Poetry News, March 2016


Here is your Poetry News for the month of March, 2016
Scroll down to see or link to more poetry in Worcester, the Berkshires, Boston, Vermont and other areas.
Poetry News is now published monthly. Please send events as you normally do to lori@thepoetrynews.com. The site will be updated regularly.
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Some Highlights of This Month in Western MA (more below, including workshops & calls for submission):
Tue. March 1 – Straw Dog Writers Night Out with Sarah Sousa, The Basement, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. March 1 – Rookie Slam & Open Mic, The Deuce, WWII club, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. March. 2 – Poetry at Sam’s Pizza, Northampton, 7pm
Thu. March 3- Collected Poets: Doug Anderson & Patty Crane, Mocha Maya, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
Thu. March 3 – Amherst Artwalk at Emily Dickinson Museum, Lori Desrosiers & Nina Shallman, open mic at 6, readings at 7.
Thu. March 3 – Amy Dryansky & Deb Gorlin at Odyssey Bookshop, S. Hadley, 7pm
Sun. March 6 – Group 18 Reading & Fundraiser, Anchor House of Artists, Northampton, 3pm
Mon. March 7 – Wagon Wheel Word featuring Trish Crapo, Route 2, Gill, 6pm
Tue. March 8 – UNBUTTONED features Corinne DeWinter, Luthier’s Co-op, Easthampton, 7pm
Tue. March 8 – Timothy DuWhite & Open Mic, The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Thu. March 10- Florence Poets Society, business 6:30, Poetry Share 7pm, Lilly Library, Florence.
Thu. March 10 – Jericho Brown at UMass Visiting Writers, Memorial Hall UMass, 8pm
Thu. March 10 – Reginal Dwayne Betts at Johnson Library, Hampshire College, 6pm
Fri. March 11 – Martin Espada reading with artwork by Frank Espada, R.Michelson Gallery, Northampton, 6pm
Sat. March 12 – Meat for Tea presents Le Cirque du Duc Blanc Mince, Sonelab, Easthampton, 7:30pm
Sun. March. 13 – 7 Minutes Literary Spotlight, Springfield Central Library, 1pm
Mon. March 14 – Ashfield Lake House Poetry & Open Mic, Featuring Catherine DeWeiss, Lake House, Ashfield, 8:30pm
Tue. March 15 – Raven McGill & Open Mic, The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. March 15 – Greenfield Word: Cindy Markevich & Doug Anderson, plus open mic, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7:30pm
Tue. March 15 – Blue House Visiting Writers Series,  Elms College, 7:30pm
Sun. March 20 – Gallery of Readers Series: Robin Barber & Meryl Cohn, Neilson Library, Smith, 4pm
Mon. March 21 – Irene Willis book release, Devonshire Estates Atrium, Lenox, 3pm
Tue. March 22 – Joy Ladin and Oliver Bendorf, Paradise Room, Conf. Center, Smith, 7:30pm
Tue. March 22 – Writers Read: Hilde Weisert, Christopher Nye,  Lee Library, 5:30pm
Tue. March. 22 – Jane Yolen & Open Mic, The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm




Writer’s Night Out
Featuring Sarah Sousa
Tue. March 1, 7:00pm
The Basement
21 Center Street
Northampton, MA
Open mic at the Basement, admission is free! Writers, put your name in the hat until 7:10; reading begins at  7:15. Followed by featured reader Sarah Sousa. After that, there will be time to socialize and find out what’s happening in the local writing world!

Sarah Sousa
’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review, Fugue, andTupelo Quarterly, among others. She was awarded the 2015 Anne Halley Prize from The Massachusetts Review. She is the author of the poetry collections Split the Crow (Parlor Press, 2015) and Church of Needles (Red Mountain Press, 2014). She also edited The Diary of Esther Small, 1886 (Small Batch Books) which won the New England Book Festival Award for Regional Literature. Check out her website!



Lori Desrosiers and Nina Shallman at Emily Dickinson Museum
Thursday, March 3rd
The Emily Dickinson Museum participates in the Amherst Art Walk on first Thursdays monthly from 5-8PM. Each month enjoy a one-night-only art exhibit, a poetry open mic, and featured readers. The Art Walk is just one way the Museum is bringing local contemporary talent into Emily Dickinson’s creative space. All events are free and open to the public.
5-8PM Art in the Homestead by Nancy Meagher
5-6PM Poetry open mic sign-ups
6-7PM Poetry open mic
7PM Featured reader, Nina Shallman
7:20PM Featured reader, Lori Desrosiers

Nancy Meagher is an Amherst-based painter who continues to be inspired by Dickinson’s poetry and the physical trappings of her daily life. Meagher’s exhibit will lead visitors through the Museum with art and stanzas of connecting poetry. In Meagher’s works of oil and charcoal, Dickinson’s new wallpaper comes to life, her poetry moves about her in cyclones of thought, and the ‘cocoon’ of the Homestead gives way to ‘teasing color.’

