Deadline extended for submission to be the 3rd Poet Laureate in Somerville!

Call for a Somerville Poet Laureate! Please consider running!

The Somerville Arts Council is pleased to announce a call for our third Poet Laureate.

We’ve been privileged to have two poets since 2015.  From 2015 to 2016 Nicole Terez Dutton served as our first laureate and our second laureate, Gloria Mindock served from 2017 through 2018.  See their bios and work below.

The City views the position as a means to further enhance the profile of poets and poetry in the city and beyond.  The Poet Laureate is expected to bring poetry to segments of Somerville’s community that have less access or exposure to poetry: senior citizens, youth, schools and communities.  The Poet Laureate will be a person of vision with the ability to enact his/her vision.

The deadline for submission to become our third laureate is on November 20th, 2018.   Please down the pdf application here

Special Thanks to Doug Holder and Harris Gardner, our poet advocates.


Susan Eisenberg will be reading November 15th and 19th from Stanley’s Girl and We’ll Call You If We Need You

Thursday, Nov. 15, 6:30 pm
30 South St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
3-fer: 2 Books and On Equal Terms online!
Reading from We’ll Call You If We Need You: Experiences of Women Working Construction, With a New Preface
& Stanley’s Girl: Poems & a tour of the new website
Monday, Nov. 19, 8 pm
Poetry Reading from Stanley’s Girl with David Gewanter
42 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA  02138

Congratulations to Mary Ann Mayer on Her New Book!

Kissing the Shuttle – A Lyric History (Blackstone River Books, 2018) is a full-length collection of poetry, historical illustrations and explanatory captions, reenacting a little known history.  The lead title refers to a common weaving practice that spread tuberculosis.  The book explores the nexus between labor and health, and features the first public health movement to stamp out TB.  Set largely in the newly industrialized Blackstone River Valley, notably Rhode Island, this associational history also traces “Cotton Fever’s” effects beyond regional borders.  Well-researched, engaging, and full of period details and diverse voices, it shows the human face of industrialization as well as society’s  new “esprit de corps” for public health.  Readers will experience daily life in the mills and villages, the TB sanatorium, and the nation’s first “open-air schools.”  The Historian Laureate of Rhode Island has praised the book as “a blend of both triumph and tragedy.”

For reviews and more information, please visit the link below.

Author Bio:

Mary Ann Mayer’s most recent collection is Salt & Altitudes (Finishing Line Press, 2014).  Her poems, essays, and translations have been widely published. Her honors include the GrubStreet “Blue Period” Poetry Prize, a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, and Massachusetts Book Award and Pushcart Prize nominations.  She has been a finalist for the May Sarton New Hampshire Book Award.  Mary Ann is an editor for Crosswinds Poetry Journal and volunteers with the Ocean State poets, promoting poetry in underserved communities.  She was raised in Rhode Island.  Newly retired from her occupational therapy practice, she divides her time between Sharon, MA and Franconia, NH.  Contact information: