Hosted by Harris Gardner,

Kirk Etherton,

and Lucy Holstedt

ZOOM CLOUD RECORDING:  Friday April 16, 2021 06:19 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Passcode: !B5VlQ+$ 

6:20 Zoom opens, Greetings

6:30 Rhina P. Espaillat

6:50 Alfred Nicol 

7:10 Q & A with the poets

7:25 music by Claire Mulvaney

7:40 Ed Meek

8:00 Doug Holder

8:20 Q & A with the poets

8:35 wrap up

Dominican-born Rhina P. Espaillat has published 12 books, 4 chapbooks and a monograph. Her work, widely published in journals and anthologies, includes poetry, essays, and short stories in both English and her native Spanish, and tranlations from and into both languages. Her most recent publications are a poetry collection in English titled The Field, and a poetry collaboration with fellow Powow River Poet Alfred Nicol, Brief Accident of Light: Poems of Newburyport.

Alfred Nicol collaborated with Rhina Espaillat and illustrator Kate Sullivan to create the chapbook Brief Accident of Light: Poems of Newburyport (Kelsay Books, 2019). Nicol’s most recent full-length collection of poetry,  Animal Psalms, was published in 2016 by Able Muse Press. He has published two other collections, Elegy for Everyone (2010), and Winter Light, which received the 2004 Richard Wilbur Award. 

MUSIC: Claire Mulvaney is a singer-songwriter and producer from Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2019 with a degree in Professional Music and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Music Production from Berklee Online. She also has an Associate's of the Arts in Jazz Studies from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, OH. In addition to writing and producing, Claire teaches lessons on guitar, cello, piano, and voice at Jammin’ With You in Boston; she also teaches songwriting at the Aurora School of Music in Cleveland,. 

Ed Meek has had poems recently in Constellations, What Rough Beast, Poetry Superhighway, North of Oxford, The American Poetry Journal, The Valley Review, Aurorean. He has poems coming out in World Literature and the Arts, Valiant Scribe, Your Daily Poem. His new book, High Tide, is available at 

Doug Holder is the founder of the Ibbetson Street Press. His poetry and prose have appeared in The Worcester Review, Rattle, The Cafe Review, Schuykill Valley Journal, The Boston Globe and elsewhere. The "Doug Holder Papers Collection" is housed at the University at Buffalo. Holder received a citation from the State House of Representatives for his work as a professor, editor, publisher, and poet in (2015). For over 30 years Holder ran poetry for psychiatric patients at McLean Hospital.