Alan Kaufman: Doug Holder/Poetic Genius Hiding in Plain Sight

Alan Kaufman: Doug Holder/Poetic Genius Hiding in Plain Sight
( Click on Picture to view) Alan Kaufman ( Outlaw Bible of American Literature) reviews " The Essential Doug Holder: New and Selected Poems"

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Doug Holder: Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae
Doug Holder
25 School Street
Somerville, MA 02143


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA., Master of Liberal Arts. English and American Literature and Language. 1997.

U/Mass. Boston.  Graduate Study. English. 1990.

Boston University.  Paralegal Certificate.  1984.

Boston State College. Graduate Study--  Ed. School.  1980-1981.

Emmanuel College Boston, MA.  Education. Teaching License Program.  1979

State College of New York at Buffalo. Buffalo, NY. B.A. History 1977.

Boston University. Boston, Mass. Liberal Arts. 1973-1975.


Faculty Institute For Online  Teaching  Excellence.  Endicott College. June, 2020.

Museum of African American History. Teacher and Faculty Summer Institute. Boston, Ma. 2017.

University of Massachusetts/Boston, Boston, MA, William Joiner Writers’ Workshop, 2000-2001.


June 2002 to          Co-President of the New England Poetry Club.  The club was founded by Robert Frost, Amy Lowell, and Conrad Aiken

Jan. 2014 to  Present  Associate Faculty Editor--Endicott Review. Involved with the undergraduate literary review at Endicott College.

Jan. 2013 to Present:  Co-Founder of the Endicott College/Ibbetson Street Young Poet Series. This series publishes chapbooks of poetry by talented Endicott College undergraduates.

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.

2004 -2007
Public Relations Consultant, the new renaissance literary magazine, Endicott College, Peabody, MA. Established affiliation and office for the magazine with Endicott College in 2007

2003- 2010.
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.

1999 -Present.
Boston editor. Poesy Magazine. Santa Cruz, Ca.

Publisher, Ibbetson Street Press, Somerville, MA

Editorial Assistant, Boston Review, Somerville, MA

1982 – 2018
Counselor and Poetry Workshop Leader, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA



The Essential Doug Holder. New and Selected Poems. (Big Table Publishing  2020)

Last Night at the Wursthaus.  ( Grey Sparrow Press  2017)

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.


The Patient. Play. co-authored by Lawrence Kessenich and Doug Holder.  Staged reading at Playwrights Platform--  a Boston-area theater organization. (Feb. 2019)

The Patient by Doug Holder and Lawrence Kessenich. Play.  ( Presa Press--2019)
The Nightmare Before Christmas by Boston playwright Debbie Weiss. Holder plays a Trump operative trying to put the big squeeze on Santa. Zoom production.


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, as well as the Cid Corman Collection at U/Mass Boston.  His 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 he has 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 Castellani  ( 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), Paul Marion ( Founder-Loom Press) Michael Casey (Yale Younger Poet Prize for Obscenities) John Canaday ( Critical Assembly) David Daniel ( Creative Writing Director--Fairleigh Dickinson University) Susan Eisenberg ( Stanley's Girl), George Ellenbogen, Stephanie Schorow (  The Combat Zone:The Stripped Down Story of Boston's Most Notorious Neighborhood ) Lloyd Schwartz ( Pulitzer Prize Winning Music Critic) Sarah Jensen  A Perfect Union of Contrary Things)  Paula Plum ( Actress/Director) , Jennifer Burton-- ( American filmmaker--Tufts University Professor) Rod Kessler -Professor of English/Salem State University.
Alan Kaufman ( Outlaw Bible of American Literature) David Daniel ( Ornaments) Michael Seth Stewart--( Yours Presently: The Letters of John Wieners.) Sally Cragin (Former rock critic-- Boston Phoneix) Jeannie Motherwell  (Artist) Inez Hedges ( Playwright--" Kafka in Palestine") J.J. Gonson ( Rock and Roll  Photographer)

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, Nixes Mate Review, Woven Tale Press, Mass. Poetry Website,  Live Nude Poems, Schuylkill Valley Journal, South Florida Poetry Journal, First Literary East,  Boston Hassel , Rye Whiskey Review, Golden Walkman, Incentovise, Worcester Review, Red Letter Poem Project, Lilipoh, Soul-Lit, Pendemic, Red Eft Review, Molecule, Journal of Expressive Writing, 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 (night education at Endicott College), Residencies in the Asylum: Poets of McLean Hospital  (Newton Community Education), Advanced Poetry Workshop, Boston Literature and Film.

READINGS, LECTURES, ETC... (Partial list)

First and Last Reading Series.  Somerville, MA.  Featured reader with  Joyce Wilson and Gary Metras. Jan 2023.

Cervena Barva Press Reading Series.  Somerville, Ma.  Featured reader with Tom Daley and Grey Held.  Sept, 2022.

Hollihock Writers Conference/U/Mass Dartmouth.  New Bedford, MA.  Panel member --New England Poetry Club. Sept, 2022

Somerville Growing Center.  "Somerville as Muse"  Featured reader with Lloyd Schwartz, and Denise Provost. Sept. 2022.

Somerville Arts Armory. Doug Holder hosts book launch for Tim Gager's novel, "Joe, The Salamander" July 2022.

