Poetry News June 16, 2014

***POETRY NEWS***

Here is your Poetry News for the week of June 16,  2014
Scroll down to see or link to more poetry in Worcester, the Berkshires, Boston, Vermont and other areas.
Some calls for poetry contests are also below!
To receive Poetry News in your email or to request posting of events write to lori@thepoetrynews.com
This Week in Western MA
Sat. June 14 – Straw Dog Writers Guild Poets at Smith Poetry Center, Wright Hall, Smith College, 4pm
Tue. June 17 – 2014 Cantab Slam Team and open mic at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm


POETRY IN THE VALLEY AND BEYOND:

Summer Solstice Poetry Reading
Celebration of Amherst’s Poetic Heritage and Life
Doug Anderson, Jessamyn Smyth, Carolyn Tacey, Mike Veve, Ron Welburn
Sunday, June 22, 7pm
On the hillside behind the Amherst Regional Middle School
Chestnut Street, Amherst

2014 JUNIPER INSTITUTE READING SERIES
SUNDAY 6/22: NOY HOLLAND & JAMES TATE
MONDAY 6/23: EVIE SHOCKLEY & LENI ZUMAS
TUESDAY 6/24: THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS & MARY CAPONEGRO
WEDNESDAY 6/25: PAUL LISICKY, SABINA MURRAY, & ARISA WHITE
THURSDAY 6/26: PETER GIZZI & LEIGH NEWMAN
FRIDAY 6/27: TIMOTHY DONNELLY, RON HANSEN, & DOROTHEA LASKY
SATURDAY 6/28: DARA WIER & JOY WILLIAMS
Readings begin at 7:30 PM
In the INTEGRATED SCIENCES BUILDING, Room 135
UMass Amherst

Amherst Live is open for submissions until August 15
for its no-fee, cash-award poetry prize.
The contest is open to Western Massachusetts poets only
(Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties). Prizes of $150 and $200
will be awarded to the two finalists, with publication on the Amherst Live
website and the poems recited in front of an audience of 300-plus. Previously
unpublished poems only. Read the details here:
http://amherstlive.com/poetry-prize/
and read the finalists’ poems from winter 2014 here:
http://amherstlive.com/poetry-prize/winter-2014/

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
Upcoming Featured Poets:
6/17 – Cantab Slam Team
6/24 – Slam Free or Die
7/1 – Brendan Constantine
Please bring a 3-5 minute selection of your work to share
Fabulous website with featured poets http://www.northamptonpoetry.com/

The Gallery of Readers Series presents
Lou Ratté and Andrea Jontos
reading from their recent work
Sunday, June 29, 2014, 3 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College, Northampton
Refreshments will be served. 

Springfield MA Poetry Slam!
All Slams are on Saturdays and Start at 1pm on Time and end at 3pm.
The Slams are happening at the different Branches to represent the diversity, creativity, and cultural wealth of our city.

Upcoming Slams:
June 28th First Poetry Slam! Central Library Community Room.
July 26th Mason Square Community Room.
August 9 Forest Park Community.
August 23 Central Library Community Room
The winner will be on the Poetry Slam team, their video will be featured on the Springfield, Ma library page.
Let’s get it! For more information on the poetry slam please go to the following link.
https://www.facebook.com/notes/springfield-ma-poetryslam-team/overview-of-the-springfield-ma-poetry-slam-team/617330988358155
Terry S. Johnson, Book Launch
for a collection of poems entitled “Coalescence”
Sunday, June 29th at 4:00 p.m.
Amherst Books, 8 Main Street, Amherst, Ma.
Check her website at www.terrysjohnsonpoet.com
Terry S. Johnson as featured reader
Thursday, July 10th at 7:00 p.m.
at “Unbuttoned” Luthier’s,
Easthampton

The Forbes poetry discussion series 

Our winter/spring semester will have a variety of poets under discussion
through May, led by several different discussion leaders.
Several of the evenings are timed to precede a reading by that poet in the area
(including Jean Valentine and W.S. Merwin).
As always, we’ll meet at 7 pm in the Calvin Coolidge Museum
on the second floor of the Forbes Library.
Fiction Writing Group at East Forest Park Library
122 Island Pond Road (Next to Rite Aid in the plaza)
Springfield
First Wednesday of Each Month
Time: 6:00 pm
Contact: Theresa Boulrice (413) 263-6836)
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.
FLORENCE POETS SOCIETY

The next business/sharing meeting is Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 6:30pm.
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 at info@florencepoets.com.

