Culture

‘Jack Kerouac Dreaming’ by Dan Sklar

The annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! literary festival is coming up, October 5-9. Here’s the schedule of events. My writing colleague from Somerville, Mass., Doug Holder, sent us this poem by his fellow faculty member at Endicott College, Dan Sklar, who teaches creative writing. Dan’s latest book, Flying Cats, Actually Swooping, was published…

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Lowell’s Summer Performances 1990

This past weekend’s inaugural Creaticity Festival on Market Street got me thinking about civic events in Lowell in the past. That got me digging into the archives where I found a schedule of performances in Lowell during the summer of 1990. Here they are: Mondays – Classic Car-Nite with the…

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What’s Wrong With This Picture Frame?

Why are reporters from the N.Y. Times and other media outlets using the term “left-wing” to describe people who oppose racists of all kinds, Nazis, anti-Semites, anti-LGBTQs, christian fascists, and other hate-mongers? Isn’t it the American way to denounce these forms of inhumanity? Isn’t the American creed about pursuing liberty,…

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New Poem by Tom Sexton

We have a new poem from Tom Sexton today, which he sent from his home in Alaska. In this new composition Tom recreates an extended moment in his Lowell youth, reflecting on a kind of confusion most of us have experienced. The details are just right in this self-portrait of…

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