Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December Pics From "Digitalix" Taken By Alex Foster














December Pics From "Digitalix" Taken By Alex Foster

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

SOLSTICE MFA PROGRAM OF PINE MANOR COLLEGE


SOLSTICE MFA PROGRAM OF PINE MANOR COLLEGE
FACULTY, STAFF, & STUDENT NEWS FOR DECEMBER 2009

Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA
For Release: Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Contact: Tanya Whiton
whitontanya@pmc.edu


ANNOUNCEMENTS


A select number of graduate-level courses are open to the public for auditing at our January MFA Residency, January 1–10 on the Pine Manor College campus. Auditors are encouraged to complete the advance preparation requirements for any MFA class they wish to attend; the deadline for enrolling as an auditor for the winter 2009 Residency is December 28, 2009.

Course descriptions, our auditor policy, and a downloadable registration form are available on our Web site: http://www.pmc.edu/mfa



READINGS & EVENTS


MASSACHUSETTS

Poet Kathleen Aguero will read with Helena Minton on Sunday, December 20 at 3 p.m. at the Concord Public Library, 129 Main St., Concord, MA.

For more information, go to: http://www.concordlibrary.org/index.html

The Solstice MFA Program Winter Reading Series takes place January 1–8 in the Founder’s Room of Pine Manor College, located at 400 Heath Street in Chestnut Hill. *All readings are at 7:30 p.m. in the Founder’s Room unless otherwise noted.

• Friday, January 1 at 7:30 p.m.: MFA Assistant Director and fiction writer Tanya Whiton & Dzvinia Orlowsky (author of four poetry collections, most recently Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones).

• *Saturday, January 2 at 8:00 p.m.: Venise Berry (author of four novels, including the forthcoming Pockets of Sanity); MFA Director and poet Meg Kearney (author of An Unkindness of Ravens & Home By Now); & Laban Carrick Hill (author of America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America in the 60s).

• Sunday, January 3 at 7:30 p.m.: Memoirist and poet Anne-Marie Oomen (author of the forthcoming An American Map) & special guest poet (with musical accompaniment by Anthony Kaczynski) M.L. Liebler (author of 13 books, including Wide Awake in Someone Else’s Dream).

• *Monday, January 4 at 7:30 p.m.: Non-graduating Student Readings in the President’s Dining Room.

• Tuesday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m.: Melissa Stewart (author of numerous children’s books, including Under the Snow) & Steven Huff (author of two poetry collections and the short fiction collection A Pig in Paris).

• Wednesday, January 6 at 7:30 p.m.: Speculative fiction writer Laura Williams McCaffrey (author of the forthcoming Lyla’s Flight); Ray Gonzalez (author of Faith Run and Cool Auditor: Prose Poems); and Sandra Scofield (National Book Award Finalist for Beyond Deserving; author of seven novels, a memoir, and a craft book).

• *Thursday, January 7 from 4:30–6:15p.m.: Graduating Student Readings.

• Thursday, January 7 at 7:30 p.m.: Multi-genre writer Randall Kenan (author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and The Fire This Time) & special guest Dorothy Allison (author of National Book Award finalist Bastard Out of Carolina; Cavedweller; and the forthcoming She Who).

• Friday, January 8 at 7:30 p.m.: An Na (author of The Fold; Wait For Me; and A Step From Heaven); Amy Hoffman (author of the memoirs Hospital Time and An Army of Ex-Lovers); & special guest Ira Sadoff (author of seven collections of poetry, including the recent Barter and Grazing).

Directions to Pine Manor College, complete bios of our authors, and more information about the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program can be found at www.pmc.edu/mfa.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Meg Kearney will read (along with several other poets) on Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. at Gibson’s Bookstore, 27 S. Main Street, Concord, NH.

For more information, go to: www.gibsonsbookstore.com

NEW YORK

Meg Kearney will read on Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Caffè Lena,
47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY.

For more information, go to: www.caffelena.org



PUBLICATIONS


Multi-genre writer Joy Castro’s essay "An Angle of Vision" is the title essay for the collection An Angle of Vision: Women Writers on Their Poor and Working-Class Roots, now available from University of Michigan Press. Her creative nonfiction piece “Grip” and the process essay “Getting ‘Grip’” appear in the current issue of Fourth Genre.

For more information, go to: http://www.press.umich.edu/ and/or http://msupress.msu.edu/journals/fg/

Multi-genre writer Ray Gonzalez has published two new books: Cool Auditor: Prose Poems — now available from BOA Editions — and Faith Run (poems) from University of Arizona Press.

For more information, go to: http://boaeditions.org/bookstore/details.php?prodId=223 and/or http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/BOOKS/bid2136.htm

MFA student Alison Stone’s new chapbook, From the Fool to the World, was recently accepted by Parallel Press. She also made a recent appearance on the Joe Milford Poetry Show. (Ms. Stone will rejoin the MFA Program in January, 2010).

For more information, go to: http://joemilfordpoetryshow.com/upcoming-shows.php

Several faculty members, students, and friends of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program have published poems, stories, and essays in the inaugural issue of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. (Solstice is a sister publication of the MFA Program, not directly affiliated.)

For more information, go to: http://solsticelitmag.org/



CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS


MFA graduate Sara Cameron’s paper, "Exploding Reality: Exploring the Use of First Person Present Tense in Narrative," has been accepted into the 2010 AWP Pedagogy Forum, taking place as part of the annual Associated Writing Programs Conference, April 7–10 in Denver, CO.

