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Gloria Mindock, Editor   Issue No. 23   May, 2007





The two year anniversary reading at McIntyre & Moore Booksellers was wonderful. Since I had no voice, Bill Kelle, my Webmaster, hosted the evening. He did a wonderful job. I would like to thank the readers Andrey Gritsman, Doug Holder, and Don Share. A thank you goes out to everyone who attended. At the event, sunnyoutside press and Červená Barva Press collaboratively each released a new chapbook by Doug Holder. ( No One Dies at the Au Bon Pain-sunnyoutside press and Of all the Meals I Had Before: Poems About Food and Eating-Červená Barva Press) Please enjoy these few pictures from the event.

Gloria Mindock with Andrey Gritsman Doug Holder and his wife Dianne Robitaille
Don Share with Harris Gardner Enjoying the cake after the readings


The two year celebration continues May 5th and 6th where poets will be reading on two trolleys as the trolleys transport the public to Somerville's Open Studios from 12-6:00 PM.

Click here for Trolley Poetry Readings Schedule

I would like to give a very big thank you to Mary Curtin. It is because of her, Červená Barva Press, is a part of the Somerville Open Studios. Mary does so much for the community and her energy is endless.

I would like to thank the following poets for taking part in the trolley readings: Irene Koronos, Julia Carlson, Doug Holder, Afaa Michael Weaver, Jennifer Barber, Dick Lourie, Nathan Graziano, Mike Amado, Jack Scully, Harris Gardner, Walter Howard, Molly Lynn Watt, Alfed Nicol, Luke Salisbury, Chad Parenteau, Mark Fleckenstein, Pam Rosenblatt, Anne Brudevold, Valerie Lawson, Tam Lin Neville, Sarah Nieves Squires, Martha Boss, Barbara Thomas, Elizabeth Leonard, Coleen Houlihan, Jacques Fluery, Steve Glines, Tim Gager, Carolyn Gregory, Tom Daley, Kathy Hornika, Mary Agner, Ian Thal, Bill Lewis, and Beatriz Alba Del Rio. I am so grateful to these readers for helping Červená Barva Press celebrate 2 years!

For information about the Somerville Open Studio event:

Interviewed this month are: FD Reeve and John Amen


Indian Bay Press

Poesia Volume V. Number 2 (Literary Magazine)
Spring, 2007
$ 4.95

The Kings of Nothing by the late J. Edwin Whitelaw
Delta House Publishing

For ordering information:
Indian Bay Press
W. R. Mayo, Publisher
Jay Ross, Editor

sunnyoutside press

No One Dies at the Au Bon Pain by Doug Holder

Rumble Strip by Jason Tandon

Feeding My Heart to the Wind: Selected Short Poems 1999-2005 by Michael Kriesel

To order:
David Michael McNamara
Publisher, sunnyoutside
P.O. Box 441429
Somerville, MA 02144

AA Press

Ambiguities: Poems 2004 and 2005 by Leonard J. Cirino

Ordering information:
AA Press
Christopher Presfield, Publisher

P.O. Box 7754
Springdale, AR 72766

Bagels with the Bards
Bagel Bard Anthology No. 2
Edited by Molly Lynn Watt
Introduction by Afaa Michael Weaver

Poems by: Elizabeth Doran, Beatriz Alba del Rio, Harris Gardner, John Hildebidle, Gloria Mindock, Tomas O'Leary, Julia Carlson, Mia Champion, Bert Stern, Richard Wilheim, Nathaniel H. Mayes, Jr., Molly Lynn Watt, Walter Howard, Matt Rosenthal, Philip E. Burnham Jr., J. C. Foritano, Ellen Steinbaum, Chad Parenteau, Ricardo O. Fitten, Mary Buchinger, Leela Arnet, Doug Holder, Steve Glines, Mignon Ariel King, Lo Galluccio, Irene Koronos, Mike Amado, Henry Braun, Pam Rosenblatt, Anne Brudevold, Gary Hicks, Afaa Michael Weaver, Abbott Ikeler, Timothy Gager, Ann Carhart, Elizabeth Leonard, Tino Villanueva, Lainie Senechal, Marc D. Goldfinger, Patricia Brodie, Eytan Fichman, Ian Thal, Anne Elizabeth Tom, Robert K. Johnson, Llyn Clague, Martha Boss, Barbara Bialick, Varsha Kukafka, Barbara Thomas, Deborah M. Priestly, Regie O'Hare Gibson, Tom Daley, and Three Word Catcher Poems.

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John Amen- New York

Write a bio.

I'm committed to green, red, black, and yellow. I like summer, but winter's growing on me. I'm probably at my best in crowds, though I resist the idea. Food still seems like the best thing since the wheel. I used to collect clocks and demerits, but I'm giving away my souvenirs now. Dusk is beginning to feel like a colleague.

Describe the room you write in.

I really like this room, my office. Great desk I picked up in New Orleans a few years ago. I just cleaned up, too, got my books organized, filed things, vacuumed. I look out a window at a beautiful pin oak. In spring and early summer, I can see blooming azaleas.

Talk about your books, Christening the Dancer (Ucelli Press, 2001) and More of Me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2005).

I'm still amazed at how many of the poems still strike me as pretty well put-together and relevant. I don't feel like I could write those poems now, as many of the themes or issues or perspectives are no longer predominant in my life. But I'm happy that I was able to, in some way, document what my life was about, what was on my mind, during those periods.

What are you writing now?

I'm working on new poems. I'm also gearing up to write a novel. I've got a new CD, Ridiculous Empire, coming out this summer, so right now I'm working on putting together the artwork, writing the liner notes.

Name some of your favorite writers. Who inspires you?

It's hard to name them all, and they vary from day to day. I can say, though, that I continue to be inspired by Sappho, Catullus, various Zen poetry, Donne, Browning, Merwin, and Kafka.

You also are a musician. Do you sing, play an instrument, and compose? Your CD, All I'll Never Need, was released by Cool Midget in 2004. This must have been so exciting. Talk about your experience performing and having a CD out.

I play guitar, though some would debate that. I'm primarily a songwriter and singer. As I mentioned, my new CD will be coming out this summer. Actually, I just mastered the CD yesterday (April 17). Yeah, it's fun to write, record, and perform music. It's really visceral, organic, in the now. Collaborating with others can be quite an enlightening experience, too.

You are editor of Pedestal Magazine, which you founded in 2000. What sort of work do you look for? What challenges do you face as an editor, if any? What do you find rewarding about being an editor?

Pedestal launched in 2000. We publish the best poetry and fiction we can, as well as interviews and book reviews. We like to think that we cultivate and present excellence in a myriad of forms, an eclectic mix of work.

There are many challenges. There are obvious things, such as deadlines, budgetary matters, networking, corresponding, promotional concerns. There is also the challenge of making final content selections. I don't do that as much anymore. Nathan Leslie has been Pedestal's fiction editor for over two years. Arlene Ang is now one of our poetry editors, and we've had guest editors from time to time. These folks bring amazing integrity and skill to the project. At this point, I know we receive a great deal of exemplary work. It would probably be easy to publish twice as much as we do, so it's hard to narrow the work down to the final inclusions.

Editing is very rewarding to me. I love the sense of being on the firing line of creative endeavor. I like the communal aspect of editing and publishing a literary magazine. I love to see an issue come together. I feel that we are doing an important thing, and I relish the notion that in some way, however minor, we might be touching and impacting people's lives.

You also paint, mostly using acrylics on canvass. How long have you painted? What artists inspire you? List some of your favorites.

I enjoy painting very much, but I don't get to do it that often. I go on painting jags, but I'm not a consistent painter. I haven't done any shows in quite a while. It's a fantastic release for me, even more visceral than music. I sense that I'm somewhat limited as a painter, but I enjoy it all the same, and there are others who seem to be moved by my pieces.

I've always liked Bonnard very much. Also, Bosch. I have a deep respect for so many of the Renaissance painters. Botticelli, for one. I'd very much like to be able to paint or even draw realistically-render the human figure-but that's very difficult for me.

With being an artist in so many fields, do you favor one over the other? Does painting, writing, and music all intertwine for you? Meaning one area inspires and feeds the other.

I focus primarily on writing. That's where I feel the most expansive, the most able, the most transcendent, if you will. I also put a good deal of time into music endeavors, especially lately. Less so with painting. I'm hoping that I can paint some this summer.

I'm not sure, in my case, that the different mediums inspire each other or intertwine or overlap in any noticeable or significant way. Songwriting and writing poetry, for example, are very different processes for me. Songs and poems tend to deal with different themes, embrace different energies, operate on very different principles.

What are you working on now?

New poems. New songs.

Any last comments?

Thanks for interviewing me. I appreciate it. Thought I'd offer a couple of lines from a poem of mine titled "A Calling." They seem somehow apropos, what with all the strife and disharmony seemingly going on in the world and our lives:

I will celebrate your story.

You must celebrate mine.



F. D. Reeve

Write a bio about yourself:

During childhood, the best part of every year was summer: we went to an old, unheated wooden house my great-great-aunt had built on the shore of a small Pocono lake. Pines, firs, tamaracks, bass, trout, and blueberries; real iceboxes and kerosene lamps; backpacking, swimming, canoeing, even dinghy sailing-I see it and smell it clearly as if we had just arrived and opened the kitchen door and stepped onto the worn linoleum.

After finishing college, acting in summer theater, harvesting wheat in the Midwest and working as a longshoreman on the Hudson River docks, I went to grad school, met Herbert Marcuse, learned Russian and spent a year in Moscow and Leningrad on an exchange with the USSR Academy. In the years that followed, I published poetry, fiction, and literary criticism in journals across the country and served as a professor of letters at Wesleyan University, often traveling to England and Europe, including Russia, for research and for presentations. I joined PEN, served on the Poetry Society of America's governing board, was vice president for a while, edited the Poetry Review, and was part of the group that founded Poets House. A special friend was the labor organizer Junius Scales.

Thirty years ago I moved to Vermont, where I built a house before settling in an old farmhouse in Wilmington where my wife, the novelist and Marlboro College professor Laura Stevenson, grew up. In the village, I serve as a library trustee and once in a while as a member of a town committee.

I feel I've become my books, but that's a different subject.

Here's an informal list of them:
My books of poetry stretch from In the Silent Stones to the three Cat books--The Blue Cat, the sassy The Return of the Blue Cat, and the even sassier The Blue Cat Walks the Earth--and to the book of impassioned lyrics coming this fall, The Toy Soldier. The Red Machines was my first novel, a poetic account of wheat growing in the Dakotas; My Sister Life my most recent, a story of two orphaned sisters making lives for themselves in modern America. Two volumes of short stories describe the New York City docker world I knew--A Few Rounds of Old Maid and North River. In addition to articles and reviews, I've written three books of literary criticism-Aleksandr Blok: Between Image and Idea, The Russian Novel, and The White Monk: an Essay on Dostoevsky and Melville. Robert Frost in Russia depicts both sides of what was a celebrated trip on the eve of the Cuban missile crisis. My translations from Russian began with a volume of Turgenev's short novels, include the two-volume Anthology of Russian Plays and poet Bella Akhmadulina's The Garden, and come down to an unabridged version of Leonid Andreyev's heartbreaking study of terrorist idealism, A Story About Seven Who Were Hanged due out this summer.

Describe the room you write in?

150 years ago the room I write in was a darkened New England parlor big enough for a stove (we took that out a couple of years ago when we found that the new living room stove heats the whole house); now it's a pleasant, sunny room filled with space inviting you to come in, sit down, and read and write.

