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Musician Jack Holland: Sprouting ‘Dutch Tulips’ in Somerville

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Jack Holland arrived at my anointed spot at the back of the Bloc 11 cafe in Union Square, Somerville.

At age 29 he still sports apple cheeks and a thoughtful boyish manner. But don’t be fooled. Holland is a serious musician and lyricist. He is the founder of the Somerville-based rock band, Dutch Tulips, aptly named considering his last name.

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February 14
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Jennifer Matthews’s poetry has been published in Nepal by Pen Himalaya and locally by the Wilderness Retreat Writers Organization, Midway Journal, The Somerville Times, Ibbetson Street Press and Boston Girl Guide. Jennifer was nominated for a poetry award by the Cambridge Arts Council for her book of Poetry Fairy Tales and Misdemeanors. Her songs have been released nationally and internationally and her photography has been used as covers for a number of Ibbetson Press poetry books, Oddball Magazine and has been exhibited at The Middle East Restaurant, 1369 Coffee House, Sound Bites Restaurant in Somerville and McLean Hospital. She works as a pro voice and guitar teacher. Go to   http://www.jennifermatthews.com.

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‘Filched’ Poems by James Tolan

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Review by Dennis Daly
(Off the Shelf Correspondent)

Without an intermediary, a thickly (or at least thinly) constructed persona to absorb sentiments backwash, confessional poetry often erodes and collapses of its own weight. Some of it can be downright dangerous. In his new book, Filched, James Tolan avoids that pathetic destructiveness using tonal restraint, irony, and damn good storytelling. Each poem Tolan breathes onto his pages burns with a purloined joy, freed from time’s untoward tyranny.

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February 7
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Our poet this week writes: “My name is Delaney Stone and I’m a junior at Endicott College. I designed my own major in Communication Sciences and Disorders because I aspire to be a Speech Pathologist. I’m from New London, NH and adore my family, especially my two-year-old nephew, named Nolan. I’m the vice president of the Autism Awareness Organization at Endicott College and I’m a Resident Assistant. I nanny three boys in Marblehead, MA and mentor a student with autism three days a week. I’ve always enjoyed reading, writing and poetry.”

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Artist Robert Goss: Recounts His Story and the Brickbottom Gallery’s

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Robert Goss met me in the lobby of the Bakery Building at Brickbottom Artists in Somerville, MA.  Brickbottom is a noted artist residence and exhibition space that is celebrating their 30th anniversary  in 2018.

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January 31
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Renuka Raghavan’s previous work has appeared in publications across the country, including, Boston Literary Magazine, Jersey Devil Press, Star 82 Review, Blink-Ink, Down in the Dirt Literary Magazine, Muddy River Poetry Review, Chicago Literati, and many more. She is the author of Out of the Blue, a collection of poetry and prose. Visit her at www.renukaraghavan.com.

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‘Affairs Run in the Family’ by Lee Varon

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Review by Julia Carlson

Lee Varon’s book, Affairs Run in the Family, is an exploration of and testament to the fragile feelings of the author’s memories of her Southern upbringing and relationship with her grandmother. When the husband of the grandfather’s mistress attempted to murder him, her grandmother’s life was forever changed. And then, there were also the events of the civil rights era, which played out during the author’s childhood and left a deep impression on her. Those complex feelings are explored as the author attempts to reconcile these events and their consequences to her grandparents, family, and herself. In Court, Varon describes her grandmother at the trial of her husband’s aggressor:

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January 24
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And now for a little prose/poetry – flash fiction – or whatever you want to call it. Michael C. Keith is the author/coauthor of 30 book volumes and dozens of articles on the subject of radio and broadcast studies. In addition to his non-fiction titles, Keith has published over a dozen creative works, including an acclaimed memoir, The Next Better Place, a young adult novel, Life is Falling Sideways, and several short story collections; most recently Slow Train and Perspective Drifts Like a Log on a River. Mad Hat Press will publish his next story collection, Let Us Now Speak of Extinction. His fiction has been nominated for several awards, among them the Pen/O.Henry Award, the Pushcart Prize, the National Indie Excellence Award, and the International Book Award. He is professor emeritus at Boston College.

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