MFA student Melissa Ford Lucken’s paper, "Exclusionary Institutional Structure or Cultural Clash, Why do First and Second Generation Immigrants Dropout?" has been accepted for presentation at the Comparative and International Education Society's 54th Annual Conference, to be held March 1–5 at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, IL.

MFA graduate John Theo, Jr. was recently hired to teach screenwriting at Endicott College in Beverly, MA.




OTHER NEWS


Meg Kearney’s new book, Home By Now, received a review from Publishers Weekly, and is currently #8 on the bestseller list for poetry.

To read the Publishers Weekly review, go to: http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6706874.html?q=Simko

Grace Lin’s new book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, is being featured on the Al Roker Book Club for Kids segment of the Today Show, on Friday, December 4.

For more information, go to: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/18179145/

MFA Writer-in-Residence Michael Steinberg has been selected as the nonfiction judge for the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Book Awards, Spring 2010, and as the judge for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Donald Murray Prize, Winter, 2010. He has also been honored as a Founding Editor of Fourth Genre; the Fourth Genre Editor’s Prize has been renamed The Michael Steinberg Essay Prize.

For more information, go to: http://www.pen-ne.org/index.php?id=5; http://www.pw.org/content/donald_murray_prize and/or http://msupress.msu.edu/journals/fg



CONNECTIONS


Dzanc Books announces a short story competition with a deadline of December 31, 2009.

For more information, go to: http://www.dzancbooks.org/submissions.html

The Greater Brockton Society for Poetry & the Arts announces a poetry contest, with a deadline of February 1, 2010.

For more information, go to: www.gbspa.org

Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices (a quarterly online journal founded by Lee Hope and Bill Betcher, friends and supporters of the Solstice Creative Writing Programs; not affiliated with the MFA) is now accepting submissions in all genres.

For more information, go to: http://solsticelitmag.org/submit/

Suss: Another Literary Journal is looking for submissions to its Learning Annex column, a pedagogy column written by contributing educators.

For more information, go to: www.sussitout.org

Symphony Space announces the 2010 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize, with a deadline of January 29, 2010. The winning story will be read on Selected Shorts in April, 2010.

For more information, go to: http://www.symphonyspace.org/shorts/writing_contest

Washington Square Review announces the Exquisite Corpse Collaboration Award, with a deadline of January 1, 2010.

For more information, go to: http://www.washingtonsquarereview.com/washington_Square_Award.html

The Writers’ Room of Boston is now accepting applications for four fellowships for 2010. The fellowships award use of the Writers’ Room to Boston Area residents at no cost for one year. The submission deadline is December 31, 2009.

For more information, go to: www.writersroomofboston.org

ABOUT PINE MANOR COLLEGE

As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for real cultural change.

For more information, visit www.pmc.edu/mfa

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Boys With Bats-Poem



BOYS WITH BATS By Jasen Sousa


They don’t understand our obsession with bats.
We scavenge through city streets,
look for our weapons of choice.
We scour through garbage,
leave barrels lying on their sides,
high-five upon their demise.
We raid abandoned buildings
and throw rocks through small square panels
of muck covered glass for practice.

We find hockey sticks, lead pipes and tree limbs
to go along with brooms we swiped from our parents.
Grinning young craftsmen sawing down sticks to our liking.
We blow away dust and tape both ends,
leave plenty of room to choke up.
We bring spray paint
to make sure everyone knows their way home.

We enter the park,
cigarette smoke
and foul language follows us.
Sagging fences surround, we splash
through puddles and crush lonely grass
that grows from cracks in the concrete.
We dress in our specific street colors
and wait to see if any other neighborhood kids
are up for a challenge.

Maybe it’s true what everyone says about us
being hoodlums and thugs.
With our bats, backwards caps, socks up to our knees,
beaters showing off our tats and crucifixes
dangling around our skinny necks.
But today, we are baseball players.

Taken from the book Humming Eternity by Jasen Sousa

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

M-Dot - Backstabbers/No Turning Back (Official Music Videos)

M-Dot - Backstabbers/No Turning Back (Official Music Videos)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Hugh M. Hill; weaved stories as Brother Blue


Hugh M. Hill; weaved stories as Brother Blue
By Talia Whyte
Globe Correspondent / November 6, 2009

Calling himself Brother Blue, he was best known for his passionate, uplifting storytelling, sensitive ear, and mentoring of other raconteurs in Boston and Cambridge.

Dr. Hugh Morgan Hill, an internationally renowned performance artist and official storyteller of both Cambridge and Boston, died in his Cambridge home Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 88.

“He believed deeply in the medium of storytelling because it brought people together, and he was delighted to be around others who liked to tell stories,’’ said Jay O’Callahan, a storyteller from Marshfield.

Born in Cleveland, Dr. Hill served in the Army in both Europe and Asia from 1943 to 1946 during World War II, leaving as a first lieutenant.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in social relations from Harvard University in 1948, a masters in fine arts in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama in 1953, and a doctorate in storytelling from Union Graduate School in 1973, which was a collaborative initiative between Harvard and Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge.

He started his career as a storyteller in the late 1960s, when he traveled to prisons throughout the state with his wife, Ruth Edmonds Hill.

He had met his wife while he was an undergraduate at Harvard and she was a student at Simmons in the early ’50s.

According to family friend and storyteller Laura Packer of Malden, he changed his name to Brother Blue to have a moniker that would help him connect with the prisoners.