Boston Free Radio.  Open Readings.  Holder interviewed by Sal Ingima.  July 2022.

Provincetown Radio.  WOMR.   Featured guest on the Poets Corner with host Len Germinara. June 2022.

Belmont Public Library.  National Poetry Month Reading.    Featured with Stephanie Burt, Kevin Gallagher, Harris Gardner, AM Juster, and others.  April 2022

Cape Cod Community College. Visiting Author.  Bigger Boat Series.  Dec. 2021

Somerville As Muse. Community Center--Arsenal Mall.  Holder was a featured reader with Lloyd Schwartz, and Denise Provost. Oct. 2021

Textmoves Collaborative.   Starlight Theatre, Cambridge, MA.  Holder's poem " This will not protect you"  performed with dance and music. Oct. 2021.

Boston National Poetry Festival. Featured reader. April 2021.

Somerville Media Center. In video discussion about TV production with other producers.   March 2021.

Poetry in the Garden. Cambridge, Ma. A featured Reader. Sponsored by Toni Bee and the Stone Soup Poets.  Oct. 2020

Worcester County Poetry Association. Featured Reader.  Oct. 2020.

Dire Series. online.  Feature reader.  Aug 2020

Cervena Barva Press  15 Anniv. Reading. online Featured reader. Aug. 2020

Featured Reader. Art Beat Festival. Somerville, Ma.  July 2020.

Cambridge River Streaming Festival. Cambridge, MA.  Featured virtual reader with Martha Collins, Lloyd Schwartz, Fred Marchant and others.. June. 2020

Bow Market, Canopy Room Reading, Somerville, MA.  Holder was part of a reading sponsored by the Cervena Barva Press.  March, 2020.

 Arts Armory.  Somerville, Ma. Holder was a featured reader for this dance/music/ poetry series from the textmoves collaborative. His poem, " Oh, Don't She Said," was interpreted by dancers, with music by Jennifer Matthews. Feb. 2020.

Somerville Public Library. Holder provided an introduction to Somerville Poet Laureate's position that he co-founded with Greg Jenkins and Harris Gardner. Reading were three Somerville Laureates: Lloyd Schwartz, Gloria Mindock and Nicole Terez Dutton. Dec. 2019

Somerville Public Library.  Featured Reader with Ed Meek, etc... Somerville, MA.  Nov.2019

Screening: The Last Sacred Place of Poetry: Grolier Poetry Book Shop. Presented an introduction to the film. Cambridge Public Library.   (Main Branch)  Sept. 2019.

Sam Cornish Memorial Reading. Cambridge Public Library ( Central Square Branch), A featured reader. Aug, 2019.

Sam Cornish Memorial Reading. Cambridge Public Library ( O'Neill Branch) Cambridge, MA.  Featured Reader.  July, 2019.

text moves dance collaborative.  North Point, Needham, Ma..  Holder's poem "Oh, Don't, she said, It's cold," performed by a collaborative dance company headed by Karen Klein-- the poem was adapted into song by Jennifer Matthews. June 2019.

First and Last Poetry Series.    Arts Armory. Somerville, Ma.  Featured reader with Gloria Mindock and Ralph Pennel. June 2019.

Cambridge River Festival.  Cambridge, Ma.  Poetry Tent. Featured reader and host for Bagel Bard/Ibbetson Street poets.  June. 2019

Laboratory For Innovation and Science. Harvard University. Member of a focus panel on publishing. May. 2019.

Poetry Parlor at the Old Manse. Concord, MA. ( Sponsored by the New England Poetry Club)  Featured Reader. May. 2019

Sam Cornish Memorial Reading. Cambridge Public Library. Featured reader.  April 2019.

Boston National Poetry Festival. Boston, MA. Featured reader.  April 2019.

Brookline Public Library.  Brookline, MA. Bagel Bard Reading. Featured Reader.  March 2019.

New England Mobile Book Fair., Newton, MA. Featured reader. Sam Cornish Memorial reading. Feb. 2019.

The Patient. Play. Co-authored by Lawrence Kessenich and Doug Holder.  Staged reading at Playwrights Platform --  a Boston-area theater organization. (Feb. 2019).

Trident Bookstore. Boston, MA.  Featured reader. Spare Change News Anthology. Dec. 2018.

Cervana Barva Press. Arts Armory Somerville. Gave a talk to interns at this noted indie press.
Nov. 2018

Somerville Arts Armory.  Final Dire Series. Featured Reader with Rusty Barnes, Elizabeth Graver, and others. Oct 2018.

Porter Square Book. Cambridge, Mass.   Spare Change News Poetry Anthology Reading . Featured Reader.  Aug, 2018

Endicott College. Beverly, Mass.   Freshman Seminar: "Values and the Narrative" July 2018.

Walter Howard Memorial Reading. Somerville Arts Armory. Featured Reader. Somerville, MA. June 2018.

Poets and Pints Series. Somerville, MA. Sponsored by Porter Square Books.  Aeronaut Brewing Company. Featured Reader. June 2018.

Cambridge River Festival. Cambridge, MA. Featured Reader--Poetry Tent. June 2018

Malden Media Center. Malden, MA.  Presentation.  "The Art of the Interview"  June 2018

Aeronaut Brewing Company. Somerville, MA.  Holder's story "The Last Time I Saw Uncle Dave" read by actor Ben Scurria--as part of a storytelling series. April 2018.

