Lines by Heart: Physicians and Poetry


Award-winning poets and physicians Drs. Glenn Colquhoun and Rafael Campo explore the tremulous terrain of the doctor-patient relationship as they illuminate the richly human search for meaning in the face of mortality.Dr. Rafaeil Campo teaches and practices at Harvard Medical School, where he directs the Arts and Humanities Initiative’s Literature and Writing Program. Author of eight highly acclaimed books, he is the recipient of the National Poetry Series award among many others.

Glenn Colquhoun is a poet and children’s writer. He has written award-winning books on poetry and four children’s books.

Golden Rose Reading and Reception with Yusef Komunyakaa

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Join us in celebrating the 2018 Golden Rose Award recipient, Pulitzer Prize-winner Yusef Komunyakaa. The poet will also read a selection of his works.

His poems, rooted in personal narrative about his Louisiana childhood, his stint in Vietnam, urban living, and the legacies of slavery and racism, are infused with jazz and blues. The recipient of many honors and awards, Professor Komunyakaa currently serves as Distinguished Senior Poet at New York University.

Yusef Komunyakaa’s books of poetry include Taboo, Dien Cai Dau, Neon Vernacular (for which he received the Pulitzer Prize), Pleasure Dome, Warhorses, The Chameleon Couch, and most recently The Emperor of Water Clocks (FSG). His awards include the William Faulkner Prize (Université Rennes, France), the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, and the 2011 Wallace Stevens Award. His plays, performance art and libretti have been performed internationally, and include Wakonda’s Dream, Saturnalia, and Gilgamesh: a Verse Play. He teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and serves as State Poet of New York.

The Golden Rose Award is one of the oldest in the poetry prizes in the United States dating to 1919. The New England Poetry Club awards the Rose to a poet, who by their poetry and inspiration to and encouragement of other writers, has made a significant mark on American poetry. Winners have included three Nobel Laureates: Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott and Czeslaw Milosz, and several Pulitzer Prize recipients, all of whom received the Golden Rose before their international acclaim. Other winners include American icons Robert Frost, Katherine Lee Bates, Archibald MacLeish, David McCord, Robert Lowell, Stanley Kunitz, X.J. Kennedy, May Sarton, Adrienne Rich, Robert Penn Warren, John Updike and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Free and open to the public

Regie Gibson, July 1, 3 pm, Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters

Come experience the musings of literarymusician and educator, Regie Gibson!

Literaryperformer, educator & former National Poetry Slam Champion, Regie Gibson, has lectured & performed in the U.S., Cuba & Europe. Representing the U.S., Regie competed for & received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. Himself & his work appear in “love jones”: a feature-film based on events in his life. He has featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, WBUR’s On Point, Radio Boston, & other NPR programs. Regie has presented at several TED X events & has been nominated for a Boston Emmy. He’s served as a consultant for both the National Endowment for the Arts “How Art Works” initiative & the “Mere Distinction of Color”: an exhibit at James Madison’s Montpelier, examining the legacy of slavery and the U.S. constitution. Regie has performed with, & composed texts for, The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale & the Handel+Haydn Society & has been published in Poetry Magazine, Harvard’s Divinity Magazine, and The Iowa Review, among others. His volume of poems, “Storms Beneath the Skin” won the Golden Pen Award.

He is a recipient of the Walker Scholarship for Poetry from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, a YMCA Community Writer’s Fellowship, the Lexington Education Foundation Grant, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award & is a recent recipient of a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellowship for Artistic Excellence from The Boston Foundation. Regie teaches at Grub Street, Clark University, is part of the Emerson College Summer Faculty & is both Poet-in-Residence for Mass Poetry & head instructor for the Mass Poetry “Poets in the Schools Program” accredited through Lesley University. When not teaching, he is the lead singer for Atlas Soul: A world music, global funk ensemble & is Artistic Director of Shakespeare to Hiphop’s “Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy”: a multimedia performance focusing on the life, works & influence of William Shakespeare.

Free and open to the public.

 

Ed Meek’s work exhibited in City Hall and forthcoming elsewhere

Congratulations to NEPC Member Ed Meek whose poem was selected in the Mayor’s Poetry Program for exhibit in Boston’s City Hall this year. He also has a baseball poem up at Hobart and work  forthcoming in War, Literature and the Arts, Split Rock Review, The Valley Review, Pinyon Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Blueline, and Tell-tale Inklings! Be sure to l ook for his book reviews in The Arts Fuse and Digboston.

Breath and Matter: Poet/Sculptor Collaborations

Breath and Matter, a collaborative project between local poets and sculptors, will feature readings and art exhibitions this summer. Many NEPC Members are involved in this collaboration! Details here: http://www.bostonsculptors.com/breath-matter-home/
 
Wednesday, July 18, 5:30-8:30 pm
Mary Bonina, David Daniel, Oliver de la Paz,
Wendy Drexler, Audrey Henderson, Danielle Legros Georges, Tomas O’Leary, Ros Zimmermann
Opening Reception with Poetry Readings on the hour
Boston Sculptors Gallery, “Breath and Matter,” Poet/Sculptor Collaborations
486 Harrison Avenue
Boston
 
Friday, August 3, 5:30-8:30 pm
Crosby Baez, Alison Deming, Chard deNiord,
Anaïs Duplan, Anne Elliot, Lisa Harries Schumann,
Mary Pinard, Lee Sharkey, Sophie Wadsworth
Reception with Poetry Readings on the hour
Boston Sculptors Gallery, “Breath and Matter,” Poet/Sculptor Collaborations
Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Avenue
Boston

NEPC Member Paula Bonnell’s poem chosen for display in Boston City Hall

Congratulations to Paula Bonnell whose poem,”The Sun’s Progress,” is one of 18 poems chosen by the City of Boston’s Arts Department in its annual contest. This year’s theme is Diverse Neighborhoods. On May 3 a reading hosted by Boston’s Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges was held at City Hall and the next day 18 plaques, each containing one of the poems, were posted near the elevators in City Hall for the coming year.

NEPC Member Doug Holder @ Leonard Bernstein Festival, Brandeis University

NEPC Member Doug Holder was on a panel at Brandeis University Leonard Bernstein Festival (APRIL 17)
 
PANEL: CREATIVITY AND PUBLISHING
 
Panel included Lisa Krissof Beohn, dean of graduate studies, Bridgewater State University; Elizabeth Bradfield (Creative Writing); Doug Holder, managing editor of Ibbetson Press; editor Anita McClellan; and Sarah Mead (Music). Moderator: Rosie Rosenzweig (WSRC). Sponsored by the Women’s Studies Research Center.