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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Poet Allen West -Oct 17, 2017 5PM

Allen West's sense of loss informs the elegies in Allen West’s new poetry collection, Keeping Night at Bay, is countered by the tenderness they express, the beauty of their lines, and the resilience with which the poet continues to sing.  These are deeply personal poems and at the same time deeply universal in their humanity, allusiveness, and the exquisite way they intertwine with the poet’s Chinese translations accompanied by Gundi Chan’s original calligraphy.  Seldom do we encounter work that is as unabashedly emotional as the poems in Keeping Night at Bay, while also displaying such rare intelligence.  

     

Allen West was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1930, and came to the U.S. with his family after the 1941 invasion of Greece by Germany. Educated at Phillips Academy and Princeton University, he served three years in the U.S. Army, then earned a PhD in chemistry from Cornell University in 1960.  He taught at Williams College and Lawrence University until 1994, when he and his wife Emily moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts. While there he was a tutor at Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School and a volunteer at Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. His wife died in 1999, his son in 2014. He has two daughters and three grandchildren. Since 2007 he has lived in Lexington, Massachusetts.  He began writing poetry in 1983, was a runner-up for the 1992 Grolier Poetry Prize, and won the 2000 chapbook competition of the White Eagle Coffee Store Press, which published The Time of Ripe Figs in 2002.  His full-length poetry collection, Beirut Again, was published in 2010 by Off the Grid Press

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Oct 3--My Guests will be John Harrison and Kim Nagy editors of " Dead in Good Company: A Celebration of Mount Auburn Cemetry"

 
Dead In Good Company is a compelling collection  of essays, poems and wildlife photographs of Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sweet Auburn, as it is affectionately known, is America's first garden cemetery.

An amazing group of authors have come together to celebrate this unique resource - including Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz; historical novelist William Martin; former Mayor of Boston and Ambassador to the Vatican, Ray Flynn; Boston author and television icon, Hank Phillippi Ryan; Pulitzer Prize winner, Megan Marshall; mystery/true-crime author Kate Flora; mystery author Katherine Hall Page; medical thriller author Gary Goshgarian (Braver); broadcasting legend Upton Bell; world renowned bird guide author and artist David Sibley; drama critic, author and host of the Theatre World Awards, Peter Filichia; screen writer, author Chris Keane; Mass Audubon's Wayne Petersen; Talkin' Birds radio host, Ray Brown; author, naturalist Peter Alden; founder of Project Coyote, Camilla Fox; Director of the World Bird Sanctuary, Jeff Meshach; senior scientist for wildlife at the Humane Society of the United States, John Hadidian; historian Dee Morris; and sports writer and commentator, Dan Shaughnessy.  Watch it live  at  http://scatvsomerville.org  at 5PM

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sept 26 5PM Timothy Gager--Poet, and Writer

Timothy Gager





I will talk with Gager about his long and prolific career and his new book of verse -- Chief Jay Strongbow is Real  (Big Table Books)  See it live at 5PM at  http://scatvsomerville.org




Timothy Gager's latest book, Chief Jay Strongbow is Real, is evidence of a new stage for the veteran poet and novelist. Before this book, Gager safely relied on his poetic insight into the struggle we all face, and his powerful phraseology; in this one, he stretches out into the worlds of politics and personality. His eye for the telling detail remains, but his work has become more expansive, more timely, and less hard-bitten. This is a mature poet showing us exactly what he's got: and it's good.
~ Rusty Barnes Author of On Broad Sound and I Am Not Ariel.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Interview with poet and writer Ed Meek--Sept 19 5PM







ED MEEK is a freelance writer and the author of three books of poetry. His work has appeared in magazines, journals and newspapers, including The Paris Review, The Sun, the North American Review, and The Boston Globe.  He is the author of " Luck," a collection of short stories.He is living the dream with his wife in Somerville and Wellfleet.   See the show live at 5 on Somerville Media Center TV  http://scatvsomerville.org 

Friday, August 04, 2017

Doug Holder interviews Lowell, MA. Poet, Publisher, Writer-- Paul Marion...

Poet Kate Hanson Foster: Aug 8 5PM Poet to Poet SMC TV

Kate Hanson Foster

 

 

Author's Bio

Kate Hanson Foster's first book of poems, Mid Drift, was published by Loom Press and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Center for the Book Award in 2011. Her poetry has appeared in Comstock Review, Harpur Palate, Poet Lore, Tupelo Quarterly and elsewhere. She was recently awarded the NEA Parent Fellowship through the Vermont Studio Center. She can be found on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/khansonfoster and Twitter https://twitter.com/khansonfoster

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

AUG 1--5PM-- Paul Marion- Poet, Writer, Community Organizer--Founder of the Loom Press


Paul Marion of Lowell, MA.