Brandeis University. Leonard Bernstein Festival.  Creativity and Publishing Panel. April 2018.

Boston National Poetry Festival.  Main Branch Boston Public Library. Panelist:  Craft and Publishing. April 2018.

Somerville Public Library. Somerville, MA.  Featured Reader and Host. Ibbetson Street Press 20th Anniversary Reading.  Feb. 2018.

Hastings Room Reading Series.  Cambridge, MA.  Featured Reader.  Feb. 2018

Brookline Public Library.  Brookline, MA. Oct.2017  Brookline Poet Laureate Series.  Featured Reader. 

Provincetown Radio. Provincetown, MA  . 2017.  Poets Corner with Neil Silberblatt. Cancer Reading. " Lung Cancer: Stage 4."  From Last Night a the Wursthaus.

Gordon College. Wenham, MA.  Oct. 2017.  Reading and discussion of  "Last Night at the Wursthaus."

Plymouth Center for the Arts. Plymouth, MA. Sept. 2017. Mike Amado Memorial Reading Series.  Featured reader.

Cervena Barva Press Studio. Aug 2017.  Somerville Arts Armory.  Guest speak for the Press' internship program.

Bull Run Restaurant   Shirley, MA.   July 2017.  Featured reader and judge in this first poetry reading held in this historic tavern that has been around since the 1740's.

Out of the Blue Art Gallery . Cambridge,  MA.  June 2017.  Hosted and featured at a Bagel Bard Fundraising Reading.

Boston National Poetry Festival.    Boston, MA. April 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, MA.)  Nov. 2016. Best of the Boston Literary Magazine.--Featured reader.

Mother Brook Center for the Arts ( Dedham, MA.) 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 ArmoryFeb. 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. 2015Somerville 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. .

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. Participated 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.


Friends of the Longfellow House.  Board Member.   June 2022.

New England Poetry Club-- Co-President. June 2022

Wellspring House Writers Retreat. Residency. Ashfield, Mass. 2009

Poet Advisory Board. Boston National Poetry Festival. 2001 to present.

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 to present.

Bagel Bards. Somerville, Mass. Co-Founder. 2004 to Present

Stone Soup Poets.  Boston, Ma. President . 2001 to 2002.


Bagel Bard Anthology 15.  "Little Animals" Poem. Print. March 2022.

The Edible Anthology of Poetry. (Grolier Poetry Book Shop)  Edited by Peter Payack. Holder's micro-poem included with such  poets as Robert Pinsky, Gail Mazur, etc...  Jan. 2022.

" For the Voices": The Letters of John Wieners
MS Stewart
Holder's interview with Jack Power's is cited

M Gibson
Doug Holder's article " What is a Failed Poet?" is cited in   M. Gibson's PHD Thesis: 

"On becoming an unfailed poet: An autoethnography of embodied transformative events expressed as poetry: A psychological perspective"  (University of Georgia)  2015.

" The Blood of San Gennaro." by Scott Harney. Poems. Megan Marshall--Pulitzer-Prize winning historian--cited Holder as encouraging the poet to continue writing--in her introduction to this book of poetry.

Doug Holder's interview with Lois Ames ( a confidante to Plath and Sexton) is cited in a Sorbonne doctoral thesis:   Angélique Thomine. Writing disenchantment: opacity and transparency in the work of poets "denominational ”Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath .. Literature. Doctoral school IV, 2017. French.

New England Poetry Club Member News   "Doug Holder Papers Collection at University at Buffalo"      Feb. 2020

Chain Letter to America: the One Thing You Can Do to End Racism by Jacque Fluery.  Interview with Doug holder included. Jan. 2020

Doug Holder's interview with Dylan Thomas' daughter Aeronwy is cited in " America, Aeronwy and  Me" ( Seventh Quarry Press ) by Peter Thabat Jones.  (2019)

Doug Holder's interview with former Houghton Mifflin editor Lawrence Kessenich is cited in the book "Going the Distance: The Life and Works of W.P. Kinsella by William Steele.

Nixes Mate Review Anthology 2017-8. ( Edited by Philip Borenstein, Michael McInnis, and Annie Pluto) Oct. 2018.  Poems. " Ozzie and Harriet and the Debutante of 1938," Psycho."

Warriors With Wings: The Best of Contemporary Poetry. ( Edited by Michael Lee Johnson, Ken Allan Dronsfield) July. 2018.  Poems: "Obit" and  Meeting Allen Ginsberg" ( Buffalo, NY 1975)

Spare Change News Poems: An Anthology by Homeless People and those Touched by Homelessness (Edited by Lee Lee Varon/Marc Goldfinger) March. 2018.  Poems:  "Furnished Room, Newbury St.," "The Mugging: Times Square: 1973."

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.

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)


Dec. 2022.  Constellations. "On the Psychiatric Ward: All Rise." Poem. Print.

Dec. 2022.  Poet Doug Holder: A Micro-Documentary. Endicott College.

Dec. 2022   Rye Whiskey Review.  "Grocery Store" Poem. Online.

Nov. 2022. Red Eft Review. "Am I Real?"  Poem. Online.

Sept. 2002.      LAMAJADENUA.COM.   Doug Holder's poem  " Layers of Blankets" was translated into Spanish by Nidia Hernandez.