He was not above playing the jester, she said. “It was important to him to be eccentric and be the fool in the room to grab attention so others would feel comfortable being a fool, too.’’

Dr. Hill also was known for the butterfly painted on his face and hands. Packer said the butterfly represented his late brother Tommy. Growing up, Tommy, who was mentally disabled, was fascinated by butterflies and had a sense of humanity Dr. Hill thought many lacked. Dr. Hill spoke often about his brother, who died young but lived freely, like a butterfly - beautiful and delicate.

Over the years, Dr. Hill became a Cambridge personality with his eccentric blue attire and provocative storytelling in and around Harvard and Central squares, as well as at festivals and workshops.

Packer met Dr. Hill in Harvard Square in 1986, and said the meeting changed her life, helping her realize storytelling also was her calling.

“I was just mesmerized by him,’’ she said. “He told me once ‘You have the power,’ and that was it for me.’’

Packer also recalled a time when Dr. Hill and his wife were in a Cambridge cafe and a man down on his luck came to them, pleading for money to take a bus home to New Hampshire. Dr. Hill was so inspired by the man’s story of hardship that he passed a hat so patrons could contribute.

For other narrators, Dr. Hill was a centerpiece in the local community.

He made such an impression that Warren Leher wrote the 1995 biography “Brother Blue: A Narrative Portrait of Brother Blue A.K.A. Dr. Hugh Morgan Hill.’’ In 2003, Somerville’s Yellow Moon Press published “Ahhhh! A Tribute to Brother Blue and Ruth Edmonds Hill,’’ a compilation of stories, poems, and photos submitted by area poets, writers, and artists and dedicated to the Hills.

Dr. Hill also received many international awards for his art, including the lifetime achievement award from the National Storytelling Network in 1999 and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Local Programming Award.

By resolution of the city councils, Brother Blue has the distinction of being the official storyteller of Cambridge and Boston.

Fellow storyteller Kevin Brooks of Malden was inspired by Dr. Hill while a student at MIT. He described him as the father of modern storytelling, someone who sometimes walked around Harvard Square barefoot.

Brooks recalled the way Dr. Hill attracted others during a Shakespearean storytelling event at MIT. At first, most of the audience appeared ambivalent toward the elderly man dressed in blue, but they quickly became engaged when he invited audience members on stage to participate.

“The students were speechless,’’ Brooks said. “After the performance, people just surrounded him, wanting to know more about him.’’

His wife said he made his living telling stories; he didn’t have a “standard job,’’ she said.

On Tuesday afternoon, shortly before he died, she said, he told her a love story.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Hill leaves his sister, Beatrice of Streetsboro, Ohio.

A brief service is planned for Monday, at 1 p.m. in Pittsfield Cemetery in Pittsfield. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

© Copyright 2009 Globe Newspaper Company.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Books of Hope holds reading at Somerville library


10/22/2009 6:00:00 AM

Books of Hope holds reading at Somerville library

By Ashley Taylor

"I want to be heard," Maishka Antoine began reading. "I-want-to-be-heard," she continued, emphasizing each word. Antoine, 15, has written two books as the youngest member of Books of Hope, a youth writing and publishing program in Somerville.

Antoine and six of her peers in Books of Hope were recently heard at the Somerville Central Library, where the authors read their work for a small but enthusiastic audience on Oct. 15. Author and publisher Jasen Sousa, a graduate student interning with Books of Hope, also took the stage to read his poetry.

The poems and subsequent discussion touched on racism, poverty and violence, but the mood in the air was more warm than dismal. The young authors clapped and cheered their own loudly and participated readily in call-and-response poems. Most of the authors coupled their poems of injustice and struggle with poems of pride, dreams and hope.

Books of Hope began in 1999, and since then, its participants have published more than 100 books. Poet and non-fiction author Laura "Soul" Brown has directed the program since 2005. Books of Hope authors gather with Brown and other writers on Monday nights at the Mystic Learning Center, on the grounds of the Mystic housing projects.

This year, Books of Hope has 13 participants (their capacity is 15) and runs from October through June. There is no charge for the program, and participants earn money from sales of their work.

The Mystic projects consist of two low-income housing developments on Mystic Avenue -- the state-run Mystic River Development and federal housing development Mystic View. According to the Mystic Learning Center's website, 84 percent of families in the Mystic Projects are headed by single mothers. Books of Hope author Jessica Masse describes the Mystic Projects as "known for violence," adding that both organizations hope to help young people overcome the hardships faced there.

The challenges they face -- poverty, racism, abuse of women, struggles in education -- are the material for many of the poems read last Thursday. Antoine's poem, "For My People: Remix," contains most of these topics. The poem takes the structure and themes of Margaret Walker's 1942 poem "For My People," and adds her own perspective.

Walker's poem begins with slave "dirges" -- Antoine's begins with boogie boogie.

Walker's poem describes the menial, thankless work of her people over the years. Antoine describes the aspirations of her generation to become people of influence.

Walker describes her playmates growing up in Alabama. Antoine describes hers in the Somerville housing projects "who jump the doubles of/double-dutch singing made up rhymes, who play with/the red rubber ball and the metal stars of jaxs," and "who swim at the public pool, and go/to summer school just for food."

Walker describes school, where people learned they were "black and poor and small and different." Antoine describes school where people "learn that a race we/look down on did more than we think."

Antoine speaks of hardship, hunger, cold, and abandonment. She closes with a stanza about the civil rights movement, "For my people who fought back the court cases with lawyers that sucked and still won."

