Poetry News – April, 2017


Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of April 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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This National Poetry Month, wishing you peace
and renewed hope with the coming of spring!

Some Highlights of This Month in Western MA

Tue. April 4 – Smith Poetry Series: Meg Day & H.S. prize winners, Neilson Library, Smith, 7:30pm
Tue. April 4 – Straw Dog Writer’s Night Out, Jacqueline Sheehan and Open Mic, The Basement, 21 Center St. Northampton, 7pm
Tue. April 4 – Smith Poetry Series: Meg Day & H.S. prize winners, Neilson Library, Smith, 7:30pm
Tue. April 4 – Robert Lashley, Last Chance Slam & Open Mic, “The Deuce”, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. April 4 – Slate Roof poets Anna M. Warrock & Cindy Snow, Greenfield Public Library, 6pm
Wed. April 5 – Diane Gilliam reading, Arno Maris Gallery, Ely Hall, Westfield State University, Westfield, 4pm
Thu. April 6 – Battle of Whatsworse, LD Green, Blue Umbrella Books, Westfield, 6:30pm
Thu. April 6 – Arts Night plus Open Mic at Emily Dickinson’s House featured poets are students of The Literacy Project. Featured artist: Andy Rothschild. Emily Dickinson homestead & museum, Amherst, 6pm (signup before that).
Thu. April 6 – Collected Poets Series presents Joshua Edwards and Dora Malech, Mocha Maya’s, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
Fri. April 7 – Diane Gilliam & Ellen Dore Watson, Eileen Fisher Stores, Northampton, 5:30pm
Sat. April 8 – Easthampton Bookfest! 
1pm – Ellen Meeropol book release, White Square Books, Easthampton
2:30 – Michael Goldman, new books in translation, White Square Books
4:00 – Gail Thomas & Richard Michelson, White Square Books
12 – 5, Bookfair Marketplace, Eastworks, Easthampton
7pm – Poems & Pints, 11 Poets! Beer! Abandoned Building Brewery, Easthampton
Sun. April 9 – Gallery of Readers: Susan Cocalis  & Don Horton, Neilson Library, Smith, 4pm
Mon. April 10 – Wagon Wheel Word: Tem Blessed, Tara Jean Bernier & Open mic, Wagon Wheel, Route 2, Gill, Open mic sign-up 5:45, Reading 6pm
Tue. April 11 – Amy Dryansky & Open Mic, The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. April 11 – UNBUTTONED DK Knauer and Open Mic, Luthiers Coop, Easthampton, 7pm
Wed. April 12 – Margaret Lloyd, Book release reading: Smith Poetry Center, Wright Hall, Northampton, 7:30pm
Thu. April 13 – Florence Poets Society meeting & poetry share, Lilly Library, Florence 6:30pm
Thu. April 13 – Michael Goldman reading, Donna Estabrook art, Happy Valley Gifts, Main St. Northampton, 7:30pm
Tue. April 18 – Greenfield Spoken Word, John Amen & Storm, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7:30pm
Tue. April 18 –  Semi Final Slam & Open Mic, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Thu. April 20 – Gail Thomas & Naila Moreira, Smith Poetry Center, Northampton, 4pm
Thu. April 20 -Jack Christian at Westfield State University, Scanlon Banquet Hall, Westfield, 5:30pm
Tue. April 25 – Eiran Bradley & Open Mic, The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. April 25 – Writers Read: Hannah Fries & Colin Harrington at Lee Library, Lee, 5:30pm
Tue. April 25 – Robert Pinsky at Smith! Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Northampton, 7:30pm
Wed. April 26 -Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Center, Springfield, 7pmFri. April 28 – Krakatoa Picnic by James Heflin, Book Launch, Brew Practitioners, Florence, 7pm
Sun. April 29 – Lori Desrosiers & others reading, Springfield Library Rotunda, 1pm


Slate Roof

Poets Anna M. Warrock and Cindy Snow explore women’s domestic experience in a reading on Tuesday, April 4, 6-7:30 pm, at the Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St, Greenfield, MA. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Come see our beautiful chapbooks and learn about small press publishing.
For more information contact Slate Roof at info@slateroofpress.com or the library at (413)772-1544.

Small Ceremonies
by Cindy Snow focuses on strong women whose lives are somehow interrupted by political strife, poverty, aging, or the routine of household responsibilities.Meanwhile, in a beautiful meditation on grief, Anna M. Warrock relates the story of losing her mother as a child and both sisters later on in From the Other Room.

Straw Dog Writers Night Out

Tuesday, April 4, 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 Jacqueline Sheehan. Plus time to schmooze, make merry, find out what’s happening in the local writing world.

Margaret Lloyd Reading at Smith
Wednesday, April 12th, 7:30 p.m. Margaret Lloyd will launch her fourth collection of poems, Travelling on My Own Errands:  Voices of Women from The Mabinogi at the Smith College Poetry Center, Wright Hall.  In addition to reading poems from the collection, Margaret will be telling parts of the medieval stories on which the poems are based and showing photographs of places in Wales where the tales take place.

Writers Read at Lee Library
Hannah Fries & Colin Harrington
Tuesday, April 25, 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, April 13, 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


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 please 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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