Here is your Poetry News for the week of May 7, 2012.
Poetry events are coating everything like pollen in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.
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THIS WEEK in Western MA and Vicinity:
Fri. May 4- Occu-Poetry Northampton, go to website for info (see below)
Fri. May 4-Sat. May 5, Asnuntuck Community College’s Freshwater Poetry Festival (see below)
Sun. May 6 – Gallery of Readers presents Patricia Stacey & Rebecca Rice, Neilson Library, Smith, 4pm
Thu. May 10 – Florence Poets Society, Lilly Library, 6:30pm business, 7pm poetry share
Please scroll down for details and more events! This is just a sampling. There are many other poetry events in Western MA, Boston & Cape Cod, CT and beyond this week – Please scroll down!
FREE POETRY PROGRAMS AT THE CENTRAL LIBRARY
Led by award-winning local poet, María Luisa Arroyo
Springfield City Library presents a series of Saturday Poetry Workshops led by award-winning local poet, educator and teaching artist Maria Luisa Arroyo. Sessions will take place in the Central Library Community Room, 220 State Street in Springfield. June’s Poetry Reading will be held in the Library’s Rotunda. Sign up online: www.springfieldlibrary.org
Ekphrasis Poetry (poetry inspired by other art)
May 26 (changed from May 5), 1-3 pm
Back by popular demand, writers will get inspiration from pieces done by local visual artists! After a brief introduction, you’ll have the chance to write a draft of a new poem inspired by one or more of the pieces of art. Then we’ll share what we’ve written.
June 16, 1-3 pm
Join us for a family friendly, bilingual event (Spanish & English) for all ages. We’ll accept as many entries as we can accommodate in two hours. Please pre-register by calling (413) 263-6828 , x 213 or sign up on our website. Limit of two poems per reader.
Sign up in person by stopping into the Central Library or any branch library, by calling (413) 263-6828 x213, or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. Pre-registration via Event Keeper calendar is encouraged for all events, but is required for Poetry Reading on June 16.
Ms. Arroyo is the author of Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras (2008). She is a Puerto Rican poet, educator, and teaching artist who has facilitated numerous poetry workshops regionally and has performed in various parts of the country and in Puerto Rico.
POETRY IN THE VALLEY AND BEYOND
!!New Weekly Poetry Open Mic in Northampton!!
Every Tuesday Night 8pm – 10pm
Signup starts at 7pm
Upstairs at Hinge
48 Main St. Northampton, MA
(Notable perks at Hinge: right in downtown Northampton,
close to bus stops! All ages, beer and wine, and modestly priced meals)
Please bring a 3-5 minute selection of your work to share
Sunday Poetry at Esselon
a new monthly poetry reading and open mic event
Last Sunday of the Month!
at Esselon Cafe on Rte 9 in Hadley, MA., from 3:30 to 4:30PM Save the Date!
Here is the schedule through August 2012
May – Paul Richmond and Howie Faerstein
June – a selection of poets published in the upcoming Silkworm 6, the annual publication of Florence Poets Society
July – David Kherdian
August- Scott Summers
Area poets and writers are invited to share their work
at Occu-Poetry events in Northampton on Friday, May 4,
in Greenfield on Wednesday, May 9, and in Amherst on Friday, May 18.
Celebrating Earth Day and May Day, Occu-Poetry will include poetry, prose, and song
about war and peace, economic and social justice, environmental protection, racism,
human rights, and immigration. . . spoken words that speak truth to power, and empower
and inspire us.
Authors welcome to submit work by Friday April 27 (maximum of 10 minutes) for consider-
ation by a panel of local poets for the Northampton event. Deadline is Friday, May 4 for
the Greenfield and Amherst events. And please share this invite with other authors you know.
Sponsored by Pioneer Valley Climate Action. More info: John Berkowitz, PVCA Director
and Poet, 413-625-6374 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pioneervalleyclimateaction.org
The 13th Annual Freshwater Poetry Festival
at Asnuntuck Community College, 170 Elm St.,
Enfield, CT 06082 on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th,
will include workshops by
María Luisa Arroyo, Edwina Trentham, and other poets.
For more information aout the festival and workshop descriptions,
check out: http://www.acc.commnet.edu/freshwater.htm
The Gallery of Readers Series presents
“Messy Blue Nights”
a reading from the recent work of
Patricia Stacey and Rebecca Rice
Sunday, May 6, 4 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room
Refreshments will be served.