In 1942, years before the Civil Rights Movement, Margaret Walker wrote, "Let the martial songs be written, let the dirges disappear. Let a race of men now rise and take control." Antoine, writing in 2009, ends, "For my people, for our future, which will always be strong."

Many of the poems grapple with race and racism. Of the students from Books of Hope at the reading, eight were black, one was Latino, and one was white. They seemed united in their passion for civil rights.

Leo Galindo, a first-generation American whose parents are Honduran, read "Walk On, Think On," about the Freedom Trail, slavery and civil rights.

"Race isn't that big of an issue to me," Galindo said after the reading, "because I've always grown up in diverse neighborhoods, so there's always been a lot of different cultures that I grew up around, and that [was what] I was exposed to, and so I think that there's bigger issues than race. I think there's poverty, and there's teenage violence, and there's not a lot of opportunities for youth like myself, you know?"

Anthony Cimea, originally from Haiti, read a poem called "Screaming For MLK," in which he and his peers chanted: "MLK: Your life is my dream, and your dream is my life: Incomplete."

Many of the young authors read poems about ambition and optimism in the face of racism and poverty. In "My Life," Zanterius Broadus states, "My life is just like usual/Just another black man trying/to make it out of the ghetto."

By "make it," Broadus adds, "I want to be a black man/who makes more money than Bill Gates" and "the one that went through the struggle/but still made it to the top."

In a poem titled, "YBF," Keisha Jean-Louis details her own ambitions as a Young Black Female who "walk[s] the projects of Somerville/The Mystic with bigger dreams/Than you can imagine."

Jessica Masse's poem, "Generation To Generation: Changing the Future's Nation," describes life on the streets, with impressive rhyme and call and response, ultimately asking her peers to "wake up and see what's true" to change the world.

It's a sentiment Galindo agrees with, saying, "Books of Hope is one of the few rare gifts that youth like myself are given where we have the chance to express ourselves, and in doing so have a positive influence on everyone around us."

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Leo With Her Take On Honk!

Leo Galindo

Honk Fest, 2009

Davis Square

In the midst of a cool, mildly warm fall day, Somerville hosted the first Honk Festival this year that kicked off in Davis Square. Hundreds of people turned out for the event and watched these many costumed and outrageous activist bands that performed at various junctions in the square. Every band brought its own different style and rhythm to the event. The Chaotic Resurrection band was all about playing songs about politics in remembrance of the oppression that surrounds us worldwide and to inspire their communities. This activist band comes from Montreal, Quebec. They all wore shades of green, gold and black and provided a very great atmosphere in all the songs that they played. Out of the many bands present, Chaotic Resurrection caught my eye the most. As you walked along the streets of Davis square, many a brightly and interestingly colored and costumed band walked by, each with a diverse mission and genre of songs to be heard.

Looking For an Actress!!!

Looking for a female teenager (or someone close to it) to read some scenes from an upcoming book a have coming out called “Fancy Girl.” The character goes by the name of Deanna Keight. She’s a 19-year-old single mom who lives in Somerville and makes her living as an independent call girl.


The reading will take place this Thursday at the Somerville Public Library at 7:00 p.m.


Please get back to me if you’re interested. I’ll be paying the person who fits the role.


Peace

Jasen

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Books of Hope Pictures from Blooming Arts Event

Books of Hope Pictures from Blooming Arts Event







Wednesday, September 30, 2009

SOLSTICE MFA PROGRAM OF PINE MANOR COLLEGE


Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA
For Release: Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Contact: Tanya Whiton, whitontanya@pmc.edu


SOLSTICE MFA PROGRAM OF PINE MANOR COLLEGE
FACULTY, STAFF, & STUDENT NEWS FOR OCTOBER 2009

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The application deadline for the spring 2010 semester of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program is
November 16, 2009 (not a postmark date; materials must be received by our offices before or on November 16).

The spring 2010 semester begins with our winter residency, January 1 to January 10.

For detailed program information and a downloadable application form, go to: www.pmc.edu/mfa

READINGS & EVENTS

MASSACHUSETTS

Creative nonfiction writer Amy Hoffman reads from her work-in-progress, Lies About My Family: A Memoir, on Thursday, October 29 at noon, as part of the Wellesley Centers for Women Luncheon Seminar Series, Cheever House, Wellesley College.

For more information, go to: http://www.wcwonline.org/content/blogcategory/241/100

MFA Director and poet Meg Kearney’s latest book, Home By Now, is available for preordering from Amazon and will be available in stores starting October 15. She will be reading at Food for Thought Books on Saturday, October 17 at 7 p.m., 106 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA.

For more information about this event or dates below, go to: www.megkearney.com

Fiction writer and Solstice MFA writer-in-residence Dennis Lehane will be appearing (along with Solstice favorites Andre Dubus III, Tom Perrotta and a host of other luminaries) at the Boston Book Festival, scheduled for Saturday, October 24 in Copley Square, Boston.

For more information, go to: http://www.bostonbookfest.org/index.php

Young people’s writer Grace Lin will be reading from her new book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, on Saturday, October 17 at 1:30 p.m. at The Blue Bunny, 577 High Street, Dedham Square, Dedham MA, and on Sunday, October 18 at Belkin Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant St. South, South Natick, MA.

For more information about this event or dates below, go to: http://www.gracelin.com

MFA Student Jasen Sousa reads with members of Books of Hope — a writing and performance program for youth ages 13–12 — on Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue in Somerville.

