BOOKS

Poets in western Massachusetts contributed to the book "Compass Roads." Clockwise from top left, Forrest Proper, Marian Kent, editor Jane Yolen, and Diana Gordon.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

I stood in a field of dirt beside the Connecticut River on a very cold but sunny day, considering what about this setting might inspire a person to write poetry.

Considered the most definitive picture of Rocky fighting, this image depicts Roland LaStarza vs. Rocky at Madison Square Garden on September 24, 1953. The knockout blow, captured in the 11th round, shows the force of a Rocky punch.
Stonehill College Archives and Historical Collections: Stanley A. Bauman Photograph Collection

Seventy-two years ago this St. Patrick's Day, Rocky Marciano — one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time — came to fight in Holyoke, Massachusetts. It was a turning point in his life.

Writer Grace Lin recommends some multicultural kids' books families might enjoy this winter season.
NEPR

It's that time of year again: when we turn to author and illustrator Grace Lin for her list of the year's best children's books. 

A view from Mt. Greylock in western Massachusetts.
Charlie Kellogg / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/papa_charliegeorge

Standing on top of Mt. Holyoke, I can see Mt. Greylock to the west, and Mt. Monadnock to the north.

Kelly Link of Northampton, Massachusetts, is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Among the 2018 MacArthur Foundation award recipients is Kelly Link, a fiction writer and small publisher from Northampton, Massachusetts.

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