Poetry News March 16, 2015

***POETRY NEWS***

Here is your Poetry News for the week of March 9,  2015
Scroll down to see or link to more poetry in Worcester, the Berkshires, Boston, Vermont and other areas.
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Some Highlights of This Week in Western MA (more below):
Sat. March 14 – Howie Faerstein at White Square Books, Easthampton, 7pm
Tue. March 17 – Cash Slam & Open Mic, The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. March 17 – Greenfield Word features Sharon Ann Harmon, Lea Banks and Candace Curran, Plus Open Mic! 9 Mill St. Greenfield, Doors at 7, Poetry at 7:30

POETRY IN THE VALLEY AND BEYOND

Howie Faerstein at White Square Books
March 14, Saturday, 7 pm
White Square Books
86 Cottage Street,
Easthampton

Poetry reading of new & old work with Howie Faerstein at White Square Books. Howie’s debut full-length book of poetry, “Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn” was published in 2013 by Press 53. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Great River Review, Nimrod, CutThroat,The Comstock Review, Off the Coast, Mudfish, The Pedestal, Connotation Press, and The November 3rd Club. He is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize. He is a former member of the American Playwright’s Program and of the Naked Angels theatre group. He lives in Florence, Massachusetts and teaches American Literature at Westfield State University.

Smith College Spring Reading Series
Tuesday, March 24, Stoddard Hall, 7:30pm
Dubbed the “rock star” of the world of translation by the Wall Street Journal, Stephen Mitchell describes the art as “falling in love with a book or a consciousness.” He was won lavish praise and a huge readership for the luminous clarity of his translations of Rilke, Neruda, and Amichai, and for breath-taking modern renditions of Homer’s Iliad, Gilgamesh, the Bhagavad Gita and The Book of Job.

Gail Thomas Book Tour
Congratulations to Gail Thomas on her new book, Waving Back.
April 15, 6:30 p.m. — Gail Thomas reads from No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley, Athol Public Library April 25, 3:30 p.m. — Gail Thomas book launch for Waving Back, Forbes Library, Northampton
April 29, 4:00 p.m. — Reading by Gail Thomas and Floyd Cheung, Smith College Poetry Center

New Open Mic WED nights in Northampton!

Calling all Poets and Storytellers!
Sam’s Pizza and Cafe is now hosting
an open reading night, Wednesdays, 7pm
Sam’s Pizza, Northampton

ORANGE WORD

Open mic, featured readers:
First Monday every month, 6:30pm
The Bohemian Kitchen
23 N. Main St. , Orange, MA
Email paul@humanerrorpublishing.com for more information

Weekly Poetry Open Mic at The Deuce

Every Tuesday Night 8pm – 10pm (no show 12/23 or 12/30)
Open Mic Signup starts at 7pm.
World War II Club, Conz St. Northampton,MA
Upcoming Featured Poets and Slams
3/17 Cash Slam
3/24 Slam Finals
Please bring a 3-5 minute selection of your work to share
Fabulous website with featured poets http://www.northamptonpoetry.com/

New Books Reading
Sunday, March 22nd at 4:00 at R. Michelson Gallery, 132 Main Street, Northampton, for a group poetry reading, celebrating Pioneer Valley poets who have a spring 2015 book release.
The poets are:
Doug Anderson reading from HORSE MEDICINE
Deborah Gorlin reading from LIFE OF THE GARMENT
Henry Lyman reading from THE LAND HAS ITS SAY
Rich Michelson reading from MORE MONEY THAN GOD
Missy-Marie Montgomery reading from HALF-LIFE OF PASSION
Lesléa Newman reading from I CARRY MY MOTHER
Carol Potter reading from SOME SLOW BEES

There will be music, food, friends, fun, and books for sale. A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Hope to see you there.

Writers Night Out!
by Straw Dog Writers Guild.
Every first Tuesday of the month, 7-9 pm
April 7 – Ellen Meeropol, featured reader
The Basement, 21 Center St., Northampton.
Five minute open mike slots, then featured reader.