Nina Shallman is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter, musician and poet. A native of Southern California, Nina is a student at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.  In her freshman year, she was selected as one of only two students to represent the school at the 2015 Five College PoetryFest, an annual spring event celebrating undergraduate poets from Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and UMass Amherst. Nina is currently a candidate for the Glascock Poetry Prize.

Lori Desrosiers‘ poetry books are The Philosopher’s Daughter, published by Salmon Poetry in 2013, a chapbook, Inner Sky, from Glass Lyre Press, and a second full-length book of poems, Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak, which will be out from Salmon in April, 2016. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is editor of Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry. She teaches Literature and Composition at Westfield State University and Holyoke Community College, and Poetry in the Interdisciplinary Studies program for the Lesley University M.F.A. graduate program.



Amy Dryansky and Deb Gorlin
The Odyssey Bookshop will host a poetry reading with local poets Amy Dryansky and Deb Gorlin. Thursday, March 3, 7pm.

In her second collection of poems, Grass WhistleAmy Dryansky’s intrepid speaker sets off once again, this time into the deceptively open field of adult life, pushing the boundaries of identity and connection. Dryansky’s poems appear in the Harvard Review, New England Review,Orion, and more. She has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes and received honors/awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MacDowell Colony, and more. She is currently the assistant director of the Culture, Brain & Development Program at Hampshire College and teaches writing in the community.

In Life of the Garment, Deborah Gorlin inventories her dead in urgent acts of recognition and commemoration. Deborah Gorlin’s work apeears in the American Poetry Review, Bomb,Women’s Review of Books, and more. She is the winner of the 2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, for her book of poems, Life of the Garment. She teaches writing at Hampshire College, where she serves as co-director of the Writing Program, and is currently a poetry editor at The Massachusetts Review.

Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St. South Hadley, MA



Collected Poets Series
Doug Anderson & Patty Crane

Please join us Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 7:00 pm, when poets Doug Anderson and Patty Crane will continue the ninth season of the Collected Poets Series. Mocha Maya’s Coffee House, 47 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA. ($2-5 suggested donation).

Doug Anderson
‘s book The Moon Reflected Fire (Alice James Books, 2002) won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 1995, and his Blues for Unemployed Secret Police a grant from the Academy of American Poets in 2000. Most recently he is the author of the poetry collection,Horse Medicine (Barrow Street Press, 2015). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, Poets & Writers, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the MacDowell Colony, and others. He has twice been a fellow at Fort Juniper in Amherst, Massachusetts, the former home of the poet Robert Francis. His play, Short Timers, was produced at Theater for the New City in New York in 1981. His memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery, was published by W. W. Norton in 2009. He has also written film scripts and criticism. He teaches in the department of comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Patty Crane’s award-winning poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Her translations of Swedish poet and 2011 Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer have appeared in AmericanPoetry ReviewBlackbird, PEN Poetry Series, Poetry Daily, and The New York Times, among others.Bright Scythe (Sarabande), a bilingual volume of her translations, was recently released to wide acclaim. She lives in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.




Poets from Group 18 Reading and Fundraiser
Please join us at a fundraiser on Sunday, March 6th at 3 p.m. for Anchor House of Artists (Michael Tillyer, director) whose mission is to support artists who live with mental illness. Poets from Group 18 will be reading (Doug Anderson, Roz Driscoll, Paul Jacobs, Margaret Lloyd, Missy Montgomery, Henry Lyman, Bill O’Connell, and Annie Woodhull). There is a “suggested” donation of $10.
Directions: 518 Pleasant Street, Northampton.
Coming from the center of Northampton, take route 5 (Pleasant Street) toward the exit to Interstate 91. A bit before the exit you will see a SHELL gas station on your left and the bowling alley will be on your right. Turn left into the second entrance to the gas station and turn immediately right where you can also park. Enter the door facing the street (it has the numerals 518 on it). Anchor House is on the ground floor.



