Poetry News – October, 2017


Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of September 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, safety and happiness in this beautiful autumn!

Some Highlights of This Month in Western MA

Special Events:
Oct. 12 – 15: Great Falls Word Festival, Shea Theater and other venues, Turner’s Falls! For schedule and more information go to http://sheatheater.org/d/180/Great-Falls-Annual-Word-Festival

Oct 13 – 15: Pioneer Valley Poetry Productions presents First annual Festival of American Poets. Amherst College, Amherst. For information: http://www.pioneervalleypoetry.com/


Poetry Events in the Pioneer Valley and Beyond

Mon. Oct. 2 – Truth to Power reading: Doug Anderson, Chard deNiord, Martin Espada, Howie Faerstein, Leslie McGrath and Lauren Marie Schmidt. Odyssey Bookshop, S. Hadley, 7pm.
Tue. Oct 3 – Writer’s Night Out presents Naila Moreira & Open Mic with Straw Dog Writers Guild. The Basement, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Oct. 3 – Open Mic & Feature K at “The Deuce” WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm.
Thu. Oct. 5 – Collected Poets presents Lillian-Yvonne Bertram and Jennifer Militello. Mocha Maya’s coffee, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
Thu. Oct. 5 – Full Moon Poetry Walk, Park Hill Orchard, Easthampton, 6:30pm
Sat. Oct. 7 – Em Jollie Book Release and Reading, Blue Umbrella Books, Westfield, 1pm.
Sat. Oct. 7 – Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop presents Author Panel & Discussion on the Writing Process, Forbes Library, Northampton, 2pm.
Tue. Oct. 10 – UNBUTTONED presents Alexandra M. Wolner & Henry Amistadi, Luthier’s Co-op, Easthampton, 7pm.
Tue. Oct. 10 – Open Mic & feature Elizabeth MacDuffie, “The Deuce” WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Thu. Oct. 12 – Ocean Vuong reading, Umass Memorial Hall, Umass Amherst, 8pm
Thu. Oct. 12 – Florence Poets present Silkworm 10 Release Party! Lilly Library, 6:30pm.
Sat. Oct. 14 – Issue One, performance by Exploded View, Great Falls Harvest, Turners Falls, 6:30 pm.
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Jones Library in Amherst, MA 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Readings from The Glass Train by Annie Fahy, and from Spooner’s Cove by Ellen Summers will be accompanied with poetry readings by James Zimmerman, the 2016 winner of the Pat Schneider Poetry Contest. Pat Schneider will also read from her latest collection of poems. For information: www.amherstwriters.org  or amherstwriters@gmail.com
Sun. Oct. 15 – Gallery of Readers presents Rosie McMahan & Susan O’Neill, Seelye Hall, 106, Smith College, Northampton, 4pm.
Tue. Oct. 17 –
Wed. Oct. 18 -Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Center, Springfield, 7pm
Fri. Oct. 20 – Robert Haas at Smith College! Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College, 7:30pm.
Tue. Oct. 24 – Open Mic & feature, “The Deuce”, WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. Oct. 24 – Writers Read presents Sonia Pilcer & Jeffrey Thompson, Lee Library, Lee, 5:30pm
Wed. Oct. 25 – Tim Mayo, Penelope Schott, Veranda Porche, Patricia Fargnoli, Brooks Mem. Library, Brattleboro, VT, 7pm
Sun. Oct. 29 – Poetry Workshop: An Intro to Radical Revision with Adam Grabowski, Pioneer Valley Writer’s Workshop. Register http://pioneervalleywriters.org. Williamsburg, 1pm.
Tue. Oct. 31 – Steve Bradbury, Translations, Helen Hills Chapel, Smith College, 7:30pm



Truth to Power: Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear
A Reading with Doug Anderson, Chard deNiord, Martín Espada, Howie Faerstein, Leslie McGrath, & Lauren Marie Schmidt
Monday, October 2, 7:00 pm
At The Odyssey Bookshop
Cutthroat, A Journal of the Arts announces the publication of a special collection of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, meant to address the rise in the public rhetoric of hatred and fear prompted by the 2016 presidential campaign and election.  Writers from diverse cultures, genders, ethnic backgrounds and races from all over the U.S. respond in poetry, fiction and nonfiction to social issues ranging from immigration, LGBT rights, women’s rights, rights for people with disabilities, African American rights, Indigenous American Rights and Latino rights, poverty, inequality, the attack on our natural environment and more.
*Truth to Power: Writers Respond To The Rhetoric of Hate And Fear will be on sale at the event for $20.00. The publisher will donate profits to the ACLU, the Standing Rock Sioux, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.



