Poetry News – September, 2017


Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of September 2017.
Poetry News is now published monthly. Please send events as you normally do to lori@thepoetrynews.com. The site will be updated regularly.
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Wishing you peace, safety and happiness for the beginning of fall!

Some Highlights of This Month in Western MA

Special Events:
Sept. 14-17 – Amherst Poetry Festival! Details at https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/amherstpoetryfestival
Sept. 23-24 – North Quabbin Garlic Festival Word Stage! Details at https://garlicandarts.org/entertainment-and-activities/spoken-word-stage/spoken-word-stage-schedule/

Northampton Area Events:
Tue. Sept. 5 – Writers Night Out featuring Ed Orzechowski. The Basement, 21 Center St (around back), Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Sept. 5 – Open Mic & feature, “The Deuce” WWII Club, Conz St. Northampton, 7pm.
Thu. Sept. 7 – His Twin Obsession: The Art of E.E. Cummings, opening reception – Hope & Feathers framing & printing, Amherst, 5-8pm.
Sat. Sept. 9 – Meat for Tea presents  Le Cirque de la Resistence. Sonelab, 142 Pleasant St. Easthampton, 7pm.
Sun. Sept. 10 – Straw Dog presents: Writers Read @The Inn at Norton Hill, Features Richard Todd, 10 Norton Hill Rd. Ashfield, 3pm
Tue. Sept. 12 – Open Mic & Feature, “The Deuce”, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. Sept. 12  – UNBUTTONED features TBA. Luthiers’ Coop, Easthampton, 7pm
Tue. Sept. 12 – Focus Locus, film shorts by L.D. Green (poetry) & Benjamin Bradley-Gilbert. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St. Northampton, 7pm
Thu. Sept. 14 – Book Launch Reading, translations by Michael Goldman. White Square Books, Easthampton, 7pm
Thu. Sept. 14 – Florence Poets Society meeting & poetry share, Lilly Library, Florence 6:30pm.
Sat. Sept. 16 – Dara Wier and other poets reading among E.E. Cummings’ artwork at Hope & Feathers Gallery (across from the Dickinson museum) Amherst, 5:30pm
Sat. Sept. 16 – Nature Poetry writing workshop w/ David K. Leff, Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, 9am – 1pm.
Sun. Sept. 17 – Kathy Fiveash & Rebecca Olander, Gallery of Readers Series, Seelye Hall 106, Smith College, Northampton, 4pm
Tue. Sept. 19 – Open Mic & feature, “The Deuce” WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. Sept. 19 – Greefield Word presents Gary Phillips,  9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7pm.
Wed. Sept. 20 – Poetry & Pizza, Hungry Ghost Bread, Gary Phillips, Northampton, 6:30pm
Tue. Sept. 26 – Jessica Jacobs & Nickole Brown, Smith Poetry Series, Smith Alumnae House conference hall, Northampton, 7:30pm
Tue. Sept. 26 – Open Mic & feature, “The Deuce”, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. Sept. 26 – Writers Read, Lee Library, Jonathan Baumbach & Stephen Campiglio, Lee Library, Lee, 5:30pm
Wed. Sept. 27 -Straw Dog Writer’s Showcase, Forbes Library, Northampton, 7pm
Wed. Sept. 27 -Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Center, Springfield, 7pm
Sat. Sept. 30 – Poetry and Music event at Park Hill Orchard, sponsored by Meat for Tea, part of 100,000 Poets, Artists & Musicians for Change. Easthampton, 5pm – 8pm




Wednesday Night Poetry & Pizza at Hungry Ghost Bread, Northampton – 6:30 to 8:00
Wed. Sept. 20th – Starts at 6:30, Gary Phillips will be one of the features on the 20th. In between there will be an open mic, one poem, under 3 minutes. If there are openings you get another poem, until we close out the night… so come order a pizza, enjoy the outdoor garden / performance space and celebrate the coming of fall!


Writers Read Monthly Reading Series
Tue. Sept. 26, 5:30pm
at the Lee Library
100 Main St. Lee, MAJonathan Baumbach is the author of 16 books of fiction including The Pavilion of Former Wives, Reruns, Dreams of Molly, My Father More or Less, A Man to Conjure With, and You or the Invention of Memory, 90 short stories, and two books of non-fiction. He Co-founded Fiction Collective (now FC2), the first writers cooperative in America, and has taught at Brooklyn College, Columbia U, Brown and Stanford UHe has written extensively on film and has been the Chair of the National Society of Film Critics, twice, and he was also a film critic for The Partisan Review. A collection of his film criticism, Shots in the Dark will be published. He has had cameos in several of his son, Noah’s movies, such as “The Squid and the Whale” and  “Greenberg.”Stephen Campiglio founded and directs the Mishi-maya-gat Spoken Word & Music Series (www.manchesterecc.edu/mmg) at Manchester Community College in CT, where he is a program coordinator in Continuing Education. His poems and translations have appeared in many journals, including The Evansville Review, Gradiva: International Journal of Italian Poetry, Italian Americana, Journal of Italian Translation, The Massachusetts Review, Miramar, Natural Bridge, Ping-Pong, Poetry Daily, Skidrow Penthouse, TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, and The Worcester Review. He won the 2014 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize for a poem by Italian writer, Giuseppe Bonaviri (1924-2009). The entire translation project has been assembled into a book-length manuscript, The Ringing Bones: Selected Poems of Giuseppe Bonaviri. Nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, Campiglio has published two chapbooks, Cross-Fluence (2012) and Verbal Clouds through Various Magritte Skies (2014).


