In this issue we are glad to be featuring the work of Diana Der-Hovanessian, longtime president of the New England Poetry Club. Not only has Diana directed the Poetry Club for decades, arranging... More > countless readings of world-renowned as well as local poets, she has also won numerous awards for her poetry and poetry collections. Diana has written extensively about the Armenian Holocaust and has been a strong voice in making sure this Holocaust will not fall into the dustbin of history. We are also pleased to feature the work of such writers as Afaa Michael Weaver, X.J. Kennedy, Marge Piercy, and many other fine poets.
You may also notice the striking photograph on the front cover by Jennifer Matthews, a mysterious, winding, nocturnal street in Perugia, Italy, and a haunting portrait on the back cover by Ibbetson Street Press' art editor Richard Wilhelm.< Less
I am glad to report that in Issue 31 our featured poet is Marge Piercy. We have included a number of new poems by her, along with an illuminating interview of Piercy by Endicott College Creative... More > Writing major Emily Pineau. And, as usual, we have a fine roster of poets from all parts of the country to whet your poetic appetites.
Our managing editor for this issue is Lawrence Kessenich. Kessenich has a distinguished background in publishing, having worked as an editor at Houghton Mifflin for over nine years, from 1979-1988. He is also an accomplished poet and playwright.
Harris Gardner, founder of the literary organization Tapestry of Voices, is our poetry editor this issue and, we hope, for many more to come. Harris also founded the Boston National Poetry Festival at the Boston Public Library, which has run every April for the past twelve years. Gardner is well-connected in the literary community, and he has put his connections and discerning literary taste to good use for Ibbetson Street.< Less
The Grolier Poetry Bookshop is the "oldest continuous bookshop" devoted solely to the sale of poetry and poetry criticism, was founded in 1927 by Adrian Gambet and Gordon Cairnie; the... More > subsequent owner, Louisa Solano, a 1966 graduate of Boston University, took over operation of the store in 1974 after Cairnie's death.
An interview with Louisa Solano and thoughts about the Grolier by many patrons.< Less