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Keeping the Kerouac Flame Alive in Lowell
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About a decade ago I interviewed Steve Edington about the Kerouac Festival in Lowell, Mass. He has been involved with the festival for many years, and has written extensively about the Beat Generation and Kerouac. So I asked Steve to write a piece for the The Somerville Times. Somerville is a very literary town, so I want to remind Somervillians  about this festival – a short distance away, and also tell others about the great work these folks are doing in keeping the “word” alive:

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August 24

Barry Duncan writes palindromes. Constantly redefining what can be accomplished in two directions, he has provided texts for collaborations with the composer Oliver Caplan and the dance company Monkeyhouse, and he has had a gallery show at ArtHelix in Brooklyn. Ever since he was profiled by Gregory Kornbluh in the magazine The Believer, Barry has been in demand (well, sort of) as a speaker and an authority on all things reversible. He is the subject of Michael Rossi’s upcoming documentary film The Master Palindromist (www.masterpalindromist.com) and the author of the (as yet unpublished) book I Am The One Making Reversible Art. Barry lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, is always accepting commissions, and can be reached at palindromist@hotmail.com.

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Interview with Richard Cambridge
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A poet, writer, and memoirist, who brought the famed Poets Theater from Cambridge, Mass to Somerville’s Arts Armory
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I first met poet Richard Cambridge when we worked on the poetry anthology City of Poets: 18 Boston Voices, in 2000. About a decade ago I interviewed him on my Somerville Community Access TV show Poet to Poet/Writer to Writer, when he still had the “Poets’ Theater” at the famed Club Passim in Harvard Square. In 2010 he moved the theater to the Somerville Arts Armory, and hasn’t looked back. He continues to run this series of poets, musicians, artists, who strut their stuff on the stage. I recently caught up with Cambridge at the Bloc 11 Cafe in Union Square, Somerville.

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August 17

Jared Smith is the author of eleven volumes of poetry, including his Collected Poems: 1971-2011; multimedia productions based upon his writing in New York and Chicago; two CDs; and numerous publications in the applied sciences. His poems, essays, and literary commentary have appeared in hundreds of publications in the U.S., Europe, and China. Journals his work has appeared in include: Beloit Poetry Journal, Paterson Review, New York Quarterly, The Same, Poet Lore, Confrontation, Lummox, The Pedestal The Smith, Colorado Quarterly, Greenfield Review, Louisiana Literature, Ibbetson Street Press, Wilderness House Review, Fifth Wednesday, Chiron Review, and a great many others. He is a Board Member of The New York Quarterly Literary Foundation and is Poetry Editor of Turtle Island Quarterly out of Oregon. He has also served on the Editorial Boards of The New York Quarterly; Home Planet News; The Pedestal; and Trail & Timberline. He is listed in Poets & Writers, The Colorado Poets Center, Who’s Who In America, and other major reference sources.

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‘Age of Wonders’ Poems by Lawrence Kessenich
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Poet and State Rep. Denise Provost reviews a new poetry book by Somerville Bagel Bard Lawrence Kessenich: 

Lawrence Kessenich’s newest book of poetry, Age of Wonders, is itself a wonder. Its poems, few exceeding a single page, are deceptively simple. The reader enters a description of an ordinary situation, only to hit a line that opens, as if on hinges, into unexpected revelation; the kind of magic door found in the mythic stories we read in youth.

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August 10

Joshua Michael Stewart has had poems published in the Massachusetts Review, Louisville Review, Rattle, Night Train, Evansville Review, Cold Mountain Review, and many others. His first full-length collection of poems, Break Every String, has been published by Hedgerow Books in April 2016. He received his BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He’s a Teacher/Counselor, working with individuals with special needs. Visit him at www.joshuamichaelstewart.com.

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Fashion Designer Sandhya Garg Lifts A Middle Finger in the Fashion World
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Somerville fashion designer Sandhya Garg does not lift a middle finger to offend the mandarins of the fashion world. But she uses it as part of her design concept of provocative, beautiful and engaging clothing.

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August 3

Joshua Michael Stewart has had poems published in the Massachusetts Review, Louisville Review, Rattle, Night Train, Evansville Review, Cold Mountain Review, and many others. His first full-length collection of poems, Break Every String, has been published by Hedgerow Books in April 2016. He received his BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He’s a Teacher/Counselor, working with individuals with special needs. Visit him at www.joshuamichaelstewart.com.

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DeWitt Henry reminisces on the 45th anniversary of Ploughshares Magazine
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Ploughshares Magazine, based at Emerson College, is a much lauded literary magazine that was founded at the Plough and Stars Pub in Cambridge, Mass. some 45 years ago. I asked DeWitt Henry, a founder of the said journal, to write a small memoir piece about his life and times with the magazine. I had Henry as a guest on my Poet to Poet: Writer to Writer show on Somerville Community Access TV, and  as a visiting author at Endicott College where I direct the Visiting Author Series. Henry proved to be a fascinating conversationalist, full of  anecdotes about the literary world in Cambridge in the 60s and 70s, and his own development as a writer and editor.*

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