25 School Street
Somerville, MA 02143
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, M.A. English and American Literature and Language. 1997.
State College of New York at Buffalo. Buffalo, NY. B.A. History 1977.
Boston University. Boston, Mass. Liberal Arts. 1973-1975.
University of Massachusetts/Boston, Boston, MA, William Joiner Writers’ Workshop, 2000-2001.
Boston University. Boston, MA, Paralegal Certification. 1989.
Emmanuel College, Boston, MA, Massachusetts. Teaching Certificate, 1980.
Jan. 2014 to Present Associate Faculty Editor--Endicott Review. Involved with the undergraduate literary review at Endicott College.
Sept. 2010 to... Director of the Ibbetson Street Press at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. Established an office for my independent press, a visiting author series, and connect students with mentors and internships in the Boston area.
July 2010 to... Arts and Idea Faculty. Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. Newton, Mass. Poetry Workshop Leader.
Jan. 2010 to... Adjunct Professor. College Writing. Bunker Hill Community College. Boston, Mass.
Jan. 2004- Feb. 2010. Lecturer. Poetry Workshop Leader. Newton Community Education. Newton, Mass. Seminar: "Residency in the Asylum: Poets of McLean Hospital." Poetry Workshops.
Sept 2009 to.....
Adjunct Professor, Endicott College, Beverly, Mass/ Humanities Internship Program/Introduction to Creative Writing/College Writing Seminar
Sept 2008 to Present.
ISCS PRESS Littleton, Mass. Senior Editor. Involved with the promotion of book projects for this publishing service agency.
2006 to Present.
Book Review Editor, Wilderness House Literary Review
2006 to 2007.
Middlesex Beat. Shirley, Mass. Feature writer for this monthly arts magazine.
Public Relations Consultant, the new renaissance literary magazine, Endicott College, Peabody, MA. Established affiliation and office for the magazine with Endicott College in 2007
Co-Director and Founder. Somerville News Writers Festival. Somerville, Mass.This yearly festival featured such writers as Robert Pinsky, Tom Perrotta, Junot Diaz, Andre Dubus lll, Franz Wright, Sue Miller, Alex Beam, Frank Bidart and many others...
Host, Poet to Poet: Writer to Writer, Somerville Community Access TV, Somerville, MA Interviewed poets and writers such as: Elizabeth Swados, Afaa Michael Weaver, Michele Hoover, DeWitt Henry, Sam Cornish, etc...
Curator, Newton Free Library Poetry Reading Series, Newton, MA
Arts Editor, The Somerville News, Somerville, MA.
2000 to 2001 President. Stone Soup Poets. Boston, Mass.
2000 to Present. Advisory Board Member--Tapestry of Voices/ Boston National Poetry Festival. Boston, Mass. Tapestry of Voices is a literary outreach program founded by Harris Gardner.
Boston editor. Poesy Magazine. Santa Cruz, Ca.
Publisher, Ibbetson Street Press, Somerville, MA
Editorial Assistant, Boston Review, Somerville, MA
1982 – present
Counselor and Poetry Workshop Leader, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA
Portrait of an Artist As A Young Poseur: 1974 to 1983 (Big Table Publishing Chapbook Series 2015)
Eating Grief at 3A.M. (Muddy River Books 2013)
Poems from the Left Bank: (Alternating Current-2010)
The Man in the Booth in the Midtown Tunnel (Cervena Barva Press, 2008)
Of All The Meals I Had Before (Cervena Barva Press, 2007)
No One Dies at the Au Bon Pain (sunnyoutside, 2007)
Wrestling With My Father (Yellow Pepper Press, 2005)
Dreams at the Au Bon Pain (Ibbetson Street Press, 2003)
Waking In A Cold Sweat (Ibbetson Street Press, 1999)
Poems of Boston and Just Beyond: From the Back Bay to the Back Ward (Alpha Beat Press, 1998)
From the Paris of New England: Interviews with Poets and Writers (Ibbetson Street, 2009)
Louisa Solano: The Grolier Poetry Book Shop (non-fiction) (Ibbetson Street Pres, 2006)
Food As A Symbol...In the Fiction of Henry Roth. ( Harvard University Masters Thesis--1997)
Adviser: Ruth Wisse.
Some of Holder's interviews with contemporary poets and writers, both audio and video, are housed at the University of Buffalo, Harvard University and Poet’s House (NYC) libraries. My interviews have also been cited and included in MLA International Bibliography, Contemporary Authors, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Below is a list of selected interviews I conducted with poets, writers, and other figures in the Arts.
Robert Creeley (Wilderness House Literary Retreat), Lois Ames (Biographer of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath -- Poet to Poet/Writer to Writer-Somerville Community Access TV), Afaa Michael Weaver (author of "Plum Flower Dance"-- Poet to Poet...) Lan Samantha Chang (Director of the Iowa Writers Workshop -- The Somerville News), Tom Perrotta (Author of "Little Children" The Somerville News), Pagan Kennedy,(The Middlesex Beat), Mort Sahl (The Somerville News), Sarah Hannah (Author of "Longing Distance"-- Poet to Poet...) Steve Almond (Author of "Candyfreak," The Somerville News), Martha Collins (Author of "Blue Front"-- Poet to Poet...) Shay Duffin (Actor-"Confessions of an Irish Rebel" The Somerville News.) Tino Villanueva (Winner of the American Book Award, Boston University Professor...) Claire Messud (The Somerville News), Mark Pawlak (Hanging Loose Press- Poet to Poet), Dick Lourie (The Somerville News), Charles Coe (Mass. Cultural Council- Poet to Poet...), C. Michael Curtis (Atlantic Fiction editor)-- (The Littleton Independent), Sam Cornish (Boston Poet Laureate), Clayton Eshleman (Translator), Elizabeth Swados (Poet,and Obie Award-winning Playwright), Fred Marchant ( Founder of the Suffolk University Poetry Center), Eve Bridburg (Founder of Grub St.) Chris Castellan ( Director of Grub St.), Ruth Lepson (Poet-in-Residence/New England Conservatory of Music), Celia Gilbert, Jay Atkinson (Paradise Road: Jack Kerouac's Lost Highway and My Search for America) a Charlotte Gordon (The Woman Who Named God.) Joan Leegant Wherever You Go.) Nancy Rubin Stuart (The Muse of the Revolution), Daniel Kimmel (Past President of the Boston Society of Film Critics and the author of