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Longtime Somerville, Mass. Poet and Publisher received Allen Ginsberg Award

For years I heard about Gloria Mindock, the founder of the Cervena Barva Press, but I never met her in the flesh. She was the editor of the Boston Literary Review for a decade. She was involved in avant-garde theatre, (her theatre company won a Rockefeller Grant) as well as being an accomplished poet and a strong presence in the arts scene in these parts.

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May 25

Jennifer Weigel is a multi-disciplinary mixed media conceptual artist living in Somerville, MA.  Much of her work touches on themes of beauty, identity, gender and self, focusing on how we relate and present ourselves to one another between realities, in real time, online and more.  She enjoys creating costume-based personas to further convey sense of self and belonging.  She also examines the role(s) that technology plays in how we relate to one another, as is the focus of some of her more humorous and/or cynical poetry.*

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Somerville author Stefan Cooke’s new book sheds light on a long lost child prodigy Barbara Newhall Follett

Part of life is losing touch. People disappear from our lives, sometimes never to appear again. Somerville writer Stefan Cooke author of Barbara Newhall Follett: A Life in Letters is not satisfied to let the disappearance of his half aunt Barbara disappear into the ether. With his new book he traces Follet’s life through her letters. Follett was gifted child prodigy writer, who vanished in 1939 from her home in Brookline, Mass. at age 25. She was never to be heard of again.

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May 18

Mayra Gomez, a student at Endicott College, writes The Somerville Times: “I’m from Honduras, Central America.  I’m 19 years old. My major is International Business. I love literature and learning different writing styles.”*

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David Blair Sounding the Whistle in his third book FRIENDS WITH DOGS

Review by Somerville Bagel bard Michael T. Steffen:

Reading David Blair’s poems is like lying in bed awake listening to the one who lies beside you talking in their sleep.

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May 11

Max Motroni, a student in my creative writing class at Endicott College writes a poem that is very germane these days – with our ever increasing substance abuse problems.
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Poet Richard Fox: A Cancer Survivor Brings His Suffering to Verse

Richard Fox didn’t start out wanting to write about his bout with cancer. It came to him as unexpectedly as the nefarious disease did. Fox has penned a new collection of poetry that deals with his trials and travails titled, wandering in puzzle boxes (Big Table Books).

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May 4

Mark Pawlak, a longtime editor at the acclaimed Hanging Loose Press has sent us a poem from his new collection, Reconnaissance.
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Remembering The Grolier Poetry Book Shop before 2006

Somerville resident Ifeanyi Menkiti currently owns the famed Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Harvard Square. Here is a memoir essay by poet Richard Dey about this venue for poetry-lovers, poets, and poetry books.

The sign “No Law books, No Text Books” was taped to the door, the long couch to the left of the door and beneath the big window stretched invitingly, and above the shelves of books, out of reach and not easy to see, hung the framed black-and-white photographs of poets you found in anthologies of twentieth century poetry. Proprietor Gordon Cairnie, by then an old man, was in the shop, standing around. I first went up the two or three high, unlevel steps and into the shop in the fall of 1970 and continued to buy books there for some 35 years. It was the shop everyone at The Harvard Advocate went to, and I was on the Advocate board, eventually as poetry editor.

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