Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ellen Steinbaum & David Surette Read at Fireside March 24 @ 7:30

Cambridge Cohousing Presents The Fireside Reading Series
Molly Lynn Watt, Curator

Ellen Steinbaum & David Surette read Tues, March 24, 2009

ELLEN STEINBAUM, a poet and journalist, has been a popular featured reader both nationally and throughout the Boston area. She writes a literary column for The Boston Globe and is also the author of a one-person play, CenterPiece, which she has performed. In her first book, Afterwords, she looked at loss, with poems about the illness and death of her husband. Her new book, Container Gardening speaks of what is perishable and what endures and what makes us who we are. The poet Lloyd Schwartz says, " In Container Gardening the losses we suffer—private, public, political, natural—are universal. But she knows, with wry certainty, that “what is broken can / (never) / be repaired / the pieces can / (not) / be put back.” Definitely one or the other. ...The contained garden of her poems becomes a conscious strategy to deal with all those—all our—losses.

DAVID SURETTE’s new book of poetry is Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep In. Surette’s poems have recently appeared in the anthologies French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets and Cadence of Hooves: A Celebration of Horses. He is a contributing editor at Salamander and taught poetry at this year’s Cape Cod Writers’ Conference. He co-hosts Poetribe, a poetry series in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

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.)

DIRECTIONS! 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, mollywatt@comcast.net or Jenise Aminoff, 617-576-2004, jenise@alum.mit.edu, or www.cambridgecohousing.org/Fireside/index.html

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