the Fourth Network) Michelle Hoover (The Quickening), Hugh Fox (Founding editor of the PUSHCART PRIZE), DeWitt Henry (Founder of Ploughshares), Jessica Treadway, Debra Spark, Marc D. Goldfinger, ( Poetry Editor-- Spare Change News), Elizabeth Searle ( Former President of PEN N.E.) Perry Glasser ( Riverton Noir), Ed Hamilton ( Legends of the Chelsea Hotel), Charles Plymell, Ira Wood ( You're Married to Her?) Kathleen Spivack (Robert Lowell and his Circle) Alan Kaufman ( Outlaw Bible of American Literature) Sassan Tabatabai ( Former poetry editor of The Republic of Letters) Lisa Borders (The 51st State) Denise Provost ( Mass. state legislator/poet) Elizabeth Graver (" The End of the Point") Ralph Pennel (Fiction Editor--Midway Journal) Katrin Schumann, Dan Gewertz (Boston Herald Arts Columnist) Andrew Sofer ( Author of Dark Matter--Professor of English/ Boston College) Sherrill Tippins ( Author of Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel) Alan Feldman ( A Sail to a Great Island) Jon Garelick ( Boston Phoenix Jazz Critic) Daniel Tobin (The Net) Anthony Sammarco ( Lost Boston) Nicole Terez Dutton ( If One of us Should Fall) Neil Callender, Bonnie ZoBell ( What Happened Here) Norah Piehl (Director of Communications and Development for the Boston Book Festival) Janice Rebibo ( Winner of the President of Israel Award), author of the poetry collection My Ballooning Heart ,Israel Horovitz (Heaven and other Poems--My Old Lady), X.J. Kennedy, Elizabeth McKim, Christopher Busa (Founder of Provincetown Arts magazine), Margot Livesey, Sebastian Lockwood (Performer--Epic of Gilgamesh) Kevin Carey ( Beach People), George MacDonald ("Waiting for Whitey") Paige Roberts ( Archivist --Oliver Wendell Holmes Library--Phillips Academy) Jennifer Barber (Founder of Salamander magazine), Ifeanyi Menkiti ( Founder of the Grolier Poetry Book Shop--Professor of Philosophy) Clea Simon (" Mad House...") Sharon Shaloo (Director--Mass. Center for the Book), Mike Basinski --( Curator --Rare Books Archive-- University of Buffalo) Joyce Peseroff ( Know Thy Self)
PUBLICATION CREDITS – Poetry & Prose (Partial list.)
The Boston Globe Magazine, The Boston Globe, Aurorean, Chiron Review, Synergest, America’s Favorite Poems (Edited by Robert Pinsky) Middlesex Beat, PRESA, Northeast Corridor, 96 Inc., Manifold (UK), Toronto Quarterly, The Small Press Review, Dudley Review (Harvard University), Writer’s Journal, Buckle, HAZMAT, Raintown Review, Illyia's Honey, The Long Island Quarterly, Poetry Bay, Quercus Review, Microbe (Belgium), Rattle, Caesura, The Café Review, STUFF, the new renaissance, Istanbul Literary Review, Kaleidoscope, Endicott Review, Iodine, The Boston Poet, Main Street Rag, Free Verse, Poesy, Poetica, COMPOST, Sahara, Harvard Mosaic, Voices Israel, American Poetry Monthly, Poetry Motel, The Best of the Boston Literary Magazine, sunnyoutside reader, Inside the Outside: An Anthology of American Avant-Garde Poets (Presa Press),The Jewish Advocate, Poetry Monthly International( U.K.),Poiesis, Houston Literary Review, Poetry Quarterly, Brattleboro Reformer, Ressacs (France), Library As Incubator Project, Steam Ticket: A Third Coast Review, Sub-Terrain ( Canada), Wilderness House Literary Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Spare Change News,The Brooklyn Voice, Decomp, Word Riot, The Green Door (Belgium),Orange Room Review, Boston Poetry Magazine, Constellations, Fox Chase Review, Blue Fifth Review, spoKe, The Compassion Project: An Anthology, Grey Sparrow Journal, Scrambler, The Turtle Island Quarterly and others.
College Writing Seminar: Urban American Society, English Composition, Internship Seminar in Humanities, Introduction to Creative Writing, Introduction to Poetry, Poetry Workshop: It Could Be Verse, Residencies in the Asylum: Poets of McLean Hospital.
READINGS, LECTURES, ETC... (Partial list)
Boston National Poetry Festival. Boston, Mass. Nov. 2017. Featured reader and host.
Somerville Arts Armory. ( Somerville, Ma.) Feb. 2017. Featured reader at the First and Last Word Poetry Series.
Newton Writing and Publishing Center. ( Newton, Mass.) Nov. 2016. Best of the Boston Literary Magazine.--Featured reader.
Mother Brook Center for the Arts ( Dedham, Mass.) Oct. 2016. Inaugural-- Mother Brook Poetry Series. Featured Reader.
Newton Writing and Publishing Center. Oct. 2016. International Beat Festival. Featured reader.
Endicott College. Beverly, Mass. July 2016. Poetry Seminar-- Freshman orientation.
Belmont Citizens Forum. Belmont, Mass. May 2016. Lone Tree Nature Poetry Walk. Guest poet: Poetry of McLean Hospital.
Somerville Public Library. Somerville, Mass. May 2016. Bridget Galway Art Exhibition. Featured Reader.
Whittier Home. Amesbury, Mass. April 2016. Featured Reader.
Boston National Poetry Festival. Boston, Mass. April 2016. Featured Reader.
Newton Festival of the Arts. Newton, Mass. April 2016. Judge for the Mother's Day Poetry Contest, along with Grey Held and Clara Silverstein.
Cervena Barva Press Studio. Somerville Arts Armory. Feb. 2016 Guest lecturer for internship program.
Newton Free Library. Newton, Mass. Feb. 2016 Featured Reader: Big Table Books Reading.
Somerville Public Library. Somerville, Mass. Jan. 2016. Ibbetson Street 38 reading.
Grolier Poetry Book Shop. Cambridge, Mass. Sept 2015. Featured reader with Tomas O'Leary.
Somerville Arts Armory. Somerville, Mass. Sept 2015. First and Last Word Poetry Series. Featured Reader.
Newton Writing and Publishing Center. Newton, Mass. Sept. 2015. National Beat Poetry Festival. Featured with other poets in a group reading of a poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Newton Writing and Publishing Center, Aug 2015. Allen Ginsberg Award. Recipient.
Endicott College. Beverly, Mass. July 2015 Freshman Seminar. "Finding Your Inner Poet" Taught incoming students at summer orientation.
Newton Writing and Publishing Center. July, 2015 Newton, Mass. Book Launch: " Portrait of an Artist as a Young Poseur."
Somerville Public Library. (Main Branch) June, 2015. Somerville, Mass. Ibbetson Street 37 reading. Featured Reader.
