Poetry News – August, 2017


Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of August 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, happiness, and a good end of summer!

Some Highlights of This Month in Western MA

Tue. Aug. 1 – Writers Night Out featuring Sharon Tracey. The Basement, 21 Center St (around back), Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Aug. 1 – Open Mic & sendoff for Northampton Slam Team, “The Deuce” WWII Club, Conz St. Northampton, 7pm
Thu. Aug. 3 – Rushelle Frazier featured poet at Emily Dickinson Museum Arts Night. Also, Laurin Macios, exec. director of MASS POETRY meet and greet. Open mic signup 5-6, Open Mic at 6, feature at 7.
Sun. Aug 6 – Straw Dog presents: Writers Read @The Inn at Norton Hill, Features Lisa Drnec Kerr, 10 Norton Hill Rd. Ashfield, 3pm
Tue. Aug. 8 – TBA & Open Mic, “The Deuce”, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. Aug. 8  – UNBUTTONED features Ben Hersey. Luthiers’ Coop, Easthampton, 7pm
Wed. Aug. 9 – Em Jollie book release, Hungry Ghost Bread, 62 State St. Northampton, 6:30pm
Thu. Aug 10 – Florence Poets Society meeting & poetry share, Lilly Library, Florence 6:30pm.
Sun. Aug. 13 – Poetry Ramble with David K. Leff (2 mile poetry walk) Emily Dickinson museum, Amherst, 9:45 am.
Tue. Aug. 15 – TBA & Open Mic, “The Deuce” WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. Aug. 15 – Greenfield Spoken Word, Featuring Cindy Snow, Elaine Reardon & Sharon Ann Harmon 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7:30pm
Tue. Aug 22 – TBA & Open Mic, “The Deuce”, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. Aug. 22 – Writers Read: Barbara Ungar & Stuart Bartow at the Lee Library, Lee, 5:30pm
Wed. Aug. 30 – Summer Reading:  Kat Janaczek, Rebecca Olander & Daniel Ratelle. Forbes Library, Northampton, 7pm.
Wed. Aug 30 -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, August 22 @ 5:30pm

Barbara Ungar’s most recent book, Immortal Medusa, was chosen as one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Indie Books of 2015 and was a co-winner of the Adirondack Center for Writing Poetry Award, along with Stuart Bartow’s Einstein’s Lawn. Prior books include Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life and The Origin of the Milky Way, which won the Gival Prize, an Independent Publishers Silver Medal, and a Hoffer award. A native of Worcester, MA, Barbara is a professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, where she teaches writing and literature.

Stuart Bartow teaches writing and literature at SUNY Adirondack where he directs the college’s Writers Project. He is also chair of the Battenkill Conservancy, a grassroots environmental organization working along the Vermont-New York border. His most recent book of poems, Einstein’s Lawn, is published by Dos Madres Press and was co-winner (with Barbara Ungar’s Immortal Medusa) of this year’s Adirondack Center for Writing Poetry Award. He has also published a prose work: Teaching Trout to Talk: the Zen of Small Stream Fly Fishing, and lives in Salem, New York.

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, August 10, 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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