The EC blog recently sat down with Doug Holder, an adjunct writing professor at Endicott and founder of the local Boston literary blog Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene. Doug helps us introduce his first student contributor to the blog, Jason Roberts:
I have taught ENG 101 and Creative Writing 108 for a couple of years now at Endicott College. I also have set up an office for the Ibbetson Street Press, a literary journal, and small publishing house at the college. In that capacity I am always looking to involve Creative Writing students and others in the larger literary community. The literary blog Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene, which I founded 7 years ago, is widely read by the Boston area literary community and beyond. It consists of interviews with writers, book reviews, and more. Our first reviewer in a new student series is Creative Writing major Jason Roberts, who was in my Eng 101 class this semester (Spring 2011). Jason told me he never has written a book review. I showed him sample book reviews on the site, and when he was ready we gave him a poetry journal to read. We worked on several drafts before it was posted; Jason now knows the basics of writing reviews and probably has his first publishing credit. I plan to work with students next semester and enlist them in the role of book reviewers, which will help make writing vital and exciting. I hope when people search online they will come across a collegiate cadre of Endicott writers.
We’d like to congratulate Jason on being the first student in this series! Click here for Jason’s full review of “Popt Art Portraits. Popt Art Vol 1 Spring 2011,” on the Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene.
In similar news, we would also like to congratulate Creative Writing student Katie Clarke, who interviewed Pulitzer Prize winning Poet Maxine Kumin and whose essay will be featured in the next issue of the literary journal Ibbetson Street.