North Shore Community College. May, 2015. Danvers, Mass. Images of Compassion Anthology reading. Featured Reader.
Walnut Cafe Reading Series. May, 2015. Endicott Poets Reading. Lynn, Mass. Featured Reader.
Cervena Barva Press--10th Anniv. Reading. April, 2015. Somerville Arts Armory. Featured Reader.
Margot Livesey--Dinner and Talk. April, 2015. Endicott College, Beverly, Mass. Host.
Boston National Poetry Month Festival. April 2015. Boston Public Library, Boston, Mass. Featured Reader.
Poesy Magazine Reading. March 2015. Arts Armory. Somerville, Mass. Featured Reader.
Cervena Barva Press Reading Series. March 2015. Arts Armory. Somerville, Mass. Featured reader.
Ibbetson Street 36. Reading. Feb. 2015. Somerville Public Library. Celebration of the 36th issue of Ibbetson Street magazine. Featured reader.
Boston Book Festival. Oct. 2014 Boston, Mass. Host of Poets in the Asylum Panel: The Poets of McLean Hospital. On the panel: Doug Holder, Alex Beam, Lois Ames, Kathleen Spivack and Wendy Ranan.
Bagel Bard 10th Anniv. Reading . Oct. 2014. Cambridge Public Library/Main Branch. Celebration of the Bagel Bard Literary organization, and the inclusion of the Bagel Bard Anthologies in the Somerville and Cambridge Libraries historical collection.
"Oh Don't, She said." Oct. 2014. Celebration of a poem by Doug Holder, brought to music by Jennifer Matthews--CD release. Arts Armory, Somerville, Mass.
McLean Hospital Poets. Oct 2, 2014. Lecture. Life Science Auditorium. Endicott College. ( Part of Disability Month)
Seamus Heaney Tribute Reading Aug 27, 2014. First Church Congregationalist, Cambridge Mass. Featured reader with Joan Houlihan, Daniel Tobin, Fred Marchant and Michael Todd Steffen.
Longfellow House Summer Series. July, 2014 New England Poetry Club. X.J. Kennedy Tribute. Featured reader with X.J. Kennedy, Michael Casey, and Tomas O'Leary.
Dire Literary Series. July 2014. Out of the Blue Gallery, Cambridge, Mass. Featured reader.
Endicott College. July 2014. "Finding Your Inner Poet" Led a couple of seminars for incoming freshman about poetry and poetry writing.
McLean Hospital. Visions of Excellence Award. June 2104. Belmont, Mass. Collaborated with musician/composer Jack Holland on the poem "Somewhere" read for the award winner Kareen Eka, RN, and audience.
Cambridge River Festival. June 2014. Featured reader at the poetry tent organized by Cambridge Poet Populist Lo Galluccio.
Cervena Barva Press Reading. June 2014. Somerville Center for the Arts Armory. Featured reader with Bonnie ZoBell and Robert Kloss.
Mass. Poetry Festival. May 2014. Salem, Mass. Poets in the Asylum: The Poets of Mclean Hospital. Moderator and panelist with Kathleen Spivack ( "Robert Lowell and his Circle" ) and Bob Clawson ( Band manager for Anne Sexton and Her Kind).
Mass Poetry Festival. May 2014 Salem, Mass. . Poets with New Books Reading.Read with Frannie Lindsay, Jennifer Markell, and others...
Montserrat College. April 2014. Beverly, Mass. Like One: Poems for Boston anthology reading. Featured reader.
Boston Public Library April 2014. Boston National Poetry Festival. Featured Reader.
Endicott College. April 2014. Like One: Poems for Boston anthology reading. Featured reader.
Christ Church Reading and Writing Group Hamilton, Mass. March 2014. Featured reader.
Endicott College. March 2014. Faculty Reading.
Arts Armory Jan. 2014 Somerville, Mass.. Endicott College Creative Writing Faculty Reading. First and Last Word Series. Readers: Dan Sklar, Debbie Finkelstein and Doug Holder.
Somerville Public Library. Jan. 2014 Somerville, Mass. Featured Reader. Celebration of the Bagel Bard anthologies (1-8) induction into the Historical Collection.
Arts Armory. Somerville, Mass. Dec. 2013 Featured reader for Ibbetson Street reading in the First and Last Word Series.
Gloucester Writers Center. Gloucester, Mass. Nov. 2013 Featured reader with faculty and Endicott Young Poet Series authors Emily Pineau, and Meghan Perkins.
Littleton Rotary Club. Littleton, Mass. Nov. 2013. Guest Speaker.
Bunker Hill Community College. Oct. 2013. Boston Strong/Boston Proper Reading and Art Exhibit. Featured Reader.
Endicott College. Beverly, Mass. Oct 2013. Guest Lecturer. Advanced Poetry Seminar.
Endicott College. Beverly, Mass. July 2013. " Finding Your Inner Poet" Taught two sections of this course for incoming Freshman.
The Jordan Rich Show June 2013. WBZ Radio. Talked about my essay "The State of Poetry" published on the Massachusetts Poetry site.
Ibbetson Street 33 Reading June 2013. Somerville, Mass. Host//Reader. The Book Shop at Ball Square.
Mass. Poetry Festival. May 2013. Salem, Mass. " Dead Poets Among the Living Panel" Read and discussed the works of Harvey Shapiro.
Boston National Poetry Festival. April 2013. Boston Public Library. Featured Reader.
New England Poetry Club Harvard University April 2013. Featured reader with Victor Howes, Michael Casey, and Tomas O'Leary.
Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference March 2013. Hynes Auditorium. Boston, Mass. Look of the Book Panel. Panelist.
AWP Offsite Event. March 2013. Celebration of the life of Hugh Fox. Grolier Poetry Room.
Somerville, Mass. Featured reader.
Art of Words Series. March 2013 Plymouth Center of the Arts. Plymouth, Mass. Featured reader with Charles Coe.
Cervena Barva Press Reading Series. Feb. 2013 Arts Armory, Somerville, Mass. Featured reader.
Wine Hour Readings. Jan. 2013 Moksa. Central Square, Cambridge. Hosted the first of a series of readings sponsored by Merrimack Media that featured poet Kathleen Spivack, Margaret Young and others.
Blogspot Radio. Oct. 2012. Doug Holder interviewed by R. Jeffreys host of the internet radio show The Write Step.
Bunker Hill Community College. Oct. 2012. Featured Reader. Boston, Mass. Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Celebration of Fenway Park.
Boston Public Library. Sept. 2012. Featured Reader. 100,000 Poets for Change.
Medicine Wheel Productions. Sept. 2012. South Boston, Mass. Small Literary Press Festival. Host and organizer. ( Event was in conjunction with the annual international event 100,000 Poets For Change)
Endicott College. July 2012. Beverly, Mass. Summer Workshop Leader. Finding Your Inner Poet.
