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, November 26, 2019

Dec 3 5PM Poet, Translator, Publisher Jim Kates

Jim Kates 
 See it live at 5PM  Dec 3. at  http://somervillemedia.org  
Jim Kates will talk about a new book from his Zephyr Press  Paper-thin Skin by Aigerim Tazhi, that he skillfully translated. We will also touch on his recent poetry, and other projects.
One of the first Kazakhstani women poets to gain international attention, Aigerim Tazhi offers incisive and intimate observations in these seemingly spare poems that “pour out a little from an overflowing heart.”

Paper-thin Skin is her debut collection in translation. Readers will find images of fish, insects, birds, the sea, the sky, humans seeking connection, and death in these succinct poems, along with windows, mirrors, and eyes: these are poems of observation and deep reflection. Tazhi gently insists that we look at words and the world “in the eye,” as she seeks to create what translator J. Kates calls a “mystic community of communication.”

Aigerim Tazhi  (Айгерим Тажи) was born in the western Kazakhstani city of Aktobe (formerly called Aktyubinsk) in 1981. She is a graduate of the Aktyubinsk (Zhubanov) State University. Her only book of poetry so far, БОГ-О-СЛОВ (“THEO-LOG-IAN” but there is a play on words that could come out "GOD O' WORDS") was published in 2003. She has received numerous literary prizes in Kazakhstan and Russia for poems in the collection, and in 2011 she was a finalist for the Russian Debut Prize in poetry. Her work has been translated into English, French, and Armenian, and published in prominent literary magazines. Tazhi was one of the creators of a project of literary installations, “The Visible Poetry,” in 2009. She lives in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

J. Kates is the author of several collections of his own poetry, and the translator of more than a dozen books by Russian and French poets, including Tatiana Shcherbina, Mikhail Aizenberg, Mikhail Yeryomin, Aleksey Porvin, Jean-Pierre Rosnay, and Sergey Stratanovsky. He co-translated four books of Latin American poetry, was the translation editor of Contemporary Russian Poetry, and was the editor of In the Grip of Strange Thoughts: Russian Poetry in a New Era. He has been awarded three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation, and a Käpylä Translation Prize.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Poet Brad Rose on Poet to Poet Nov. 19 5PM

 
Poet Brad Rose






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 Brad Rose was born and raised in Los Angeles and lives in Boston. Brad is a sociologist, and is the author of a collection of poetry and flash fiction, Pink X-Ray (Big Table Publishing, 2015,  http://pinkx-ray.com and Amazon.com.) Brad has three forthcoming books of poems: Momentary Turbulence and WordinEdgeWise, from Cervena Barva Press, and de/tonations from Nixes Mate Press. He is also the author of five chapbooks of poetry and flash fiction. Four times nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and twice nominated for Best of the Net Anthology, his poetry and micro fiction have appeared in, The Los Angeles Times, The American Journal of Poetry, Clockhouse, Hunger Mountain, Folio, decomP, Lunch Ticket, The Baltimore Review, Cultural Weekly, Into the Void, and other publications. His story, “Desert Motel,” appears in the anthology Best Microfiction, 2019.  Brad’s website is: www.bradrosepoetry.com Selected readings can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/bradrose1 A list of publications is available at: http://bradrosepoetry.com/2019/03/a-list-of-publications/

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Doug Holder interviews Lloyd Schwartz Nov. 5 Poet to Poet

 

Lloyd Schwartz

1941–

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Lloyd Schwartz was born on November 29, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1962 and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1976.
Schwartz's most recent book of poetry is Little Kisses (University of Chicago Press, 2017), which was preceded by Cairo Traffic (University of Chicago Press, 2000), Goodnight, Gracie (University of Chicago Press, 1992), and These People (Wesleyan University Press, 1981). He is also editor of two volumes of collected works by Elizabeth BishopElizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose and Letters (Library of America, 2008), which he co-edited with Robert Giroux, and Prose (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011). Schwartz's most recent book, Music In—and On—the Air (PFP, 2013), is a collection of his music reviews that appeared on NPR's Fresh Air.  
About his work, the poet Richard Howard has said: "The poet has extended his reach as well as his grasp, and we are the richer for it, through no less ravaged: these people (and these poems) are devastated by life, of which they offer us, unnervingly, the flagrant shards."
His poems, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and The Best American Poetry series. In 1994, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
Schwartz has taught at Boston State College, Queens College, and Harvard University, and is currently Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He is also the senior editor of classical music for New York Arts and a regular commentator on NPR's Fresh Air. In 2019, he was named the Poet Laureate of Somerville, Massachusetts, a two-year appointment.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Tuesday Oct 29, 2019 5PM Doug Holder interviews documentary filmmaker Olivia Huang

