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Gloria Mindock, Editor   Issue No. 28   October, 2007




Welcome to the October, 2007 Červená Barva Press Newsletter.

My book, Blood Soaked Dresses (Ibbetson Street Press), will be available shortly. I will be sending notices around. Hope you enjoyed the preview. This book is about the atrocities committed in El Salvador during the civil war from 1980-1992. It is based from my interviews with El Salvadoran refugees and research. The book is divided into sections such as: Blood Soaked Dresses, The Atrocities, Countryside Thoughts, Hearts, Exile, and Looking Back. I am very excited about the book coming out. These atrocities must not be forgotten. They still continue to this day throughout different parts of the world and yes, people are still being exterminated in El Salvador! I really hope when I send the notice around, you will order it.

The press will have two full-length poetry books coming out soon. They are: Bird Scarer by Glenn Sheldon and A Careful Scattering by Philip E. Burnham, Jr. These books should be coming out in November sometime. All other books due out in 2007 will be later than expected. I am working on them. All chapbooks are still on schedule.

The September reading at the Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge was a wonderful time. I want to thank once again Lucille Lang Day, Franklin Reeve, and Diana Der-Hovanessian for reading.
HUGE THANK YOUS TO: Pierre Menard Gallery and Mary Bonina, who coordinates the series with me.
On October 17th, readers are: John Minczeski, Susan Tepper and Mark Pawlak. Details can be found in the readings section.

Cervena Barva Press has readings happening all over in October so please be sure to check the readings section. I hope you will be able to attend some of them if they are in your area.

OCTOBER IS ALSO FUND-RAISING MONTH. We hold fund-raisers in April and October. It is that time again. Please help the press out by donating any amount. You can donate very easily.
By Credit Card/PayPal: Go to our Fundraising page at Cervena Barva Press
By Check, Money Order or International Money Order:
Send to Cervena Barva Press
P.O. Box 440357
West Somerville, MA 02144-3222

The press depends on private donations, book sales and my own pocket to keep going. Every cent I've made so far has gone right back into the press. Like most small independent presses, Cervena Barva Press is struggling to survive. It is very important for me to keep publishing such wonderful writers and to keep publishing as much as I do. In order to do this, the press needs your help! Laser Ink, Paper, Cardstock, Mailings, Padded Envelopes, Boxes, Postage, Staples, Labels, etc…does not come cheap for all that we produce. It cost money to have the full-lengths done by a printing company also. Bill and I spend many hours on production and we take no money from the press for our time. We do the press because we love publishing. As my friend Doug Holder says, we are Holy Fools! So please send something. Any amount is so welcome because it all adds up.

Anyone wanting a chapbook done for a fee, visit Cloudkeeper Press, a division of Cervena Barva Press. The money we raise from this also goes back into Cervena Barva Press. Right now, we are in the process of working on a few of them. Payment for the chapbooks aren't due until the chapbook is proofed and ready to print.
We work closely with the author to make sure it's exactly how they want it.
For more details, e-mail me at:

I would like to thank PRESA :S: PRESS. In their magazine, they have given Cervena Barva Press a full page ad and asked Charles P. Ries to review several of our chapbooks. They have been so wonderful to the press. This was such a nice thing for them to do and it is so appreciated! Please check out their website and books at:

I hope you will support them by subscribing to their magazine and buying their books. They have a very impressive list of authors they have published. Information can be found on their website:

Thank you so much Charles P. Ries for writing the reviews of so many of the chapbooks that Cervena Barva Press has published. I am so very grateful. You have given so much to the small press over the years and so many writers have benefited by your reviews. I am so thrilled and honored over what you wrote. Thanks Charles!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much to William R. Mayo and Jay Ross of Indian Bay Press and the magazine Poesia. They have a newsletter called Poesia News. They have been so good to Cervena Bava Press. From the very beginning of the press, they have mentioned every chapbook release, done interviews, given publicity to The Lost Bookshelf, and me as an editor and writer. I am so grateful to them both. They are so giving and so very nice. I cannot thank them enough for all they have done for me. Please check out their website to see submission guidelines for their magazine, read their newsletter, and to find out more about Indian Bay Press/Poesia. Soon, they will be releasing a new poetry book by Susanne Morning called, Dog Soup and Donuts. This is a remarkable book coming out. Susanne's poetry is just amazing. For those of you who ordered her chapbook, Land of the Morning Calm, from Cervena Barva Press, you will want to order this book!

I also want to give a thank you to Doug Holder (Ibbetson Street Press) for all he has done for me and the press from the beginning. His energy is timeless and he helps me get news out about publications and happenings by the press. It is because of all that he has done that the press is known in the Boston area and beyond.

Thank you to Steve Glines (ISCS Press) who has been working on Philip Burnham's book, A Careful Scattering, by Cervena Barva Press. You have been doing a wonderful job and Philip and I are so grateful for all your hard work on the book.

Next month, the RAVES section will continue

Interviewed this month: Ann Carhart and Dick Lourie

Anyone wanting to self-publish a full-length book, needing help finding an agent, or editing,
visit ISCS Press


The online journal, Istanbul Literature Review, is looking for quality poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews for the next issue due out in January. Deadline is November 1st.
To read submission guidelines visit:
Submission address:

Thank you-
Gloria Mindock, Editor
Miles Tepper, Assistant Editor
Etkin Getir, Owner


The arrival of GOT

Thanks to Steve Glines, GOT (Guaranteed Overnight Theatre) has made it into Cambridge, MA and what a blast it was! Steve approached Anne Brudevold and I at our usual Saturday morning gathering of Bagel Bards. We were aboard right away. It was started in Philadelphia and is now here! On September 21st and 22nd, Playwrights, Directors, Actors, and even non-actors got together to write short plays. We started on Friday and discussed ideas and wrote them finishing up the next morning. In the afternoon, we rehearsed and performed it that evening. The production happened at The Center for Adult Education. "It was the most fun I've had in years," said Steve Glines, editor-in-chief of ISCSPress. I can tell you I had so much fun too. Everyone who was a part of it was just wonderful. I retired from the stage except for doing performance Art pieces but I plan on doing this again. We are hoping to do this again in January, 2008. For those of you in the area, I hope you will join us. Keep posted for when.


The Somerville News Writers Festival: Five Years and Still Going Strong
By Doug Holder

This is the fifth season of The Somerville News Writer's Festival. When Tim Gager and I started the festival in November of 2003 we thought it would probably be a one shot affair. But much to our surprise it has become an annual tradition. With the support of The Somerville News and the Norton and Tauro family, we have presented an impressive roster of local and national poets and writers to the folks of Somerville and beyond. Over the years we hosted such readers as: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Franz Wright, Lan Samantha Chang (head of the Iowa Writers' Workshop), Alex Beam (Boston Globe Columnist and author of "Gracefully Insane"), Andre Dubus lll (author of "House of Sand and Fog"), Sue Miller ("The Good Mother"), Hallie Ephron, Pulitzer Prize- winning novelist Robert Olen Butler, poet Afaa Michael Weaver (author of "Plum Dance."), and many others.

We have also founded an Ibbetson Street Press Poetry award. The first winner last year was Newburyport poet Michael Alpert. We have had quite a few submissions this year, and are pleased with the interest that has been stirred up.

At each festival we award an "Ibbetson Street Press Lifetime Achievement Award". "Ibbetson Street" is a Somerville- based small literary journal and press, that gives the prize out to people who have played significant roles in the small press and or the poetry community. Previous winners have been Jack Powers (founder of "Stone Soup Poets"), Louisa Solano (former owner of the "Grolier Poetry Book Shop"), Robert K. Johnson (retired Suffolk University professor and author of "From Mist to Shadows." (Ibbetson 2007)), David Godine, (founder of David Godine, Inc.), and this year the winner will be Robert Pinsky, former Poet/Laureate of the United States and founder of "Americans' Favorite Poems Project"). I am proud to say I was in Pinsky's first "Americans' Favorite Poems" anthology with my introduction to Robert Lowell's poem "Waking in the Blue" The poem was set at McLean Hospital where I have worked and run poetry groups for over 20 years.

Our fifth festival (Nov. 11, 2007 at 7PM) at the Jimmy Tingle Off Broadway Theatre will of course be hosted by the comedian Jimmy Tingle. There will be a number of featured readers in the poetry and fiction categories. Tom Perrotta (author of "Little Children," and nominee for an Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts) will head a line up that includes: Steve Almond, (author of "Candy Freak"), Stephanie Gayle, Errol Uys, Joe Ann Hart, and Timothy Gager (cofounder of the Festival)

In the poetry category we will have Somerville poet and publisher Gloria Mindock author of "Blood Soaked Dresses" (Ibbetson 2007), Danielle Legros Georges ( Lesley Professor and author of "Maroon"), Irene Koronas, ( Wilderness House Literary Review poetry editor), Lo Galluccio ( author of "Hot Rain") and yours truly Doug Holder.

In the past we have had such talented singer/songwriters as Jennifer Matthews, and Meg Hutchinson perform as part of the festival. This year the literature will be complimented by the music of the "Swaggering Growlers."

Of special note poet Lo Galluccio will read from the work of the late Boston poet Sarah Hannah. Hannah, a lecturer at Emerson College and a brilliant poet, tragically took her own life at the tender age of 40. The Tupelo Press is releasing a collection of her work this fall, ("Iridescence") her previous poetry collection with Tupelo was "Longing Distance."

As always we thank Porter Square Books, and Grub Street for sponsoring this event. We hope you will join us this year.
Go to: http://somervillenewswritersfestival.comfor more information.


Poetry Chapbook Guidelines
Send up to 24 pages of poetry, SASE, blank title page, acknowledgements, e-mail address, contact information, $11.00 entry fee (Check, Money Order or International Money Order)
Winner receives $100.00 and 25 copies.
Please send no cover letter.
Submissions accepted Sept.1-Nov. 10th. Anything postmarked after Nov. 10th will be returned.
Winner will be announced in January, 2008.

Fiction Chapbook Guidelines
Winner receives $100.00 and 25 copies
Send up to 30 pages double-spaced, one story unpublished, SASE, e-mail, contact information,
blank title page, entry fee: $11.00 (Check, Money Order or International Money Order)
Submissions accepted Sept.1st-November 10th.
Any submission postmarked after November 10th will be returned.
Winner will be announced in January, 2008.

