Monday, January 1, 2007


The Newton Free Library Poetry Series meets the second Tuesday of each month ( September, October, November, February, March and April) at 7PM. Open Mic follows feature. One poem per poet.

Nov.10, 2009

Kim Triedman

Kim Triedman began writing poetry after writing fiction for a number of years. Though she only began submitting this past year, she was named a finalist for the 2007 Philbrick Poetry Award and has had work accepted by the following publications: The Aurorean, The New Writer, Lalande Digital Art Press, Byline Magazine, Poet's Ink, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Journal, Asinine Poetry, Poetry Monthly, Current Accounts, IF Poetry Journal, Trespass Magazine, Great Kills Press, and Ghoti Magazine. Additionally, one of her recent poems was selected by John Ashbery to be included in the Ashbery Resource Center?s online catalogue, an annotated online catalogue of ARC's archive that serves as a comprehensive bibliography of both Ashbery's work and work by artists directly influenced by Ashbery. This poem has also been included in the John Cage Trust archives at Bard College. She is a graduate of Brown University and has attended numerous writing workshops in the Boston area. She was just named a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Prize.

Eric Hyett-- Eric Hyett's first collection of poetry, English Through Pictures was a finalist for the Yale Younger Poets Prize. His work has appeared in Salamander,The Harvard Advocate, and The Coin Flip Shuffle as well as online collections. Eric is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied poetry with Seamus Heaney and Lucie Brock-Broido. A linguist, he is fluent in 6 languages, and has translated poetry (as well as written his own) in English, French, German and Japanese. He has just completed his second book: a collection entitled Failure To Appear.

Christina Davis- Christina Davis’ poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Jubilat, The May Anthologies (selected by Ted Hughes), New Republic, Pleiades, Paris Review and other publications. She is the recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship (selected by U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan) and residencies from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford, she is currently the curator of poetry at the Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard University. She is currently completing her second collection of poems, Preludium.

Christina Davis’ poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Jubilat, The May Anthologies (selected by Ted Hughes), New Republic, Pleiades, Paris Review and other publications. She is the recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship (selected by U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan) and residencies from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oxford, she is currently the curator of poetry at the Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard University. She is currently completing her second collection of poems, Preludium. She is the curator of the poetry room at the Lamont Library at Harvard University.


Sept 11, 2007

Gloria Mindock ---Between 1984-1994, Mindock was an Editor of the BOSTON LITERARY REVIEW/BluR, Co-founder of THEATRE S. and S. PRESS INC., and ran a poetry reading series called, BluR Reads. S. PRESS published a chapbook of her poems called, DOPPELGANGER, in 1992.

Mindock has been published in numerous journals including PHOEBE, RIVER STYX, POET LORE, FIRE, and BLACKBOX with poems forthcoming in BIG HAMMER, BOGG, and UNU Revista de Cultura in Romania with translations by Flavia Cosma. I have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was awarded a Massachusetts Council Poetry Fellowship distributed by The Somerville Arts Council. Oh Angel, a chapbook, was published in January, 2006 and Nothing Divine Here is forthcoming. Both published by U ŠOKU ŠTAMPA publications.
She is the founder of the Cervena Barva Press of Somerville, Mass.

John Hodgen John Hodgen lives in Shrewbury, MA, holds a Master’s Degree in English from Assumption College, and teaches at Mount Wachusett Community College and the Worcester Art Museum. He is the author of In My Father’s House (winner of the 1993 Bluestem Award from Emporia State University in Kansas) and Bread Without Sorrow (2002, Lynx House Press / Christopher Howell, 420 West 24th St., Spokane, WA 99203, ISBN# 0-89924-112-3.) He has won the Grolier Prize for Poetry, an Arvon Foundation Award, the Yankee Magazine Award for Poetry, first prize in the Red Brick Review poetry competition, and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist Award in Poetry in 2000. Several of his poems have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize, and he was one of five finalists in the Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship Program. He was a finalist in Houghton Mifflin’s New Poetry Series, Cleveland State University’s Poetry Center Prize, Carnegie Mellon University’s Poetry Series, and Northeastern University’s Samuel French Morse Poetry Award. John’s work has been included in the anthologies Witness and Wait: Thirteen Poets From New England and Something Understood (Every Other Thursday Press, Cambridge, MA, 1989, 1996); We Teach Them All: Teachers Writing About Diversity (Stenhouse Publishers, York, Maine, 1996); and Bone Cages (Haley Press, Athol, MA, 1996).