Doug Holder  Left--Olivia Huang --Right
https://oliviahuang.yolasite.com/about.php   Olivia Huang, an award-winning filmmaker, produced the film " Last Sacred Place of Poetry," about the Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Harvard Square, among other works. Check out her website above. You can see the show live at 5PM at http://somervillemedia.org

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Oct. 1, 2019 5PM Michael C. Keith author of Stories: In the Key of Me




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In the tradition of the of the classic short stories of Lydia Davis, Kurt Vonnegut, and Joy Williams, this singular collection explores the full range of human experience and behavior . . . both good and bad. At once compelling and provocative, Keith's writing takes the reader to places that only a truly vivid and original imagination could. Frequently disquieting in theme and plot, the stories within these covers invariably contain meaningful truths and lessons, and just as frequently do so in an uproariously humorous and deeply compassionate manner.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Sept 24 5 PM Robert Dinsmoor author of "You Can Leave Anytime"

Robert Dinsmoor






You Can Leave Anytime   follows the true-life story of a 53-year-old Ivy-League-educated freelance writer and yoga teacher in a cozy suburb of Boston, who falls down a rabbit hole and checks himself into a rehab facility in Florida. For 3 months, he enters a strange new world of controlling therapists, burnt-out orderlies, and young junkies, many of whom are fresh out of jail. He navigates this new world of suburban gangstas and bizarre rules without judgment. A great network of friends, a Zen outlook, and a very dry sense of humor get him through his day. As he sobers up and gets his head glued on straight, he faces his biggest challenge of all--getting out.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Karen Klien: A Marriage of poetry and dance Aug 20, 2019 5PM




Founded by Karen Klein, teXtmoVes works in the interdisciplinary intersection between spoken word and movement, poetry and dance, experimentally exploring their boundaries and connections. It is the goal of this collective to bring intergenerational performance works which integrate dance and poetry to diverse audiences.
teXtmoVes does not simply have a poet recite and dancers move, but explores multiple innovative ways to integrate words/meaning/movement. Words are not literally translated into movement, making dance illustrate words, a practice which has a rich history in dance and choreography. Instead, our work interrogates the relationship between the two modes more deeply and complexly through choreographic and vocal practices. For example, dance movements take their own shapes while the roles of poet and dancers are fully integrated; the dancers are involved in speaking and the poet is one of the  movers.  Unlike spontaneous or improvised spoken word, the integrity of the poem is respected; its stanzaic trajectory underlies the narrative of movement.  Repetition, a technique common in both poetry and dance, is used as speakers repeat words or phrases to emphasize their meaning and to guide audience comprehension. Repetition with variation in the dancers’ movements unites with verbal repetitions to form patterns of cohesion. Unless specified, there is no music. The voiced poem and its rhythm constitute the music. The poem is the score. Musicians, however, while playing their instrument, may join the dancers/speakers and move with them. Our performances are geared to audiences who come to both poetry readings and dance concerts and who appreciate the challenge of innovative presentations and creative interdisciplinary work in art forms.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Interview with Victor Wallis author of the Red/Green Revolution

VICTOR WALLIS


Red-Green Revolution is an impassioned and informed confrontation with the planetary emergency brought about by accelerated ecological devastation in the last half-century.

Its author, distinguished political scientist Victor Wallis, argues that sound ecological policy requires a socialist framework, based on democratic participation and drawing on the historical lessons of earlier efforts.