Wagon Wheel Word Open Mic
Featuring Trish Crapo
Monday, March 7, 6pm
Please join our awesome monthly Wagon Wheel Word! 5 minute open mics slots available, followed by our featured Poet.
Wagon Wheel Word!!! Poetry open mic with feature.
Come hungry and feed your body and your yearning for art.
Looking forward to seeing you then!
Wagon Wheel Restaurant
39 French King Highway, Gill, MA



UNBUTTONED, An Evening of Spoken Word
with featured writer Corrine DeWinter
Tuesday, March 8th from 7:00 – 8:30PM
at Luthier’s Co-op, 108 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA.
This event is free and open to the public.Corrine De Winter is the author of several poetry collections, including the Stoker Award winning “The Women At The Funeral” and the latest “Virgin of the Apocalypse” , nominated for a 2008 Stoker Award. “Tango in the 9th Circle (Dark Regions Press), “Valentine” (Black Arrow Press & “A Dark Ride” (Black Arrow Press) & “Venus Intervention” were also on the Stoker Awards Final Ballot. Nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, De Winter has been widely published in over 900 journals including Doorways, New York Quarterly, Sacred Journey, FATE and others. Her readings and a movie are featured on YouTube. Corrine’s latest book “THE SENSITIVE SOUL’S GUIDE TO WAKING UP” is an interactive journaling for those seeking their life’s purpose.



Visiting Writer Series with Jericho Brown
The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers
presents a reading by writer Jericho Brown.
Memorial Hall, UMass
Thursday, March 10, 8pm
Jericho Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book, Please (New Issues, 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon, 2014), was named one of the best poetry books of the year by Library Journal. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker,and The Best American Poetry. Brown earned a PhD from the University of Houston, an MFA from the University of New Orleans, and a BA from Dillard University. He is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta.
Memorial Hall, The University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA



Vivas to Those Who Have Failed: Poems by Martín Espada 
Friday, March 11 at 6 pm
In conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out, R. Michelson Galleries presents the opening reception for The Puerto Rican Diaspora and other photographs by Frank Espada, with a poetry reading by Martín Espada from his new collection of poems, Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. A book-signing will follow the reading. Don’t miss what Junot Díaz says is: “Espada at his brilliant best.” Through the month of March, photographs by acclaimed photographer Frank Espada, Martín Espada’s father, will be on exhibit. Frank Espada was a documentary photographer, best known as the creator of the Puerto Rican Diaspora Documentary Project. His work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the National Portrait Gallery and the Library of Congress.R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main Street, Northampton, MA 


Poetry Reading: Reginald Dwayne Betts
Thursday, March 10 at 6 pm
Reginald Dwayne Betts will read from his recent collection of poetry, Bastards of the Reagan Era, at Hampshire College. Betts is also author of A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, & Coming of Age in Prison; and Shahid Reads His Own Palm. Check out this NPR interview on how Betts found poetry in what some would think of as a most unlikely place.
The Airport Lounge, Johnson Library Center, Hampshire College



Meat for Tea presents: Le Cirque du Duc Blanc Mince 
Saturday, March 12, 7:30pm
Sonelab, 142 Pleasant St. Easthampton
Meat for Tea is turning 10! Come celebrate this momentous occasion at this gala, multi-media event. Featured will be the artwork of Sloan Tomlinson, J. Andrew World, Kate Bodendorf, and Daniel Hales, spoken word, films at the neighboring brewery, and live music by Ex Temper and Beige. $5 suggested donation.



7 Minutes: A Literary Spotlight
Sunday, March 13th from 1:00 to 3:00,
Featured Readers:
Gail Olmstead
Paul Richmond
Marilyn Marquez
Megan Nolan
Rebecca Lartigue
Bruce Cone
Susan Stinson
Janet E. Aalfs
Springfield Public Library
220 State Street, Springfield



MONDAY, March 14th at 8:30pm
Come perform a poem, a sonnet, a haiku, or spoken word, all types of original writing are welcome. Or you can come to chill, listen, and cheer on the poets! Sign-ups start at 8:00pm but get there fast, there are a limited number of slots. One poem per person, and please keep your poems to about 3 minutes in length as we want to be able to hear as many people as possible. The event is by donation. Hosted by Myisha Stephens and Sequoia LeBreux

This month our feature is Catherine Weiss. She is a poet and author based in Western Massachusetts. She is proud to call Northampton Poetry her home base and just won’t stop showing up uncomfortably early every Tuesday, no matter how nicely they ask her not to. Her writing can be found in publications such as Uppagus, Calamities Press, Melancholy Hyperbole, Buck Off Magazine, Drunk Monkeys, and port.man.teau.
Catherine lives in Florence with her husband, and several smelly domesticated animals.



