perrotte has been traveling with her internationally recognized father who is a chef and Continental Director of the Americas WACS. These travels to South America, South Korea and France have been part of witnessing Louis Perrotte’s work using fine cuisine as cultural diplomacy- although here it is an American chef encouraging chefs in other cultures to pursue their own cuisine first.
Nanette Perrotte’s travels have led to a series of blogs reflecting on cultural differences around music, cuisine and food preparation. Her blog posts (May, October 2012) on South Korea have quickly attracted a following of interested South Korean readers. In these travels Perrotte finds that people want to know the real America. With her musical background, Perrotte is able to convey that to them through the great American Songbook, the richness of our original music tradition that is loved and shared around the world.
Starting in 2010, Perrotte focused her musical theatre work by re-creating the story lines and music of traditional children’s literature to reflect current times and current generations of creative students. Some of her adaptations include: Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Perrotte has a 500 hour advanced Yoga certification, an AFAA Group Fitness Certification, TRX training certification and CPR certification.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Poet Joyce Peseroff Nov 1, 2016

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Joyce Peseroff

Poet and editor Joyce Peseroff grew up in the Bronx. She earned a BA at Queens College and an MFA at the University of California at Irvine, where she studied with Donald Justice. She began a lifelong friendship with poet Jane Kenyon in 1973, when Peseroff entered the University of Michigan’s Society of Fellows. In 1977, after both poets had returned to the Northeast, Peseroff and Kenyon cofounded the literary magazine Greenhouse.

Peseroff’s poems offer a sense of faceted perception, in which narrative supports rather than propels. In a 2014 interview with Katie Cantwell for the online literary magazine Niche, Peseroff discussed the thematic concerns of her forthcoming collection Know Thyself, stating, “I’m absorbed by the natural world and how we imagine it—more and more as the subject of elegy. The book was written after the deaths of my parents, so elegy is a sustained note in the chord.” Later in the same interview, she observed, “Whenever something new develops in poetry, many will argue, ‘That’s not poetry.’ Think of the reception of William Carlos Williams by the Poetry Society of America. Think of spoken word poets, poets who incorporate graphics, poets who write in code so robots can read them. It’s all poetry.”

Peseroff is the author of several collections of poetry, including The Hardness Scale (1977, reissued in 2000), Mortal Education (2000), Eastern Mountain Time (2006), and Know Thyself (forthcoming). She has served as an editor for Ploughshares and edited The Ploughshares Poetry Reader (1987), Robert Bly: When Sleepers Awake (1984), and Simply Lasting: Writers on Jane Kenyon (2005).

Her honors include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation as well as a Pushcart Prize. Peseroff lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Joelle Renstrom Oct 18, 2016

Joelle Renstrom
Joelle Renstrom is a writer living in Somerville, MA. Her collection of essays, Closing the Book: Travels in Life, Loss, and Literature, was published by Pelekinesis in August, 2015. Joelle's blog Could This Happen? explores the relationship between science and science fiction, and won a 2012 Somerville Arts Council fellowship and a 2013 Writers' Room of Boston Nonfiction fellowship. She's the robot columnist for The Daily Beast and is a contributing writer for the new literary travel magazine Panorama. Her work has appeared in Slate, Guernica, the Guardian, The Toast, Slippage, Cognoscenti, and others. Joelle teaches writing and research with a focus on robots/AI, technology, space exploration, and science fiction at Boston University. Follow her on Twitter.