EARFULL • TUES • DEC 5, 2023 - THE BURREN
John Fulton is the author of four books of fiction: The Flounder and Other Stories, which was a Poets & Writers Page One New and Noteworthy Book selection; The Animal Girl, which was long-listed for the Story Prize; Retribution, which won the Southern Review Fiction Prize; and the novel More Than Enough, a Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers selection. His short fiction has been awarded the Pushcart Prize, cited twice for distinction in The Best American Short Stories, and been published in Zoetrope, The Sun, Ploughshares, and The Missouri Review, among other venues. He lives with his family in Boston, where he directs the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
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High Tea, the indie folk-rock duo hailing from Massachusetts, is a concoction of sweepingly soulful harmonies, guitar riffs to knock your socks off, and a refreshing blend of old blues and new rock. Isabella DeHerdt and Isaac Eliot come together to fill spaces with homegrown storytelling and Lumineers-esque vocals. Their songs are ripe with Americana heartbreak, and tell tales of growing up, going wild, and always coming back to the ones you love. Just out with their new EP, Scuba Diving, their previous releases, Old Cowboy and The Wick And The Flame, were featured on many playlists, radio shows, and in publications like The Boston Globe. High Tea was also chosen as one of WBUR’s top 4 Massachusetts Tiny Desk entries of 2022.
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Helen Elaine Lee is the author of three novels, including The Serpent’s Gift, and Water Marked. Her new novel, Pomegranate, is about a woman who is getting out of prison and striving to stay clean, repair her relationships with her kids, and choose life. Helen was on the board of PEN New England for 10 years, serving on its Freedom to Write Committee and volunteering with its Prison Creative Writing Program, which she helped to start. Her stories and articles about people who are incarcerated have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Callaloo, Hanging Loose, Best African American Fiction 2009, Solstice Literary Magazine, and The NYT Book Review. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Helen is Professor of Comparative Media Studies/Writing at MIT.
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With a catalog that ranges from pop effervescence to alt-country grit—with plenty of rock in between—Magen Tracy & the Missed Connections are a Boston-area favorite known for catchy melodies, sharp lyrics, and great live shows. Led by songwriter Tracy, a three-time Boston Music Award nominee, the band’s piano-driven songs, tight harmonies, and feminist edge take inspiration from acts like Jenny Lewis, Brandi Carlile, and Fleetwood Mac—all backed by a top-notch band that includes Stud Green on violin and guitar, Tamora Gooding on drums, Mike Oram on guitar, and Sam Spencer on bass. Tracy (keys, guitar) has also played in other notable acts, including Band of Their Own, Kay Hanley, Juliana Hatfield, and Lifestyle.
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