Paul Hostovsky --Hostovsky's poems have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac, and have been published in Carolina Quarterly, Shenandoah, New Delta Review, Atlanta Review, Poetry East, and many other journals and anthologies. He won the Comstock Review’s Muriel Craft Bailey Award for 2001 and the White Pelican Review’s Hollingsworth Prize in 2005. He has two chapbooks, Bird in the Hand (2006) which won the Grayson Books Poetry Chapbook Competition, and Dusk Outside the Braille Press (2006), winner of the Riverstone Poetry Chapbook Award. Paul’s poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize 9 times. He makes his living in Boston as an interpreter at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing where he specializes in working with the deaf-blind.

October 9, 2007

Danielle Georges -- Danielle Georges is a writer and translator, and the author of Maroon, a collection of poetry (Curbstone Press, 2001). Her poems have appeared in Agni, The American Poetry Review, Black Renaissance Noire, the Boston Globe, Callaloo, and The Christian Science Monitor among other literary journals and anthologies - and have been read on National Public Radio and The Voice of America. She has received MacDowell Colony, LEF and other fellowships for her work.
She has been a visiting faculty member of the William Joiner Center, University of Massachusetts Boston; part of the Hispanic Writers Week Faculty (working with 4rth graders at the Quincy School in Boston); led the Brockton Public Library Writers Workshop; and been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective.

Danielle Georges is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division of Lesley University's Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences. She teaches the following courses: The Language of Poetry; Teaching Poetry to Children; Arts and Education: History and Philosophy; and Issues in Contemporary Education.

She is editor of the Lesley's on-line Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism and Practice which publishes the work of artists and scholars at the university, across the U.S and abroad.
Her research interests include contemporary American poetry, African-American poetry, Caribbean literature, postcolonial and globalization studies, and historiography.

Dagan Coppock, M.D. is an editor of the anthology:

Body Language: Poems of the Medical Training Experience is an anthology comprised of poems by physicians and medical students chronicling their unique, often harrowing experiences. The anthology is broken into six sections: Medical Student, First Year; Second Year; Clinical Years; Intern; Resident, and Attending. The collection is truly unique in medical literature. With trained physicians who are also skilled poets addressing a diverse range of medical situations, Body Language offers fascinating insight into the inner world of people who regularly face life-and-death decisions.


--Judy Katz-Levine was born in Newark, NJ in 1949. She grew up in a musical family, with a grandmother who played stride piano, and musicians who later became top performing world musicians. She attended Simmons College where she studied with Norman Klein. She audited a class taught at MIT by Denise Levertov, befriending Levertov and maintaining a close friendship with her. Katz-Levine has continued to write and publish poetry and prose poems in magazines such as The Sun, The Bitter Oleander, lift, Asylum, Salamander, 96 Inc., Mothering, The Plaza (Japan), a Faber & Faber Anthology - Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend, Stride Anthology (England), Mother Jones, Voices Israel (Israel), Printed Matter (Japan), and many other magazines and anthologies. Her first full-length collection was When The Arms Of Our Dreams Embrace SARU Press International. Her newest collection is Ocarina, published by Tarsier Books, an affiliate of SARU, an international cooperative. Both books are available from Small Press Distribution. She has recently had work in The Delinquent, a new magazine in the United Kingdom.

Also a musician, Judy Katz-Levine continues to play jazz flute, sing in a choir. She lives with her husband, an acupuncturist and sax player, and a computer-buff

Nov 13 2007

Susan Eisenberg

Susan Eisenberg:Raised in a three-generation household in Cleveland, Susan Eisenberg lives in Boston. She is the author of the poetry book, Pioneering (1998), and the nonfiction book, We’ll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction (1998), which was selected as a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and optioned by MGM for a feature film. Licensed as a master electrician, she helped shape the cultural expression and analytical thinking of the tradeswomen’s movement nationally and internationally. Currently she is developing Permanent Care, a photo-based exploration of the relationship of the chronically ill to medication. She travels widely as a poet and lecturer; and teaches at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Mary Bonina MARY BONINA has published poetry, memoir, and fiction
in literary magazines, online journals, and
anthologies. Chapters excerpted from her memoir MY
FATHER'S EYES have appeared in GULFSTREAMING (online)
at Florida International University, and in HANGING
LOOSE magazine's 40th anniversary issue (2006).
Bonina earned her M.F.A. in the Program for Writers at
Warren Wilson College. She was winner of Boston
Contemporary Authors competition, a public art
project, and as a result, her poem "Drift" is incribed
on a granite monolith permanently installed outside
Green Street subway station on the MBTA Orange Line.
In 2001 she was named first alternate for the Goldfarb
Prize in non-fiction at the Virginia Center for the
Creative Arts where she is a fellow. She has also
been fellow-residence at the Vermont Studio Center and
is a member of the Writers Room of Boston. Her
chapbook LIVING PROOF will be published this Fall
(2007) by Cervena Barva Press