Open Mic Night for Youth

Every last Wednesday of the month from 7-9 p.m. from September through April, youth ages 12-25 are invited to Ign!te the Mic, The Valley’s only open mic for youth by youth.

A safe and non-competitive space for youth to share poetry, spoken word, music, monologues, theatrical scenes, dance, visual art, puppertry, or whatever your imagination can conceive!

All languages welcome. Admission $5 (no one turned away for lack of funds) Come and experience the healing power of the arts!

Co-sponsored by Teatro V!da and the The Bing Arts Center
Every last Wednesday of the month from 7-9 p.m.
Performers sign up at 6:45 p.m.

Bing Arts Center
716 Sumner Avenue
Springfield, MA

In the Forest Park neighborhood: free on street parking
www.teatrovida.com            www.bingartscenter.org

Weekly Poetry Open Mic at The Deuce
Every Tuesday Night 8pm – 10pm
Open Mic Signup starts at 7pm.
World War II Club, Conz St. Northampton,MA
Please bring a 3-5 minute selection of your work to share
Fabulous website with featured poets

Our regular meeting this month is Thursday, September 14, 2017. Business at 6:30, poetry share at  7:00pm. Please consider joining the Florence Poets Society. Your $20 membership dues (Sept. – Aug.) support our annual journal, Silkworm, as well as public readings and events. We meet monthly at the Lilly Library in Florence on the 2nd Thurs. of each month, and all are welcome. Please visit our web site for more information: http://www.florencepoets.com or contact us atinfo@florencepoets.com.

Greenfield Word
9 Mill Street Greenfield
3rd Tuesday of the month
Doors open at 7:00
Reading starts at 7:30
There are 10 open mic slots of 5 minutes each
$1 to $5 sliding scale donation
Hope to see you there


Workshop with Doug Anderson


I’ve been writing since 1968, but every time I sit down to write I am a beginner. I face the blank sheet of paper. I face my own doubts. I forget every good thing I’ve ever written and my insecurities begin to rattle their cages. But when I actually start to write, the fear subsides. Joyce Carol Oates offers this wonderful description of her own process:

 “I’ve found this to be true: I have forced myself to begin writing when I’ve been utterly exhausted, when I’ve felt my soul as thin as a playing card, when nothing has seemed worth enduring for another five minutes…and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.”

Remembering a voice, the smell of honeysuckle, and we’re off. Or we find inside the writing of another writer the door to our own imagination. There are any number of ways to enter writing and give into its fluidity.

We hold language in our bodies. Films of children in their cribs listening to their parents talk show that the child is doing movements, a little dance if you will, in response to the words she’s hearing. Taking language into the body. It is this relationship of language and body that tells us what to do. Begin. Move the hand. Unlike talking, the body begins to give up its secrets in ways we didn’t expect. This revelation is where the writing is to be found. To quote Joe Orton in What the Butler Saw, “The body has a mind of its own.”

 In this workshop, we will do exactly that. I have a long catalogue prompts and techniques I’ve discovered in the process of my own writing, and I have plenty of experience of the vicissitudes of a writer’s life and how to survive it. I’m offering them here. Much of it has to do with getting out of our own way.

If you’re interested, email or call:


About the workshop leader:

Doug Anderson’s first book of poems, The Moon Reflected Fire, won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and his second, Blues for Unemployed Secret Police a grant from the Academy of American Poets. His memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties and a Journey of Self-Discovery, was published by W. W. Norton in 2009. His most recent book of poems isHorse Medicine, from Barrow Street. He has written criticism for the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe, and the London Times Literary Supplement. His play, Short Timers, was produced in New York City in 1980. He has taught in the MFA programs at Pacific University of Oregon and Bennington College, and creative writing and literature at Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts. He has won awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Massachusetts Cultural Council, Poets & Writers, The Virginia Quarterly Review and the MacDowell Colony. He has twice held a residency at Fort Juniper, the  former home of the poet Robert Francis, in Amherst, MA. He is at present working on a novel about the Vietnam War.


There’s a vibrant and active poetry community in the Albany area.
Go to http://www.albanypoets.com/ for schedules and events!


The Hangover Hour Poetry Salon
is every other Sunday afternoon, with a poet from the community reading the works of a poet from history. The open mic before the feature is a tight 5 minutes, for poems, stories or other spoken word propaganda. Spread the word nerd! The future is a drag, man!!! We start promptly at 5:00 p.m. every other Sunday, so come early, have a tasty beverage and be cool cats. 18+ Nicks (124 Millbury Street, Worcester)

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 themadcowboy@gmail.com or by phone at (508) 479 8311 .


CT has a wonderful and comprehensive newsletter online. Write toctpoetnews@yahoo.com to get the CT Poet newsletter in your email, or the CT Poetry Calendar is online at http://www.ctpoetrycalendar.com

If you want more events in the Boston area (and there are many more!) write to Dan Bouchard to get his poetry calendar in your email at bouchard@MIT.EDU
Cape Cod Poetry is under Barry Hellman’s Cape Cod Poetry Group on Facebook.


Poetry Slam
Every first and third Wednesday of the month. First, Poetry Slam, then is an open mic Equilibrium 14 Elm Street sign-up at 7:30 event is 8-10pmhttp://www.facebook.com/BrattleboroPoetry For a VT poetry events calendar go to: http://www.phayvanh.com/ For info on Brattleboro poetry and Write Action visit their website – http://www.writeaction.org Poetry readings at the Putney Library 55 Main Street, Putney VT (802) 387-4407


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