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Ron Israel: Bringing the art of Protest Songs to the Paris of New England
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I met singer/songwriter Ron Israel at the Bloc 11 Cafe in Union Square. Although I was unable to secure my usual seat in the back of the bustling cafe, I did manage to get a window seat in the front for our interview. Israel is a man of a certain age, with an elfin and inquisitive look about him. He proved to be contemplative and deliberative in our conversation.

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June 21

Our featured poet this week is Somerville’s Ed Meek. Ed is a poet and fiction writer. His latest short story collection is titled Luck.

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Robert Creeley at the Wilderness House in Littleton, Mass.
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Here is an article from the archives about my experience with the late poet Robert Creeley. Shortly before his death I had the pleasure to spend an afternoon with Robert Creeley. The Wilderness House Literary Retreat founded by Steve Glines hosted him, and I happened to be on the board for the retreat. The retreat closed after a few years, but we had quite a few interesting guests like Lois Ames, Afaa Michael Weaver, and a number of others…

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June 14

Kevin Gallagher is the author of the poetry collection Loom. He sent this poem to the Lyrical.

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Interview with Poet Joyce Peseroff
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Friend to Jane Kenyon, member of the Alice James Collective, author of Know Thyself, and more…

Poet and editor Joyce Peseroff grew up in the Bronx. She earned a BA at Queens College and an MFA at the University of California at Irvine, where she studied with Donald Justice. She began a lifelong friendship with poet Jane Kenyon in 1973, when Peseroff entered the University of Michigan’s Society of Fellows. In 1977, after both poets had returned to the Northeast, Peseroff and Kenyon cofounded the literary magazine Greenhouse.

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June 7

Sebastian Lockwood is a Storyteller who specializes in the epics and has narrated a series of audio books available at Audible.com and Amazon.com.  Lockwood lives with his wife, singer and producer, Nanette Perrotte, under Crotched Mountain, NH.*

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The Out of the Blue Art Gallery
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Friend of Somerville Artists and Poets Needs Your Help!
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The mission of Out of the Blue Gallery is to organize, support, and present to the public at large the creative efforts of local artists, musicians, and more from our community.

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May 31

Lillian Freedman states, “I am a nonagenarian who has been interested in poetry all my life. My favorite poem is The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes. It was in 1978 that I wrote my first poem, while on flight to a wedding ceremony, and now I’m still at it!”*

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Interview with Somerville novelist and bookseller, Josh Cook
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Josh Cook has for many years been an ubiquitous presence at Porter Square Books in Porter Square, Cambridge, where he works as a bookseller. Cook penned a detective novel recently, An Exaggerated Murder, that has echoes of Sherlock Holmes, as well as the detective Auguste Dupin created by Edgar Allen Poe. I talked with him on my Somerville Community Access TV show Poet to Poet/Writer to Writer.

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May 24

Pui Ying Wong was born in Hong Kong. She is the author of a full length book of poetry Yellow Plum Season (New York Quarterly Books, 2010), two chapbooks: Mementos (Finishing Line Press, 2007), Sonnet for a New Country (Pudding House Press, 2008) and her poems have appeared in Angle Poetry (U.K.), The Brooklyner, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (Hong Kong), Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Crannog (Ireland), Desde Hong Kong: poets in conversation with Octavio Paz, Chameleon Press (Hong Kong), Pirene’s Fountain, Prairie Schooner, The Southampton Review and 2Bridges Review, among others. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband.  She recently won the Pushcart Prize for her poetry and is a member of the Somerville Bagel Bards.*

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