Monday, November 4, 2013, at 7:00 PM
10 Langley Road
Newton, MA 02459
Join us for a poetry reading with Ellie Mamber, Diana Cole, and Grey Held, members of the Workshop for Publishing Poets, directed by Barbara Helfgott Hyett. For more information about the workshop, see www.poemworks.com. Hosted by Richard Waring, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellie Mamber is a long-time student of Barbara Helfgott Hyett. She has been published in a number of journals and anthologies. She has read often in the poetry series at Newton Free Library and lives in Newton. Her book of poems, Dusk in the Vanishing Garden, takes us from precise and lyric observations of nature and of family, to a deeply felt account of her mother’s life as schizophrenia destroyed her happiness. A poem, entitled “Don’t Laugh, It’s Serious, She Said,” begins At 55, I’m trying to meet men, and goes on to tell us I want them to pursue me/so I can reject them. Published originally in 1985, the poem was taken in 2011 by McGraw-Hill for the fifth edition of a college text entitled Women’s Voices, Feminist Views: Classic and Contemporary Readings. What Ellie chose to find amusing at the time, she learns a quarter-century later is a feminist statement.
Diana Cole is a professional singer who, after moving over the border to Rhode Island, has focused on writing and stained glass. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including Blueline, Avocet, Off the Coast, The Christian Century, Slipstream, Poetry East, Spillway, and upcoming in Tar River Review and The Comstock Review. You can view poems online in the Fall Issue of The Cider Press Review and at www.dianacole.net. Diana was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has been an enthusiastic member of PoemWorks since 2010 and is a member of Rhode Island’s Ocean State Poets whose mission is to encourage the reading, writing, and sharing of poetry and to create opportunities for others to find their own voices.
Grey Held holds a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MFA from Temple University. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His first book, Two-Star General, was published by Brick Road Poetry Press. His second book, Spilled Milk, was published by Word Press. His poem “Vending Machine” was set to music by Paul Carey and has been performed by a cappella groups all over the country. Through a prison outreach program he has led poetry writing workshops for prisoners in the Northeastern Correctional Center in Concord, MA. He has been a lecturer in art and design at Ohio State University, computer programmer, international marketing manager, research director, and is currently director of client services at a research firm in Cambridge, MA. He and his wife live in Newton, MA, where they have raised two sons.