Poet Gloria Mindock: New Poet Laureate of Somerville
I am pleased to announce that Gloria Mindock will succeed Nicole Terez Dutton as Poet Laureate of Somerville as of Jan. 2017.
The Laureate Panel, that consisted of Harris Gardner, Doug Holder, Kathleen Seward, and Glenn Ferdman, had a hard choice to make, but we are confident that longtime Somerville resident/poet/publisher/activist Gloria Mindock is the best choice. The notable runner-ups were Kirk Etherton and Ralph Pennel.
Somerville Poet Bert Stern to receive the Ibbetson Street Press Lifetime Achievement Award in April 2017
Somerville poet Bert Stern has been selected to be the next recipient of the Ibbetson Street Press Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award has been presented to such literary figures as Robert Pinsky, Frank Bidart, Afaa Michael Weaver, Harris Gardner , Gloria Mindock, Robert K. Johnson, Louisa Solano, David Godine, Sam Cornish, Jack Powers, to name a few.
Stone Soup Poetry: a savory mix every Monday evening
Many a poet has passed through Stone Soup Poetry founded by the late Jack Powers on Beacon Hill over four decades ago. I had the privilege of being the president of Stone Soup one short year, about 20 years ago. I also conducted a series of interviews with Powers, and the interviews are online, and one is in the video collection at the University of Buffalo. Somerville resident Kirk Etherton is the “interim host” of the venue now, so he offered to share a few words:
CD Collins: Portrait of an Artist as a Provocateur
Kentucky native CD Collins follows the storytelling traditions of the South, both as a solo artist and when accompanied by musicians. Her short fiction collection Blue Land was published by Polyho Press, her poetry collection by Ibbetson Street Press. As one of the originators of the resurgence of spoken word with live music, her work has been archived in four compact discs: Kentucky Stories (winner Best Spoken-Word album Boston Poetry Awards) Subtracting Down, and Carousel Lounge. Her most recent disc, Clean Coal/Big Lie, is currently being released in a series of one-woman shows. Afterheat is her first novel.
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.