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Sun. June 22 – Noy Holland and James Tate, Juniper Institute Reading Series, ISB 135, UMass, 7:30pm
Mon. June 23 – Evie Shockley and Leni Zumas, Juniper Institute Rdg Series, ISB 135, UMass, 7:30pm
Tue. June 24 – Thomas Sayers Ellis and Mary Camponegro, Juniper Series, ISB 135, UMass, 7:30pm
Tue. June 24 – Slam Free or Die and open mic at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. June 25 – Paul Lisicky, Sabina Murray, Arisa White, Juniper Series, ISB 135, UMass, 7:30pm
Thu. June 26 – Shira Dentz and Jessica Treat at Writers Read, Good Purpose Gallery, 30 Main St. Lee, 5:30pm
Thu. June 26 – Peter Gizzy and Leigh Newman, Juniper Reading Series, ISB 135, UMass, 7:30pm
Fri. June 27 – Timothy Donnelly, Ron Hansen, Dorothy Lasky, Juniper Rdg. ISB 135, UMass, 7:30pm
Sat. June 28 – Springfield Poetry Slam! Central Library community room, Springfield, 1pm
Sat. June 28 – Dara Wier and Joy Williams, Juniper Reading Series, ISB 135, UMass, 7:30pm
Sun. June 29 – Gallery of Writers: Lou Ratté and Andrea Jontos at Neilson Library, Smith College, 3pm
Sun. June 29 – Terry S. Johnson book launch of “Coalescence” Amherst Books, Amherst, 4pm
POETRY IN THE VALLEY AND BEYOND:
Summer Solstice Poetry Reading
Celebration of Amherst’s Poetic Heritage and Life
Doug Anderson, Jessamyn Smyth, Carolyn Tacey, Mike Veve, Ron Welburn
Sunday, June 22, 7pm
On the hillside behind the Amherst Regional Middle School
Chestnut Street, Amherst
2014 JUNIPER INSTITUTE READING SERIES
SUNDAY 6/22: NOY HOLLAND & JAMES TATE
MONDAY 6/23: EVIE SHOCKLEY & LENI ZUMAS
TUESDAY 6/24: THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS & MARY CAPONEGRO
WEDNESDAY 6/25: PAUL LISICKY, SABINA MURRAY, & ARISA WHITE
THURSDAY 6/26: PETER GIZZI & LEIGH NEWMAN
FRIDAY 6/27: TIMOTHY DONNELLY, RON HANSEN, & DOROTHEA LASKY
SATURDAY 6/28: DARA WIER & JOY WILLIAMS
Readings begin at 7:30 PM
In the INTEGRATED SCIENCES BUILDING, Room 135
Amherst Live is open for submissions until August 15
for its no-fee, cash-award poetry prize.
The contest is open to Western Massachusetts poets only
(Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties). Prizes of $150 and $200
will be awarded to the two finalists, with publication on the Amherst Live
website and the poems recited in front of an audience of 300-plus. Previously
unpublished poems only. Read the details here:
and read the finalists’ poems from winter 2014 here:
Every Tuesday Night 8pm – 10pm
Open Mic Signup starts at 7pm.
World War II Club, Conz St. Northampton,MA
Upcoming Featured Poets:
6/24 – Slam Free or Die
7/1 – Brendan Constantine
Please bring a 3-5 minute selection of your work to share
Fabulous website with featured poets http://www.northamptonpoetry.com/
The Gallery of Readers Series presents
Lou Ratté and Andrea Jontos
reading from their recent work
Sunday, June 29, 2014, 3 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College, Northampton
Refreshments will be served.
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.
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.
for a collection of poems entitled “Coalescence”
Sunday, June 29th at 4:00 p.m.
Amherst Books, 8 Main Street, Amherst, Ma.
Thursday, July 10th at 7:00 p.m.
at “Unbuttoned” Luthier’s,
Sunday, July 13, 10am – 3pm
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.
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, July 10, 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
Terry S. Johnson and Gail Thomas Monday July 28th
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, June 26, 5:30pm
Shira Dentz and Jessica Treat
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
Saturday, June 21, 7pm – 8:30pm
Featuring Poets Dan Lewis, Susan McDonough, and Susan Elizabeth Sweeney.
Musical interludes by Amy Kwok, playing Chinese dulcimer.
The HeartWell Institute
1015 Pleasant Street, Worcester
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