Poetry News Sept. 14, 2015


Here is your Poetry News for the week of September 14, 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):
Wed. Sept. 16 – Patrick Donnelly & Rich Michelson at River Valley Market, Northampton, 12 noon
Wed. Sept. 16 – An Evening of Poetry, Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, 7pm
Sun. Sept. 20 – Gail Thomas & Cynthia Kennison,  Neilson Library, Smith, Northampton, 7pm


!!!Coming Soon! Amherst Poetry Festival!!! (Oct 1-4)
Info and schedule at:http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/amherstpoetryfestivalschedule2015 

Poet Jane Hirshfield to read at the University of Hartford
Please come hear celebrated poet Jane Hirshfield read from her work.
          October 7th at 7:00 PM Where: Wilde Auditorium on the University of Hartford Campus
 The reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Books will be available for purchase. Ms. Hirshfield’s books include The Beauty: Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015); Come, Thief (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011); After (HarperCollins, 2006); and Given Sugar, Given Salt (HarperCollins, 2001), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other honors include the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, Columbia University’s Translation Center Award, the Commonwealth Club of California Poetry Medal, the Poetry Center Book Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Her work has been selected for seven editions of Best American Poetry. In 2004, she was awarded the seventieth Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by the Academy of American Poets. The reading is free and open to the public.
Thomas Lux at Smith College
Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30 PM
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College 

Thomas Lux has said, “I like to make the reader laugh—and then steal that laugh, right out of the throat. Because I think life is like that, tragedy right alongside humor.” Laugh we do, while the subjects of his poems range from mummies to magma, Whitman’s brain to Jesus’ baby teeth. Yet the ironic tone of Lux’s poetry haunts: we watch a beloved child grow her first teeth, a doggedly determined father row his way to work amidst a flood. Lux surprises, sharpens, and twists our perception of a world where the surreal feels more honest and tangible than anything else. Read a few of his poems, and find out more about Thomas Lux, here.  This reading is free and open to the public.

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
9/15 – Vanessa Marco and Open Mic
9/22 – Franny Choi and Open Mic
9/29 – Jared Singer and Open Mic

Poetry & Fiction Reading:
Janet E. Aalfs will perform her weavings of poetry and movement rooted in traditional arts forms, and Lynette D’Amico will read from her new novella, Road Trip,on Sat. Sept 12, 7pm, at White Square Books, 86 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA.

7 Minutes: A Literary Arts Spotlight
Please join Maria Luisa Arroyo for one or more months in celebrating the poets and writers, who are sharing their original work. Audience members (18+) are always welcomed. Note that “7 Minutes: A Literary Arts Spotlight” falls on Sundays this season (except for August):
Sundays, 1 pm – 3 pm, Oct. 18, Nov., 15, & Dec. 13

Same location: Community Room (street-level), Springfield Main Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, MA

Parking: Right across the street. Please be careful crossing very busy State Stret. The community room is located on the street level. There is an entrance to the right of the library’s outside grand staircase. Enter and take an immediate right. Because of the many exciting events happening in Springfield, including the Mattoon Street Arts Festival, please plan your travels accordingly.

[12:30 pm – 1:00 pm- host & literary artists arrive & set up]
1:05 pm- 1:45 pm readings
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm intermission
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm readings
2:45 pm –   meet & greet the authors; book purchases & signings; library evaluations
2:55 pm – FREE raffle drawing for a library tote bag(must be present to win)
Thank you all again for the gift of your time-as a literary artist, as an audience member, and as a promoter of this monthly series!

Patrick Donnelly and Richard Michelson
Wednesday, September 16, 12:00 noon – 1 PM.
Patrick Donnelly, current Northampton poet laureate, will read with Richard Michelson, former Northampton poet laureate, for the “Picnic Presentation” series on the deck of River Valley Market.
River Valley Market, 330 N King Street, Northampton
Poetry Reading with
Rebecca Kaiser Gibson, Christian McEwen,
Deborah Gorlin, and Alice B. Fogel
Wed. September 16, 7:00 pm
Broadside Bookshop, Northampton
247 Main St.
The Gallery of Readers Series presents
Gail Thomas and Cynthia Kennison
reading from their recent work
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 4 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room, Smith College
Refreshments will be served.