Manuscripts will not be returned
Send to:

Cervená Barva Press
Poetry or Fiction Chapbook Prize
P.O. Box 440357
W. Somerville, MA 02144-3222
Judge for both contests: Gloria Mindock
Contests are judged blind. My Webmaster takes all information down and passes manuscripts to me without any identifying factors on them!


Ann Carhart

Write a bio.

Ann Carhart considers herself to be an old Cambridge poet but readily admits to being born in Brooklyn and falling in love with poetry while living in the Village and attending NYU. She has an M.A. in Writing and one in Counseling/Psychology from Cambridge's Lesley College and an Ed.D. in Human Development from University of Massachusetts (earned in 1998 at age 65). She has read her poems at Harvard University, The Blacksmith House, The Episcopal Divinty School, and the Out of the Blue Gallery.

Her poetry has been published in two anthologies: Cries of the Spirit and Out of the Blue Writers Unite as well as the Heat City Review, Earth's Daughters, The Hartford Courant, Spare Change News and the Lyrical Somerville. Ibbetson Street Press released her first book: "Sanctus! Sanctus! Sanctus!" November 2005.

Describe the space you write in.

I make notes for poems or write lines (to be May Sarton said "Creation is revision and Revision is creation") in many familiar places. I never go out without pen and paper. Some of my favorite haunts: A certain shady bench in Cambridge Common, a concrete step in front of ABP with a post to lean against in Harvard Square. another bench in Porter Square...well you get it. At home (two rooms these last twenty years in a beautiful old house) my computer lives on an old table in my bedroom...but obviously for me inspiration comes from humanity...which is a good segue into the next question.

Talk about your book.

I designed the cover...a sketch of my Naked Muse next to three Latin Holys...which depicts my basic theology. "Sanctus! Sanctus! Sanctus!" It would have never have happened if it wasn't for Doug Holder...and Ibbetson Street Press. He heard me read and asked if I had ever been published and I told him only in fairly obscure places and he said he wanted to publish a book of my poems. He has helped so many people. I am just the oldest! Seriously, without book...and the joy of handing my book to each one of my four children...well what fun.

Where does "my spunk" (your wonderful words) come from?

Repeating myself..I am inspired as I walk through the world. Obviously, sometimes the world I am walking through is Memory Lane (family poems, old lover poems, etal.) but mostly I see something or hear something and make notes and then eventually get to the computer. Spunk comes from DNA and environment...the old nature/nurture principle I guess. Sometimes I am reflecting...sometime I am wishing, sometimes I am venting.....well I know most writers understand this.

Discuss how you came to Bagel Bards...

It's a total joy to hang with creative folks. Sometimes when I do not manage to go(9 AM so early in the AM) when I do get there it truly is like coming home. It can be both up and downlifting...just like hanging with family folks. Such genuine honesty. No one pretends to believe anything. What you see and hear is a special reality. I love it.

What writers inspire you? Who are some of your favorite writers?

I have lived a long time. This changes over the years. In the 50's in the Village when I took a few courses at dear old NYU I of course loved dear Emily and T. S. Eliot, E. E. Cummings. In the 70's, well Adrienne Rich's "The Will To Change" really moved me... ditto "On Lies, Secrets, and Silence". So did the entire woman's movement. Marge Piercy's "The Moon is Always Female" comes to mind. Can't leave out Anne Sexton, Marianne Moore, Sylvia Plath. Later on, Sharon Olds. And yes, male poets still count! My generation did produce Leonard Cohen after all! He composed inspirational contemporary psalms which changed my thinking and my life. So many many more...the beat goes on...the list goes on.

What are you working on now?

Mostly living and loving. Joking around with poets, I came up with a title for another book of poems..."A Kid From Brooklyn" and I like if there is another book...that's the working title.

Any last comments?

OK. I'll take this opportunity to quote three of my favorite guys. Socrates said: "Know Thyself", Shakespeare wrote "To Thine Own Self Be True", and Dear Langston composed "Hold Fast To Your Dreams...for if they die life is a broken-winged bird which cannot fly." I live by these...and I am flying.



Dick Lourie

You started out as a "folkie" inspired by Woody Guthrie and by the Alan Lomax recordings in the 1950's. Talk about this.

That's what I grew up with. My family background is Depression era-middle class-left wing-socialist-communist- Brooklyn-Jewish, not necessarily in that order. The culture and the music were indissolubly linked. So we had Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger and Leadbelly and Almanac Singers and Josh White and Sonny Terry/Brownie McGee records, old 78s that are still on the shelves in my study. My aunt and uncle literally sat at Leadbelly's feet as teenagers in summer camp in the 1930s. This was the music of my youth-I was born in 1937. Then as a college student and trumpet player in the late fifties I got interested for some time in jazz. In 1961, as a young college instructor, I discovered the newly released Anthology of American Folk Music from Folkways Records, which connected me again with the old traditional music roots. At that point I started learning and singing some of the old songs. I took up acoustic guitar, though I never got further than being a just competent enough picker and strummer to accompany myself. But I thrived on combing scholarly collections of regional songs and learning old obscure songs that nobody else knew. It was a satisfying thing. My singing and playing, and other aspects of my life, have always been inspired by Woody Guthrie. When he died in 1967 I wrote a poem that I still like a lot.

For Folkway Records in the 1960's, you cut 2 records of children's songs. What were the names of the records? Did you sing on these records? play the trumpet? If not, explain your role.

These were actually in 1973 and 1980. I worked for some time in and around New York, doing music with preschool kids, accompanied by my just-about-competent guitar strumming, and sometimes the Autoharp, a wonderfully sweet and quirky instrument with a story of its own. In the course of this, I wrote some songs, and in '72 or '73 sent a tape to Moe Asch, the grand old man at Folkways. I was really excited to hear that he liked it. He told me to go to a certain recording studio he worked with in Manhattan and record some songs. I went there with instruments and an eight-year-old collaborator, Jed Hershon (son of my Hanging Loose colleague Bob Hershon), and spent a few hours doing my own songs for kids. I played guitar and Autoharp and sang. Jed was a terrific partner; he sang in tune and did some great improvising. This record is called Small Voice Big Voice.

In the 1970s, during a long period of residence in Ithaca, I had fallen in with a disreputable crowd of bluegrass musicians. My guitar strumming remained musically too primitive to fit in with these hot pickers, but I did manage to do some jamming with the trumpet when they would get around to playing some Western swing. Two of the most disreputable characters I hung out with were Alan Senauke and Howie Tarnower, who as a bluegrass duo were called the Fiction Brothers. Howie and I shared a house, and we did shows for kids, sometimes with Alan as backup. I wrote more kids' songs, and in 1980 we recorded another Folkways album, Sitting at Home With My Apple Friends, which included both some of my originals and some traditional songs. This was, by comparison with the first one, a highly produced affair, despite the fact that we recorded in Alan's apartment. Alan played guitar and bass, Howie played mandolin and banjo, and I played guitar and trumpet on this one. Plus we all sang, along with half a dozen local kids, and special guest Jed, who was now fifteen. Much later, after I had moved to Boston and taken up the sax, Howie and I formed a 50s rock-and-roll band called the Blue Suede Boppers, which is now celebrating its twentieth anniversary.

At the age of 40, you took up playing the saxophone and played regularly in the Boston area blues and jazz clubs. Did you ever play at the old 1369 club in Inman Square when Jay Hoffman was one of the owners?

I loved the Sunday afternoon jam sessions at the old 1369. This was mid to late 1980s-I never met the owner, so I don't know if it was Jay Hoffman then. As you say, I came late to the sax, though it quickly turned into my primary instrument. Even when I was a relative beginner, the 1369 jam was a welcoming place, and it was there that I first got to know some of the great Boston blues performers.

Every year you perform at the Sunflower Blues and Gospel Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi with Big Jack Johnson and others. What is this like for you? You are working on a book of poetry with photographs on the history of Clarksdale. How exciting. How is this manuscript progressing?

Strictly by chance, I took my sax and sat in at a New Jersey blues club with Big Jack in 1995. The term "life-changing experience" is a cliché, but I have to use it here. I had been playing the sax for twelve years, with a focus on American roots music-rhythm and blues, soul, rock and roll, less so jazz, and, though not primarily, blues. Had I been more familiar with the national and international blues scene, I might have been intimidated by Jack's reputation as one of the master performers, and not even asked him about sitting in. In this case, my ignorance was an advantage. Jack is always gracious about people sitting in, though he may know nothing about their level of musicianship. We hit it off musically and as friends. Jack was pretty much on a perpetual nationwide tour at that time, and I continued sitting in with the band when they got near Boston or New York. I also began playing increasingly with blues bands around Boston. In 1997 my wife and I went to Clarksdale Mississippi, Jack's hometown, so I could play with Jack in the annual blues festival. I had never been to Mississippi. To be on stage at a festival like this can spoil you forever as an audience member. You look out at an audience-blues fans-and you play with a star like Big Jack, and you are never again satisfied to watch and listen and not be part of the show. It was an amazing experience.

I went back two months later, and again the following year. I became fascinated not just with performing in Clarksdale, but with every aspect of the place, from its long association with the blues to its history, its Delta culture and subcultures, its surprising (to a naïve outsider) ethnic mix. I made friends within and outside the blues community. I realized that Clarksdale was what I really wanted to write about; I've been doing that and visiting twice a year since my first trip. On my visits I interview people and do library research (and of course I play music). And when I can catch up with Big Jack Johnson, we still perform together.

The idea of an entire collection of poems all on one subject is new for me and very exciting. The book has a lot of oral history, people speaking in the poems in their own voices; and of course it's got my own experiences in the Delta as a visitor and musician. It's completed now, though I may add a few, and it's a good size for a poetry collection, over 100 pages. I am now in the process of looking for a publisher. I'll be sure to let you know if I succeed in finding one.

You have been playing back-up for many years for the legendary Doo Wop group the G-Clefs. What was their # 1 pop chart hit? You and your wife are doing a documentary about the G-Clefs. How far are you with this to completion?

Aah, the G-Clefs. What a story. Four brothers and a next-door neighbor from Roxbury, singing together for fifty years, and still performing. I've been with them since 1993. Their 1961 hit "I Understand (Just How You Feel)" went to #9 on the USA pop charts, and #1 in-where?-apartheid South Africa. Another whole story. My wife, filmmaker Abby Freedman, who has always had an interest in roots music (hence her willingness to visit Clarksdale, Mississippi every August), saw these remarkable guys and their history as a rich subject for a movie. She is currently producing a feature-length documentary about them. I'm the narrator in the movie, and have been helping her shape the story. It's within weeks of completion, and we expect to have the premier early next year.

