Poetry News December 1, 2014


Here is your Poetry News for the week of December 1,  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):
Wed. Dec. 3 – Write Minds, 5 poets reading at Thirsty Mind, S. Hadley, 7pm
Thu. Dec. 4 – Ben Lerner at UMass Visiting Writers, Memorial Hall, UMass, 8pm
Sun. Dec. 7 – Paula Sayword reading at Leyden Town Hall, 4pm
Sun. Dec. 7 – Corrie Williamson and Carol Edelstein, Neilson Library, Smith, 4pm




Smith Poetry Center Fall Reading Series
December 2nd, Tuesday, 7:30 pm
Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College, Northampton
T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets
Ludvig Van Beethoven’s String Quartet in A-Minor, Opus 132

JOHN FARRELL, a principal in Maine’s groundbreaking Figures of Speech Theatre, recites from memory Four Quartets, a suite of poems often considered T.S. Eliot’s greatest. First undertaken in 2011 with permission — rarely granted — from Eliot’s estate, Farrell’s recitation of Four Quartets affords audiences an opportunity to immerse themselves in 1,000 lines of poetry exploring humankind’s relationship with time and with experience itself. According to theatre scholar Paul Kuritz, / One review notes that Farrell “opens the text in ways beyond the ability of the solitary reader.”

In a 1935 letter to Stephen Spender, Eliot wrote of Beethoven’s A-Minor String Quartet (Opus 132): “I find it quite inexhaustible to study. There is sort of heavenly, or at least more than human gaiety about [it]. . .which might come to oneself as the fruit of reconciliation and relief after immense suffering; I should like to get something of that into verse before I die.”

Presented together in alternating sections, Eliot’s words and Beethoven’s music amplify one another in an infinitely stimulating artistic dynamic. Opus 132 will be played by distinguished local musicians JOEL PITCHON (violin), KATHERINE WINTERSTEIN (violin), RONALD CARBONE (viola), and VOLCY PELLETIER (cello).



Write Minds
an evening of poetry in South Hadley
Gerry Yelle, Anita Gallers, Bob Lipton, Tommy Twilite and Marian Kent,
Wed. Dec. 3, 7pm
Thirsty Mind Coffee and Wine Bar
23 College St
S. Hadley, MA



UMass Visiting Writers Series
December 4, Thursday, 8pm
UMass Amherst, Memorial Hall

The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers presents a reading with poet and novelist Ben Lerner on December 4th at 8pm in Memorial Hall.

Lerner’s latest novel, 10:04, won high praise this fall. NPR called the book “strange and spectacular,” and the New York Timesdeclared it, “frequently brilliant.” Times critic Dwight Garner ranked Lerner “among the most interesting young American novelists” for, as the book’s narrator describes it, “a work that, like a poem, is neither fiction nor nonfiction but a flickering between them.”


Sunday December 7th at 4pm
Leyden Town Hall

Paula Sayword is pleased to invite family, friends and neighbors to celebrate the publication of her full-length book of poems, Canticle of Light and Dark.

Poet Anne Love Woodhull writes: “Canticle of Light and Dark has sting and grace, cloak and bare skin; each poem chimes with passion and clarity.  From the tender to unbearable loss, these poems shine into the dark of northeast woods, the mesas of the west and the rigors of human experience…Here is quiet bravery.”

So come join us for poetry and book signing.  Refreshments will be served.
Canticle of Light and Dark was published by The Synthesis Center Press of Amherst, MA.



The Gallery of Readers and Perugia Press co-present
Corrie Williamson and Carol Edelstein
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 4 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College, Northampton
Refreshments will be served.
This reading will feature a current and a past winner of the Perugia Press Prize, which recognizes the best new women poets in the United States.



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:
11/25 Cash Slam and Open Mic
12/2 Elizag and Open Mic
12/9 Cash Slam and Open Mic
12/16 David Keali’i 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.



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, December 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
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.
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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