Poetry News – June, 2018


Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of June, 2018.
Poetry News is published monthly. EMAIL: Please send events to thepoetrynews@gmail.com. The site will be updated regularly.
To receive Poetry News in your email also send to thepoetrynews@gmail.com
I also have a public group on Facebook called “Poetry Events: Northampton, MA and Vicinity. I update it regularly when a new event comes my way, so please go there in between if you want to post an event, and please join the group for updates. Thanks! Here’s a link:

Wishing you Peace through Poetry,
Lori Desrosiers


Poetry Highlights of This Month in Western Massachusetts:

Fri. June 1 – Pulp Slam: Allison Truj & First Loves Open Mic, The Roost, Northampton, 7pm
Fri. June 2 – Le Cirque de la Bete de Givre: Meat for Tea (journal) release party with music, art, film and poetry. Sonelab (in back/inside next to Abandoned Building Brewery) 142 Pleasant St. Easthampton, 7pm
Sun. June 3 – Writers Read @ The Inn at Norton Hill, Melissa Volker, 10 Norton Hill Rd. Ashfield, 3pm
Mon. June 4 – Voices for Resistance, a Celebration! With Martin Espada, The Nields and Nicole M. Young, Forbes Library, Coolidge Museum (upstairs), Northampton, 7pm
Tue. June 5 – Writers Night Out! Joyce Hayden & Open Mic, The Basement, 21 Center St. Northampton, 7pm
Tue. June 5 – Northampton Poetry: Chrysanthemum Tran and Open mic at The Deuce, WWII Club Northampton, 7pm
Thu. June 7 – Thu. May 3 – Collected Poets’ Series: Poets Alice B. Fogel & Kerrin McCadden at Mocha Maya’s Coffee House, 47 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
Sat. June 9 – Cultural Chaos, Easthampton, http://culturalchaos.org, Easthampton, 12-5pm.
Tue – Straw Dog Writers Guild Writers’ Night Out: Kathy Ford and Open Mic, The Basement, 21 Center St. Northampton, 7pm
Sat. June 9 – Poems on Demand with Adam Grabowski, 85 Cottage St. Easthampton, 2:30pm.
Tue. June 12 – UNBUTTONED presents George Lenker, Luthiers Co-op, Easthampton, 7pm
Tue. June 12 – TBA & Open Mic at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 7pm
Thu. June 14 – Florence Poets Society meeting & poetry share, Lilly Library, Florence, 6:30pm
Fri. June 15 – Pulp Slam: Sara Mae Henke & Queer Loves Open Mic, The Roost, Northampton, 7pm
Fri. June 15 – Third Friday Poetry Open Mic at the Arms Library, Shelburne Falls, 7pm (sign up 6:30)
Sat. June 16 – Soul Warriors: An Evening of Musica y Poesia, with Diana Alvarez, Pamela Means and poet Nicole M. Young. Wisteriahurst Museum, Holyoke, 8pm. Tickets: http://wisteriahurst.org
Tue. June 19 – Haiku Slam & Open Mic at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. June 19 –  Greenfield Word – Featuring Dennis Piana Writing Group plus Open Mic, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7:30pm
Tue. June 26 – Sean Patrick Mulroy & Open Mic at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. June 26 – Writers Read, Open Mic featuring You! Lee Library, Lee, 5:30pm
Wed. June 27 – Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Center, 716 Sumner, Springfield, 7pm



Write Up Springfield

A new writing group for poets and writers of all levels will be held
on June 9 from 1-3 at Springfield Central Library.
Come join us in building a vibrant and supportive local writing community!
Located at 220 State Street, Springfield, MA




2018 Elyse Wolf Prize by Slate Roof Press for a chapbook of poetry

Deadline June 15

Slate Roof Press, a member-run, not-for-profit collaborative, is pleased to announce the 2018 Elyse Wolf Prize for our annual poetry chapbook contest. The winner receives publication and $500, and becomes an active member of the press. Winners commit approximately 10 hr/mo to the press, including monthly meetings in Greenfield, MA, and share work responsibilities for many aspects of publishing.

Submit no more than 28 pages of poetry. $10 reading fee. For full contest guidelines, visit www.slateroofpress.com/contest.html  or  http://slateroofpresscontest.submittable.com/submit.




A group of working poets in the NoHo/ Amherst area will begin in June to meet one evening a month to share verse in progress, critique each others’ work and, ideally, to enjoy each others’ company. Initial reaction to this announcement in last month’s Poetry News was excellent. We are now in discussions with several area centers about a regular meeting place and time. While the venue is as yet undecided, there seems to be a growing consensus that the last Wednesday or Thursday of each month is the preferred meeting time. If you responded to last month’s notice, you’ll hear again from us soon. Given the vagaries of participants’ various commitments, we’re shooting for a core group of around ten people willing to commit to making it each month if they can.
If you’re interested in becoming a ‘founding member’ of what we hope will become a lasting new, non-profit-oriented group interested in sharing the work and camaraderie of other neighbor poets, drop a note to VALLEYPOETS@netaforum.net. And here’s to a productive last day of this year’s Poetry Month.



Poetry As Painting

Learn to see the strange in the ordinary.
Workshop with Jayne Benjulian in Great Barrington, Tuesdays 7-9 PM  June 5,12 & 19
+ group trip to MASS MoCA

more info: http://jaynebenjulian.com/poetry-as-painting/




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, May 10th. 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 





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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