Stone Soup Poets 40th Birthday Reading May 2012. Out of the Blue Art Gallery, Cambridge, Mass. Featured reader.
Laughter at the Grolier May 2012. Bloc 11, Somerville, Mass. Read with X.J. Kennedy and others in a fundraiser for the Grolier Poetry Book Shop.
Boston National Poetry Festival April 2012. Boston, Mass. Copley Square-Main Branch--Boston Public Library. Featured Reader.
Library As Incubator Project. April, 2012. Featured Poet: Doug Holder. . http://libraryasincubatorproject.org
Mass. Poetry Festival. April 2012. Salem, Mass. "Dead Poets Among the Living Reading."
Poetic Lines. March, 2012. Hopkinton, Mass. Hopkinton Cable Access TV. Interviewed by journalist Elizabeth Lund. .
Grace Paley Tribute Reading. Dec. 2011. Sponsored by The William Joiner Center U/Mass Boston. Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church-- Cambridge, Mass.
Grolier Poetry Room. Nov. 2011. 11 Bow St. Somerville, Mass. "Madness at the Grolier." Organized and was a host/reader of this inauguration of the new Grolier Poetry Book Shop Poetry Room. Feature readers included Lois Ames, Kathleen Spivack, Bob Clawson and others...
Cape Cod Writers Center. Aug 2011. Small Press Panel. Craigsville, Mass.
Yanafide Foundation. "You are not Alone Series."June, 2011. Brockton Public Library Brockton, MA.
The First Annual Writers Conference. June, 2011. Hunter College. NYC. Small Press Panel.
Mass. Poetry Festival. Salem, Mass. May 2011. The Life of a Poet Panel. Particpated with poets Susan Rich, Ravi Shaukar, Aimee Nezukmatahil, and Jennifer Jean.
Cambridge Center for Adult Education. April, 2011. Cambridge, Mass. Writers Life Series. Anthologies and Group Publishing Panelist. .
Southern Connecticut State University. April, 2011. New Haven, CT. Publishing and Writing Life Workshop. Conducted workshops that concerned the small press and publishing. Also discussion of the writer's life: how to make a living and continue to pursue your art. .
Center for the Arts at the Arts Armory. Jan. 2011 First and Last Word Series. Somerville, Mass. Read with Lloyd Schwartz and Ifeanyi Menkiti. .
Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. Nov., 2010. Newton, Mass. Publishing Panel. Jewish Book Fair.
Concord Poetry Center. Concord, Mass. Featured reader. Concord Poetry Festival. Oct., 2010
Bunker Hill Community College. Boston, Mass. Featured reader. Oct, 2010.
Boston Tea Party Poetry Marathon. Featured Poet. Outpost Gallery. Cambridge, Mass. July, 2010.
Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. July 2010. Director and workshop leader of the Ibbetson Street Press: Writing, Publishing and Reading Series. Newton, Mass.
Guest Columnist. Sketchbook:A Journal for Eastern & Western Short Forms. June 2010 to Present.
Newton Open Studios. Featured Poet. Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. Newton, Mass. May 2010.
Perkins School for the Blind. April, 2010 Watertown, Mass.(Olive Lacy Recording Studio) Recording of Holder's poetry collection "The Man in the Booth in the Midtown Tunnel" (Cervena Barva Press-2008) for an audio book for the Blind. The book will be sent to the National Library for the Blind, part of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. .
Cambridge Populist Poetry Festival. April 2010 Featured Reader. Cambridge, Mass.
Cornelia Street Cafe. Dec. 2009 New York City. Featured Reader.
Wayland Public Library. Wayland, Mass. Poetry Workshop. Oct 2009.
Mass. Poetry Festival. Lowell, Mass. Oct 2009.
KGB BAR NYC Featured Reader Oct. 2009
Portsmouth Poet Laureate Reading Series Portsmouth, NH Oct.2009
New England Poetry Club, Publishing Panel, April 2009
Publishing Panel, Harvard Alumni Association, April 2009
Publishing Panel, Cape Cod Writer’s Center, August 2008
Lecturer and Reader at the Voices Israel Reuben Rose International Poetry Competition Reading at ZOA HOUSE, Tel Aviv, Israel. I lectured and read from my own work at this annual ceremony. I conducted workshops in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem. December 2007
Host & Organizer, Club Passim Poet's Theatre. January 2007 "A Celebration of Somerville's Small Presses.”
Featured Poet. May 2007. WOMR, Provincetown Radio’s Poet's Corner,
William Joiner Writers' Workshop.U/Mass Boston. June, 2007. Publishing Panel.
Jordan Rich Show. WBZ Radio. Boston, Ma. "The Muses" 2006.
New England Poetry Club.Harvard University, 2005. Featured Reader.
Grolier Poetry Reading Series. Harvard University, 2005. Featured Reader.
Endicott College.Visiting Poet. 2005
Co-founder. Somerville News Writers Festival. 2003 to 2010. Somerville, Mass.
Featured Reader, Boston National Poetry Festival. 2001 to Present. Boston Public Library (Copley Square)
Workshop Leader, Arts/first: Promising Student Arts Program, 2002. Boston.
Featured Reader, Mass. Poetry Society, 2000.
Wellspring House Writers Retreat. Residency. Ashfield, Mass. 2009
Member, Poets Advisory Board for the "Poetry Outreach Project,” Massachusetts Cultural Council) Present - 2006 to Present.
Member, Poets House. New York City, 2005 to 2007
Founding Member, Pushcart Prize Fellowship, 2005.
Bagel Bards. Somerville, Mass. Co-Founder. 2004 to Present
ANTHOLOGIES, TEXTS (PARTIAL LIST)
Voices Israel Anthology. (2016) "The Lottery Ticket"
The Best of the Boston Literary Magazine. (Vol. 1) June 2016. "The Living Room" (Print).
Thank You Teacher. Grateful Students Tell the Stories of the Teachers Who Changed their Lives. April 2016. "The Man was Right on the Money"by Doug Holder. ( Print)
The Compassion Project: An Anthology. 2014 "Oh , Don't," She Said , "They're Cold." Online. http://www.compassionanthology.com/oh-dont-she-said-its-cold.html
Lummox Anthology. 2014. "Interview with Doug Holder." with R.D. Armstrong. "The Hollow Man" (Poem) Print.
Voices Israel Anthology 2014 " Why do they build houses near the sea?" (Poem) Print.
