Monday, November 17, 2008

Len Solo and Barbara Thomas at Fireside Nov. 18th!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008 • 7:30 pm
Len Solo and Barbara Thomas
LEN SOLO’s primary work over the years has been in education. From 1974 to 2001 he was the principal of the Graham & Parks Alternative Public School in Cambridge and was the interim principal of Cambridge’s high school, CRLS, for over a year. Currently, he’s an educational consultant, working to support school principals and teacher leaders. Some of his educational writings have been collected into a book, Alternative, Innovative and Traditional Schools: Some Personal Views. Len’s latest book of poetry is The Magic of Light, published in September 2008. His first poetry book, Landscape of the Misty Eye, was published in 2002. Co-written with Steve Weitzman, the book reflects the cycle of the seasons starting and ending in the spring. His second book Rooted in Place, came out in 2004. In addition to writing poems, Len is working on a collection of short stories and on a book about the award-winning and nationally recognized Graham & Parks Alternative Public School.
BARBARA THOMAS, a former English and Reading teacher for thirty-five years, now devotes her time to poetry and writing. She has recently published a chapbook, Seduced by Sighs of Trees, Cloudkeeper Press 2008, and has published poems in Lalitamba, Writing Nature, The Wilderness House Literary Review, and The Istanbul Literary Review. She has read her poems at the Blacksmith House, Borders Bookstore, Porter Square Bookstore, and the Cambridge Public Library and she teaches nature writing for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Barbara lives in Cambridge with two gorgeous orange cats, Kalliope and Sofia.

The reading begins with a short open mike. Come at 7 PM to help set up, sign up for open mike and nosh and schmooze. Following the reading you are invited to a wine and cheese reception. (A donation of $3 is requested to help with the cost.)

The Fireside Reading Committee is Molly Lynn Watt, curator, Richard Curran, Jenise Aminoff and Dan Lynn Watt, webmagicians, Julie Rochlin, Lolita Paiewonsky, Debbie Pfeiffer and many others on logistics, and the writers who come month after month. Thank you all for contributing! The reading is held in the living room in front of the fireplace at Cambridge Co-Housing at 175 Richdale Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140, 3 blocks from the Red Line stop at Porter Square. A request to the City of Cambridge allows out-of-town visitors to park on Richdale Avenue from 6:30-10:30 PM. Contact Molly Lynn Watt, 617-354-8242, or Jenise Aminoff, 617-576-2004,, or

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