Thomas Lux Reading
Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30 PM
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College 

Born in Northampton, MA and raised on a nearby dairy farm, Thomas Lux has said, “I like to make the reader laugh — and then steal that laugh, right out of the throat. Because I think life is like that, tragedy right alongside humor.” Laugh we do, while the subjects of his poems range from mummies to magma, from Whitman’s brain to Jesus’ baby teeth. Yet the ironic tone of Lux’s poetry haunts: we watch a beloved child grow her first teeth, a doggedly determined father row his way to work amidst a flood. Lux surprises, sharpens, and twists our perception of a world where the surreal feels more honest and tangible than anything else. Read a few of his poems, and find out more about Thomas Lux, here.  This reading is free and open to the public.
Wagon Wheel Word in Gill

Wednesday, September 23rd at 6pm
Wagon Wheel Word presents a Poetry Evening Open
Mic, designed to gauge the interest in a regular monthly series. We’re featuring
Karen Skolfield, following 5-minute open mic slots at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Gill.
Award-winning local poet, Karen Skolfield, will be the featured reader. Her book
Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and
the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press. She received the 2015 Robert H.
Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and the 2015 Arts &
Humanities Award from New England Public Radio, and has received many
esteemed fellowships and awards. Skolfield is an Army veteran and teaches
writing to engineers at UMass Amherst, where she earned her MFA. For more
info on Karen: www.karenskolfield.com
Wagon Wheel Word is held at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant,
Route 2/39 French King Highway in Gill, MA. Full menu available.
Hosted by Lea Banks and Eric Wasileski.
No cover charge, open to the public, free will offering accepted.
For more info, call 978.401.6458 or email wagonwheelword@gmail.com.
Doug Anderson and Chard DeNiord
Poetry Reading
Thursday, Sept. 24, 7pm
Amherst Books, Amherst
White Square Books Reading Schedule
Some great poets and writers coming up at White Square Books!
9/25 – “Upstreet” journal reading. Join editor Vivian Dorsel and poets Carol Edelstein, Howard Faerstein, and Maya Janson for an evening of poetry.
9/27 – Stephen Dobyns! Join us to help poet and mystery writer Stephen Dobyns launch his new book “Is Fat Bob Dead Yet?” He will be introduced by his former student Amy Heflin and will also read from his poetry. Dobyns is the author of more than 30 novels and poetry collections, including “Winter’s Journey” and “Velocity” (poetry) and “The Church of Dead Girls” and “The Two Deaths of Señora Puccini” (fiction). His many literary honors include a Melville Cane Award, Pushcart prizes, a National Poetry Series prize, and three NEA fellowships. “Is Fat Bob Dead Yet?” (Blue Rider, September 2015) is a comic suspense novel about a small-time con operation and a pair of combative detectives.
Deborah Gorlin Book Release Reading
Wednesday, September 30th, 7 PM
8 Main Street, Amherst
http://www.amherstbooks.com/Deborah Gorlin will read from her new book, Life of the Garment: Poems (Bauhan Publishing), the winner of the 2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize.Deborah Gorlin has published in a wide range of journals including Poetry, Antioch Review, American Poetry Review, Seneca Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Harvard Review, Green Mountains Review, Bomb, Connecticut Review, Women’s Review of Books, New England Review, and Best Spiritual Writing 2000. Before winning the 2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, she won the 1996 White Pine Poetry Press Prize for her first book of poems, Bodily Course. Gorlin holds an MFA from the University of California/Irvine. Since 1991, she has taught writing at Hampshire College, where she serves as co-director of the Writing Program. She is currently a poetry editor at The Massachusetts Review.
Two weeks from today
The Garlic and Arts Festival Sept 26th & 27th
There is an incredible line up for the Garlic & Arts Festival
Here is the link to the events page on FB
Hope to see you there and if you would be so kind to go and invite friends
here’s the link to the actually site
Here’s the link to the Schedule for the  Garlic & Arts Word Stage, there will be a book store at the stage with books from the presenting authorshttp://garlicandarts.org/entertainment-and-activities/spoken-word-stage/spoken-word-stage-schedule/
Everyone on the schedule will be hearing from me (Paul Richmond) soon.

