In Readings: Brian Turner, Naomi Shihab Nye, Charles Coe, Doug Holder

Besides the Anne Carson reading in Cambridge on March 11, there are other exciting readings coming up featuring well-known names.

  • Brian Turner reads at Framingham State at 7 o’clock on April 3. Check with Framingham State University for more information on the reading
  • Naomi Shihab Nye, this year’s Robert Creeley Award winner, reads March 6, 7:30 PM, at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School auditorium, 36 Charter Road, Acton, Massachusetts.
  • Charles Coe and Doug Holder will be reading at the Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North St, Plymouth, at noon on March 3.

Here’s more about each of the poets:

Brian TurnerBrian Turner

Brian Turner was a featured poet at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival a couple of years ago. He earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and lived abroad in South Korea for a year before serving for seven years in the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division. Then in November 2003 he was an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. His first book, Here, Bullet, chronicles his time in Iraq. Turner has been featured on National Public Radio, the Newshour with Jim Lehrer and the BBC. He has received a NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship and a fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. His most recent collection of poetry is Phantom Noise.

Naomi Shihab NyeNaomi Shahib Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye was born in St. Louis to an American mother and a Palestinian father who was also a journalist and author. During her teen-age years, she lived in Ramallah in Jordan and in the Old City in Jerusalem and now calls San Antonio her home. She has won four
Pushcart Prizes and was chosen a peace hero by PeaceByPeace.com. She has won the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Jane Addams Children’s book Award for her novel Habibi and picture book Sitti’s Secrets. She has won a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. She has written or edited nearly 30 books and published five collections of poems for
both adults and young people. Her books of poetry include 19 Varieties of Gazelle, which was a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award,
Transfer, You & Yours, Fuel, The Words Under the Words, and Red Suitcase. Calling herself a “nomad-by-nature,” Naomi Shihab Nye will
be in Acton on March 6, 2013, and Acton and Boxborough are fortunate to be a benefactor of her wanderings.

Charles CoeCharles Coe

Charles Coe’s poetry and prose has appeared in numerous newspapers and literary reviews and magazines. Picnic on the Moon, a volume of his poetry, has been published by Leapfrog Press. His poems have been set to music by composers Julia Carey, Beth Denisch and Robert Moran. Charles also writes feature articles, book reviews and interviews for publications such as Harvard Magazine, Northeastern University Law Review and the Boston Phoenix.  After winning a poetry fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Charles accepted a staff position with the agency in 1997 and now serves as a grant program officer.  His latest book All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents will be published by Leapfrog Press in April, 2013.

Doug HolderDoug Holder

Doug Holder is the founder of the Ibbetson Street Press, the arts editor for The Somerville News, the director of the Newton Free Library  Poetry Series, book review editor for the Wilderness House Literary Review, and host of the award winning Somerville cable access TV show Poet to Poet: Writer to Writer. Holder teaches writing at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass and Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. His poetry and prose have appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, the new renaissance, Caesura, SKYLARK, Northeast Corridor, Endicott Review, Rattle and elsewhere. He holds an M.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard University.

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