poetry

What’s New: The Report Card & Fresh Cuts

The Report Card UMass Professor Named New Poet Laureate The UMass-Boston English professor Lloyd Schwartz was named Somerville’s poet laureate earlier this year, the Boston Globe reports, and he plans to use his new platform to connect the community’s poets with those who are unfamiliar with the craft. “Having spent my whole adult life bringing […]



Poetry Reading at the Somerville Community Growing Center

Allison Adair’s work has appeared in the Boston Review, Mid-American Review and other journals; her hypertext projects on The Rumpus and Electric Literature websites. Winner of the 2014 Fineline Competition, she teaches literature and writing at Boston College. Suzanne Matson’s fourth novel, Ultraviolet, is forthcoming from Catapult. Her essays have appeared in The New York […]


Activist-essayist-poet Jackie Wang Tackles Incarceration

Local poet Jackie Wang will not be pigeon-holed. She’s a performer, the author of multiple radical zines, and a self-described “poetry-school drop-out,” “library rat,” and “trauma monster.” She’s also a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard in African and African American Studies, and, she cheerfully adds, “I also make music and films!” You may have heard her […]


Solidarity Salon

Solidarity Salon: a reading/performance/exhibit Saturday, June 23, 7-9 pm Featuring: Lisa DeSiro, poet and pianist Kelly Dumar, poet and playwright Darci Hanna, artist Jennifer Martelli, poet Kay Patterson, soprano Anne Pluto, poet Join us as we share our poetry, music, and handmade creations. Books and artwork will be available for purchase. Light refreshments provided. Free […]


EcoMuse Sustainable Music / Poetry / Video – Dinosaur Annex Concert #2

Join us for an inspired, unusual evening of music and ecopoetry with Dino Annex accordionist Katherine V. Matasy, violist Anne Black, and Grub Street’s prize-winning poet Allison Adair. This event harnesses the power of artistic expression to call attention to the environmental and ecological issues affecting us today. You will have a chance to hear […]


Artist Julie Ann Otis On Reframing As Opportunity

There was a time when Julie Ann Otis would deny that her art is political. But when a colleague put the question to her several years ago, she had to face the truth. “Every single piece that I went back and read … I was like, ‘Oh, that is so political,” the Somerville-based artist and […]


Somerville Names First Ever Poet Laureate

The cat may already be out of the bag (it looks like the Somerville Times had the scoop back in December), but the City of Somerville has officially announced that Nicole Terez Dutton will serve a two-year term as the city’s first ever Poet Laureate. Dutton’s work has appeared in journals including Ploughshares, the Indiana Review and Salt […]