Sept. 2002.   Blue Pepper. " Sciatica"  Poem. Online.

Aug 2022.  Rye Whiskey Review.  Poem. Online. "Blithering."

Aug 2022.   North of Oxford.  "Layers of of  Blankets"

July  2022.   Bunker Hill Community College Website.   "Longtime Humanities Faculty member Doug Holder elected co-president of the New England Poetry Club."

May 2022.    First Literary East.  "The Bartender."   online. May 2022.

May 2022.  Blue Pepper. "Tragic Cardigan" Poem. Online.

April 2022.   Muddy River Review. "Turkeys 
Circling a Dead Cat"  Poem. Online.

April 2022.  Journal of Expressive Writing  " Krapp's Last Tape"

April  2022.    Poetry with Urgency, energy and life.          *Holder is featured in a reading as included in the article.

March 2022. Poesy. Interview with Alan Kaufman.  With Doug Holder.

March 2022.    Poesy.   Poem.  Online/Print "12 Birds of Extinction"   **** a response to Denise Penizzotto's painting of the same title.

March 2022.  Molecule: A tiny literary magazine. Poem. Online. "World War" World War. 

Feb 22, 2022.   The Heights (Boston College). Black Voices Amplified at Newton Free Library Poetry Series.   Holder quoted as curator of the series.

Feb  2022.   Red Eft Review.  "Krapp's Last Tape"   Poem. Online.
Nov 2021.   Life in Quarantine  (  Stanford University) "I am a Leper"  Poem.   Online.         

Nov. 2021.   Rye Whiskey Review.   " Last Suppers on Death Row"  Poem.  Online.

Nov. 2021    Blue Pepper Magazine.  "Signs"  Poem. Online.

Oct 2021. Muddy River Review.  "The Dance" "Twisted Tree" "Manida Street, Bronx"

Aug. 2021.  Red Letter Poem Project.  "Dianne at Sleep"  Poem. Online.

July 2021.     Blue Pepper.   "Sage"  Poem. Online.

May 2021.     Pendemics.   "Remind me who I was"   Poem. online. 

May 2021      Rye Whiskey Review:  Boston?  "I want a Joe and Nemo Hotdog" Poem. Online.

May 2021.     Worcester County Poetry Association.  Baseball Anthology. "Shea Stadium: 1972."
Poem. Print.

April 2021.   LIPS.   "Lyn Lifshin: Old West Church" Poem. Print.

April 2021.    Poetry Super Highway.  " The Night Shift: McLean Hospital" Poem online.

March 2021.  Blue Pepper Magazine.  " A bag of flesh with bright blue eyes."  Poem. Online.

March 2021.  Lilipoh Magazine. Winter 2021.  "Harbor Walk, South Boston." Poem. Print.

March 2021. Red Eft Review  "This cannot protect you."  Poem. Online

Feb. 2021.    Rye Whiskey Review.  "The First Kiss" Poem. Online

Jan 2021.     Mass Poetry Website.   Holder interviewed about the Newton Free Library Poetry Series--that he has directed since 2002.

Jan. 2021.   Yasou! Literary Magazine.    "I will try to see the light"  Poem. Online.

Jan. 2021          North of Oxford. "Howard Beach--Queens, NY"    Poem. Online

Jan. 2021         Constellations.  " The Andy Griffith Show"    Poem. Print.

Dec. 2020        spoKe magazine.   "Interview with Ifeanyi Menkiti." Print.

Dec. 2020      Boston Literary Magazine.  "Times Square, 1977" Poem. Online

Dec. 2020.    Worcester Review.  " Where is my pocketbook?" Poem. Print.    

Nov. 2020.  Joshua Corwin interviews Doug Holder on Assiduous Dust

Nov. 2020. Doug Holder interviews Literary Outlaw: Alan Kaufman

Oct. 2020.  Somerville Media Center "Meet the Media Makers: Doug Holder

Oct. 2020. ODDBALL MAGAZINE. A cento of Doug Holder's poem "Meeting Allen Ginsberg"  Joshua Corwin.

Oct. 2020.  Rye Whiskey Review.  " Just Before..."  Poem.  Online.

Sept. 2020  Worcester County Poetry Association.  Doug Holder is the featured reader as judge of the Frank O'Hara Prize.

Sept. 2020  Blue Pepper Magazine  "A balloon with the artist's own breath."   Online.

Sept. 2020  Northshore Creative Magazine.  " Doug Holder: The Write Space."

Aug. 2020.  Boston Literary Magazine. "Cherries" online.

June 2020.   Worcester Telegraph and Gazette. Lynne E. Frederiksen wins this years Frank O'Hara Prize.  Holder was the judge of this prize and was interviewed in Worcester Magazine.

May 2020.   Golden Walkman Magazine.  "Texting in Class"  Podcast.

May. 2020   First Literary East.   "Hitting the Right Note" Poem. Online.

May. 2020.  Rye Whiskey Review.  " Killing Time at the 99"  Poem. Online.

April 2020.  Yasou! Lit. Mag.   "Dreaming on the Senior Line at Market Basket"  Poem. Online.

April 2020.  Boston Hassle.  " I am a Leper"  Poem. Online

March 2020. South Florida Poetry Journal.  Interview with Doug Holder. Online.