In the movie, "Smoke Signals" by Sherman Alexie, your poem, "Forgiving Our Fathers" was featured. What was this like for you? It is a remarkable poem. Please talk about this poem and your experience with "Smoke Signals."

I'm glad you like the poem. Sherman is a Hanging Loose Press author, and we've been friends for years; of course I was gratified and excited when he asked if he could use the poem in the movie. Sometimes he jokes that he wrote the movie in order to lead up to in the poem. And of course he modified the poem slightly, with my permission, so that it could realistically be spoken by Thomas. It does seem an appropriate fit, though I have to say that when I wrote that poem Sherman was two years old. One reason the poem by a New Jersey Jewish guy about his childhood in the 1940s and 50s fits into a movie about two Northwest indians 30 years younger has to do with the poem's rhetorical strategy. I was a child of divorced and remarried parents, with a father and stepfather who displayed what seemed to me very different personalities. The poem seeks to heighten those differences by making them into irreconcilable contrasts, and also seeks to demonstrate my own then inescapable dilemma by making it a universal dilemma, not "my fathers" but "our fathers"-that part of the strategy is always risky, but it seems to have worked here. The other thing the poem does is to move from unconscious to conscious thought, starting with dreams, then from past to present and future. Again, risky in that it seeks to include so much. But again, it worked.

When I say it worked, I'm judging from the response to the poem in the movie. What an experience that was. Evidently, a good many people who saw the movie sat through the credit roll at the end until, somewhere beneath the name of the second assistant electrician, my name appeared as author of the poem. I got letters and emails from strangers about how the poem had touched their own experience. This went on for maybe three years after the movie had come out. Meanwhile, my book Ghost Radio, including that poem, had been published; it has sold well and gone into multiple printings. Among the many poetry titles Hanging Loose has published it's right up there near the top as far as number of copies sold; and I attribute this almost entirely to the presence of "Forgiving Our Fathers." That's because, realistically, while I certainly have an appropriate appreciation of my own work, I am sure my reputation as a poet has never been broad enough to account for the volume of sales of this book.

You have published many books of poetry. Discuss your latest one, Ghost Radio, which includes a CD where many of the poems are set to music.

These are actually two separate projects, though we do try to "bundle" them, as the phrase goes, when we can. The title poem and many others in the book are about blues and roots music. The book was being put together during the time I started playing with Big Jack, so music was on my mind. Shortly after it came out, I began thinking that there might be a way to combine the hitherto separate tracks of my artistic life, poetry and music, by shaping blues music to fit the performance of poems. As it turned out, the fit was natural, in part because many of my poems seemed to fit, loosely or tightly, the three-part structure of a blues verse. I took many of the poems from the book, plus some others, and combined them with a blues band accompaniment, and myself both speaking the poems and playing sax. Not quite like the "poetry and jazz" movement of the 1950s: there the musical emphasis was on improvisation to go with the poems. Here the music is crafted so that the poems fit into the length of blues verses. The CD is called Ghost Radio Blues. Both book and CD are projects of Hanging Loose Press.

Why did you start writing poetry in syllabics? Why do you continue to write in this way?

Another serendipitous life-changing experience. During the time I was studying with Denise Levertov-this was 1964-a friend suggested I try syllabics; he thought (I don't remember why) it would suit me. It did, from my very first attempt. I have tried to figure out why, but I have only speculation, as follows: Maybe, as I go through what must seem to some a daft and obsessive exercise, keeping track of the syllables (not words or rhythms or stresses) in each line, maybe that takes my mind off other things. I don't think about rhythms, or stresses, so whatever is going to happen is permitted to do so without my being conscious of it. I like the idea that, as I write, my unconscious is at work. Also, what started happening from the beginning of my work with syllabics was a pairing of simple diction with complex syntax. I liked the tension of that combination; it seemed to work well for me; I just kept doing it, striving all the time to achieve the effect of effortless off-the-cuff conversation. So that's become my way of writing; it's so natural to me now I'd be hard pressed to write anything any other way. I've thought a lot about this, about my use of syllabics. Here I am writing a poem and struggling to re-phrase, to change things around so that I can end a line after a certain number of syllables. On the face of it, this makes no sense. For me personally, all I can think is that there's some truth in Frost's famous remark that writing poetry without rhyme is like playing tennis without a net. Except that Frost didn't realize there could be other kinds of net as well; syllabics is my net.

In the 1960's, you were one of the founders of poetry-in-the-schools started in NYC. Discuss this.

In New York in the mid-sixties, a number of organizations and individual poets were all experimenting with teaching the writing of poetry to children, primarily in public schools. We were all acutely aware of the bad rap poetry has always gotten in schools as either hearts and flowers or puzzle-solving. Teachers and Writers Collaborative was getting started. Columbia University's Teachers College was involved-Maybe they had some initial relationship with T&W; I don't remember. Some of us living in NYC got involved with these various programs; then someone got a grant to start the New York State Poets in the Schools group, and those of us with some prior experience got involved in that as well; it became a de facto collective group. We developed programs around the state, worked together for several years before internal personal/political/power-sharing conflicts ultimately brought big changes. That initial group shrank; others emerged. Hanging Loose magazine has always maintained the same kind of involvement with young poets that we all felt necessary in the mid-sixties: There's a section of high school writers in every issue, and the press publishes a series of anthologies, so far three of them, collecting the best of that high school work.

You were a student of Denise Levertov's first poetry class/workshop (described in her essay "The Untaught Teacher"), describe what her classes were like. What are some of the important things you learned from her?

I was thinking about this recently, when I found lists of some of the old reading assignments we had. I actually don't remember much about the readings or the class discussions. I remember that we were able to help one another tremendously in our own writing, and I remember the atmosphere Denise established of cooperation and camaraderie. She was somehow able to function simultaneously as teacher and comrade, perhaps in part because this was in fact the first time she had taught. After the official one-semester workshop was over, some of us continued to meet in Denise's apartment. In that workshop I met Emmett Jarrett, forming a friendship that led directly to the beginnings of Hanging Loose, and Denise remained a close friend and mentor for me until her death in 1997.

In 1966, you were one of the founding editors of Hanging Loose Press. Talk about the other editors. This year, you celebrate 41 years. What is the secret to such longevity? I see so many magazines and presses disappear.

When I met Emmett, he and Ron Schreiber were just in the process of transforming one magazine into another. While Emmett was a grad student and Ron a teaching assistant at Columbia, they had produced an elegant-looking poetry magazine called Things (after WC Williams: "No ideas but in things"). They wanted to turn it into something less grand and less expensive to produce; someone hit on the idea of loose pages in an envelope, and the title. Bob Hershon was a Things contributor whose work I liked. I called him up and the proverbial one thing (or Thing) led to the proverbial other. The magazine stayed literally loose through the first twenty-five issues; complaints from bookstores about purloined pages helped persuade us to switch to the more conventional format.

Emmett and I were East Village buddies and neighbors in that old Alphabet Village: I lived on Avenue C; he lived on Avenue D. We're still buddies. Without going into the long story: Emmett got a spiritual call, went to seminary, became an Episcopal priest, retired from editing, still writes, runs St. Francis House in New London. Ironically, he of all us young radicals is today the most political.

Ron was in Amsterdam when all this was happening; when he returned in the spring of 1965, we were beginning to get under way. I met Ron for the first time when he came back. We were friends and colleagues, and took turns mentoring and hectoring each other, from then till his death in 2005. Ron was militant, gay, political, outrageous, dedicated to friends and to Hanging Loose. He worked and worked at it. We all loved him and we miss him.

Bob has always worked in some aspect of publishing or printing, from copy boy to trade magazine writer to his current gig: He runs the Print Center in New York, brokering all the services necessary for someone who wants to produce a book or magazine but doesn't have the wherewithal to deal directly with all the typesetting, design, production details that must be attended to. He's a prolific poet himself, well known in New York, but not as widely appreciated as he should be. He writes poems that are terribly funny and terribly serious at the same time.

Mark Pawlak replaced Emmett in 1980. He was a friend of Ron's who, amazingly, fit right in to this group that had already been together at that point for 14 years. As Bob is a publishing industry guy, and I'm a music guy, Mark's other hat is mathematics, his major at MIT (where incidentally he, too, took a course with Denise, which launched him into poetry). His poems are rigorous renderings, sometimes found, of what goes on day to day. Mark is a decade younger than me and Bob, and I'd like to say that this gives a look at what today's youth is thinking, but at this point Mark is no spring chicken either.

The longevity of Hanging Loose: We are a collective. We trust each other's judgment sufficiently that if I vote "no" on a poem, and the others like it, I may grumble a little, but I'm comfortable with seeing it in the magazine.

We are close friends as well as colleagues. I'm proud to be the godfather of Mark and Mary Bonina's son Gianni. Bob and I talk on the phone a couple of times a week, and we share forty plus years together. The first poetry reading for both of us was in 1966, when we performed together at the old Folklore Center, Izzy Young's legendary gathering place on Sixth Avenue. I mentioned Jed before; I've known him and his sister Lizzie since they were tiny. Mark and Bob and I all got married within two years of each other. Another long story.

Also, we share responsibilities according to our by-now-familiar strengths and weaknesses. I'm an excellent book editor; they don't let me touch the money. Mark can handle a lot of what computers are needed for. He keeps track as each issue of the magazine builds gradually from manuscript to proofs. We don't let Mark spell anything. Bob handles production from book or magazine design and cover art to final product. Etcetera. And all three of us make all final manuscript decisions together, sitting around a table.

I would never never have been able to keep Hanging Loose going myself. Not even the magazine, let alone the 150 book titles we've done. It's all a matter of collective labor. And specifically for me, it's a matter of having colleagues who can keep me focused. As you can see by my history, I can easily slip from one discipline to another. I'm fine when given a task. So when I'm editing a Hanging Loose book, the manuscript is there, I'm looking at it, I know what to do, start on page one and end on page 100, or whatever. I count on the other guys for a lot of support and a lot of organizing.

What are some of the challenges you face as an editor?