Wallis presents a relentless critique of the capitalist system that has put the human species into a race against time to salvage and restore what it can of the environmental conditions necessary for a healthy existence. He then looks to how we might turn things around, reconsidering the institutions, technologies, and social relationships that will determine our shared future, and discussing how a better framework can evolve through the convergence of popular struggles, as these have emerged under conditions of crisis.

This is an important book, both for its incisive account of how we got into the mess in which we find ourselves, and for its bold vision of how we might still go forward.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

July 9, 5PM Doug Holder Interviews DeWitt Henry

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BIOGRAPHY

Born 6/30/41 in Wayne, PA. Radnor High School, 1959; A.B. Amherst College, 1963; M.A. in English, Harvard Univ., 1965; Ph.D. English, Harvard Univ., 1971; completed requirements for M.F.A. University of Iowa, 1968 (did not take the degree). Married Constance Sherbill 1973; two children Ruth Kathryn Henry born 1977; David Jung Min Henry born 1985. Grandaughters Eva Luz Henry born 2003, Maya Salome Torres-Henry born 2009. Sister Judy Friedericy; brothers Charles (deceased 1999) and John T. Henry (deceased 2004). Founding editor of Ploughshares literary magazine, and active editor and director 1971-1995. Interim Director of Ploughshares 6/2007-10/2008. Professor Emeritus , Emerson College, 2016-present. Professor, Writing, Literature, and Publishing, Emerson College, 2006-2015; Associate Professor 1989 to 2006: hired as Assistant Professor 1983; Acting Chairperson 1987-8; Chairperson 1989-93. Contributing editor to Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices (2013-) and to The Woven Tale Press: Arts and Literary Journal (2016-).

MY WRITING, EDITING AND PUBLISHING LIFE

SWEET MARJORAM: NOTES AND ESSAYS, Plume Editions / Mad Hat Press, 2018.

FALLING: SIX STORIES, CreateSpace, 2016

VISIONS OF A WAYNE CHILDHOOD, CreateSpace, 2012

SWEET DREAMS: A FAMILY HISTORY, Hidden River Press, 2011

SAFE SUICIDE: ESSAYS, NARRATIVES, AND MEDITATIONS, Red Hen Press, 2008

Novel:THE MARRIAGE OF ANNA MAYE POTTS, University of Tennesee Press, 2001 (winner of the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel)

Anthologies Edited:

SORROW'S COMPANY: WRITERS ON LOSS AND GRIEF, Beacon Press, 2001

BREAKING INTO PRINT: EARLY STORIES AND INSIGHTS INTO GETTING PUBLISHED; A PLOUGHSHARES ANTHOLOGY, Beacon Press, 2000

FATHERING DAUGHTERS: REFLECTIONS BY MEN (with James Alan McPherson), Beacon Press 1998, pb. 1999

OTHER SIDES OF SILENCE: NEW FICTION FROM PLOUGHSHARES, Faber and Faber, 1993, o.p.

THE PLOUGHSHARES READER: NEW FICTION FOR THE 80S, Pushcart Press, 1984, NAL, 1985; winner Third Annual Editors Book Award

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

July 2 5PM Doug Holder interviews Phil Temples author of " Machine Feelings"


Phil Temples was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, but he’s lived and played in greater Boston, Massachusetts for nearly four decades.
Phil Temples began writing flash fiction and short stories in the 1990s for his own amusement. He’s had over 140 titles appear online and in print. His first novel, The Winship Affair, was published in 2014 by Blue Mustang Press.  In 2017, Big Table Publishing Company accepted two additional works for publication: a short story anthology, Machine Feelings, and the paranormal horror-mystery, Helltown Chronicles.  Phil’s first novella, Albey Damned, was published by Wapshott Press in late 2017.  The second in the Carrie Bloomfield Novel seriesThe Allston Variant, is now available from Moonshine Cove Publishing. His third Carrie Bloomfield installment, Uncontacted Frontier, is currently a work in progress.
Phil Temples’ professional career spans the fields of software engineering and computer systems administration in the .com, .org, and .edu sectors. For the past 16 years, he’s worked as a computer systems administrator at a Boston-area university.
In addition to his day job and writing activities, Phil is a ham radio aficionado, and a singer in a garage band.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