Wendy Drexler

Wendy Drexler's recent and forthcoming publications include Nimrod (Semi-Finalist, 2006 Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Award), The Comstock Review (Honorable Mention, 2006 Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award), the Aurorean, Barrow Street, HeartLodge, Concho River Review, RHINO 2007, Passager, POIESIS, Sahara, The Mid-America Poetry Review, and the anthology Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust. Her chapbook, Gas Stations, Drive-Ins, the Bright Motels was recently published by Pudding House. Wendy is an editor of language arts materials and a member of the Workshop for Publishing Poets in Brookline, MA.


Feb.12 2008


Harris Gardner's work has appeared in: The Jewish Advocate; The Harvard Review; Midstream; Cool Plums; Rosebud; Fulcrum; The Aurorean; Providence Journal; Spare Change News; Endicott Review; Ibbetson Street Journal; City of Poets Anthology; Main
Street Rag; Facets; Poesy; Vallum (Canada); Pemmican; The New Renaissance
(forthcoming); WHL Review; I Refused to Die-A Holocaust Study by Susie
Davidson; and about fifty other publication credits.
Co-authored with Lainie Senechal a volume of poetry: Chalice of Eros;
his next collection: Lest They Become (Ibbetson Street Press) 2003. New
Collection: Among Us (Cervena Barva Press) November, 2007. Host of two
poetry venues; founder of Boston National Poetry Month Festival, 2001 to the
present; Co-founder (with Doug Holder) of Breaking Bagels with the Bards, a
weekly poetry community; Poet-in-Residence, Endicott College, Beverly, MA.
2002 -April, 2005.
Nominated for Pushcart Prize - Fall, 2005
Honorable Mention- Boyle-Farber Prize (New England Poetry Club) 2004


Dan Sklar--Dan Sklar teaches writing at Endicott College where he inspire his students to love language and to write in a natural and spontaneous way. Some journals he’s been published in are Poetry East, Harvard Review, Square Lake, Rhino, July Literary Press, Paper Street, Atlanta Review, the English Journal, the New York Quarterly, Free Verse, and Ibbetson St. Press. He is also editor of the Endicott Review.


Lisa Beatman ---- Lisa Beatman lives in Roslindale , MA , and manages adult literacy programs at the Harriet Tubman House in the South End. She won Honorable Mention for the 2004 Miriam Lindberg International Poetry Peace Prize, and was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, as well as a fellowship to Sacatar Institute in Brazil . Her most recent poetry collection is "Manufacturing America" (Ibbetson 2008) to be released by the Ibbetson Street Press.

Lisa’s work has appeared in Lonely Planet, Lilith Magazine , Hawaii Pacific Review, Rhino, Manzanita, Political Affairs, The Boston Globe, and Pemmican. Her first book, “Ladies’ Night at the Blue Hill Spa”, was published by Bear House Publishing.
Her second collection, "Manufacturing America: Poems from the Factory Floor" has just been released by Ibbetson Press. The collection moves through the ‘life cycle’ of manufacturing – from its roots in the Lowell, MA textile mills, through downsizing, to the ‘artist lofts’ mined from the old buildings as manufacturing moves overseas. It documents the swan song of a formerly vital sector that historically provided a leg up to many American workers. The book is true-to-life, based on her work at a print and paper manufacturing plant in Somerville , MA .

March 11 2008.


In the dark poetry of “The Devil’s Cookbook,” her newest collection to be published in April by LSU Press, Sue Owen imagines the devil’s brooding, the last nail in a coffin and the musings of shooting stars. Owen turns proverbial sayings – “Getting to the Point,” “Until Hell Freezes Over” or “If the Other Shoe Drops” – into fully developed parables that examine and elaborate upon the assumptions we all make.

This is a cookbook with recipes that instruct, where hell becomes a kitchen of wisdom and insight. The heat in these poems remind of the evil in people’s contemporary lives and challenges the reader to look straight at it, without fear.

Acclaimed poet and biographer Daniel Mark Epstein said, “There is far more than lively wit at work in these brooding, obsessive poems. Sue Owen has a gift for symbol and allegory, and she has undertaken no less than a review of Dante’s – or Milton’s or anyone’s – Hell. There are so many masterful poems in this collection one hardly knows where to begin to cite them.”

