Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Somerville News Writers Festival Nov 12 2006 ( All photos courtesy of Steve Glines)

Poet Walter Howard and friend.

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The Somerville News Writers Frestival Nov. 12 2006 ( all pictures courtesy of Steve Glines)

Center: Sharon Shaloo ( Executive Director of the Mass. Center for the Book), and Ifeanyi Menkiti ( Poet and current owner of the Grolier Poetry Book Shop)

Pictures from The Somerville News Writers Festival Nov. 12 2006

Louisa Solano ( former owner of the Grolier Poetry Book Store-Cambridge, Mass. )

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Other Investigations. ( Vol. 1, Issue 1) Nov. 2006 $5 investigations

Local writer Ilya Zaychik, and former editor of the defunct magazine “Stationaery,” magazine, has produced with Dave McNamara, Bonnie Rubrecht, and Lauren Macleod, a chapbook ‘zine of poetry: “Other Investigations.” McNamara’s,( the founder of, hand in this enterprise is evident, as the production speaks first rate production values. There is also fine art by LauraLee Gulledge , and Michelle Ramirez.

There are a number of essays and some poetry in this first edition. J.D. Smith has an interesting article on that publishing enigma-- the chapbook, titled: “Chapbooks, Why?” Smith does see the value of these little gems—although he admits they are almost always a commercial failure. Tom O’Hare has a very clever poem “ Baby Steps,” that compares getting the right words together to a row of dominoes falling or not falling into place. “Other Investigations” is another interesting addition to the small press scene.

* the editor is looking for submits

Doug Holder/ Ibbetson Update

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Somerville News Writers Festival

Left: Cambridge Poet: Beatriz Alba-Del Rio

Right: Poet, Critic: Hugh Fox

The Somerville News Writers Festival

Right Front: Nick Flynn ( author of "Another Bull Shit Night In Suck City.")

The Somerville News Writers Festival

Back right-looking worried- Doug Holder ( Ibbetson Street Press)

Back Left- Harris Gardner/ Tapestry of Voices

Right Front: Jennifer Matthews author of " Fairytales and Misdemeanors"

The Somerville News Writers Festival

Far Back : Susie Davidson ("I Refused to Die") Puple Beret: Poet/Mime Ian Thal Tim Gager--red-shirt-- ( co-founder of the festival) far right-gray jacket- Rita Holder ( my mom.) Neil McCabe (far left)
Editor /Cambridge Alewife.

The Somerville News Writers Festival

Marc Goldfinger ( Spare Change News Poetry Editor and Joanna Nealon author of "Living It")

Ifeanyi Menkiti ( Grolier Poetry Book Store
Owner) Jennifer Matthews (Vocalist and Poet)

Picture From The Somerville News Writers Festival

Left: Lo Galluccio ( Vocalist/ author of "Hot Rain"/ Cambridge Alewife Poetry Editor)

Hugh Fox author of ( "Way, Way Off the Road...")

Monday, November 13, 2006

I want to thank all who attended the festival. It was very touching to see so many of my friends and fellow writers there cheering me on. That applauseI got when I first came on--really meant a lot to me. I want to thank The Somerville News, Grub Street, Porter Square Books, , Steve Glines, Harris Gardner, Tim Gager, Emily Singer, Jimmy Tingle, and others, as well as all the readers for their participation.

The winner of the Ibbetson Street Poetry Award is : Michael Cantor for his poem "Lament"

And the runner up is : Jacob A. Bennett for "Zeffirelli's Lovers"