Sunday, February 22, 2015
David Blair’s first book, Ascension Days (Del Sol Press, 2007), was chosen for the Del Sol Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in AGNI, Harvard Review, Ploughshares,Fence, Barnstorm, Slate,storySouth, and elsewhere. He is associate professor at the New England Institute of Art in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
|Molly Lynn Watt|
`Molly Lynn Watt is an educator, researcher, writer and activist. She was born in Danbury, Connecticut.
In 1963 she worked for Highlander Education and Research Center co-directing The North-South Smokey Mountain Workcamp with her then husband, Robert Lincoln Gustafson, in Townsend, Tennessee. The camp was raided and all participants landed in the Maryville Jail while the camp facilities were mysteriously burned. She moved back to the Boston area and directed work camps in Roxbury, Mass, sponsored by the A.F.S.C. and eleven local organizations including Norfolk Community Center, Freedom House, Saint Mark's Social Center, the B.R.A. and others groups. The goal for the camps was education of participants through working with residents in addressing housing and education issues.
During the 1970s she was active in the Open Education Movement and co-founded one of the nation's first teacher centers located in Brookline, Mass. She supported teachers as writers about their own practice, co-founding with Sarah Hull, Claryce Evans and Margaret Stubbs, The Children's Thinking Network Newsletter, published for five years from 40 Reservoir St. in Cambridge, MA. She was an Associate of the Prospect School in Bennington, Vermont,
In the 1980s, as an activist for experiential, hands-on learning, she traveled extensively giving key note talks at educational conferences and hands-on workshop putting the learner in charge. She advocated using the Logo computer language as a mathematical "sandbox" and the Bankstrret Writer as a blank page inviting free writing to encourage learners creativity consistent with research on the writing process. (This was at a time when there was a parallel development in programmed lessons for educational uses of computers.) In 1986 she traveled with a delegation of six educators to the People's Education Press in Beijing, China to lead the Logo and Educational Computing Workshop for 40 top educators in China. Apple gave them a computer lab as a gift to the Press which was at that time publishing all the curriculum for the 180 million school children on tradition presses. She wrote a monthly column in Teaching and Computers magazine called "Ask Molly", contributed articles toothier magazines, wrote a Logo Curriculum, "Welcome to Logo" published by D.C. Heath and co-authored Teaching wit Logo" with her husband, Daniel Watt, published by Addison Wesley in 1986.
In the 1990s until her retirement at Educational Development, Inc. she led projects funded by the NSF to support teachers of Logo conducting research in their own classrooms, editing a of teacher research with Daniel Watt, New Paradigms in Classroom Research, published by ICC. She took Action Research on-line as part of the Department of Education funded NCIP (national network of special education educators sharing best practices in inclusion.). She founded and directed the Action Research Center at E.D.C. in Newton,MA.
She is a founding member of Cambridge Cohousing where she has lived since 1998 with her husband, Daniel Lynn Watt and 88 others from age 1 to 90, determined to work together to reduce their carbon footprint and make decisions by consensus.
In 2004 she with Daniel Lynn Watt edited, published and performed excerpts of letters his parents exchanged during the Spanish Civil War. His father George Watt was a volunteer in the Lincoln Battalion and his mother Ruth Watt was an organizer and supporter in New York City. George and Ruth: Songs and Letters of the Spanish Civil War.Molly Lynn Watt started hosting monthly poetry readings, The Fireside Series, in Cambridge, MA, became the editor for the BagelBards Anthology #1, #2, #3, #4. She served for several years as editor for poetry in the HILR Literary Review, and in 2007 Ibbetson Street Press published her f=volume of poetry, Shadow People.
Monday, January 12, 2015
|Michael C. Keith|
Michael is the author of over 20 books on electronic media, as well as a memoir and three books of fiction. In 2009, he coedited a found manuscript by legendary writer/director Norman Corwin. What he refers to as his “fringe” group series consists of a monograph that examines the use of broadcast media by Native Americans—Signals in the Air (Praeger, 1995), a book that explores the nature and role of counterculture radio in the sixties—Voices in the Purple Haze (Praeger, 1997), a book that probes the extreme right-wing’s exploitation of the airwaves—Waves of Rancor (M.E. Sharpe, 1999, with Robert Hilliard), a book that examines the role of gays and lesbians in broadcasting—Queer Airwaves (M.E. Sharpe, 2001, with Phylis Johnson), a book about broadcasting and the First Amendment—Dirty Discourse (Blackwell, 2003, with Robert Hilliard), and a volume that evaluates the loss of localism in American radio—The Quieted Voice (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005, with Robert Hilliard).
Keith is also the author of the most widely adopted text on American radio—The Radio Station, 8th edition (Focal Press, 2010), an oral history—Talking Radio (M.E. Sharpe, 2000), a study of nocturnal broadcasting –Sounds in the Dark (Iowa State University Press, 2001), and The Broadcast Century, 4th edition (Focal Press, 2005, with Robert Hilliard. His most recent books include Radio Cultures (Peter Lang, 2010) and Sounds of Change (University North Carolina Press, 2010, with Christopher Sterling). He is also the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, The Next Better Place (Algonquin Books, 2003), as well as numerous journal articles and two books of short stories––And Through the Trembling Air and Hoag's Object. He has been invited to lecture internationally.
