Monday, December 5, 2011

December Write on the Dot reading

Write on the Dot is a poetry and fiction reading series featuring UMass-Boston MFA candidates and writers from the Dorchester community.

From a article on the inaugural session:
The reading series was started by Molly McGuire and Aaron Devine, both students at UMass Boston's creative writing MFA program. UMass already showcases its writers' work at the Breakwater reading series in Coolidge Corner (which also hosts BU and Emerson students), but Write on the Dot is meant to bridge the gap between UMass Boston and the Dorchester community. "UMass is unique in that it's a commuter school. It's in Dorchester, but it's on that peninsula …It feels a little disconnected from the community sometimes," said Devine, who added that the university already has many programs that partner with Boston Public Schools and the public library to create that connection.
This time around, it's Sam Cha, Aaron Devine, Johnny Diaz, Mariya "Morie" Deykute, and Christopher Kain. Sunday, December 11, 2011, 6-7:30 pm, at The Blarney Stone, 1505 Dorchester Avenue. RSVP at

Bergman, Freireich, and Watt at Cambridge Public Library

Thursday, December 8, at 7 pm, at the Central Square Library, 45 Pearl Street, Cambridge.
Stay for refreshments following the reading.

Denise Bergman is the author of Seeing Annie Sullivan, poems based on the early life of Helen Keller’s teacher. She conceived and edited City River of Voices, an anthology of urban poetry, and was the author of Keyhole Poems, a sequence that combines the history of twelve specific Cambridge locations with their present use. Denise was poetry editor of Sojourner, A Women’s Forum, and hosted a CCTV show “Women in the Arts.” She received several grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Puffin Foundation. Her poems have been widely published and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. An excerpt of her poem "Red", about a slaughterhouse, is permanently installed in Dana Park.

H. Susan Freireich went back to school to study public health after twenty-five years of teaching, community organizing, and political activism. She worked in the civilian communities caught in El Salvador’s civil war and is writing a book about the experience. She is the recipient of the 1998 Frances Shaw Fellowship at The Ragdale Foundation, and the 2005 Mildred Sherrod Bissinger Memorial Endowed Fellowship at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She has also received support and time for her work from Norcroft, Hedgebrook, Blue Mountain Center, and Casa Libre en la Solana. Her work has appeared in Poetic Voices Without Borders and in The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2007 and The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2008.

Molly Lynn Watt is the author of a book of poems, Shadow People, sharing journeys as a progressive educator, singer and activist. She is working on a manuscript, On the Wings of Song, set the Civil Rights Movement of 1963. She edited volumes 1-4 of Bagels with the Bards, is poetry editor for the HILR Review, and a frequent contributor to literary journals. She supports voices of others as curator for the monthly Fireside Readings at Cambridge Cohousing, workshop leader for The Kent Street Writers and Poet Laureate of HILR. She received residencies from Soul Mountain and Lake Atitlan Writer’s Workshop. She and participates in NoCA Open Studios and The Joiner Center Writing Community.