Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Poetry of Resilience at Mass Poetry Festival Oct 16 at 4 pm

Dear Friends and Poetry Lovers,

If you can get to Lowell this Friday afternoon, we'd love to see you at the reading. The MA Poetry Festival website http://masspoetry.org is full of info--just click on the Friday events and you'll see our cafe reading listed. You can sign up there.

Dharma Buns Café Reading
26-A Market Street, Lowell
Friday, October 16th at 4:00 PM


Lisa Beatman
Susan Eisenberg
Holly Guran
Alice Kociemba
Elizabeth Quinlan
Molly Lynn Watt

at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival

All events are free, reservations advised through the website

sponsored by Jamaica Pond Poets and Calliope Reading Series

Molly Lynn Watt Reads Poetry of Resilience at Massachusetts Poetry Festival Friday, October 16 at 4 PM at Dharma Buns Cafe, Lowell

Poetry as a companion to recovery and a source for resilience in Hard Times will be celebrated at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Lowell October 15,16, 17 and 18. On Friday, October 16th from 4:00 to 5 PM, Molly Lynn Watt and 5 other poets from Cambridge, Boston and West Falmouth, will read poems offering hope and demonstrating personal, cultural and environmental recovery at the Dharma Buns Café, 26A Market Street in downtown Lowell.

Molly Lynn Watt, the curator of the popular Fireside Reading Series in Cambridge, uses the healing power of song in her poem RiverSing, "lined along the river banks / in vollies of quadraphonic harmonies / uniting two cities . . . a bridge of song." Lisa Beatman resonates in Hot Flash, “Sacrifice yourself / your white-hot pure self / will emerge / from the ashes / winged”. Susan Eisenberg follows her sister after she has been shot, “after 30 hours trolling the universe, / her mind finds its own way home // when it snags on — Where’s my purse? / — last memory, and rubs / to smooth the jagged edge from where it broke. / Her bag is not in her hand..! And, the very object // that catapulted this horror becomes / the hook to lash / for mooring.” Holly Guran, imagines the life of a new “mill girl” in the 19th century: “spare hand to one/ who knows the weaving — / strong warp to the soft weft / interlacing into fabric, the colors / will show, but oh, my ears ring — I pray to hear / this throbbing as music”. Alice Kociemba reads “Death of Teaticket Hardware”, a reminder of the vulnerability of small businesses in this corporate age. Elizabeth Quinlan summons a stone-burying ritual, which gave hope: “as if we believed the soil / in those backyards / of our childhood / would grow treasures”.

At the Massachusetts Poetry Festival you will hear teenagers, graduate students, slam poets, famous and emerging poets lend their voices in celebration of contemporary poetry. Some sessions feature theater or music as well as poetry. All events at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival are free, advanced reservations are advised. For a full schedule, visit www.masspoetry.org/schedule

The Lowell National Park location is easy to find. Market Street Public Parking is convenient. Public transportation from North Station runs frequently to Lowell’s Gallagher Terminal. A short ride on the Downtown Shuttle (route 18) takes you to Market Street. (End)

Jim Kates & Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell feature Tuesday October 20, 2009 • 7:30 pm

Cambridge Cohousing Presents

The Fireside Reading Series

Molly Lynn Watt, Curator

JIM KATES is a poet, literary translator and the president and co-director of Zephyr Press, a non-profit press that focuses on contemporary works in translation from Russia, Eastern Europe and Asia. He translated The Score of the Game by Tatiana Shcherbina, Say Thank You by Mikhail Aizenberg and When a Poet Sees a Chestnut Tree by Jean-Pierre Rosnay. He is the translation editor of Contemporary Russian Poetry, and the editor of In the Grip of Strange Thoughts: Russian Poetry in a New Era. He co-translated three books of Latin American poetry, and has a chapbook of his own poems, Mappemonde (Oyster River Press). He is president of the American Literary Translators Association. See www.zephyrpress.org.

MARILÈNE PHIPPS-KETTLEWELL is a painter, a poet and a short story writer who was born and grew up in Haiti. She has held fellowships at the Guggenheim Foundation, the Bunting Institute, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research and the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University, and received a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts. In 1993, she won the Grolier prize for poetry. Her poetry collection Crossroads and Unholy Water (Southern Illinois University Press, 2000) won the 1999 Crab Orchard Poetry Prize (also, finalist for the Walt Whitman prize from the Academy of American Poets). Her poetry was anthologized in New Caribbean Poetry (Carcanet Press Ltd, England), in Sisters of Caliban: Contemporary Women Poets of the Caribbean (Azul Editions, 1996) and The Beacon Best of 1999 (Beacon Press), and has appeared in magazines such as Callaloo, Ploughshares and River Styx. Phipps-Kettlewell’s short story collection, The House of Fossil, was a 2008 finalist for the Flannery O’Connor prize from the University of Georgia Press and for the 2007 Iowa Short Fiction Award from the University of Iowa; her short fiction was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2003, as well as listed in The Best American Short Stories 2001. See www.marilenephipps.com.