Mo Jo': The Joe the Poet Anthology (Edited by John Roche) "It's Tough to be a Writer." (Beatlick Press, N.M.-2014)
Like One: Poems for Boston. " Spring, This Ain't A Love Poem." ( Chocolate Chili Press-Boston-2013)
The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath. Carl Rollyson (2013). Cited interview: " Lois Ames: Confidante of Plath and Sexton" by Doug Holder. Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene. (2005)
Lummox: Favorite Poems. (Lummox Press) Holder is the Boston editor and a contributor to this anthology. Oct. 2012.
Conversation Pieces: Selected Interviews. (Presa Press) Eric Greinke. 2012. Holder interviews poet, publisher Eric Greinke.
LAST CALL: The Bukowski Legacy Continues. (Lummox Press) Edited by R.D. Armstrong. 2011.
On the River: The Cambridge Community Poem. Edited by Peter Payack. (Cambridge Arts Council) 2011.
African Americans and Community: Engagement in Higher Education Community (Lexington Books) by Stepahnie Y. Evans. Cited " Books of Hope Brings the Writer Out in Somerville Youth" by Doug Holder. The Somerville News.( 2008) 2010.
Teacher, Education, Diversity and Community Engagement in Liberal Arts Colleges (State Univ. Of New York Press). by Lucy W. Mule. Cited " Books of Hope Brings the Writer Out in Somerville Youth" by Doug Holder. The Somerville News.( 2008) 2010.
Fresh Grass: 32 Independent Poets (Presa Press) (2010)
City Lights. Brockton Poetry Society (Brockton, Mass.) (2009)
Best of the Boston Literary Magazine (2009)
Home Anthology (Eden Waters Press 2008)
Wilderness House Literary Review Anthology (ISCS) Press, 2007
Inside the Outside. An Anthology of American Avant-Garde Poets. (Presa Press) 2006
Empty Phantoms: Interviews and Encounters with Jack Kerouac by Paul Maher, Jr.. ( Thunder Mouth Press, NY) Cited " Interview with Louisa Solano" by Doug Holder. Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene. 2005.
America’s Favorite Poems, Robert Pinsky, Editor (Introduction to Robert Lowell’s “Waking in the Blue" (Norton)
Out of the Blue Writers' Unite (Crooked River Press) 2004.
Greatest Hits: Twelve Years of Compost Magazine. (Zephyr Press)
Bagels with the Bards. (1-10) Anthology. (Ibbetson Street Press) 2006-2015.
Chaos Theory (Scars Publications) 2005.
City of Poets: 18 Boston Voices. Contributing editor. (Singing Bone Press, 2000)
PRESS, MEDIA, RECENT PUBLICATIONS, etc... (Partial List)
Feb. 2017 spoKe magazine. "Professor Irwin Corey" (Poem) Print.
Feb. 2017. Grey Sparrow Press. "All This Rain" ( poem) (online) https://greysparrowpress.sharepoint.com/Pages/Winter2017Holder.aspx
Jan. 2017. Woven Tale Press." Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene "DeWitt Henry. "Founded in 2003 by poet, teacher, editor, journalist, reviewer, and overall impresario Doug Holder, this serves as a model “alternative literary” site dedicated to building, reporting on, and promoting a local literary scene..." http://www.thewoventalepress.net/category/wtp-blog/
Jan. 2017. First Literary Review-East. " A Kaddish for My Father" (poem) online.
Dec.2016. Turtle Island Quarterly. " My Mother Prepares Me For Death" (poem) online. http://fourdirectionpoetry.wixsite.com/turtleisland/issue11-chapter-2
2016. The Literary Review. ( Fairleigh Dickinson University) . Holder quoted in a review of Kevin Carey's "Jesus was a Homeboy" http://www.theliteraryreview.org/book-review/a-review-of-jesus-was-a-homeboy-by-kevin-carey/
Nov. 2016. Mass Poetry Website. " Catching Up with Doug Holder" Interview by Laurin Macios
Nov. 2016. Worcester Telegram. Worcester, Mass. " On the Spot: Ibbetson Street editor Doug Holder." (Online)
Nov. 2016. Voices Project. "Marijuana" http://www.thevoicesproject.org/poetry-library/marijuana-by-doug-holder
Nov. 2016. The Best of the Boston Literary Magazine. "A Dog Digging Up Its Master's Grave" ( Poem)Print.
Oct. 2016. Muddy River Poetry Review. "In My Mind I Swam to Spectacle Island." "I am Willy Loman." http://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/Oct%202016/Doug%20Holder.pdf
Sept. 2016. Stanzic Stylings. " The Newspaper" Poem.
Aug 2016. Wayland News. "Death of a Salesman Review" Vokes Players. http://waylandenews.com/2016/08/01/death-of-a-salesman-review/
July 2016. "For 45 years,' Ploughshares' Has Been on Cutting Edge of Literature." Emerson Today. (Online) "In a column for Doug Holder's blog Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene, Henry said Ploughshares was created for the "common readers..." " In a piece for Doug Holder, which was also submitted to The Somerville Times, DeWitt Henry reflects on the history of the literary magazine he helped found..."
June 2016. The Best of the Boston Literary Magazine. (Vol.1) " The Living Room" ( Print)
May 2016. Oddball Magazine. " For Jack..." Poem. Online. https://oddballmagazine.com/2016/05/16/poem-by-doug-holder-3/
April 2016. Newton TV. Broadcast of Newton Free Library Poetry Series Festival. Readers: Nicole Terez Dutton, Barbara Helfgott Hyett, January O'Neil. Curated by Doug Holder.
March 2016. The Jewish Advocate. "Boston poetry festival showcases Jewish Bards." (Holder interviewed about the Boston National Poetry Festival.)
March 2016. Newburyport Daily News. "Ibbetson Street Press Reading" ( Holder's press holds a reading with select post at the Whittier Homestead in Amesbury, Mass.
Feb. 2016. Somerville Community Access TV. "Interview with Doug Holder" (website) http://www.scatvsomerville.org/news/february-member-of-the-month-doug-holder/
Jan. 2016. Ascent Aspirations. "The Lottery Ticket" Online. http://www.davidpfraser.ca/ascent-aspirations.html
Jan 2016. Chiron Review. Issue 102. "An interview with Doug Holder" Print.
Dec. 2015. Voices Project. " Ken's Deli" Poem. Online.
Dec. 2015 Constellations: A Journal of Poetry and Fiction. Excerpt: " Portrait of an Artist as a Young Poseur." Poems. Print.
Dec. 2015 Boston Literary Magazine. " A Dog Digging Up His Master's Grave" Poem. Online. Print.
Oct. 2015 Voices Project. "Spectacle Island: Boston Harbor" Poem. Online.