The Gallery of Readers Series presents
Robin Barber & Mary Beth Caschetta
reading from their recent work
Sunday, March 22, 2015, 4 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College, Northampton
Refreshments will be served

The Gallery of Readers series, which began in 1990, takes its name from its first location, in Northampton’s Forbes Library art gallery. Most readers in the series are participants in Robin Barber and Carol Edelstein’s Vernon Street Writing Workshops.  Carol and Robin have recently launched the Gallery of Readers Press, a new nonprofit venture intended to provide workshop participants with an opportunity to publish their work.

MB Caschetta is a recipient of the W.K. Rose Fellowship for Emerging Artists, the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Writing Award, and the Seattle Review Prize for fiction. She is thrilled that her novel Miracle Girls, from which she will read, has been selected as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards (Lammys) and was an Honorable Mention pick at the Los Angeles Literary Book Festival.  Reading with Robin Barber is one of her lifelong goals, soon to be realized.

Robin Barber was born in Northampton in March of 1947, and he has been writing and leading writing workshops here ever since. He will be reading from his story “Magic Kingdom.”

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

WRITERS READ
Thursday, March 26th
at the Good Purpose Gallery, Lee, 5:30pm
Mystery & Character: Two Emerging Berkshire Writers Read
Reading and discussion hosted by Jessica Treat, with Frances Roth and Joyce Lautens O’Brien
The Good Purpose Gallery, 40 Main Street, Lee, 5:30 p.m.

A reading by two emerging Berkshire women writers of new work in short fiction and poetry, centering on mystery and character, followed by a discussion on the writing process. Frances Roth and Joyce Lautens O’Brien are mature women writers who have worked in various fields (website content management and theater work in one; editing in another) but who are now coming into their own as writers of poetry and fiction. Their voices are fresh, exciting and distinctive. Their stories and poems center on character, the friction sometimes found in relationships, and mystery.

Joyce Lautens O’Brien is a Canadian who now lives in northwestern Connecticut. Her work has appeared in Yemassee, where it won the Yemassee prize for best fiction in the issue, Connecticut River Review, Riverbabble, Pure Slush, Quantum Poetry, Halfway Down the Stairs, Foundling Review, Metazen, Mirror Dance and other magazines, and anthologized in Best New England Crime Stories, 2014.

Frances Roth’s writing has been greatly informed by her 20 years in theater as an actress and singer. She has toured the United States with two different national companies – The King and I with Yul Brynner and Man of LaMancha with Richard Kiley – and has sung with choruses of both the New York Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. “After all those years developing characters for stage roles it was a natural transition to creating characters for the page,” she says. “These are my performance pieces, and I love presenting them to an audience.”  Frances also writes poetry and has had several poems published in the literary nature journal Avocet.

Poetry, Creative Connections and Electric Rest
Sunday, April 12, 2015
3 – 5 p.m. Northampton Friends Meeting House
43 Center Street, Suite 202         Northampton, MA

“But work might be electric Rest/to those that Magic make” — Emily Dickinson

Janet Aalfs and Mary Clare Powell will read and perform some of their poetry. They will discuss the creative process and the joyous work of interweaving poetry and other art forms such as movement, music, visual art, etc. Q&A included.

Janet E. Aalfs is a poet, dancer, martial artist, educator, community peace activist, and published writer. For almost four decades she has been performing weavings of poetry and martial arts dance, and teaching empowerment skills, healing methods, and safety strategies. Janet was the poet laureate of Northampton, MA from 2003-2005. Since 1982 she has directed Valley Women’s Martial Arts: Institute for Healing and Violence-Prevention Strategies, and is a founding member of the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation. She has an MFA in Poetry. In addition to four chapbooks, her most recent collection of poems is Bird of a Thousand Eyes (Levellers). Other books include Reach (Perugia), Full Open (Orogeny), and Of Angels and Survivors (Two Herons).

