Poetry News February 24, 2014


Here is your Poetry News for the week of February 24,  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    

Tue. Feb. 25 – Mary McDonough and Open Mic at Hinge, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. Feb. 26 – Ignite the Mic! at the Bing Arts Center (youth open mic), Springfield, 7pm
Fri. Feb. 28 – Poetry at Rao’s features Stephanie Baird and Others, Rao’s Amherst, 8pm


Spring Forth Workshops in Springfield

The Mayflower Center will host a series of Writers Spring Forth workshops at its Sumner Avenue location. The first two workshops will run from 12:30 pm to 2 pm on the following two Wednesdays: March 12 and April 16. Your workshop leader is Springfield resident and poet Phyllis St. George, founder of Writers Spring Forth. Workshops are run using the Amherst Writers and Artists method where participants are encouraged to find their own unique voice in a supportive environment.
Beginners are welcome! Come write down your personal stories and, if you wish, share them with the community at a public reading at the end of 2014.

Mayflower Senior Center
1516 Sumner Avenue Springfield, MA 01118

Joan Houlihan at Smith
Tuesday, March 4, 7pm
Stoddard Hall Auditorium
Smith College, Northampton

Leah Nielsen at Ely Library, WSU
On March 4 at 5pm, Ely Library will be hosting a reading by Prof. Leah Nielsen of the WSU English department.  Leah will be reading from her new chapbook Side Effects May Include.  Please invite interested students and colleagues to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.
Westfield State University, 577 Western Ave. Westfield, MA

Slate Roof Press Reading at White Square Books. Saturday, March 8th, 6 PM. Join us during the Easthampton Art Walk at White Square Books for “Poetry Marches On,” an evening of poetry. Ed Rayher, Abbot Cutler, and Janet MacFadyen will read from recent Slate Roof chapbooks. 86 Cottage Street, Easthampton. Come inquire about small press publication and our current 2nd Annual Chapbook Contest! For more information contact the bookstore at 413-203-1717  or Slate Roof at info@slateroofpress.com.

Lizzie Lenson, Corwin Ericson, Karen Skolfield
at Flying Object
42 West Street, Hadley
Sunday, March 9, 2014, 5:00 pm

Lizzie Lee Lenson is a poet and visual artist from South Deerfield, Massachusetts. Her poems have appeared in Glitterpony. She serves as editorial assistant at Jubilat.

Corwin Ericson is the author of the novel Swell (Dark Coast, 2011) and the book Checked Out OK (Factory Hollow, 2013). He built one of the stone walls outside Flying Object. He works as a lecturer at UMass Amherst and lives in Wendell, Massachusetts. His essay “Scavenger” will be published in an upcoming issue of the Massachusetts Review, and other work of his has been published in magazines such as Fence, jubilat, and Conduit.

Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas (2013) won the First Book Award for Poetry from Zone 3 Press. She is the poetry editor for Amherst Live, a quarterly production of poetry, politics, and more, and she’s a contributing editor at the literary magazine Stirring. Her poems have appeared in Best of the Net Anthology, Cave Wall, Memorious, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, West Branch, and others. She teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts. http://www.karenskolfield.blogspot.com/

The Gallery of Readers Series presents:
Norma Sims Roche and Carolyn McKeown
reading from their recent work
Sunday, March 9, 2014, 4 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College, Northampton
Refreshments will be served.

Coffee House Unplugged in Monson
The Monson Arts Council invites you to join us either as performer or audience for Coffee House Unplugged
on Friday, March 21st, 7-9 P.M. at the Monson Free Library, 2 High Street.
The evening will feature drama, song, and poetry as local artists share their talents.
Performers and writers who wish to be in the Coffee House will find applications atwww.monsonartscouncil.com
or by contacting Gay Paluch at john.paluch@comcast.net or by phone at 413-893-9014.
A donation of $5.00 is requested. Come early as seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served.

Conversations with the Sea
Friday, March 28, 7pm
Reading with Hannah Fries, Sara Parrilli and Marie-Elizabeth Mali
Centennial Hall, Miss Hall’s School, 492 Holmes Rd, Pittsfield
Marie-Elizabeth Mali’s underwater photography and poetry has been inspired by the plight of sharks, rays and other sea creatures worldwide. Hannah Fries and Sara Parrilli were inspired by the albatrosses of Midway Island, who feed at the plastic-filled Great Pacific Garbage Patch, to embark on a multimedia correspondence of poetry and visual art. Through poetry and striking visual images, the three artists will create a conversation inspired by the tragedies and beauties of the sea. The presentations will be followed by a discussion and Q&A on process and collaboration.

