Poetry News August 10, 2015


Here is your Poetry News for the week of August 10, 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):
Through Aug. 19: Sunken Garden Poetry Festival  Hillstead Museum, Farmington, CT info http://www.hillstead.org/calendar/category/poetry-festival/
Aug 16-22: WordXWord festival, Pittsfield. Info at http://wordxwordfestival.com
Tue. Aug. 11 – UNBUTTONED features Anne Cecelia Holmes, Luthiers, Easthampton, 7pm
Tue. Aug. 11 – Slam and Open Mic, The Deuce, WWII Club Northampton, 8pm
Thu. Aug. 13 – Florence Poets Society meeting & poetry share, Lilly Library, Florence, 6:30pm
Thu. Aug. 13 – Mark Wunderlich lecture on Rilke, The Mount, Lenox, 5pm


an Evening of Spoken Word Featuring Anne Cecelia Homes
Tuesday, August 11th from 7:00 – 8:30PM
at Luthier’s Co-op, 108 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA.
This event is free and open to the public.

Anne Cecelia Holmes is the author of The Jitters, just out this June from horse less press, and the chapbooks Junk Parade (dancing girl press 2012) and I Am A Natural Wonder (with Lily Ladewig; Blue Hour Press 2011). Her poems have been published in jubilat, Conduit, The Atlas Review, Denver Quarterly, New South, Sixth Finch, among other journals. She is co-editor of Jellyfish Magazine and lives in Western Massachusetts.

Unbuttoned has been produced in association with ECA+ monthly for over two years. The evening begins with six open-mic slots for five-minute performances and will conclude with the performance by Anne Cecelia Holmes.

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
Please bring a 3-5 minute selection of your work to share
Fabulous website with featured poets
8/11 – Slam and Open Mic
8/18 – Roya Marsh and Open Mic
8/25 – Scott Beal and Open Mic

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.
Doors open at 7 If you want to read,
put your name in the hat up until 7:10.
The reading starts at 7:15, and each reader will have five minutes.
Admission is free;
participants are encouraged to buy a drink in support of the venue.

Mark Wunderlich Lecture on Rilke

On Thursday, August 13, at 5 p.m., Mark Wunderlich, recent winner of The Rilke Prize, will talk about the importance of the great German poet Rainer Maria Rilke to his own work. Mark Wunderlich is the author of three collections of poetry, The Anchorage, Voluntary Servitude, and The Earth Avails, winner of the 2014 Rilke Prize. The recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, he teaches writing and literature at Bennington College. At The Mount, 2 Plunkett St, Lenox Ma

WordXWord Pittsfield
August 16-22 Info at http://www.wordxwordfestival.com/
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
Susan Middleton is leading a day-long writer’s retreat at her home.
When: Thursday Aug 13, 9:30am to 4pm
Where: Susan Middleton’s Ashfield home
What: The chance to relax, celebrate summer, and write for longer periods.
Cost: $55 (on or before Aug 5); $65 (after Aug 5) Write to Susan for more information at smiddle@crocker.com

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.

The next business/sharing meeting is Thursday, August 13, 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.

Wednesdays at 5:00pm WMUA-Amherst (the student and community radio station of UMass-Amherst) can be listened to at 91.1 FM within range of the transmitter. WMUA is also streamed live at http://www.wmua.org/. The program, produced 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
9 Mill Street Greenfield
Doors open at 7:00
Reading starts at 7:30
This months Feature
Everyone who has a book of their own poetry
Everyone reads 2 from their book
There are 10 open mic slots of 5 minutes each
$1 to $5 sliding scale donation
Hope to see you there
August First is the Deadline for signing up for the 
Garlic and Arts Festival Sept 26th & 27th
May seem far away but their web site goes live August 1st with all performers
The Word Stage now has it’s own great location
Submit your name for consideration for one of the slots
State availability of which day works for you or if both are open
All readers will receive $20 Garlic Dollars to spend at the Festival
Readers will be chosen based on when you send in your request, your body of work, etc
This Word Stage has grown over the last 4 years, not everyone who wants a slot on the stage will get one
The slots will be 12 minutes.
So if you are interested I need to hear from you…. paul@humanerrorpublishing.com




100 Main St, Lee, MA 01238
(413) 243-0385
Presenting Lara Tupper and Virginia Watkins
Thursday, August 27th @ 5:30pm
~Writers Read Monthly Reading Series~

Lara Tupper is the author of A Thousand and One Nights (Harcourt and Untreed Reads), an autobiographical novel about singers at sea. Her work has appeared in Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak (Harper Perennial), The Believer, Epiphany, fivechapters and other literary magazines. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she taught at Rutgers University for nine years and now presents writing workshops and retreats. A jazz/​pop singer, Lara has crooned in a number of Middle Eastern and Asian cities and now performs throughout New England. She is a proud member of the Authors Guild and the BMIFC (Barry Manilow International Fan Club). www.laratupper.com

Virginia Watkins is a fiction writer based in Sheffield, Mass. She has had work in Ikons, the Austin Chronicle, and other publications and edited the journal, utter, as a companion piece to a reading series, while living in Austin, Texas. She is currently at work on a novel based in her hometown of Richmond, VA. In it, a formerly blue-collar neighborhood shifts against everything its inhabitants know, in order to make room for an influx of artists and students from the nearby university.  The combination is combustible, and the questions it raises are confounding. But through stories – from both sides – they tell the future by taking shortcuts through the past.

$4 Suggested Donation: to benefit the Poets and the Gallery.

Readings begin at 5:30pm at the Lee Library Association, 100 Main Street, Lee –parking at the library. If you have questions and/or are interested in reading in the series, though we can make no promises initially, please email David Giannini, coordinator of the WRITERS READ series, 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 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!


Poetry, People!

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

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

Poetry Slam
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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