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‘The Lynching of Leo Frank’ by Zvi A. Sesling

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Review by Neil Silberblatt
Founder, Voices of Poetry

Leo Max Frank (April 17, 1884 – August 17, 1915) was an American factory superintendent. Born to a Jewish-American family in Texas, he was raised in New York and earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University before moving to Atlanta in 1908. He became involved in Atlanta’s Jewish community and was elected president of that city’s chapter of the B’nai B’rith.

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September 13

For many years, Marguerite Bouvard was a professor of political science at Regis College and a director of poetry workshops. She is the author or 12 non-fiction books in the area of women and human rights as well as 8 books of poetry, two of which have received awards. Both her poetry and essays have been widely anthologized. Marguerite has received fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute, the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women and from the Puffin Foundation. She has been a writer in residence at the University of Maryland and has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Yaddo Foundation, the Djerassi Foundation, the Leighton Artists’ colony at the Banff Centre and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

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Somerville artist Lois Fiore speaks of ‘Peace Cutting Through Turmoil’

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I met Lois Fiore at the Brickbottom Artist Building on the outskirts of Union Square. Fiore is a diminutive woman, who sports large glasses, and has the appearance of a retired academic. In fact, Fiore did work for the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, in the roles of assistant to the curator and assistant editor. Fiore wanted to talk about an exhibit she curated and participated in at the Brickbottom Gallery titled Peace: Cutting Through the Turmoil.

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September 6

With school starting I thought this poem by Susan Hankla would be germane.

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Whimsical magic: ‘The Little Queen’ by Meia Geddes

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Review by Timothy Gager

This novella, beautifully illustrated by Sara Zieve Miller, transcends the world into a place of whimsy and adventure. It is an adventure that will capture the imagination of children and those of any age. In The Little Queen, Geddes tells the story of a little girl whose parents pass on, leaving her to live on as the little queen. It is a role the little queen initially wants to rid herself of, willing to trade places with anyone to become something else.

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August 30

Somerville poet Melissa Castillo-Garsow recently released a book of poems, Coatlicue Eats the Apple. Grasow is a Mexican-American writer, poet and scholar currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. Here is an excerpt from this fine collection.

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‘Last Night at the Wursthaus’ by Doug Holder
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My new book, Last Night at the Wursthaus (Grey Sparrow Press), will be up shortly on Amazon. The title poem is about the Wursthaus, a German eatery in Harvard Square that closed in 1996. I was a patron of the said bar, and met many interesting characters over a house dark…

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From Doo-Wop to Hip-Hop: Interview with two generations of African-American Poets

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This is an article I wrote in 2009:

Afaa Michael Weaver, 58 and Major Jackson, 40 are two major African American poets from two different generations, but they both continually feed from their shared heritage, and the continuum of the Black experience in America. Weaver, a professor of English at Simmons College in Boston, a recent Pushcart Prize winner, and the author the critically acclaimed poetry collection Plum Flower Dance (U/Pitt), and Major Jackson, the author of Hoops, an asst. professor at the University of Vermont and a core faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminars, met for a filmed discussion at the Somerville Community Access TV studios. The show was moderated by Gloria Mindock (Cervena Barva Press) and produced by Doug Holder (Ibbetson St. Press).

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August 23

Robert K. Johnson was the poetry editor of the Ibbetson Street literary magazine. Now retired, he had taught at Suffolk University for many years. He is the author of several collections of verse and has been widely published in the small press.

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