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Doug Holder interviews, musician and artist Yani BatteauYani Batteau calls her music, ‘Americana Soul.’ Her roots run deep encompassing the sounds and lore of Vintage Country, traditional folk and, the unique mystique that is embedded in Appalachian music and culture. When she plays the banjo, her intricate picking extends beyond the traditional claw hammer style. She skillfully launches into improvisational riffs that are at once complex and dynamic. Yani’s band, The Styles, Steve Sidhly on Guitar and Marty White on bass, are seasoned musicians who enrich her unique sound. Doug Holder interviewed Batteau at the bustling Bloc 11 Cafe in Somerville, Mass.
From the Bloc 11 Cafe: Poet Harris Gardner Tells all.....I interviewed Harris Gardner at the famed literary cafe -- Bloc 11-- in Union Square Somerville. There he revealed his plans for the Boston National Poetry Festival in April (2016), and talked about his years as poetry editor of Ibbetson Street, and his involvement in the First and Last Poetry Series at Somerville Arts Armory
Doug Holder interviews Dan Sklar Poet, Playwright (2007)Doug Holder interviewed Dan Sklar on his Poet to Poet: Writer to Writer Cable Access TV show in Somerville, Mass. in 2007. Dan is the author of "Flying Cats" and other poetry collections. He teaches writing at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass.. He has won many awards for his teaching in his years there. His poetry and other writings have been widely published in the small press.
From the Bloc 11 Cafe... Interview with Artist Resa BlatmanI interviewed Resa Blatman at the Bloc 11 Cafe in Somerville, Mass. We talked about her recent trip to the Arctic, the gentrification of Somerville and its implication for artists, her artwork inspired by Global Climate Change, and art as a commodity, among other things.
Resa Blatman is a Somerville-based artist. She is the recipient of several grants, and her work as been featured in numerous magazines and online journals-- most recently, a review of her two-person show, “Landscape Remade” at Northeastern University, in Big, Red & Shiny. She received her BFA in graphic design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she’s been teaching advanced level graphic design since 1997; she also holds an MFA in painting from Boston University.
Doug Holder interviews author Luke Salisbury (2007)Luke Salisbury is a Professor of English at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and teaches English and Film. He is the author of The Answer Is Baseball (Times Books, 1989; Vintage, 1990) which The Chicago Tribune called the best baseball book of 1989, (A Common Reader said, “Salisbury reveals the heart of the sport better than writer I’ve read,” No. 47, April, 1991), and a novel, The Cleveland Indian (The Smith, 1992; paperback, 1996) which was nominated for the Casey Award in 1992 as best baseball book of the year, and was studied at Indiana State University in an American literature course. Blue Eden, a novel in three stories, (The Smith; hardback and paper, 1996). Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine said, “The middle tale, ‘The Number of the Beast,’ is a gem.” Hollywood and Sunset, a novel will be published by Shambling Gate Press, fall 2005. Mr. Salisbury contributed to Red Sox Century: One Hundred Years of Red Sox Baseball, Baseball & The Game of Life, Ted Williams: A Portrait in Words and Pictures, DiMaggio: An Illustrated Life, Jackie Robinson: Between the Baselines, Fall Classics: The Best Writing About The World Series’ First Hundred Years and wrote Chapter 9 of a Treasury of Baseball, published by Publications International Ltd. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Ploughshares, Stories Magazine, Pulpsmith, Fan, Elysian Fields, Spitball, Nine, SABR Review of Books, Cooperstown Review, and (in translation) AERA, the Japanese equivalent of Time. He is a past vice president and national secretary of the Society For American Baseball Research (SABR). Mr. Salisbury was the first keynote speaker at Nine Magazine’s Annual Spring Training Conference (1994), and was a frequent guest on Channel 2 Boston’s “Ten O’clock News,” “The Group,” and “Greater Boston,” New England Cable News Network, Comcast’s Sports Pulse, and WBUR’s “Connection.” He was featured in AMC’s “Diamonds On the Silver Screen,” HBO’s Curse of the Bambino and wrote the Krank column for Boston Baseball from 1996 to 1999.
Mr. Salisbury attended The Hun School, New College, and received an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. He once taught third grade in the Bronx, and now lives with his wife Barbara and son Ace in Chelsea, Massachusetts.
Doug Holder interviews Poet Richard FoxRichard H. Fox was born and bred in Worcester MA. He attended Webster University, as much artist colony as college, in the early 1970’s. These diverse cultures shaped his world view and love of words. He is a former President of Poetry Oasis, Inc., a non-profit poetry association dedicated to education and promoting local poets, and was Managing Editor of its journal Diner. Richard’s poems have appeared in numerous journals including Above Place, Boston Literary Magazine, OVS, Poetry Quarterly, Midstream Magazine, and Worcester Review. He is the author of two poetry collections: Time Bomb (2013) and wandering in puzzle boxes (2015). A cancer survivor, many of Richard’s poems focus on cancer from the patient’s point of view drawing on hope, humor, and unforeseen gifts. He seconds Stanley Kunitz’s motion that people in Worcester are “provoked to poetry.”
Richard latest poetry book is 'wandering in puzzle boxes" ( Big Table Books)
Doug Holder interviews writer Laurette FolkLaurette Folk received a semifinalist nomination and “Noted Writer” award from the Boston Fiction Festival and has been published in upstreet, The Boston Globe Magazine, Literary Mama, Narrative Northeast, Italian Americana, Talking Writing, among others. Ms. Folk is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA in Writing program and teaches at North Shore Community College. I interviewed Folk on my Somerville Community Access TV show Poet to Poet: Writer to Writer.
Doug Holder Interviews poet Laurin MaciosLaurin Macios directs Mass Poetry's programs, including the U35 series, and Poetry on the T. She holds an MFA from the University of New Hampshire, where she taught on fellowships for three years, and has a background in publishing. Doug Holder interviewed her on his Somerville Community Access TV show : Poet to Poet.