One challenge is always deadlines; just getting stuff done on time. Standard editor's problem. Another is dealing with authors who (like most) are sure their particular words in a given passage are the very best way to get their poem across. Sometimes during an argument over wording, an author will offer to seek arbitration, so to speak, by showing the passage in question to a few friends for their opinions. That's fine, I say, as long as you want your friends to edit the book. Another problem is figuring out when to back down on some dispute with an author. He or she is after all the creator of this piece, so sometimes I do back down. But I have to weigh the question carefully each time. One other problem that gets bigger as we age: Turning down work by old friends. Everybody's work (with rare exceptions) is of course uneven. The work of some poets gets more and more so. Old friends send us poems sometimes that seem to be just tired, or parodies of former strong work, or the same old poem dressed up in different outfits. Saying no to old friends is hard. I think if we ever make compromises in our editorial judgments, it is most likely to be in these cases; we'll say "OK, let's take one of these," though we are in agreement that it's not up to this old friend's (or our) high standard.

How do you balance your time?

I balance my time the way the proverbial seal in the circus balances a ball on its nose. I'm always busy, always frantically trying to keep that ball spinning. I try to play two of my three horns (trumpet, tenor sax, soprano sax) every evening for at least a 20-minute warm-up. Weekend gigs keep me playing more extensively and more intensely. I try, often unsuccessfully, to write every day. Right now my writing time is devoted to getting the book proposal in the mail to a few publishers. I do Hanging Loose work every day, though my colleagues will tell you, truthfully, I'm usually the late one in reading manuscript submissions and passing them on to the next guy. My desk and study are a mess. It will probably take me at least a week to open today's mail. So I guess the answer is that I don't really balance my time after all, though I make periodic efforts to do so. And I don't ask anyone for sympathy, because I'm retired from my day job, so theoretically I should have all the time I need. But I can't complain. I do get things done, and I think of myself as a productive artist.

Any last comments?

Sometimes I am asked which was my first interest, music or poetry. My answer is that I was a musician first, but realized that I'd never be able to make a living at it, so I decided to get into poetry (joke).



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(These readings current as of October 1, 2007 go to the Readings page to see updated listings!)





For more information or to register for a course, click Course Description, below.

Instructor: Steven Cramer, Poet, Teacher, Director of Lesley MFA Creative Writing Program
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Instructor: Mike Perrow, Poet & Editor
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Instructor: Joan Houlihan, CPC Director, Poet & Editor
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Instructor: Reginald Shepherd, Poet & Editor
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The annual SEVEN MOUNTAINS WRITERS CONFERENCE takes place in Colrain in October and includes a workshop run by Joan Houlihan geared toward individual poems, revision and journal submissions. This conference is now OPEN TO APPLICATIONS. Limited to 6 participants.

Concord Poetry Center
40 Stow Street
Concord, MA 01742

Newton Community Education

Course ID: W1022

Course Name: The Art of Writing Poetry (Writing & Speaking)

Description: Poets want two things: to be able to write compelling poetry and to see it in print. In this participatory workshop we will develop poetry through creative brainstorming. Feedback will focus on the effective use of language, imagery, and metaphor in the construction of a poem. The instructor will provide leads for publishing and contacts at small presses. Many students have published their poems for the first time in the course of this workshop. Please bring three original poems to each class. You will have the chance to read your work aloud and to get feedback from other class members.

Instructor: Douglas Holder
Time: 7pm to 9pm on Tuesday
Location: NNHS in Room 227
Tuition: $110
Classes are from 9/25/2007 to 10/30/2007. There will be 6 sessions.

360 Lowell Avenue Newtonville, MA.
tel: 617-559-6999 fax: 617-559-6998

Writing Workshops with Tom Daley October-December 2007

The Creative Process: A Workshop for Writers
One day only Saturday, September 29th 9 am-noon
Cost: $45
Munroe Center for the Arts
1403 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA
To register call 781-862-6040

A Workshop for Songwriters and Poets
Led by Tom Daley and Buddy Mondlock

Friday, October 5 and Saturday October 6
Eddie?s Attic (Decatur, Georgia) Cost $125
For registration information contact Tom Daley at
Poetry Writing Workshop with Tom Daley

One day only Saturday, October 13??? 9:30 am-1 pm
The Mogan Cultural Center

40 French St.
Lowell MA, 01852
Cost: $35 for non-members; $25 for students or members of the Lowell Poetry Network.
For registration information contact Tom Daley at

Saturday Writers' Workshops -Surviving Long Writing Projects
Brookline Community and Adult Education
Cost $28 for the whole day See website for other workshops offered
Part II Building (and Keeping!) An Audience for Your Writing: Tom Daley, Instructor
Explore how to use spoken word venues, websites, blogs, chapbooks and other publications to create and expand your readership while getting your writing into the hands and ears of the reading and listening public.
To register visit website (above) or call 617-730-2700
Saturday November 3? 1:00 pm- 2:30pm

Lexington Community Education: Poetry writing workshop
Session I (two spots left in Session I)

Five Wednesdays starting October 3?? 6-8 pm
cost $75 ($55 seniors)
Session II (spots available)
Five Wednesdays (November 7, 14, 28 and December 5, 12) 6-8 pm
cost $75 ($55 seniors)
(Receive a ten per cent discount if you sign up for both sessions)

Lexington Community Education: Memoir writing workshop
Session I (Session I currently full ? sign-up for waiting list)

Five Wednesdays starting October 3?? 4-5:30 pm
cost $55 ($45 seniors)
Session II (Session II currently full ? sign-up for waiting list)
Five Wednesdays (November 7, 14, 28 and December 5, 12) 4-5:30 pm
cost $75 ($55 seniors)
(Receive a discount if you sign up for both sessions)

Both poetry and memoir workshops held at Lexington High School
251 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA
To register call 781-862-8043

Online School of Poetry
Intermediate Poetry Workshop: Writing the Dramatic Monologue

Starting Sunday, November 4? Six weeks: Cost $200
Before enrolling send 3-5 poems in the text of an e-mail to Tom Daley at

Poetry writing workshop with Tom Daley
at the instructor's home in Cambridge
Two workshops, one from 5:30-7:30 pm and one from 7:45-9:45 pm
Eight Mondays starting Monday, November 5 cost $160.???
For information contact Tom Daley at
Boston Center for Adult Education
Poetry writing workshop
Seven Tuesdays starting November 6 from 5:45-7:45 pm
5 Commonwealth Avenue (Back Bay) Boston???? cost $161.00
to register, go to:
or call (617) 267-4430


McIntyre & Moore Booksellers hosts
The Science of Good and Evil: Are We Explaining Morality Away?
October's topic of the Davis Square Philosophy Café
moderated by Tom Clark

October 16, 7:30-9:30 pm

(Somerville, MA) McIntyre & Moore Booksellers hosts "The Science of Good and Evil: Are We Explaining Morality Away?":
October's topic at the Davis Square Philosophy Café, moderated by Tom Clark, on October 16, 7:30-9:30 pm at McIntyre & Moore Booksellers,
255 Elm St. in Davis Square, Somerville,
near the Red Line. Free and open to all;
wheelchair accessible.
15% book discount* for all those attending [*discount available for day of event only].
For information call McIntyre & Moore Booksellers (617) 629-4840 or log onto

McIntyre and Moore Booksellers, in conjunction with the Center for Naturalism, continues year 5 of its discussion group series, the Davis Square Philosophy Café, held each month on the third Tuesday. The Philosophy Café is a philosophy discussion group modeled on philosophy cafés underway in other cities in Europe and the US. The goal is to present occasions for informal, relaxed philosophical discussion on topics of mutual interest to participants. No particular expertise is required to participate, only a desire to explore philosophy and its real world applications.

October’s topic, “The Science of Good and Evil: Are We Explaining Morality Away?," will focus on the following:
Research into the origins of morality suggests that our ethical intuitions are to a great extent products of evolution. Non-human social animals, including chimpanzees and gorillas, exhibit proto-moral behavior and emotions. If moral principles such as the Golden Rule are understood as natural phenomena, what are the implications for morality? Can these principles still command our assent, or is their moral authority explained away?

(Background of the moderator)
Tom Clark is director of the Boston-based Center for Naturalism and author of Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses. He writes on science, naturalism, free will, consciousness, addiction and other topics, and maintains an extensive website on philosophical and applied naturalism, Naturalism.Org. As moderator of the Philosophy Café, he brings an engaging interest in philosophy and its real world applications, and the ability to involve participants of varied backgrounds in animated, productive and fair discussion.

McIntyre & Moore Booksellers
On the Red Line, in the heart of Davis Square
Greater Boston's best source for scholarly used books
Open for browsing 7 days a week until 11 pm

--submitted by marycurtinproductions
c/o Mary Curtin
PO Box 290703, Charlestown, MA 02129
"dedicated to staging insightful entertainment, particularly in non-traditional venues"

Poet in the World: A Celebration of the Work of Denise Levertov

Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 7 pm (6 pm reception)
Cambridge Friends Meetinghouse, 5 Longfellow Park (off Brattle St.) $50 - $10 sliding scale ($5 for high-school-age attenders)

Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov (1923-1997) was one of the defining voices of twentieth-century American poetry. She is claimed by many as a “peace poet” for her poems and speeches against the Vietnam war and nuclear weapons. But she also wrote poems exploring entirely personal themes, and “nature poems”; she explored the power and constraints of both marriage and life as a single woman; and, a late convert to Catholicism, she wrote many poems of religious exploration and experience. The many connections among these themes make each one richer.

The masterful subtlety of sense and sound in Denise Levertov’s poems means that even the simplest of them rewards re-reading, discussion, and especially hearing aloud. On October 24 (her birthday) we hope you will join Peacework magazine for an evening of readings from Denise Levertov’s work by eight diverse poets, who will consider how that work continues to move through the world – and to change it.

Jimmy Santiago Baca
Kevin Bowen
Yarrow Cleaves
Martha Collins
Regie Gibson
X.J. Kennedy
Tino Villanueva

Paul Lacey, editor of Denise Levertov: Selected Poems, will give an introduction.

Many who will be at the event were close friends and associates of Denise Levertov's, some who knew her during her many years' residence in Somerville. There will be time at the end of the program for people to share their memories of her, and connections with her writing.

Grolier Books will be on hand to sell books by Denise Levertov and by the reading poets.

