Poetry News – March 2018


Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of March 2018.
Poetry News is published monthly. NEW EMAIL: Please send events to thepoetrynews@gmail.com. The site will be updated regularly.
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Happy Spring! Wishing you comfort, peace and great poetry.

Poetry Highlights of This Month in Western Massachusetts:

Thu. March 1 – Collected Poets’ Series: Poets Stella Corso & K.T. Landon at Mocha Maya’s Coffee House, 47 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
Fri. March 2 – Pulp Slam featuring R.J. Walker & Open Mic, The Roost, 1 Market St. Northampton, 7pm.
Sun. March 4 – Writers Read at the Inn at Norton Hill, with Donna Jenson, 10 Norton Hill Rd. Ashfield, 3pm.
Sun. March 4 – Gallery of Readers: Susan Cocalis & Don Horton, Seelye Hall 106, Smith College, Northampton, 4pm.
Tue. March 6 – Straw Dog Writers Night Out, Open Mic & Featuring Tzivia Gover, The Basement, 21 Center St. Northampton, 7pm
Tue. March 6 – Open Mic & R.J. Walker at “The Deuce” WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm.
Tue. March 6 – Ellen Doré Watson, Alumnae House, Smith College, Northampton, 7:30pm
Thu. March 8 – Florence Poets Society meeting and poetry share, All welcome! Lilly Library, Florence, 6:30pm
Sat. March 10 – Meat for Tea 12th anniversary release party: Cirque de Milles Feuilles, music, art, poetry, Sonelab & Abandoned Building Brewery, Easthampton, 7pm – midnight
Tue. March 13 – UNBUTTONED presents Christian Arthur & Open Mic, Luthiers Co-op, Easthampton, 7pm
Tue. March 13 – Open Mic & TBA at “The Deuce” WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. March 13 – Greenfield Word – Featuring Cindy Markevich and Jan Maher plus Open Mic, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7:30pm
Fri. March 16 – Pulp Slam! Linette Reeman & Open Mic, The Roost, Northampton, 7pm
Fri. March 16 – Third Friday Poetry Open Mic at the Arms Library, Shelburne Falls, 7pm (sign up 6:30)
Tue. March 27 – Ocean Vuong at Smith Alumnae House Conf. Center Smith College, Northampton, 7:30pm
Tue. March 27 – Open Mic & SLAM! at “The Deuce” WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Tue. March 27 – Writer’s Read at the Lee Library: Zara Raab & Kathline Carr, Lee, 5:30pm
Wed. March 28 – Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Center, 716 Sumner, Springfield, 7pm
Fri. March 30 – Mary Clare Powell book release reading, “Everyday Ecstasy”, Greenfield Gallery, 231 Main St. Greenfield, 7pm.




Pulp Slam: Poetry & Music Open Mic!

Pulp Slam is a three-part poetry and music show at The Roost. 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.
Music Open Mic sign-up begins when doors open at 7:00 pm.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information, visit pulpslam.com. This event is open to the public.
The Roost, 1 Market Street, Northampton, 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, Feb. 8th. 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 

Images & Words Poetry Contest
“a celebratory showcase of poetry and visual art”… along the Westfield Poetry Trail!

Calling all Poets and Writers! To celebrate National Poetry Month, ArtWorks Westfield, in conjunction with local visual artists and downtown Westfield merchants, are excited to announce the Images & Words Poetry Contest taking place during the month of April.

Pieces of visual art will be on display during month of April at the following locations in downtown Westfield … Blue Umbrella Books, Circuit Coffee, Two Rivers Burrito, Mama Cakes, Blended Vintage Marketplace and Skyline Trading Company.

These are the display stations along the Westfield Poetry Trail!

Poets and writers are invited to compose a poem that they feel best reflects the emotions of the piece or perhaps best represents the true meaning of the artwork. Entries should be dropped off at the location of each piece of artwork along the Poetry Trail. Poems can be submitted throughout the month. The final day to submit entries is April 30, 2018.

The artist who created and donated each individual piece of art will select the winning poem and the author of that poem will win the artwork. Six stations along the Poetry Trail … six winners!

Winners will be notified by May 12, 2018. An artist & poet reception will be held later in May to announce the winners, award the pieces of art and read the winning poems.

Contest Rules: All entries must be original and unpublished. All entries must be submitted at the participating location displaying each work of art. Each unique poetry entry can be submitted once during the contest (i.e the same poem cannot be submitted at multiple display stations). Each entry must include your name, e-mail, phone number, mailing address, and the title of the poem you are entering. The final day to submit entries is April 20, 2018.




27th Annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest
Open to residents and students in Franklin County.
Two categories:  Adult and Young Poet (ages 12-18)

Submit up to three poems.  Number pages of multi-page poems.
Only unpublished poems may be submitted.
Previous winners (first place) may not submit poems.
Top-placing youth poets may re-submit when they enter a new age category.
Indicate “Adult” or “Young Poet,” and Young Poets write your age on the front of the sheet where the poem appears, lower right hand corner, circled.
No identifying information on front of sheet, where poem appears; no staples.
On reverse side of each poem, write your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, if available.  Poems will not be returned.
Submit on white 8.5 x 11 paper, printed clearly in ink or typed in plain typeface; no markers.
Notification of receipt of entry will be via email, unless SASE is included with entry.

Send poems to:  Poet’s Seat Contest, Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301

Deadline:  March 5, 2018 (Postmark)



Women’s Writing Workshops with Chivas Sandage / Eastworks: Studio #413

Jumpstart, restart, and develop your writing in a supportive circle of women. Discover and generate new material, explore and diversify, or make progress on an ongoing project. Expect intriguing prompts, short and long writing periods, regular opportunities to read your work aloud and receive helpful, inspiring feedback. Near the end of each workshop, we read and discuss one participant’s work-in-progress. Genres: nonfiction, fiction, poetry, plays, & more. Participants will offer a spring reading at Studio 413 in the Eastworks Building in Easthampton.

When: Wednesdays 1:00-4:00 pm on February 28, March 14 & 28April 11 & 25May 9 & 23, June 6 & 20, & July 4.

For more information & registration: https://www.writelikeariver.com 





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 thepoetrynews@gmail.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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