Because it gets lots of sun, it's good for keeping house plants. There was an avocado that had grown to the ceiling, but it's gone. The rosemary we use for cooking sits by a window on a desk corner. On walls between windows there are pictures. Along walls that are all wall there are books. There are books piled on the floor, too. Notes, papers, projects, also. And there are a couple of very cheery, warm Iranian rugs.

When did you start writing?

Bashfully, nervously, secretly during high school, chiefly in the last year and summer after, so when I got to college and saw a notice for a poetry workshop, I took some samples to the office designated-there and then R. P. Blackmur read them and admitted me. He was a man of unassuming deportment and intellectual grandeur who, by example, let me know that a life among books was worthy of an honest man. A dozen years later he introduced what was my first substantial public reading when Denise Levertov, Daniel Berrigan, and I appeared at a "Y" Poetry Center Discovery evening. That was in another world, wasn't it?

Do you write every day?

When young, when working on the docks and when teaching, when the children were little-every night; since then, every morning, often into the afternoon. As Lenin famously said when asked what's the best way to learn Russian, "Practice, practice, practice."

The New England Poetry Club awarded you The Golden Rose, which is a wonderful honor. Please talk about this. Do you continue to be involved in the NEPC?

The Rose is an extraordinary honor. Perhaps not astounding because we humans are given it, but what it stands for and its ageless simplicity are, literally, priceless. I keep wishing there were an afterlife where I could hold the rose up as thanks to the kind, generous people who over the years, down to this moment, have shown me what to do and supported what I've done. Unlike the big financial prizes awarded now, The Rose goes back a hundred years-a gilded rose in a wooden box you get to keep for a year, so nobody fights for it, but what a sweet thought for me that Robert Frost received it the year I was born. That little, slightly oxidized rose represents the continuity of our true cultural tradition of which I'm happy and humbled to be thought a part.

The NEPC strikes me as the fairest poetry group in the country. There are some fine groups out West, to be sure; there used to be the Writers' House in Kansas City; but most associations get wrecked by small ambitions, people squeezing people, when the impelling vision becomes a cloud of corruption. By being patient and unpretentious and guided by Diana Der-Hovanessian in a persuasively informal way, NEPC gives other groups and universities plenty of room to do what they want and yet remains a standard of excellence and a host to local initiatives.

Talk about your teaching experiences. What have you tried to teach your students? What challenges do you see in the writing communities?

When you start, you go by the seat of your pants, following texts and procedures you were trained to. Pretty soon you catch on that that's not it at all. What you're actually doing is, through a veil of texts and materials, exemplifying your own values and the kind of person you are. At the same time, you're trying to expose to your students what they can discover about themselves and to keep out of the way of their developing their talents and idiosyncrasies. Your imposition of intellectual and social disciplines, your strictures, your "corrections" plus your constant encouragement are intended to sharpen their liberating self-confidence and to help bring about the forms and attitudes of a new generation.

I admire work. It's a great disappointment is to see a young person embark on a creative, original life but to cop out in response to conventional approval.

When I think of the tornadoes of competition and confusion generated in writing communities, I'm put in mind of the resourceful few who gave birth to the new Skoda. Back in the rusty past, the Skoda was a joke: "What's a Skoda with a sunroof? A skip." Then someone at VW put a bunch of factors together, added VW engines and structural parts, Czech manufacturing costs, and new design, and in 2006 produced an up-to-date, appealing auto at 2/3 of usual prices. I bet there are equivalent folk lurking in writing programs and arts councils waiting for their chance.

Some of your poems have been set to music. Please talk about what this experience was like for you.

My first shot at putting the two together was borrowing some of Vladimir Ussachevsky's film music for a reading-with-dance of Nightway. Next came Larry Read's composition for chorus and small orchestra of Alcyone, premiered modestly at London's Barbican but subsequently given a full performance with 40 voices and a dozen instruments, Neely Bruce conducting, at Wesleyan. A year later, Andrew Gant composed a lively with-it soprano-baritone-and-piano narrative for The Urban Stampede, first presented in St. Giles Church where Milton lies. Then this very month of May the Boston Cyberarts Festival opens with Eric Chasalow's setting of The Puzzle Master, acoustic-electronic music for voice and instruments with visual designs by Denise Marika. Made over into a modern father-son poem with chorus set in the Caribbean, the Daedalus-Icarus myth has generated a multi-media production as I hoped, poetry once again serving to bind music and dance into one form.

Some of my poems have been turned into elegant songs by Stefania de Kenessey and the award-winning pianist Jonathan Summers but I think with special pleasure of Kate O'Connell's setting of "Voices" and the dance music she created out of the short novel The Red Machines.

But the most challenging and by far the most thrilling was working with the young New York jazz pianist Sonny Paladino who year before last created improv music for The Return of the Blue Cat and, this year, for The Blue Cat Walks the Earth. His pals Mike Buchwald and Ed Griffin joined him to form the trio Exit 59; the four of us have performed at a couple of dozen venues from Boston to Long Island and this year will offer the new work beginning on July 4th in New London. (John Lake, Dan Breslaw, and Terry Fisher made music to accompany the poems for a performance in Brighton, England in March.)

What is the strangest thing you've done to find writing material?

Have I ever done anything strange? I don't think so. Once I danced on the Philadelphia Music Hall stage and on NBC TV (this was back in the black-and-white days) but since it was odd and entertaining how bad I was didn't matter. And once I wrote several chapters about a series of magic performances, some tricks real and some purely imaginary, but since I scrubbed the series, that didn't matter, either.

You have translated Russian plays. Talk about the plays, your process, and how long it took you?

Moses Hadas put me in touch with Jason Epstein back in the early days of Anchor Books, which led to the two-volume Anthology of Russian Plays. I was working against time and was unhappy about my version of Griboyedov's verse drama The Trouble with Reason, then fifteen years later made more miserable by Norton's refusal to allow a new-free!-translation when they reprinted the anthology. There wasn't a proper version until, twenty years later, I could do it for Penguin's Nineteenth Century Russian Reader.

Back in the Sixties I was delighted that Arena Theater staged Andreyev's He Who Gets Slapped, but these days the skullduggery is discouraging: a director picks a writing friend to cobble together either a bunch of existing translations and pretend it's new or to "adapt" the original (from a translation, of course). Dick Wilbur's Molière is inimitable, but how often do theaters present Molière compared to Chekhov and Ibsen?

Seems to me that theater people look down on translators the way ladies and gentlemen looked down on theater people three hundred years ago.

Several of my own plays had staged readings but the closest to actual performance was Alan Schneider's project to present my play about a young man's machinations to garner a congressional seat his father had held. Alan's death crossing a London street early that summer took away the finest Beckett director we had.

Who are you reading now? List some of your favorite writers.

Recently read: Arnold Wesker, Basil Bunting, Dmitry Psurtsev, Bernard Schlink, Tennessee Williiams, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Paul Craig Roberts, Wilkie Collins, Robert Fisk, Jared Diamond, Henri Michaux, John Osborne

Assorted old favorites: John Berryman, R.P. Blackmur, E.P.Thompson, Muriel Rukeyser, Frank O'Connor, the Russian classics (Pushkin to Platonov)

Assorted young favorites: Stephanie Barron, Alastair MacLeod, Gabriel Marquez, Anatoly Naiman, Viktor Sosnora, My friends




presented by
the largest open studios
in New England
and the
second largest in the U.S.
with over 300 artists
exhibiting in a citywide
studio arts event
Saturday-Sunday, May 5-6

(Somerville, MA) Somerville Open Studios 2007: Imagining the Green Line. Saturday-Sunday, May 5-6, noon-6pm, with over 300 artists in more than 100 venues in various locations throughout the city of Somerville. [With special events preceding Open Studios weekend: “Artist’s Choice” exhibition, April 22-May 6, including an art opening on Sun., April 22, 2:30-5:30 pm, and an “Artist Toast” on Sun., April 29, 2:30-5:30 pm. At the Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Rd., Somerville.] All Somerville Open Studios events are free and open to the public. For up-to-date information, visit or call 617-470-5867.

Without a doubt, the Green Line extension planned for Somerville will prove to be the great social equalizer uniting all the disparate neighborhoods that make up the grand scheme of the city. Since artists often initiate the transformation from what is imagined to reality, this year’s 9th annual Somerville Open Studios (SOS) is providing a catalyst for that transformational change by engaging the public in this year’s timely “Imagining the Green Line.”

The two anchor exhibits for this year’s SOS green line exploration are the Brickbottom Gallery’s “Green Line Connections” (Mar. 30-May 6, and the Nave Gallery’s “The Green Line” (April 27-May 27, A free trolley service will connect these galleries during SOS weekend, running from the Union Square area on the east side to the Powderhouse Square area on the west side. The trolleys, which will emulate the proposed green line route, will run on a continuous basis during SOS weekend and will make frequent stops on the way, giving the public the opportunity to take in the unprecedented number of Somerville artists who will open up their work spaces for that weekend. To complement the trolley service, there will also be a free Zipcar-sharing service providing easier access to those studio locations that are not easy to reach by trolley.

Over 300 artists will be showing at more than 100 locations throughout the city. During this free citywide showcase for the arts, mid-career and emerging artists working across a broad spectrum of fine art styles and craft media – including painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, glass, fiber, jewelry, furniture and ceramics – will exhibit and sell their work to the public.

This year’s theme is not only providing the glue for a wide variety of visually artistic adventures for the public. It is also providing an opportunity for other Somerville constituents to contribute their take on the future of public transportation and car-sharing expansion in Somerville. For example the free trolley service, made possible from generous backing by the Office of the Mayor of Somerville, will also be “curated” by Somerville’s own Červená Barva Press ( who will showcase a wide variety of traveling spoken word artists throughout the two days.

Click here for Trolley Poetry Readings Schedule

The trolley service will also be assisted by representatives from the Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership (, with guidance also offered by the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development and the Somerville Traffic & Parking Department. Zipcar Inc. (, who has recently announced its car-sharing initiative with the MBTA, will be providing its own creative transportation angle for the weekend.

SOS Preview Events at the Somerville Museum:

Leading up to the SOS weekend in May, the Somerville Museum( will host its traditional “Artist’s Choice,” which provides a sneak preview of the art work that will be on display during open studios. Each participating SOS artist will choose one piece of work to be featured in this salon-style exhibition. The details for “Artist’s Choice,” which runs from April 22 through May 6, are as follows:

--April 22, Sun.: art opening, 2:30-5:30 pm [with live music provided by Somerville vocalist Steve Thomas and his “co-conspirator” Ben Schwendener on piano (].

--April 29, Sun.: "Artist Toast,” 2:30-5:30 pm [led by Doreen Manning, editor of the Beat (, followed by an “open floor for other toasts”].

--Regular gallery hours: Thurs., 2-7 pm; Fri., 2-5 pm; Sat. (4/28), noon-5; Sat.-Sun. (5/5-5/6), noon-6; and by appointment. The Somerville Museum is located at 1 Westwood Rd., Somerville; phone: 617-666-9810.

Various SOS weekend guides available to the public:

SOS website:
The continuously updated SOS website ( allows visitors to search participating artists by name, medium and location. The site includes full event information and a downloadable map, available by mid-April, so that visitors can easily plan their routes beforehand.