For more information, go to: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=SVILLE&ref=EK&refNote=TaF#10/15/2009

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Grace Lin will be reading on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 3:30 p.m. at Toad Stool Bookstore, Lorden Plaza, 586 Nashua St., Milford, NH.

NORTH CAROLINA

Grace Lin will be reading with a group of children’s writers on Saturday, October 10 from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. as part of the Novello Festival of Reading in Charlotte, NC.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Meg Kearney will be reading at the Columbia Museum of Art on Friday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m., located on the corner of Hampton & Main Street, Columbia, SC.

PUBLICATIONS

MFA student Hannah Goodman’s new young adult novel, Fear of Falling, is available at Amazon.com.

For more information, go to: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/144015645X/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0595312659&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1PA84YG3NH5SKQQYHNB1

Multi-genre writer Laban Carrick Hill’s creative nonfiction piece "Rose" is currently online at Planetary Stories Project.

For more information, go to: http://www.blackearthinstitute.org/PS_Ghana.html

Dennis Lehane’s novel The Given Day is now available in paperback.

For more information, go to: http://www.dennislehanebooks.com/books/givenday/index.html

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS

MFA graduate Danielle DeTiberus was recently hired to teach Freshman Composition and Literature at Trident Technical Community College in Charleston, NC.

MFA student Angela Foster will be teaching a class, Beginning Memoir: Finding the Story, at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN, on Saturday, December 12, 2009.

For more information, go to: http://www.loft.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=262

Laban Carrick Hill will be a guest lecturer at a number of universities in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Bali, and has recently been granted a Fulbright to lecture on creative writing at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, beginning in January, 2010. He will be keeping a blog of his experiences at http://labanhill.blogspot.com

MFA graduate Erika Sanders will be teaching for the Afghan Women's Writing Project — an online project connecting women writers from the US with Afghan women writers — in January/February 2010. Student writings will be posted to the projects blog at http://awwproject.wordpress.com.

MFA Consulting Writer Jacqueline Woodson will be keynote speaker for the 10th annual “Books for the Beast’ Young Adult Literature Conference, Saturday, October 24 in Baltimore, MD. Jackie will also be presenting at the Michigan Council of Teachers of English Autumn Assembly 2009: Many Voices, Many Literacies, on Friday, October 30.

For more information, go to: http://www.prattlibrary.org/home/beastie.aspx and/or http://mienglishteacher.ning.com/page/conferences-1

OTHER NEWS

HCAM’s Poetry in Motion interview with poet Kathleen Aguero is now online at: http://www.hcam.tv/series/poetryinmotion/video.shtml.

MFA Assistant Director Tanya Whiton will be creating a performance/installation piece based on the U.S. military actions in Diego Garcia on Saturday, October 3 as part of Sacred & Profane, an annual arts event on Peaks Island, Maine.

CONNECTIONS

Grad Insider, an online forum for graduate students, invites currently matriculated students to contribute program reviews.

To write a review of the Solstice MFA Program (a good one, we hope!) go to:
http://gradinsider.com/programs/more/pine_manor_college_mfa_in_creative_writing

mfaconnect.com is an online magazine covering both writing programs and the craft of writing. A collective forum, mfaconnect.com invites students in MFA programs nationwide to join in by submitting information, posts, and articles.

For more information, email mfaconnect@aol.comor go to: www.mfaconnect.com

Three Candles Press announces its First Book Award for a volume of poetry, with a deadline of October 15, 2009.

For more information, go to: http://www.threecandlespress.com/FB2009.htm

Passager is in search of fiction and creative nonfiction by writers over 50 for its upcoming issue, with a deadline of October 15, 2009.

For more information, email: passager@saysomethingloudly.com

The Ledge Magazine announces its poetry chapbook competition, with a deadline of October 31, 2009.

For more information, go to: http://www.theledgemagazine.com/Annual%20Contests.html

A River & Sound Review announces its annual poetry contest, with a deadline of October 31, 2009.

For more information, go to: http://www.riverandsoundreview.org/contests/contests.htm

Persea Books announces the 2010 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry, open to American women writers who have yet to publish a full-length collection. The deadline is November 2, 2009.

For more information, go to: www.perseabooks.com

The Breakwater Review announces a call for submissions, with a deadline of November 15, 2009.

For more information, go to: www.breakwaterreview.com

Lumina is accepting submissions for its spring 2010 publication, with a deadline of November 15, 2009.

For more information, go to: http://pages.slc.edu/~lumina/submissions/

The Tennessee Williams Festival announces its 2009 Tennessee Williams Fiction and One-Act Play Contests, with deadlines of November 16, 2009 for each.

For more information, go to: http://www.tennesseewilliams.net/index.php?topic=contests

Alimentum announces its annual poetry contest, and will be accepting entries from September 1 through December 1, 2009.

For more information, go to: http://www.alimentumjournal.com/submissions.html

The Massachusetts Cultural Council announces awards for fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, with online applications available December 1, 2009–January 25, 2010.

For more information, go to: http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/

SCWBI announces a works-in-progress grant for a contemporary young adult novel or nonfiction research, in addition to the Barbara Karlin Grant for picture book writer. Each has a submission period from February 15–March 15, 2010.

For more information, go to: http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/WIP-Grantand/or http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/Barbara-Karlin-Grant

Suss: Another Literary Journal is looking for submissions to its Learning Annex column, a pedagogy column written by contributing educators.

