April 2016

April is Poetry Month Everywhere. Started a decade ago by the Academy of American Poets it has been gaining momentum until it's now the largest literary celebration in the World. Think about it. Write a poem about it.

About Us

David McCann's book "Same Bird, poems new and selected", has just been published by Moon Pie Press. John Ronan will be reading at the Poetry: The Art of Words group in Plymouth, MA, on Apr 17, noon. Paula Bonnell’s poem “SHOT” and her poem sequence “A Spy at Large in the Printed Matter” are newly published on the web in the Slippery Elm Literary Journal Online Edition. Sara Pennypacker continues to top the NY Times Children's Best Seller list with "Pax." Pat Lowery Collins is publishing a new blog called “Aging and the Creative Process;” scarves and tops based on some of her paintings can be custom made by Vida. A portion of all profits go to the advancement of literacy around the world. Patricia Striar Rohner is now an Amazon Central author for her novel "Tzippy the Thief." Susan Lynn Meyer's second novel "Skating with the Statue of Liberty" about a French Jewish refugee boy in 1942 will be published by Delacorte (Penguin Random House)has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection. Boston Author Club members  are invited to a launch party at Wellesley College's French House on Monday May 2 4:30pm. Susan's picture book, "New Shoes" has been named a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year. Eric Jay Dolin's "Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse" (Liveright)--earned starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, and publishes on Apr 18. Eric has more than 50 talks scheduled in New England and beyond. Anita Diamant appearances in Apr 2016: Apr 2 3:30pm Maynard Public Library; Apr 19 noon, U.Mass Dartmouth Woodland Commons information and tickets Myoken@umassd.edu; Apr 26, 7pm Beech St. Center, Belmont; Apr 29-30 Newburyport Literary Festival, Newburyport. 


Mar 30-Apr 3 - Harvard College Film Festival, Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge

Apr 2 - City wide used book sale, BPL Central 10am

Apr 10 - JFK Library, winner PEN Hemingway award for debut fiction free but must reserve 617-514-1643

Apr 14 - 6pm Dinner & Discussion, The College Club of Boston Reserve 617-536-9510.

Apr 19 - l2:30pm Lunch & Literature, The College Club of Boston, Reserve 617-536-9510.

Apr 28 - Boston College Arts Festival, Chestnut Hill

Apr 29-30 - Newburyport Literary Festival, Newburyport


 Boston Literary District presents a 7-day program concerning the problems of identity. Apr 21 7pm Articulations of America, (Boston Athenaeum with Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges); Apr 22 7pm Where I Am From (Modern Theatre, Suffolk U); Apr 29 - May 1 The Drum Literary Magazine's portable story booth looked to America for a reflection of it and of themselves (Park Plaza Hotel, -June 30 other venues throughout Boston). Apr 30 8pm (Villa Victoria Center for the Arts).

Out of Our Past

 Anne Sexton (1928-1974) joined BAC in 1964 as a playwright and won the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry in 1967 (“Live Free or Die” 1966). One of her most famous poems and often paired with Dylan Thomas’ ‘Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night’ in college poetry classes is ‘For Eleanor Boylan Talking with God’ from her 1962 collection “All My pretty Ones.” El Boylan (1916-2007), puppeteer, mystery writer and BAC member, was Anne’s neighbor in Newton. Although Anne lived in Boston suburbs and taught at Boston University, her papers are at the University of Texas.