SOS map booklet:
SOS has created a printed booklet-style map showing specific studio locations within five neighborhood zones. The booklet features indexes by artist and by artistic medium, and also includes information on the trolleys, Zipcar-sharing, designated parking areas, special designations for handicapped accessible studios, and local sponsors. On May 5-6, this map booklet will be available on the trolleys and at all trolley stops, as well as at every studio site and at many retail establishments throughout the city. Unique map stands, designed and built by SOS artist Hilary S. Scott, will be located in various neighborhood artist enclaves. Before SOS weekend (from April 22 on), maps will also be available at several exhibition sites and retail establishments throughout the city. Updated information on where to obtain a map will be available on the website by mid-April.

SOS studio location markers:
Green balloons will mark all exhibition sites during SOS weekend.

SOS: overall weekend experience:
Somerville Open Studios (SOS) has come a long way from presenting 80+ artists in 1999. However, SOS continues to be dedicated to maintaining that initial local, grass-roots feel, providing visitors with the opportunity to view art made within the community, to interact with local artists, and to have access to artists' working spaces, ranging from the dozens of home studios to the large studio and commercial buildings, such as Central Street Studios, Joy Street Studios, Mad Oyster Studios, Vernon Street Studios, Washington Street Art Center, among others.

SOS: further background:
Somerville Open Studios (SOS) is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of producing an annual open studio and related events in Somerville, Massachusetts. Its goal is to broaden the public's exposure to, and appreciation of, finished works of art as well as the art-making process. This exposure both educates the community and raises awareness of the diverse artistic experience available in Somerville. Somerville Open Studios is managed by a Board of Directors comprised of participating artists. An Open Studios executive committee is formed each year to organize the event. This committee is assisted by many dedicated volunteers. SOS is run by artists volunteering their time, energy and talents, and is fully supported by participating artists and the sponsorships of local businesses. For more information, log onto


--submitted by marycurtinproductions
c/o Mary Curtin
PO Box 290703, Charlestown, MA 02129
"dedicated to staging insightful entertainment, particularly in non-traditional venues"

Trolley Poetry Readings Schedule/Subject to change
Readers will board trolleys at these stops

Saturday, May 5th

12-1:30 Mike Amado/ Medford St. Stop B/Behind High School/ Trolley 1
12-1:30 Jack Scully/ Medford St. Stop B /Behind High School/Trolley 1
12-1:30 Irene Koronos Davis Sq. Stop J
12-1:00 Harris Gardner Davis Sq. Stop J
12-1:00 Walter Howard Davis Sq. Stop J

1-2:00 Molly Lynn Watt Davis Sq. Stop J
1-2:00 Chad Parentheau Davis Sq. Stop J
12:58-2:00 Mark Fleckenstein Union Sq.. Stop P
12:58-2:00 Gloria Mindock

2-3:00 Afaa Michael Weaver Davis Sq. Stop J
2-3:00 Julia Carlson Davis Sq. Stop J
2-3:00 Valerie Lawson Davis Sq. Stop J
2-3:00 Beatriz Alba Del Rio
2:30-3:30 Pam Rosenblatt Davis Sq. Stop J Trolley 1
2:30-3:30 Anne Brudevold Davis Sq. Stop J Trolley 1

2:58-4:00 Tam Lin Neville Union Sq. Stop P
3-4:00 Sarah Nieves Squires Davis Sq. Stop J

4-5:00 Chad Parentheau Davis Sq. Stop J
4-5:00 Martha Boss Davis Sq. Stop J
4-5:00 Barbara Thomas Medford St. Stop B /Behind High School

4:58-6:00 Elizabeth Leonard Davis Sq. Stop J
5-6:00 Nathan Graziano Davis Sq. Stop J

Sunday, May 6th

12-1:00 Doug Holder Medford St. Stop B/ Behind High School
12-1:00 Barbara Thomas

1-2:00 Coleen Houlihan Davis Sq. Stop J
1-2:00 Jacques Fluery Davis Sq. Stop J

2-3:00 Alfred Nicol Davis Sq. Stop J
2-3:00 Steve Glines Davis Sq. Stop J
1:58-3:00 Jenny Barber Union Sq. Stop P
1:58-3:00 Mary Agner Union Sq. Stop P

2:58-4:00 Tim Gager Stop P Union Sq. Stop P
2:58-4:00 Dick Lourie Stop P Union Sq. Stop P
3-4:00 Carolyn Gregory Davis Sq. Stop J
3-4:00 Ian Thal Davis Sq. Stop J

3:58-5:00 Tom Daley Stop P Union Sq. Stop P
3:58-5:00 Luke Salisbury Stop P Union Sq.

4-5:00 Kathy Hornika Davis Sq. Stop J
4-5:00 Bill Lewis Davis Sq. Stop J

5-6:00 No one scheduled

Visual Art / Open Studios, along with gallery and museum exhibitions
(public transportation/car-sharing theme)
March, 2007
Mary Curtin, SOS media contact
[high res digital images]
[SOS updates available at]







Doug Holder will lead Poetry Workshop starting April 3 Newton Communty Education

Click on Below for info:

For info about Doug Holder go to

Doug Holder

Imagination, Vision and Revision: Developing Your Poetry Writing Skills: An online poetry writing workshop led by Tom Daley at the Online School of Poetry

April 15–June 10, 2007
Eight week workshop, limited to twelve participants
Cost: $250
To register, go to

Through exercises, readings and critiques by the instructor and your fellow workshop participants, learn techniques for crafting better poetry. Each week you will be given an assignment in poetic forms and/or poetic techniques with a special focus on revising your poems. We will be studying modern approaches to traditional forms and crafting our own poems in these forms. Other exercises will deal with using meter in poems, exploring the possibilities of simile and image, using imitation as a learning device and techniques for radically revising poetry. You will have the opportunity to post one revision each week in addition to the poem generated by the exercise for critique by the instructor and your peers. The class is open to novice poets and experienced hands alike.

about Tom Daley

In addition to his post at the Online School of Poetry, Tom Daley tutors beginning and experienced poets in person and by correspondence and teaches poetry writing at the Boston Center for Adult Education in Boston, Massachusetts and poetry and memoir writing at Lexington (MA) Community Education. He has been a guest instructor in ekphrastic writing at Brown University and in poetry writing and performance at Stonehill College. Tom led last fall’s poetry writing workshops and classes at the Writers In the Round annual retreat for songwriters and poets on Star Island (Rye, New Hampshire) and a workshop in the creative process at the Nantucket Athenaeum.

Tom Daley’s poetry is forthcoming or has been published in numerous journals, including Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, Diagram, 32 Poems, Salamander, Archipelago, Perihelion, Poetry Ireland Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Passages North and Hacks: The Grub Street Anthology. His manuscript, Shim, was a semi-finalist for the 2004 Bakeless Prize and a finalist for the 2005 Emily Dickinson First Book Prize offered by The Poetry Foundation. He graduated with highest honors in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina, where he won the Charles and Fanny Fay Wood Academy of American Poets Prize.

Here is a testimonial from a recent participant in Tom’s Online School of Poetry workshop:

“The workshop has been invaluable to me. I had ‘set aside’ my intellectual self for too long, not reading much and certainly not writing. Since the workshop, I've been in the public library looking up poets and poetry mentioned by Tom Daley and by other classmates. I've started a rough journal to record passing phrases and ideas. And Tom's encouraging, honest, and thorough commentary of my poems has allowed me to take myself as seriously as he does. I think Tom's diligent, dedicated reading of all of our poems is instructive. I know that when he admits to being confused by one of my poems or someone else's, it is not to be taken lightly. A rewrite is in order.

Whenever I was confounded by someone's poem, I knew that Tom would—after researching historical allusions, mythological creatures, and just plain unusual vocabulary—come up with a possible explanation. I'm impressed by the amount of time Tom put into his lectures and commentary. His responses to our poems were, in fact, complete essays that included the full text of poems he thought would be instructive. I appreciated that he sometimes included examples of Sylvia Plath's poetry in commenting on my poems (trying to show me how I could have done it a bit better), someone I had said I admired in my own Personal Description. The depth and breadth of his knowledge of poetry is impressive—he can and does relate student poems to both giants of poetry and to current poets writing today. The lectures were extremely helpful to me. They are certainly ‘graduate-level’ instruction, and I feel like I got a big ‘bang’ for my buck.”
Catherine Broderick

The Online School of Poetry was founded in 2005 by poet, playwright and jazz musician, Jeff Robinson. Other faculty include Quincy Troupe, Patricia Smith, Regie Gibson and Tony Brown.

Tom Daley is also available for one-on-one tutorials in writing and publishing. Contact him by e-mail at or call 617-256-8242.


(These readings current as of May 1st, 2007- go to the Readings page to see updated listings!)


Boston Skyline


Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam Sunday Night!

Cambridge Common
1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
$5 Cover
Every Sunday Poetry Slam: 8:00 pm
Feature: 9:30 pm
Open Mike: 10:30 pm


Hosted by MIKE AMADO

Part workshop, part reading - all poetry & songs
@ BOOKS AND MORE, in Plymouth, MA
EX. 5, off RT. 3

Out Of The Blue Gallery

EVERY MONDAY NITE, Stone Soup Poetry (Host: Chad Parenteau), a 35 year old venue, $4, sign up to be a feature - call Bill Perrault at 978-454-7423.
Starts at 7:30PM and don't forget to sign up!
Recorded on local t.v. station.

Stone Soup
Out of the Blue Gallery

The Features:
April 30th: Poet and novelist Steven Manchester.

Dire Reading Series /Out of the Blue Gallery/
1st Friday- Cambridge, MA

May 4, 2007
Readers: Douglas Light, Ellen Cooney, Marc Widenshein

June 1, 2007
Readers: Luke Salisbury, Eileen D'Angelo

USUALLY the 3rd FRIDAY of the MONTH! NOLA’s TIGH FILI POETRY & OPEN MIC, $5, 8PM, Host: Nola, poems/prose.

with Debbie: 8:15 PM, $3-5.

(Read your favorite poem-sing your favorite song-bring a friend!)
Occasional Features. Sign up.



Nicole DiCello (May 12)
Lynn Holdsworth (May 19)

Ryan "RAT" Travis(June 2)

JUNE:Jacques Fleury
What: Book Release party w/ samplings of Haitian cuisine, music and more
When: Saturday, June 16th, 2007 at 5 p.m.
Where: Out of the Blue Art Gallery 106 Prospect St. Cambridge, MA.

Feature info: Mike Amado,

1st SUNDAY of the MONTH! DEMOLICIOUS POETRY, $5, 2PM, Host: John, experimental poetry.

Out Of The Blue Art Gallery
106 Prospect Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
phone: 617-354-5287

The Boston Poetry Slam Downstairs at the Cantab Lounge

738 Massachusetts Ave,
Central Square, Cambridge, Mass
(617) 354-2685

Wednesday, 8 pm open mike; 9:30 pm feature; 10:30 pm slam
Hosted by: Slammaster Simone Beaubien
Co-hosts: Dawn Gabriel, Ryk McIntyre, J*me, Adam Stone.
$3 at the door
Please Note:
*****18+ everyone must have a photo ID*****

This Week:
May 2, 2007
Chicago hip-hop poet Billy Tuggle.
Tentative: first semi-final in this 8x8 series.

May 9, 2007
Local poet and former co-host Valerie Lawson brings us her new book, Dog Watch.
Tentative: second semi-final in this 8x8 series.