June 18, 2019 5PM Gregory Wolos: Author of Women of Consequences

Gregory Wolos
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Gregory Wolos lives, writes, and runs in a small New England town. More than seventy of Gregory’s short stories have been published or are forthcoming in print and online journals such as Glimmer TrainThe Georgia ReviewThe Florida Review, The Baltimore ReviewThe PinchPost RoadThe Los Angeles ReviewPANK, and Tahoma Literary Review. His work has earned six Pushcart Prize nominations and his stories have won awards sponsored by SolsticeGulf StreamNew South, and the Rubery Book Awards. His fiction collection Women of Consequence was released by Regal House Publishing in 2019. Gregory holds a doctorate from the University at Albany. More often than not, his writing reflects Kafka’s assertion that a literary work “must be an ice ax to break the sea frozen inside us.”

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

June 4, 2019 5PM Luke Salisbury author of " No Common War"

Luke Salisbury

view it live at  5PM  June 4 at  http://somervillemedia.org 



No Common War is a fictionalized history of the author's family's participation in the abolition movement and the Civil War. The names of key persons and places are real. The Union soldier on the book's jacket is Moreau Salisbury.
In 1835 two Salisbury brothers accompany the Great Cheese, a 1,800-pound monstrosity created by the leading citizens of Sandy Creek, New York, to Washington City to promote the town and celebrate New York State. In the nation's capitol, they witness the whipping of a slave on Christmas Day. Mason Salisbury demands to know if the slaver is a Christian, and is struck across the face with the whip. Worse would have happened but for Mason's brother Lorenzo's striking the slaver with the butt of his shotgun.
Mason becomes an implacable abolitionist, frequently speaking for the cause and showing his scar. He helps escaped slaves reach Canada. in 1861 his son, Moreau, is at seminary at Cazenovia when Ft. Sumter is fired on. Moreau returns home, telling his father he cannot reconcile "Thou shalt not kill" with killing, even against the abomination of slavery. Moreau's mind is changed when he discovers an escaped slave trying to get to Lake Ontario (four miles from Sandy Creek) and his family shelters the man until he can be transported to Canada. Moreau does not know that Mason, his father, has manipulated his discovery.
Afterward, Moreau and his cousin Merrick (Lorenzo's son) join the 24th New York Volunteers, but not before Moreau falls in love with Helen, a local girl.
The 24th is billeted outside Washington, held in reserve when the Union and Confederate armies meet at Bull Run, but witness fleeing Union soldiers and disillusioned civilians who went to see a spectacle but discovered war. During the winter the 24th bivouac on the grounds of Robert E. Lee's Arlington, Virginia plantation and venture into Washington for drinking and womanizing.
The summer of 1862 is a succession of battles. The 24th meets rebels for the first time at Cedar Mountain. Moreau and Merrick see men killed, smell powder and blood, hear the screams of the wounded. They stand abreast and fire at Confederate soldiers also standing abreast and firing at them.
The 24th fights at Groveton, is part of the disastrous charge at the sunken railroad at Second Bull run, fights its way up South Mountain under heavy fire, and then Antietam. The 24th is in the third wave through the cornfield at Antietam.
Antietam remains the bloodiest single day in American history. There are almost 22,000 casualties. The cornfield will be crossed and recrossed fifteen times, and when the battle is over a person could walk across it without touching the ground for the bodies.
Moreau is shot through the ankle. Merrick receives a Minie ball in the knee. Word of their wounds reaches Sandy Creek. Moreau's and Merrick's fathers go to the battlefield, arriving the day after the end of the battle. They find their sons in among the four acres of wounded. Surgeons are amputating limbs, men are crying out in pain, blood pools under the boards and tables used for surgery. The two fathers talk a surgeon out of amputating their sons' legs.
Moreau barely survives the trip home. Merrick dies along the way.
At home, Moreau becomes increasingly depressed, angry, distant from his parents, cruel to Helen who has waited faithfully for his return. He becomes addicted to morphine. He considers suicide. There are terrible arguments with Helen, the grief of Moreau's mother whose love cannot reach her son, anger at Mason for supporting the war, and finally a violent father-son confrontation. The family is desperate.  Mason tries to find the freed slave, to remind Moreau what he had fought for, but cannot locate him. It is a long, brutal winter.
But spring will come, and with it love and trust. The price has been high.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Poet Ravi Teja Yelamanchili May 21, 2019 5PM

