Saturday, December 09, 2006

Newton Free Library Poetry Reading Series 330 Homer St. Newton Centre, Mass. Resumes Feb 13 7PM Open mic and features.

Director: Doug Holder


Beatriz Alba del Rio is a bilingual poet and lawyer. She has lived inCambridge since 1982, a city she adores. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Beatriz won the 1st Prize of the 2002 Octavio Paz Internationalpoetry Contest (Poem: "Ser" = "To be"), the 3rd Prize of the 2003 Pablo Neruda International poetry Contest ( Poem "Tristeza de Abril"= "Aprilblues" and the 2004 Cambridge Poetry award with the poem MASKS OVER MASKS in the category "female erotic poem" and her poem "Black Crows" was nominated in the category "female love poem." Her poetry has appeared in severalanthologies and literary magazines, inclluding "the new renaissance." As alawyer, Beatriz represents abused and neglected children and parents, mediates conflicts between families, and does some international work. Beatriz' languages: Spanish, English, French. She understands Portuguese andItalian. Beatriz' mission as a lawyer is to help people to create better lives. Her poetry speaks of longings. Some of her poems are songs to lovea nd to the unity of us all.

Nicole DiCello has received honorable mentions for her poetry, and wonfirst place in the Ithaca College poetry contest in 1996. She has been asked to read at festivals in Ithaca, NY, and for the Feminist Women'sWriting Workshop in New York state. She currently attends Barbara Helfgott Hyett's Writing Workshop for Publishing Poets in Brookline, MA. She lives in Leominster, MA and is working on her first book of poems, Red Shift,based upon astronomical phenomenon.

Gouri Datta Born in India, she started writing poetry around age 10.,both in English and mother tongue , Bengali. She has published severalworks: Book of Bengali poems , "Sukh, Dukho, Ittadi " ( "Pleasures, Sorrows, ETc. ") published in 1973. Book of Eng. poems published in '78, "Amaranths andElse " In addition, 2 books of Bengali short stories: "Maitry"( Friendship), and"Vaidehi "( Daughter of Videha ). She is currently, in a Bengali writers' group, "Lekhoni" (The Pen ) based in Newton, and Wingate Writers' Group ,based in Haverhill. She wrote while in College , Medical school and while working as a psychiatrist in various hospitals near Boston, including McLean Hospital inBelmont( which has inspired many writers. ) At McLean , Datta writes: "I met Doug Holder , whose vast love of the art form has spawned magazines , journals, publications, groups, rallies and a place for writers and poets to meet and move the world. Our talks turned to common interests, poetry in patient care and enhancement of the underprivileged, a cause espoused by Doug and and inspiration for me.'

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Poesy 34 will be the "Outlaw" poet issue. I am proud to say I will have an interview with Marc Goldfinger in that issue. Marc is a respected poet, Spare Change News Poetry Editor, recovering drug addict, political activist, etc... He's been in prison, and organized poetry readings on Death Row...he is a real "Outlaw" poet indeed!

POESY 34 OUTLAW POETS SPECIAL EDITION will be released December 15, 2006.We expect to have the printed issue distributed by Chrstmas.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

A new poetry collection from Poesy Magazine founder Brian Morrisey.

Love Poems for the Wicked: poems by Brian Morrisey

Published by Zeitgeist Press available now through Poesy for$5.95 + $1.00 postage. Make checks payable to: Brian MorriseyP.O. Box 7823Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Monday, December 04, 2006

(Gordon Cairnie and Louisa Solano)

Louisa Solano: The Grolier Poetry Bookshop

by Doug Holder/Steve Glines

to purchase go to:

or send a check for $12 to Ibbetson Street Press 25 School St. Somerville, Ma. 02143

The Grolier Poetry Book Shop is the "oldest continuous bookshop" devoted solely to the sale of poetry and poetry criticism. It was founded by Adrian Gambet and Gordon Cairnie (in picture) in 1927, and Louisa Solano took over operations in 1974 after Cairnie's death. Solano turned the store into a self-sustaining business, has sponsored an annual national poetry contest and a reading series of national reputation at Adams House at Harvard.

Many of the great poets of the 20th century have passed through the portals of the store. In the book is an exclusive interview with Solano as she recounts her experiences with Jack Kerouac, Donald Hall, Robert Lowell, Elsa Dorfman, Octavio Paz, and many more...

In this new editon just released from Ibbetson Street Press there is new poetry by poet/patrons of the store. The book is bursting with ripe anecdotes by Boston-area writers about their experiences in the shop. A true collector's item...not to be missed!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Bagel Bards: (Left to Right) Philip Burnham, Irene Koronas and Mike Adamo.

The Bagel Bards meet every Saturday 9AM at the Au Bon Pain in Davis Square, Somerville and the Au Bon Pain Central Square, Cambridge. Davis Square 2nd and 4th Saturday Central Square 1st and 4th.

All poets and writers invited...come and go as you please!