Anti-Immigrant Hysteria: Then and Now

The black-and-white photo below pictures a moment in theĀ  round-up of immigrants in America 100 years ago. The suspicious ‘outsiders’ are white-skinned people from southern and eastern Europe — Italians, Jews, Poles, Russians, Greeks, Serbs, Ukrainians, Lithuanians. The mass round-up … Continue reading →

From “Trump the Musical” — New Poems Online

I have four new poems online this month on Verse-Virtual.com, the online poetry journal for which I serve as contributing editor, including a political parody entitled “From ‘Trump the Musical.’” Here’s how the poem begins: From “Trump the Musical” I’m … Continue reading →

Build a Wall? Lessons From 1920

If you wanted to build a wall a hundred years ago, it would have had to be on the Atlantic. I’ll be speaking on my novel “Suosso’s Lane” at Duxbury Library on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m., my first opportunity … Continue reading →

Sacco and Vanzetti in a Time of Trump

It’s a New Year. I hope 2017 is not the year in which we say goodbye to the two century-plus long experiment in American democracy. Or, equally as worrying, the beginning of a political breakdown that will lead to social … Continue reading →

My Post-Election Poems Published Online

The December issue of Verse-Virtual.com, the online poetry journal, published four of my poems in response an election that I can only describe — using the mildest term I can think of — as disappointing. Here’s an excerpt from my … Continue reading →

I’ll be speaking on ‘Suosso’s Lane’ at Cohasset library on July 23

I’ll be speaking on my novel “Suosso’s Lane” and reading a few excerpts at the Paul Pratt Memorial Library in Cohasset, MA, next Saturday, July 23. With terrorist attacks, attempted coups, and right-wing targeting of immigrant groups, 2016 is growing … Continue reading →