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                                    Ravi Teja Yelamanchili 

Ravi Teja Yelamanchili is currently working at Vision33 as a Technical Business Analyst. His writing has previously been published in the Muddy River Poetry Review, the Somerville Times, Sahitya Akademis Indian Literature, Muse India, and several other journals. He also won the Boston Mayors Poetry Program Contest, and the University of Pittsburgh Undergraduate Poetry Contest.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

My guest May 14 5PM Aaron Tillman, author of "Every Single Bone in My Brain"Aaron Tillman

Aaron Tillman

Aaron Tillman is a fiction writer and Pushcart Prize nominee for 2019 and 2018. He is Associate Professor of English at Newbury College and Director of Newbury's Honors Program. His short story collection, Every Single Bone in My Brain, was published by Braddock Avenue Books in July of 2017, and his book of critical nonfiction, Magical American Jew: The Enigma of Difference in Contemporary Jewish American Short Fiction and Film, was published by Lexington Books in November 2017. Aaron received the John Gardner Memorial Prize in Fiction from Harpur Palate and a Short Story Award for New Writers from Glimmer Train Stories; he won First Prize in the Nancy Potter Short Story Contest at University of Rhode Island, and his novel was a finalist in the 2016 Molly Ivors Prize for Fiction. His stories have appeared in Mississippi Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Harpur Palate, Sou'Wester, upstreet, The Tishman Review, The Madison Review, Arcadia Magazine, The Carolina Quarterly, great weather for MEDIA, Prick of the Spindle, Burrow Press Review, and elsewhere. He has recorded two stories for broadcast on the Words & Music program at Tufts University and another for Functionally Literate Radio. His essays have appeared in The Writer's Chronicle, Studies in American Humor, Symbolism, The CEA Critic, and The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America (Mythopoeic 2009).

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

April 2, 2019 Dan Lynn Watt author of "History Lessons: A Memoir of Growing Up in an American Communist Family








History Lessons traces Dan Lynn Watt's journey through childhood in New York during the McCarthy era. He marched on May Day with his war hero father and activist mother, chanting "We don't want another war!" and "Jim Crow must go!" At camp, he sang about world peace, freedom, and workers' rights. At school, he attempted to hide his family's politics. He takes you inside family struggles against racism and political repression. Disillusioned with communism by the 1960s, he became a civil rights and antiwar activist.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Curious Peach 











“What wond’rous Life in this I lead!
Ripe Apples drop about my head;
The Luscious Clusters of the Vine
Upon my Mouth do crush their Wine;
The Nectaren, and curious Peach,
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on Melons, as I pass,
Insnar’d with Flow’rs, I fall on Grass”



---Andrew Marvell, The Garden

March 26, 2019 5P.M. Brian Coleman, author of "Buy Me, Boston."



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Take a trip to the Boston of yesteryear, guided by advertisements for the businesses and characters that made the city tick in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s – restaurants, hair salons, bands, bars, clothing boutiques and more.


Buy Me, Boston features over 375 vintage advertisements, posters and flyers. These images have been scanned from original sources, including issues of The Boston Phoenix, The Real Paper, The Bay State Banner, Boston After Dark, Boston Rock and many more, straight from the stockpiles of renowned archivists and historians like David Bieber, Kay Bourne, Chuck White and Wayne Valdez.


Compiled and curated by journalist Brian Coleman, Buy Me, Boston is a unique, time-traveling journey back to a city that exists only in the fond memories of longtime denizens. Whether you patronized these establishments and happenings the first time around, or just want to know more about our unique town and the people whose energy and creativity fuels it, this book guarantees smiles with the turn of every new page.


