Poetry News – August, 2016


Here is your Poetry News for the month of August, 2016
Poetry News is now published monthly. Please send events as you normally do to lori@thepoetrynews.com. The site will be updated regularly.
To receive Poetry News in your email or to request posting of events write to lori@thepoetrynews.com.

Some Highlights of This Month in Western MA

Special Event: Word X Word Festival! Aug. 9-12 in Pittsfield. For schedule and details: http://wxw365.org/
Tue. Aug. 2 – Writers Night Out, Straw Dog presents Dan Brown, The Basement, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Aug. 2 – Slam! & Open Mic, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. Aug. 3 – Howie Faerstein, Lori Desrosiers, Joshua Michael Stewart, White Square Books, Easthampton, 7pm
Wed. Aug. 3 – Poetry Open Mic at Sam’s Pizza, Northampton, 7pm
Thu. Aug. 4 – Amherst Art Walk, Joshua Michael Stewart + Open Mic, Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, 6-8pm
Tue. Aug. 9 – Deja Word: Jonathan Stevens & open mic at Deja Brew, Wendell, 7pm
Tue. Aug. 9 – UNBUTTONED: Richard Horton & Chris O’Carroll plus open mic, Luthiers Co-op, Easthampton, 7pm
Tue Aug. 9 – Brenda Snyder & Veda Leone & Open Mic, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. Aug. 10 – Poetry Open Mic at Sam’s Pizza, Northampton, 7pm
Thu. Aug. 11 – Florence Poets Society, Lilly Library, Florence, 6:30 business, 7pm poetry
Sat. Aug. 13 – 7 Minutes, A Literary Arts Spotlight: 6 writers & poets, Springfield Central Library, State St. Springfield, 1pm
Tue. Aug. 16 – Storm & Eric Wasileski at Greenfield Word, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7pm
Tue. Aug. 16 – Ashley Wonder & Open Mic, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. Aug. 17 – Poetry Open Mic at Sam’s Pizza, Northampton, 7pm
Sat. Aug 20 – Poetry of Farming, Mark Hart, Candace Curran, bg thurston, N. Orange Meetinghouse, Orange, 1pm
Tue. Aug. 23-  Wesley Brown, Sonia Pilcer at Writers Read,  Lee Library, Lee, 5:30pm
Tue. Aug. 23 – Slam and Open Mic, The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. Aug. 24 – Poetry Open Mic at Sam’s Pizza, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Aug. 30 – Lori Desrosiers! at Northampton Poetry, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. Aug. 31 – Poetry Open Mic at Sam’s Pizza, Northampton, 7pm



Writers Night Out

August 2 2016, 7pm-9pm
The Basement
21 Center Street, Northampton
Free admission
Open mike: put your name in the hat; reading begins at 7:15, followed by featured reader Dan Brown. Plus time to schmooze, make merry, find out what’s happening in the local writing world.

Dan Brown’s poems have appeared in PoetryPartisan ReviewPN ReviewParnassus, and other journals, as well as in a number of anthologies, including Poetry 180 (ed. Billy Collins) and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (ed. David Yezzi). His work has been awarded a Pushcart prize, and his collection Taking the Occasion won the New Criterion Poetry Prize. A new collection, What More? was recently published. Daniel holds a Masters in Musicology, but an interest in computers led him to the IT field, where he has worked at IBM and other companies. He lives in Baldwin, New York.





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



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 11, 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 atinfo@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)


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 toctpoetnews@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 8-10pmhttp://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 the end of the month for publication. Thank you, Lori Desrosiers – Publisher, Editor, wearer of all hats.

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