Friday, October 31, 2008

Bagel Bard Ellen Steinbaum Releases New Poetry Collection!

Dear friends,

I am at that exciting point where my new book, Container Gardening, is now a physical reality right there on my shelf. On my web site,, you can see a list of readings I'll be doing in the coming months. But I wanted to let you know about one I'll be doing next Friday night at Temple Israel in Boston in honor of Jewish Book Month.
The reading begins at 6:30, immediately after Shabbat services which start at 5:45. I'll be reading with my friend and fellow poet Edie Mueller, who also has a new book out. You can find more information, including directions, at It would be fun to see you there!
And meanwhile, here is a little more about Container Gardening.
With good wishes to you all,

Ellen Steinbaum

Friday, October 24, 2008

Bagel Bard Martha Boss releases "I AM AN OLD WOMAN"

(Painting by Martha Boss)

Martha Boss, well-regarded member of the Bagel Bards, and the very woman who painted the "Bagel Bard" mural, will be featured in the Oct 29, 2008 Lyrical Somerville column in The Somerville News, edited by Doug Holder. There will be a selection from her collection "I AM AN OLD WOMAN" Here is a selection from her book:


i am an old woman
watching cartoons.

the older i get
the funnier they are.

i am an old woman
in my second childhood,
more fun & funnier
than the first one

there's Clifford
the big red dog.
there's George,
curous George, the monkey.
there are
the revolting Teletubbies.
there are the Simpsons.
oh my,
they do keep me up
on current events.

as funny as cartoons,
are the poets
known as the Bagelbards.
they win
in all categories.

no two alike,
they can't possibly be serious

i love being
an old bard
watching them
every Saturday morning.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bagel Bard Miriam Levine to appear on NPR'S Writer's Almanac

( Miriam Levine)

Hello, Doug:

"Ocean Drive," from my book, The Dark Opens," will be featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac, 8:55 AM, Wednesday, October 22. WGBH, 89.7
The program is also available on the web.

Yours for Bagel Bards,

Bagel Bard Philip Burnham Jr. was also on Writer's Almanac in April, 2008.

Bagel Bards at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival Oct 10 to 12

Pictures by Mike Amado

( Mike Amado--far right/ other featured poets)

Revered Bard Timothy Gager at work

Tam Lin Neville and Bert Stern of Off the Grid Press

left (Michael Sullivan -Willaim Joiner Institute) Doug Holder-- cofounder of Bagel Bards.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Bagel Bards at the Mass. Poetry Festival, Lowell, Mass. Oct 11

( Photo by January O'Neil)

"Poet Mom"

Bagel Bards ( Left to Right) Jack Scully, Doug Holder, Mike Amado, and Gloria Mindock at the Small Press Fair at the Mass. Poetry Festival. Mindock's Cervena Barva Press and Holder's "Ibbetson Street Press" were represented at the fair.