Feb. 2020.  Blue Pepper Magazine. "An old cat chases an imaginary mouse." Poem. Online

Jan. 2020. Constellations. "A Mounted Deer"   Poem. Print.

Jan. 2020.    Boston Literary Magazine. " Parking Lot, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, Ma." Poem. Online

Dec. 2019.  Tell Magazine. Bunker Hill Community College Literary Magazine. Boston, Ma.  "Carson Beach: A Veteran's Back"  Poem. online.

Nov. 2019   Sing Tao Daily. Hong Kong. International edition. "Olivia Huang talks to TV host Doug Holder."  Holder interviewed documentary filmmaker Olivia Huang.…/2585601-%E6%8E%A5%E5%8F%97%E8…/

Nov. 2019.   Muddy River Review. " Mailing out the Comp Copies.  Poem. Online.

Oct. 2019. Online interview with publisher Doug Holder about his small press IBBETSON STREET

Oct. 2019.  Live Nude Poems.  " We Hold Hands.   Poem. Online

Oct. 2019.  Blue Pepper " A Veteran's Back: Carson Beach, South Boston." Poem.Online.

Sept. 2019 Holder mentioned as a co-presenter at the screening of the "Last Sacred Place of Poetry.

Sept. 2019.  Poetry Super Highway.  " Hitting the Right Note." Online.

Aug. 2019.   North of Oxford. " Obit"  Poem. (Online).

June 2019.  Blue Pepper.  "Harbor Walk, South Boston"  Poem.  (Online)

April 2019.
" Back Story of the Poem 'Last Night at the Wursthaus'" by Doug Holder

March 2019.   Doug Holder on poet  Charles Coe.  Cambridge Editors. Cambridge, MA.

March. 2019.  First Literary Review East. " Truro Beach"  online.

March. 2019.  Voices Project. "The Window at Dunkin' Donuts. (Poem) Online.

Feb. 2019.   EMERSON TODAY. ( Emerson College). "Poets Come together to honor Sam Cornish Boston's First Poet Laureate"  Doug Holder cited as one of the noted featured readers at the event.

Feb. 2019.  The Boston Globe. "Longtime resident is named Somerville's Poet Laureate." Holder is mentioned as a member of the committee that selected Lloyd Schwartz as the Poet Laureate.

Jan 2019.   "Lloyd Schwartz  named Somerville's New Poet Laureate." Holder, a founder of the Poet Laureate Selection Committee is quoted:                                                                        

Jan. 2019     " An Artist is of the Air"   Brooklyn Voice. 

Dec. 2018.  " I Don't Understand"  Brooklyn Voice.  Online. Poem

Oct. 2018.  " The Mall"    Muddy River Review.   Online.  Poem.

Aug. 2018.   "Remembering Sam Cornish"  Mass Poetry.  Tribute to Sam Cornish-- the first poet laureate of Boston.  Essay.

Aug. 2018.   "A Crossing Guard at Junction of Poetry and Life." Boston Globe.  Holder quoted in obit of Boston's first poet laureate.

Aug 2018.    The Somerville Times. Lyrical Somerville. "Aris Auto" print and online. ( poem)

Aug. 2018.  " Poets/Artists Ponder Breath and Matter" Article. Woven Tale Press.

July 2018.  Going the Distance: The Life and Works of  W.P. Kinsella  by William Steele. Holder's interview with former Houghton Mifflin Lawrence Kessenich is cited. Kessenich worked with Kinsella.

May 2018.  Tell Magazine: Bunker Hill Community College's Literary Magazine. Poem. "Meeting Allen Ginsberg  Buffalo--1975"

May 2018.  North End Waterfront. Com  " North End resident, Francine LaChance and the Grolier Poetry Fetival."  This article is linked to an interview  Doug Holder conducted with LaChance.

May 2018.    The Malden Observer.   "MATV Multimedia Mixer featuring poet Doug Holder."

April 2018.  Muddy River Review. " Meeting Allen Ginsberg." Poem. Online.

April 2018.   Somerville Media Center Newsletter.  " April Member of the Month/Doug Holder" by Erica Jones.

Jan. 2018.   Snow Jewel.   "The Bar" Print. Poem. Print.

Jan. 2018. Constellations. " Death of a Homeless Man"  Poem.  Print.

Oct. 2017.  Muddy River Review.  " Infinity"  Poem. Online.

Oct. 2017.  Nixes Mate Review.   "Psycho"  "Debutante of 1938"  Poems. Online.

Sept. 2017  The Salem News. "Endicott College to host 'Unburying Malcolm Miller' screening. Holder mentioned as the curator of the series at Endicott College where the screening will take place.

Sept. 2017.   The Somerville Times.   "Union Square Portraits: Conversations about America with Doug," by John Thompson.

Aug. 2017.  Doug Holder appears in   Grolier Poetry Book Shop Documentary-- Trailer on IMDb:

 Aug 2017.   Scott Lehigh-- Boston Globe Columnist-- Tweets:  "Poem a reader sends re: Spectacle Island, Boston Harbor~ By Doug Holder
- The Voices Project

July 2017.   The Lowell Sun.    "Bull Run Beefs Up Poetry Menu".   Article that mentions Doug Holder as a featured reader and judge at a poetry event at this historic tavern.            

