Poetry News November 10, 2014


Here is your Poetry News for the week of November 10,  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.

Some Highlights of This Week in Western MA (more below):
Sun. Nov. 9 – jubilat/Jones reading: Shane McRae and Caryl Pagel, Jones Library, Amherst, 3pm
Tue. Nov. 11 – Bobby Crawford and Open Mic, The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. Nov. 11 – UNBUTTONED, Ben Hersey and Open Mic, Luthier’s, Easthampton, 7pm
Thu. Nov. 13 – Fred Pelka, Hedgerow Books, Florence Civic Center (by Lilly Library) Florence, 7pm
Thu. Nov. 13 – Florence Poets Society meeting and poetry share, Lilly Library, Florence, 6:30pm
Sat. Nov. 15 – Vitamin P for Poetry workshop at Indian Orchard branch library, Springfield, 12:30pm
Sat. Nov. 15- John Ogden book launch, Off the Common Bookstore at Collective Copies, Amherst, 4pm
Sun. Nov 16 – Alison Smith and Cris Beam, Neilson Browsing Room, Smith, Northampton 4pm
Mon. Nov. 17 – Magdalena Gomez, FPH Hampshire College, S. Hadley, 6pm
Tue. Nov. 18 – Annie Boutelle, Stoddard Hall, Smith College, 7:30pm
Thu. Nov. 20 – Leah Neilson and Mark Hart at Good Purpose Gallery, Lee, 5:30 pm
CT Poetry Festival starts Thursday – Free workshops and readings (scroll below)!



Easthampton City Arts+ presents UNBUTTONED
An Evening of Spoken Word, with featured performer, Ben Hersey
Tuesday, November 11 from 7:00 – 8:30PM
at Luthier’s Co-Op, 108 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA.
This event is free and open to the public.

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:
11/4 – Shira Erlichman and Open Mic
Please bring a 3-5 minute selection of your work to share
Fabulous website with featured poets http://www.northamptonpoetry.com/


Writers Night Out!
by Straw Dog Writers Guild.
Every first Tuesday of the month, 7-9 pm
The Basement, 21 Center St., Northampton.
Five minute open mike slots, then featured reader.


jubilat / Jones Reading Series 2014-2015 
Please join us on Sunday, November 9th, at 3 pm for our second fall reading of 2014!
in the Goodwin Room (formerly the Trustee’s Room)
Jones Librar, 43 Amity Street, Amherst

Shane McCrae is the author of Mule, Blood, Forgiveness Forgiveness, and The Animal Too Big to Kill (forthcoming from Persea Books). His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Best American Poetry, Seattle Review, Pleiades, LIT and elsewhere, and he has received a Whiting Writer’s Award and a fellowship from the NEA. He teaches at Oberlin College and in the brief-residency MFA program at Spalding University.

Caryl Pagel’s first collection of poetry, Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death, was published in 2012 by Factory Hollow Press and her second, Twice Told, was published last summer by H_NG M_N Books. Caryl teaches in the NEOMFA program in eastern Ohio and is the Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. She is also the co-founder and editor of Rescue Press and a poetry editor at jubilat.

Reading will be followed by a Q & A session with the authors.


Hedgerow Books of Levellers Press presents
Fred Pelka
November 13th, Thursday, 7 pm
Florence Civic Center
90 Park Street (next to Lilly Library)
Fred Pelka will read from his newly published book, “A Different Blaze”.
Celebration, discussion, and refreshments will follow.


Visiting Poets Conspiracy
November 14, Friday, 7pm
Amherst Books, 8 Main St, Amherst

Chris Hosea’s first book of poems, Put Your Hands In (LSU Press 2014), was selected for the Walt Whitman Award by John Ashbery. He is a graduate of Harvard and the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA in poetry. He lives in Brooklyn.

Jeannie Hoag’s work has appeared in The Blue Letter, GlitterPony, NOO Journal, and notnostrums. Her chapbook New Age of Ferociousness was published by Agnes Fox Press, and Informal Invitation to a Traveler, a collaborative project with Kyle McCord, was published through Gold Wake Press. She received an MFA in creative writing at UMass Amherst and is a librarian.

