Local poets Deborah Schwartz and Lisa DeSiro will read from their books and discuss their writing process and the road to publication, as well as how poetry can work as medicine to heal and connect us in this troubling world.
Deborah Schwartz lives in Somerville, MA and is an Assistant Professor of English at Bunker Hill Community College. Her poetry and fiction have most recently been published in Slippery Elm Review and Pittsburgh Review. Her poetry collection “A Girl Could Disappear Like This” (Kattywompus Press, 2019) was a finalist with Elixir Press, Carolina Wren Press, and Still House Press. www.deborahcecileschwartz.com
Lisa DeSiro is the author of the poetry collections “Labor” (Nixes Mate, 2018) and “Grief Dreams” (White Knuckle Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, and have been set to music by several composers. She lives in Cambridge, MA and works for a non-profit organization; she is also an assistant editor for Indolent Books and a freelance pianist. www.thepoetpianist.com
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.