Saturday, April 30, 2011

Three Somerville Bagel Bards Win " Must Read" in Mass. Book Award

(Krikor Der Hohannesian-- GHOSTS and WHISPERS)

(Tam Lin Neville- TRIAGE)

( Ruth Kramer Baden--East of the Moon)

The Massachusetts Book Award will announce next month that three Somerville, Mass. members of the "Bagel Bards" have won "Must Read" designations: Krikor Der Hohannesian for his poetry collection " Ghosts and Whispers," (Finishing Line Press), Tam Lin Neville " Triage" (Cervena Barva Press), and Ruth Kramer Baden "East of the Moon" (Ibbetson Street Press). The Bagel Bards is a literary group founded by Doug Holder and Harris Gardner in 2004 in the basement of "Finagle a Bagel" in Harvard Square. When that eatery closed they eventually moved to the Au Bon Pain in Davis Square, Somerville. The Bards meet every Saturday at 9AM--all are welcome. Previous Bards who have won a "Must Read" have been Robert K. Johnson "From Mist to Shadow" ( Ibbetson Street Press) and Bert Stern"Steerage" (Ibbetson Street Press). An interesting note--two of the small presses that published two of these winning titles are based in Somerville, Mass: Cervena Barva Press and Ibbetson Street Press

To learn more about the Bagel Bards go to And look out for the new Bagel Bard anthology to be released in May 2011.

For more info. about Mass. Book Award go to

Friday, April 29, 2011

A Poetic Feast with the Bagel Bards May 14, 2011-- Mass. Poetry Festival---

A Poetic Feast with the Bagel Bards May 14, 2011 12 PM

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Lawrence Kessenich
Doug Holder
Harris Gardner
Kim Triedman
Irene Koronas
Kathleen Spivack
12:00 - 1:30pm on Saturday, May 14 in Coven of Salem Café

Every Saturday from 9-noon for six years, The Bagel Bards, a wide-open and ever-expanding group of writers—including several award-winning poets—have met for coffee, tea, bagels, muffins, socializing, literary gossip, and networking at Cambridge and Somerville cafes. (Their current home is Au Bon Pain in Davis Square, and any writer is welcome.) This group of six poets is a representative sample of the Bagel Bards' diversity. Come have a free bagel and at the same time enjoy a feast for your ears!