Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Poet Gloria Mindock--New Poet Laureate of Somerville

New Poet Laureate of Somerville--Gloria Mindock

 I am pleased to announce that Gloria Mindock, will succeed Nicole Terez Dutton as Poet Laureate of  Somerville as of Jan. 2017. The Laureate Panel, that consisted of Harris Gardner, Doug Holder, Kathleen Seward, and Glenn Ferdman, had a hard choice to make, but we are confident that longtime Somerville resident/poet/publisher/activist Gloria Mindock is the best choice. The notable runner ups were Kirk Etherton and Ralph Pennel. Mindock has a long history as a significant literary figure in Somerville, and has provided venues for readings for many years.  In terms of outreach, publishing, and promoting, she has few equals in Somerville.  I would like to thank Greg Jenkins of the Somerville Arts Council for making this happen.

Gloria Mindock is the founding editor of Cervena Barva Press and one of the USA editors for Levure Litteraire (France). She is the author of Whiteness of Bone, La Portile Raiului, translated into the Romanian by Flavia Cosma, Nothing Divine Here, and Blood Soaked Dresses. Widely published in the USA and abroad, her poetry has been translated and published into the Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, Estonian, and French. In 2014, Gloria was awarded the Ibbetson Street Press Lifetime Achievement Award and in May 2016, Gloria was the recipient of the Allen Ginsberg Award for community service by the Newton Writing and Publishing Center. Gloria recently was published in Akadeemia (Estonia),, Gargoyle, and her work is forthcoming in the We are You Project Anthology. Mindock runs the Cervena Barva Bookstore in the Somerville Arts Armory, as well as running, and co-running two reading series in the same facility.

 Laureate Panel, back/ left to right--Harris Gardner, Glenn Ferdman, Doug Holder,  front left to right-- Kathleen Seward, Linda Conte.

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