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, webmagician, plus Jenise Aminoff, Vinnie D’Orio, Jim Foritano, Lolita Paiewonsky, Ruby Poltorak, Elizabeth Quinlan, Julie Rochlin, Barbara Thomas and Dan Lynn Watt. Thanks to many others for help on logistics, and the writers who come month after month. The reading is held at Cambridge Co-Housing, 175 Richdale Ave. in Cambridge, 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

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Fireside Reading Series 2009-2010 Schedule


Fall 2009 – Spring 2010

September 29
7:30 PM

Catherine Wang Hsu and Li Mo

October 20
7:30 PM

Jim Kates and Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell

December 1
7:30 PM

Chloe Garcia Roberts and Richard Hoffman

January 12
7:30 PM

Henry Braun and Lainie Senechal

February 2
7:30 PM

Dorian Brooks, Robert K. Johnson and
Gayle Roby

March 2
7:30 PM

Jean Mason and Norman Waksler

April 13
7:30 PM

Christine Casson and Dan Tobin

May 4
7:30 PM

Sam Cornish, Boston Poet Laureate and
Jean-Dany Joachim, Cambridge Poet Populist

Refreshments are served before and after each reading, starting at 7 PM

For further information contact Molly Lynn Watt, Curator, 617-354-8242, mollywattt@comcast.net or go tohttp://www.cambridgecohousing.org/fireside/index.html.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Spread the word! Mass Poetry Festival 15 days away! Oct 15, 16, 17, 18

Dear Poet and Poetry Supporter,

We are just 15 days from the state-wide opening events of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Many of our writing workshops on Saturday are sold out; if you're interested, get your tickets now and tell your friends to do the same. The Poetry Fest Sessions in Cambridge on Sunday evening has almost half of its 100 seats already reserved. The Saturday evening reading with Louise Gluck and Robert Pinsky followed by Ann Waldman and Afaa Michael Weaver with 500 seats already has 267 seats reserved. We can make sure there are more seats available for a large event but only if we know in advance. So please sign up and get your friends to do the same.

Festival Schedule

Thurs (15th)
Fri (16th)
Sat (17th)
Sun (18th)
View all events

In last week's email we talked about all of the events state-wide on Thursday night. Today we're going to talk about our exciting program on Friday in Lowell. It starts with workshops for more 200 high school students from all over the state. At 1:30 a select group of high school poets will read their work and compete for the prize of reading the next day at some of our larger readings. This reading of some of the best young poets in the state is open to the public; get your tickets today:

The same afternoon, college poets are taking over Lowell City Hall. As guests of the city, college poets will be read their work at 3:00, with undergraduates from UMass Lowell, UMass Boston, Tufts, Salem State, Fitchburg State, Holy Cross and WPI participating. This is open to the public. Get your tickets to the intercollegiate reading online now: http://intercollegiate.eventbrite.com/

Following the reading, there will be two writing workshops, one for undergraduate college poets and one for poets in Master of Fine Arts in Writing programs around the state:

College: Developing a writing community
Jill McDonough (Moderator), Fred Marchant, Jennifer Fleisher, Cassandra Cleghorn

Life after the MFA
Stephen Cramer (Moderator), Joan Houlihan, Jeffrey Levine, Joyce Peseroff

These workshops are for undergraduate and MFA students only. At 6:00, the MFA poets will read for the public - also at City Hall, 375 Merrimack Street, Lowell - and everyone is welcome to attend. Get your tickets today: http://mfa.eventbrite.com/

Friday Evening
The evening features a major Festival presentation in collaboration with the Urban Village Arts Series at 7:30 at Lowell High School Auditorium, 50 French Street. Headlining the event will be Michael Casey, Caleb Neelon, Capoeira Rosa Rubra/Mestre Calango, and poet Jessica Smith. Get your tickets today: http://uvas.eventbrite.com/

Lowell Poetry Network member Dave Robinson created the Urban Village Arts Series (UVAS) in downtown Lowell after witnessing poet Quincy Troupe's Artists on the Cutting Edge program at the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, in California. Troupe em-ceed each of his events (4 Thursdays in April for 11 years) and always presented a fiction writer, a musician, and a poet to end the evening. When Robinson moved back to his hometown of Lowell he joined the Lowell Poetry Network. In its first few seasons, UVAS has partnered with UMass Lowell, the Lowell Heritage Partnership, the Cultural Organization of Lowell to Brew'd Awakening Coffehaus, Bootstrap Productions, Lowell National Historical Park and the Lowell Cultural Council.

For this year's Massachusetts Poetry Festival UVAS has called together poet Jessica Smith, graffiti artist/muralist Caleb Neelon, Mestre Calango of Capoeira Rosa Rubra and poet Michael Casey (Yale Younger Poet award winner) to deliver an eclectic and powerful set of performances. We are excited to announce that Christopher Lydon will be our esteemed em-cee!

What You Can Do
Register to attend
Spread the Word [print this poster]
UVAS is a free event! UVAS is brought to you by the Lowell Poetry Network, Bootstrap Productions, Lowell Cultural Council, the Cultural Organization of Lowell, UMass Lowell Office of Community and Cultural Affairs, Mary Bacigalupo Fund, Lowell Heritage Partnership, Lowell: the Flowering City, the ghost of Renovation Journal and private donations. Special thanks to Brew'd Awakening Coffeehouse for catering this year's shows. Get your tickets today:

Poets with New Books - All Afternoon Saturday
Finally, we would like to draw your attention to the unusual marathon sequential reading that will start at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday in Lowell. 28 Massachusetts poets each of whom has published a new full length book of poetry will be reading from their new books, one after the other at Barnes & Noble Downtown UMass Lowell Bookstore, 151 Merrimack St. For a full line up of all the participating poets and their times to read - and to reserve a seat - please click here to get a ticket:

While they are reading, there will be a table at the Small Press Fair where we will be selling their books. So check out the amazing list of poets, pick your times to listen to them, and come by the Small Press Fair first to purchase their new books. Read more about the Small Press Fair here.

And as always, please spread the word about the Festival to your friends. And click here to make a donation - we now have less than $2,000 left to raise to fully fund the Festival!

Thank you for everything you do for poetry.

The Massachusetts Poetry Festival Organizing Committee

Michael Ansara
Charles Coe
Suzz Cromwell
Derek Fenner
Ryan Gallagher
Chloe Garcia-Roberts
Jacquelyn Malone
Paul Marion
Nicco Mele
LZ Nunn
Dave Robinson
Walter Wright