Mary Clare Powell is a professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where she teaches in an M.Ed. program for teachers called Creative Arts in Learning.  The program offers classroom teachers K-12 the opportunity to experience in some depth each of the arts–music, poetry, dance, drama, storytelling, and visual arts–so that they can integrate these arts into their curriculum.   She is author of several books of poetry–Things Owls Ate, Academic Scat (poems from academia), In the Living Room–poems about aging, and Box of Water–poems about light and God and swimming.  Powell lives in Greenfield where she writes and cares for a granddaughter Lilly.  Her preoccupation these days is learning to accept whatever comes, and finding joy in ordinary things.

Don Ogden at World Eye Books
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 1 to 2:30pm an author signing for “Bad Atmosphere – A Collection of Poetry & Prose on the Climate Crisis” will be held at World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St, Greenfield, MA. Local writer, poet and producer of The Enviro Show, Don Ogden (d.o.) marks the 36th anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown. As a long time anti-nuclear/pro-safe energy activist, d.o.’s work often critiques the false solutions to climate chaos: nuclear power, fracked gas and biomass being among them.
Straw Dog Writer’s Guild Winter Salon
Rescheduled due to one of our many winter storms
Our Winter Salon
Sunday, April 12, 2015
3 – 5 p.m. Northampton Friends Meeting House
43 Center Street, Suite 202        Northampton, MAJane Alfs
Mary Clare Powell
Poetry, Creative Connections and Electric Rest
“But work might be electric Rest/to those that Magic make” — Emily DickinsonJanet Aalfs and Mary Clare Powell will read and perform some of their poetry. They will discuss the creative process and the joyous work of interweaving poetry and other art forms such as movement, music, visual art, etc. Q&A included.
Janet E. Aalfs is a poet, dancer, martial artist, educator, community peace activist, and published writer. For almost four decades she has been performing weavings of poetry and martial arts dance, and teaching empowerment skills, healing methods, and safety strategies. Janet was the poet laureate of Northampton, MA from 2003-2005. Since 1982 she has directed Valley Women’s Martial Arts: Institute for Healing and Violence-Prevention Strategies, and is a founding member of the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation. She has an MFA in Poetry. In addition to four chapbooks, her most recent collection of poems is Bird of a Thousand Eyes (Levellers). Other books include Reach (Perugia), Full Open (Orogeny), and Of Angels and Survivors (Two Herons).Mary Clare Powell is a professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where she teaches in an M.Ed. program for teachers called Creative Arts in Learning.  The program offers to regular classroom teachers K-12 the opportunity to experience in some depth each of the arts–music, poetry, dance, drama, storytelling, and visual arts–so that they can integrate these arts into their curriculum.   She is author of several books of poetry–Things Owls Ate, Academic Scat (poems from academia), In the Living Room–poems about aging, and Box of Water–poems about light and God and swimming.  Powell lives in Greenfield where she writes and cares for a granddaughter Lilly.  Her preoccupation these days is learning to accept whatever comes, and finding joy in ordinary things.We respectfully request your help in making this a fragrance-free event.
Call for Submissions: Plum
Plum, GCC’s online literary journal, seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from writers from western Massachusetts and southern Vermont.   Our mission is to celebrate the rich tradition of writing alive in our regio, and create an engaging exchange of stories, ideas, and experiences that strengthens the community as a whole. Read an interview with Sally Bellerose, poems from Ed Rayher and Maria Louise Arroyo, and stories from Wilson Roberts, plus many other poems and stories by students and area writers! www.gcc.mass.edu/plum

Writing to Reinvent Yourself: 8-week Shutesbury writing workshop.

