Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Boston Area Small Press Poetry Scene: DeWitt Henry--Woven Tale Press

 Back in Feb. of 2017--DeWitt Henry wrote this nice review of the Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene   in his column in the Woven Tale Press online magazine. Henry is the founder of Ploughsares Magazine, and taught at Emerson College in Boston for many years.  Here is a link to the magazine:
Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene
Founded in 2003 by poet, teacher, editor, journalist, reviewer, and overall impresario Doug Holder, this serves as a model “alternative literary” site dedicated to building, reporting on, and promoting a local literary scene. In this case, while centered in Somerville, MA, the scene is that of greater Boston, which Holder boosts as the Paris of New England.  His first affinity is for beat poets, but he celebrates a generous range of local poets and fiction writers, many of them nationally known.
His weekly interviews are carried on Somerville Cable (“Poet to Poet/Writer to Writer”), transcribed and published in the Somerville Times, and featured and archived on the blog. He and his circle of regular contributors, known as “The Bagel Bards,” also write engaged and perceptive reviews of new books by locals (and each other). Recent high points include interviews with X.J. Kennedy, WTP Contributing Editor Joyce Peseroff, Margot Livesey, and the former Poet Laureate of Boston, Sam Cornish, whose book Holder had published with his indie press, Ibbetson Street

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