Greenfield Word
9 Mill Street Greenfield
Tuesday, March 15, 7:30pm
(3rd Tuesday of the month)
Doors open at 7:00
Reading starts at 7:30
This month’s Features are:
Cindy Markevich & Doug Anderson
 There are 10 open mic slots of 5 minutes each
$1 to $5 sliding scale donation
Hope to see you there



Blue House Visiting Writers Series, Elms College
March 15, 7:30pm

Rachel B. Glaser studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design and fiction at UMass-Amherst. Her books include the novel Paulina & Fran, the story collection Pee On Water, and the poetry collection MOODS. Her work has appeared in journals including McSweeney’s and American Short Fiction, and in the anthologies 30 Under 30 and New American Stories. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Seth Landman is the author of Confidence (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2015) and Sign You Were Mistaken (Factory Hollow Press, 2013). His work can be found in Boston Review, iO, Jellyfish, Lit, and elsewhere. He received his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Denver (2013) and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts (2008).

Ted Powers is the author of Please Light Up (Slope Editions, 2015). He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers. He is a contributing editor for jubilat. He edits The Peach Basket: Poets on Basketball. His work can be found in Jellyfish, Big Lucks, Sixth Finch, Vinyl and elsewhere.

The Blue House is located at the edge of campus, near the intersections of Springfield St. and Fairview Ave.



The Gallery of Readers Series presents
Robin Barber & Meryl Cohn
reading from their recent work
Sunday, March 20, 2016, 4 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts
Refreshments will be served.
Since its inception in 1990, The Gallery of Readers has presented monthly readings September through June that showcase the work of local writers. All readings are free and open to the public. In addition to organizing this series, Robin Barber and Carol Edelstein led the Vernon Street Writing Workshops. In 2010 they began the Gallery of Readers Press, a nonprofit literary publishing company.
For more information on other events in the series, and for more of
our work, please visit



Irene Willis
on Monday, March 21, at 3:00 p.m.
Irene Willis will be reading from her newest book,
Reminder and other poems
in the atrium at Devonshire Estates,
329 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, MA,
Admission is free, and books will be available for signing.



Tuesday, March 22, 2016
7:30 pm, Paradise Room, Conference Center
Smith College, Northampton

JOY LADIN’s seven books of poems, as well as her memoir, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, reflect a passionate desire to make meaning – filtered through and driven by her personal journey of transition. Writing through thoughts of suicide, illness, loneliness, and despair to arrive at her definition of “joy,” she gives us a portrait of a “soul in and out of flesh, a marriage out of love, and a body from amputation to wholeness.” Ladin quite literally wrote her way to a sense of self, and continues to write poems in which that self is a “door or a window or a launching pad…toward that greater, more expansive place.”

Ladin holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Stern College of Yeshiva University. As the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution, she approaches the intersection of gender identity and Judaism with a scholar’s erudition and a poet’s sensibility. Her poems are at once ferocious an tender, scholarly yet approachable, filled with great humor and heartbreaking sadness. Ladin has taught at Princeton, Tel Aviv University (as Fulbright Poet-in-Residence), Reed College, and U. Mass Amherst. Ladin’s work has appeared widely in journals, and she received a 2016 NEA fellowship.

OLIVER BENDORF is a cartoonist, librarian, and educator. His first book, The Spectral Wilderness, selected by Mark Doty for the Wick Poetry Prize, was reviewed widely and greeted with high acclaim. Doty wrote: “It’s a joy to come nearer to a realm of experience little explored in American poetry, the lives of those who are engaged in the complex project of transforming their own gender… Oliver Bendorf writes from a paradoxical, new-world position: the adult voice of a man who has just appeared in the world.” Stacey Waite described the book, named a Best Poetry Book of 2014 by Entropy Magazine, as a “queer ecology endlessly transformed by possibility, grief, and the unruly wanting of our names and bodies.” And Natalie Diaz proclaimed that “Bendorf’s poems give us all we have ever wanted, to wake up and feel that the body we are in is ours, that the hands on the ends of our wrists – our body’s gates of tenderness – are large enough to hold in the all the things we have desired.”



Writers Read Monthly Reading Series
TUESDAY, March 22 @ 5:30pm

Hilde Weisert’s poetry collection The Scheme of Things was published in 2015 by David Robert Books. Her poems have appeared in such magazines as Ms, Calyx, Prairie Schooner, Cincinnati Review, Southern Poetry Review, and the Cortland Review. She was awarded fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the NJ State Council on the Arts and was a longtime Geraldine R. Dodge poet. Recent readings include several with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. She lives in Sandisfield, MA and Chapel Hill, NC. Visit her website at www.hildeweisert.com.

