Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Front Window at the Grolier Poetry Bookshop

The Front Window at the Grolier Poetry Bookshop

6 Plympton Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Mail and special orders invited (617) 547-4648
Outside Massachusetts 1-800-234-POEM ~ Fax (617) 547-4230
All major credit cards accepted )

I was at the Grolier Poetry Bookshop recently, and Dan the manager told me he is going to have a whole section devoted to chapbooks. Good news. In the front window I noticed he posted some poems, and the first was by Bagel Bard member Matt Rosenthal ( Matt- long-time-no-see!) from the Bagel Bard Anthology.

Here is a list of books in the window:

Bagel Bard Anthology edited by Steve Glines and Molly Lynn Watt
Gone So Far by Martha Collins
Back Burner Poems by John Lauristen
Cheeseburger by Mark Lamourex
So Much is Burning by William Taylor
Rumors of Electriciy by Richard Krech
Johanna Poems by Ben Mazer
First Things to Hand by Robert Pinsky
Admit the Peacock by Rebecca Kaiser Gibson
Are These My Lions by Daniel E. Levenson

• This was as of July 31 2007.

* To order Louisa Solano: The Grolier Poetry Bookshop go to

* The Grolier is now owned by Ifeanyi Menkiti. Louisa Solano retired a little over a year ago.

Dan is doing a great job in my humble opinion. Buy books and support the store.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Ed Carvalho and Lo Galluccio to read Aug 18 2007

Ed Carvalho and Ibbetson Street Press Poet Lo Galluccio to read at the Out of the Blue Art Gallery

by Doug Holder


A Poetry Reading...
Ed Carvalho and Ibbetson Street Press Poet Lo Galluccio to read at the Out of the Blue Gallery Aug 18 8PM 106 Prospect St Cambridge, Mass.

Edward Carvalho is a twice-nominated Pushcart Prize poet (2004-2005) and author of solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short (2007) from Fine Tooth Press. His poems––once described as "original, innovative, imaginative and brutal"––have appeared along with his essays, reviews, and critical papers in numerous journals throughout the country.He holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Goddard College (2006) and is currently researching the poetry of Walt Whitman while enrolled as a doctoral student in the Literature and Criticism program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is also the recent recipient of that university’s Twentieth and Twenty-First Annual IUP Doctoral Fellowships and employed there as editorial assistant for the Works and Days journal. A native of Connecticut, he now shares dual residence in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Boston, Massachusetts

“If Henry Miller, Walt Whitman, and Edgar Allan Poe had an intellectual love child, this book [solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short] may well have been result."
––Jen Woolston

“Carvalho’s words come screaming off the pages. Intense, Angry, Awesome.”
––Brian J. Kenney

“Carvalho comments upon (among other things) the frustrations presented by wireless communication, traditional creation stories, animal rights, prostitution, serial killings, and political happenings, all within the pages of solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. Carvalho also presents countless clever references to canonical authors such as Shakespeare and Beckett, proving that this doctoral student has read all of the pre-requisite masters, and is well on his way to becoming a master himself. If Henry Miller, Walt Whitman, and Edgar Allan Poe had an intellectual love child, this book may well have been the result. You don’t need to 'get' every single allusion this author makes; but you do need to wrap your hands around a copy of this book. [. . .] His work challenges you to think about man’s struggle within a plethora of haunting, daunting, and complex social conditions." —Jen Woolston

Lo Galluccio is a writer and vocal artist with published poetry and prose in Lungfull magazine, Night magazine, Out of the Blue Writer’s Unite, Heat City Literary Review II, Ibbetson St. Press, the Bagel Bards Anthology, I am from Lower East Side, Abramelin,, and more. She is also the poetry editor of the Cambridge Alewife newspaper with a column called, “Words and Music.” Among other venues. she’s performed at St. Mark’s church (Marathon Day reading) in NYC, Borders downtown Boston, Mad Poet’s Café in Warwick, R.I. and Toast in Somerville, MA. As a vocal artist she’s produced two CDs, Being Visited, Knitting Factory Works (1997) and Spell on You (self-release) in Boston 2003. Lo is a Harvard College graduate and attended Berklee College of music for two semesters. She’s been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook “Hot Rain” was released on Singing Bone Press in 2004, She will be reading at the Somerville Writer’s Festival in memorial for the late poet Sarah Hannah on Novmeber 11th at Jimmy Tingle’s Theatre. “Sarasota VII” a memoir written while a chorus girl in Florida, will be published by Cervena Barva Press in spring of 2008.

Lo Galluccio is an original and striking voice, based both on the quality of her work and her lyrically pleasing performance style. Her work is an interesting amalgam of the psychological, mythical and musical. Its content is entertaining and challenging at the same time, weaving in toughness and surrealism.”

Carolyn Gregory, poet

“You think by 2004 that everything that’s do-able on the page has been done and then comes Lo Galluccio and creates a whole new word-game…a totally original voice filled with psycho-social realities of contemporary America. It’s act, react, get into the psych-underground and let it flow…”

Hugh Fox, poet, critic, writer and founding member of COSMEP


Sunday, July 29, 2007

Jessa Piaia: Somerville character actor portrays “America’s First Lady of Letters.”

Jessa Piaia: Somerville character actor portrays “America’s First Lady of Letters.”

Jessa Piaia is a Somerville resident who enjoys being in someone else’s shoes, not to mention their dress, bonnet, the full gamut of period garb. Piaia had made a career of portraying famous and not so famous trail-blazing women. Paia , a resident of the Union Square section of the city, has inhabited the skin of such historically significant women as: Amelia Earhart, Susan B. Anthony, and Rachel Revere, to name a few. She performs around the state and the country, and has appeared in such Somerville venues as: The Somerville Museum, , the West Branch Library, in Davis Square, as well as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. On Saturday Aug 11, 2 PM, at the Longfellow House ( 105 Brattle St., Cambridge) Piaia will portray Susanna Haswell Rowson. Rowson founded “The Academy of Young Ladies in downtown Boston in 1797 ( a Liberal Arts academy for Women,) wrote many novels, plays and penned the official eulogy for George Washington in 1800.

Piaia said that wearing the period clothing of her subject literally transforms her, putting her in the “skin” of her characters. Piaia, who recently moved to the area with her partner and founder of Cambridge’s “Squawk Coffeehouse” Lee Kidd, said of Union Square: “ I love the Sherman Café, Ricky’s Flowers, and all the great restaurants in the square. It is a great place to be an artist.”

After her performance at the Longfellow House, Piaia will be selling a book by Rowson: “Slaves in Algiers,” a play in three acts, still very much in print after all these years.

Piaia has a busy schedule ahead of her. She will be showcasing her talents at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Webster Estate in Marshfield, and the Helen Sleeper estate in Gloucester, to name a few. To keep tabs on Piaia visit her website at: