APRIL 9, 2013
A graduate of Smith College, Mazur has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. Her work has been recognized with a Massachusetts Book Award, and she has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Active in the Boston and Cambridge literary communities, Mazur has served as the founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Center, and as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College.
Speaking of the series at Blacksmith House, Mazur explains what has become a mission: “To keep the thing going, to support and validate the work of poets, to make a dent in the isolation writers feel in their working life.”
MARK PAWLAK----Mark Pawlak is the author of seven poetry collections and the editor of
six anthologies. His latest books are Go to the Pine: Quoddy Journals 2005-2010 (Plein Air Editions/Bootstrap Press, 2012) and Jefferson’s New Image Salon :
Mashups and Matchups (Cervena Barva Press, 2010). His work has been translated
into German, Polish, and Spanish, and has appeared widely in English in anthologies
such as The Best American Poetry, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust, For the Time Being: The Bootstrap Anthology of Poetic Journals and in the literary magazines
New American Writing, Mother Jones, Poetry South, The Saint Ann’s Review, and The World,
among many others. For more than 30 years Pawlak has been an editor of the Brooklyn-based
Hanging Loose, one of the oldest independent literary journals and presses in the country.
He supports his poetry habit by teaching mathematics at U Mass Boston, where he is
Director of Academic Support Programs. He lives in Cambridge.
DOUG HOLDER-- Doug Holder is the founder of the Ibbetson Street Press of Somerville, Mass. He is the arts/editor of The Somerville News, and teaches writing at Bunker Hill Community College and Endicott College. His poetry and prose have appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, Rattle, Toronto Quarterly, The Long Island Quarterly, the new renaissance, Cafe Review, and many others. His latest collection of poetry is The Man in the Booth in the Midtown Tunnel ( Cervena Barva Press)