Poetry News – October, 2016


Here is your Poetry News for the month of October, 2016
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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Some Highlights of This Month in Western MA

Special Events:
Greenfield Annual Word Festival Oct. 18th -23rd! info: gawfest.org

Tue. Oct. 4 – Straw Dog Writers Night Out: Emily Arsenault & Open Mic, The Basement, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Oct. 4 – Robert Lashley & Open Mic, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. Oct. 4 – Gail Mazur, Paradise Room, Smith College Conference Ctr, Northampton, 7:30pm
Wed. Oct. 5 – Poetry open mic at Sam’s Pizza, Northampton, 7pm
Thu. Oct. 6 – Collected Poets Series: Jan Freeman, Blue Structure book release and Poets Seat contest finalists, Mocha Maya’s, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
Thu. Oct. 6 – Gail Thomas & Leslea Newman, White Square Books, Easthampton, 7pm
Thu. Oct. 6 – Amherst Arts Night: Howie Faerstein, Tommy Twilite, Gerald Yelle, Marian Kent at Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, 6pm INFO
Tue. Oct. 11 – TBA & Open Mic, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Thu. Oct. 13 – Deborah Gorlin & Amy Dryansky, at Eileen Fisher, 24 Pleasant St. Northampton, 6:30pm
Thu. Oct. 13 – PoetryMind poets:Joe Arak, Terry Carter, Jacqueline Gens, Kichung Lizee, Mill 180 Pond, Eastworks Bldg, Easthampton, 6pm
Thu. Oct. 13 – Florence Poets Society, Lilly Library, Florence, 6:30 business 7pm.poetry
Sun. Oct. 16 – Gallery of Readers: Michael Miller & Henry Lyman, Neilson Library, Smith, Northampton, 4pm
Tue. Oct. 18 – Sun. Oct 23 – Greenfield Annual Word Festival, Greenfield. Info here
Tue. Oct. 18 – TBA & Open Mic, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. Oct. 25 – TBA and Open Mic, The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. Oct. 25 – Writers Read: Jan Conn & Stephen Philbrick, Lee Library, Lee, 5:30pm
Sat. Oct. 29 – Write Angles writers conference, Mt. Holyoke College. registration info


Writers Night Out

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, 7pm-9pm
The Basement
21 Center Street, Northampton
Free admission
Open mike: put your name in the hat; reading begins at 7:15, followed by featured reader Emily Arsenault. Plus time to schmooze, make merry, find out what’s happening in the local writing world.


The Gallery of Readers Series presents
Michael Miller and Henry Lyman
reading from their recent work
Sunday, October 16, 4 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts
Refreshments will be served.

Since its inception in 1990, The Gallery of Readers has presented monthly readings September through May that showcase the work of local writers. All readings are free and open to the public. In addition to organizing this series, Robin Barber and Carol Edelstein lead the Vernon Street Writing Workshops. In 2010 they began the Gallery of Readers Press, a nonprofit literary publishing company.

For more information on other events in the series, and for more of our work, please visit http://www.galleryofreaders.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

Emily Dickinson International Society
(EDIS) presents: “Poetry Conversation”
Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA; in the Amherst Room, 2nd floor 1st Friday of each month — 2pm – 3:30pm 2nd Thursday of each month — 5:45pm – 7:15pm All who are interested in sharing thoughts and ideas in a group discussion based on selected poems/letters by Emily Dickinson are welcome.

The next business/sharing meeting is Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 at 6:30pm.
Poetry share at 7. 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.

For the summer season (starting now) Poetry à la Carte will air at a new time:
Mondays at 5 pm.
WMUA-Amherst (the student and community radio station of UMass-Amherst) can be listened to at 91.1 FM within range of the transmitter. WMUA is also streamed live at http://www.wmua.org/. The program, produced by Daisy Mathias, includes reading aloud from past and contemporary poets, and occasionally features live interview and poetry-reading with a local poet.


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


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

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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