Whether you are a beginning or advanced writer, looking to jumpstart your creative process or wanting feedback on a manuscript, come try us out! Poetry & prose, all levels welcome. Depending on participants, activities may include writing prompts to get creative juices flowing; journaling; sharing work in an accepting atmosphere; reading selected contemporary poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction; structured feedback; manuscript reviews; and help with submitting work to publishers. 8 three-hour sessions in Shutesbury beginning 3rd or 4th week in March.$275 in advance or $38 per session, sliding scale available. Call 413-259-1985 or emailmacfadyen@crocker.com

Janet MacFadyen has been published widely, including in The Atlantic, Poetry, The Malahat Review, The Southern Poetry Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Yankee, and elsewhere. The author of three works of poetry, she is a Puschcart nominee and has held a seven-month residential fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, as well as residencies at Cill Rialaig (Ireland) and the Fowler and C-Scape dune shacks in Provincetown. She has taught writing, literature, and creative writing at the college level, worked as a freelance writer/editor for many years, and participated in workshops and peer-run groups for decades.

Write Like a River: Women’s Writing Workshops with Chivas Sandage (Northampton, MA)
Jump start, reboot, develop, and deepen your writing in a supportive circle of women. Generate new material and/or make progress on an ongoing project. Count on intriguing prompts, time to write, supportive feedback, and discussion of craft, strategy, and writing as a practice. The end of each session features a balanced manuscript critique for rotating participants. Nurture and connect with your work and a lively community of writers. This multi-genre, generative workshop is appropriate for all levels. Space is limited.

Chivas Sandage’s first book, Hidden Drive (Antrim House, 2012) was a finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards in Poetry and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. MSNBC just released a mini-documentary in which she speaks of her current work on a nonfiction book about the 2012 double shooting of a young lesbian couple in south Texas. Sandage holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA from Bennington College.

When: March 12 & April 16 on Thursdays / 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Writers in Progress Studio, a literary arts center located in the Arts & Industry Building on 221 Pine Street in Florence, MA (http://artsindustryopenstudios.blogspot.com)
For more info: http://www.writelikeariver.com

May 15-17 Writing Retreat with Chivas Sandage at Wellspring House in Ashfield, Massachusetts
2 openings left. We arrive at Wellspring House (http://www.wellspringhouse.net) on Friday afternoon for a workshop with prompts and a writing session followed by dinner, time to visit the lake, and an inspirational evening offering. On Saturday, we begin at 10:00 a.m. with a craft workshop called Lyric Vision and Voice on image-driven writing (whether prose or poetry) that emphasizes the rhythms and sounds of language and indulges compression and fragmentation. Prompts and a writing period follow until 1:00 p.m, then a two-hour break for lunch, a walk to the lake or café, time to chat or nap, read or draw. We start back up at 3:00 p.m. with a presentation and workshop on revision, followed by a discussion of strategies for writing and completing your book project, ending at 5:30. The evening is free for dinner and socializing, dancing and writing, with a short overnight assignment. Sunday begins with a reading and discussion, then brunch at Elmer’s, and a final writing session and reading, ending at 4:00 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.writelikeariver.com. To apply, contact Maya at writelikeariver@gmail.com.

Call for Submissions: Slate Roof Press,
a member-run, not-for-profit collaborative, is pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest. The winner becomes an active member of the press and will have his/her chapbook published by Slate Roof. We publish limited-edition, art-quality chapbooks with letterpress covers — beautiful books by an award-winning book designer and printer. Winners make a 3-year commitment to the press, including monthly meetings in Greenfield, MA, and share work responsibilities for many aspects of publishing. Submit no more than 28 pages of poetry. $25 reading fee. Deadline (upload/postmark): May 15, 2015. For full contest guidelines, visit www.slateroofpress.com  or  http://slateroofpresscontest.submittable.com/submit.

