Poetry News – September, 2016


Here is your Poetry News for the month of September, 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 Events:
Amherst Poetry Festival! Sept. 15-17. More info click here.
Word Stage at N. Quabbin Garlic Festival! Sept. 24-25. More info here

Thu. Sept. 1 – Amherst Art Walk: D.M. Gordon, Paul Richmond + Open Mic, Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, 6-8pm
Tue. Sept. 6 – Writers Night Out, Straw Dog presents Cammie McGovern, The Basement, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Sept. 6 – Jared Paul & Open Mic, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. Sept. 7 – Poetry Open Mic at Sam’s Pizza, Northampton, 7pm
Thu. Sept. 8 – Florence Poets Society, Lilly Library, Florence, 6:30 business 7pm.poetry
Sat. Sept. 10 –  7 Minutes, A Literary Arts Spotlight: 9 writers & poets, Springfield Central Library, State St. Springfield, 1pm
Sat. Sept. 10 – Meat 4 Tea presents: Le Cirque des Feuilles Sales, Sonelab, Easthampton, 7pm to midnight. Info here. 
Tue. Sept. 13 – Deja Word: Connelly Ryan & open mic at Deja Brew, Wendell, 7pm
Tue. Sept. 13 – UNBUTTONED: Feature poets + open mic, Luthiers Co-op, Easthampton, 7pm
Tue Sept. 13 – Poetry Slam! & Open Mic, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. Sept. 14 – Poetry Open Mic at Sam’s Pizza, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Sept. 20 – Joshua Michael Stewart & Andrea Stone,  Greenfield Word, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7:30pm
Tue. Sept. 20 – Jocelyn Mosman & Open Mic, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. Sept. 21 – Poetry Open Mic at Sam’s Pizza, Northampton, 7pm
Thu. Sept. 22 – Worcester’s Best Spoken Word Poets, The Hartwell Institute, 1015 Pleasant St. Worcester, 7pm
Tue. Sept. 27 –  Lori Desrosiers,  Jayne Benjulian & Peter Marcus at Writers Read,  Lee Library, Lee, 5:30pm. More Info here
Tue. Sept. 27 – TBA and Open Mic, The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. Sept. 28 – Poetry Open Mic at Sam’s Pizza, Northampton, 7pm
Fri. Sept. 30 – Matthew Gagnon, Patrick Pritchett, and Andrew Mossin (Temple University) will be reading from their work this Friday 9/30 at White Square Books, 86 Cottage, Easthampton, 7pm


Writers Night Out

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 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 Cammie McGovern. Plus time to schmooze, make merry, find out what’s happening in the local writing world.

Cammie McGovern is the author of the much-acclaimed YA novel, Say What You Will, published in 2014. Her next YA novel, A Step Toward Falling, featured characters with disabilities and was published in 2015. Her book for middle-grade readers, Just My Luck, was published in 2016. Cammie also wrote three adult novels, The Art of Seeing, Eye Contact, and Neighborhood Watch. She of one of the proud founders of Whole Children/Milestones, a resource center for children and young adults with disabilities and their families. She lives in Amherst with her husband and three sons, the oldest of whom has autism.


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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