Paul Marion has been a writer and community activist since the 1970s. He is the author of several collections of poetry as well as the editor of the early writings of Jack Kerouac, Atop an Underwood, and other titles. His recent book Mill Power tells the story of the innovative national park in Lowell, Massachusetts, and the city’s acclaimed revival, a model for small industrial cities everywhere. His work has appeared in anthologies and literary journals such as Alaska Quarterly Review and The Massachusetts Review. In 1978 he created Loom Press, a small publishing company that promotes writing from the Merrimack River Valley. Among other accomplishments on the community front, he co-founded the Lowell Folk Festival and Lowell Heritage Partnership, an alliance of people and organizations whose mission is to care for architecture, nature, and culture.  His latest collection of poetry is Union River.

see the show live at 5PM  http://scatvsomerville.org

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 25, 2017 Doug Holder interviews Poet Richard Hoffman


Poet Richard Hoffman
See this show live at http://scatvsomerville.org  at 5PM  July 25, 2017

Richard Hoffman is author of the memoirs Half the House and Love & Fury; the poetry collections, Without Paradise; Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the 2008 Sheila Motton Award from the New England Poetry Club; Emblem; and most recently Noon until Night. A fiction writer as well, his Interference & Other Stories was published in 2009. A former Chair of PEN New England, he is Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College.
Richard can be reached at rchoffman [at] comcast.net

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Somerville Poet Laureate Gloria Mindock Juy 11 5PM

Somerville Poet Laureate Gloria Mindock  Watch the show live at 5PM  Tuesday July 15 at  http://scatvsomerville.org


Gloria Mindock

Please welcome the City's second poet laureate, Gloria Mindock
The Somerville Arts Council is pleased to support and promote our second Poet Laureate, Gloria Mindock.  During 2017 & 18, Gloria is expected to bring poetry to segments of the community that currently have less access or exposure to poetry: senior citizens, youth, and schools.
For those who would be interested in collaborating with Gloria please contact  Gregory Jenkins 
Poetry Roundtable in 2017

Held from 1:30-3:30 every three months in the Cervena Barva Press studio, located in the Arts for the Armory, Basement B8, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA

The dates are as follows:
Saturday, February 18th
Saturday, May 20th
Saturday, August 19th
Saturday, November 18th

Informal and open to the community, bring your poems to share.  Refreshments will be served.
Office hours once a month.
Available for anyone in the community to come by and talk about poetry, writing, and the arts in the community.
Hours are once a month on the fourth Tuesdays, February thur November 2017, from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Cervena Barva Press studio at the Arts for the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Basement, B8, Somerville, MA

Gloria Mindock is the founding editor of Cervena Barva Press and one of the USA editors for Levure Litteraire (France). She is the author of Whiteness of Bone (Glass Lyre Press, 2016), La Portile Raiului (Ars Longa Press, Romania) translated into the Romanian by Flavia Cosma, Nothing Divine Here (U Soku Stampa, Montenegro), and Blood Soaked Dresses (Ibbetson St. Press). Widely published in the USA and abroad, her poetry has been translated and published into the Romanian, Croation, Serbian, Montenegrin, Spanish, Estonian, and French. Gloria was awarded the Ibbetson Street Press Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014, and the Allen Ginsberg Award for community service by the Newton Writing and Publishing Center in 2016. Gloria has been published in numerous journals including Gargoyle, Web Del Sol, Poet Lore, River Styx, Nixes Mate Review, Ibbetson, Muddy River Poetry Review, Constellations, Arabesques (Algeria), Akadeemia (Estonia), Vatra Veche, UNU: Revista de Cultura, and Citadela in Romania. In November, 2016, she was nominated for five Pushcart Prizes.
Special Thanks to Doug Holder and Harris Gardner, our poet advocates.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

June 20 5:30PM--Prema Bangera--Founder of Teen Voices Emerging

 
 
Prema Bangera--founder of Teen Voices Emerging ( Left)
 
 
 
 
My Organization (Teen Voices Emerging) Information:

Organization Mission Statement: 

Teen Voices Emerging (TVE) is an all-girls writing and mentorship program, which aims to empower young urban girls through the power of words and connection. Its philosophy is built on the premise that every young girl should have the opportunity to share her voice with her community to create a social movement that changes the skewed representation and images of women and girls in the media.