For more information, go to: www.sussitout.org.

Opium Magazine announces a call for submissions.

For more information, got to: www.OpiumMagazine.com

Perigree is accepting submissions for its 27th issue, due out January 15, 2010.

For more information, go to: www.perigee-art.com

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Poetry Reading with Jasen Sousa and Books of Hope


Event: Poetry Reading with Jasen Sousa and Books of Hope

Thursday October 15, 2009
7:00 PM until 8:00 PM

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The Central Library is happy to welcome Jasen Sousa and Books of Hope for a joint reading.

Somerville native Jasen Sousa is the author of six hip hop inspired poetry books that have sold thousands of copies and impacted the lives of young people all around the world. He is also the founder of J-Rock Publishing, a publishing house that specializes in producing books for young adult readers that are written by young adult authors. J-Rock was founded and created with the purpose to give young people a voice with the written word.

Books of Hope is a Somerville writing and performance program for youth ages 13-23 that promotes expression and creativity through poetry, short story, memoir, dramatic, and non-fiction writing. Youths attend weekly workshops that focus on literary craft, public speaking, entrepreneurship, and community service. This intensive training combined with guest artists and field trips expands their awareness. Youth then write and design books that are shared with the public through reading events and are sold to benefit the young authors!

This reading is free and all are welcome to attend - we hope to see you there!
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Location: Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue
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New Day Dawning


PRESS RELEASE


THE CARPE DIEM REASON QUAD ALBUM SERIES


THIS WILL BE THE BIGGEST THING TO HIT THE UNDERGROUND IN YEARS!
O-RY-N (THE REBEL) , CEO OF THE UNITEDFRONTCOMPANY.COM WILL DROP FOUR
ALBUMS THIS FRIDAY IN BOSTON AT MCANNS PUB AT IN BOSTON. HE WILL
PERFORM DURING THIS CELEBRATION OF MERACULOUS WORK WITH HIS LIVE BAND
"PROJECT HYBRID" THERE WILL BE A SEPERATE NORTH SHORE RELEASE PARTY
ON SUNDAY AT EIGHT PM AT THE UNITEDFRONTCOMPANY.COM HEADQUARTERS IN
REVERE AT 318 SQUIRE RD. REVERE ON THE GROUND FLOOR.

THE CARPE DIEM REASON COSIST OF FOUR ALBUMS WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE
THROUGH JASENSOUSA.NET THE UNITEDFRONTCOMPANY PUBLISHER. IT WILL ALSO
BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE IN PERSON AT THE ARTIST JUMP OFF.

NEW DAY DAWNING

NEW DAY DAWNING IS A STORY BOOK ALBUM WHICH IS BASED ON A TRUE STORY.
THE STORY OF O-RY-N THE REBELS TUMOLTUOUS MOVE TO BOSTON AFTER A FEW
YEARS OF BEING A FUGITIVE OF JUSTICE. HIS FATHER DIED, HIS FIRST SON
FREEDOM CHI WAS BORN WITHIN DAYS OF EACH OTHER WHICH RESULTED IN HIM
LOOSING HIS JOB AS A SALES MANAGER FOR A NATIONAL COORPERATION. O-RY-N
EXPERIENCED AN EPIPHANY WHILE DRIVING HOME FROM THE LAST SOURCE OF
INCOME AS HE NOTICED A "FOR LEASE" SIGN IN THE WINDOW OF 318 ON ROUTE
60 ......HE COULD USE THIS 2000 SQUARE FOOT BASEMENT AS A SPACESHIP
TO PUSH HIS FRESHLY CONCIEVED MUSIC CAREER INTO WARP SPEED AND DELIVER
HIMSELF AND HIS ACOMPLISES TO A PLACE FURTHER AHEAD. HE DECIDED TO
TRANSEND GENRES AND UNIFY THE LOCAL ARTWORLD. THE MUSIC ON THIS ALBUM
IS FLAWLESS AND LEAVES THE LISTNER HANGING ON EVERY BAR. IT WILL BE
NARRARATED BY THE TALENT OF SPOKEN WORD POET "BEACON"

THIS ALBUM IS EXCLUSIVE WITH A LEADING PRODUCER THE 4TH WISEMAN. THIS
IS WAT IT SOUNDS LIKE WHEN WERE TELLING OUR STORY EIGHTEENANGLES.COM



THE COLLABORATION KASTRATION

THIS IS A ALBUM EXCLUSIVE WITH A REVERE NATIVE SUPER PRODUCER ON THE
RISE NAMED JEGIE WHO RUNS JEGIE PRODUCTIONS ...THE SNAPPY ELUSIVE
SAMPLES AND EARTH SHAKING BASE TRACKS DRESSED UP WITH THE CATCHY
LYRICS OF O-RY-N AND THE USUAL GROUNDBREAKING CONCEPTS MAKE THE
COLLABORATION KASTRATION A APPETISING COLLECTION OF HIP HOP



THE GALAXY OF HIP HOP

THIS ALBUM DEMANDS ANSWERS TO LONG QUESTIONED THERIOES OF WHICH PLAUGE
OUR MONDERN SOCIETY. THE CREATIVITY OF THE MANY ARTIST INVOLVED IN
THIS PROJECT TRANSENDS GENRES, IT DEALS WITH ISSUES LIKE LIFE CHANGING
EVENTS, LOVE, HATE, FAME ECT,. THE DELIVERY OF O-RY-N, DANI, SKITZ,
FROGGY, TUMBLWEED,GENEVIVE, AND OTHER UNITEDFRONTCOMPANY.COM ARTIST
TAKES US ON A JOURNEY THROUGHOUT THE GAUNTLET OF THE UNDERGROUND HIP
HOP WORLD IN BOSTON



THE REBELLION THEERIE

THIS IS A BACK BREAKER! EVERY BEAT AND SYLABLE CATCHES ANY EAR!
STORIES OF STRUGGLES AND GLORIOUS VICTORIES, INDEPENDANCE, FAITH AND
PERSAVERANCE. LOVED OR HATED THE UFCo WILL BE HEARD REGUARDLESS LETS
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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Thursday October 15, 2009 @ 7:00 P.M.