Patricia Stacey is the author of The Boy Who Loved Windows: Opening the Heart and Mind of a Child Threatened with Autism. She has also published articles in The Atlantic Monthly, O, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and journals. Pat will be reading from her memoir in progress, whose working title is Speechless.
Rebecca Rice is the author of A Time to Mourn: One Woman’s Journey through Widowhood. She has published articles and essays in The New York Times, Redbook, and Cosmopolitan. She works as the Accreditation Coordinator for The Hartsbrook School. Becky will be reading selections from her blog, “The Blue Hours of Middle Life,” as well as selected poems.
The Gallery of Readers series, which began in 1990, takes its name from its first location, in Northampton’s Forbes Library art gallery. The readers in the series are participants in Robin Barber and Carol Edelstein’s Vernon Street Writing Workshops. This year, Carol and Robin have launched the Gallery of Readers Press, a new nonprofit venture intended to provide workshop participants with an opportunity to publish their work.
For more information on other events in the series, and for more of our work, please visit http://www.galleryofreaders.org/.
POETRY WORKSHOP at The Yellow House, Palmer
This workshop will focus on writing better poetry by learning techniques for revising, refining and deepening your poems. Participants should bring at least one good poem they have written. The workshop will be a shared experience as we experiment with the elements that make great poems.
Instructor: Maureen Solomon
Dates: Mondays, April 30, May 7, 14 and 21, 2012, 4 classes, 6-8pm
Fee: Members: $80 Non-members: $95
POETRY GROUP SEEKS NEW MEMBERS
A poetry writing group that meets every other Sunday in Northampton is looking for a couple of new members. If you are serious about poetry, if you can give and receive frank and honest criticism, if you want to grow as a poet, we’d like to hear from you. Please send three sample poems in the body of an e-mail (attachments will not be opened) along with a statement about what you’d like to get from the group and what you have to offer to: PoetsNoho@gmail.com. No inquiry will go unanswered.
Haiku Group Invites New Members
The Haiku Poets’ Society of Western Massachusetts,
now entering its 20th anniversary year, is opening its
doors to new members. The group meets from 1 to 3 pm
on the second Saturday of every month at the Senior Center,
Middle Street in Hadley. Contact Patricia for more info
@ 413-525-6766 , or email@example.com
FLORENCE POETS SOCIETY
The next business/sharing meeting is Thursday, May 10, 2012 6:30pm
ALL POETS OF ALL TYPES AND AGES are welcome, bring one of your original works to share,
(12 to 15 copies will usually be enough for all to share) The meeting is held at Lilly Library community room and begins at 6:30 PM. Poetry presentation and discussion begins at 7PM
PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING AS A MEMBER OF FLORENCE POETS SOCIETY.
THE FEE IS $20.00 FOR THE YEAR FROM SEPTEMBER TO AUGUST. Your membership supports our Fall festival, SILKWORM our annual journal, (these first two items also are supported in part by the Northampton Arts Council via a grant) our website http://www.florencepoetssociety.net/,, our po box, the annual contest, the JAN SLAM, our spring art gallery reading. and our summer reading at William Cullen Bryant homestead.
For more information: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our new web page at http://www.florencepoetssociety.net
Listen to “Twilite’s Poetry Pub”
Enjoy the “Pub” with Carl and Tom every Tuesday night, 8pm on Valley Free Radio, WXOJ 103.3 fm, Northampton and now with improved streaming at http://www.valleyfreeradio.org/ !!!
Poetry to the people! WXOJ-FM LP 103.3 and streaming at http://www.valleyfreeradio.org/. Bringing to you a variety of interesting poetry and music!
All events are free and open to the public except as noted For more information, Call Tom at (413) 584-5914 or email at: email@example.com or: FPOETS@localnet.com or visit: http://www.florencepoetssociety.org/
POETRY A LA CARTE RADIO SHOW
on WMUA-Amherst 91.1 FM
Mondays from 6:00 to 6:30pm
WMUA is ably run by students, and the Programmer, who has the unenviable job of arranging a continuous, live, on-air series of shows, 24 hours a day, is hard-pressed to get coverage when the UMass students are on vacation. (DJs are usually about half students and half community members). Hence the change in schedule.
Streamed live at http://www.wmua.org/.