Poetry Critique Group Seeks Members
A Belchertown based poetry critique group is seeking members who actively write poetry, have previously published their work, and can commit to meeting the second and fourth Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.Contact: dcfontaine @yahoo.com

Weekly Workshops with Nerissa Nields
are full of joy, humor, camaraderie and great writing. We’re starting a new session in January. Sessions go for 10 weeks, and I have three groups. Monday Writers (meets 7-9pm), Tuesday Writers (meets 12:30-2:30pm) and Wednesday Writers (meets 7-9pm).Send me a message to join! And please spread the word. I have one spot left in each group.http://nerissanields.com/garden-groups.html

“In Our Nature” writing workshops
~ Winter 2015 ~
Thursday mornings, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm 10 weeks ~ Jan. 13 – Mar.  19
New members can join after the first week, as long as there’s room. Occasional members are also welcome.
Workshops are held in my airy, comfortable Ashfield home. Access from all directions is via paved roads.
$28/week (Or save $30 by paying $250 in 2 installments ~ at least half by Dec. 31, the balance by Feb. 19.  If you can’t come to all 10 meetings, you can still get a discount ~ ask for details.)

To keep our group writing experience feeling safe, we follow guidelines developed by Amherst Writers and Artists.
Occasional critiques for those who want them are included at no extra cost. Not sure? Try a meeting at no cost to see if you like it.
For more information, contact Susan Middleton at  smiddle@crocker.com

Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop led by Tom Daley
Eight Mondays, March-April 2015
For poets working at an advanced level, particularly those preparing to apply to MFA programs, and for those ready to begin submitting poems to journals and magazines. Also useful for graduates of MFA programs who wish to continue to work at their craft in the workshop format at an advanced level.

With optional exercises based on the poetry of James Dickey
At the instructor’s house in West Cambridge (free parking, accessible by three bus routes from Harvard Square)
Eight Mondays from 7:45-9:45 pm starting March 2, 2015.
Dates: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27.

Cost: $200
For more information, contact the instructor at tom.daley2@verizon.net

To apply, send 3-5 recent poems in the message box of an e-mail (no attachments, please) to tom.daley2@verizon.net

Tom Daley serves on the faculty of the Online School of Poetry and teaches poetry writing at the Boston Center for Adult Education and poetry and memoir writing at Lexington Community Education. His poems appear in a number of journals including Fence, Massachusetts Review, Denver Quarterly, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, Barrow Street, Prairie Schooner, 32 Poems, In Posse Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Diagram, and Rhino and have been anthologized inHacks: The Grub Street Anthology, Unlocking the Poem, and the Poets for Haiti anthology. His manuscript, Shim, was a finalist for the Emily Dickinson First Book Award. He is a recipient of the Charles and Fanny Fay Wood Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and the Dana Award in Poetry. His book,  House You Cannot Reach—Poems in the Voice of My Mother and Other Poems, will be published this summer by FutureCycle Press.  He is the author of two plays,  Every Broom and Bridget–Emily Dickinson and Her Irish Servants, and In His Ecstasy—The Passion of Gerard Manley Hopkins, both of which he performs as a one-man show.

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, April 9, 2015 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


New Open Mic in Orange!

ORANGE WORD
Open mic, featured readers
First Monday every month, 6:30pm
The Bohemian Kitchen
23 N. Main St. , Orange, MA
Email paul@humanerrorpublishing.com for more information

Greenfield Word
Third Tuesday in Greenfield
9 Mill Street Greenfield
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
Check email in case of a snow cancellation
Paul
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.
WORD IN THE BERKSHIRES
 

Writers Read
Thursday, March at 5:30pm
at the Good Purpose Gallery
40 Main Street, Lee, MA
~ Welcome back to Writers Read!
It costs money and time to keep the Gallery space open, lit, and warm (or air-conditioned), so  Gallery personnel have asked that Writers Read ask a suggested donation of $3.00 per person.  $1.00 will go to the gallery for expenses, and each reader will receive $1.00 also.  I want to emphasize that this is a suggested donation.  Those who can’t donate or can’t donate $3 will not be turned away, frowned at, or cajoled.  We want you to attend and enjoy the readings!  Do what you can.

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

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

Here’s a cool event coming up, a lecture on Walt Whitman at the Wood Memorial Library in S. Windsor.
http://woodmemoriallibrary.org/programs/whitman-at-the-wood-opening-reception/ 

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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