Prior to joining Boston College, Keith served as Chair of Education at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. He is co-founder of the Broadcast Education Association’s Radio Division, was director of the communication program at Dean College, and served as an invited professor at George Washington University and Marquette University. He is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the International Radio Television Society’s Stanton Fellow Award, the Broadcast Education Association's Distinguished Scholar Award, and the University of Rhode Island’s Achievement Award in the Humanities.
He is the author of several short story collections including The Collector of Tears, and If Things Were Made to Last Forever ( Big Table Publishing).
Monday, December 29, 2014
Margot Livesey grew up in a boys' private school in the Scottish Highlands where her father taught, and her mother, Eva, was the school nurse. After taking a B.A. in English and philosophy at the University of York in England she spent most of her twenties working in shops and restaurants and learning to write. Her first book, a collection of stories called Learning By Heart, was published by Penguin Canada in 1986. Since then Margot has published six novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona and The House on Fortune Street. Her seventh novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, will be published by HarperCollins in January 2012.
Margot has taught at Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon, Cleveland State, Emerson College, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Tufts University, the University of California at Irvine, the Warren Wilson College MFA program for writers, and Williams College. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the N.E.A., the Massachusetts Artists' Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. Margot is currently a distinguished writer in residence at Emerson College. She lives with her husband, a painter, in Cambridge, MA, and goes back to London and Scotland whenever she can.
Alice Sebold says, "Every novel of Margot Livesey's is, for her readers, a joyous discovery. Her work radiates with compassion and intelligence and always, deliciously, mystery."
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Christopher Busa, founder and editor of Provincetown Arts magazine, was born in New York City in 1946, the son of a painter who participated in the formative years of Abstract Expressionism. Spending part of every year in Provincetown since infancy, he slowly absorbed its mythology as a place where artists and writers gather to work and live. After graduation from the University of Minnesota, he studied for a year in Paris at the Sorbonne, and then pursued a Ph.D. for ten years while teaching English at Rutgers University. His interviews and profiles of artists and writers have appeared in the Paris Review, Arts, Partisan Review, Garden Design, and other magazines. Two published pieces were reprinted in Interviews and Encounters with Stanley Kunitz, edited by Stanley Moss (Sheep Meadow Press). Another essay, “Being a Great Man Is a Thesis Invented by Others,” appeared in Such Desperate Joy: Imagining Jackson Pollock (Thunder’s Mouth Press). He has curated exhibitions and written catalog introductions for many artists. He co-edited and introduced the Erotic Works of D.H. Lawrence (Crown, 1989), the subject of his dissertation. He is the author of The Provincetown Artists Cookbook, with Written Sketches of the Artists Creating a Contemporary Portrait of the Town as an Art Colony (Abingdon, 1988).Over the past 20 years he has taped several hundred interviews and created files on over 1000 artists and writers in preparation for a comprehensive title about the century-long history of the art colony. His WOMR FM 92.1 radio program, “ArtTalk,” airs three times a month over the past five years, introducing new and established artists, performers, and writers discussing their current project and what moves them to do it.He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), based in Paris, and he is one of 16 members of the American New England Chapter, which selects two dozen “Best of” exhibitions annually in museums, commercial galleries, and university art galleries in painting, sculpture, and architecture. He is on the board of the Norman Mailer Society and on the editorial board of the Mailer Review,published by the Society and by the University of South Florida. He teaches one semester a year in the low-residency Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.
Friday, November 28, 2014
|PUI YING WONG|
Pui Ying Wong was born in Hong Kong. She is the author of a full length book of poetry Yellow Plum Season (New York Quarterly Books, 2010), two chapbooks: Mementos (Finishing Line Press, 2007), Sonnet for a New Country (Pudding House Press, 2008) and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, The Southampton Review, New York Quarterly, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (Hong Kong), Desde Hong Kong: poets in conversation with Octavio Paz, Chameleon Press (Hong Kong), The Brooklyner, Brooklyn Voice, Angle Poetry (U.K.), The Asian Pacific American Journal, Taos Journal of Poetry & Art, 2Bridges Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Ucity Review, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Constellations, Crannog (Ireland), Gargoyle, 5 AM, decomP, A Narrow Fellow, The New Poet, Blood Lotus Journal, Slippery Elm, Blue Fifth Review, Chiron Review, Foundling Review, Literary Bohemian, The Boiler Journal, , DMQ Review, , Gravel, Mojave River Review, Offcourse, Pirene’s Fountain, Red River Review, Cavalier Literary Couture, Reprint Poetry, Up the Staircase Quarterly among others. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web and she was a finalist for the 2011 Sundress Best of the Net editions. She is also a book reviewer for Cervena Barba Press. After living many years in Brooklyn, she moved to Cambridge, MA with her husband, the poet Tim Suermondt.
Monday, October 27, 2014
|Poet Elizabeth McKim|
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Elizabeth Gordon McKim has published five books of poetry, the latest being The Red Thread (Leapfrog Press). She is a teacher, performance poet, spoken word artist, and has been an adjunct professor for forty years in the department of Creative Arts in Learning at Lesley University. McKim is the poet laureate of the European Graduate School, and the Jazz Poet of Lynn where she lives, in a renovated shoe factory. She is included with four others in the new anthology, Wild Women of Lynn, published by Blaine Hebbel and The Ring of Bone Press.