|Poet Richard Cambridge Outside the Bars at the Bloc 11 Cafe in Somerville|
Interview with Richard Cambridge: A poet, writer,and memoirist, who brought the famed Poets Theater from Cambridge, Mass to Somerville's Arts Armory
Doug Holder: You have had a number great acts at the Poets' Theatre in Somerville.
Richard Cambridge" Yes -- recently we had Lo Galluccio and the Black Swans. Galluccio performs brilliantly in some many genres--poetry, memoir writing, singing, fiction, etc.. She also was on stage with the Poet Laureate of Somerville-- Nicole Terez Dutton as well as poet Teisha Twomey. The talented singer/songwriter/photographer/poet Jennifer Matthews will be performing with guests soon as well...We are always looking for talent. We just don't someone to go up there and read poetry and nothing else.
Doug Holder: You got your MFA at at the Stone Coast Low Residency program in Maine. I understand you worked with the accomplished writer and memoirist Richard Hoffman--whom I had the pleasure to interview as well.
Richard Cambridge: Richard was one of my mentor there. We became really close friends. He transitioned me from a poet who has written a novel--to a novelist. We would meet once a week for dinner--and then he would go over 25 pages of my manuscript. Then we would discussion--I would do drafts, etc.. Writer Michael Kimball also helped me a lot. This was one of the best experiences of my life. I never had to work so hard--so long. The teachers were like us--no stratification present. Richard and I were both born in 1949, and experienced a lot of the same things. He wrote a wonderful memoir "Half the House." His latest memoir is "Love and Fury."