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We are honored and pleased that Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will host a reading for the Nancy Drew Anthology (Silver Birch Press, October 2016). East Coast authors featured in the 212-page collection of writing & art — Kathleen Aguero, Jessica Purdy, Ellen Cohen, Kristina England, and Sarah Nichols — will read their work included in the anthology. Details below.


WHERE: Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02140, 617-491-2220,

WHEN: Friday, 2/24/17, at 7 p.m.

WHO:  Kathleen Aguero, Jessica Purdy, Ellen Cohen, Kristina England, and Sarah Nichols will read selections from the Nancy Drew Anthology.

by Susan Mahan

Blue skies
Swimming in Pleasure Bay
Roller skating
Playing marbles
Sunday band concerts in Big Park
Sledding down The Devil’s Run
Walks out Castle Island
Ice cream cones from Kelley’s Landing

My days in South Boston were La Belle Époque

My mother’s death in 1965 was World War I

PHOTO: “Dorchester Monument” (South Boston, Massachusetts) by Gordon Boozer. Prints available at

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I was a history major in college in my thirties, and when we studied the origins of World War I, my professor used the contrasting ideas of before the war (La Belle Époch) when life seemed really good, and how the war changed people’s view of the world. I immediately thought of the time before . . . and after my mother died.

Sledding at Aquarium Hill

IMAGE: “Aquarium Hill” (sledding hill off Farragut Road, South Boston) watercolor on paper by Dan McCole, reprinted by permission of the artist.  A copy of this painting hangs in the author’s home as a reminder of the good days.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Susan Mahan has been writing poetry since her husband died in 1997. A frequent reader at poetry venues, including the Boston Public Library, she has self-published four chapbooks, including Missing Mum (2005) and World View (2009). In 2002, she joined the editorial staff of The South Boston Literary Gazette. Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies — including Kiss Me Goodnight, Solace in So Many Words, and Living Lessons — as well as in several online journals.  For the past three years, her poems have appeared in poetry exhibits at Boston City Hall.


A Boston-based costume website advises would-be customers to “Capture the Great Gatsby Era.” While revelers in other cities are dressing up as ghouls, zombies, witches, and Honey Boo Boo, Bostonians are celebrating Halloween by dressing as Jay Gatsby, Tom and Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker, and Nick CarrawayTrès elegant…


Congratulations to Ellaraine Lockie, author of the Silver Birch Press poetry release COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS on another stellar review — this one from Boston Small Press & Poetry Scene. Here’s the review…

by Ellaraine Lockie

Reviewed by Zvi A. Sesling

How many times have you sat in a coffee house or café observing people, taking notes or writing poetry? Most poets have at one time or another. In the back of Coffee House Confessions, Ellaraine Lockie’s tenth volume of poetry, it states she, “writes every day in a coffee shop no matter where she is in the world.”

Often we find her in a Starbucks, but no matter, the poems carry humor and keen observation as in White Noise and Other Muses:

The woman sitting next to me in Starbucks says
I wish I were as dedicated to something
as you to whatever you do here every day
Little does she know I’m eating her alive
Dissecting her and spitting her out on paper 

Or in another poem titled Ashes:

He’s been to this Starbucks before
Someone at a nearby table says
he rotates to avoid arrest
A mountain man or maybe Santa Claus look
Except skinny as a stage-four Jesus
Guitar on top of his grocery cart
over piles of clothes and a bag of cat food
Cat food, when there’s no place for a cat
Twenty-six degrees last night and damp

But not everything is stateside or Starbucks. Indeed we find her in Italy and Portugal and other unnamed locations, yet each poem provides insight into the people at each site.

A few samples include Man About Town in which “His stride was a study in meter/And any female looking his way/from the Leaf and Bean/as he crossed the street/would become an immediate student”

Or there is the study of a female in Short-Shorts on Midlife Legs: “Does she know/how the back of her thighs/look without shadow of shade

Ms. Lockie knows what to look for and how to put it down on paper. The latter was in a Peet’s somewhere that doesn’t really matter because it is the observation and its placement on the page that brings it all to life.

In reading this I was often chuckling or smiling inside at the descriptions of people who might turn purple if they read this book and recognize themselves. Are you one of them? After all, one of the coffee houses could be in your town.

About the Reviewer: Zvi A. Sesling is the author of King of the Jungle and Across Stones of Bad Dreams, editor for Boston Small Press & Poetry Scene, Muddy River Poetry Review, and Bagel Bards Anthology 7.

Visit Boston Small Press & Poetry Scene at this link.


“As all the world knows, the opportunities in Boston for hearing good music are numerous and excellent, and it had long been Miss Chancellor’s practice to cultivate the best.”

HENRY JAMES, The Bostonians


A Boston-based costume website advises would-be customers to “Capture the Great Gatsby Era.” I have to hand it to the culture-loving folks in Beantown. While revelers in other cities are dressing up as ghouls, zombies, witches, and Honey Boo Boo, Bostonians are celebrating Halloween by dressing as Jay Gatsby, Tom and Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker, and Nick Carraway. Très elegant…