Join Us For A Night @ the Somerville Public Library

Promoting Young Adult Literature
Featuring Young Somerville Authors

Thursday October 15, 2009 @ 7:00 P.M.

Special Guest Readers!!!

Books For Sale!!!
Free Gifts!!!

Somerville Public Library
79 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA 02143

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Poem-American Fiend-Taken from the book Humming Eternity by Jasen Sousa

AMERICAN FIEND


A mother begins to consume,
her child develops
inside of a premature tomb.

That which will free her.
That which will enslave her seed.
A baby is born, a baby cries
because it feels the need to feed.

A heritage of needles and syringes,
rehab and relapse. Chemicals fade
our genes as we count veins
on the bark of a rotting family tree.

General injections
create her addictive complexion,
hanging on an Art Deco corner,
Miss Wrecked Whacko.

An addict’s faith,
sniffing broken down clouds off a crucifix
for the ultimate high.

Friday, September 4, 2009

M-Dot 50 day tour schedule inside! (round USA) (shows with D-12) New Newspaper write up. Must Read

Hope this message finds all of you doing well. Thank you all for the continued support.

Just wanted to give you the tour dates for all upcoming shows. I'm sure there is a show date that comes through you city or state (or with in close distance). M-Dot's 50 day tour begins on the West coast (Sept. 9 - Sept.23), then M-Dot will be performing with D-12 in Milwaukee (Sept. 24 - Sept. 27). We will back in Mass for only one week over the next two months (October 1rst), in which we will celebrate Rev's Birthday and DJ Six-S going away party live @ Kitty Osheas (Fanueil Hall, Boston). Then On October 7th Krumb Snatcha, Tableek & M-Dot will be on the road from October 7 - October 31. Finally on November 14th M-Dot will perform a coming home party/show with the Woodland Creatures @ The Sand Bar (Lynn, Mass), as well as a show in Manchester, NH (The Skaskeen, December 4th). Check all the dates below and see what shows you can make. Hope to hear from you guys. And I looking forward to seeing you. Be on the lookout for an M-Dot & Krumb Snatcha duo cd coming soon. And at some point next year you guys will at last get M-Dot's album "M.usically D.riven O.ver T.ime."

Also Definitely make a point to check out the new article on M-Dot in the Cape Cod Times (full article below the show list). Heres the link

http://forums.capecodonline.com/themusic1




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M-Dot Tour Schedule

9/10/2009 12:00 PM Filming “Back Stabbers” Music Video (North Hollywood, CA)

9/11/2009 12:00 PM Filming “Back Stabbers” Music Video (North Hollywood, CA)

9/17/2009 08:00 PM Beachside Bar & Grill (San Diego, CA)

9/19/2009 08:00 PM Bar 24 (Bill’s Casino) (Stateline, NV)

9/24/2009 08:00 PM w/ D12 @ Miramar Theatre (Milwaukee, WI)

9/26/2009 08:00 PM Live On North (Milwaukee, WI)

10/1/2009 08:00 PM Kitty O’Shea’s Fanuelle Hall (Boston, MA)

10/8/2009 08:00 PM Shadow Lounge (Pittsburgh, PA)

10/9/2009 08:00 PM Stonefly (Milwaukee, WI)

10/10/2009 08:00 PM Billy Goats (Green Bay, WI)

10/12/2009 08:00 PM Scion Lab (Kansas City, MO)

10/13/2009 06:00 PM Providence College (Providence, RI)

10/14/2009 08:00 PM Zebra Cocktail Lounge (Bozeman, MT)

10/17/2009 08:00 PM Kava Lounge (Ventura, CA)

10/21/2009 08:00 PM Ale House (San Jose, CA)

10/23/2009 08:00 PM Urban Lounge (Salt Lake City, Utah)

10/25/2009 08:00 PM Equinox (Las Cruces, NM)

10/26/2009 08:00 PM Hidden House (Phoenix, AZ)

10/28/2009 08:00 PM Burt’s Tiki Lounge (Albuquerque, NM)

10/29/2009 08:00 PM The Walnut Room (Denver, CO)

11/14/2009 08:00 PM The Sand Bar (Lynn, MA)