Irene Willis will be reading
on the James Tate Memorial Stage at the Emily Dickinson
Homestead Museum on Sunday, October 4, at 1:53 p.m.
This has been designated as
“Family Day” at the Amherst Poetry Festival.

Lesléa Newman will be reading from her newest poetry collection,
I CARRY MY MOTHER at the Greenfield Public Library on Wednesday, October 7th starting at 6:00 p.m. I CARRY MY MOTHER is a book-length series of poems that explores a daughter’s journey through her mother’s illness and death and her own grief. Newman is a past poet laureate of Northampton, MA and  the author of 70 books for readers of all ages including the poetry collections, NOBODY’S MOTHER, SIGNS OF LOVE, STILL LIFE WITH BUDDY, and OCTOBER MOURNING: A SONG FOR MATTHEW SHEPARD (novel-in-verse).  The Greenfield Public Library is located at 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA.

Call for Submissions from Western MA Poets!
Western MA poets: Be part of a community poetry event!MOTION/EMOTIONNorthampton Arts Council Announces a Call for Poetry

“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that 100 years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.”
—William Faulkner

Western Mass Poets are invited to submit poems that resonate with the theme Motion/ Emotion. Artwork inspired by the same theme will hang at the Northampton Arts Council’s Biennial Exhibition during October in the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library.

The deadline for submission is Monday, October 12. The Arts Council will announce a list of accepted poets on October 19. A jury composed of Northampton’s Poet Laureate Patrick Donnelly, Perugia Press publisher Susan Kan and poet Chris Gonzalez will make selections.
Accepted poems will be posted on the Arts Council’s website www.northamptonartscouncil.org

Selected poets will be invited to present their work in the Coolidge Room adjacent to the Hosmer Gallery at a reading hosted by the Arts Council the evening of Monday, October 26.• Poets may submit up to 3 poems.
• Previously published poems are permissible.
• Submit poems as a pdf attachment to an e-mail addressed to: biennialpoetry@gmail.com with Biennial Poetry in subject line.
• Judging will be blind. Include your name, address, e-mail address and phone contact in the body of the e-mail but not on your poems.
• Poems may be submitted up until midnight on the October 12 deadline.
• Questions? E-mail: biennialpoetry@gmail.com.


“In Our Nature” Writing Workshops ~ room for more!

Whether you are 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!

Thursday mornings:   9:45 – 12:30 (2 3/4 hrs) for 10 wks (Sept 24 – Dec. 3, except Thanksgiving 11/26).

Monday mornings:     9:45 – 12:30 (2 3/4 hrs) for 10 wks (Sept 28 – Dec. 7, except Columbus Day 10/12).

Can’t come to the first meeting? If room, you’re welcome to join us after the first meeting.
Cost: $33/week, or save $30 by paying $300 (in 1 or 2 advance lump sums).  Not sure? Try a meeting at no cost.

We meet at my Ashfield home, in a supportive environment using guidelines developed by Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA). Tuition includes occasional manuscript critiques for those who want them.

For more information, contact Susan at (413) 628-4039  or  smiddle@crocker.com

Susan Middleton’s poems have appeared in a number of literary and environmental publications. In 2004 she and several other western MA poets founded Slate Roof, a collaboratively run small press, which published her chapbook, Seed Case of the Heart (Slate Roof Press, 2007). In 2013 she won 2nd prize for a short story in Write Action’s 8th Annual Prose & Poetry Writing Contest. Susan has been participating in workshops and peer-run groups based on the AWA method since 1996, and leading AWA workshops since January 2013. She also has extensive editing experience, having participated in critique groups for over 15 years and edited books as a freelance for 28 years.

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, September 10, 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




100 Main St, Lee, MA 01238
(413) 243-0385
Third Thursdays @ 5:30pm
~Writers Read Monthly Reading Series~

$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


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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