May 16, 2007
Old school slammers come back to the Cantab: touring Texas duo Susan B.A. Somers-Wilett and Genevieve Van Cleve.

May 23, 2007
A visit from the musicians of our sister slam: The Jeff Robinson Trio backs the open mic tonight.

The Bay State Underground: Thursday, May 3rd

at 236 Bay State Road, Boston MA, 02215
the offices of AGNI Magazine

The reading will be held in the offices of AGNI Magazine, in the basement of 236 Baystate Road. Doors and refreshments at 7:00 p.m. The reading will get started at 7:30 and be followed by still more refreshments.

Sponsored by: the Boston University Creative Writing Program, the Writers' Room of Boston, and AGNI Magazine


Alex Ankrom: Alex, an MFA candidate in Boston University's Graduate Creative Writing Program, grew up in a small suburb outside of Philadelphia. He first tried his hand at writing at the age of seven when he penned the as of yet unproduced screenplay for Gremlins 3: Mogwai Boogaloo. He then put his writing aspirations aside when the nonradioactive political bug bit him. After 13 years studying the field, including a stint as an Intern for United States Congressman Tim Holden of Pennsylvania, he figured he was too young to sell his soul. Since then he has worked as a tree trimmer, a sales clerk, a cashier at a supermarket, a set builder for Boston Playwright's Theatre, a short order cook, and a bartender. After considering a life as a Card Sharp and Con Artist, he and a few friends formed Poor Bastard Entertainment, a multimedia corporation focusing on the development and production of film, theatre, and television properties. Together they have thrown together stage productions of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and Mozart's The Magic Flute. He is currently working on his debut novel Going South. Poor Bastard Entertainment holds the film rights to this property, and they are set to start filming in October of 2007.

Tom Yuill: Tom has read or taught poetry at Boston University, the University of Iowa, Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, among others. His work has appeared in Newsday, Coelecanth, Visions, and The New Journal among others. He has new work forthcoming in 236. Yuill teaches at Boston University and at the New England Institute of Art in Brookline Village.

Eric Grunwald is a fiction writer, translator, and book reviewer with an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. His work has appeared in Partisan Review, The MacGuffin, Spoiled Ink, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. He is former managing editor of Agni and is currently chair of PEN New England's Freedom to Write Committee.


Saturday May 5 at 2 p.m.
Judith Valente reading from: "Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul"

6 Plympton Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-4648


Host Janet Cormier
presents the PRE-MOTHER'S DAY SHOW
comics rant and rave about their moms

Sunday May 6th
at the All Asia
334 Mass Ave

show time is 7:30 PM and admission is $5.00


Yenching Library

Monday May 7th 7 pm
Harvard University
Yenching Library
2 Divinity Ave
an evening of Haiku led by Rafael de Gruttola


Tuesday May 8th 7 pm
Cambridge Public Library Central Square Branch
poets from the waar anthology, The Other Side of Sorrow, Patricia Frisella, Cicely Buckley, J. Kates, etc.

Wednesday May 9th 7.30 pm
Tobin School, 197 Vassal Lane, Cambridge
Diana Der-Hovanessian reading from The Second Question for the Cambridge Sister City project

At Longfellow National Historic Site 105 Brattle Street
free and open to the public
Sponsored with the Friends of Longffellow

Sunday, June 3, 3 pm
Carriage House
HITS from Twelve Years of Compost Magazine with Kevin Gallagher, founding editor and others.

Sunay, June 17, 3 pm
Carriage House
CONVERSATION PIECES : Poems That Talk to Other Poems

Sunday, July 8, 4 pm
East Lawn
AMERICAN POETRY TODAY and GETTING IT PUBLISHED with editor and poet X J KENNEDY, the foremost writer of light verse 'and THOM WARD, poet and editor of Boa Editions.

Sunday, July 22, 4 pm
East Lawn
American Icons: Longfellow, Dickinson and Frost read by Poets OLGA BROUMAS, DAVID FERRY and F.D. REEVE comment on the legacys of the early American icons who will also new work of their own.

Sunday, August 5, 4 pm
East Lawn
GALWAY KINNEL a reading by and celebration of his 80th birthday
Galway Kinnell, called "America's preeminent visionary" . Book signing.

Sunday, August 19, 4 pm
East Lawn
ATLANTIC MONTLY's 150th Anniversary gala reading
Poetry Editor DAVID BARBER presents many guest readers to celebrate.

2007 -- Henry W. Longfellow's 200th Anniversary Year!

Longfellow National Historic Site
105 Brattle Street
Cambridge MA 02138

AGNI Magazine's 35th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at 7:00 p.m.

Boston Playwrights' Theatre
949 Comm Ave, Boston
(Green Line B, Pleasant St.)

AGNI Magazine's 35th Anniversary Celebration, launching #65, with readings by

  • Jonathan Schell: One of America's foremost writers on peace and war.
  • Melissa Green: Poet and memoirist; author of The Squanicook Eclogues.
  • Vince Passaro: Author of Violence, Nudity, Adult Content: A Novel; contributor to Harper's Magazine, GQ, & many others.
  • Rosanna Warren: Poet & translator; winner of the Lamont Prize and the American Academy of Arts & Letters's Award of Merit.

AGNI invites one and all to a reading and party on Wednesday, May 9, 2006, at 7:00 p.m., to celebrate our 35th anniversary and the publication of AGNI 65. The reading will be held at Boston University's Boston Playwrights' Theatre and will feature Jonathan Schell, Melissa Green, Vince Passaro, and Rosanna Warren.

AGNI---"one of America's, and the world's, most significant literary journals" (PEN American Center)---holds a "balance . . . between service to new writers and fidelity to what's what in writing itself" (Seamus Heaney).

Jonathan Schell is the author of twelve books, most recently The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People (2003), which Richard Falk in The New York Times called "the most impressive argument ever made that there exists a viable and desirable alternative to a continued reliance on war." A staff writer at The New Yorker from 1967 until 1987, Schell is senior visiting lecturer at Yale College and Yale Law School. Since 1998, he has been the Harold Willens Peace Fellow at the Nation Institute, where he is now based, and the Peace and Disarmament Correspondent for The Nation magazine. He appears often on radio and television, including Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Lehrer News Hour, The Charlie Rose Show, and Hardball with Chris Matthews. His recent articles on the nuclear question have appeared in The Nation, Foreign Affairs, and Harper's, of which he is a contributing editor. Jonathan Schell lives in New York City.

Melissa Green is the author of two books, a poetry collection, The Squanicook Eclogues (Norton), and a memoir, Color is the Suffering of Light (Norton). She has received the Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, AGNI, Grand Street, and elsewhere. Her translation of Joseph Brodsky's verse is included in Nativity Poems, a selection of Brodsky's work that also includes translations by Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Derek Walcott, and Richard Wilbur. She very recently completed a new volume of poems, Fifty-Two.

Vince Passaro is the author of Violence, Nudity, Adult Content: A Novel, as well as many stories, essays, and reviews appearing in such publications as AGNI, GQ, Esquire, Harper's Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The London Sunday Times Magazine, O The Oprah Magazine, Story, Boulevard, and Open City. He has taught writing and literature at Columbia, Hofstra, and Adelphi Universities, and this fall will teach a seminar at New York University on "The Writer in New York," where he lives. He works for Yaddo, the artists' colony in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Poet Rosanna Warren is the author, translator, & editor of many books, including her collections Snow Day (1981); Stained Glass (1993), which won the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Each Leaf Shines Separate (1985); and Departure (2003). Among many other grants and prizes, she has won the Discovery /The Nation Award, the Lila Wallace--Reader's Digest Writer's Award, and the Witter Bynner Prize. In 2004 the American Academy of Arts and Letters chose Rosanna Warren for its Award of Merit of Poetry, given once every six years to an outstanding poet. She is a member of AGNI's Advisory Board.

Free and open to the public.
For further information contact AGNI Senior Editor William Pierce at
or (617) 353-7135
or visit AGNI Online at

AGNI Magazine
Sven Birkerts, Editor
William Pierce, Senior Editor

New fiction, poetry, and essays posted weekly at AGNI Online, which the blog Three Quarks Daily calls "one of the best online journals in America."

An interview about lit mags in general and AGNI in particular appears at

"Yes, but I wonder if truth isn't simply a matter of the way we view things. Perhaps the world can be read in different ways. There is, of course, the truth of the senses---what we believe because of what we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, touch with our hands. There's the truth of the intellect, which puts things in terms of causes and effects, patterns and laws. Finally, there's the truth of the soul, which is poetic and measures according to its own harmony or discord, according to the melancholia or expansiveness it experiences."

-- from "The Three Veils of Ibn Oraybi" by Vincent Czyz, in AGNI 64.

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Powow River Poets Monthly Reading Series

SITE: Newburyport Art Association Gallery
65 Water Street, Newburyport
Events are free and open to the public;
site is handicapped-accessible; light refreshments
INFO: For more information, contact

Reading May 9, 2007
TIME: 7:30 PM
SITE: Newburyport Art Association Gallery, 65 Water Street, Newburyport
READERS: Catherine Tufariello and A. M. Juster
DETAILS: Event is free and open to the public; site is handicapped-accessible; light refreshments
INFO: For more information, check NAA site
or contact

June 20, Wed 7:30 PM

Bridgewater Reading Series

East Bridewater Public Library
The Community Room
32 Union Street
East Bridgewater, MA

May 12 Jeffrey Thomson
June 9 Thomas Lux

Gypsypashn's Poetry Caravan at Bestseller's Cafe

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Gypsypashn's Poetry Caravan at
Bestseller's Cafe

24 High Street
Medford, MA. 02155
(In the heart of downtown historic Medford, MA. where Jingle Bells was written; right off Rte 93)

Our venue meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM.

Free refreshments Open Mic.

Readings commence at 6:30 PM. Readings conclude 8:00 PM.

May 17th First all male readers

Sign up for this first annual event. We'll be doing for the guys what we do for the gals each April, that is, have an ALL MALE REVIEW! Any gentleman wishing to participate, let me know. As we've seen with the ladies readings, the more the merrier!! Please RSVP to me, at Gypsypashn@aolcom thanks! :*)

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June 21st Diana Sáenz

Diana Sáenz (pronounced “signs”) is the author of 15 plays which have been staged from California to Maine. She has written five chapbooks and is the founding editor of The Boston Poet, and along with her husband published the first issue of The Boston Poet Journal, Virgin Voyage and is presently seeking new submissions for the next issue, “Bad Ass.”

She is on the board of directors of the Boston National Poetry Festival. She is born and bred in Los Angeles, California, has lived in San Francisco, London, Montreal, Alabama, France and New England. Diana is married to poet/writer, Marshall Harvey, and the proud mother/stepmother of Destiny Sáenz and Karen Harvey.

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July 19th to be announced

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August 16th- Third Annual Biker Poetry Month Celebration and BBQ afterwards!

Don your leathers, lace up your boots, hop on your scoot, on jump in the car, and head on over to Bestsellers for this Celebration! Biker poets from near and far, and far and wide will be present to read their craft, and take you on the ride of a lifetime. Poet Laureates, K. Peddlar Bridges, Colorado T. Sky, Betsy "Gypsypashn" Lister, Marc "Moshe" Goldfinger, JoeGo Gouveia, J. Barrett "Bear" Wolf, will keep you holding on tight. If you didn't arrive on two wheels, when you leave you'll feel like you just spent the evening with the wind in your hair! After the reading, there'll be a continuation of the celebration of Biker Poetry Month at a BBQ Gypsy's house. This is the third year we've done this, and it becomes bigger and better each year! Don't miss this treat!