Wednesday Night Poetry & Pizza at Hungry Ghost Bread, Northampton – 6:30 to 8:00
Wed. Sept. 20th – Starts at 6:30, Gary Phillips will be one of the features on the 20th. In between there will be an open mic, one poem, under 3 minutes. If there are openings you get another poem, until we close out the night… so come order a pizza, enjoy the outdoor garden / performance space and celebrate the coming of fall!


Writers Read Monthly Reading Series
Tue. Sept. 26, 5:30pm
at the Lee Library
100 Main St. Lee, MAJonathan Baumbach is the author of 16 books of fiction including The Pavilion of Former Wives, Reruns, Dreams of Molly, My Father More or Less, A Man to Conjure With, and You or the Invention of Memory, 90 short stories, and two books of non-fiction. He Co-founded Fiction Collective (now FC2), the first writers cooperative in America, and has taught at Brooklyn College, Columbia U, Brown and Stanford UHe has written extensively on film and has been the Chair of the National Society of Film Critics, twice, and he was also a film critic for The Partisan Review. A collection of his film criticism, Shots in the Dark will be published. He has had cameos in several of his son, Noah’s movies, such as “The Squid and the Whale” and  “Greenberg.”Stephen Campiglio founded and directs the Mishi-maya-gat Spoken Word & Music Series (www.manchesterecc.edu/mmg) at Manchester Community College in CT, where he is a program coordinator in Continuing Education. His poems and translations have appeared in many journals, including The Evansville Review, Gradiva: International Journal of Italian Poetry, Italian Americana, Journal of Italian Translation, The Massachusetts Review, Miramar, Natural Bridge, Ping-Pong, Poetry Daily, Skidrow Penthouse, TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, and The Worcester Review. He won the 2014 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize for a poem by Italian writer, Giuseppe Bonaviri (1924-2009). The entire translation project has been assembled into a book-length manuscript, The Ringing Bones: Selected Poems of Giuseppe Bonaviri. Nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, Campiglio has published two chapbooks, Cross-Fluence (2012) and Verbal Clouds through Various Magritte Skies (2014).


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

This month is the release reading and party for Silkworm 10 on Thursday, Oct. 12th. Socializing at 6:30, poetry s 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 at info@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



The Wheeler Memorial Library announces the Fourth Annual Robert P. Collén Poetry Competition in honor of the late “Millers River Poet” for his life-long devotion to Orange, its libraries and the writing of poetry. Mr. Collén, who passed away on September 24, 2014, celebrated his affection for his hometown with his best known poem, “The Town and the River.” This poetic expression of love for the place of his birth was the inspiration behind the theme of this year’s competition, “Home.”

All submissions for the competition must be postmarked no later than Saturday, October 14, after which ten finalists will be chosen by the contest judges to compete for the prize money. On Monday, October 30, the Wheeler Memorial Library will host a reading of the chosenpoems and award prizes of $100.00, $50.00 and $25.00 to the top three finalists. The public is strongly encouraged to attend this free and open event. Refreshments will be served.

Submission guidelines: Entrants may submit up to three poems about “Home” as defined by the poets themselves. Only unpublished poems will be accepted and must be submitted on white, 8.5” x 11” paper, and typed in a plain typeface, such as Times New Roman. All personal information should appear on the reverse side of the submitted poems and include the name, address, telephone number and email address of the participant. Notification of receipt of entry will be done by email or telephone, and poems will not be returned.

Submissions should be sent to:

Robert P. Collén Poetry Competition,

Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 East Main Street, Orange, MA 01364.

The Robert P. Collén poetry competition is sponsored by the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries. For more information call 978-544-2495 or go to www.orangelib.org.


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


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