June 2017.  The Boston Globe. "Cambridge Poet at 100" Article about a new release of an Ibbetson Street Press book   A New Path by Joseph A. Cohen  ( The press was founded by Doug Holder, Dianne Robitaille and Richard Wilhelm in 1998)

April 2017  Spare Change News.  "I yell at my mother on the phone,"  "Black," "No Man Steps In The Same River Twice." Poems (Print)

Feb. 2017  spoKe magazine.  "Professor Irwin Corey"  (Poem) Print.
Feb. 2017. Grey Sparrow Press.  "All This Rain" ( poem) (online)

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..."

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.

2016. The Literary Review. ( Fairleigh Dickinson University) . Holder quoted in a review of Kevin Carey's "Jesus was a Homeboy"

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"

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." 

Sept. 2016.  Stanzic Stylings. " The Newspaper"  Poem.

Aug 2016. Wayland News. "Death of a Salesman Review"   Vokes Players.

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.

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.

March 2016.  Prairie Schooner. Poetry News. (online)   " Interview with Martha Collins by Doug Holder"

Feb. 2016.  Somerville Community Access TV. "Interview with Doug Holder" (website)

Jan. 2016. Ascent Aspirations.  "The Lottery Ticket" Online.

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

Oct. 2015.   Poesy Magazine. "Interview with Doug Holder."     Print and Online.

Oct. 2015.  Grey Sparrow Journal.  "Bronx 1965"  Print and Online.

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.

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.

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.

July 2015.     Black Heart Magazine. "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.")

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.

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.

Jan. 2015.   Fox Chase Review. "Portrait of a poet as a young poseur." (Poem) online.

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.

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."

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.

Feb. 2014   Blue Fifth Review.  (Online) "A Hollow Man" (Poem)

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"                                       

Jan. 2014.   Fox Chase Review. (Online) Review of "Devotion" by Miriam Levine

Jan. 2014.   Every Writers Resource ( Online) " He wore shoes a size too small" (Poem)   

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)

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

Oct. 2013. Fox Chase Review.  Review of Ghost Dance in Berlin by Peter Wortsman. ( Memoir) online.

Sept 2013.  Composer Kate Chadbourne puts "Her back is to me, as she faces the sea" by Doug Holder (poem) to music.

Sept. 2013.  The Brooklyn Voice. ( Poem) Online. " My shirt is off at the sea"

Aug 2013.  Go Read Your Lunch. "The Quiet Room." (Short Story)  Online.

Aug. 2013.  Boston Poetry Magazine. " Kentucky Fried Chicken."  "Her back is to me, as she faces the sea."  Online.

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  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.

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./

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)

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)

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)

Jan 2013.  Orange Room Review.  (Online)   Carpal Tunnel Syndrome .

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.

Nov. 2012.  Spoonful: A Gathering of Stone Soup Poets.  A Tear from a Glass Eye (Online)

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)

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)

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.

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)

Oct. 2010  The Boston Globe.  " Jack Powers, 73-- Helped Poets Bring Verse to Life   Holder quoted in the obit of the late founder of Stone Soup Poets in Boston.

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.


Sept. 2002. Nominated for Pushcart Prize by Constellations Magazine.  " On the Psychiatric Ward: All Rise."

 Feb 2022.  Holder's poem "We Hold Hands" was made into a wire sculpture by artist Danielle Krchmar

 Oct. 2020.  Holder was nominated for a Pushcart  Prize Award for his poem, " Meeting Allen Ginsberg, 1975"

Aug 2020. Holder's poetry collection "The Essential Doug Holder" was nominated for a Rilke Prize by Big Table Publishing (Aug. 2020) 

Aug 2020. Doug Holder's poem " Rexall Drugs/Busing Crisis" was installed as part of a temporary exhibit on the Community Bike Path--part of the  "Art Beat Festival" in Somerville, Ma.

Doug Holder's poetry collection " The Essential Doug Holder" was nominated for a PEN AMERICA AWARD by Big Table Publishing of San Francisco.
(July 2020) 

Doug Holder was the judge for the Frank O'Hara Awards ( Worcester, Mass--May/June 2020). Worcester County Poetry Association, Worcester, MA.

World-- renowned paleontologist Donald Johanson  ( discoverer of the Lucy fossil)  did an online reading of Holder's poem " 271 Newbury St. from the collection " Portrait of an Artist as a Poseur."
This was part of a reading series sponsored by Big Table Books.

A wonderful rendition of Holder's poem about his 93 year old mother, " Oh, Don't, She said..." performed by the textmoves dance collaborative ( Founded by Karen Klein) music by Jennifer Matthews--this was part of the Third Life Choreography Series that was presented in the South End of Boston ( Urbanity Central Studio) in Dec. 2019. The dance has been performed in other venues around Boston.

Holder's papers are now at the University at Buffalo Libraries/Special Collections--the collection is titled, "Doug Holder Papers."

Holder's interview with Louisa Solano ( former owner of the Grolier Poetry Shop in Harvard Square) can now be live streamed from the Harvard University Libraries

Doug Holder's short story " The Quiet Room" was adapted into a play by Lawrence Kessenich  " The Patient." It had a staged reading at Playwright's Platform based in Boston, Ma. Feb. 2019

Pushcart Nomination by the Muddy River Review for his poem " Meeting Allen Ginsberg..." Fall 2018.