 

POETRY A LA CARTE RADIO SHOW
on WMUA-Amherst 91.1 FM Wednesdays at 5:00pm (Note change of day and time!)
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.
GREENFIELD, SHELBURNE FALLS AND NORTH


Greenfield Word

Always the Third Tuesday
At 9 Mill St in Greenfield
Doors open at 7:00
Open Mike at 7:30
$1-5 sliding scale cover
10 open mike slots each will be five minute slots
Greenfield Annual Word Festival 2014
Has now set the dates: Thursday October 23rd to Sunday October 26th
Put it on your calendar! More info soon.
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 hosted by Bernardston poet and track and field coach Jim Bell.
Arrive a little early to sign up.
All Small Caps at the Deja Brew in Wendell
Fourth Monday of the Month
Terry S. Johnson and Gail Thomas Monday July 28th
Doors open at 7:00 – Open Mic starts at 7:30,
look forward to seeing you there.

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 paul@humanerrorpublishing.com

WORD IN THE BERKSHIRES

WRITERS READ

The Good Purpose Gallery
Thursday, June 26, 5:30pm
Shira Dentz and Jessica Treat
40 Main St #1  Lee, MA
A monthly series of established poets and writers reading from their works.
Each fourth Friday $3 Suggested donation to support the gallery and the poets
David Giannini, coordinator davidgpoet@gmail.com.
Rambling Poets Presents Poetry Slam @ Parlor Cafe
Every third Thursday of the month
The Parlor Cafe 303 Ashland St  North Adams, MA
$2-5 Suggested Donation – Bartering Welcomed.
We are a 14 poet, 3 round slam, with cash and prizes awarded to
all poets who sign up.
Sign ups start at 7pm
Poets meeting at 7:45
Event starts promptly at 8pm
www.facebook.com/RAMBLINGPOETS

www.theparlorcafe.com   
OUTSPOKEN!
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 mcfaddensrus@yahoo.com –
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 Francine Ciccarelli
and there is usually a $1-6 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
The Heart Aroused: An Evening of Poetry, Music and Mindfulness
Saturday, June 21, 7pm – 8:30pm
Featuring Poets Dan Lewis, Susan McDonough, and Susan Elizabeth Sweeney.
Musical interludes by Amy Kwok, playing Chinese dulcimer.
The HeartWell Institute
1015 Pleasant Street, Worcester
Poetry, People!
Every Thursday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (sometimes later)
@ The Coffee Loft 406 Lincoln Street Marlborough, MA
508.251.1431
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 themadcowboy@gmail.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 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
CONNECTICUT POETRY
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 might be of interest to MA poets. Write to Terri Klein at ctpoetnews@yahoo.com to get the CT Poet newsletter in your email, or the CT Poetry Calendar is online at www.ctpoetrycalendar.com 

BOSTON/CAPE COD POETRY
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
The Brockton Poetry Series
at The Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak St. Brockton, MA
508-588-6000
Third Saturday each month
Poetry workshop at 12:00
Open mic 2:15
Our feature poets 3:00
New website up  artsbrockton.org
The Fuller Craft Museum, in Northwest Brockton,
has invited us to hold our monthly poetry readings in their beautiful facilities.
The Fuller is a highly regarded, internationally known museum with
a lovely reflection pool, kitchen, and of course, interesting monthly craft/art shows.
(fullercraft.org)
Cantab Lounge
Every Wednesday Night at 8,
Featured Poet, Poetry Slam!
738 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA
Doors for the show open at 7:15.
The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00.
When indicated (most nights), an open poetry slam follows the feature.
The show is 18+ (ID required)
and the cover charge is $3 unless otherwise noted.
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/
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
For updated info on Cape activities go to Barry Hellman’s website on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/263857693775152/
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
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
INFO: kentthompson@comcast.net
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
VERMONT POETRY
Brattleboro SLAM and OPEN MIC:
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 8-10pm
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 – www.writeaction.org
Poetry readings at the Putney Library
55 Main Street, Putney VT (802) 387-4407
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