Free Verse: Young, local poets are discovering the power of speaking their minds

Strolling along Market Street in downtown Lowell on a Tuesday evening, everything’s pretty quiet. As dusk fades colors to shades of gray, the only activity seems to emanate from a few bars with televisions flickering at empty stools. But amid an otherwise mundane weekday night, a standing-room-only crowd at Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus overflows onto the… Read More

Will Courtney
Michele Lea

From Marrs Road to Park Street: A Profile of Andover Artist Michele Bourgeau Lea

Can a small boutique in Andover provide the foundation for an artist/writer collaborative in the Merrimack Valley? If Michele Bourgeau Lea has her way, it will. Bourgeau Lea, a multimedia artist, poet and passionate believer in integrating the arts, has a vision to bring artists together to pool their creativity. Bourgeau Lea grew up one… Read More

Tara Masih

World of Wonder – The Past, Present & Future of Magic in the Valley

Magicians have long called the Merrimack Valley home. Lawrence Crane and Lowell natives Art Lyle and Louis Ackerman are three who mystified audiences well beyond the Valley beginning in the early 1900s. Crane grew up in Lowell after his family immigrated to America in 1885. Billed as the “Irish Wizard,” he is reported to have… Read More

Henri Marchand

An Afternoon with Andre Dubus III

He’s one of the country’s most notable and well-respected writers. Since his novel “House of Sand and Fog,” a National Book Award finalist, was featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in November 2000, and particularly since the 2003 film version of the book, starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly, was nominated for three Academy Awards,… Read More

Emilie-Noelle Provost
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