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September 20th OPEN - Stone Soup Poets of Cambridge will be featured at Bestsellers!

Line up to follow, and this is yet another first of what I hope to be an annual event. There's loads of talent at Stone Soup, and we're honored to have those poets feature at Bestsellers.... stay tuned for more info.....

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October 18th First ever SENIORS Reading.

I suppose at this point most of us are Seniors, and if you know of anyone who is over 65, please have them contact me to arrange becoming a feature this evening!

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November 15th David R. Surrette

David returns to Bestsellers. David R. Surette's first book of poetry is Young Gentlemen's School (Koenisha, 2004). Koenisha will publish a second volume of his poetry Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep In in 2007. David has three poems in a new anthology French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets. (Louisiana Literature Press 2007) and a poem in Look! Up in the Sky! An Antholgy of Comic Book Poetry (Sacred Fools Press 2007). He co-hosts Poetribe, a poetry series in southeastern Massachusetts.

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December 20th OPEN - planning something festive, but not sure what yet! :*)

Anyone wishing to feature here, let me know! :*)

That will wrap it up thus far Bestseller's... and anyone who hasn't yet featured, who'd like to, kindly write me and let me know! As always there's OPEN MIC, and REFRESHMENTS courtesy of me.... so as they say on the Price is Right...."C'mon Down!"

The months of April and August are already spoken for, but all other months remain open. If you'd like to be a feature at Bestsellers this coming year, let me know. A reminder that we meet the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM.

Want to feature one of the open months? Email me at: Gypsypashn@aolcom

Write on!

New Hampshire Poet Laureate 2005
New Hampshire Poet Laureate 2006, Massachusetts Poet Laureate 2006
Founder of Gypsypashn's Poetry Caravan


Contact information:
Betsy Lister
P.O. Box 496
Medford, MA 02155

O’Shea’s Olde Inne

348 Main Street (Route 28)
in the village of West Dennis
May 18th, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and every third Thursday of the month

A new monthly poetry series brings spoken word back to the Cape. The Poetry Session at O’Shea’s is a free monthly all-ages open mic for poets and lovers of poetry held in the Back Room at O’Shea’s.

For further information: Gregory Hischak 508-398-5434

Brockton Library Poetry Series

Saturday, May 19th, 2007, 2-5 PM:
Featuring: Ryk McIntyre and Lolita Paiewonsky

Brockton Public Library
304 Main St.
(508) 580-7890 x 207


Free Event with really comfortable chairs and cool refreshments

12:00 - 5:00 Art Exhibit
12:00 - 2:00 Writing workshop with Danielle Legros Georges
2:15 - 3:30 Open reading
3:45 - 4:45 Feature

Upcoming Features:

June 16th Tony Brown, Randall Horton
July 21st Tom Chandler, Walter Howard
August 18th an Afternoon with painter, philosopher Arnie Danielson
September 15th Maxine Kumin, Carole Oles
October 20th Dr Jeffrey Thomson
November 17th Joanna Nealon, Robyn Su Miller
December 15th TBA

Wake up and Smell the Poetry

HCAM TV Studio
77 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA.
Saturday, May 19th, 10:30 am-12:30
Free admission
Sou MacMillan and Molly Saccardo

Wake up and Smell the Poetry
HCAM TV Studio
77 Main Street
Hopkinton, MA.
Saturday, June 16th, 10:30 am-12:30
Free admission
Life-altering Poetry” with June Beisch


MAY 19TH, 4:00-6:00PM


Martha Collins Reading Schedule


May 20, 2007, 2:00-4:00 PM
Nantucket Poetry Slam

Featured reader
contact: Len Germinara

Portsmouth, New Hampshire:

April 4, 2007, 7:00 PM
Café Espresso

738 Islington Street
Portsmouth, NH
(with L.R. Berger)

Gainesville, Florida:

April 13, 8:00 PM
Goerings Book Store

3433 W. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL

Fairfax, Virginia:

Thursday, April 19, 2007, evening
George Mason University

Student Union I ABC
Fairfax, Virginia
contact: Peter Klappert




2 Belgrade Avenue
Roslindale, MA
Marc Widershein


Thursday, May 24th John Wunjo, Walter Howard

Thursday, June 28th Joanna Nealon, Danielle Georges

Cambridge Cohousing presents
The Fireside Reading Series

How to get to Cambridge Cohousing:
Cambridge Cohousing is located just north of Porter Square at 175 Richdale Ave. From Massachusetts Ave., turn onto Walden St. Go over the commuter rail tracks and immediately turn right onto Richdale Ave. Cambridge Cohousing is the complex of yellow buildings. Walk through the main gate at 175 Richdale Ave. to the common house. For further information or directions, please contact Jenise Aminoff, 617.576.2004, or Molly Watt, 617-354-8242,

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007
7:30 PM

Readers: Bernadette Davidson and Elizabeth Quinlan



Hosted by Tony Brown
Every Tuesday starting at 7:30 PM

Reflections Cafe
8 Govenor St, corner of Wickenden St
Providence, RI 02903-4429
(401) 273-7278


PWP Publication Launch Party
Meet the Authors: IRIS BERMAN & BOB HEMAN
+ Open Mic
May 11, 2007 7PM - 9PM

Symposia Bookstore
510 Washington St.
(btwn. 5th & 6th Sts.)
Hoboken, NJ, 07030

Symposia is a not-for-profit project supported through donations of books, DVDs, CDs, and office equipment.

The Event is rate PG and is FREE! Please donate a gently used or brand new book or CD to help support our neighborhood bookstore.

Hosted by Publishers/Editors:
Roxanne Hoffman & Herbert Fuerst

About the Authors:

Iris Berman is the author of "The Little Book of Fairy Tales & Love Poems" (PWP April 2007). She is also a painter and photographer, graduate of Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont and attended the The Art Students League in Manhattan. Her artwork has been exhibited in several solo and many group exhibitions. Her new book features one of her painting on its cover as well as illustrations by Roxanne Hoffman Her previous chapbook "The Little Book of Flowers" will also be available at this event.

Bob Heman is the author of "Cone Investigates" (PWP March 2007) and the editor/publisher of "CLWN WR" a magazine dedicated to the very very short poem (20 words or less preferred). Famed for his cut-outs and collages which have been exhibited at Safe-T-Gallery, in Brooklyn, his new chaplet features a new collage he did especially for its cover. His collection "How It All Began" is available from Quale Press ( as a free e-book.

About PWP!
PWP is a small press based in New Jersey devoted to introducing new authors through limited edition, high-quality chaplets and chapbooks primarily of poetry. Please visit us online at


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92nd Street Y Reading Series

92nd Street Y Reading Series

Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
New York, NY



Lalita Java
210 East 3rd St.
(Btwn. B & C)

Poet to Poet/Asbestos Arts Group Poetry Readings



Asbestos Arts Group Open Mic featuring David Lawton.

Sunday, May 6th, 2007 3 pm.
Back Fence Bar

155 Bleecker St, Manhattan. (btwn Broadway & 6th Ave)
$3 adm, $3 min.
Eric Shayer, guest emcee.
Robert Dunn, emcee @

Asbestos Arts Group Open Mic featuring Edgar Carlson

Thursday, May 10th, 2007 8 pm
The Vault

90-21 Springfield Blvd
Queens Village, NY
Robert Dunn, emcee @

Asbestos Arts Group Open Mic featuring Mother’s Day Special: Babette Albin

Sunday, May 13th, 2007 3 pm.
Back Fence Bar

155 Bleecker St, Manhattan. (btwn Broadway & 6th Ave)
$3 adm, $3 min.
Robert Dunn, emcee @

Asbestos Arts Group Open Mic featuring Barbara Novack

Sunday, May 20th, 2007 3 pm.
Back Fence Bar

155 Bleecker St, Manhattan. (btwn Broadway & 6th Ave)
$3 adm, $3 min.
Evie Ivy, guest emcee
Robert Dunn, emcee @

Asbestos Arts Group Open Mic featuring Hassanal Abdullah

Sunday, May 27th, 2007 3 pm.
Back Fence Bar

155 Bleecker St, Manhattan. (btwn Broadway & 6th Ave)
$3 adm, $3 min.
Robert Dunn, emcee @


Readings featuring Thad Rutkowski


April 30, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Reading from my work. College of Staten Island, English Department.

May 1, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Library, Grand Army Plaza, Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue
(2 train to Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn Museum).
Hosted by Robert Hershon.

May 5, Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
Feature for Brownstone Poets. Fifth Avenue Restaurant and Diner,
432 Fifth Avenue (between Eighth and Ninth streets),
Brooklyn. R or F train to Fourth Avenue/Ninth Street station.
$3 plus food, drink.

May 14, Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Feature, plus floor spots by several friends.
Saturn Series at Nightingale Lounge.
Second Avenue at East 13th Street, Manhattan.

May 20, Sunday, 7:00 p.m.
Reading from Tetched, with brief screening for Anomaly, the Film.
Bluestockings bookstore, 172 Allen Street, Manhattan.

Hope to see you! --Thad Rutkowski

PERCH Reading Series

May Reading Schedule
7:30 PM

May 1-Jan Clausen received a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship in 2003. She will publish two poetry collections in 2007: From a Glass House (Ikon) and If You Like Difficulty (Harbor Mountain Press). Her nine previous books include a memoir: Apples and Oranges (Houghton Mifflin) and the poetry collection Durations (Hanging Loose). The recipient of an NEA fiction fellowship, Clausen has published two novels and a short story collection. Her creative work has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Calyx, Coconut, Fence, Gargoyle, Hanging Loose, The Hat, Kenyon Review and other magazines. Her book reviews and journalism have appeared in Boston Review, Ms., The Nation, Poets and Writers, and The Women’s Review of Books. She currently teaches writing in the Goddard College Writing Program at the New School and at New York University.

May 8-Gloria Williams is a Brooklyn born poet, visual artist, and vocalist for the band Kanipchen-Fit. As a poet she has read and performed in venues including; Galapagos, KGB Bar, Lucky 13 Bar, Bowery Poetry Club, St. Marks Poetry Project, and club Occuii in Amsterdam. Her poems have been published in literary zines including; A Gathering of the Tribes #11, the anthology Aloud, and Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café. Her author illustrated story-poem “Cracked Tale” was published by Big Fat Press.

May 15-City College Undergraduate Students will read from their own writing.

May 22-Grace Schulman’s newest poetry collection, The Broken String, is forthcoming Spring 2007, from Houghton Mifflin. Her latest book of poems are Days of Wonder: New and Collected Poems (2002) and The Paintings of Our Lives (2001). Honors for her poetry include a Guggenheim Award and a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She was awarded New York University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. She is also the winner of the American Scholar’s “Best Poem” Award, and Days of Wonder, a finalist for the Phi Betta Kappa Award, was listed in Library Journal as one of the best books of 2002. She is the editor of The Poems of Marianne Moore (Viking, 2003). Ms. Schulman has served as Director of the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y and as Poetry Editor of the Nation. She is currently a Distinguished Professor at Baruch College.

May 29-Joanne Reitano loves New York so much that she has written The Restless City: A Short History of New York from Colonial Times to the Present (Routledge 2006). It is a non-traditional account of how riots, strikes, reform movements and controversial individuals shaped the city. Joanne habitually harnesses fiction to enrich non-fiction. When not writing, she is Professor of History at La Guardia Community College (CUNY) where she has taught since obtaining a PhD. in U.S. history from NYU three decades ago. This is her third book.

