Poetry News: June, 2016


Here is your Poetry News for the month of June, 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):

Wed. June 1 – Poetry Open Mic at Sam’s Pizza, Northampton, 7pm
Thu. June 2 – Collected Poets: David Giannini & Rich Michelson, Mocha Maya’s, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
Thu. June 2 – Amherst Art Walk, Halie Theoharides & Ann Ward, Dickinson Museum,
6pm open mic, 7pm features.
Sat. June 4 – Meat 4 Tea presents: Cirque des Bougies, Sonelab, Easthampton, 7-12pm
Mon. June 6 – Wagon Wheel Word Open Mic., Rte. 2, Gill, 6pm
Tue. June 7 – Michael White, Straw Dog Writers, The Basement, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. June 7 – Desiree Dallagiacomo, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Wed.. June 8 – Poetry Open Mic at Sam’s Pizza, Northampton, 7pm
Wed. June 8 – “The Mole” storytelling night, Arts Block, Greenfield, 7pm
Thu. June 9 – Florence Poets Society, Lilly Library, Florence, 6:30 business, 7pm poetry
Sat. June 11 – Lisken Van Pelt Dus book release at Whitney Ctr. for the Arts, Pittsfield, 6pm
Sun. June 12 – Gallery of Readers:Beth Dirks & Zane Kotker, Neilson Lib. Smith, 3pm
Mon. June 13 – Poetry Party, Ashfield Lakehouse, Ashfield, 8:30pm
Tue. June 14 – Open mic and Samantha Wood at Deja Brew in Wendell, 6:30pm
Tue. June 14 – Unbuttoned Open Mic, Luthier’s, Easthampton, 7pm
Tue. June 14 – Brendan Constantine & Open Mic, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. June 14 – Open mic  Greenfield Word, 19 Mill St. Greenfield, 7:30pm
Wed. June 20 – Wed.. June 8 – Poetry Open Mic at Sam’s Pizza, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. June 21 – Open Mic, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. June 28 – Open Mic, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. June 27 – Poetry Open Mic at Sam’s Pizza, Northampton, 7pm
Sat. June 30 – Cindy Snow, Book Launch, Arms Library, Shelburne Falls, 7pm




 Collected Poets Series Presents:
Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 7:00 pm
poets David Giannini and Rich Michelson
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)



MEAT 4 Tea Presents:
Cirque des Bougies
Saturday, June 4, 7pm – Midnight
Sonelab, 142 Pleasant Street
Easthampton (round back)
Art, Film, Music, Spoken Word!



Writer’s Night Out
Featuring Michael White
Tue. June 7, 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 Deborah Gorlin. After that, there will be time to socialize and find out what’s happening in the local writing world!

Michael C. White is the author of six previous novels, including Beautiful Assassin, which won the 2011 Connecticut Book Award for Fiction, and Soul Catcher, which was a Booksense and Historical Novels Review selection. He has also published a collection of stories, Marked Men. The founding editor of the fiction anthologies American Fiction and Dogwood, he also began and was the director of Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program.


MONDAY, June 13th at 8:30pm
Join us for the the last open mic of the summer! The night will kick off with our feature, Chris Gonzalez, followed by a shorter open mic and an informal slam. This is YOUR CHANCE to be part of the first ever Ashfield Poetry Slam!

Chris Gonzalez is a 23 year old actor, theater maker, musician, poet, and educator raised in Northampton, Massachusetts. Chris has opened for International Slam winners Saul Williams and Shane Koyczan. He has featured at Amherst College’s Multi-Cultural Theater Conference, MCLA and Equarox: Give Life to the Arts. Chris used to co-host Northampton Poetry and currently organizes readings to spotlight local poetic talent. Chris frequently leads poetry workshops for students at Northampton High School, where he also coaches a youth theater education group.

The Gallery of Readers Series presents
Beth Dirks and Zane Kotker
reading from their recent workSunday, June 12, 3 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College
Northampton, MassachusettsRefreshments will be served.

Beth Dirks is a teacher, writer, and poet living high on a hill in
Buckland, Massachusetts. She shares her life with her husband, their
two children, and the land and wildlife around her home. She will
read selections of her poetry, fiction, and memoir featuring the
dynamics of family life and her interactions with the natural world.

Zane Kotker has published five novels: Bodies in Motion, A Certain
Man, White Rising, Try to Remember, and The Inner Sea. Her short
stories have appeared in a number of journals including the Alaska
Quarterly Review and The Antioch Review. She’s honored to have
received a fiction grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and
a couple of Pushcart nominations, as well as to find her chapbook,
Old Ladies in the Locker Room and Pool, a finalist for the 2012
poetry book award from the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She
lives in western Massachusetts, where she’s looking forward to the
publication this summer of a novella called Goodnight, Ladies. She
will read an unpublished story, “Two Women with Wine Glasses.”

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
lead the Vernon Street Writing Workshops. In 2010 they began the
Gallery of Readers Press, a nonprofit literary publishing company.



7 Minutes: A Literary Spotlight
Sunday, June 11th from 1:00 to 3:00pm
Featured Readers:
Ellen LaFleche
Oonagh Doherty
Sally Bellerose
Em Jollie
Lori Desrosiers
Richard Horton
Springfield Public Library
220 State Street, Springfield

Greenfield Word
9 Mill Street Greenfield
Tuesday, June 21, 7:30pm
(3rd Tuesday of the month)
Doors open at 7:00
Reading starts at 7:30
This month’s Features:
Nicole Waybright & Susan Cocalis
 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, June 28@ 5:30pm
Featured Readers: Lewis Warsh  & Lisken Van Pelt Dus
100 Main St, Lee, MA
Host: David Giannini




Cindy Snow Book Launch
Thursday, June 30, 7pm
You’re invited to a book launch and poetry reading by Cindy Snow.  Slate Roof Press, which produces beautiful, art-quality work, has just published her chapbook,Small Ceremonies.  The event will take place 7 p.m.at the Arms Library, 60 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA.  Handicap accessible. Light refreshments served.



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

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.
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.

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, June 9, 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 summer season (starting now) Poetry à la Carte will air at a new time:
Mondays at 5 pm.
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
There are 10 open mic slots of 5 minutes each
$1 to $5 sliding scale donation
Hope to see you there


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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