Oct. 2015. Muddy River Poetry Review. "Spectacle Island: Boston Harbor" Online http://www.muddyriverpoetryreview.com/october2015/Doug%20Holder.pdf
Oct. 2015. Poesy Magazine. "Interview with Doug Holder." Print and Online. http://poesy.org/doug_holder_interview.html
Oct. 2015. Grey Sparrow Journal. "Bronx 1965" Print and Online. https://greysparrowpress.sharepoint.com/Pages/Fall2015Holder.aspx
Sept. 2015. WRCA Cambridge. Public Affairs. Doug Holder interviews Thom Lyons ( Owner of the New England Mobile Book Fair).
Sept. 2015. McLean Hospital Newsletter. "Holder Recognized for his Contribution to the Arts."
Sept. 2015. Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene. Noted Historian Anthony Sammarco reviews "Portrait of an Artist as a Young Poseur" by Doug Holder. http://dougholder.blogspot.com/2015/09/anthony-sammarco-reviews-portrait-of.html
Sept. 2015. Boston Literary Magazine. Review of Doug Holder's "Portrait of an Artist as a Young Poseur" by Teisha Twomey (Online)
Sept. 2015. WRCA 1330AM. (Cambridge, Mass.)Public Affairs Magazine. Newton Free Library Series broadcast. Doug Holder Host and Director. Readers Laurin Macios, Elizabeth McKim, and Ed Meek.
Sept. 2015. The Boston Globe. " Spirit of Harvard Square would suffer under glass enclosure." by Doug Holder. Letters. http://tinyurl.com/qa86euj
Aug 2015. The Rise of the Modernist Bookshop by Huw Osborne. Doug Holder's interviews quoted and cited with Louisa Solano, the former owner of the Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Cambridge, Mass. " The list of American poets who have gathered to praise the Grolier through the decades is formidable. A 1971 issue of The Antioch Review published published 36 poems for Gordon Carnie on his birthday and included Conrad Aiken, Robert Bly, Fanny Howe, Denise Levertov...Richard Wilbur.... Thirty-five years later, Doug Holder would gather a newer generation of poets to recognize Louisa Solano, among them John Hildebidle, Richard Kostelanz, Ruth Lepson, and Kathleen Spivack...."
Aug 2015. Bagels with the Bards Anthology. "Rooming House, Newbury Street. Boston" (Print)
July 2015. Autumn Sky Poetry Daily. " Mashed Potatoes" ( Poem) Online. http://autumnskypoetrydaily.com/tag/doug-holder/
July 2015. Black Heart Magazine. "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Poseur: An interview with Doug Holder" by Susan Tepper. http://blackheartmagazine.com/2015/07/24/portrait-of-the-artist-as-a-young-poseur-an-interview-with-doug-holder-by-susan-tepper/
July 2015. The Herald News. "Writer's Block: Homage to Boston's Bohemian History by J. North Conway." ( Article about Holder's poetry collection "Portrait of an Artist as a Young Poseur.") http://www.heraldnews.com/article/20150724/LIFESTYLE/150727890
April 2015. Lynn Item. "Endicott Reads to Lynn" Professor Doug Holder and Dan Sklar read at the Walnut Street Cafe with their creative writing students. http://www.itemlive.com/news/people-places-and-things/article_cf90a1ea-e556-11e4-87d2-3706ab26731d.html
April 2015. Muddy River Poetry Review. "A Cap" ( Poem) Online.
March 2015. Grey Sparrow Press. " I Will Never Be My Father." (Poem) Print.
Feb. 2015. Oddball Magazine. " For Sidewalk Sam." (Poem) Online. http://oddballmagazine.com/2015/02/02/poem-by-doug-holder-2/
Jan. 2015. Fox Chase Review. "Portrait of a poet as a young poseur." (Poem) online. https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/boston-1978-83-stream-of-consciousness-sort-of-portrait-of-an-artist-as-a-young-poseur/
Dec. 2014. .Boston Literary Magazine. "Blondes" (Poem) Print.
Dec. 2014. Constellations. "Street Singers" and "First Apartment: Boston 1978" (Poems) Print.
Dec. 2014 The Tufts Daily. "The search for Somerville's Poet Laureate" by Ian James. Doug Holder is interviewed about the search for the first Somerville Poet Laureate. Holder is a founding member of the search committee.
Oct. 2014 Boston Globe-Online. Somerville Seeks Poet Laureate: This headline doesn't rhyme. Discussion of selection committee, which Doug Holder is a member and help found.
Oct. 2014 UR Business Network. (Radio) Doug Holder discusses new collaborative record. http://urbusinessnetwork.com/renown-poet-doug-holder-discusses-new-collaborative-record-oh-dont-said/
Oct. 2014. Spare Change News. "In A Past Life," "Inside a Cloud," "Harvard Square Theatre: The Last Picture Show," ( Poems Print/Online)
Sept. 2014. spoKe 2. " Lung Cancer: Stage 4" dedicated to Jim Resnick. (Poem--Print)
Aug. 2014. Fox Chase Review. Review of "A Hard Summation" by Afaa Michael Weaver. (Online)
June 5, 2014. Flash Fiction Chronicles. "Doug Holder Uncovered" Interview with Susan Tepper (Online) Flash Fiction Chronicles/Doug Holder Uncovered
June 2, 2014. The Boston Globe. " To Do List: A stack of three." "... Eating Grief at 3AM is one of those rare collections with every poem as delicious as the stack of syrup-saturated pancakes you used to tuck into a Bickford's in the wee hours of the morning." Quote in article used from The Boston Literary Magazine.
May 2014. Gently Read Literature." Ambiences: Bonnie ZoBell reviews Doug Holder's Eating Grief at 3A.M." http://bonniezobell.com/bonnie-zobell-blog/ambiences-bonnie-zobell-reviews-doug-holders-eating-grief-3/
April 2014. Oddball Magazine. " I saw myself on the Dudley Bus one day." ( Poem) online.