To reserve your seats, call 617/661-6130, or make checks payable to AFSC-Peacework and mail to Peacework, AFSC, 2161 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge MA 02140.

This event is a benefit for Peacework Magazine (, published monthly by the American Friends Service Committee. “Poet in the World” is this year’s Pat Farren Lecture, an annual event hosted by Peacework and named for its founding editor. Proceeds from the event help support the continued publication of Peacework, and the Patricia Watson Activist Journalism Internship for Young Writers of Color.

For more information call 617-661-6130 or email

Sara Burke, Co-Editor
Peacework Magazine
American Friends Service Committee

2161 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140

Out of the Blue Art Gallery

“Meow-La-Ween!” - Art Display for October, 2007 at gallery!
Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 (daily Noon to 7pm);

This is Deborah M. Priestly (poet/painter) and manager of the Out of the Blue Art Gallery located in Cambridge, Mass. We are a funky little community arts gallery that outreaches to the community of Cambridge and beyond and every month we surprise ourself with our new exhibits and artists from all backgrounds and walks of life. Enjoy this month's timely show called ...

"Meow-La-Ween!" put together by our gallery kitties "Moo-Moo" (black&white kitty) and brother "Uh-oh" (trouble-maker cutie gray & white). Here is the description and some images inserted by our many creative artists. Enjoy. This exhibit will be up from October 1 (Monday) through October 31 (Wednesday). Gallery hours are Daily from Noon to 8pm. (sometimes later depending on events happening at the gallery)

Description of "Meow-La-Ween" -

“Meow-La-Ween!” - Art Display for October, 2007 at gallery!

Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 (daily Noon to 7pm); Group show by over 100 artists, Cambridge & beyond – paintings "Meow-La-Ween!”. An all-mediuam art show put together by Gallery Kitties “Moo Moo” and “Uh-Hh” just in time for Halloween. Fuzzy, fluffy, scarey Kitty Kat friends on display by artists by Deborah M. Priestly (poetry/painting),Devon Prevost (sculpture), Ann H. Block (florals, table coverings), Sue Carlin (paintings murals), Chris Fahy (paintings …), Emily Frankovich (mucho kitties), David Stickney (3-D photos) and “Marshall (digital photography).

Out Of The Blue Art Gallery
106 Prospect Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
phone: 617-354-5287

Events-Music: Gizzi's Coffee

I'm booking an intimate new coffeehouse venue called Gizzi's on West 8th Street near 5th Ave. The area is up and coming with some cool new bars opening near by. The place may have a beer and wine license soon. I wanna create a west village scene for acoustic with quality acts - kinda like Rockwood Music Hall.

Gizzi's has sandwhiches, bagels, lattes, great coffee, soft drinks,etc. It's a nice place to have a snack and a coffee early on a saturday and catch some good singer/songwriters before you head out to the clubs. You can also bring in a laptop and chill online while watching some live music. Come and enjoy. There's also the possibly that if acts draw well I may get a shot at booking the national chain of stores - including the LA branch! That would be great for songwriters who tour and want gigs in other cities. So come support the scene! I can also move acts who draw up to bigger rooms. -Mike McHugh

Gizzi's Coffee
16 W 8th Street
New York, NY 10011
T: 212.260.9700
F: 646.253.7793
M: 201.206.5725

Gizzi's Coffee schedule summer/fall 2007:


7-David Belmont/WindWater
9-Michael Novick


7-Lenny Revell (slot time tentative)
8-Lisa Bianco
9-Ben Karis





Gizzi's Halloween show- acts TBA

8-Adam Sweeney (CD Release)
9-Paul DeCoster

Hugh Fox Lecture

It's the subject of his book REDISCOVERING AMERICA due out in September.

Annual Conference Get-Together of Ancient American Artifact Preservation Foundation--AAAPF
Wilmington, Ohio.
5:00 PM on Friday, Oct.5th...
Robert Conference Centre
Topic -- Phoenicians and Ancient Sumerians in South America.
$25.00 membership cost.
Handicap accessible.



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Červená Barva Press Contests

September 1st-November 10th, the press will be holding a poetry and fiction chapbook contest. Ads will appear in the next Poets & Writers Magazine.

Poetry Chapbook Guidelines
Send up to 24 pages of poetry, SASE, blank title page, acknowledgements, e-mail address, contact information,
$11.00 entry fee (Check, Money Order or International Money Order)
Winner receives $100.00 and 25 copies.
Please send no cover letter.
Submissions accepted Sept.1-Nov. 10th. Anything postmarked after Nov. 10th will be returned.
Winner will be announced in January, 2008.

Fiction Chapbook Guidelines
Winner receives $100.00 and 25 copies
Send up to 30 pages double-spaced, one story unpublished, SASE, e-mail, contact information, blank title page,
entry fee: $11.00 (Check, Money Order or International Money Order)
Submissions accepted Sept.1st-November 10th.
Any submission postmarked after November 10th will be returned.
Winner will be announced in January, 2008.

Send to:
Červená Barva Press
Poetry or Fiction Chapbook Prize
P.O. Box 440357
W. Somerville, MA 02144-3222


Fresh! Literary Magazine 2007 Contest Guidelines

Short Stories: Submit two of your best writing, two thousand to four-thousand words, free of profanities, prejudice and religious tones. Contest deadline is September 30, 2007. Please include a bio with your submissions. Poetry: Submit two of you best poems, along with a bio, thirty to forty lines and free of profanities, prejudice and religious tones.

Contest deadline is September 30. 2007.
Please include your $10.00 entry fee with your submissions.

Contest Prizes

First Prize: $100.
Second: $60.00
Third Prize: Honorable Mention

First Prize: $75:00
Second Prize: $50.00
Third Prize: Honorable Mention

Mail To
Fresh! Literary Magazine

C/O S. G. Ware
47 Pearson Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144


Ibbetson Street Press Poetry Award for Massachusetts Residents

The Ibbetson Street Press Poetry Award is presented at the annual Somerville News Writers Festival ( held every year at the Jimmy Tingle Off-Broadway Theatre in Davis Square.

The festival will be held November 11th this year. In past years poets and writers such as Pulitzer Prize winner Franz Wright, Robert Olen Butler, Oscar-nominated novelist Tom Perotta, Iowa Writer’s Workshop head Lan Samantha Chang, Sue Miller ( author of “The Good Mother”) , Steve Almond, Boston Globe Columnist Alex Beam, poet Nick Flynn, and many others have read in this event. This year former poet/laureate Robert Pinsky will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement award.

The winner of the award (must be a Massachusetts resident) will receive a $100 cash award, a framed certificate, publication in the literary journal “Ibbetson Street and a poetry feature in the “Lyrical Somerville,” in The Somerville News.

To enter send 3 to 5 poems, any genre, length, to
Doug Holder
25 School St.
Somerville, Mass. 02143
Entry fee is $10.
Cash or check only.
Make payable to “Ibbetson Street Press” or “Doug Holder.
Deadline: Sept 15, 2007

The contest will be judged by Richard Wilhelm
poet and arts/editor of the Ibbetson Street Press.

The winner will be announced at the festival, and will receive his award. A runner up will be announced as well.



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Červená Barva Press Reading Series
Červená Barva Press is starting a new reading series which starts in September. Mary Bonina is coordinating this series with me. Here is the information about it.

Pierre Menard Gallery
10 Arrow St/ Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA
7:00 PM
Free Admission
Reception to follow

October 17th, 2007
John Minczeski
Mark Pawlak
Susan Tepper
November 14th, 2007
Mary Bonina
Harris Gardner
Tam Lin Neville

Other Červená Barva Press Readings

Poetry Flash at Berkeley City College:

A Červená Barva Press poetry reading presenting
Lucille Lang Day, Ed Miller, and Tony White

Berkeley City College Auditorium
2050 Center Street, Berkeley
(half block from Berkeley BART
parking garage next door)
For info: Poetry Flash at 510-525-5476
free event

Červená Barva Press Reading at KGB Bar

October 20, 2007
7:00-9:00 PM

Readers: Eric Darton, John Minczeski, Gloria Mindock, and Susan Tepper

85 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 505-3360
Cost: free
Handicap accessible: none

St. Paul, Minnesota

October 24th 7:00 PM

Readers: John Minczeski, Barry Casselman, Kathy Peterson, Terri Ford and Kath Jesme

2238 Carter
St. Paul, MN

The English Department, The Creative Writing Program, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences are proud to present

Robert Hass
United States Poet Laureate, 1995-97
Award-Winning Poet, Essayist, & Translator

Monday, October 1, 2007 5:30-7 p.m.

Reading from his new book,
Time and Materials
The C. Walsh Theatre
55 Temple Street, Boston, MA

Right Behind the State House on Beacon Hill.


Yenching Library

Yenching Library, Harvard University
2 Divinity Avenue Cambridge MA 02138
October 1 at 7pm
free and open to the public

Yenching Library, Harvard University
2 Divinity Ave, Cambridge MA 02138
November 5th 7 pm
NEPC Contest winners
free and open to the public

Yenching Library, Harvard University
2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138
December 3rd 7pm
free and open to the public

CHAPTER & VERSE @ Loring-Greenough House,
12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

proudly announces its first poetry event this season.

When: Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Features: Sandee Storey, editor/publisher of JP Gazette, widely published poet and writer Gail Mazur, poet/professor, author: ZEPPO’S FIRST WIFE and THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME Lloyd Schwartz, poet/professor and Pulitzer prize- winning classical music critic, Boston Phoenix, author: CAIRO TRAFFIC and GOODNIGHT, GRACIE

Come and enjoy some of the Boston area’s best poetry with free refreshments and good company!!
Suggested Donation: $5

Chapter and Verse

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Readers: Gail Mazur, Lloyd Schwartz, Sandra Storey

Loring-Greenough House
12 South St., at the monument (parking available)
Jamaica Plain, MA
Cost: $5 suggested donation
Handicap accessible: ?
Refreshments provided after the readings at this historic revolutionary war house.

The Bay State Underground

Place: 236 Bay State Road, in the offices of AGNI magazine.
Dates: 10/4, 11/1, 12/6 7:00PM

Readers: Featuring Tom Yuill (10/4), Mary Bonina (11/1), and Fred Marchant (12/6)

Address: 236 Bay State Road
City and State: Boston, MA
Cost: Free
Handicap accessible: No

Other info: The Bay State Underground brings current students of the Creative Writing Program at Boston University together with alumni, Agni authors, and members of the Writers' Room of Boston. Each reading will begin at 7:30, and seating is limited! The readings are followed by receptions and refreshments.