The program, hosted by Daisy Mathias, includes reading aloud from past and contemporary poets, and occasionally features live interview and poetry-reading with a local poet.
Poetry at the Leverett Library
6:30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, Poetry reading at the Leverett Library. 75 Montague Rd. Leverett, MA. Area poets are invited to read. For more information contact Petriana at 413. 549.9336 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
WOVEN WORD SUMMER CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS
FOR MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL AGED WRITERS
It is the 5th year of the Woven Word Summer Creative Writing Workshops for Middle and High School Aged Writers, days of writing which begin in the morning at our Hadley home and move at lunch to our houseboat on the Connecticut River. Summer is a perfect time for settling in with a good group, a notebook (or two), and some fly away writing prompts. Especially in a houseboat on the river!
Woven Word Summer offers two sessions: Session I, July 16-20, 9-4, and July II, July 30-August 3, 9-4. The cost is $250 per session. Woven Word workshops are run by Lynn Bowmaster who has 12 years experience in leading creative writing workshops for young writers grades ages 8-20.
To learn more about the program visit the website: wovenwordyoungwriters.weebly.com. You will see lots of pictures, comments from writers and parents, writing samples and registration information. You can also contact Lynn directly at 413-584-3373, or Lrbowmaster@gmail.com.
GREENFIELD, SHELBURNE FALLS AND NORTH
Northfield Open Mic
You are invited to an evening of poetry at Northfield Coffee and Books.
Northfield Coffee and Books is at 105 Main St., Northfield, MA.
The series will take place on the third Thursday of every month, and is
by Bernardston poet and track & field coach Jim Bell. Arrive a little early to sign up.
Greenfield Word Always the Third Tuesday
9 Mill St
Doors open at 7:00 and the first reader is at 7:30.
There are 10 – 5 minutes open mic slots
Two featured readers.
$1 to $5 sliding scale donation
Also at the end of the month (last Monday)
All Small Caps at the Deja Brew in Wendell
Doors open at 7:00 and the first reader is at 7:30.
There are 10 – 5 minutes open mic slots
Two featured readers
$1 to $5 sliding scale donation
For anyone interested in being a featured reader
Contact me email@example.com
Openings in Feb at both events and through out the year
ARMS LIBRARY READING
Third Friday Prose and Poetry Readings. 7 p.m. at The Arms Library,
of Main and Bridge Streets, Shelburne Falls, Mass. 413-625-0306 .
Held in the upstairs Reading Room, readers should arrive a couple of
minutes early to sign up for a reading slot, and then have five minutes
to share their work. The building is accessible by entering at lower level
and taking the elevator upstairs.
WORD IN THE BERKSHIRES
Jerry’s Place Poetry
There will be 2–one hour poetry programs starting at 2:00 pm at the
Pittsfield Community television station on Federico Drive, Pittsfield
Mass. A Jerry’s Place production.This is an ongoing reading every third Thursday.
Pittsfield’s Monthly Performance Series and Open Mic
– Outspoken! hosted by Matt Mcfadden, is held the 3rd Thursday of every month.
– Micro Theater (311 North St. in Pittsfield, Greylock Bldg. upstairs among the ArtOnNo studios –
Up the block from Jae’s Spice – Entrance to theater is around the corner on Union St. thru Orange door,
right next door to Mary’s Carrot Cake.
– 8 pm ($5 suggested donation)
– Interested open mic performers can sign up for 5 minute slot by
e-mailing matt at firstname.lastname@example.org
– Those needing more information can e-mail the same address
Power of Words, Open Mic
Third Tuesdays 7pm to 8:30 pm Hosted by Garfield Reed.
This is an open opportunity to share poetry, readings, music and other spoken word.
Free and open to the public at Berkshire South Regional Community Center
Crissey Rd.,Great Barrington, MA Every third Tuesday of the month.
Please call Garfield at 528 4127 for more information.
In Words, Out Words in Housatonic
In Housatonic, MA there is an open mic for poets and performers of all styles and ages.
1st Tuesday of each month at the Deb Koffman Gallery 137 Front Street, Housatonic, MA 01236. “In Words, Out Words.” is hosted by John Meeks and there is usually a $7 suggested donation for heat and electricity. There are snacks there provided by whoever wants to bring them. The open mic begins at 7 and the featured performer goes on for about 20 minutes. It usually lasts until between 9 and 9:30.
