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.

https://www.amazon.com/Kissing-Shuttle-Mary-Ann-Mayer/dp/0692069216/

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:  blackstoneriverbooks@gmail.com

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.

NEPC Member Mary Bonina has two readings coming up….

NEPC Member Mary Bonina has two readings coming up:
 
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Event: Annual Members Reading, The Writers Room of Boston
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
 
Mary reads new poetry from her current manuscript-in-progress. She will be joined by members who work in a variety of genres: Geert van der Kolk, Margery Ganz, Simon John, Bob Dall, Rebecca Mahoney, Daniel Johnson, and Amy Hoffman. ​
 
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Event: WHY THERE ARE WORDS National Literary Series
Time: 6:00pm
Place: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
 
Mary reads with Janet Thornberg, Peter Carroll, Barret Warner, Geoff Kronik, and Marisa Silver in the award-winning WHY THERE ARE WORDS National Literary Series (with locations also in LA, Pittsburg, Portland, and Austin). NYC Branch Coordinator, Poet Michael Collins.
 
And congratulations to her on being awarded a residency at
Moulin a Nef, the VCCA-France location in Auvillar!