Marian Kaplun Shapiro, book signing and reading
Players In The Dream, Dreamers In The Play (Plain View Press, 2007)

Cambridge Friends Meeting House, Friends Room
October 5, 2007 7:30 PM
5 Longfellow Park (just off Brattle)
Cambridge, MA
Readers: Marian Kaplun Shapiro
Handicap accessible yes
Refreshments served

Out Of The Blue Gallery

Stone Soup Poetry (Host: Chad Parenteau), a 35 year old venue, $4, sign up to be a feature - call Bill Perrault at 978-454-7423.
Starts at 7:30PM and don't forget to sign up!
Recorded on local t.v. station.

DIRE LITERARY SERIES /Out of the Blue Gallery/
1st Friday- Cambridge, MA


USUALLY the 3rd FRIDAY of the MONTH!
NOLA’s TIGH FILI POETRY & OPEN MIC, $5, 8PM, Host: Nola, poems/prose.

OPEN MIC STARTS @ 8:30pm, FEATURE @ 9:00pm
SIGN-UP AT 8:00pm
Come and perform or listen!
Coming Up:

Open Bark Features @ the Out of the Blue Art Gallery:

Oct 6: Lolita Paiewonsky

Oct 13: Mark Jampole

Oct 20: Sean Theall

Dec.1: Abbott Ikeler

Feb 16 2008: Christine Korfhage

3-5 dollar donation @ the door

Feature info: Mike Amado,

1st SUNDAY of the MONTH!
DEMOLICIOUS POETRY, $5, 2PM, Host: John, experimental poetry.

Out Of The Blue Art Gallery
106 Prospect Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
phone: 617-354-5287


Newton Free Library Poetry Series

Newton Free Libray
330 Homer Street
Newton, MA

Director: Doug Holder

Newton Free Library/ 2007-2008
The Newton Free Library Poetry Series meets the second Tuesday of each month ( September, October, November, February, March and April) at 7PM. Open Mic follows feature. One poem per poet.


October 9, 2007
Danielle Georges
Dagan Coppock
Judith Katz Levine
November 13, 2007
Susan Eisenberg
Mary Bonina
Wendy Drexler
Feb. 2008
Harris Gardner
Dan Sklar
Lisa Beatman
March 2008
Susan Owen
Moira Linehan Ounjlian
Barbara Helfgott Hyett
April 2008
Fred Frankel
Lois Ames
Deborah DeNicola

A Tapestry of Voices
Hosted by Harris Gardner

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11th,2007– 6:30 P.M. – FREE
With an OPEN MIC’ to follow

David Blair grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania, and has degrees from Fordham University and The University of North Carolina, Greensboro. His poems have recently appeared in Boston Review, Fulcrum, and Zoland Poetry. His first book, Ascension Days, was chosen by Thomas Lux for the 2007 Del Sol Poetry Prize.

Gabriella Fee, sophomore at Walnut Hill High School, is national winner of a gold medal in the Scholastic Writing Competition, and northeast regional winner of three Gold Key awards. Her featured venues include The Walden Pond Poetry Series and The annual Boston National Poetry Month Festival (2007). Her poetry influences include Sylvia Plath and James Wright, and others.

Michael Mack graduated from the Writing Program at MIT. His poems have appeared in America, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Cumberland Poetry Review, JAMA, and are featured in Best Catholic Writing 2005 and 2007. Awards include an Artist’s Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council an invitation to perform at the US Library of Congress.

Moira Linehan’s collection, If No Moon, was the first prize winner in the 2006 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition; Southern Illinois University Press published it in Spring, 2007. Her recent publication credits include Green Mountains Review, Image, Notre Dame Review, Poetry East, and Weber Studies, and others.

Harris Gardner

Borders Boston- Downtown Crossing
Corner of Washington and School Streets

Harris Gardner
Director of Tapestry of Voices


Cambridge Central Square Art Festival October 12th & 13th

Out of the Blue Art Gallery, OCT. 12th, Friday nite, /Barbecue & Vegetables & Lots of Poetry!

5-7PM: A Continuation of Out of the Blue Gallery Poets performing with the Liberation Poets "Poets against the Killing Fields"

Out of the Blue Gallery Avant Garde Poets (Friday Nite-12th)
Consists of "Open Bark" poets, "Stone Soup" poets, "Demolicious" poets

Linda Haviland Conte
Mel Schoren
Jacques Fleury
Mick Cusimano
Joanna Nealon
Molly Lynn Watt
Jade Sylvan
Chad Parenteau
Patricia Giragosian
Bill Lewis
Deborah M. Priestly

Liberation Poets (Friday Nite, 12th)
Gary Hicks
Askia Toure
Brenda Walcott
Aldo Tambellini
Jocelyn Almeida
Neill F. Calendar
Anna Wexler
Jill Netchinsky
Tony Medina

Seven Stars, Poetry Reading, Saturday, October 13th, 12:00-2PM; Open Bark poets/ with books to sell.

SEVEN STARS IS LOCATED AT 731 Massachusetts Avenue (Central Square), Cambridge, MA (617)547-1317.

"Stone Soup" poets
Michael Amado
Jack Powers with Margaret Nairn
Lolita Paiewonsky
Mary Collins
Ann Carhart
Anne Brudevold
Coleen Houlihan
Lorraine Carlin
Nancy Brady Cunningham
William Perrault

Carberry's Poetry Reading: Oct. 13th. Saturday. 3:30-5:00PM

CARBERRY'S IS LOCATED AT 74 Prospect Street, (Central Square), Cambridge, MA (617)576-3530.

The names of the Presses/Literary Series are: Candelite Open Bark Poets, The Ibbetson Street Press Poets, Cervena Press Poets, Bagel Bard Poets, The Boston Poets, The Stone Soup Poets, The Dire Series Writers, the Tapestry of Voices poets.

Marc D. Goldfinger
Marshall Harvey
Diana Saenz
Linda Larson
Susie Davidson
Timothy Gager
Lo Galluccio
Doug Holder
Steve Glines
Harris Gardner
Carol Weston

Deborah M. Priestly
Out of the Blue Art Gallery

Out Of The Blue Art Gallery
106 Prospect Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
phone: 617-354-5287

Powow River Poetry Reading Series

at The Newburyport Art Association
65 Water St., Newburyport, MA

October 17, 7:30 PM
Kim Bridgford
Harry Thomas
November 28, 7:30 PM
Rhina Espaillat
Nancy Bailey Miller

(No reading scheduled for December)

All three events are free and open to the public;
Reception and refreshments following the reading;
site is handicapped-accessible

Gypsypashn's Poetry Caravan at Bestseller's Cafe

Bestsellers Cafe Logo

Gypsypashn's Poetry Caravan at
Bestseller's Cafe

24 High Street
Medford, MA. 02155
(In the heart of downtown historic Medford, MA. where Jingle Bells was written; right off Rte 93)

Our venue meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM.

Free refreshments Open Mic.

Readings commence at 6:30 PM. Readings conclude 8:00 PM.

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October 18th First ever SENIORS Reading.

I suppose at this point most of us are Seniors, and if you know of anyone who is over 65, please have them contact me to arrange becoming a feature this evening!

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November 15th David R. Surrette

David returns to Bestsellers. David R. Surette's first book of poetry is Young Gentlemen's School (Koenisha, 2004). Koenisha will publish a second volume of his poetry Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep In in 2007. David has three poems in a new anthology French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets. (Louisiana Literature Press 2007) and a poem in Look! Up in the Sky! An Antholgy of Comic Book Poetry (Sacred Fools Press 2007). He co-hosts Poetribe, a poetry series in southeastern Massachusetts.

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December 20th OPEN - planning something festive, but not sure what yet! :*)

Anyone wishing to feature here, let me know! :*)

That will wrap it up thus far Bestseller's... and anyone who hasn't yet featured, who'd like to, kindly write me and let me know! As always there's OPEN MIC, and REFRESHMENTS courtesy of me.... so as they say on the Price is Right...."C'mon Down!"

The months of April and August are already spoken for, but all other months remain open. If you'd like to be a feature at Bestsellers this coming year, let me know. A reminder that we meet the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM.

Want to feature one of the open months? Email me at: Gypsypashn@aolcom

Write on!

New Hampshire Poet Laureate 2005
New Hampshire Poet Laureate 2006, Massachusetts Poet Laureate 2006
Founder of Gypsypashn's Poetry Caravan


Contact information:
Betsy Lister
P.O. Box 496
Medford, MA 02155

A Gala Evening of Performance Poetry with Regie Gibson, Shira Erlichman, and Tom Daley

Friday October 19, 2007 from 7-9 pm

Join the Boston Center's poet-in-residence Tom Daley and two very special guests for a gala evening of performance poetry in our restored early twentieth century ballroom. Regie Gibson, National Poetry Slam individual champion and mesmerizing showman about whom Kurt Vonnegut cheered, "When you perform you are supersonic and in the stratosphere... you sign and chant for all of us. Nobody gets left out," and rising star Shira Erlichman, the Cantab Lounge Poetry Slam Team member who has been enthralling and jolting audiences all across the country with her daring poetic takes on the profound peculiarities of growing up and stepping out, join Tom Daley to show us what Emily Dickinson had in mind when she said, "If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry."

The event will take place in the ballroom of the Gamble Mansion
at the Boston Center for Adult Education,
5 Commonwwealth Avenue in Boston's Back Bay,
on Friday October 19, 2007 from 7-9 pm.
Admission is $17.??To reserve a spot, call the BCAE at 617-267-4430 or register online at!+An+Evening+of+Performance+Poetry+with+Regie+Gibson,+Shira+Erlichman,+and+Tom+Daley

Gala Evening of Poetry

An Evening of Performance Poetry

Poets: Tom Daley, Reggie Gibson, and Shira Erlichman

Gamble Manision
Boston Center for Adult Education
October 19th
Admission: $17.00

To reserve a spot, call the BCAE at 617-267-4430
or register online at!+An+Evening+of+Performance+Poetry+with+Regie+Gibson,+Shira+Erlichman,+and+Tom+Daley.