Poet Elizabeth Spires praised that “Owen’s sensibility is original and full of surprises. Like stars, these dark unflinching poems throw off all kinds of metaphysical sparks.”

Owen’s previous poetry collections are “Nursery Rhymes for the Dead,” “The Book of Winter” and “My Doomsday Sampler.” She taught as the poet-in-residence at LSU and received the Professional Artist of the Year Award from the Louisiana State Arts Council. She lives in Cambridge, Mass.


Moira Linehan's first collection, IF NO MOON, was selected by Dorianne Laux as the first prize winner in the 2006 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition. It is available from Southern Illinois University Press. New work of hers has appeared recently, or is forthcoming, in GREEN MOUNTAINS REVIEW, IMAGE, NOTRE DAME REVIEW, POETRY EAST, PRAIRIE SCHOONER, and WEBER STUDIES. Moira Linehan holds a MFA in Writing from Vermont College and has had residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, The Poetry Center of Chicago, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.


BARBARA HELFGOTT HYETT has been a poet-in-the-schools, an editor, and a professor at MIT and at Boston University, where she received the Sproat Award for Excellence in Teaching English. Her books of poetry include In Evidence: Poems of the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps; Natural Law; The Double Reckoning of Christopher Columbus; and The Tracks We Leave. H latest collection is RIFT ( University of Arkansas Press)

APRIL 8 2008


Freddy Frankel was born in 1924 and educated in the Transvaal, South Africa. He served in World War II as a corporal in the South African Medical Corps. Returning to South Africa after the war, he completed his medical education and practiced as a physician. In 1962, he migrated to the US where he continued his medical practice. His poems have appeared in CapeCodder, ConchoRiver Review, Ibbetson Street, Moment, Passager, Senior Times, The Iconoclast, The Larcom Review, The Oak, and three anthologies. His chapbook, Hottentot Venus: Poems of Apartheid was published in 2003 by Pudding House Publications. In 2003, he won the New England Writers Robert Penn Warren First Award. A retired physician, he lives in Boston, MA.


Lois Ames: Confidante to Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton.”

Lois Ames is a poet, biographer and
psychotherapist. She was a confidante of the poet Anne Sexton, and has
published many essays on both Sexton and Sylvia Plath including: “A
Biographical Note,” in Plath’s “Bell Jar,” She also was the editor of “Anne
Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters.’


Deborah DeNicola is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Inside Light, from the Finishing Line Press; The Harmony of the Next, winner of the 2005 Riverstone Press Chapbook Contest; and Where Divinity Begins, Alice James Books. She edited the anthology Orpheus & Company: Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology, and her work has appeared in many literary journals. Among her awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches in Lesley University’s outreach graduate program in Creative Arts & Learning and online at her web site

April 10 Poetry Festival: Martha Collins, Louisa Solano, Joan Houlihan

April 10 7PM Annual Poetry Festival--Poetry Month--

Readers will be:

Martha Collins
Martha Collins was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1940. She earned a B.A. at Stanford University and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

Collins is the author of a book-length poem, Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), as well as four other books of poetry: Some Things Words Can Do (1998); A History of a Small Life on a Windy Planet (1993); The Arrangement of Space (1991), winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Competition; and The Catastrophe of Rainbows (1985).

She has also published a chapbook, Gone So Far (2005); CO-translated two collections poems from the Vietnamese, The Women Carry River Water by Nguyen Quang Thieu (1997) and Green Rice by Lam Thi My Da (2005); and edited a volume of essays on Louise Bogan (1984).
In Blue Front, Collins dissects a horrific lynching that occurred in her hometown when she was a child. In a review in Booklist, Janet St. John writes: "Collins carefully examines the event and its aftermath, especially the effect on her father who later seeks a home in an all-white community. She then extends her thoughtful scrutiny to incorporate newspaper accounts, photographs, personal accounts, and history to expose the way racism permeates all layers of society. Collins employs a staccato, matter-of-fact tone that strikes like a sledgehammer at persistent, if hidden, hate. More than worthy as poetry, Blue Front is also a powerful statement about America and a potent reminder of humankind's terrible potential.