Zeitgeist Gallery Pittsfield
Monday Poetry Nights 6 to10pm 648 North Street in Pittsfield call Alan Nidle, the Director at (857) 991-8448 for details
WORD IN WORCESTER AREA
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (sometimes later)
@ The Coffee Loft
406 Lincoln Street
Poetry, verse, and short stories are are welcome at this very friendly, informal open reading. Now booking for features to start in March. Please contact Jarad at CoffeeLoftBooking@gmail.com for more info or to become a featured poet.
The Little “a” Poetry Series
Every Thursday night at 7pm, with an open mic preceding the feature. It is free and all ages, and will be held at The Strange Attractor, 97D Webster St, Worcester MA. Hosted by “Cowboy” Matt Hopewell, who also does the booking and can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at (508) 479 8311 .
More to follow as August and September dates are confirmed!
The d’Alzon Arts Series: Poetry Reading
takes place at Assumption College (500 Salisbury Street, Worcester) in the Emmanuel d’Alzon Library on the third Friday of each month during the academic year. The format is an open mic for the first half-hour or so, a short break with refreshments and then 2 featured poets.. The reading starts at 7:00 p.m. and typically runs for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Readings run throughout the school year.
THE POETS ASYLUM
Sunday, May 6:
We’re celebrating Spring, The Revolution and all things warm with an open mic AND a feature by Ryan McLellan. Ryan McLellan is a Buffler fellow, teacher, nationally-touring poet and singer/songwriter from Waltham, Massachusetts. The author of four collections of poetry and the spoken word album, Last-Second Changes to the Set List, since graduating from Plymouth State University in 2006 his work has appeared in over 40 publications. He is a three-time recipient of the Esther Buffler Poetry-In-Schools Fellowship and a member of the touring group Uncomfortable Laughter. He and runs the Poetry-On-Tap weekly reading at Mama’s Crowbar in Portland, ME. His first full-length collection, Plenty of Blood to Spare will be released by Sargent Press in April 2012. He currently resides in Portland, Maine and teaches in Dover, New Hampshire.
Doors at 6:30p, show at 7p, free and all ages. Donations accepted. Snacks! We’ll be at the WCUW Frontroom (910 Main Street, Worcester) – can’t wait to see you there!
The Dirty Gerund
The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show will be held every Monday night starting at 8:30 p.m. The reading is being held at Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner (148 Grove Street, Worcester) and is hosted by Rushelle Frazier. There will be an open mic every week with a mix of poetry slams and featured poets. No cover; donations accepted. 21+ Please join us at our new home,
Since CT has a wonderful and comprehensive newsletter online, I have decided to cut the CT Poetry section from Poetry News and only post special events that occur one time only. Write to Terri Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the CT Poet newsletter in your email.
The CT Poetry Calendar is online at http://poetz.com/connecticut
BOSTON/CAPE COD POETRY
The Blacksmith House Poetry Series
What: Inspiring readings by authors of poetry and fiction
Where: The Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge , MA
When: 8:00 pm Cost: $3
Phone: 617-547-6789 x333
The Cambridge Center for Adult Education to host the following poetry readings:
Franz Wright, whose recent books includeKindertotenwald andWheeling Motel, reads with Geoffrey Brock, author of the poetry collectionWeighing Light and editor ofThe FSG Book of 20th-century Italian Poetry.
Stanley Plumly reads from his new poetry collection,Orphan Hours, with Jane Shore, author of That Said.
Poetry Series at the Brockton Library
Sat. April 21st Features: Leslie Jenike & Tomas O’Leary
304 Main Street. Our website www.gbspa.org
Our workshops and venue are free, the seats comfortable, the refreshments delicious.
1:00 – 2:00 Prose Workshop (critique & discussion)
2:30 – 4:30 Memoir Workshop
12:00 – 2:00 Poetry Workshop
1:30 – 2:00 Sign up for Open-Mic Reading
2:15 – 3:15 Open-Mic Reading
3:30 – 4:30 Feature Poets
During Open-Mic Reading share your own poetry or read from works of your favorite poets
Every Wednesday Night at 8, Featured Poet, Poetry Slam!