Brockton Library Poetry Series

Upcoming Features:

October 20th Dr Jeffrey Thomson
November 17th Joanna Nealon, Robyn Su Miller
December 15th TBA

Wake up and Smell the Poetry: Honoring Writers of Poetry and Song
With host Cheryl Perreault

Saturday, October 20th 10:30 am-12:30

Featuring Tim Mason and John Schindler

HCAM TV Studios, 77 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA
Cost: Free admission
Handicap accessible
Open mic to follow.
For more information:

Playmakers Sunday Afternoon Poetry Reading Series

Sunday October 21, 2007 2:30 PM and Sunday October 28, 2:30 PM

Winthrop Playmakers' Cabaret Theatre
60 Hermon Street
Winthrop, MA 02152

Readers: Susan Donnelly, Mary Buchinger Bodwell,
Members of CREW Poetry Group (MSPS Winthrop Chapter), others TBA

Free - Donations Very Much Appreciated
Handicap accessible: Yes, through the rear door entrance
Other info: The poetry readings will be held in the CabaretTheatre below the The Winthrop Playmakers's main theatre.
All donations will be given to The Winthrop Playmakers.
For directions and more infromation go to their website:
Or, telephone them at (617) 539-1175.

Cambridge Cohousing Presents
Fall 2007 – Spring 2008

Tuesday October 30 7:30 PM
Ruth Henderson and Dan Sklar

Tuesday November 27 7:30 PM
Luke Salisbury and Tim Gager

Tuesday January 29 7:30 PM
Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock

Tuesday February 26 7:30 PM
Jean Alonso and Jean Dany Jochaim

Tuesday March 25 7:30 PM
Gail Mazur and Danielle Legros George

Tuesday April 29 7:30 PM
Tom Daley and Julie Rochlin

Tuesday May 27 7:30 PM
The Jamaica Plain Carpenter Poets

Refreshments are served before and after each reading, starting at 7 PM

Note: The Walden St. bridge is under construction. Cambridge Cohousing is located just north of Porter Square at 175 Richdale Ave. From Massachusetts Ave., turn onto Upland Rd. Take the first right onto Richdale. Cross Walden St. and proceed to 175 Richdale Ave. Cambridge Cohousing is a complex of yellow buildings. Walk through the main gate to the Common House. For further information or instructions, please contact Molly Lynn Watt, 617-354-8242,, or Jenise Aminoff, 617-576-2004, or go to

Readings and events by Nahid Rachlin

Description of PERSIAN GIRLS, a memoir (Penguin 2006): In a story of ambition, oppression, hope, heartache, and sisterhood, Persian Girls traces Rachlin's coming of age in Iran under the late Shah-and her domineering father-her tangled family life, and her relationship with her older sister, and unexpected soul mate, Pari. Both girls refused to accept traditional roles prescribed for them under Muslim cultural laws. They devoured forbidden books. They had secret romances. But then things quickly changed. Pari was forced by her parents to marry a wealthy suitor, a cruel man who kept her a prisoner in her own home. After narrowly avoiding an unhappy match herself with a man her parents chose for her, Nahid came to America, where she found literary success. Back in Iran, however, Pari's dreams fell to pieces.

BOSTON: November 14th, Wednesday, 5:00-7:00 P.M.

Reading, discussion, PERSIAN GIRLS, memoir
Boston University, Women's Department

704 Commonwealth Ave. #101 Boston
Information: 617-358-2370
(check the info)

Concord Poetry Center

Sunday, November 18, 2007 3:00 PM
Readers: Jeffrey Harrison and Rebecca Winborn
with community readers: TBA

Concord, MA
$6.00 Admission
$3.00 Admission for students
Refreshments served

The Boston Poetry Slam Downstairs at the Cantab Lounge

738 Massachusetts Ave,
Central Square, Cambridge, Mass
(617) 354-2685

Wednesday, 8 pm open mike; 9:30 pm feature; 10:30 pm slam
Hosted by: Slammaster Simone Beaubien
Co-hosts: Dawn Gabriel, Ryk McIntyre, J*me, Adam Stone.
$3 at the door
Please Note:
*****18+ everyone must have a photo ID*****

Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam Sunday Night!

Cambridge Common
1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
$5 Cover
Every Sunday Poetry Slam: 8:00 pm
Feature: 9:30 pm
Open Mike: 10:30 pm


Hosted by MIKE AMADO

Part workshop, part reading - all poetry & songs
@ BOOKS AND MORE, in Plymouth, MA
EX. 5, off RT. 3



Hosted by Tony Brown
Every Tuesday starting at 7:30 PM

Reflections Cafe
8 Govenor St, corner of Wickenden St
Providence, RI 02903-4429
(401) 273-7278


Manhattan Skyline



Hanging Loose Press


Hanging Loose Authors Reading at the Poetry Project!

Hanging Loose author readings at the Poetry Project @ St. Mark’s, 2nd Avenue and 9th Street

Wednesday October 3, Larry Fagin & Charles North
Wednesday, 8:00 pm

Larry Fagin is the author of many volumes of poetry including Complete Fragments: Poems 1976-86, I'll Be Seeing You: Selected Poems 1962-76 and Rhymes of a Jerk. He also co-edited The Green Lake is Awake: Selected Poems of Joseph Ceravolo. He teaches poetry privately as well as at the Poetry Project and Naropa University. He is a former Co-Director of the Poetry Project and is the founder and now co-editor of the press Adventures In Poetry.

Charles North is the author of eleven books of poems, most recently, Cadenza. James Schuyler called him “the most stimulating poet of his generation” and the Washington Post said he is “one of the most memorable of contemporary poets.” His previous poetry collection, The Nearness of the Way You Look Tonight, was chosen as one of five finalists for the inaugural Phi Beta Kappa Poetry Award.

Wednesday October 17, Cathy Park Hong & Mark McMorris
Wednesday, 8:00 pm

Cathy Park Hong's second book, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her first book, Translating Mo'um, was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She has written articles and reviews for The Village Voice, The Guardian, and Salon. Currently, she teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

Mark McMorris is a poet and critic who was born in Jamaica. He has been writer in residence at Brown University, and Roberta C. Holloway Visiting Professor in Poetry at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include The Blaze of the Poui, a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize; and The Black Reeds, winner of the Contemporary Poetry Series prize from the University of Georgia Press. The Café at Light, a text of lyric dialogue, appeared in 2004 from Roof Books. He is currently an associate professor of English at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC.

Paul Violi Reading with David Lehman October 1st

Poetry: Paul Violi and David LehmanStart: Oct 1 2007 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

KGB Bar, E 4th Street between Bowery and 2nd Avenue

Paul Violi's new collection of poems, his eleventh, is Overnight, from Hanging Loose Press. He has won numerous awards, including the Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and grants from The Ingram Merrrill Foundation and The Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Mad Hatters' Review Poetry, Prose & Anything Goes Series


Friday, October 5, 2007, 7 - 9 PM

Readers: Ira Cohen, Linda Schor, & Stephanie Strickland

85 East 4th Street
City and State New York, NY
Cost: Free
Handicap accessible: No

Mad Hatters' Review Poetry, Prose & Anything Goes Series

December 7, 2007, 7 - 9 PM

Readers: Yuriy Tarnowsky, et al. (TBA)

85 East 4th Street
New York, NY
Cost: FREE
Handicap accessible: No

Mad Hatters' Review Poetry, Prose & Anything Goes Series

Date: February 1st, 2008 7:00-9:00 PM

Readers: Rikki Ducornet, Eric Melbye, Carol Novack, Jonathan Penton,
Charles P. Ries, Tamara Kaye Sellman
, and Anmarie Trimble

85 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 505-3360
Cost: free
Handicap accessible: no

Asbestos Arts Group

Asbestos Arts Group Open Mic
Sunday, October 7th 2007 @ 3 pm.

Back Fence Bar
155 Bleecker Street (btwn Broadway & 6th Ave)
New York NY
Robert Milby + Open
$5 suggested contribution, $3 min.
Handicap accessible? Probably.
Robert Dunn, emcee

Asbestos Arts Group Open Mic
Thursday, October 11th, 2007 @ 8 pm.

The Vault
90-21 Springfield Blvd,
Queens Village, NY
$5 suggested contribution, no minimum.
Handicap accessible? Afraid not (it’s somebody’s house).
Robert Dunn, emcee

Asbestos Arts Group Open Mic
Sunday, October 14th 2007 @ 3 pm.

Back Fence Bar
155 Bleecker Street (btwn Broadway & 6th Ave)
New York NY
Mitch Corber + Open
$5 suggested contribution, $3 min.
Handicap accessible? Probably.
Robert Dunn, emcee

Asbestos Arts Group Open Mic
Sunday, October 21st, 2007 @ 3 pm.

Back Fence Bar
155 Bleecker Street (btwn Broadway & 6th Ave)
New York NY
E. J. Antonio + Open
$5 suggested contribution, $3 min.
Handicap accessible? Probably.
Robert Dunn, emcee

Asbestos Arts Group Open Mic
Sunday, October 7th 2007 @ 3 pm.

Back Fence Bar
155 Bleecker Street (btwn Broadway & 6th Ave)
New York NY
Sour Grapes + Open
$5 suggested contribution, $3 min.
Handicap accessible? Probably.
Robert Dunn, emcee

Williamsburg Art & Historical Center Special Performance Event

Hosted by Joel Simpson: includes Dramatic Readings with Music
Hosted by Mad Hatters' Review Publisher Carol Novack

October 13, 2007
Readers: Eric Darton, Urayoan Noel, Carol Novack, & Elizabeth Smith

WAH Center, Williamsburg
135 Broadway
Williamsburg, NY
Cost: FREE
Handicap accessible
email or phone WAH Center,
see http:/ &

Červená Barva Press Reading at KGB Bar

KGB Bar New York City

October 20, 2007
7:00-9:00 PM

Readers: Eric Darton, John Minczeski, Gloria Mindock, and Susan Tepper


85 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 505-3360
Cost: free
Handicap accessible: none


Poetry Events at Molloy College

Fall schedule of the 2007-2008 season.
Founded and Hosted by Barbara Novack, Writer-in-Residence, Molloy College

Fall schedule of the 2007-2008 season.
Founded and Hosted by Barbara Novack, Writer-in-Residence, Molloy College

Date: Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 3:00 PM

Reader: Jack Coulehan, physician and poet, Director of the Institute for Medicine in Contemporary Society and Professor of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University. Dr. Coulehan sees aspects of healing fostered by poetry.

