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Some Highlights of This Week in Western MA (more below):
Tue. April 7- Natalie Diaz at Smith Poetry Series, Neilson Library, Smith College, 7:30pm
Thu. April 9 – Florence Poets Society, Lilly Library, Florence, 6:30 business, 7pm poetry.
POETRY IN THE VALLEY AND BEYOND
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
Open mic, featured readers:
First Monday every month, 6:30pm
The Bohemian Kitchen
23 N. Main St. , Orange, MA
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
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 and Slams
3/31 Simone Beaubien
4/7 Slam Team Finals
Please bring a 3-5 minute selection of your work to share
Fabulous website with featured poets http://www.northamptonpoetry.com/
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.
Natalie Diaz and H.S. Winning Poets
Tuesday, April 7, 7:30pm
Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College, Northampton
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.
The Gallery of Readers Series presents
Rebecca Rice and Kevin Cooke
reading from their recent work
Sunday, April 12, 2015, 4 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College, Northampton,
Refreshments will be served.
Rebecca Rice is the author of A Time to Mourn: One Woman’s Journey through Widowhood, referenced in several studies on memoir and grieving. She has published essays and articles in The New York Times, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Women’s Adventure Magazine. A member of Authors Guild, she teaches Writing and Literature at Springfield Technical Community College.
Kevin Cooke is a freelance author, blogger, and a member of Main Street Writers in Amherst. His short fiction can be found at http://www.mainlyprompts.com He has traveled to the Czech Republic to research his latest project, an adventure novel set in contemporary Prague. Kevin lives in Belchertown with his partner Linda, a published author of two books.
The Crossing Paths Poets
(Lisken Van Pelt Dus, Cynthia Gardner, Michelle Gillett, Joan Peronto,
Hilary Russell, Phil Timpane and Irene Willis) will be reading
at the Bushnell-Sage Library in Sheffield, MA,
on Sunday April 12, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Admission free. Books will be available for signing.
“The ABCs of Publishing Poetry”
Sunday, April 12, 1 pm-3 pm
Community Room, Springfield City Library-Central Branch, 220 State St., Springfield
How do I put together a chapbook? Are entering poems into fee-based poetry contests the only way I can get published? How do I learn which markets are best for individual poems? If I have enough poems for a full-length book, how do I approach publishers? In this engaging workshop facilitated by award-winning multilingual poet and Springfield’s first Poet Laureate, María Luisa Arroyo, bring all of your questions and a few poems in order to begin or continue your poetry publishing career. [18+]. Space is limited. To pre-register, contact Matthew Jaquith, Librarian, at the Central Branch. email@example.com
an evening of poetry with
Marianne Gambaro, Jena Schwartz,
Rebecca Hart-Olander, Marian Kent
Tuesday, April 14, 7pm
at the Thirsty Mind, S. Hadley
Friends of the Palmer Library
will host their 11th Anniversary Poetry Reading
April 15, 2015 @ 6:30 p.m.
Palmer Public Library
1455 No.Main St, Palmer, MA
Free admission. Refreshments served.
Ekphrasis Workshop in Monson
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Well-known local poet María Luisa Arroyo will present a workshop entitled “Ekphrasis: Writing Poems in Response to Art”. The workshop will be presented in conjunction with the 21st Annual Spring Art Exhibition and Sale sponsored by the Monson Arts Council. Monson House of Art, 200 Main St., Monson, MA
Lesléa Newman will read from her new poetry collection,
I CARRY MY MOTHER, which explores a daughter’s journey
through her mother’s illness and death and her own grief.
Sunday, April 19 at 1100 a.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel,
253 Prospect Street, Northampton. Free of charge. All are welcome.
“7 Minutes: A Literary Arts Spotlight”
Saturday, April 25, 1 pm-3 pm
Community Room, Springfield City Library-Central Branch, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA
In honor of National Poetry Month, join us for an afternoon of readings. Some of the poets who will feature include Lynnette Johnson, Narelle Thomas, Anita Gallers, Kathleen McElroy, and María Luisa Arroyo.
11th Annual Palmer Public Library Poetry Pageant
Wed. April 15, Community Room, 6:30pm
This year’s theme will be “women and their stories”. In addition to making a $25 donation to the library, readers are asked to choose a poem by, for or about a woman. Come listen to your friends and neighbors recite original or favorite poems. Interested in reading a poem? Contact chairperson Denise Fontaine-Pincince at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
For more information, contact the instructor at email@example.com
To apply, send 3-5 recent poems in the message box of an e-mail (no attachments, please) to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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, 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 email@example.com.
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!
Open mic, featured readers
First Monday every month, 6:30pm
The Bohemian Kitchen
23 N. Main St. , Orange, MA
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Third Tuesday in Greenfield
9 Mill Street Greenfield
Doors open at 7:00
Reading starts at 7:30
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.
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
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 email@example.com –
Those needing more information can e-mail the same address
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 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.
Monday Poetry Nights
6 to10pm 648 North Street in Pittsfield
call Alan Nidle, the Director at (857) 991-8448 for details
ALBANY, NY POETRY
Go to http://www.albanypoets.com/ for schedules and events!
Every Thursday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (sometimes later)
@ The Coffee Loft 406 Lincoln Street Marlborough, MA
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (508) 479 8311 .
More to follow as August and September dates are confirmed!
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.
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 might be of interest to MA poets. Write to Terri Klein at email@example.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.
write to Dan Bouchard to get his poetry calendar in your email at bouchard@MIT.EDU
at The Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak St. Brockton, MA
Third Saturday each month
Poetry workshop at 12:00
Open mic 2:15
Our feature poets 3:00
New website up artsbrockton.org
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.
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.
$5 Cover Every Sunday
Poetry Slam: 8:00 pm,
Feature: 9:30 pm,
Open Mike: 10:30 pm
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
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
Cambridge Common 1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
$5 Cover Every Sunday
Poetry Slam: 8:00 pm, Feature: 9:30 pm, Open Mike: 10:30 pm
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
Tuesdays at 11:00 PM Saturdays at 10:30PM
Catch the latest from the Boston Poetry Slam
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
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
For info on Brattleboro poetry and Write Action visit their website – www.writeaction.org