F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street (btwn 5th and 6th St.)
W W W . T H E P E R C H C A F E . C O M

The Writer's Voice Visiting Author Series Presents:

John Amen, Colette Inez & Larissa Shmailo

Friday, May 4, 2007 7:30 PM

Reading/Discussion/Book signing
Books will be available for sale at this reading from BookCourt.

West Side YMCA-- The George Washington Lounge
5 West 63rd Street (between Central Park West & Broadway)

~Admission Free and Open to the Public~
We are located at 5 W. 63rd Street, between Central Park West & Broadway.
Accessible Trains: A, C, B, D, 1 & 9 to Columbus Circle.

Upcoming Readings with John Amen

New York City

Colette Inez, Larissa Shmailo, and John Amen
are doing a reading at the West Side Y in New York on May 4 at 7:30PM.

We'll be in the George Washington Lounge
the address is 5 West 63rd (between Central Park West and Broadway).
It'll be exciting to be in NYC again and to read with Colette and Larissa.

Philadelphia, PA

There will be a Pedestal Magazine event in Philadelphia on May 6
An engaging line-up of Pedestal friends and contributors.

Thanks to Peter Krok, poet and editor of Schuylkill Valley Journal, for thinking this up.
Address: The Manayunk Art Center.
419 Green Lane (rear)
Philadelphia, PA 19128.
This will be an afternoon event, starting at 3PM.


May 5th, 2007

With TWO SEPARATE SHOWS: 6-8pm and 9-11pm
($10 per set, one drink minimum)
Co-Hosts Irene Zabytko and Alexander J. Motyl
First set 6-8pm

Readings by:
Irene Zabytko
, award-winning fiction writer of The Sky Unwashed, When Luba Leaves Home, Stories, and the forthcoming She Was Exotic and Strange.

Dzvinia Orlowsky, Pushcart Prize-winning poet and author of A Handful of Bees, Edge of House, Except for One Obscene Brushstroke, and the forthcoming Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones.

Alexander J. Motyl, author of Whiskey Priest and the forthcoming Who Killed Andrei Warhol.

Films by:
Andrij Parekh
, cinematographer and director, winner of the Grand Marnier Prize at the New York Film Festival for Dead Roosters.

Roxy Toporowych, producer and director of Folk!, her documentary film directorial debut.


Second set 9-11pm

Readings by:
Vasyl Makhno
, Ukrainian-language poet and playwright, author of 38 Poems About New York and Other Things and the play, Coney Island.

Irene Zabytko, Dzvinia Orlowsky, and Alexander J. Motyl

Recent short films from Ukraine: introduced by Professor Yuri Shevchuk Ukrainian Film Club, Columbia University.

Books and DVDs Available for Purchase

The Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
New York, New York 10012
Reservations: 212 989-9319; Information:

Reading/Event: Poetry Events at Molloy College

Multi Purpose Room, 2nd floor, Wilbur Arts Center
Molloy College

1000 Hempstead Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Contact: Barbara Novack, Writer-in-Residence, Molloy College

May 6 2007, 3-5 pm, Free
Featured Poet: Patti Tana

Open reading follows featured poet
Complete information and reader bio on

Mondays at Colony Arts Center

Colony Arts Center
22 Rock City Road
Woodstock, New York or (845) 679-5342

MON, MAY 7th, 7 p.m., Free Admission
Featured: George Guida
Open Reading Follows

Bowery Women Poets Readings

Bowery Women Poets

Featuring poets from Bowery Women: Poems Bob Holman and Marjorie Tesser, Editors. (Bowery Books)


Bowery Women Poetry Reading
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
7- 9 p.m. Free admission McNally-Robinson Booksellers

52 Prince Street NYC
Poets to read include Martha Rhodes and others.

Bowery Women Poetry Reading
for LouderArts Project
Monday, May 21, 2007
7 p.m Admission $6
Bar 13

35 E. 13th Street NYC

The Intercollegiate Poetry Slam

The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery
New York, New York

SAT, MAY 12th, 6 p.m., $5 Admission, $100 First Prize
Visit or call 212-614-0505 for further information.

Reading and Cocktail Party for
The Mom Egg

A Journal of Writing and Art by Mothers
Edited by Alana Ruben Free and Marjorie Tesser


Friday, May 18, 2007
5-7 p.m. $6 admission, includes one drink

85 West 4th Street NYC

Poets and prose writers will read. Readers to include Fay Chiang, Cheryl Boyce Taylor, Corie Feiner, Jennifer Hill-Kaucher, Estelle Bruno and more.

The Mom Egg is the official literary journal of Mamapalooza, a worldwide festival held every May to celebrate the creativity of moms.
Check out

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

Old Town Philadelphia


John Amen Reading

There will be a Pedestal Magazine event in Philadelphia on May 6
An engaging line-up of Pedestal friends and contributors.

Thanks to Peter Krok, poet and editor of Schuylkill Valley Journal, for thinking this up.
Address: The Manayunk Art Center.
419 Green Lane (rear)
Philadelphia, PA 19128.
This will be an afternoon event, starting at 3PM.

Dr. Niama L. Williams Readings
Philadelphia, PA

Fairmount Arts Crawl ( and hear me and several other poets and writers put our work before the toughest audience: strolling festival goers. The Poetry Corner will be located at Ward Park, 24th and Aspen, and the Crawl organizers have promised us sunshine and warm breezes. Check us out starting at 2 p.m.:

POETRY CORNER / Ward Park 24th & Aspen Streets
(Rain Venue: London Grill Coffee Shop / 23rd & Fairmount)

Nancy Parks – 2:00
Ashraf Osman – 2:30
Michele Belluomini – 3:00
Dan Maguire – 3:30
Arlene Bernstein – 4:00
Joe Fanning (musician) – 4:30
Dr. Niama Williams – 5:00

And if, by chance, you are watching some truly compelling (and it BETTER be compelling) sporting event Sunday afternoon, you can catch me at Robin's Bookstore ( this coming Tuesday at 6 p.m. with Dr. Justin Vitiello, Moonstone Poetry Series coordinator and former guest on "Poetry & Prose & Anything Goes with Dr. Ni" on Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio (http;// As the Moonstone Series only occurs on Tuesday nights, there will be no radio show this week, but I WILL be back next week with quite the stunning guest!

"Poetry & Prose & Anything Goes with Dr. Ni"
(radio show; internet radio)

Address: (Dr. Ni's local address) P.O. Box 15095
City and State: Philadelphia, PA 19130-9998
Contact person and or URL/information: Dr. Niama L. Williams; www.internetvoicesradio
Date, time, price: Every Tuesday, 8-9 p.m. EST
$35/guest/appearance on show
Readers: International internet radio listeners
Other appropriate info: (station owner's address):
Ms. Lillian Cauldwell
P.O. Box 2344 Ann Arbor, MI 48106-2344;

Dr. Niama L. Williams
P. O. Box 15095
Philadelphia, PA 19130-9998

Hosted by Aziza Kintehg

Every First Friday of the Month

Be part of an Art Extravaganza * Spoken Word * Music Freestyle * Open Mike

Jose Sebourne Graphic Design
1213-15 Vine Street Philadelphia PA 19107
7-10pm $5.00 Cover

Contact info:
The Gallery - (215)564-2554
Aziza Kintehg(215)668-4500
Email: azizalockdiva@...

or check out the website:


Chicago Skyline


Poetry Center and Poetry Foundation Present

Poetry reading and discussion with bestselling poet, translator, and spiritualist

CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, and the Poetry Center of Chicago, announce a reading and discussion with internationally renowned poet and essayist Robert Bly.

Poetry reading with Robert Bly

Wednesday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m.

School of the Art Institute Ballroom 112 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Admission is $10/$8 students; SAIC students, faculty, and staff are free.
A private benefit reception with Robert Bly, featuring musical entertainment by guitarist Andreas Kapsalis, will take place after the reading. Tickets to the reception are $100 and all proceeds benefit the Poetry Center of Chicago.
For tickets, please call (312) 899-1229.


Golden Gate Bridge


Center for the Art of Translation Spring Lit&Lunch Series, 2007

Vietnamese Poetry in Performance: John Balaban & Le Pham Le
Tuesday, May 8, 2007, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna St., San Francisco

PIO Spring Poetry Recital
Saturday, May 12th, 2007, 2:30 p.m.

Koret Auditorium in the San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 557-4400
PIO students reading their poetry and translations.

Nahid Rachlin Readings:

May 25, Friday, 2:00 P.M.

Reading, discussion, book signing, PERSIAN GIRLS, memoir
9500 Gilman Drive, Literature Department 0410
La Jolla

May 25, Friday 7:00 P.M.
Reading, book signing, PERSIAN GIRLS, memoir
D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue, La Jolla


Seattle Space Needle


Judith Skillman Readings

May 26th: Saturday, with Bruce Bond, and another Silverfish Review Press author TBA at the Hugo House,
on 11th Avenue between Pike and Pine, Seattle, WA, 7 – 9 pm.

Toronto, Canada:

Canada Flag


Draft Reading Series

Artists Play Studio Theatre

276 Carlaw Ave. Ste 209
Toronto, ON M4M 3L1

Contact person and or URL/information
Maria Meindl

Date, time, price
May 16, 2007
$5 includes a copy of Draft publication

George Elliott Clarke
Flavia Cosma
Pasha Malla
rob mclennan
Merle Nudelman

Toronto Writers’ Centre celebrates its one year anniversary

Join the festivities!
We’re offering special anniversary pricing to the first 25 writers who join us as new, full-time members
No Initiation fee
7 months for the price of 6 months*
*Offer expires on May 1, 2007.

Thank You For Choosing Toronto Writers' Centre!

Toronto Writers' Centre
Suite 200
101 Yorkville Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
M5R 1C1

t: 416-975-5172
f: 416-975-3978

Prague, Czech Republic:

Vaclav Square, Prague


The 2nd Triennial Prague International Poetry Festival

May, 2007
Contact organizer: Louis Armand



The East Coast Premiere of
Written by Guillem Clua
Translated by DJ Sanders

May 25 – June 24, 2007

PLEASE NOTE: Spanish playwright Guillem Clua will be in attendance on opening night and will be available for interviews.

*** PLEASE NOTE: Contains nudity and strong sexual content. ***

Philadelphia, PA - Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 7:00 p.m., marks Opening Night of InterAct Theatre Company’s production of SKIN IN FLAMES, a blistering meditation on the mass marketing of war and the darker side of forgiveness. Written by Guillem Clua, one of Spain's most successful Catalan playwrights, critically-acclaimed SKIN IN FLAMES makes its much anticipated east coast premiere as the final production in InterAct Theatre Company's 2006/2007 Season.


Journalists of all kinds have chronicled the births of new democracies from the ashes of brutal wars and crumbled regimes; from Bosnia to the Soviet Union to Vietnam to Chile to Iraq. The journalists who cover these major transformations of country and culture often become participants in the stories they witness, crossing the ethical line between reporting on and influencing events in history. Such is the dilemma facing Frederick Salomon the lead character in Guillem Clua's SKIN IN FLAMES.

