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Timothy Gager’s ‘Grand Slam: A Coming of Eggs Story’

Timothy Gager has been a ubiquitous presence on the Somerville Literary Scene. He and I founded The Somerville News Writers Festival in 2003, and he has hosted any number of Somerville writers at his Dire Series in Cambridge, Mass. Over the years I have reviewed any number of his books, both poetry and fiction. This week Mignon Ariel King reviews his latest book.

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December 7

I was introduced to Boyah J. Farah by Somerville poet Kirk Etherton at Bunker Hill Community College, where Boyah and I both teach. He had quite a story to tell, and I was lucky to have him share a poem with us for the LYRICAL. Boyah J. Farah is a refugee turned writer from Somalia whose works of nonfiction have been featured in The Guardian, Harvard Transition, Grub Daily, and Truthdig. A Judy Layzer Fellow, he is currently taking the Memoir Incubator at GrubStreet Creative Writing School in Boston.

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Interview with poet Jennifer Martelli

A poet who looks at her life as an ‘Uncanny Valley’
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Poet Jennifer Martelli sees her life as an “Uncanny Valley”– a term she told me that is used to describe the fact that what seems right doesn’t always feel right – thus the title of her new poetry collection The Uncanny Valley (Big Table Books).

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November 30

Our poet this week is Charlene Jean-Lestin. She is a member of Teen Voices Emerging, a program that gives a voice to Boston teen girls. Prema Bangera, a proud director at this organization hooked me up with these talented poets. For more information go to: www.facebook.com/teenvoicesemerging

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Search for a new Somerville Poet Laureate begins!

Harris Gardner and myself, along with the Director of the Somerville Arts Council, Greg Jenkins, jump-started the first Poet Laureate position in Somerville, MA in 2014. Nicole Perez Dutton was the pick of the committee, and she has done a fine job. Now the search begins, yet again. Here is the application process…

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November 23

This week we have haiku in Spanish by Sergio Inestrosa, a professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Endicott College. Professor Margaret Young of Endicott College has translated them.

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Review of ‘Transoceanic Lights’ by S. Li

A member of Somerville’s Bagel Bards, S. Li, the author of the novel Transoceanic Lights, has just won a National Book Foundation award. It was presented in New York City on Nov. 14. Here is Luke Salisbury’s review of the book. Luke is a Professor of English at Bunker Hill Community College, and the author of the classic, The Answer is Baseball, among other books:

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November 16

Maisie Ross is currently a sophomore at Endicott College with a major in Communications and a concentration in Digital Film Making. She’s grew up in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and enjoys working at the local deli shop throughout the summer months and has recently interned at Salem Public Access Television. She is passionate about the performing and fine arts, traveling, and the role media plays in the community.

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‘Cinnamon Girl’ By Lawrence Kessenich

State Rep. Denise Provost reviews Lawrence Kessenich’s new novel Cinnamon Girl. Kessenich is a managing editor for Somerville’s literary magazine Ibbetson Street. 

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November 9

Karen Locascio is a graduate of the MFA program at UMass, Boston, where she won an Academy of American Poets prize. Her work has appeared in Paper Nautilus, Cider Press Review, and Window Cat Press, among others, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her debut collection, May All My Wounds Be Mortal, won the first Ron Schreiber Poetry Prize and will be published by Hanging Loose Press in early 2017. In her spare time, Karen enjoys genealogy research and fantasy football, and reads submissions for Spry Literary Journal. Originally from New Jersey, Karen currently lives in Dorchester.

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