Place: Molloy College
Multi Purpose Room, 2nd floor, Wilbur Arts Center

Address: 1000 Hempstead Ave.
Rockville Centre, NY
Call 516.678.5000 for directions

Cost: Free
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Other: Open reading follows featured poet

Readings and events by Nahid Rachlin

Description of PERSIAN GIRLS, a memoir (Penguin 2006): In a story of ambition, oppression, hope, heartache, and sisterhood, Persian Girls traces Rachlin's coming of age in Iran under the late Shah-and her domineering father-her tangled family life, and her relationship with her older sister, and unexpected soul mate, Pari. Both girls refused to accept traditional roles prescribed for them under Muslim cultural laws. They devoured forbidden books. They had secret romances. But then things quickly changed. Pari was forced by her parents to marry a wealthy suitor, a cruel man who kept her a prisoner in her own home. After narrowly avoiding an unhappy match herself with a man her parents chose for her, Nahid came to America, where she found literary success. Back in Iran, however, Pari's dreams fell to pieces.

MANHATTAN: October 22, Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Reading, discussion, book signing, PERSIAN GIRLS, memoir
New School University

66 West 12th Street,Rm. 510
Info: 212 229 5611

Bowery Poetry Club

Wed. Nov. 7, 2007, 6-8 PM
308 Bowery, NYC 10012
(between Bleecker & Houston)
John M. Bennett & The Be Blank Consort


Thurs. Nov. 8, 2007, 7-10 PM
111 Front St.
Brooklyn, NY
John M. Bennett will read with
others as part of Bob Heman's CLWN WR series

Readings featuring Thad Rutkowski


November 9, Friday, 7 p.m.
Memoir Reading
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road N.E., Atlanta
$10. Good refreshments
Hosted by June Akers Seese

November 16-18, Friday-Sunday
Berlin Poetry Hearings

January 4, 2008, Friday, 9:30-11:30 p.m.
Panel discussion: "Polish American Writing: From Polish Tradition to the American Identity."
Polish American Historical Association, Washington, D.C.

Hope to see you! --Thad Rutkowski

Upcoming Bowery Women/Bowery Books Events Fall 07

Bowery Poetry Club

Bowery Women-One Year Anniversary Party, Reading and Book Sale
Nov. 11th 5-8 p.m.

Bowery Poetry Club

Marjorie Tesser
Bowery Books



Lalita Java
210 East 3rd St.
(Btwn. B & C)

92nd Street Y Reading Series

92nd Street Y Reading Series

Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
New York, NY


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

Old Town Philadelphia


Manayunk Art Center

Manayunk Art Center presents "Four Area Poets & Their New Books:
Nathalie Anderson, Lisa Baron, Alison Hicks and Nancy Scott"
who will read on Sunday, October 7, 3:00 to 5:00 PM. $4 Donation requested.
An Open Reading will follow the program.

Nathalie Anderson's first book, Following Fred Astaire, won the 1998 Washington Prize from The Word Works, and her second, Crawlers, received the 2005 McGovern Prize from Ashland Poetry Press. A 1993 Pew Fellow, she serves currently as Poet in Residence at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, and she teaches at Swarthmore College, where she is a Professor in the Department of English Literature and directs the Program in Creative Writing.

Lisa Alexander Baron is a poet from Bethlehem Pa. Her second book, "Reading the Alphabet of Trees," has been published in 2007 by Finishing Line Press. Baron's poetry has appeared in Paterson Literary Review, LIPS, The Comstock Review, Diner, Mad Poets Review, Philadelphia Poets and others. She is an attorney, now happier teaching high school English and journalism in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.

Nancy Scott's first full-length book of poetry, Down to the Quick (Plain View Press) was published in 2007. She is the current managing editor of US1 Worksheets, the journal of the US1 Poets' Cooperative, a thirty-five-year-old workshop/critique group, which meets in Central Jersey. Her poetry has appeared in such literary journals as Witness, Out of Line, and is forthcoming in the Schuylkill Valley Journal.

Alison Hicks is the author of a novella, Love: A Story of Images (2004) and a chapbook of poems, Falling Dreams (2006). A two-time recipient of a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, her work has appeared in Eclipse, Philadelphia Stories and other journals and is forthcoming in Main Street Rag. She leads community-based writing workshops under the name Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio.

Peter Krok, the Humanities Director of the MAC, hosts and coordinates the Sunday series, which is now in its eighteenth year.
A $4.00 donation is requested. Light refreshments will be served.

For information about the program please call Peter Krok,
Humanities Director of the Manayunk Art Center, at 215-482-3363.


This 5 week course welcomes poets with all levels of writing experience to come together with open 'beginners mind' to make poems. Participants will play with words, use their senses and not-so-conscious mind to attend to passing reality and give voice to things they didn't know they knew. The will explore the basics of the craft: image, metaphor, music, voice, line, meter, rhyme, form, experiment, revision and even publication in a challenging but supportive environment. The class will consider poems from master poets and look closely at each student's work. There will be intriguing homework assignments and participants can expect to be surprised by the poems they create.

A pediatrician, Kelley White has published three full-length poetry collections, THE PATIENT PRESENTS, LATE, and LIVING IN THE HEART, four chapbooks, and has had well over 3000 poems appear in hundreds of journals including American Writing, Exquisite Corpse, Feminist Studies, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. In spite of this she thinks poetry keeps her sane. Kelley White is also poetry editor of the Schuylkill Valley Journal.

Classes will meet at the Manayunk Art Center, 419 Green Lane (rear), Philadelphia, PA 19128,
five consecutive Monday evenings from October 15 to November 12, 7-9 pm.

To register contact Kelley White (215) 681-6501
or Peter Krok at (610) 789-4692

Cost is $75 for 5 week class, payable to the Peter Krok -SVJ. Send check to
Peter Krok
240 Golf Hills Road
Havertown, PA 19083

"Poetry & Prose & Anything Goes with Dr. Ni"
(radio show; internet radio)

Address: (Dr. Ni's local address) P.O. Box 15095
City and State: Philadelphia, PA 19130-9998
Contact person and or URL/information: Dr. Niama L. Williams; www.internetvoicesradio
Date, time, price: Every Tuesday, 8-9 p.m. EST
$35/guest/appearance on show
Readers: International internet radio listeners
Other appropriate info: (station owner's address):
Ms. Lillian Cauldwell
P.O. Box 2344 Ann Arbor, MI 48106-2344;

Dr. Niama L. Williams
P. O. Box 15095
Philadelphia, PA 19130-9998

Hosted by Aziza Kintehg

Every First Friday of the Month

Be part of an Art Extravaganza * Spoken Word * Music Freestyle * Open Mike

Jose Sebourne Graphic Design
1213-15 Vine Street Philadelphia PA 19107
7-10pm $5.00 Cover

Contact info:
The Gallery - (215)564-2554
Aziza Kintehg(215)668-4500
Email: azizalockdiva@...

or check out the website:

Arlington, Virginia:

Pentagon City Borders

Name/Series: POESIS
Place: Pentagon City Borders
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 7:30PM
Address: 1201 S. Hayes St.
City and State: Arlington, VA
Readers: Anne Harding Woodworth and M. Lee Alexander
Cost: free
Other: premiere of Woodworth's "Chocuna" for 3 spoken voices



Červená Barva Press Reading

October 24th 7:00 PM

Readers: John Minczeski, Barry Casselman, Kathy Peterson, Terri Ford and Kath Jesme

2238 Carter
St. Paul, MN



Irish Cultural Society of San Antonio

Sun 21st Oct 2007 4.p.m.

Readers: Miriam Gallagher, Irish playwright, novelist & screenwriter

St. Gregory the Great Church Hall
709 Beryl
San Antonio, TX 78213
Handicap accessible
details: Gene Logan;

VIVA Books Author Event

Tues 23rd Oct 2007 starts 6.p.m with light refreshments

Miriam Gallagher, Irish playwright, novelist & screenwriter

8407 Broadway St
San Antonio, TX 78209, USA
(+1 210-826-1143)
Handicap accessible


Golden Gate Bridge


Poetry Flash at Berkeley City College:

A Červená Barva Press poetry reading presenting
Lucille Lang Day, Ed Miller, and Tony White

Berkeley City College Auditorium
2050 Center Street, Berkeley
(half block from Berkeley BART
parking garage next door)
For info: Poetry Flash at 510-525-5476
free event

Anthony Russell White Readings

Oct. 9, 2007 Tuesday 7:30
I’m reading with Lucille Lang Day & Ed Miller:
Poetry Flash Series featuring 3 Cervena Barva Press poets
@ Berkeley City College Auditorium

2050 Center Street (half block from Berkeley BART, parking garage next door)
Berkeley, CA
For info: 510-525-5476 or
Contacts: Joyce Jenkins & Richard Silberg

Oct. 15, 2007 Monday 7:00
I’m reading with Daphne Crocker-White:
followed by an open mike session
@ Willow Glen Books

1330 Lincoln (near Minnesota Avenue off Guadalupe Parkway)
San Jose, CA
Contact: Dennis & Christine Richardson @ 408-266-1361

Oct. 18, 2007 Thursday 7:30
I’m reading with CB Follett & Susan Terris:
@ O'Hanlon Cente
616 Throckmorton Avenue (1 mile west of the Depot)
Mill Valley, CA
Contact: CB Follett

There will also be two Winter dates with details to be announced later:

I’m reading with CB Follett & Susan Terris:
Poetry Center San Jose

Location to be announced later

I’m reading with Daphne Crocker-White & CB Follett & Susan Terris:
Sonoma Ashram

1087 Craig Avenue (west of downtown off Arnold Drive)
Sonoma, CA
(707) 996-8915

Copies of my books will be available at all the readings, and by mail from me.

Borders Books & Music

The Bones of the Homeless by Judy Jones
Book Signing/Reading

Date: October 25, 2007 7:00 pm

Address: 900 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA

Cost: Free
Handicap accessible: yes

Other info: Will be listed on Borders website
closer to event on October 25th, 2007
Contact info:

Lucille Lang Day Readings:

Nov. 5, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

Lucille Lang Day, plus open mic
All Poets Welcome Reading Series
Gallery Cafe

1200 Mason at Washington
San Francisco, CA
Coordinator: Kit Kennedy


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