Poetry News August 17, 2015

***POETRY NEWS***

Here is your Poetry News for the week of August 17, 2015
Scroll down to see or link to more poetry in Worcester, the Berkshires, Boston, Vermont and other areas.
To receive Poetry News in your email or to request posting of events write to lori@thepoetrynews.com.

Some Highlights of This Week in Western MA (more below):
Through Aug. 19: Sunken Garden Poetry Festival  Hillstead Museum, Farmington, CT info http://www.hillstead.org/calendar/category/poetry-festival/
Aug 16-22: WordXWord festival, Pittsfield. Info at http://wordxwordfestival.com
Tue. Aug. 19 – Roya Marsh and Open Mic, The Deuce, WWII Club Northampton, 8pm
Tue. Aug. 19 – Greenfield Word Open Mic, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7pm

POETRY IN THE VALLEY AND BEYOND

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


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
http://www.northamptonpoetry.com/
8/18 – Roya Marsh and Open Mic
8/25 – Scott Beal and Open Mic
9/1 – Susan Cocalis and Open Mic

Irene Willis Reading in New Lebanon, NY
Wed. August 26, 7pm
New Lebanon Public Library
550 State St. Route 20
New Lebanon, NY

Gail Thomas, Featured Reader at Writers’ Night Out

Straw Dog Writers Guild
Writers’ Night Out
September 1, 2015, 7pm
The Basement, 21 Center Street, Northampton
Gail Thomas had published three books of poetry, Waving Back (Turning Point), No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley (Haley’s), and Finding the Bear (Perugia).  Her poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Calyx, Hanging Loose, The Evergreen Chronicles, North American Review, The Chiron Review, Cider Press Review, and The Naugatuck River Review.  She is the recipient of writing and teaching grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and was awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Ucross.  Thomas is a learning specialist and teaches at Smith College.
WordXWord Pittsfield
August 16-22 Info at http://www.wordxwordfestival.com/


WRITERS READ IS NOW AT THE LEE LIBRARY

100 Main St, Lee, MA 01238
(413) 243-0385
Presenting Lara Tupper and Virginia Watkins
Thursday, August 27th @ 5:30pm
~Writers Read Monthly Reading Series~

Lara Tupper is the author of A Thousand and One Nights (Harcourt and Untreed Reads), an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. Her work has appeared in Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak (Harper Perennial), The Believer, Epiphany, fivechapters and other literary magazines. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she taught at Rutgers University for nine years and now presents writing workshops and retreats. A jazz/​pop singer, Lara has crooned in a number of Middle Eastern and Asian cities and now performs throughout New England. She is a proud member of the Authors Guild and the BMIFC (Barry Manilow International Fan Club). www.laratupper.com

Virginia Watkins is a fiction writer based in Sheffield, Mass. She has had work in Ikons, the Austin Chronicle, and other publications and edited the journal, utter, as a companion piece to a reading series, while living in Austin, Texas. She is currently at work on a novel based in her hometown of Richmond, VA. In it, a formerly blue-collar neighborhood shifts against everything its inhabitants know, in order to make room for an influx of artists and students from the nearby university.  The combination is combustible, and the questions it raises are confounding. But through stories – from both sides – they tell the future by taking shortcuts through the past.

$4 Suggested Donation: to benefit the Poets and the Gallery.

Readings begin at 5:30pm at the Lee Library Association, 100 Main Street, Lee –parking at the library. If you have questions and/or are interested in reading in the series, though we can make no promises initially, please email David Giannini, coordinator of the WRITERS READ series, davidgpoet@gmail.com

Hedgerow Books Open Reading Period
Publishing poetry of distinction from Western Massachusetts, including books honored as finalists for The Massachusetts Book Award, The Eric Hoffer Award, The Montaigne Medal, and The International Book Award,  Hedgerow Books is pleased to announce our Open Reading Period — June 15 to September 15, 2015.  Poets who have full-length manuscripts from Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin or Berkshire counties are invited to submit.  The first round will be read blind by non-local readers, a different mix from our last reading period. Please see Submissions at our website  for further information.    www.hedgerowbooks.net

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, September 8, 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 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, SHELBURNE FALLS AND NORTH

Greenfield Word
9 Mill Street Greenfield
Doors open at 7:00
Reading starts at 7:30
This months Feature
Everyone who has a book of their own poetry
Everyone reads 2 from their book
There are 10 open mic slots of 5 minutes each
$1 to $5 sliding scale donation
Hope to see you there

 

WORD IN THE BERKSHIRES


WRITERS READ IS NOW AT THE LEE LIBRARY

100 Main St, Lee, MA 01238
(413) 243-0385
Presenting Lara Tupper and Virginia Watkins
Thursday, August 27th @ 5:30pm
~Writers Read Monthly Reading Series~

Lara Tupper is the author of A Thousand and One Nights (Harcourt and Untreed Reads), an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. Her work has appeared in Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak (Harper Perennial), The Believer, Epiphany, fivechapters and other literary magazines. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she taught at Rutgers University for nine years and now presents writing workshops and retreats. A jazz/​pop singer, Lara has crooned in a number of Middle Eastern and Asian cities and now performs throughout New England. She is a proud member of the Authors Guild and the BMIFC (Barry Manilow International Fan Club). www.laratupper.com

Virginia Watkins is a fiction writer based in Sheffield, Mass. She has had work in Ikons, the Austin Chronicle, and other publications and edited the journal, utter, as a companion piece to a reading series, while living in Austin, Texas. She is currently at work on a novel based in her hometown of Richmond, VA. In it, a formerly blue-collar neighborhood shifts against everything its inhabitants know, in order to make room for an influx of artists and students from the nearby university.  The combination is combustible, and the questions it raises are confounding. But through stories – from both sides – they tell the future by taking shortcuts through the past.

$4 Suggested Donation: to benefit the Poets and the Gallery.

Readings begin at 5:30pm at the Lee Library Association, 100 Main Street, Lee –parking at the library. If you have questions and/or are interested in reading in the series, though we can make no promises initially, please email David Giannini, coordinator of the WRITERS READ series, 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 http://www.facebook.com/RAMBLINGPOETS http://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 .

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 http://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

VERMONT POETRY
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 8-10pm http://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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