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Sat. May 31 – Poetry Slam at White Rose Bookstore, 284 High St. Holyoke, 7pm
Sat. May 31 – Joan Larkin and Bea Gates at The Bookstore, 11 Housatonic St. Lenox, 4pm
Sun. June 1 – John Broglio and Diana Wolfe Larkin at Neilson Library, Smith, Northampton, 3pm
POETRY IN THE VALLEY AND BEYOND:
Marilyn Nelson in Ashfield
Ann Hutt Browning Poetry Series
Wed. May 28, 7pm
St. John’s Church, Ashfield
reading from new books of poems
on Saturday, May 31, 4:00 p.m.
Lenox, MA 01240
The Gallery of Readers Series presents
John Broglio and Diana Wolfe Larkin
reading from their recent work
Sunday, June 1, 2014, 3 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College , Northampton
Refreshments will be served.
Every Tuesday Night 8pm – 10pm
Open Mic Signup starts at 7pm.
World War II Club, Conz St. Northampton,MA
Upcoming Featured Poets:
6/3 – Tonya Ingram
6/10 – Cash Slam
6/17 – Cantab Slam Team
Please bring a 3-5 minute selection of your work to share
Fabulous website with featured poets http://www.northamptonpoetry.com/
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.
SPECIAL HOLYOKE Slam May 31 – White Rose Bookstore, 284 High St. Holyoke, 7pm
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.
Thursday mornings, May 29–June 26 (5 weeks), in Ashfield
Cost: $28 per wk or $125 in advance. Can join after 1st week if room.
We meet 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in my home, using supportive guidelines
developed by Amherst Writers and Artists.
Tuition includes occasional manuscript critiques for those who want them.
Not sure? Try a meeting at no cost.
Contact: Susan Middleton, 413-628-4039 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
Celebrate spring writing short poems on nature in the gorgeous
landscape of William Cullen Bryant Homestead Trustees of Reservations
Property Nature walk with Bob Wood and Holly Higinbotham Refreshments
with tea and coffee on the veranda Listen and talk about haiku with brief
writing instruction to write a short haiku for the day.
Tour of the William Cullen Bryant Homestead
Bryant Rd. Cummington, MA
For information call: 413-684-4535.
Members: Free / Non-Members: $5.00
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/
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 strengthen the community as a whole.
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.
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, 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 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.
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
Has now set the dates: Thursday October 23rd to Sunday October 26th
Put it on your calendar! More info soon.
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.
Fourth Monday of the Month
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
The Good Purpose Gallery
Thursday, May 22, 5:30pm
Peter Filkins and Howie Faerstain
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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