Co-President – Diana Der-Hovanessian
Diana Der-Hovanessian, New England born poet, was twice a Fulbright professor of American Poetry and is the author of more than 25 books of poetry and translations. She has awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, PEN/Columbia Translation Center, National Writers Union, Armenian Writers Union, Paterson Poetry Center, Prairie Schooner, American Scholar, and the Armenian Ministry of Culture. Her poems have appeared in Agni, American Poetry Review, Ararat, CSM, Poetry, Partisan, Prairie Schooner, Nation, etc., and in anthologies such as Against Forgetting, Women on War, On Prejudice, Finding Home, Leading Contemporary Poets, Orpheus and Company, Identity Lessons, Voices of Conscience, Two Worlds Walking, etc. Among the several plays written by Diana, two (The Secret of Survival and Growing Up Armenian) were produced and in 1984 and 1985 traveled to many college campuses in the 80s telling the Armenian story with poetry and music. After 1989, The Secret of Survival with Michael Kermoyan and later with Vahan Khanzadian was performed for earthquake relief benefits. She works as a visiting poet and guest lecturer on American poetry, Armenian poetry in translation, and the literature of human rights at various universities here and abroad.
Co-President – Mary Buchinger
Mary Buchinger is the author of two collections of poetry, Aerialist (Gold Wake Press, 2015) and Roomful of Sparrows (Finishing Line, 2008). Her poems have appeared in AGNI, Ibbetson Street, PANK, Salamander, Slice Magazine, The Cortland Review, The Massachusetts Review, as well as in journals in Canada, England, Ireland, France, Sweden, The Netherlands, and elsewhere; she’s been invited to read at the Library of Congress, received awards including the Daniel Varoujan, Firman Houghton, Charter Oak Award for Best Historical poem, as well as nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Buchinger (Bodwell) served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador and holds a doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Boston University; she is Professor of English and Communication Studies at MCPHS University in Boston and lives in Cambridge with her family. Personal Website: http://www.marybuchinger.com
Vice President – Hilary Sallick
Hilary Sallick is a poet and teacher. She lives in Somerville where she teaches reading and writing to adult learners and where she and her husband raised their two children. Her poems have appeared in Third Wednesday, the Aurorean, Human Journal, Old Frog Pond Farm and Studio website, and elsewhere. She is deeply interested in nature, visual art, learning, and the search for form and connection through poetry. A lifelong New Englander, Hilary grew up in Connecticut and earned her B.A. and M.Ed. from Harvard University.
Treasurer – Linda Haviland Conte
Linda Haviland Conte is the author of Slow As A Poem (Ibbetson Street Press, 2002). Her poems are included in the anthologies City of Poets: 18 Boston Voices and Out of the Blue Writers Unite. She won a Cambridge Poetry Award for Best Short Poem, and she received a Somerville Arts Council Grant to lead a poetry-writing workshop at the Somerville Public Library. She is a founding member and occasional editor of Ibbetson Street magazine. Linda works in the Somerville Public Schools (MA).
Programs – Marjorie Thomsen and Wendy Drexler
Marjorie Thomsen is the author of the poetry collection, Pretty Things Please (Turning Point, 2016). Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She’s the recipient of writing awards from the New England Poetry Club and the University of Iowa School of Social Work. She grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Richmond, Virginia. She attended Simmons College in Boston and earned a master’s in social work from Catholic University in Washington, DC. Currently, Marjorie is an instructor at Boston University’s School of Social Work and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and three children.
Wendy Drexler’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, Common Ground, Ibbetson, Moon City Review, Nimrod, Off the Coast, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, RHINO, Salamander, Solstice, The Hudson Review, The Mid-America Review, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, Valparaiso Poetry Review, versedaily.com, and other journals, and in the anthologies Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust, and Burning Bright: Passager Celebrates 21 Years. Her chapbook Drive-Ins, Gas Stations, the Bright Motels (Pudding House, 2007) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she has been twice-again nominated. Her first full-length collection, Western Motel was published by Turning Point in 2012. Her new collection, Before There Was Before, will be published in March 2017 by Iris Press. She has been a poetry editor for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and was assistant project director for Poetry in the Park, a community arts project in which 14 nature poems were applied directly to granite columns scattered throughout Edmands Park in Newton, MA (www.newtoncommunitypride.org/
Social Media Guru – Blake Stewart
Blake Stewart studied creative writing at Reed College and is a poetry editor for The Nervous Breakdown. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her partner, dog, and two cats.