Well-known poets to read at Chapter and Verse

May 1, 2009
By

DOROTHY DERIFIELD


Courtesy Photo Joan Houlihan

Joan Houlihan, Fred Marchant and Gary Duehr will be featured on May 6 as Chapter and Verse concludes its 15th season of literary readings in Jamaica Plain. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. and takes place at the Loring-Greenough House.

Gary Duehr is a multi-talented artist whose work includes theatre and photography as well as many books of poetry. His most recent book is “The Big Book of Why” (Cobble Hill Books 2008), and his other books in-clude “Potato Chips for Dinner” (Cobble Hill Books 2004), “Beautiful Bullets,” “Winter Light” and “Where Everyone is Going To.” He has also published several chapbooks including “Connie Stevens is Flying Over the Pacific Ocean,” which was issued by Pudding House in 2002. Duehr co-directs the Invisible Cities Group, which creates large-scale performances combining theatrical elements, installations of visual art and po-etry.

Joan Houlihan is the founder and director of the Concord Poetry Center, which works to keep alive the literary legacy of that historic town. She has published two books of poetry, “Hand-Held Executions,” and “The Mending Worm.” Her third collection, “The Us,” is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in September. Houlihan is also the founder and director of the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference, which brings poets together with publishers for advice and consultation several times a year. She also teaches in the low-residency Mas-ters of Fine Arts program at Lesley University.

Fred Marchant wears several hats at Suffolk University on Beacon Hill where he is professor of English, director of the creative writing program, and co-director of The Poetry Center. His first book of poetry, “Tipping Point,” won the Washington Prize in 1993. Since then, he has authored “Full Moon Boat” (Graywolf 2000) and “House on Water, House in Air: New and Selected Poems” (Dedalus 2002), and he has a third collec-tion, “The Looking House,” soon to be published by Graywolf.

In 1970, Marchant became one of the first officers ever to be honorably discharged from the Marine Corps as a conscientious objector, and he is a longtime teaching affiliate of the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at the UMass Boston. He is the co-translator of “From a Corner of My Yard,” poetry by the Vietnamese poet Tran Dang Khoa.

This reading will take place on Wed., May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., just across from the Monument in Jamaica Plain Center. There is a requested donation of $5 at the door. Free refreshments are served in the dining room after the reading. For more information, e-mail doro-thy.derifield@gmail.com or call 325-8388.