PRAISE FOR "BUY ME, BOSTON":  

“A snapshot of a particular time and place when the city bristled with an alt-weekly energy, an underground thrust, and a whole lot of questionable hairstyles. Coleman has created a treasure chest of Boston memorabilia, reminding longtime dwellers of things we didn’t even know we missed.”
– Boston Globe (Nina MacLaughlin)


“A romp through this city’s dirty-water years… it’s an experience meant to be shared.”
– Boston Magazine (Shaula Clark)


“This is about the best history book you will find about our culture. It’s all true, I was there!”
– Willie “Loco” Alexander


“A time capsule, showing what independent papers in the Boston area looked like from the 1960s through the ‘80s.”
– Sue O’Connell, NECN

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

March 12, 2019 :Harris Gardner and Kirk Etherton--will talk about the Boston National Poetry Month Festival: April 3rd to 7th on Poet to Poet

Doug Holder (center) to interview Harris Gardner  left ( Co-founder of the Boston National Poetry Festival) and Board Member and Director of Marketing Kirk Etherton (far right)
To see the interview live  click on http://somervillemedia.org at 5PM  March 12. This is a production of the Somerville Media Center.  https://www.bostonnationalpoetry.org/https://www.bostonnationalpoetry.org/

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Feb 19, 2018 5PM Doug Holder to interview film critic and novelist Dan Kimmel, author of " Father of the Bride of Frankenstein"

Dan Kimmel


I will talk with Kimmel about his latest novel, Father of the Bride of Frankenstein.   To see the interview live go to:  http://somervillemedia.org 

Daniel M. Kimmel (born 1955) is an American film critic and author.[1][2]
In September 2014, he became editor of The Jewish Advocate where he served through December 2015. He received a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a degree in law from Boston University.
Kimmel was the Boston correspondent for Variety from 1986 to 2013, and has been a TV columnist for The Boston Herald. From 1984 to 2009, he was a film reviewer for the Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Massachusetts. His reviews can be found at NorthShoreMovies.net and the Sci-Fi Movie Page. Until his promotion he was the "Movie Maven" for The Jewish Advocate. His essays on classic science fiction films were being published in The Internet Review of Science Fiction from 2005–2010 and are now in Space and Time.
He is a past president and current member of the Boston Society of Film Critics. In May 2012, he became founding co-chair of the Boston Online Film Critics Association.
Kimmel is the author of several books and has co-written a play The Waldorf Conference about the Hollywood blacklist. His 2004 history of FoxThe Fourth Network, received the Cable Center Award for best book of the year. His collection of essays titled Jar Jar Binks Must Die was nominated for a Hugo Award in the category "Best Related Work".[3] His novel Shh! It's a Secret was on the shortlist for the Compton Crook Award given to best first novel by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. His latest is Time on My Hands: My Misadventures in Time Travel. He is the 2018 recipient of the Skylark Award given by the New England Science Fiction Association.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene: Feb 12 5PM Doug Holder Interviews Novelist Belle Brett on Poet to Poet Writer to Writer

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Novelist Belle Brett  see it live on 5PM on http://somervillemedia.org  In Brett’s debut novel, an American student embarks on a jo...


Novelist Belle Brett 

Feb 12 5PM Doug Holder Interviews Belle Brett about her new novel " Gina in the Floating World"

Gina in the Floating World


In a whirlwind of hopes and fears, 23-year old Dorothy Falwell travels to Tokyo to pursue an international banking internship, far away from her restrictive Midwest Catholic upbringing. It is 1981, and Japan, with its booming economy and complex culture, is her Oz. The ambitious, but naïve Dorothy must figure out how to navigate the twists and unexpected detours on her personal journey, especially after she accepts a job as a hostess in a run-down suburban bar to support her venture. Renamed Gina by her blustery bar boss, she finds that her new friends aren’t the most reliable guides. In contrast, the suave Mr. Tambuki appears to have all the answers and is even willing to pay Gina to spend time with him. Patiently, he lures her into his world of unorthodox Zen instruction, erotic art, and high octane sex. Small wonder that her moral compass goes haywire, and the bizarre starts to feel normal. But when she realizes she may be in grave danger, will she find herself at a point of no return? Or will she, like the Dorothy for whom she is named, discover that she had power over her destiny all along?