Simeon Berry has been an Associate Editor for Ploughshares, and won a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant and a Career Chapter Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters. His work has appeared in Crazyhorse, AGNI, Colorado Review, Blackbird, DIAGRAM, The Iowa Review, American Letters & Commentary, and many other journals. His first book, Ampersand Revisited, won the 2013 National Poetry Series (Fence Books), and his second book, Monograph, won the 2014 National Poetry Series (University of Georgia Press). He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/308195242701461/ for more info.



Bad Atmosphere by John Ogden Book Launch and Reading
Saturday, November 15, 4pm
Off the Common Bookstore at
Collective Copies, Amherst
Bad Atmosphere is the culmination of decades worth of writing by Don Ogden focusing on aspects of climate change that moved him to put into words, feelings and thoughts evoked by “the greatest crisis of our time”. Joining in the celebration are local singer/songwriters Tom Neilson and Lynn Waldron. Both collaborated recently with Ogden on the song “Clearcutting the Trees” which is the soundtrack for a Youtube video about logging in the Quabbin Reservation. The preservation of forests, forest soils and even individual trees in the struggle to confront climate chaos is raised often in Ogden’s work.

As renowned environmentalist, Bill McKibben remarks: “As we face the climate crisis, we need art as well as science to help us reach the deepest parts of ourselves and fight the necessary fight. Thank heaven for the leadership of poets!”

Ogden, known by many as d.o., has been active in environmental issues for most of his life. His poetry and commentaries have appeared in a wide variety of publications and on national and local radio. “This work is really just another manifestation of the outreach I’ve been doing all along”, d.o. notes. “Poetry takes the critical issues surrounding the Climate Crisis deeper. I’m hoping people will internalize the information of climate disruption, not to become paralyzed and disempowered but instead to act upon their feelings creatively and productively, getting involved in the struggle to literally save the planet.”

Discussion and Refreshments follow the reading.



Vitamin P for Poetry Workshop-Objects of Meaning
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Springfield City Library, Indian Orchard Branch
44 Oak St., Indian Orchard, MA

Once a month, get a dose of poetry.  In the first hour, come prepared to read and to discuss poems by established poets. Also bring with you a portable/small object of meaning to serve as inspiration. In the second hour, engage in writing prompts inspired by the very poems we read together and the objects we’ve brought in. Then share aloud your ideas for new poems. (18+)

Facilitated by local award-winning multilingual poet, educator, and first Poet Laureate of Springfield (MA), María Luisa Arroyo (marialuisaarroyo.weebly.com).

FREE raffle for a poetry-related book.



The Gallery of Readers Series presents
Alison Smith and Cris Beam
reading from their recent work
Sunday, November 16, 2014, 4 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room, Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts
Refreshments will be served.



Poetry Performance & Discussion with Magdalena Gómez

November 17th, Monday, 6pm
Faculty Lounge, FPH, Hampshire College

Magdalena Gómez is a playwright, performer, storyteller, actor, educator, and local artivist. In addition to reading from her new book of poetry, Shameless Woman (Red Sugarcane Press, 2014), she will also talk about her work with youth of color in Springfield, MA through Teatro V!da, a performance space that allows youth to develop and enact their creative talents on stage.

For questions and event details, contact Dr. Wilson Valentín-Escobar: wvalentin@hampshire.edu



Smith Poetry Center Fall Reading Series
Annie Boutelle
November 18th, Tuesday, 7:30 pm
Stoddard Hall, Smith College
Annie Boutelle’s poems are elegant, fierce, gorgeous, and spare—all at once. This reading celebrates the release of her fourth collection, How They Fell. Eleanor Wilner writes that “a fiery intelligence, at times a fury, empower this remarkable book,” and Fred Marchant praises its brimming “artistic exhilaration and vitality.” Retired from teaching since 2013, Annie Boutelle founded of the Poetry Center at Smith.
Please note that there will be no Q&A for this event.


30 Poems in November for Center for New Americans

Poetry News supports Center for New Americans’ annual 30 Poems in November,
and we invite you to do the same!  30 Poems in November is open to all of you.

The Center For New Americans, a Northampton-based organization which provides literacy, citizenship, and support services for the immigrant communities of Western Massachusetts, is now sponsoring its 6th annual 30 Poems in November. Poets commit to writing a poem a day for the month of November, and raise money from family and friends against that commitment (just like when people pledge by the mile for a charity 10K).

