Thursday, March 30, 2006

Newton Free LibraryPoetry Festival Features Tino Villanueva, Steve Almond and Frannie Lindsay ( 330 Homer St. Newton Centre, Mass.)

In honor of National Poetry Month and National Library Week April 2 - 8, the Library will present its 33rd Annual Evening of Poetry, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tino Villanueva, Steve Almond and Frannie Lindsay will read their latest poetry on Tuesday, April 11, 7:00PM, followed by an Open Mike with a one-poem/ person limit. Refreshments will be served. This festival and the year-long series are coordinated by Doug Holder, publisher of Ibbetson Street Press..

A writer, editor and translator, Villanueva is the founder of Imagine Publishers and editor of Imagine: International Chicano Poetry Journal. He has published six books of poetry, among them: Shaking Off the Dark; Chronicle of My Worst Years; and Scene from the Movie GIANT, winner of a 1994 American Book Award, now in bilingual format. His paintings and drawings have appeared on the covers of international and national journals such as Nexos (Mexico City), Green Mountains Review, TriQuarterly and Parnassus. He teaches at Boston University.

Lindsay’s volume of poetry, Where She Always Was, received the 2004 May Swenson Award sponsored by Utah State University Press. A former NEA Fellow and twice a Pushcart nominee, she has had work published in The Atlantic Monthly, Quarterly West, Harvard Review, Hunger Mountain, Field, Poet Lore, Salamander, The Yale Review and many others. Her work has been read by Garrison Keillor on NPR’s “Writer’s Almanac” and been featured on the websites “Poetry Daily” and “Verse Daily.”

Almond’s fresh and often provocative stories and poems have beenpublished in many anthologies and literary journals and broadcast on NPR’s “Morning Edition.” Among his honors are a Pushcart Prize, Mass. Book Circle’s Book of the Year, AP Feature Writing Award for Sports Writing (1989-91), fellowship to Bread-loaf Writer’s Conference and twice being published in The Best American Short Stories. He is the author of such popular and acclaimed fiction and non-fiction works as: My Life in Heavy Metal, Candyfreak and The Evil B.B. Chow. He teaches creative writing at Boston College and serves on the faculty of Grub Street Writers.