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

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