Poetry News – June, 2017


Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of June 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, love,
and healing with the coming of summer!

Some Highlights of This Month in Western MA

Juniper Writing Institute, UMass June 18-24. Link to reading schedule:

Thu. June 1 – Tara Jean Bernier & Catherine Weiss feature at Amherst Art Walk Poetry Open Mic, Emily Dickinson Museum, 6:30 open mic (come early to sign up).
Thu. June 1 – Collected Poets Series presents Jayne Benjulian & Jim Culleny, Mocha Maya’s, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
Sat. June 3 & Sun. June 4 – Ashfield Spectacle Poetry & Prose, St. John’s Corner, Ashfield, 1pm both days.
Tue. June 6 – Straw Dog Writer’s Night Out, Naila Moreira and Open Mic, The Basement, 21 Center St. Northampton, 7pm
Tue. June 6 – TBA & Open Mic, “The Deuce”, Northampton, 8pm
Thu. June 8 – Florence Poets Society meeting & poetry share, Lilly Library, Florence 6:30pm
Sat. June 10 – Exploded View performance, Potholes Deck, Shelburne Falls, 4pm
Tue. June 13 – UNBUTTONED features María José Giménez & Nicole M. Young. Luthiers’ Coop, Easthampton, 7pm
Tue. June 13 – TBA & Open Mic, “The Deuce” WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Sat. June 17 – Bing Arts Center Poetry Event! Afternoon workshops, evening poetry and open mic, Bing Arts Center, 716 Sumner Ave. Springfield, 3pm – 10pm
Tue. June 20 – Greenfield Spoken Word, Featuring Susan Cocalis & Richard Horton, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7:30pm
Tue. June 20 – TBA & Open Mic, “The Deuce”, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. June 27 – TBA & Open Mic, The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. June 27 – Writers Read: James Finnegan & Dennis Barone at Lee Library, Lee, 5:30pm
Wed. June 28 -Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Center, Springfield, 7pm


An Ashfield Spectacle: Poetry & Prose Reading

Saturday, June 3 & Sunday, June 4 at 1:00 p.m.
at Saint John’s Corner with
Amy Dryansky, Jan Freeman, Susie Patlove,
Carol Potter, Norman Russell, Jody Pamela Stewart,
Richard Todd, and Susan Todd
Poems in memorium by Joel Arsenault and Ann Browning

Click here for information about
the Double Edge Theatre
Ashfield Town Spectacle!

Bring your friends, neighbors, relatives!
 Sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Straw Dog Writers Night Out

Tuesday, June 6, 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 Naila Moreira. Plus time to schmooze, make merry, find out what’s happening in the local writing world.


Writers Read at the Lee Library
James Finnegan & Dennis Barone
Tue. June 27, 5:30pm
Lee Library, Lee, MA

James Finnegan’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, as well as in the anthology Good Poems: American Places edited by Garrison Keillor. With Dennis Barone he edited Visiting Wallace: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Wallace Stevens. He is the president of the Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens (stevenspoetry.org). His aphoristic ars poetica can be found at the blog, ursprache (UR-sprock-uh).
Dennis Barone is the author of seven books of short fiction, including On the Bus: Selected Stories (Blaze Vox, 2012). He is also the author of two novellas, Temple of the Rat (Left Hand Books, 2000) and God’s Whisper (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005), and the author of a collection of prose poems, The Walls of Circumstance (Avec Books, 2004). Bordighera Press published his study of Italian-American narrative America / Trattabili in 2011. Barone is editor of Beyond the Red Notebook: Essays on Paul Auster (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995), New Hungers for Old: One-Hundred Years of Italian-American Poetry (Star Cloud Press, 2011), and Garnet Poems: An Anthology of Connecticut Poetry Since 1776 (Wesleyan University Press, 2012).

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, June 8, 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.

Critique Group Forming
Several local poets look to expand their circle, ideally to form an ongoing bi-weekly or monthly gathering to assist and support each other with their work, with the possible long-term goal of starting a local journal of poetry about life here in the Valley and beyond. If you’re interested, drop a line to PioneerValleyPoets@gmail.com
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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