Louisa Solano

Louisa Solano owned the Grolier PoetryBookstore from 1974 till 2006 when she retired. Virtually everyone inmodern American letters has visited the Grolier Poetry Bookshop in Harvard Square Cambridge. The Grolier Poetry Bookshop is the "oldest continuous book shop" devoted solely to the sale of poetry and poetry criticism, was founded in 1927 by Adrian Gambet and Gordon Cairnie; the subsequent owner, Louisa Solano, a 1966 graduate of Boston Universityand bookstore habitué since 1955, took over operation of the store in1974 after Cairnie's death. Louisa will read from her favorite patron poet's poems.

Joan Houlihan

Joan Houlihan is the author of HAND-HELD EXECUTIONS (2003) and winner of the Green Rose Award from New Issues Press for THE MENDING WORM, forthcoming in spring, 2006. She writes a series of essays called the BOSTON COMMENT that focuses on contemporary American poetry and appears regularly on Web del Sol. She is editor-in-chief of Perihelion and senior poetry editor of Del Sol Review.

Ms. Houlihan is founding director of the CONCORD POETRY CENTER in Concord, Massachusetts.

Open mic to follow

March 13 7PM

March 13 7PM:

Readers will be:

Richard Wollman is a native New Yorker living in Newburyport, Mass. He was educated at Brandeis University and got his doctorate from Columbia University. He is an associate professor of English at Simmons College in Boston and co-director of the “Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center” at the college. His poetry has appeared in: Arion, American Literary Review, and many others. His most recent poetry collection is "Evidence of Things Seen."

Grey Held - Grey Held is a 2004 winner of the National Endowment for the Arts grant for poets, and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize XXVIII by Slipstream Magazine. He has published in The Antigonish Review, The Comstock Review, Fox Cry Review, Potomac Review, Slipstream, and The Brooklyn Review.

Carol Hobbs-- Carol Hobbs teaches College Composition at Pine Manor College and Creative Writing with The Education Cooperative. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies in the United States, Canada, and Ireland. She was awarded the New England PEN Discovery Award in 2004 for her poetry manuscript New Found Lande.

Open mic to follow.

Newton Library Poetry Series-Resumes Feb. 13 7PM

Feb 13 7PM Readers:

Beatriz Alba-Del Rio
( representing "the new renaissance magazine" Beatriz Alba del Rio is a bilingual poet and lawyer. She has lived inCambridge since 1982, a city she adores. She was born in Buenos Aires,Argentina. Beatriz won the 1st Prize of the 2002 Octavio Paz Internationalpoetry Contest (Poem: "Ser" = "To be"), the 3rd Prize of the 2003 PabloNeruda International poetry Contest ( Poem "Tristeza de Abril"= "Aprilblues" and the 2004 Cambridge Poetry award with the poem MASKS OVER MASKS inthe category "female erotic poem" and her poem "Black Crows" was nominatedin the category "female love poem." Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies and literary magazines, including "the new renaissance." As alawyer, Beatriz represents abused and neglected children and parents,mediates conflicts between families, and does some international work.Beatriz' languages: Spanish, English, French. She understands Portuguese and Italian. Beatriz' mission as a lawyer is to help people to create betterlives. Her poetry speaks of longings. Some of her poems are songs to loveand to the unity of us all.

Nicole DiCello --Nicole DiCello has received honorable mentions for her poetry, and won first place in the Ithaca College poetry contest in 1996. She has been asked to read at festivals in Ithaca, NY, and for the Feminist Women'sWriting Workshop in New York state. She currently attends Barbara HelfgottHyett's Writing Workshop for Publishing Poets in Brookline, MA. She lives in Leominster, MA and is working on her first book of poems, Red Shift,based upon astronomical phenomenon.

Gouri Datta -Born in India, she started writing poetry around age 10.,both in English and mother tongue , Bengali. She has published several works:Book of Bengali poems , "Sukh, Dukho, Ittadi " ( "Pleasures, Sorrows, ETc. ")published in 1973. Book of Eng. poems published in '78, "Amaranths andElse "In addition, 2 books of Bengali short stories: "Maitry"( Friendship), and"Vaidehi "( Daughter of Videha ). She is currently,in a Bengali writers'group, "Lekhoni" (The Pen ) based in Newton, and Wingate Writers' Group ,based in Haverhil. She wrote while in College , Medical school and while working as a psychiatrist in various hospitals near Boston, including McLean Hospital inBelmont( which has inspired many writers. ) At McLean , Datta writes:

"I met Doug Holder , whose vast love of the artform has spawned magazines , journals, publications, groups, rallies and a place for writers and poets to meet and move the world. Our talks turned to common interests, poetry in patient care and enhancement of the underprivileged, a cause espoused by Doug and a inspiration for me."

*Open Mic to follow.