March 2014. The Brooklyn Voice. " A Tongue Sandwich" (Online) Poem. http://www.brooklynvoice.com/2014/03/03/february-poetry-selection-poets-poetsdoug-holder-jason-dean-arnold-allison-grayhurst-jason-constantine-ford
Feb. 2014 Blue Fifth Review. (Online) "A Hollow Man" (Poem) http://bluefifthreview.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/blue-five-notebook-february-2014-14-3/
Jan. 2014 The Contributor. Nashville, Tennessee " A Letter from an Old Jewish Poet" ( Poem- Print)
Jan. 2014. Somerville Patch. (Online) " A Chat with Somerville's Local Poet Extraordinaire" http://somerville.patch.com/groups/villen-community-news/p/a-chat-with-villes-local-poet-extraordinarie
Jan. 2014. Fox Chase Review. (Online) Review of "Devotion" by Miriam Levine http://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/devotion-a-memoir-by-miriam-levine/
Jan. 2014. Every Writers Resource ( Online) " He wore shoes a size too small" (Poem) http://www.everywritersresource.com/poemeveryday/wore-shoes-size-small-doug-holder/
Dec. 2013. Constellations: A Journal of Poetry and Fiction. (Print) "A Vacant Stare at the Sky"
Dec. 2013. Oddball Magazine. (Online) "Eating Grief at Bickford's" (Poem) http://oddballmagazine.com/2013/12/04/poem-by-doug-holder/
Nov. 2013. LUMMOX (2) (Print) "High Line" (Poem)
Nov. 2013. The Littleton Independent ( Littleton, Mass.)"Editor Speaks about literary magazine in Littleton"
Nov. 2013 Boston Literary Review. Review of " Eating Grief at 3am" by Doug Holder http://www.bostonliterarymagazine.com/fall09reviews.html
Oct. 2013. Fox Chase Review. Review of Ghost Dance in Berlin by Peter Wortsman. ( Memoir) online. http://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/ghost-dance-in-berlin-a-rhapsody-in-gray-by-peter-wortsman/
Sept 2013. Composer Kate Chadbourne puts "Her back is to me, as she faces the sea" by Doug Holder (poem) to music. http://k002.kiwi6.com/hotlink/hlikusxvv2/her_back_is_to_me.m4a
Sept. 2013. The Brooklyn Voice. ( Poem) Online. " My shirt is off at the sea" http://www.brooklynvoice.com/2013/09/03/september-poetry-collection
Aug 2013. Go Read Your Lunch. "The Quiet Room." (Short Story) Online. http://goreadyourlunch.blogspot.com/2013/08/thequietroom.html
Aug. 2013. Boston Poetry Magazine. " Kentucky Fried Chicken." "Her back is to me, as she faces the sea." Online. http://bostonpoetry.wordpress.com/tag/doug-holder/
July 2013. Big River Poetry Review. ( Baton Rogue, Louisiana) Volume 1. "You know it's tough being a writer."
July 2013. Like One: Poems for Boston. (Anthology for Boston One Fund.) " Spring, this ain't a love poem." (Print)
July 2013. Spare Change News. (Boston, Mass.) " The Mugging: Times Square: 1973." " A Hollow Man"
(Poems) Online http://www.sparechangenews.net/node/1516 and Print.
July 2013. Shalom Magazine. (Print) " Holder on the State of the Written Word" by Susie Davidson.
July 2013. (Online) "Transcendence" (Poem) Mass. Poetry Website. http://masspoetry.org/2013/05/12/transcendence-by-doug-holder/
June 2013. (Online) Doug Holder: The State of Poetry. ( Essay) Mass. Poetry Website.
June 2013. BAGEL BARDS 8. (ISCS PRESS) "Inside a Cloud." (Poem)
April 2013. PRESA 18. (Print) "Oh don't," she said, "It's cold. (Poem) http:/www./presapress.com
March 2013. Stone Soup Presents: Fresh Broth. ( Print) It's Late at Night and the Fruit is Bad. ( Poem)
March 2013. Poetry Superhighway. ( online) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Poem)
March 2013. Big River Poetry Review. (online) Living in Your Pajamas. (Poem)http://www.bigriverpoetry.com/1/post/2013/03/doug-holder-finds-his-subject-in-domesticic-disarray.html
March 2013. Endicott Oberver. Endicott College. Beverly, Mass. Emily Pineau Nominated for Pushcart Prize in Poetry by Professor Doug Holder.
March 2013. The Brooklyn Voice. Great Hatred in a Small Room. (Poem) http://www.brooklynvoice.com/2013/03/25/spring-in-new-york-winter-in-the-air-a-collection-of-poems-poets-doug-holder/
March 2013. Wicked Local. Plymouth, Mass. Plymouth Center for the Arts: More than meets the eye. ( Article about poetry reading with featured poets Doug Holder and Charles Coe) http://www.wickedlocal.com/plymouth/features/x2082713309/PLYMOUTH-CENTER-FOR-THE-ARTS-More-than-meets-the-eye#axzz2NxfAOhmT
Jan 2013. Orange Room Review. (Online) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome . http://theorangeroomreview.webs.com/bydholderfeb13.htm
Dec 2012. Spare Change News. (Cambridge, Mass.) Dalai Lama Issue. Poems. Change My Breath and It's Late at Night and the Fruit is Bad. http://sparechangenews.net/news/poems-doug-holder
Nov. 2012. Spoonful: A Gathering of Stone Soup Poets. A Tear from a Glass Eye (Online)http://spoonfuljournal.blogspot.com/2012/10/poem-by-doug-holder.html
Nov. 2012. The Green Door. (Poems). Old Women at the Market Basket: Somerville, Mass, Fortune Cookie.
Sept 2012. Fox Chase Review. Review of Time Being by Joe Torra ( Online) http://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/time-being-an-improvisation-by-joe-torra/
June 2012. Poetry Quarterly. Interview with Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish with Doug Holder.
May/June 2012: Small Press Review. Doug Holder reviews San Francisco Poems by A.D. Winans.
April 26, 2012: Library As An Incubator Project. Featured Poet. (Online) http://www.libraryasincubatorproject.org/?p=4000
March 8, 2012: Brattleboro Reformer .Giving Birth to a Book Review by Doug Holder. Brattleboro, Vermont. ( Review of the poetry anthology The Bones We Carry.--Streetfeet Press)
Dec. 13, 2011 .Endicott Observer. Beverly, Mass. Editor of Connecticut Review Reads Poetry for Visiting Author Series by Amy Zylberman. .( Holder is the director of the Series at Endicott College)
Oct. 16, 2011. The Boston Globe. Word On The Street: A time of total insanity by Jan Gardner. (Article on the Grolier Poetry Room Reading Series co-founded by Holder).
Aug. 4, 2011.The Bay State Banner. Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish: The Interview.
Interview with Doug Holder. http://baystatebanner.com/news/2011/aug/03/poet-talks-history-politics-and-the-black-arts/
July 8, 2011 Fictionaut Blog Checking in with Ibbetson Street Press. by Anita Gray.
May 2011. The Endicott College Blog. Beverly, Mass. The Write Stuff: English Students Contributing to Local Small Press and Poetry Blog.
Jan 16, 2011. The Boston Globe. Reinterpreting Shylock by Jan Gardner.
Sept 26, 2010. The Boston Globe. Somerville Literary Partnership. by Danielle Dreilinger (Article about the Ibbetson Street Press/Endicott College affiliation)
July 16, 2010. The Jewish Advocate. Holder hosts Jewish bards of Boston by Zvi A. Sesling.