A dramatic thriller marked by intriguing mystery and graphic sexuality, SKIN IN FLAMES chronicles the story of Salomon, a famous photojournalist who returns to the country where his career was launched during a brutal civil war. One photograph - of a schoolgirl flying through the air after a bomb explosion - has since become a world-renowned icon of war, violence and the destruction of innocence. Many have credited this photograph as the first step in the country’s recent peace efforts and twenty years later, Salomon returns to the now infant democracy to receive a prestigious peace award. First, however, he is to be interviewed by Hannah, an ambitious young journalist, who interprets the image differently. Throughout the interview, Salomon and Hannah debate the mass marketing of images of violence and question the United Nations’ role in assisting third-world nations, but most importantly what really happened on that fateful day. Meanwhile, in the same theatrical space, another couple’s story unfolds; however, each couple remains unaware of the other’s presence. Dr. Brown is making a routine visit with a local woman, Ida, whose daughter is in a comma at a local hospital. Ida trades sexual favors for the medical treatment that may save her daughter and provide the chance to see her little Sara transferred to a hospital in America.

Two contrasting scenes of deceit and desperation slowly shape the plot as the audience pieces together the fragments left behind by the war. Who was the girl in the photo? How did that image change her life, her country, and the world? Filled with gut-wrenching twists, SKIN IN FLAMES takes the audience on an emotional and intellectual journey challenging them to consider and question the fine line dividing those in power and those in need of assistance. With the expertly crafted structure and story elements found in every country’s newspaper headlines, SKIN IN FLAMES melds the best of content and form into a hauntingly unforgettable theatrical experience.

Titled LA PELL EN FLAMES in its original Catalan, SKIN IN FLAMES premiered at the Villarroel Theatre in Barcelona, Spain, where it won the 2004 Alcoi Theatre Prize as well as the 2005 Serra d'Or Critics Award for Best Script. It then made its U.S. debut at HotCity Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, where it earned a place on the Best of 2006 lists in both the Ladue News and Riverfront Times. Each production left audiences and critics mesmerized. "[SKIN IN FALMES] ignites a theatrical wildfire of suspense and surprise that sears the imagination," raved Dennis Brown of The Riverfront Times. Joan-Anton Benach wrote in her La Vanguardia review wrote, "... in the ambiguity of certain facts, and in the intriguing crescendo of the plot, there are hours of reflection packed into the short theatrical experience.KDHX Theatre Review's Daniel Higgins described it as "... a rare opportunity to see a thoughtful and refreshingly different perspective on the relationship between the First World and the Third World in the context of war." Anne Earney of PLAYBACK:stl exclaimed simply, "SKIN IN FLAMES is a complex play for mature, thinking audiences."


SKIN IN FLAMES runs for 27 performances, May 25 – June 24, 2007, with preview performances May 25 - 29 and Opening Night on Wednesday, May 30. Performances are Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Individual tickets are available. Tickets for preview performances are $15.00; Tuesday through Thursday performances are $22.00; Friday & Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees are $25.00. InterAct offers discounts for senior citizens and full-time students (with valid I.D.). Group rates are available, and students with proper I.D. may purchase Rush Tickets for $8.00 five minutes before curtain (based on availability). All performances take place at The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. Reservations or more information can be obtained by calling 215-568-8079, by dropping by the InterAct Theatre Company box office at The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA, or by visiting InterAct Theatre Company's website at


During the run of SKIN IN FLAMES, InterAct will host several post-performance talk-backs to encourage further discussion on the issues raised. Speaker Sundays, a series featuring invited scholars, community leaders and artists, are scheduled to follow matinee performances on Sunday, June 3, 10 and 17. On Sunday, June 17, the guest speaker will be Salman Akhtar, MD, professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College. For a schedule of other guest speakers, call InterAct at 215-568-8079. Coffee Conversations, an informal discussion with the production's artists and designers, sponsored by Whole Foods, are scheduled to follow performances on Tuesday, June 5, Wednesday 16, Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13.


Guillem Clua (Playwright) studied journalism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He started his theatrical training in 1994 at the London Guildhall University. Afterwards, he participated in writers’ workshops at the prestigious Sala Beckett in Barcelona studying with numerous Catalan playwrights. He is the author of seven works for the stage including an adaptation of Death in Venice and the original play Invisibles (Invisible), which won the City of Alcoi Theatre Prize in 2002. In 2004, his third full-length script, LA PELL EN FLAMES (SKIN IN FLAMES), won the City of Alcoi Theatre Prize B before premiering at the Villarroel Theatre in Barcelona. SKIN IN FLAMES was also awarded the prestigious Barcelona Critics Award for Best Script in 2005. In 2006, his newest full-length play, El Sabor De Las Cenizas (Taste of Ashes), premiered in a staged reading at Repertorio Español in New York. Since 2003, Guillem Clua has been on the writing team for the popular Catalan television program El Cor De La Ciutat (The Heart of the City) and is currently head writer for the series.

DJ Sanders (Translator) translated SKIN IN FLAMES (from the original Catalan LA PELL EN FLAMES) and Taste of Ashes (from the original Spanish El Sabor De Las Cenizas), in addition to Àngel Guimerà’s 1896 classic The Lowlands (from the original Catalan Terra Baixa). Sanders is also the author of more than twenty original stage plays, including Temptations of the Father, Cypher: Variations on Therapy, Sex, and Baseball, and six ten-minute plays published with Brooklyn Publishers. His works have been presented in Australia, India, and coast to coast in the United States. Sanders previously taught advanced English for non-native speakers at the University of Illinois, the University of Barcelona, and Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently pursuing further graduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis focusing on the translation of drama. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Seth Rozin (Director) co-founded InterAct Theatre Company in 1988 and has since served as Producing Artistic Director. He has directed over 30 productions for InterAct, including this season’s critically-acclaimed productions of Thomas Gibbons’ A House With No Walls and Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman. He also directed Israel Horovitz's Lebensraum (1999 Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Direction of a Play, Outstanding Overall Production of a Play, and Outstanding Ensemble), It’s All True (2001 Barrymore nominations for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Overall Production) and Permanent Collection (nominated for Outstanding Overall Production). He has twice been named "Best Director" by the Philadelphia Inquirer for both the world premiere of Thomas Gibbons' 6221 and for Lebensraum. Other favorite productions with InterAct include the Philadelphia premieres of Blue/Orange, Nixon’s Nixon, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Lonely Planet, Seascape, and God’s Country. Seth has also directed for the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, Blue Heron Theatre and the 45th Street Theatre in New York. His regional credits include work with Act II Playhouse, Venture Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Buck Schirner (as Frederick Salomon) was Barrymore nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role in InterAct Theatre’s In the Heart of America. Other theatre credits include: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Arden Theatre); Equus (Mum Puppet Theatre); Side Man and The Laramie Project (Philadelphia Theatre Company); The Drawer Boy (Montgomery Theater Company), Indian Ink (Wilma Theater); Taming of the Shrew (Lantern Theater Company); King Lear (Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival); The Passion of Dracula (Bermuda’s Off-Broadway cast); Wenceslas Square (Caux, Switzerland’s Blue Ridge Theatre Festival), Strange Snow (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Of Mice and Men and many other shows (Boarshead Michigan Public Theater). Buck also narrates audio books for the Brilliance Audio label.

Leah Walton (as Hanna) makes her InterAct debut with SKIN IN FLAMES. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2004, she has appeared with Gas and Electric Arts, the Walnut Street Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre Co, Delaware Theatre Co, Mum Puppettheatre, Theatre Ariel among many others. Leah was most recently seen in Spring Awakening with EgoPo Productions, and continues to work with the company on its upcoming season. She trained at Ithaca College, the National Theatre Institute, and Moscow Art Theatre, and now teaches using the acting technique of Michael Chekhov.

Charlotte Northeast (as Ida) is a native of Canada and a graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City. Favorite roles include Juliet at American Stage, Catherine (u/s) in Florida Studio Theatre’s Proof, Lady Macbeth at Shakespeare on the Hudson, and Alais in Banyan Theatre’s Lion in Winter. Philadelphia theatre: Tape (TOW Theatre), Street of Useful Things (Act II), Fat Pig (GreenLight), Love’s Labor’s Lost (CCTC). Film: 9.14 Pictures’ Headspace, and Cowbell Films’ Down with the Boogey. Up next: The Game of Love & Chance with CCTC.

Joe Guzman (as Dr. Brown) will also be featured in the production.

The design team for SKIN IN FLAMES includes Set Design by Matt Saunders, Costume Design by Karen Ledger, Lighting Design by Peter Whinnery and Props Design by Rowen Haigh. The production will be Stage Managed by Michele Traub, Assistant Directed by Paul Jerue and Assistant Stage Managed by Nicole Rolo. Andy Campbell will serve as Technical Director.


Founded in 1988, InterAct is a theatre for today's world, producing new and contemporary plays that explore the social, political, and cultural issues of our time. InterAct's aim is to educate as well as entertain its audiences by producing world-class, thought-provoking productions, and by using theatre as a tool to foster positive social change. Through its artistic and educational programs InterAct seeks to make a significant contribution to the cultural life of Philadelphia and to the American theatre.


InterAct celebrates its 20th Anniversary with its 2007/2008 Season. Opening in October 2007, the season will include Steven Dietz’s THE LAST OF THE BOYS, October 19 - November 18, 2007; the World Premiere of Seth Rozin’s BLACK GOLD, January 25 - February 24, 2008; Bryony Lavery’s critically-acclaimed Broadway hit FROZEN, April 4 - May 4, 2008; and a currently untitled World Premiere play by Philadelphia playwright Larry Loebell that will run May 24 - June 23, 2008.

Season subscriptions for InterAct’s 20th Anniversary season are currently available ranging from $60.00 - $108.00. Call InterAct’s box office at 215-568-8079 or visit

Due to the nature of live theatre, play selection, performance and casting are subject to change.

David Golston
Director of Marketing & PR
InterAct Theatre Company
2030 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
phone: 215-568-8077
fax: 215-568-8095

Ford Hall Forum presents Does Theater Have a Future? The Players Look Forward …

Edward Albee
three-time Pulitzer Prize winner)
Rick Lombardo
(director, and producing artistic director at
New Repertory Theatre)
Karen MacDonald
(actor, founding member of
American Repertory Theater)

moderated by
Ed Siegel
(arts critic & former Boston Globe theater critic)

Monday, April 30, at 6:30-8:00 pm at the Rabb Auditorium Boston Public Library

(Boston, MA) Ford Hall Forum presents “Does Theater Have a Future? The Players Look Forward …” with Edward Albee, Rick Lombardo, and Karen MacDonald; moderated by Ed Siegel. Monday, April 30, at 6:30-8:00 pm. Followed by an open discussion. Admission is free and open to all. Rabb Auditorium, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston, MA.
Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Orange and Green Line on the MBTA.
For more information call Ford Hall Forum 617-373-5800 or visit

You need three things in the theater,” said Kenneth Haigh, “The play, the actors and the audience, and each must give something.”

Today, with expanding options for at-home-entertainment, the theater is faced with increasing competition to attract the last, and perhaps, most important element — the audience. What is it that still draws millions every year to a darkened auditorium and a stage? What are writers, directors, and actors doing to bring in new generations of theater goers? Will we continue to make our way to Broadway and regional productions for decades (and centuries) to come?

Ford Hall Forum brings together playwright Edward Albee, producing artistic director Rick Lombardo, actor Karen MacDonald, and arts critic Ed Siegel to reflect on current and future directions of theater.

