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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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July 27

Susan Tepper is the author of six published books of fiction and poetry. She lives in the NY area with her husband and her dog Otis. She has been a writer for twenty years. www.susantepper.com.

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‘Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak’

Noted Somerville critic Dennis Daly reviews Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak by Lori Desrosiers:

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Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak

By Lori Desrosiers

Salmon Poetry

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland

www.salmonpoetry.com

ISBN: 978-1-910669-30-3

67 Pages

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July 20

Nina R. Alonso’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, New Boston Review, U. Mass. Review, Ibbetson Street, Mom-Egg, Bagel Bards, Wilderness House Review, Muddy Water Poetry Review, Southern Women’s Review, Broadkill Review, etc., and David Godine Press published her book This Body. She edits Constellations a Journal of Poetry and Fiction currently open for submissions of poetry and short fiction. See guidelines: constellations-lit.com. She also teaches ballet at her school, Fresh Pond Ballet School.

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Former Somerville News reporter talks about the trajectory of her career

Former Somerville News reporter Ashley Troutman and I hit it off well when we met at my usual haunt at the Bloc 11 Cafe in the Union Square section of the city. She told me she was a big fan of mine, mentioned a “classic” poem I wrote, Mashed Potatoes, etc. Hey, I am as prone to flattery as the next guy.

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July 13

Deborah Leipziger is an author and poet. Her poetry has been featured in Ibbetson Street, Voices Israel, Bagels with the Bards, Popt Art, Scribblers on the Roof, The Muddy River Poetry Review, Zingology, Poetic Mindset, Levend Joods Geloof (Netherlands) and on the public television show Brookline Writes. Leipziger is the founder of the Jewish Poetry Fest sponsored by Temple Sinai in Brookline. She is currently working on her first chapbook. She is the author of several books in the field of corporate responsibility, including The Corporate Responsibility Code Book, now in its second edition. Her books on human rights have been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese. Born in Brazil, Leipziger has traveled to many countries throughout Latin and Central America, Europe and Asia, working with companies, governments, and civil society groups promoting more humane workplaces. She is the mother of three daughters, Natasha Lara, Jacqueline Lucia and Alexandra Nicole, her three muses.

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Steve Glines: Winner of the Ibbetson Street Press Lifetime Achievement Award

The Ibbetson Street Press Lifetime Achievement Award was started back in 2003 as part of The Somerville News Writers Festival that Timothy Gager and I founded (it ended in 2010).

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July 6

Poet John E. Howard writes: “I was born and raised in Maine, going on 6 years living in Somerville, a Professional Counselor and Coach by training, a mentor, husband and teacher. Poetry, among other things, can be a great balancer in a world often bent on distraction or self-destruction.”

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‘Works on Paper’ by Jennifer Barber

Somerville Bagel Bard Alice Weiss reviews a new collection from poet Jennifer Barber:

Spare and lovely, the poems in Jennifer Barber’s Works on Paper resonate with answerings. Not just call and response or antiphon, although that is there too, her poems seek out the moment when, even though the call is inaudible, there is something. In Source, the opening poem, the leaves, hearing the rain before it sounds, lean “toward the place where the rain is about to begin … widening the surface of their urgency, their need/to register each shifting of air.” In Assembling a Psalm, phrases propose a psalm, without being one, and at the same time, being one: the sun, the cedars, grass like flesh, and where is she? She doesn’t know and not knowing still, and we find an answering:

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