June 2010. Shalom Magazine. Local poetry publisher hones adventurous side in Eretz Yisroel by Susie Davidson
Jan 2010. Contemporary Authors. Sarah Hannah. 1966-2007. Holder's interview with the late poet is quoted and cited. Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) ISBN: 978-1-4144-5655-3
Dec 6, 2009. The Boston Globe. SHELFLIFE. McLean Poetry. by Jan Gardner. (An article about Holder's course on the poets of McLean Hospital.)
Aug 11, 2009. Boston.Com (Boston Globe Website) Bagel Bards eat up weekly poetry chats (Holder is the founder of the literary organization the Bagel Bards)
July, 2009. SHALOMBOSTON.COM Yiddish, Hot Dogs, and His Father - All Part of Poet Doug Holder's Nostalgia by Zvi Sesling
April, 2009. Ressacs. (France-translation-online). Interview with Charles Plymell. by Doug Holder
April 13, 2008. The Boston Globe, It's National Poetry Month-- What Are the Poets Doing?
January 17, 2008. The Somerville Journal, Hear Israel Voices, O Somerville Bard. by Patricia Wild, Columnist. ( Article on Holder's sponsored trip to Israel for "Voices Israel")
July, 2007. Projection, Lights and Staging News. Doug Holder interviews his brother Don Holder, lighter of the Lion King.
Dec 19, 2007. Jerusalem Post, Visiting Voices, Visiting Boston Poet Doug Holder will give a reading at ZOA HOUSE, Tel Aviv, December 2007.
April 2004. The Somerville News, Doug Holder Leads and Reads at Boston Poetry Festival.
February 2003. Jewish Advocate. Notable Area Jewish Poets Read Work at JP Cemetery.
April 2002. The Jewish Advocate. New Leader of Newton Library Series: Doug Holder Replaces Robert K. Johnson as Host of Poetry Series.
March 10, 2002. The Boston Globe. POET'S MONEY-LOSING PRESS HAPPY TO HAVE A BESTSELLER PUBLISHED by Luba Ostashevsky, Globe Correspondent.
June 2001. Belmont Citizen, Poets Still Find Inspiration At McLean Hospital.
February 2000. The Boston Globe, Poetic Healing: As the hospital and its clients changed, counselor Douglas Holder adds another dimension by Michael Kenney.
August, 1999. Spare Change News, Doug Holder and the Ibbetson Street Press, Cindy Baron.
AWARDS, SPECIAL PROJECTS etc…
Somerville Arts Council. (Artist of the Month) Doug Holder selected as artist of the month. ( Feb. 2017) http://somervilleartscouncil.org/artistmonth/holder
Somerville Poet Laureate Panel. Helped organize selection efforts and pick the second Somerville Poet Laureate: Gloria Mindock. (2016)
Nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the Muddy River Poetry Review. ( 2016)
Holder's interviews have been quoted and cited in Literature Online ( Proquest)-- Contemporary Authors, MLA International Biography, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography.( Poets Sam Cornish, Afaa Michael Weaver, Pagan Kennedy, and Sarah Hannah)
Nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Constellations magazine. (2015)
Nominated for a Pushcart Prize for work in the Boston Literary Magazine, and in Holder's collection Portrait of an Artist as a Young Poseur. (2015)
Citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives for work as a poet, editor, publisher and professor. Presented by Representative Denise Provost. Sept. 2015
Allen Ginsberg Award. Newton Writing and Publishing Center. Aug. 2015.Newton, Mass.
Holder's poem,"Oh Don't, She Said..." inspired a sculpture by Lindsey Thurlow and the poem and the sculpture were exhibited at the Art Gallery at North Shore Community College, Danvers, Mass. It was part of show titled "Images of Compassion." The poem was also put to music by composer and lyricist Jennifer Matthews.
Composer Kate Chadbourne put Holder's poem " Her back is to me, as she faces the sea" to music.
Founded with Harris Gardner( Tapestry of Voices) and Gregory Jenkins, Director of the Somerville Arts Council, the Somerville Poet Laureate selection committee. The committee established the position of Poet Laureate and reviewed select candidates for the position. (2014)
Founded with Professor Dan Sklar the Young Poet Series -- a project involving publishing poetry collections of talented Endicott College undergraduates. (2013)
Selected to be judge of Snow Jewel and Grey Sparrow Flash Fiction/Poetry Contest (2014)
Collaborated with Jack Holland, musician/composer and member of the indie rock group Fire Tower on the poem "Somewhere" presented at the McLean Hospital Vision of Excellence Award. (2014) http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/kipaxjj72f/Poem_Somewhere_by_Doug_Holder_Music_Jack_Holland_McLean_Hospital_Vision_of_Excellence_Award.mp3
Holder's poems " First Night on the Psychiatric Ward" and " Cigarette on the Psychiatric Ward" were put to music and dance at the Boston National Poetry Festival ( 2014) The presentation was at the Old South Church in Boston. The music was composed by Berklee College professor Lucy Holtstedt and Choreography by Eleni Arapoglu.
Work from Ibbetson Street 32 ( Holder is publisher of Ibbetson Street) was picked for a Pushcart Prize. This work will be included in the Pushcart Anthology 2014.
Holder nominated for Pushcart Prize. http://www.pushcartprize.com (By select members of the board of contributing editors) Feb 2013 and Feb. 2014
( Also nominated for the Pushcart Prize in previous years by the Cervena BarvaPress http://www.cervenabarvapress.com and sunnyoutside http://www.sunnyoutside.com )
Established a small press collection at the Hale Library at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. (2011)
Published under the Ibbetson Street Press imprint the first Boston Poet Laureate's collection of poetry "Dead Beats" by Sam Cornish. (2011)
Producer of the Year Award. Somerville Community Access TV. Award-winning show “Poet to Poet: Writer to Writer.” (2009)
Selected to be Judge of the 2007 Rueben Rose Poetry Award in Israel. This award is presented by the “Voices Israel” organization. Toured Israel; lectured and gave workshops in Jerusalem, Haifa, and Tel Aviv.
Lucid Moon Poetry Award, “Hardest working editor in the small press,” (2003).
Nominated for two Cambridge Poetry Awards, 2003 to 2004.
Co-founder of The Somerville News Writers Festival 2003-2010.
Three collections of poetry Wrestling With My Father, Poems from Boston and Just Beyond, The Man in the Booth in the Midtown Tunnel were picks of the month in the Small Press Review..
Poetry listed in the “Index of American Periodical Verse”
State of Maine Writer’s Conference. Poetry Award for poem “Gulls at Daybreak.” (2000).