Poetry News September 15, 2014


Here is your Poetry News for the week of September 15,  2014
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
This Week in Western MA
Sat. Sept. 13 – Vitamin P for Poetry Reading, 44 Oak st. Indian Orchard, 12:30pm
Tue. Sept. 16 – Lucy Brock-Broido, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith, Northampton, 7:30pm
Tue. Sept. 16 – Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Amherst Books, Amherst, 8pm
Tue. Sept. 16 – Dead Poets Slam at “The Deuce” WWII Club, Conz St. Northampton, 8pm
Thu. Sept. 18 – Karen Skolfield, Brian Johnson, Sarah Sousa, Good Purpose Gallery, Lee, 5:30pm
Sept. 19-21 – Amherst Poetry Festival (TONS of great poetry! Details below), Amherst
Sat. Sept. 20 – Paradise Found, Poetry and Art Walking and Biking tour of Northampton, Lyman Plant House, Northampton, 2pm
Sat. Sept. 20 – Reception and reading for Paradise Found Anthology, Michelson Gallery, Northampton, 4pm
Sat. Sept. 20 – Erotica Poetry Reading at Monkey Bar, Amherst 8pm
Sun. Sept 21 – Meryl Cohn and Julie G. Olmsted, Neilson Library Browsing Rm, Smith, 4pm


Vitamin P for Poetry: Reading, 44 Oak Street, Indian Orchard, MA
12:30 PM-2:30 PM. Saturday, September 13
Poets of all ages and in all stages are welcome to share original poems or favorite poems by other poets in this family-friendly, bilingual (English & Spanish) event. Bring at least 6 poems and we will read 2 poems/poet per round. This is an open mic and all poets who read may also bring their own materials to sell. Please sign up online (springfieldlibrary.org) or arrive on time for event to be added to the list of readers by the emcee, award-winning poet Maria Luisa Arroyo.

Lucy Brock-Broido at Smith
September 16th, Tuesday, 7:30 pm
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
Lucie Brock-Broido’s work evokes a world that is gorgeous and ethereal and dark. Stanley Kunitz praised her “brilliant nervosity and taste for the fantastic.” A disciple of Emily Dickinson and Wallace Stevens, she has been called “deeply forbidding, revealing.” Her fifth and most recent book, Stay, Illusion, was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
This event will be preceded by a Q&A session in the Poetry Center in Wright Hall at 4pm the same day.


Rowan Ricardo Phillips
September 16th, Tuesday , 8 pm
Amherst Books, 8 Main Street, Amherst, MA
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of Heaven (forthcoming) and The Ground: Poems, for which he received multiple honors, including the 2013 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, and many other publications. Poet Eric McHenry observes that “the ground Phillips treads is a middle ground—between spirit and flesh, heaven and earth, here and gone.” And Teju Cole, in The New York Times Book Review,called Phillips “the future of American poetry.” He is associate professor of English at Stony Brook University, where he directs the Poetry Center.


Paradise Found Walking Tour and Reading/Reception
September 20th, Saturday, 2:00pm
Lyman Plant House, 16 College Lane, Smith College, Northampton, MA
A book launch for Paradise Found, A Walking and Biking Tour of Northampton Through Poetry and Art will take place on Sat, Sept 20th. The celebration will commence with a poetry walk beginning at the Lyman Plant House at 2 pm and concluding with a reception/reading/book signing at the R Michelson Galleries at 4 pm. The poetry walk will follow the route mapped out in the book and participating poets will recite their poem at each corresponding location along the way. The public is cordially invited to join us in this unique celebration of the poetic and artistic tradition of our community!
Read My Lips Erotica Poetry Reading
Sat. Sept. 20 from 8-10 p.m.
at The Monkey Bar, 63 North Pleasant Street,
sponsored by Amherst Live and part of the Amherst Poetry Festival.
Readers: Sally Bellerose, Nicole DiCello, Corwin Ericson, Daniel Hales, Ellen LaFleche,
and host and performance poet Adam Stone. $3 cover charge, 21+ only.
We’ll play some low-stress, fun games such as Erotica Mad Libs and Help Find Emily Dickinson’s Libido. Prizes!
Special erotica drinks! More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/722338761147780/

Amherst Poetry Festival!

September 19-21th, Friday-Sunday
Downtown Amherst, Emily Dickinson Museum, Sweester Park
Back for a second year, the 2014 Amherst Poetry Festival runs from Friday, September 19, through Sunday, September 21, at locations throughout downtown Amherst. Featuring over 100 poets over the course of the three days, the festival celebrates western Massachusetts’ incredible literary community and the mix of historic and contemporary writers who make the region so unique. All events are free!

The main festival stage will be on the lawn of Emily Dickinson’s house, the Homestead, and will run from 10 a.m. to roughly 9 p.m. Poets scheduled to read include James Tate, Dara Wier, Martín Espada, Dan Chelotti, Lenelle Moise, John Hennessy, Rich Michelson, James Heflin, Mark Hart, Corwin Ericson, Karen Skolfield, Ellen Dore Watson, Lori Desrosiers, Emily Pettit and many more.

For more information, please visit http://amherstpoetfest.tumblr.com/

The Gallery of Readers Series presents

Meryl Cohn and Julie G. Olmsted
reading from their recent work
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 4 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room, Smith College, Northampton
Refreshments will be served.

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:
9/16 – Dead Poets Slam
Please bring a 3-5 minute selection of your work to share
Fabulous website with featured poets http://www.northamptonpoetry.com/

Springfield: Writer’s Workshops

Phyllis St. George is leading a free four-part writing workshop
at the Forest Park Library branch starting this Saturday September 6 at 1 pm.
This library branch is handicap accessible.
Please go to this link for more details and to SIGN UP for the workshops. Look for the following Saturday dates: September 6, 13, 20, and 27.
The workshops are all free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
The workshops are supported in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council and in part by the Springfield City Library.
Also here is a link to the new Writers Spring Forth web page on CHD’s website:
Fiction Writing Group at East Forest Park Library
122 Island Pond Road (Next to Rite Aid in the plaza)
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.

The next business/sharing meeting is Thursday, September 11, 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 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.

Greenfield Word

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
Greenfield Annual Word Festival 2014
Has now set the dates: Thursday October 23rd to Sunday October 26th
Put it on your calendar! More info soon.
Northfield Open Mic
Sept. 25 – Karen Skolfield features followed by an 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 – 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
Contact paul@humanerrorpublishing.com


Thursday, September 18, 5:30pm
Karen Skolfield, Brian Johnson & Sarah Sousa
The Good Purpose Gallery
40 Main St #1  Lee, MA
A monthly series of established poets and writers reading from their works.
Each fourth Thursday $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.
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  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.
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
For updated info on Cape activities go to Barry Hellman’s website on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/263857693775152/
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
INFO: kentthompson@comcast.net
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
Brattleboro SLAM and OPEN MIC:
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 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, left-align, no 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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