Some of the participants send their efforts out daily; others occasionally; others not at all. It’s a great motivation for those of us who could use a deadline and a built-in audience. And while it benefits an organization in Massachusetts, it’s open to poets around the world. Use your literary gifts to give the gift of literacy!
Links are below. Try it! You’ll get more written than you ever imagined possible, and you’ll be helping a great cause.  AND you can also be part of the public reading by participants, which takes place at Smith College in December.
Center for New Americans website: http://www.cnam.org
Center for New Americans fundraising page: http://www.razoo.com/story/Center-For-New-Americans-1
PlumGreenfield Community College’s online literary journal is now accepting submissions from writers in the western region of Massachusetts and southern Vermont.
Please send 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.
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, November 13, 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
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.
Leah Nielsen and Mark Hart
Thursday, November 20, 5:30p
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

There’s a vibrant and active poetry community in the Albany area.
Go to http://www.albanypoets.com/ for schedules and events!
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 

Connecticut Poetry Festival 2014 starts this Thursday! 
We are offering five FREE poetry workshops as part of the Festival (four at the Twain House on Saturday afternoon and one at Hartford Public Library on Sunday afternoon). Some of you have been wondering if pre-registration is required and which Saturday workshops are offered in each time slot.
Here’s more information about workshops!
Pre-registration is NOT required for any of the workshops, but you may pre-register if you wish. Pre-registration is especially helpful for Saturday’s workshops, as it will help you and us know who’s going where that day.
To pre-register, email back to this address with the name of the workshop(s) you wish to attend and the name(s) of the participant(s) for whom you wish to reserve seats. You may also reserve seats by posting that information to our Facebook events: “Write Away” (Saturday’s workshops) and “Lyric Histories with Marilyn Nelson” (Sunday’s workshop).
Below are descriptions of the “Write Away” workshops on Saturday, November 15. Note: the workshops are being offered in two sessions, so you can attend up to two of the four workshops being offered (one during Session A and one during Session B). All workshops are 50 min. long. Paper and pencils will be provided. Our Impromptu Bookstore will be open during both workshop sessions and for one hour after the workshops, so you can chat with the workshop presenters, and buy and get them to sign their books.
Workshops for Session A, 1:10 – 2:00 PM
“The Poetry Experiment” with Yvon J. Cormier.
Students utilize surrealist and experimental writing techniques to create poetry. Phrasing and unique phrasing will be the benefit and participants will walk away with new skills and completed poems. The Poetry Experiment presents graduate-level experimental writing techniques, which are made readily accessible and applicable to poetry and prose writing. Suggested for ages 18+.
“Emerging Voices: Personal and Public Persona” with Elizabeth Thomas.
The art of poetry and creative writing offers a rich variety of opportunities for personal and public discovery. This workshop is ‘hearts open and pencils down’. Participants will write and share in a supportive environment that promotes playfulness and collaboration. Appropriate for all ages and experience.
Workshops for Session B, 2:10 – 3:00 PM
“Reading Your Poems to an Audience” with Donna Marie Merritt.
This workshop seeks to offer practical advice to those preparing to read their work out loud to an audience. We will discuss a variety of tips from posture to pronunciation to pacing. Participants should bring one or two poems of their own to practice in front of the group. This is NOT a performance poetry workshop for dramatic effect. It is about reading with confidence with the added bonus of paying attention to how reading your work out loud helps with the revision process. Whether reading in front of an audience for the first time or hundredth, a practice workshop can make a big difference in how a poet’s work is received and can help alleviate a bit of stress.
“Death Riding Shotgun: How Mortality Shapes Writing” with Lisa C. Taylor.
How does your own mortality inform your work? In this workshop, we will read and discuss poems that deal with mortality while understanding that mortality, for a writer, is always present—looking in the window or darting across the road in front of us. Can the awareness of death offer the possibility of making our work more alive? Are there ways to write about death that aren’t poems of loss and grief? We will be reading some unconventional poems and also writing our own poems. Poems of death are, in a sense, pomes of life in its most visceral, acutely aware state. They can also be poems of celebration. Suggested for ages 16+.
Visit our website or Facebook page for workshop presenters’ bios: Riverwood Poetry or Riverwood Poetry Series, Inc.
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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