Christopher Nye retired from Berkshire Community College after heading the Business Division, and later the Sciences and Engineering Division. Earlier, after completing a PhD in American Studies at Univ. of New Mexico, he taught English and creative writing at Adelphi University. He now works for Orion magazine in Great Barrington. His most recent books are Poems Out of Thin Air and a children’s picture book, The Old Shepherd’s Tale. He will read and play music from from his Poems  Out of Music series, as well as other pieces.

100 Main St, Lee, MA
Guest Host: Frances Roth



Sam’s Pizza and Cafe presents an open reading night
First Wednesday of the month
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
March 1 – Open Mic and Rookie Poetry Slam!
March 8 – Timothy DuWhite and Open Mic
March 15 – Raven McGill and Open Mic
March 22 – Jane Yolen and Open Mic



Call for Submissions: Slate Roof Press,
a member-run, not-for-profit collaborative, is pleased to announce the 2016 Elyse Wolf Prize for our annual poetry chapbook contest. The winner receives $500, becomes an active member of the press, and will have his/her chapbook published by Slate Roof. We publish limited-edition, art-quality chapbooks for Massachusetts and regional poets — beautiful books by an award-winning book designer and printer. Winners make a 3-year commitment to the press, including monthly meetings in Greenfield, MA, and share work responsibilities for many aspects of publishing. Submit no more than 28 pages of poetry. $10 reading fee. Deadline (upload/postmark): May 15, 2016. For full contest guidelines, visit www.slateroofpress.com  or http://slateroofpresscontest.submittable.com/submit.



“In Our Nature” Writing Workshop ~ winter session
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!
Day: Thursday mornings in February & March
Dates: Feb. 4 – March 31  (9 wks)
Time: 10am – 12:45pm  (2 3/4 hrs)
Can’t come to the first meeting? If room, you’re welcome to join us after the first meeting.
Cost: $33/week, or save $27 by paying $270 in one or two 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 me 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 over 25 years.



Our Bodies Are The Keepers of Our Stories
In this monthly workshop, writers and yogis of all levels will gather to practice yoga and writing concurrently in order to excavate and gain access to the infinite wisdom, language, and stories held within the body. Using meditation, asana, yoga philosophy, atypical writing exercises, and illustrative texts, each themed workshop will be both study and practice. We’ll explore how yoga supports and enhances the craft of writing as well as our writing process. The result will be tremendously rich, vibrant writing, a true sense of creative freedom, and a sure-fire way to never have writer’s block again.

Students will have the opportunity to share their work in class and to continue the conversation online between workshops.

March 6 – Mi Casa es Su Casa—Embodying Characters and Consciousness’
April 17 – Moving Mountain Practice—On Changing Perspectives
May 15 –Writing What’s Difficult—The Emotional Body
June 19 — Practice is Practice is Practice — Lessons from Gertrude Stein and Vinyasas

Maria Williams-Russell is the author of A Love Letter to Say There Is No Love and the founding editor of Shape&Nature Press. A longtime yoga enthusiast, Maria received her Embodyoga 200 hour yoga teaching certificate in at Yoga Center Amherst in 2014. She spends much of her time teaching writing and yoga, writing her own poetry, poring over manuscripts, and driving her kids around. She believes all our stories: real, imagined, past, present, and future reside in the vast universe of the body and that yoga offers deep access to those stories and to our creativity while making visible our connection to everything else.



Belchertown based poetry critique group
looking to add one or two new (published) members.
Currently meeting 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 10 – 11:30 am.
Contact: Denise 413-244-3290 or dcfontaine@yahoo.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, March 10, 2016 at 6:30pm.
Poetry share at 7.
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.



For the Spring semester (starting now) Poetry à la Carte will air at a new time:
Tuesdays at 5 pm.
We’ll begin with January poets in a rollicking mood — Lewis Carroll, Mary Mapes Dodge (you may know her as the author of Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates), Gelett Burgess, a smidgen of Norman Mailer, and a few others of an unexpected and merry crew!

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
3rd Tuesday of the month
Doors open at 7:00
Reading starts at 7:30
January 19th, 2016
This month’s Features are:
Adam Grabowski and Veda Leone
There are 10 open mic slots of 5 minutes each
$1 to $5 sliding scale donation
Hope to see you there





~Writers Read Monthly Reading Series~

Tuesday, March 22rd 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

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


The Hangover Hour Poetry Salon
is every other Sunday afternoon, with a poet from the community reading the works of a poet from history. The open mic before the feature is a tight 5 minutes, for poems, stories or other spoken word propaganda. Spread the word nerd! The future is a drag, man!!! We start promptly at 5:00 p.m. every other Sunday, so come early, have a tasty beverage and be cool cats. 18+ Nicks (124 Millbury Street, Worcester)

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 .


CT has a wonderful and comprehensive newsletter online. Write to 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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