Poetry News: March 2017


Here is your Poetry News for the month of March 2017
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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Wishing you peace and renewed hope with the coming of spring!

Some Highlights of This Month in Western MA

Thu. March 2 – Arts Night plus Open Mic at Emily Dickinson’s House features poets Allie Pauline, Robbie Dunning and Lauren Singer, Emily Dickinson homestead & museum, Amherst, 6pm (signup before that).
Thu. March 2 – Collected Poets Series presents Martha Collins and Lee Sharkey, Mocha Maya’s, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
Sun. March 5 – Gallery of Readers: Erin White & MB Caschetta, Neilson Library, Smith, 4pm
Tue. March 7 – Smith Poetry Series: Jamaal May & Tarfia Faizulla, Neilson Library, Smith, 7pm
Tue. March. 7 – Straw Dog Writer’s Night Out, MB Caschetta and Open Mic, The Basement, 21 Center St. Northampton, 7pm
Tue. March 7 – Rah Hill & Open Mic, “The Deuce”, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. March 8 – Gail Thomas reading from her prizewinning new book, Odd Mercy, Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, 7pm.
Thu. March 9 – Florence Poets Society meeting & poetry share, Lilly Library, Florence 6:30pm
Sat. March 11 – Andrea Hairston: “Playing with Reality” Click Workspace, 9 1/2 Market St. Northampton. Sponsored by Straw Dog Writer’s Guild, 10:30am
Tue. March 14 – TBA & Open Mic, The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. March 14 – UNBUTTONED TBA and Open Mic, Luthiers Coop, Easthampton, 7pm
Thu. March 16 – Underdogs Poetry Open Mic, next to Boswell’s Books, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
Sun. March 19 – Seymour, the Pub poetry open mic, Greenfield, 1pm
Tue. March 21 –  TBA & Open Mic, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. March 21 – Laura Kasischke at Neilson Browsing Room, Smith Coll. Northampton, 7:30pm
Tue. March 21 – Smith Poetry Series: Renato Rosaldo, Neilson Library, Smith, 7pm
Tue. March 21 – Greenfield Word: Jan Maher, Peter Marcus & Open Mic, 7:30pm
Wed. March 22 – Book Signing: Joy in Every Moment, Tzivia Gover, Palmer Library, 6pm
Sun. March 26 – Poetry & Spoken Word Open Mic, Seymour’s, 5 Bank Row, Greenfield, 1pm
Mon. March 27 – Wagon Wheel Word: Gail Thomas, Ursula Chodosh & Open mic, Wagon Wheel, Route 2, Gill, 6pm
Tue. March 28 – Writers Read: Ellen Doré Watson & Owen Lewis at Lee Library, Lee, 5:30pm
Tue. March 28 – Rushelle Frazier and Open Mic, The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. March 29 -Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Center, Springfield, 7pm
Fri. March 31 – Steven Riel at Monson Free Library Coffeehouse Unplugged, Monson, 7pm




Straw Dog Writers Night Out

Tuesday, March 7, 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 MB Caschetta. Plus time to schmooze, make merry, find out what’s happening in the local writing world.



Joy in Every Moment Book Signing at the Palmer Public Library
Joy in Every Moment: Mindful Exercises for Waking to the Wonders of Ordinary Life
Book Signing by Tzivia Gover, author and certified dream therapist
Author and dream expert Tzivia Gover will read from her book and offer tips and techniques to bring more joy and meaning to everyday life – even in stressful times.
Wednesday Mar 22, 2017 6:00 PM
Palmer Public Library
1455 North Main Street, Palmer, MA  01069


Writers Read at Lee Library
 Ellen Doré Watson & Owen Lewis
Tuesday, March 28, 5:30pm

Lee Library, Lee, MA



Open Mic Night for Youth

Every last Wednesday of the month from 7-9 p.m. from September through April, youth ages 12-25 are invited to Ign!te the Mic, The Valley’s only open mic for youth by youth.

A safe and non-competitive space for youth to share poetry, spoken word, music, monologues, theatrical scenes, dance, visual art, puppertry, or whatever your imagination can conceive!

All languages welcome. Admission $5 (no one turned away for lack of funds) Come and experience the healing power of the arts!

Co-sponsored by Teatro V!da and the The Bing Arts Center
Every last Wednesday of the month from 7-9 p.m.
Performers sign up at 6:45 p.m.

Bing Arts Center
716 Sumner Avenue
Springfield, MA

In the Forest Park neighborhood: free on street parking
www.teatrovida.com            www.bingartscenter.org

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 regular meeting this month is Thursday, March 9, 2017. Business at 6:30, poetry share at  7:00pm. 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.

Call for Submissions, Slate Roof Press
Slate Roof Press, a member-run, not-for-profit collaborative, is pleased to announce the 2017 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 with letterpress covers. 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): June 15, 2017. For full contest guidelines, visit www.slateroofpress.com or http://slateroofpresscontest.submittable.com/submit.



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


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