Poetry News June 8, 2015

***POETRY NEWS*** Here is your Poetry News for the week of June 8, 2015 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): Thu. June 4 – Collected Poets: Paul Richmond & Becky Sakellariou, Mocha Maya, Shelburne, 7pm Tue. June 9 – Tolonda Henderson & Open Mic at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm Wed. June 10 – Writing Workshop, Central Library Community Room, Springfield, 6:30pm Thu. June 11 – David Giannini book launch, The Bookstore, Lenox, 7pm Sun. June 14 – Linda Barnes-Aaron book release, Nielson Library, Smith College, Northampton, 3pm


Straw Dog Reading
Come to a delightful sampling of new books by members of Straw Dog Writers Guild — Saturday, June 13, 4-6 p.m. at the Smith College Poetry Center. There will be brief readings by Doug Anderson, Marianne Banks, Linda Cardillo, Michael Goldman, Eileen P. Kennedy, Ellen Meerpol,Richard Michelson, Susan Schroder, and Gail Thomas.

Calling all Poets and Storytellers!

Sam’s Pizza and Cafe is now hosting an open reading night, Wednesdays, 7pm Sam’s Pizza, Northampton

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 and Slams 6/9 Tolonda Henderson and Open Mic Please bring a 3-5 minute selection of your work to share Fabulous website with featured poets http://www.northamptonpoetry.com/

David Giannini Book-launch and reading.
David Giannini’s Span of Thread (selected prosepoems) ThursdayJune 11th at 7:00 at The Bookstore, 9 Housatonic St.,
Lenox, MA

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.

7 Minutes at Springfield Central Library  Please save the date for the June “7 Minutes” readings: Saturday, June 27th, 1 pm – 3 pm.
As always, many will have books or chapbooks for sale, so please invest in the literary arts written and published right here in the Pioneer Valley.
There is FREE parking right across the street from the Library. Please do be careful crossing this busy street.

The Gallery of Readers Press presents a book release celebration, reading, and signing for “You Can Always Change Your Mind” a collection of short stories by Linda Barnes-Aaron Sunday, June 14, 2015, 3 PM Neilson Library Browsing Room Smith College, Northampton Refreshments will be served. T

he Collected Poets Series presents Paul Richmond & Becky Sakellariou Thursday, June 4, 7pm Mocha Maya’s, Shelburne Falls

Hedgerow Books Open Reading Period Publishing poetry of distinction from Western Massachusetts, including books honored as finalists for The Massachusetts Book Award, The Eric Hoffer Award, The Montaigne Medal, and The International Book Award,  Hedgerow Books is pleased to announce our Open Reading Period — June 15 to September 15, 2015.  Poets who have full-length manuscripts from Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin or Berkshire counties are invited to submit.  The first round will be read blind by non-local readers, a different mix from our last reading period. Please see Submissions at our website  for further information.    www.hedgerowbooks.net

Writing Workshops: Strengthen Your Writing’s Power and Effectiveness ** Spring at the Central Library in the Community Room June 10, 2015 from 6:30-7:45 p.m. ** Fall at the Forest Park Branch Library in the Community Room Saturday afternoons, September 19 & 26, plus October 3 & 10, 2015 from 1-2:45 p.m. To register, sign up online on our calendar (www.springfieldlibrary.org) or call the Reference Desk at 413-263-6828 ext 213 or the Forest Park Branch at 413-263-6843. This is a series of four writing workshops, designed for would-be writers who dream of publishing a book, but see a need to develop their writing skills first. These personalized workshops focus on improving grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and other basic aspects of writing, and include workshops designed to help writers find their voice. The series is led by Phyllis St. George and partially funded by the Springfield Cultural Council. 1. Finding Your Voice: This is the first of four fun writing workshops perfect for the novice or more experienced writer. In Finding Your Voice, you’ll write free-form from visual prompts to find and enliven your unique voice as a writer. 2. Super Sentences: Strengthen your grasp on basic sentence structure, form, and grammar. Review standard syntax, and enjoy building a better writing style and vocabulary. 3. Editing Your Own Writing: In this interactive and dynamic workshop, participants will review the writing of one another and offer helpful and sensitive feedback aimed at increasing awareness of effective grammar, vocabulary, and style. 4. Reading to Find Your Own Voice: The best writers are also readers! Bring in a few pages of a favorite book, story or essay and, using the Amherst Writers Method as a model, write an imitation with your own characters. Feedback on the writing will focus on what is enjoyable and strong. After the completion of the second series, there will be a public reading at the Central Library (to be announced) of writing samples created by the workshop attendees.

For more information, call Matthew Jaquith at 413-263-6828 ext. 221.

Fiction Writing Group at East Forest Park Library 122 Island Pond Road (Next to Rite Aid in the plaza) Springfield 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.

FLORENCE POETS SOCIETY The next business/sharing meeting is Thursday, June 18, 2015 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.

POETRY A LA CARTE RADIO SHOW 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 Third Tuesday in Greenfield 9 Mill Street Greenfield Doors open at 7:00 Reading starts at 7:30 There are 10 open mic slots of 5 minutes each $1 to $5 sliding scale donation Hope to see you there Check email in case of a snow cancellation Paul: paul@humanerrorpublishing.com

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.

“In Our Nature” writing workshops, spring 2015
Thursday mornings, May 7–June 11 (6 weeks), in Ashfield, MA Cost: $28 per wk, or save $18 and pay $150 in advance. Can join after 1st week if there’s room. We meet 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., primarily in my Ashfield home; once or twice, weather permitting, we’ll meet 8 minutes down the road at the whimsical, inspiring Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen, MA. We follow the guidelines developed by Amherst Writers and Artists to keep our writing environment feeling safe. Tuition includes occasional manuscript critiques (by the group and/or by me) for those who want them. Whether you’re a beginning writer or advanced, new to writing with others or an old hand at it, passionate about nature, human nature, or other topics altogether … come write with us! Not sure? Try a meeting at no cost. Contact: Susan Middleton at 413-628-4039 or smiddle@crocker.com.

WORD IN THE BERKSHIRES 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 http://www.facebook.com/RAMBLINGPOETS http://www.theparlorcafe.com

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!

Every Thursday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (sometimes later) @ The Coffee Loft 406 Lincoln Street Marlborough, MA 508.251.1431 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 .

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 http://www.ctpoetrycalendar.com


We are reprinting Dan Bouchard’s Boston Poetry Page here on Poetry News. Check it out! 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


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 http://www.facebook.com/BrattleboroPoetry For a VT poetry events calendar go to: http://www.phayvanh.com/ For info on Brattleboro poetry and Write Action visit their website – http://www.writeaction.org Poetry readings at the Putney Library 55 Main Street, Putney VT (802) 387-4407 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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