Sunday, September 21, 2008

Quinlan, Watt, Holder & Page read at James's Gate Pub Oct.6th

Elizabeth Quinlan: author of ‘Promise Supermarket

(Ibbetson Street press 2008)

Molly Lynn Watt: author of ‘Shadow People’

(Ibbetson Street Press 2007)

Doug Holder: author of

‘The Man In The Booth in the Midtown Tunnel’

(Cervena Barva Press 2008)

Christy Page: Jamaica Plain Carpenter Poet

(poems published in ‘Break Time’ anthology 2007)

WHEREJames's Gate Restaurant & Pub 
5-11 McBride Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

WHEN: Oct. 6th, 2008, Monday Night, 6:30
The pub will be open, people can order drinks or food.

Reading at 7PM in the restaurant

Directions to James’s Gate

Elizabeth Quinlan has been a member of The William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences for the past eleven years. She received an Honors in Creative Writing from U. Mass /Boston. She was a finalist for the Richards Snyder Memorial Poetry Prize. She is a visual artist, specializing in the Book Arts and has taught art for over thirty years. 

Molly Lynn Watt curates the monthly Fireside Reading Series, writes for the Occasional Moose, chairs the monthly Poetry Roundtable at HILR, and she co-created and performs in Ruth’s Letters in performances of George and Ruth, Songs and Letters of the Spanish Civil War, she developed with her husband,

Daniel Lynn Watt. Her poems, stories, memoir pieces and essays appear in books, journals and magazines. She is the editor of Bagels and the Bards Anthologies.

Doug Holder is the founder of Ibbetson Street Press of Somerville, Mass; the co-founder of the Somerville News Writer’s Festival, the curator of the Newton Free Library Poetry Series, book Review editor of the Wilderness House Literary Review, the Arts Editor for The Somerville News, and the Boston editor for Poesy.

Holder’s other collections of poetry are: No One dies at the Au Bon Pain (sunny outside) and Of All the Meals I Had Before, (Cervena Barva Press).

Christy Page is a member of the Jamaica Plain Carpenter Poets,

as well as a Co-owner of the James’s Gate Restaurant & Pub

(home to the Carpenter Poets). He has designed and built Irish Pubs in the Boston area. He was born and raised in Dublin, where his family were performers: dancers and actors. His poems are included in Break Time the JP Carpenter Poet’s Anthology, focusing on the diversity of the James’s Gate regulars,as well as the art of carpentry.

Fireside hosts Chris Brandt & John Hildebidle

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 at 7:30pm

CHRIS BRANDT is a writer and activist. Also a translator, carpenter, furniture designer, and theatre worker. He teaches poetry at Fordham University. He is proud to have been found guilty on May 29, 2008, of exercising free speech (sic) at the U.S. Supreme Court, and sentenced to ten days (suspended) and a year's probation. His poems and essays have been published in magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Off the Cuffs: Poetry by and About the Police (Soft Skull, edited by Jackie Sheeler); Lateral (Barcelona); El signo del gorrion (Valladolid); La Jornada (Mexico); Phatitude, Appearances; The Unbearables; National Poetry Magazine of the Lower East Side; Liqueur 44 (Paris) and Crimes of the Beats. His translations of Cuban fiction have been published in The New Yorker and many other places. Translations of contemporary Cuban poetry will be included in a Univ. of CA Berkeley anthology to be published in 2009. Web links:,

JOHN HILDEBIDLE survived a peripatetic childhood, a Harvard education, and eight years as a teacher in a public junior high. He has finally surfaced on the faculty of MIT (teaching English -- a true adventure), happily lives a (literal) stone's throw from Cambridge Cohousing and co-founded the Fireside Reading Series with Jenise Aminoff in the spring of 2000. His newest book is Signs, Translations due any instant from Salmon Publishing in County Clare, Ireland. His publications include a study of Henry David Thoreau and another of 20th century Irish fiction, Five Irish Writers: The Errand of Keeping Alive plus several books of poetry and Stubbornness: A Field Guide a work of fiction.

The Fireside Reading is supported by sweat equity and financial contributions of attendees. (We spend an average $3 per attendee.) Come at 7 to help set up, sign up for open mike, nosh & schmooze. We invite you to stay for the reception following the reading. The Fireside Committee: Molly Lynn Watt, curator, Jenise Aminoff & Dan Lynn Watt, webmagicians, Julie Rochlin, Lolita Paiwonsky and many volunteers on logistics.

 The reading is held at Cambridge Co-Housing at 175 Richdale Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140, 3 blocks from the Red Line stop at Porter Square. A parking consideration request to the City of Cambridge allows out-of-towners attending to park on Richdale Avenue between 6:30-10:30 PM. Contact Molly Lynn Watt, 617-354-8242, or Jenise Aminoff, 617-576-2004,, or

Cambridge Co-Ho hosts the Bagel Bards at Fireside

Join the Bagel Bards for Fireside’s first reading for the 2008-9 season on September 23rd from 7:30-9:30 from their recently released anthology Bagels with the Bards No. 3.

The genius of this anthology is as simple and as wholesome as a bagel," wrote Tomas O’Leary.

Bagel Bards are poets who before deigning to open their eyes on Saturday mornings, find themselves drifting into Davis Square’s Au Bon Pain looking for a shot of literary camaraderie served up with coffee and croissants. The informal group has a vibrant, vacillating and ever-increasingly membership. Local poet-heroes, Doug Holder and Harris Gardner, who started the group four years ago, host each Saturday with welcome and wit. The group is as diverse as the city’s population and members write poems running the gamut of ways to yowl, weep and yearn in today’s world: some shout, others whisper, some rant, others sing. This reading by a line-up by Bagel Bards celebrating the anthology edited by Molly Lynn Watt, with an introduction by Regie O’Hare Gibson, designed by Steve Glines, and published by Ibbetson Street Press.

O bard, a bagel has become a poem” wrote Afaa Michael Weaver.

The two dozen poets reading are Beatriz Alba del Rio, Pamela Annas, Barbara Bialick, Martha Boss, Pat Brodie, Anne Brudevold, Philip E. Burnham, Ann Carhart, Jane Chakravarty, Tom Daley, Harris Gardner, Steve Glines, John J. Hildebidle, Irene Koronas, Mignon Ariel King, Linda Larson, Nathaniel Mayes, Shannon O’Conner, Tomas O’Leary, Lolita Paiwonsky, Zvi A. Sesling, Ellen Steinbaum, Barbara Thomas & Molly Lynn Watt.

Come at 7 to set-up nosh and schmooze. Following the reading you are invited to mingle with the Bards at a wine and cheese reception. (A donation of $3 is requested to help with the cost.) The reading is held in the living room in front of the Fireplace of Cambridge Co-Housing at 175 Richdale Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140. CCH is 3 blocks from the Redline at Porter Square. A parking consideration was requested from the City of Cambridge from 6:30-10:30 pm permitting visitors to park in resident only permit spaces. Call Molly Lynn Watt, at 617-354-8242 or Jenise Aminoff, at 617-576-2004 for more information or check out the website at

The Fireside Committee is Molly Lynn Watt, curator, Jenise Aminoff and Dan Lynn Watt, webmagicians, Julie Rochlin, Lolita Paiwonsky and many others on logistics, and the writers who come month after month.

Thank you for contributing!