12/4/2009 08:00 PM The SkaSkeen (Manchester, NH)







http://forums.capecodonline.com/themusic1


By Ken Capobianco (Music writer for the Boston Globe, Cape Cod Times, & many other publications for over 23 years)
September 01 M-DOT: A Boston MC With a Vision It’s the first day of September, so I’m going to start out by writing about an act I’ve been meaning to tout all summer. As some of you might know, I wrote about the Boston hip-hop scene for most of my 20 year tenure in Boston and while I still write about hip-hop for other publications in Boston, I’m nowhere near ground zero of the hip-hop scene as I was in the late ’90s and early part of this decade. Of course that’s what happens when you live on the other coast. But I’ve always been trying to ferret out new voices and talents, who just might finally help put Boston on the hip-hop map or somewhere near it. Sadly, the city’s scene has been ignored almost completely over the years. But one of the most vital MCs I’ve heard in a long time is M-DOT (it stands for Money Doesn’t Own Thought) and he’s a rigorous, versatile artist, who’s completely passionate about his music and expressing himself—the essence of what hip-hop should be about. It’s rare that you hear an MC with the kind of honesty, commitment and lyrical finesse that he possesses. M-DOT is Michael Januario, a 25-year-old from Lynn. He’s been rapping for nine years but you’d never know that he’s been honing his skills for less than a decade. His verse is lucid and tough edged but not phony playa nonsense. What really marks his work is his blue collar work ethic and sense that nothing is going to defeat him or stand as an impediment to not only changing his life, but also perhaps, alter the course of hip-hop. The latter may sound like an overly grand aim, but that’s the kind of spirit that makes his work so involving and vivid.
His songs are about pushing himself to the limits. And, of course, like most good MCs, the music speaks on a universal level, so it resonates and has an honest, inspirational undercurrent that’s rarely found in hip-hop these days (The music is drowning in false inspiration and hypocritical, empty notions of faith and devotion). M-DOT’s work is indeed infused with a sense that this can indeed be a better world if we actually take the time to contribute something to it. He’s not about money, toting guns or strippers—the holy trinity of too many of today’s MCs. We all know that stuff is bogus, as are the claims to authenticity, and that’s why so many people are tuning out hip-hop. They simply can’t relate to it. M-DOT’s songs are about real life: work, struggling, relationships. And he flips rhymes with an insistent flow and dexterity. Earlier this year, he put out an outstanding mixtape filled with hot beats and even fiercer rhymes.
He’s got his first full length CD coming soon and it should be interesting to see what he does over a concentrated work with specific producers. I’ve heard a few new tracks that I hope make the record because they are smart, involving and heartfelt. He seems to be wildly prolific, so who knows how much material he’s got stored up for it. The MC is also industrious and he says right now when he’s not writing, cutting tracks or playing shows, he’s serving as his own manager, booker and publicist, which is unheard of in the industry these days. He may be keeping Red Bull in business for all I know.
What I am sure of is that this is a talent to pay attention to and if you like hip-hop—and I’m not talking about the silly stuff that’s passing itself off as hip-hop these days—then check this guy out. His website is at Myspace. www.myspace.com/mdotems. No doubt you can find his mixtape and more there.




http://www.youtube.com/user/mdot19832

Thursday, September 3, 2009

SITTING, ON THE CORNER

SITTING, ON THE CORNER

Her daughter and I listen carefully for the door to open,
cartoons play in the background.
Trying to color inside the lines,
the aroma of a chicken nugget dinner
creeps through the apartment.

Weeks of dishes sit in the sink.
I scrub, she chews,
and before she swallows,
she tugs on my shirt
wanting to play hide and go seek.
Slowly counting,
my fingers like tweezers
plucking soggy roaches from the tub.
Continuing the search,
trying to stand milk and soda on sloping shelves
while picking clothes off the floor
and shoving them into drawers filled with old LifeStyles.
“I can’t fit in there silly,” she yelled!
The loser has to give a piggyback ride.
Bouncing off my back from side to side,
as much love as I could have for a little girl
who is not my own.
Her eyelids begin to stutter,
I tuck her in
gluing sheets to her chin.

Hours later the door slams, the blind
falls like it always does.
Heels explode on the floor,
dress parachutes to the carpet,
I stare at a figure that was once
only touched by my hands.
Her mom stares back, but I never say much.
Somewhere in our teens I stopped telling her
things would change.
I walk towards and open the door,
hang the blind and shut it softly.

I put on my headphones
and walk home
listening to my favorite song as it skips.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Poem About My Father’s Journey to America




DISCOVERY


In 1965 my father left all he knew.
11-years-old, on a journey to reunite
with his father who had left years earlier
to build a new life in America.
Fascinated with the anticipation of flight, he left
the island of Saint Miguel on a small plane, watching
grazing cows diminish in size by the second. Before America,

there was the island of Santa Maria
and the hotel Pencao Batista where my father
became enamored by a tiny switch in the bedroom.
Summoning light on command was magical for a young boy
who had never experienced electricity. A larger plane

took him across unfamiliar waters
until he was welcomed by intimidating buildings
of New York. He didn’t understand the way people spoke,
looked or acted. Like cattle, he and the others
on the plane where pushed, poked, and pointed towards Boston

where his father waited to introduce wonders of a new world.
He watched television for a few minutes before telling his father to
turn it off so the battery wouldn’t die. 45 years vanished

before my father went back
to Portugal to see the house he grew up in
and familiar faces from his neighborhood.
He experienced the same feeling as when
he first arrived in America.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Boston's Finest Music Video 59 Fifty

Boston's Finest at their best with their music video 59 Fifty

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Check Out Some Pictures Taken By Alex Foster

ALex has done some outstanding work with me and has taken many photos which have been used for some of my book projects.


Check out some his latest work...

Some street fantasy stuff going on...










Saturday, August 15, 2009

Books of Hope Reading

Books of Hope doing one of their many performances in Somerville!!! Make sure you check them out!!! I will be posting dates when they are doing readings.













 
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