Organization Description:

Teen Voices Emerging provides a writing and mentorship after-school program, which serves Boston teen girls (ages 13-19) and focuses on exploring girls’ issues and developing teens’ writing skills. Teen girls learn writing, creative self-expression, research, and analytical skills by writing poetry, short stories, personal narratives, news articles, and other media content for publication. Girls also receive mentorship from strong female professionals and participate in events with a focus on social justice.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Poet Anna M. Warrock, author of "From the Other Room" June 13 5PM




 Somerville poet Anna M. Warrock will be my guest on my Somerville Media Center TV show--Poet to Poet Writer to Writer  http://poettopoetwritertowriter.blogspot.com




Watch it live at 5PM  June 13 at  http://scatvsomerville.org

Anna M. Warrock's publications include the chapbooks From the Other Room, winner of the first Slate Roof Press Chapbook Contest; Horizon; and Smoke and Stone. Her work appears in the anthology Kiss Me Goodnight: Poems and Stories by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died, Minnesota Book Award Finalist, for which she also wrote the introduction. Besides appearing in a number of literary and multidisciplinary magazines, including Harvard Review, The Sun magazine, The Madison Review, Phoebe, and Poiesis, her poems have been set to music, performed at Boston's Hayden Planetarium, and permanently installed in a Boston-area subway station. She has taught poetry in classes for the elderly, high school students, and adult education, and held seminars on understanding grief and loss through poetry. She lives Somerville, MA.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Poet Ben Berman May 30, 2017 5PM

Poet Ben Berman
 **** see the show live at 5PM at  http://scatvsomerville.org  


Ben Berman is the author of Strange Borderlands (Able Muse Press), which won the 2014 Peace Corps Writers Award for Best Poetry Book and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. He has received awards from the New England Poetry Club and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Arts Council. His latest book of poetry is Figuring in the Figure. He is the Co-Poetry Editor at Solstice Literary Journal and he teaches in the Boston area where he lives with his wife and two daughters. You can visit him at www.ben-berman.com

Sunday, April 30, 2017

May 9 5PM Poet Wendy Drexler

 
Poet Wendy Drexler


 see it live at 5PM  at  http://scatvsomerville.org




Wendy Drexler’s third poetry collection, Before There Was Before, was just published by Iris Press in April 2017. She is the author of Western Motel (Turning Point, 2012), and a chapbook, Drive-ins, Gas Stations, the Bright Motels (Pudding House, 2007), which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Ibbetson Street, Nimrod, Off the Coast, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, The Mid-American Review, The Hudson Review, The Worcester Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and other journals; featured on Verse Daily and WBUR’s Cognoscenti; and in the anthologies Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust and Burning Bright: Passager Celebrates 21 Years. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she grew up Denver, Colorado, and now lives in Belmont, Massachusetts, with her husband. She is a free-lance editor and has been a poetry editor and a cavity-nest monitor for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. In 2016 she co-authored her first children’s book, Buzz, Ruby, and Their City Chicks.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 18 5PM Poet Fred Marchant / Poet to Poet Writer to Writer


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

April 4, 2017 5PM Mass Poetry Festival's Sara Siegel and Sharon Amuguni discuss their work and this year's festival!

See it live at 5PM on April 4, 2017  at 5PM  http://scatvsomerville.org


Sara Siegel







Sara Siegel, Program Director

Sara Siegel is a lifelong writer and crafter based in Somerville. After graduating Washington University in St. Louis and working at women's health organizations in NYC, she moved to Burlington, Vermont to earn a Masters in Public Administration at UVM. While there she worked at Vermont Children's Trust Foundation, a grant-making organization working with prevention programs throughout the state. Sara moved to Boston in 2012, and spent nearly three years as the Development and Alumni Relations Associate with School Year Abroad, a high school study abroad and homestay with campuses in China, France, Spain and Italy. Sara's short stories have been published in Wild Violet, Vantage Point, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal and Cleaver Magazine. Her sketch comedy group, Mister Bismuth, regularly performs at ImprovBoston in Cambridge. 


 
SharonAmuguni




 SharonAmuguni
Program Assistant
Summer 2015 -
Sharon is a poet residing in Somerville and is currently attempt to navigate the post-grad life with as much humor and hot tea as possible. She's been published twice in UMass Amherst's Literary journal, Jabberwocky, and once in UMass Amherst's Butterfield Literary Journal. Sharon hopes to one day publish her own poetry book centered on the intersection of resistance, creative production and mental health for marginalized groups, specifically WOC and immigrants.




