02/28/2015 1:00 pm
Game Over Or Game On: How Pro Athletes Leave Sports and Enjoy the Game of Life provides an account of how various pro athletes from the past several decades have made contributions in the fields of entertainment, business, politics, community service, coaching, management, and broadcasting upon retirement. After all, the stigma of pro athletes struggling financially and emotionally is not always applicable. Author David Ostrowsky focuses on the stories of athletes who have leveraged their resources, money, fame, and time for having a positive influence in their respective endeavors. Some of the athletes profiled include: David Robinson, Dikembe Mutombo, Steve Finley, Scott Brosius, Butch Hobson, Tony Amonte, Dontrelle Willis, Dolph Schayes, Ron Mix, Kevin Johnson, Warrick Dunn, Shawn Kemp, Mo Vaughn, and Kellen Winslow, among others.
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82 Needham St # 84
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Newton Highlands
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Massachusetts
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02461
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United States
03/15/2015 3:00 pm

This is the action-filled biography of Marvin E. Gilmore, Jr., an African-American musician-turned-businessman, the grandson of slaves, who rose from poverty to achieve the American dream. He's a decorated U.S. war hero who earned France's Legion of Honor and he has waged a life-long battle against racism and for jobs-creation. This book describes battles with armed segregationists, and making music with Hollywood stars. Gilmore has also played a key role in helping Boston outgrow its racial divisions.

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82 Needham St # 84
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Newton Highlands
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Massachusetts
Postal Code:
02461
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United States
03/18/2015 7:00 pm

We are pleased to have former City of Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish back here to host these four poets:

Ruby Poltorak is a Yiddish vocalist and Klezmer drummer and is in the concert ensemble of a 100-member Yiddish Chorus, which has performed at the Somerville Theatre and Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center. She teaches and translates Yiddish. Her poems have been published in Summer Home Review, were on display at Boston City Hall, and have been staged at the Shubert Theater and the Wang's Grand Lobby. She read for the 80th birthday celebration of Dennis Brutus (the African National Congress poet), and those poems reside in the Brutus Collection at Worcester State College.

Deborah Pfeiffer is currently working on A Week on the River, a book of poetry and prose inspired by Thoreau’s 1839 journey along the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. She has participated in the Writer’s Workshop at the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences, the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and the Boston Public Library Series. She has an MA in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Elizabeth Quinlan, author of Promise Supermarket (Ibbetson Street Press), is a poet and visual artist, and a graduate of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. She received an Honor in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts Boston and has been a member of the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences for sixteen years. She is presently working on a collection of poems based on the life of Maud Cuney-Hare (1874—1936) the eminent scholar of African American music—pianist, composer, biographer, playwright and community organizer in the arts.

Barbara Thomas, author of Seduced by Sighs of Trees (Cloudkeeper Press) currently teaches nature writing, and reviews books and journals. An English teacher in the Boston Public Schools for 35 years, Barbara is a graduate of Russell Sage College and Boston University. Her poetic research began at Joiner Center for War and Social Consequences where she is an active member, along with contributing to the Greek Institute and Glenbrook, an environmental writing group. She has poems published in Paterson Literary Review; Lalitamba; and Writing Nature.

Sam will be reading as well. Sam's events are always fun and well attended. Get here early!

Location: 
Street:
82 Needham St # 84
Additional:
City:
Newton Highlands
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Province:
Massachusetts
Postal Code:
02461
Country:
United States


 

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