Background information

Edward Albee is a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner who has defined modern American theater with four decades of provocative and controversial plays. Called “the greatest living playwright” by The New Yorker, Albee is perhaps most well-known for his three-act drama, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Albee explores the most intimate aspects of our lives and society — from race relations (The Death of Bessie Smith) and family life (A Delicate Balance) to mortality (The Lady from Dubuque) and the blurred line between reality and illusion (Seascape). His other plays include The Sandbox, The American Dream, The Play About the Baby and Three Tall Women. Albee won his Pulitzer Prizes for A Delicate Balance (1966), Seascape (1975), and Three Tall Women (1994). He also has received two Tony Awards for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962) and The Goat or Who is Sylvia? (2002). He is a Kennedy Center Honoree and in 1996 was awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 2005, Virginia Woolf returned to Broadway, starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin, and received six Tony Award nominations, including best play. Albee also received a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre. He currently is working on a new production of his play, Peter & Jerry, which is scheduled to open at Second Stage in Fall 2007.

Rick Lombardo is celebrating his tenth season as New Repertory Theater's Producing Artistic Director. Recently at New Rep, he directed Into the Woods, along with the Boston premiere of Quills and the world premiere of Approaching Moomtaj. Last season, he also directed the critically-acclaimed productions of La Vie Parisienne for Opera Boston and The Lovers for Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. He is honored to be a two-time recipient of the Elliot Norton Award from the Boston Theatre Critics Association for Outstanding Director. In recent seasons at New Rep, he also directed The Threepenny Opera, the world premiere of A Girl's War, his new musical adaptation of Moliere's Scapin, Waiting for Godot (IRNE Award, Best Drama), and the acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd (2004 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director, IRNE Award for Best Director, and Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Musical Production). His production of The Weir received three 2001 IRNE Awards, including Best Drama. He received the 2000 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for his production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. In previous years, he directed the award-winning New Rep productions of The Scarlet Letter, American Buffalo, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Twelfth Night, Beast on the Moon, Das Barbecü, Tartuffe, and The Real Thing, among others. He has taught at several universities, including Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center in New York, where he was also Co-Director of the theatre program. Rick is currently President of NEAT, the association of New England Area Theatres, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of StageSource. He is a also member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Karen MacDonald is a founding member and veteran of fifty-eight productions at the American Repertory Theatre. Recent roles: Ms. Bumble (Oliver Twist), Euphrosine (Island of Slaves), Nurse (Romeo and Juliet) , Estelle (No Exit, Eliot Norton Award) Ellen (Olly’s Prison, Eliot Norton Award), Anna (Dido, Queen of Carthage), Madamoiselle (The Provok’d Wife, IRNE Award), Frosine (The Miser, IRNE Award), Meg (The Birthday Party, IRNE Award), Titania/Hippolyta (A Midsummer Nights Dream, IRNE Award), Waitress/Circe (Highway Ulysses), Simonne (Marat/Sade), Emilia (Othello, IRNE Award), and the title role in Mother Courage and Her Children. Local credits include directing Leslie Dillen and Paula Plum in Dressed up/Wigged Out (Boston Playwrights Theatre), The Misanthrope (Berkshire Theatre Festival), My Heart and My Flesh, Infestation (Boston Playwrights Theatre), Hamlet, Twelfth Night, (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.), The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Vineyard Playhouse), Shirley Valentine (Charles Playhouse), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Elliot Norton Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune, and A Moon for the Misbegotten (Merrimack Repertory Theatre). New York credits include Roundabout Theatre, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Actors’ Playhouse, and the Westbank. National credits: Houston’s Alley Theatre (company member), Long Wharf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, GeVa Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Buffalo Studio Arena, Cincinnati Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and The Wilma Theatre. Film and TV appearances include Law and Order, What’s the Worst That Can Happen?, The Crucible, Orphan, and several projects for PBS/WGBH. She was a member of Boston’s Proposition and a founder of the Next Move Theatre. MacDonald is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.

Ed Siegel (moderator) worked at the Boston Globe from 1971 to 2006 and now covers the Arts for, among others, WBUR-FM, the Boston Phoenix, Berkshire Living magazine and the Globe.

In its 99th spring series of events, the Ford Hall Forum presents seven open public discussions on the issues concerning our community, nation, and world today. From global warming to immigration to disaster preparedness, the Forum hands over the microphone to thought-provoking speakers on the front lines. To facilitate frank and open discussion, equal time is provided for speakers’ remarks and audience members’ questions. At the Ford Hall Forum, no speaker goes unquestioned and no view goes unchallenged.

The Ford Hall Forum promotes freedom of speech and fosters an informed and effective citizenry through the public presentation of lectures, debates, and discussions. Its events illuminate the key issues facing our society by bringing to its podium knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers, including some of the most controversial opinion leaders of our times. These speakers are presented in person, for free, and in settings, which facilitate frank and open debate. As the nation’s oldest free public lecture series, it has a storied past as a venue for some of the most intriguing figures in our nation’s modern history, including Maya Angelou, Isaac Asimov, Alan Dershowitz, W.E.B. DuBois, Stephen Jay Gould, Al Gore, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Henry Kissinger, Norman Mailer, Ayn Rand, Cokie Roberts, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Malcolm X, to name just a few. Programs of the Ford Hall Forum are made possible through contributions from individual members as well as corporations and foundations, including The Boston Foundation, The Boston Public Library, The Colonnade Hotel, Fidelity Investments, The Fred and Marty Corneel Fund, Houghton Chemical Corporation, Levine Katz Nannis + Solomon P.C., The Lowell Institute, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Northeastern University, The Old South Meeting House, Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye LLP, and WBUR 90.9 FM.
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The Gold of Tradaree is a new play by writer Miriam Gallagher, commissioned by Clare Co. Council under the PerCent for Art Scheme. Directed by Jenny Walsh Basset, it kicks off at The Glór Centre, Ennis, on Saturday May 5th. Details from Miriam is currently completing a collection of short stories, her first, for publication. ‘Kalahari Blues & Other Plays’ (2006) was launched at the Booktown Festival.


InterAct Theatre Company’s Writing Aloud: Going Forward
Featured Stories & Writers:
The Bard of Frogtown” by Allison Whittenberg
Smart” by Benjamin Matvey
The Bridge Keepers” by Neda Scepanovic
Featured Readers To Be Announced
On the Mainstage at The Adrienne
2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia
Monday, October 30, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $12.00 for general admission or $6.00 for InterAct subscribers
For tickets or information: or (215) 568-8079
David Golston

InterAct Theatre Company’s Writing Aloud: Going to Pieces
Featured Stories & Writers:
Bent and Blue” by CJ Spataro
Smoke” by Robin Parks
Pablo and the Frogs” by Steven Schutzman
Featured Readers To Be Announced
On the Mainstage at The Adrienne
2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia
Monday, December 12, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $12.00 for general admission or $6.00 for InterAct subscribers
For tickets or information: or (215) 568-8079
David Golston



Philadelphia, PA - InterAct Theatre Company is excited to announce the eighth season of Writing Aloud, a series of one-night-only evenings of short contemporary fiction written by the region’s finest writers and read on stage by professional actors. The 2006/2007 Season will feature a selection of twenty-one short stories by area writers, including New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner. David Sanders, Director of the Writing Aloud program, recently announced the season line-up while adding, "We are thrilled to have received such a high number of outstanding submissions this season, making our eighth season one of our most exciting ever."


The 2006-2007 season of Writing Aloud kicks off on October 30, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. with an evening entitled Going Forward, featuring “The Bard of Frogtown,” by Allison Whittenberg, “Smart,” by Benjamin Matvey, and “The Bridge Keepers,” by Neda Scepanovic.

The second installment in the series, entitled Going to Pieces, takes place on December 12, 2006 and features “Bent and Blue,” by CJ Spataro, “Smoke,” by Robin Parks, and “Pablo and the Frogs,” by Steven Schutzman.

Going Down, on February 5, 2007, will be Writing Aloud’s first performance in the new year. It will feature the stories “He Did It for Morgan,” by Kathryn Watterson, “Loss Prevention,” by Marion Wyce, “Child at Play” by Manini Nayar, and “The Captain is Sleeping,” by Norman Lock.

The series reconvenes on March 19, 2007 with a series entitled Coming Apart, featuring “The Black Box,” by Clare Keefe Coleman, “Feeding the Ducks,” by Jim Ray Daniels, “The Embrace,” by Niama Leslie Williams, and “Between States,” by Greg Downs.

The fifth installment, Coming to Terms, on April 30, 2007, will feature an exciting story from Jennifer Weiner, New York Times bestselling author of Good in Bed and In Her Shoes. Also featured in Coming to Terms will be “The Haircut,” by Linda Blaskey, “Dog Whispers,” by Randall Brown, and “Make Me Over,” by Amina Gautier.

The 2006-2007 Season of Writing Aloud concludes on June 11, 2007 with an evening of stories entitled Coming Together, featuring “Good Providers,” by Miriam Fried, “The BVM” by Tree Riesener, and “Measures of Sorrow,” by Jacob M. Appel.

Casting for the upcoming 2006/2007 Writing Aloud season has not yet been announced, however, InterAct is in the process of finalizing a line-up of some of Philadelphia’s best actors to read the short fictional stories. The recently completed 2005/2006 season of Writing Aloud included twenty-seven actors, including Barrymore Award winners Catharine K. Slusar, Madi Distefano, and Maureen Torsney-Weir, as well as Barrymore-nominated actors Matt Saunders, Amanda Schoonover, Buck Schirner, David Ingram, and Karen Peakes.

Each event in the 2006/2007 Writing Aloud season will be held on InterAct Theatre Company's Mainstage at The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom Street in Philadelphia. All performances are on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 for general admission or $6.00 for InterAct subscribers. Season subscriptions to the Writing Aloud season are available starting at only $10 an event, or $60 for the entire six-show season. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling InterAct’s Box Office at 215-568-8077. Group rates are also available.


Directed by David Sanders, Writing Aloud was established in 1999 to present diverse voices in contemporary fiction by the region’s best writers, read on stage by professional actors. Quickly establishing itself as the region’s premiere reading series, Writing Aloud has attracted sold-out audiences, has been featured in special broadcasts on WHYY-FM public radio, and is a recipient of Philadelphia Magazine’s 2001 “Best of Philly” award.


Founded in 1988, InterAct Theatre Company is a theatre for today's world, producing new and contemporary plays that explore the social, political, and cultural issues of our time. Lead by Producing Artistic Director Seth Rozin, InterAct is one of the nation’s leading centers for new writing in theatre, introducing important contemporary writers to audiences through its world premiere stage productions, developmental residencies, and Showcase of New Plays. The Writing Aloud program extends InterAct’s mission of cultivating and presenting diverse artistic voices into the realm of short fiction.

InterAct’s 2006/2007 Mainstage Season begins on October 20 with the classic play, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, written by Manuel Puig and translated by Allan Baker. Directed by Seth Rozin and featuring Philadelphia favorite, Frank X, and 2004 Barrymore nominee, Vaneik Echeverria, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN opens officially on Wednesday, October 25, and runs through November 19, 2006. Continuing the season in the new year will be the world premieres of Thomas GibbonsA HOUSE WITH NO WALLS (January 19-February 18, 2007) and Sherry Kramer’s WHEN SOMETHING WONDERFUL ENDS (April 6-May 6, 2007). The season will then conclude with May 25-June 24 production of SKIN IN FLAMES, the East Coast premiere of a new play written by Catalan playwright Guillem Clua and translated by DJ Sanders.


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