Poetry News – July 2017


Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of July 2017.
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.

Wishing you peace, love, and a happy summer!

Some Highlights of This Month in Western MA

Thu. July 6 – Dina Stander features at Amherst Art Walk Poetry Open Mic, Emily Dickinson Museum, 6:30 open mic (come early to sign up).
Thu. July 6 – Collected Poets Series presents Laura Foley & Joshua Michael Stewart, Mocha Maya’s, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
Fri. July 7 – Words & Wine, Bryant Literary Series, Bryant Homestead, Cummington, 7:30pm
Tue. July 11 – Brave New Voices & Open Mic, “The Deuce”, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. July 11 – UNBUTTONED features Daniel Hales. Luthiers’ Coop, Easthampton, 7pm
Thu. July 13 – Florence Poets Society meeting & poetry share, Lilly Library, Florence 6:30pm.
Tue. July 18 – TBA & Open Mic, “The Deuce” WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. July 18 – Greenfield Spoken Word, Featuring Janice Sorensen & Bri Leue, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7:30pm
Tue. July 25 – TBA & Open Mic, “The Deuce”, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. July 25 – Writers Read: Rich Murphy, Sarah Sousa & Stephen Welch at the Lee Library, Lee, 5:30pm
Wed. July 26 -Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Center, Springfield, 7pm




Writers Read at the Lee Library

Writers Read Monthly Reading Series~ AT THE LEE LIBRARY,
100 Main St, Lee, MA 01238, (413) 243-0385
TUESDAY, July 25th @ 5:30pm

Rich Murphy’s ninth collection of poems Body Politic by Prolific Press will be out this year. His Americana was Prize Americana 2013 winner. Derek Walcott has remarked, “Mr. Murphy is a very careful craftsman in his work, a patient and testing intelligence . . . . He has earned his individuality by concentration, by a sense of sacrifice.”

Sarah Sousa is the author of the poetry collections: Split the Crow and Church of Needles, which won the 2013 Red Mountain Prize from Red Mountain Press. She also edited and transcribed The Diary of Esther Small, 1886 (Small Batch Books, 2014) which won the New England Book Festival Award for Regional Literature.  Her poems have appeared in the Massachusetts Review, Fourteen Hills, the Southern Poetry Review, and Tuesday; An Art Project, among others. She was awarded the 2015 Anne Halley Prize by the Massachusetts Review and is a 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow. Her third poetry collection will be published in Spring 2018 with CavanKerry Press. https://sarahasousa.com/about/

Stephen Welch has published stories and essays in various journals, including Denver Magazine, Bloomsbury Review, and Anthropophagy. Steve has also taught fiction writing at several colleges and universities in the NYC and Boston regions.

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, July 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.

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
Cape Cod Poetry is under Barry Hellman’s Cape Cod Poetry Group on Facebook.


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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