738 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA
• Wednesday, May 9
Yes! Patricia Smith— that’s the co-founder of the Boston Poetry Slam, a four-time national individual slam champion, and a 2008 National Book Award finalist— is returning to the scene for a special feature opportunity. She’ll be riding high on the latest work for her new book, a collection of poems about growing up under the influence of Motown. No poetry slam scheduled for tonight. No poetry slam tonight. • Wednesday, May 16 In 2011, rising star Franny Choi was a finalist at two of the most prestigious poetry slams in the country: the National Poetry Slam and the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her poetry explores the collisions of identities, the volatile nature of language, and the haunting relationship between an artist’s body and her body of work. Open poetry slam in the 8×8 series.
Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam Sunday Night!
Cambridge Common 1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
$5 Cover Every Sunday Poetry Slam: 8:00 pm, Feature: 9:30 pm, Open Mike: 10:30 pm
Stone Soup Poetry
meets from 8-10 pm. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art
Gallery at 106 Prospect Street in Cambridge with an open mic sign-up at 7:30
p.m. A featured poet follows the open mic.
For links to the feature’s work, information on future features and more, visit
the Stone Soup Web site: http://stonesouppoetry.blogspot.com
Calliope—Poetry Readings at West Falmouth Library
Calliope – a community of poets
Saturday, April 22, 3 to 5 PM. Open mike sign-up, 2:45 PM.
Featuring:Lorna Knowles Blake, Valerie Lawson, Dick Lourie
Directions: From Bourne Bridge. Rt. 28 south to Thomas Landers Road exit, right off ramp to Rt. 28A south (left), about 1 1/2 miles. Just past Old Dock Rd., on right, West Falmouth Library is on the left, with parking. From Woods Hole. Woods Hole Rd. to Palmer Ave. to Rt. 28 north to Brick Kiln Rd. exit, left off the ramp to Rt. 28A (stop sign). Take a right, and go less than I mile. West Falmouth Library is on the right, with parking (before the library, across from the Quaker Meeting House).
$5 donation requested. Refreshments.
Visit our website: calliopepoetryseries for Calliope’s complete schedule.
Email: email@example.com or 508-566-1090 for information
Last Thursday Open Mic at The Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main St., S. Yarmouth, MA co-hosts Joe Gouveia and Barry Hellman:
The last Thursday of every month, 7pm. Open mic and featured poet..
Bring your own refreshments.
Arrive early to sign up for open mic. For updated info on this and other
Cape activities go to:
Lowell Poetry Slam and Open Mic
Every FIRST Thursday at Brew’d Awakening! Only poets can compete in the slam
and win the prize… but the mic is open to musical performers as well.
Whether you come to perform, compete or just enjoy some coffee and great local talent,
don’t miss this event! 7:00pm – 9:30 pm *Sign-up between 6:30-7:00*
The event is free and open to the public—so come on down for an evening of good
company and some terrific regional voices!
Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus, 61 Market Street, Lowell, MA 978-454-BREW
For more info, please email CIntern2@lowellma.gov
meets @ the Out Of The Blue Art Gallery, 106 PROSPECT ST. (the home of Stone Soup) CENTRAL SQUARE, CAMBRIDGE. SIGN-UP AT 8:00pm OPEN MIC STARTS @ 8:15pm,
FEATURE @ 9:00pm Come and perform or listen!
Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam Sunday Night!
Cambridge Common 1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge $5 Cover Every Sunday Poetry Slam: 8:00 pm,
Feature: 9:30 pm, Open Mike: 10:30 pm 617-547-0759 http://poetryjam.org/
Newton Free Library Poetry Reading Series
The series meets the second Tuesday of every month open mic after features. Starts 7PM For complete information go to http://newtonfreelibrarypoetryseries.blogspot.com/ Director: Doug Holder http://authorsden.com/douglasholder
Cambridge Community Television
Tuesdays at 11:00 PM Saturdays at 10:30PM Catch the latest from the Boston Poetry Slam I
LETRA Poetry Nights
in LAWRENCE MASS Every TUESDAY at Julio’s 99 Club 99 Essex Street Lawrence, MA
Doors open at 7pm open mic starts at 8pm Admission $3.00 For more information or for directions please call
Michelle Richardson at 978-423-7045
For a VT poetry events calendar go to: http://www.phayvanh.com/
For info on Brattleboro poetry and Write Action visit their website – www.writeaction.org
Poetry readings at the Putney Library
55 Main Street, Putney VT (802) 387-4407
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