Doug Holder, Adjunct Faculty
School of Arts & Sciences

Phone: 978-998-7785
Office Location: Samuel C. Wax Academic Center
Office Number: 211A


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Doug Holder: Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae
Doug Holder
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.


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. Internship Program/College Writing Seminar/Creative Writing

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 – 2009
Counselor and Poetry Workshop Leader, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA



Poems from the Left Bank: Somerville, Mass. (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 my interviews with contemporary poets and writers, both audio and video, are housed at Buffalo University, Harvard University and Poet’s House (NYC) libraries. 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, Eve Bridburg (Founder of Grub St.) Chris Castellani, 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,
 Perry Glasser ( Riverton Noir),  Ed Hamilton ( Legends of the Chelsea Hotel)

PUBLICATION CREDITS – Poetry & Prose (Partial list.)

The Boston Globe Magazine, The Boston Globe, Aurorean, 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 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)

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. 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


 Lummox: Favorite Poems.  (Lummox Press)  Holder is the Boston editor and a contributor 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.

Fresh Grass: 32 Independent Poets (Presa Press) (2010)

City Lights. Brockton Poetry Society Brockton, Mass. (2009)

Best of the Boston Literary Magazine (2009)

Wilderness House Literary Review Anthology (ISCS) Press, 2007

Inside the Outside. An Anthology of American Avant-Garde Poets. (Presa Press) 2006

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. (1-5) Anthology. (Ibbetson Street Press) 2006, 2007, 2008.

Chaos Theory (Scars Publications) 2005.

City of Poets: 18 Boston Voices. Contributing editor. (Singing Bone Press, 2000)


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. r. 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)

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

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.

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Nominated for Pushcart Prize.     (By select members of the board of contributing editors) Feb 2013.
( Also nominated for the Pushcart Prize in previous years by the Cervena BarvaPress  and sunnyoutside )

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

Published uder 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.

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)

Nominated for three Pushcart Awards.

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 a decade.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)

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) 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

Campus Involvement


Taught a poetry mini-course.  " It Could Be Verse" that concerned publishing poetry and an actual workshop of students poems.


Guest speaker at the "Spoken Bird" poetry group on campus.

Biographical Profile

Doug Holder is the founder of the Ibbetson Street Press. His work, both poetry and prose have appeared in Rattle, the new renaissance, The Endicott Review, Main St. Rag, Harvard Mosiac, The Boston Globe, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Toronto Review, Main St. Rag, The Long Isaland Quarterly, and many others. He is the director of the Newton Free Library Poetry Series in Newton, Mass, the arts editor of The Somerville News, and the co-founder of The Somerville News Writers Festival. ( 2003.) His taped interviews with poets and writers are archived at Harvard University, Poet's House, and the University of Buffalo. He holds an M.A. in literature from Harvard University. He teaches writing at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and the Greater Jewish Community Centers of Boston.



Started a small press collection at the Halle Library.


Directs the Visiting Author Series at Endicott College--guests have or will include Sam Cornish (First Boston Poet Laureate), Luke Salisbury (" The Answer is Baseball,"), Miriam Levine, Bert Sten (" Steerage"), Tom Daley, (" Every Broom and Bridget") Vivian Shipley (Editor of the Connecticut Review), Mark Pawlak ( Hanging Loose Press), and  Gary Metras (Adastra Press).


Published students reviews and poems in the literary magazine "Ibbetson Street," "Boston Small Press and Poetry Scene,"  LYRICAL SOMERVILLE/THE SOMERVILLE NEWS and elsewhere...