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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.

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January 11

Zvi A. Sesling’s is a member of the Somerville Bagel Bards. His poetry is in print and online journals in U.S., India, France, U.K., N.Z., Ireland, Canada and Israel. Featured readings include: Jewish Poetry Festival, Brookline, MA, Massachusetts and Boston Poetry Festivals, Boston, MA area venues and readings in San Diego, CA. He edited Bagel Bard Anthologies #7 & #8. He publishes Muddy River Books and edits Muddy River Poetry Review. Sesling authored King of the Jungle, (Ibbetson St., 2010), Across Stones of Bad Dreams (Cervena Barva, 2011) and Fire Tongue (Cervena Barva, 2016). He lives in Chestnut Hill, MA with his wife Susan J. Dechter.

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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.

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January 4

Somerville Poet Bridget Seley-Galway is an artist/poet. Her art has graced several covers of Ibbetson Press, and Bagels with the Bards, as well as Doug Holder’s Eating Grief at 3AM, and Molly Lynn Watts’ On the Wings of Song- A Journey into the Civil Rights Era. Her poetry was published from 2001-2002 in Provincetown Magazine’s Poetry Corner, 2011-12 Popt Art Magazine, 2009-2014, 2009-2016, Bagel with the Bards, Ibbetson Press #34, 39, and 2016 Poetry Porch, an online poetry journal. Her art has been exhibited throughout New England. She was arts editor/curator for Wilderness House Literary Review 2009-2012. In 1990 co-founded/directed El Arco Iris, Free Youth Arts Center in Holyoke, and in 2014 procured funding to establish and facilitate Youth Arts Arise, a free after school program at Arts at the Armory in Somerville, Ma.

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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:

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December 21

Robert K. Johnson is a retired professor of English, Suffolk University/Boston. For many years he was the Poetry Editor for the Ibbetson Street Press. He has been widely published, both poetry and non-fiction.

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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.

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December 14

Brittany Ambrosino is currently a senior at Endicott College pursuing a career in Accounting. She grew up in Peabody, Massachusetts and loves exploring the streets of her close second home, Boston. She has recently completed her internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Seaport District, and is excited to return full time in the coming year.

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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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