Stone soup to City Lights: Jack Powers on Lawrence Ferlinghetti with Doug Holder. (identified as being from: What's up, ca. fall, 2000, p. 12, 38). Originally published in Poesy magazine according to in the Lawrence Ferlinghetti Collection at the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill. 

 The Ibbetson Street Press--- will be included in a new EBSCO database for the humanities due out in the Spring of 2019.

Doug Holder won a Somerville Media Center Award  for his TV show  Poet to Poet Writer to Writer--Best Arts and Culture Program ( 2018).

Doug Holder's interviews ( audio/visual), the books and magazines that Ibbetson Street (A press founded by Holder) has published, have been accepted as part of the Cid Corman Boston Small Poetry Press Archive at UMass Boston. (2018).

Doug Holder's poetry collection Last Night at the Wursthaus was entered for the Pulitzer Prize by the Grey Sparrow Press.

Somerville Arts Council.  (Artist of the Month) Doug Holder selected as artist of the month. ( Feb. 2017)

Somerville Poet Laureate Committee-- Somerville Arts Council-- Co-founder of the committee... Selected:  Nicole Terez Dutton (2014)  Poet Laureate: Gloria Mindock. (2016) Lloyd Schwartz (2019)

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 set 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)

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.     (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  and sunnyoutside )

Established a small press collection at the Hale Library at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. (2011);page=0;locg=13;depth=0

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).



*** From  Mark Herlihy/Asst. Dean of Humanities/Endicott College

            Since September, 2010, the English department and the College in general has benefited immensely from this partnership.  In exchange for the College’s financial support of the non-profit Ibbetson Street Press (ISP), its editor Doug Holder, an adjunct English instructor at the College, has helped connect Endicott to the greater Boston literary scene.  Prof. Holder has arranged for our English students to write and publish book reviews, conduct and publish interviews with prominent authors (e.g Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maxine Kumin, Marge Piercy, and Diana Der-Hovanessian), and publish and present their own creative work.  Through his connections with authors, publishers, and literary arts organizations in greater Boston and beyond, he has expanded the list of potential internship sites for our students and helped place a number of our students at sites.
            Prof. Holder has also used his connections to bring a range of poets, playwrights, essayists, novelists, publishers, performance artists, and storytellers to campus through the Visiting Author Series, the most visible outgrowth of the Endicott-ISP partnership.  These events, which occur twice each semester, and take the form of a public reading or performance followed by a question and answer period, have helped develop a literary community at Endicott.  The Series has featured Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish, Vivian Shipley (editor of the Connecticut Review), Gary Metras (founder of the Adastra Press), Mark Pawlak (Hanging Loose Press), De Witt Henry (founder of Ploughshares Magazine), Tino Villaneuva and Luke Salisbury, and poets Miriam Levine, Fred Marchant, Bert Stern, and Charles Coe.  It has also featured performances by Tom Daley and Michael Mack.   In addition to these public events, Prof. Holder has also arranged for other writers to visit his classes and talk with students about writing.  These writers have included Timothy Gager, Gloria Mindock, Jennifer Jean, Zvi A. Sesling, Steve Glines, Li Min Mo, January O'Neil and Paul Steven Stone.
            The interviews that Endicott English majors conducted with Kumin, Piercy, and Der-Hovanessian were published in recent issues of Ibbetson Street magazine, while reviews by our students of books by Tom Perotta, Lois Ames and others have been published in the Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene, a literary blog that is an offshoot of the Ibbetson Street Press.  Additionally, Prof. Holder has arranged for the publication of selected work by Endicott English majors in The Somerville News, of which he is the Arts Editor.
            The connections that Prof. Holder has helped our students make and the attention that he has brought to their work are significant. Creative Writing concentrator Emily Pineau had her interview with Piercy and one of her poems published in Ibbetson Street.  Prof. Holder also arranged for Emily to read some of her poems at an event sponsored in summer 2012 by the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston in Newton, MA.  Zvi A. Sesling, publisher of Muddy River Review, was in the audience.  He was so impressed with Emily’s work that he published some of it in Muddy River and nominated her for a prestigious Pushcart Prize.  Emily was interviewed about her work on NPR (KUNM-FM89.9, Albuquerque, NM, and her work is the first to be featured, in the form of a chapbook entitled No Need to Speak, in the Endicott College/Ibbetson Street Press Young Poet Series.  Each year, an Endicott student’s work will be featured in the series. 
             An additional fruit of the Endicott-Ibbetson Street Partnership is the small press collection that Prof. Holder, working with Library Director Brian Courtemanche, has developed.  The collection, which includes a growing number of books from regional, national, and even international authors, is modeled after holdings at libraries at the University of Buffalo, Brown University, and University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Other Information: McLean Hospital --Belmont Mass

Other Information:               McLean Hospital --Belmont Mass
Doug Holder ran poetry groups for psychiatric patients at this literary landmark for over three decades. McLean Hospital had many famous poet residents: Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, and Anne Sexton ran her famous workshops there. Click on picture to read an article about his experience.


"I've been greatly enjoying your poems. You have a major league talent man."