Weekly Poetry Open Mic at Hinge
Every Tuesday Night 8pm – 10pm Signup starts at 7pm.
Upstairs at Hinge
48 Main St. Northampton,MA
Upcoming Featured Poets:
3/4 – Elizag & T Love
3/11 – Jade Sylvan

Notable perks at Hinge: right in downtown Northampton,
close to bus stops! All ages, beer and wine, and modestly priced meals)
Please bring a 3-5 minute selection of your work to share
Fabulous website with featured poets http://www.northamptonpoetry.com/

Straw Dog Writers Guild presents Writers Night Out
First Tuesday of the month,
at The Elevens, Northampton, 7-9 pm.
For all lovers of writing.
Open mike – put your name in the hat until 7:10; reading begins at 7:15,
followed by time to schmooze, drink, make merry, and find out what’s
happening in the local writing world.
For more information, go to  www.strawdogwriters.org/events/

Silkworm is Open for Submissions

Silkworm, the annual review of Florence Poets Society, is open for submissions. Join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Florence Poets Society, and the 7th edition of Silkworm.

Please submit up to 3 poems of no longer than 50 lines each and include a 30-word bio with your submission. Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2014. Only electronic submissions will be accepted, as an MS Word document attached in an email to info@florencepoets.com. Members and non-members of Florence Poets Society are encouraged to submit; please visitwww.florencepoets.com for more information.

Slate Roof Press offers 2nd Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest.
Limited-edition, art-quality publisher sponsors annual chapbook contest. Winner becomes active member of the press, a nonprofit collaborative; 3-year commitment, monthly meetings, shared publishing experience. $25 reading fee.  Manuscript length: 28 pp. Deadline (upload/postmark): March 31, 2014. Contest guidelines,: www.slateroofpress.com. or http://slateroofpresscontest.submittable.com/submit.

Submissions wanted–Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest, now in its 23rd year!  Open to residents of Franklin County.  Youth and adult categories.  Excellent prizes. Terrific awards ceremony.  Submit up to 3 unpublished poems.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library.  Visit the library Web site for guidelines:http://www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org/.  Deadline:  March 10, 2014.

Plum, Greenfield Community College’s online literary journal is now accepting submissions from writers in the western region of Massachusetts and southern Vermont. Our mission is to celebrate the rich tradition of writing alive in our region, and create an engaging exchange of stories, ideas and experiences that strengthens the community as a whole.
We accept submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, reviews, and audio and video files of spoken word poetry.  Plum is published twice a year, in May and December. Submissions are accepted year-round.

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.

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/letter by Emily Dickinson are welcome.


The next business/sharing meeting is Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6:30pmPlease 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.

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.


Woven Word Young Writers workshops are now open for registration for fall 2013-14.  Afterschool workshops, organized into sessions, are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, beginning the week of September 9 in Hadley.   Woven Word focuses on developing each individual’s creative voice in a safe, affirming space among peers.  Now in its 14th year, the workshops build on a wealth of experience in what makes young writers tick.  We offer an enriched workshop setting complete with great prompts, and lots of permission to have fun among a group of supportive young writers.
For More Information Contact:
Lynne Bowmaster, 413-584-3373Lrbowmaster@gmail.com,
or visit the website at www.wovenwordyoungwriters.weebly.com
 to see writer, parent and teacher references.


The Good Purpose Gallery
Friday, February 28, 5:30pm
Featured poets: Charles Rafferty and Bessy Reyna
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.

Greenfield Word

Always the Third Tuesday
This month (Feb 18) the theme is Love and Heartbreak
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

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

Doors open at 7:00 and the first reader is at 7:30.
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



The Good Purpose Gallery
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


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


Poetry, People!
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.

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. See below for Sept’s reading:

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,


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 


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
Third Saturday each month
Poetry workshop at 12:00
Open mic 2:15
Our feature poets 3:00
New website up and running mid-month. 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

Last Thursday Open Mic at The Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main St., S. Yarmouth, MA co-hosts Joe Gouveia and Barry Hellman:
The last Thursday of every month, 7pm. Open mic and featured poet.
Bring your own refreshments.
Arrive early to sign up for open mic. For updated info on this and other
Cape activities go to:https://sites.google.com/site/barryhellmanspoetrywebsite/

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 I

NFO: 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


Poets Tim Mayo, Patricia Fargnoli, Rick Bates and James Fowler will be reading from their most recent works at Misty Valley Books in Chester, VT Sunday, Feb 9th, 4:00 p.m.:  There will be a book signing after the reading.

Brattleboro SLAM and OPEN MIC: 

Every first and third Wednesday of the month.

First is a poetry slam + open mic

Third is an open mic


14 Elm Street

sign-up at 7:30 event is 8-10pm

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


News for Poetry News should be sent to lori@thepoetrynews.com. Please send your announcements in text only – do not format (no special fonts, colors, etc.) and check it for errors. Send by Wednesday for Thursday publication. Thank you, Lori Desrosiers – Publisher, Editor, wearer of all hats.

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