Celebrate National Poetry Month at the concluding program in this year’s Poetry Series at the Newton Free Library on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 pm. Gail Mazur, Mark Pawlak and Doug Holder will give readings. An open mike will follow with a limit of one poem per person. Come early to sign up for the open mike; limited slots are available. The series is facilitated by Doug Holder of Ibbetson Street Press.
Gail Mazur published her first collection, Nightfire, in 1978 and has published several other books since. A graduate of Smith College, Mazur has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. Her work has been recognized with a Massachusetts Book Award, and she has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Active in the Boston and Cambridge literary communities, Mazur has served as the founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Center and as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College.
Mark Pawlak has written seven poetry collections and edited six anthologies. His latest book, Go to the Pine: Quoddy Journals 2005-2010, was published in 2012. His work has been translated into several languages and has appeared widely in English anthologies such as The Best American Poetry and Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust. His work has also appeared in literary magazines such as New American Writing, Mother Jones and The World, among others. For more than 30 years Pawlak has been an editor of the Brooklyn-based Hanging Loose, one of the oldest independent literary journals and presses in the country.
Doug Holder is the founder of the Ibbetson Street Press of Somerville, MA. He is the arts/editor of The Somerville News. Doug teaches writing at Bunker Hill Community College and Endicott College. His poetry and prose has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, Rattle, Toronto Quarterly, The Long Island Quarterly, the new renaissance, Cafe Review and many others. His latest collection of poetry, The Man in the Booth in the Midtown Tunnel, was published by Cervena Barva Press.
For more information call the Newton Free Library at 617-796-1360. All programs are free and open to the public, parking is free. The Newton Free Library is handicap accessible.