Poetry News – December, 2017


Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of December 2017.
Poetry News is published monthly. Please send events to lori@thepoetrynews.com. The site will be updated regularly.
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Wishing you a joyful winter solstice, may there be peace with the return of the light!

Some Poetry Highlights of This Month in Western Massachusetts:

Poetry Events in the Pioneer Valley and Beyond

Fri. Dec. 1 – Pulp Slam features John Quinonez and music open mic, Eastworks, Easthampton, 7:30pm
Sat. Dec. 2 – Le Cirque de Crudités, Meat for Tea release, Sonelab, Easthampton, 7pm
Sun. Dec. 3 – Writers Read at the Inn at Norton Hill, Celia Hill & Open Mic, Inn at Norton Hill, 10 Norton Hill Rd. Ashfield, 3pm.
Tue. Dec. 5 – Afaa Michael Weaver, Alumnae House Conference Hall, Smith College, Northampton, 7:30pm.
Tue. Dec. 5 – Straw Dog Writers Night Out, Open Mic & Featuring Richard Wayne Horton, The Basement, 21 Center St. Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Dec. 5 – Open Mic & feature Paulie Lipman  at “The Deuce” WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Thu. Dec. 7 – Collected Poets’ Series presents: Marian Kent & Irene Willis at Mocha Maya’s, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
Thu. Dec. 7 – Matthew Zapruder, Memorial Hall, UMass Amherst, 8pm
Thu. Dec. 7 – Emily Dickinson Museum Open Mic, poet Will Dowd, Dickinson Museum, Amherst, 6pm (open mic signups at 5pm).
Fri. Dec. 8 – Live Poets Society, a Literary Salon, Poets talk about obsession: Malachi Black, Jayne Benjulian, Owen Lewis, Kerrin McCadden. Lauren Clark Fine Art, 325 Stockbridge Rd. Great Barrington, 7pm.
Sat. Dec. 9 is Emily Dickinson’s Birthday! Events at museum website.
Sat. Dec. 9 – Quabbin Writers book release, White Square Books, Easthampton, 3:30pm
Sat. Dec. 9 – Straw Dog Writers presents Writing as a Tool for Social Justice: Discussion, Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St. Northampton, 3pm
Sun. Dec. 10 – Gallery of Readers: Barbara Lucey & John M. Corbett, Seelye Hall 106, Smith College, Northampton, 4pm.
Tue. Dec. 12 – UNBUTTONED presents feature & open mic  Luthier’s Co-op, Easthampton, 7pm.
Tue. Dec. 12 – Open Mic & John Pinkham at “The Deuce” WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Thu. Dec. 14 – Florence Poets Society meeting and poetry share, All welcome! Lilly Library, Florence, 6:30pm
Thu. Dec. 14 – 30 Poems Project for Center for New Americans, Reading, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College, 7pm.
Tue. Dec. 19 – Greenfield Word, Rick Paar, Marian Kelner, Open Mic, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7:30pm
Tue. Dec. 19 – Open Mic & SLAM at “The Deuce” WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. Dec. 27 – Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Center, 716 Sumner, Springfield, 7pm



Pulp Slam: Poetry & Music Open Mic!
Friday, Dec. 1, 8:30 PM and Friday, Dec. 15, 8:30pm

Pulp Slam is a three-part poetry and music show at Eastworks. Every 1st and 3rd Friday, it hosts a poetry slam, a poetry feature, and a “Can’t believe It’s Not Poetry” music open mic.
John Quinonez is this week’s (Dec. 1) featured artist.
Emily Eastman features on Dec. 15.
Music Open Mic sign-up begins when doors open at 7:30 pm.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information, visit pulpslam.com. This event is open to the public.
Eastworks, Room #160, 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, 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

This month’s Florence Poets Society meets Thursday, Dec. 14th. 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 


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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