( Robert Olen Butler- Pulitzer Prize Winner)

New Pages on Doug Holder's collection of interviews " From the Paris of New England":

"Readers will likely find something of interest among the varied genres and experiences represented here, especially because Holder knows how to ask the important questions. He often inquires about inspiration, pivotal life experiences, themes, accessibility, talent, and craft. For example, when plied about his writing habits, Marc Widershien answered, “I wrote between the lines of my existence,” and about advice to novice poets, “Think of everything you do as grist. Talent is vital, but study, experiment, self-discovery through art are indispensable.” Other writers were equally forthcoming on subjects important to them."In his interview with Hugh Fox, Holder asked Fox how he is able, when reviewing works, to get 'to the essence of a book with such few words.' As Fox stated, 'Before I go to bed I always read a few things. Then I just react to it. It’s funny; it is like I listen to an inner voice. The inner voice tells me what to write.'”

"One my aims, in editing THE OUTLAW BIBLE OF AMERICAN LITERATURE was to break down this segregating literary wall that still exists in our country. Two worlds, in which one knows nothing about the fact that writers like Goines and Beck are the biggest selling authors in their communities nationwide. But because of their color and because, as the inmate veterans said Beck and Goines "Keep It Real" they are, to this day, and despite being spellbinding writers of high literary merit, critically ignored, and left completely out of the national discourse. So, it's heartening to know that college students are using this book and gaining exposure to the Other side of American literature. Thank you for your courage in fostering that."

(Alan Kaufman-- Editor of The Outlaw Bible of American Literature)

"Doug Holder, a relentless champion of small presses and of grassroots literary gatherings."
( The Boston Globe)

"To Doug: ... who provides a looking house for us all." (Fred Marchant--(Director of the Poetry Center--Suffolk University, Boston, Mass)

in appreciation for your work for the art of poetry." (Clayton Eshleman--National Book Award--"The Complete Poetry of Cesar Vallejo.")

"...outstanding work. I've always considered you as a humane and dedicated literary artist, an an ally." ( Askia Toure--American Book Award Winner)

" ... A great poet and Boston legend!" ( Jose Gouveia--Poet's Corner-- Provincetown Radio)

"You've done an immense amount in making the Boston area scene a genuine community." ( Pamela Annas-- Associate Dean of Humanities UMASS--Boston)

"You are the heart and soul of this city." ( Sam Cornish-- Boston Poet Laureate)

"I appreciate all your efforts in behalf of poetry." ( Lee Bricetti-Director of Poets House--NYC)

"I love your poetry, your sense of humor, and your dedication to keeping poetry alive."
(Lawrence Kessenich--former editor at Houghton Mifflin/Boston and author of "Strange News" (Pudding House)

"I met Doug Holder several years ago when I was invited to do a poetry reading at a Cambridge, Mass. an arts organizer and teacher Doug is extremely sensitive and perceptive. I believe he can teach and encourage on all levels...I was already familiar with his writings: Poetry, reviews, and articles, and saw how well he could articulate not only on the page but in person."
(Lyn Lifshin)

"It is truly amazing that you persist with such energy and endurance in this greatly indifferent& hard pressed climate, unresponsive to genuine artistic efforts outside the ones that bring establishment approval. You give us that prod to go on."

(Marilyn Jurich, PhD Professor of English/Suffolk University--Boston, Mass.)

"With memories firm of your trip to Israel, I make a point of following the Ibbetson St. correspondence and your own work of quality forms, a living pipeline to Harvard, where I did my PhD in French Literature in the sixties. I now see higher education with a different slant and feel my connection to it salvaged and re-inforced by a writer and editor like yourself, a poet expressing those high standards in the direction of poetic truth."(Rena Navon/PhD/Kefar Hasidim, Israel/ "Senancour's search for primitve order in the Reveries" (Harvard University)

"Doug Holder is the cornerstone of the Boston poetry scene."
(January O'Neil Cave Canem Fellow/ Executive Director of Mass Poetry Festival, Assist. Professor of English-Salem State University)

"I Want you to know I appreciate all you do to help me get deeper into my poetry work."
( Molly Lynn Watt--Poet Laureate/ The Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement)"

"You are the POEM'S champion."
(Mike Basinski--Curator poetry collection University of Buffalo)

"Doug Holder is one of Boston/Somerville/Cambridge's leading literary figures. He is responsible for the creation and growth of a literary community in a major urban area that reaches out and embraces writers warmly."
( Anne Elizabeth Tom-- Executive Director, Cape Cod Writers Center, 2007-2009)

"Thanks for everything you do to encourage and promote the creation-and performance of real, original art!" ( Lucy Holstedt--Asst. Professor of Music/ Berklee College-Boston/ Kirk Etherton-)

"We love Doug here at Grub Street. He has done so much for the writing community."
( Chris Castellani-Director Grub Street-Boston)

" Doug, Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your work with all our patients." (Mark A. Robart/ Director, Partial Hospital & Residental Services--McLean Hospital)

"Along with Stanley Barkan at Cross Cultural Communications in New York, you are the most dedicated nurturer of poetry, poets and publications I have ever been exposed to."-(Peter Fulton--How to Carve An Angel-Seventh Quarry Press)

"He is the best and has done so much for so many. He has always been so good to me and supportive. I can't thank him enough for all his kindnesses and support so yay Doug Holder, he is a supporter for so many of us throughout the country, not just Somerville!" (Founder of the Cervena Barva Press)