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Poet Richard Waring: March 28 2017


 
Poet Richard Waring


 see it live at 5PM  March 28 at:  Poet to Poet



About the Author
Richard Waring’s poems have appeared in the Comstock Review,
Chest, Sanctuary, Contact II, Dark Horse, the American Journal of Nursing,
Mothering, Inward Springs, the Journal of the American Medical Association,
and other publications. He has been anthologized in The Pocket Poetry
Parenting Guide, Rough Places Plain: Poems of the Mountains,
and Unitarian Universalist Poets: A Contemporary American Survey,
and has appeared on Phone-A-Poem and the cable TV show BookBeat.
Richard has a B.A. in English Literature from Drew University
and attended the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
at Naropa Institute, where he studied the poetry of William Carlos
Williams with Allen Ginsberg. From 1982 to 1988, he edited
Zonë, A Feminist Journal for Women and Men. In 1992, he was the
writing workshop leader at the Star Island Conference on the Arts.
His chapbook, Listening to Stones, was published in 1999 by Pudding House
Publications. He hosts the Workshop for Publishing Poets reading series
at Newtonville Books in Newton, Massachusetts. A long-time resident
of Belmont, Massachusetts, where he raised a son and daughter,
Richard now lives in neighboring Arlington with his wife and her
children. He is a senior layout artist for the
New England Journal of Medicine.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Poet David Blair March 21, 2017


David Blair




David Blair grew up in Pittsburgh. He is the author of three books of poetry, Ascension Days, which was chosen by Thomas Lux for the Del Sol Poetry Prize, Arsonville, and Friends with Dogs. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Ploughshares, Slate Magazine, and many other places as well, including the anthologies, The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Devouring the Green, and Zoland Poetry.
He has taught at the New England Institute of Art and in the M.FA. Writing Program at the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter, and he has a degree in philosophy from Fordham University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Feb. 21, 2017 Michael Anthony author of Civilanized




Michael Anthony




Michael Anthony is a veteran, essayist, and memoirist. He is the author of Mass Casualties: A Young Medic's True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq, and his newest memoir Civilianized: A Young Veteran's Memoir. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University and has written for the Washington Post blog, Business Insider blog, among others, and spent a year as the War & Veterans editor for the Good Men Project blog.  Michael lives with his wife and daughter in Massachusetts. He spends his free time with his family and volunteering for veteran charities. He can be reached at his website: MassCasualties.com   see it live at http://scatvsomerville.org

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Feb 14, 2017 Guest Poet U-Meleni Mhalaba Adebo

U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, M.Ed. B.A. is a multi-talented academic and creative sensation who is a multi-award winning international best-selling author and Top 10 charted soul singer.
The married mother of a 5-year-old son is a native of Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, and is based in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. She has delivered several hundred high impact workshops taught through the mediums of poetry, the spoken word, music,film and theatre.
U-Meleni is an Adjunct Professor at Endicott College in Boston. Her two degrees are from Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts and The University of Massachusetts Boston. Her latest book, “Soul Psalms,” from She Writes Press publishers became an instant international best seller prior to its official launch.
 U-Meleni has been honoured with a host of awards over the years from organizations including; Roxbury Community College Teaching and Learning Center,Massachusetts, The Binnacle, the literary and art magazine at The University of Maine at Machias, Boston Public Health Commission Adolescent Wellness Program, The National Society of Black Engineers, N.S.B.E., American Idol Underground and Live. Love.Fashion.
The acclaimed artist and ardent supporter of empowering teaching, artistic and sporting methods for over 16 years, has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in the  world from Harvard University and Boston Opera House to The Museum of Fine Arts Boston and The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston plus dozens more renowned venues including the Africa University, Zimbabwe.
On the sporting front, U-Meleni is a member of the National Black Marathoners’Association, N.B.M.A. and is a respected 5K running mentor to young people in the Boston area. She and her husband raised $10,000 for cancer survivors and ran the Boston Marathon in 2012.
Acting wise, U-Meleni has starred in a variety of films. She had a lead role in a T.V. series entitled, “Ya Ma’Afrika,” filmed in the United States and broadcast worldwide on TéléSud.Living a fascinating life as a wife, mother, educator, artist and athlete, U-Meleni is active with dozens of teaching, art and sports organizations in Boston.
U-Meleni’s name means,“What are you waiting for,” in the African Ndebele-Zulu language. Her dream is to share her message on stages around the world and to one day soon start a non profit initative that provides financial support to individuals, families that are dealing with mental health in Zimbabwe.

view it live  Feb 14, 2017 at 5PM  go to http://scatvsomerville.org  

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.