Poetry News – July, 2018


Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of July, 2018.
Poetry News is published monthly. EMAIL: Please send events to thepoetrynews@gmail.com. The site will be updated regularly.
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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:

Sun. July 1 – Writers Read @ The Inn at Norton Hill, Jan Maher, 10 Norton Hill Rd. Ashfield, 3pm
Tue. July 3 – Writers Night Out! Jan Maher & Open Mic, The Basement, 21 Center St. Northampton, 7pm
Tue. July 3 – Northampton Poetry: Brave New Voices and Open mic at The Deuce, WWII Club Northampton, 7pm
Thu. July 5 – Collected Poets Series, Ben Berman & Janice Sorensen, Mocha Maya’s Cafe, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
Thu. July 5 – Emily Dickinson Museum / Amherst Arts Night art from 5-6, open mic & poetry 6-8.pm, Leslie Marie Aguilar & Arielle Jessop feature, Dickinson Museum, Amherst, 5-8pm
Fri. July 6 – Pulp Slam: Raych Jackson & Breakups Open Mic, The Roost, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. July 10 – Myles Em Taylor & Open Mic at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 7pm
Thu. July 11 – Florence Poets Society meeting & poetry share, Lilly Library, Florence, 6:30pm
Sun. July 15 – Poetry Critique Group with Michael Goldman, Northampton Center for the Arts. Sign up: Register here.  Northampton, 1pm
Tue. July 17 – UNBUTTONED presents, Luthiers Co-op, Easthampton, 7pm
Tue. July 17 –  Greenfield Word – Featuring Preston Hood & Mary Clare Powell plus Open Mic, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7:30pm
Wed. July 18 – Compass Roads (ed. Jane Yolen) anthology reading at Northampton Senior Center, 2pm.
Fri. July 20 – Pulp Slam: Lydia Havens & Friend Loves Open Mic, The Roost, Northampton, 7pm
Sat. July 21 – Poetry UnDressed, Dinner, Drinks & Music, 8pm. 667 State St. Springfield. Tickets $15, https://www.facebook.com/events/1544833418973402/.
Tue. July 24 – TBA & Open Mic at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. July 24 – Writers Read, featuring Peter Gizzi and Lewis Warsh, Lee Library, Lee, 5:30pm
Wed. July 25 – Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Center, 716 Sumner, Springfield, 7pm
Thu. July 26 – Poets Sara Sousa, Rebecca Olander & Janet MacFadyen at White Square Books,  86 Cottage St. Easthampton, 7pm





Poetry Critique Meet-up, moderated by poet and translator Michael Goldman
Northampton Center for the Arts
Sunday July 15, 1-3pm
Sunday August 12, 1-3pm

Poetry Critique Meet-up is a chance for poets to give and receive immediate constructive feedback on their poems by everyone in attendance.  Learn what is working in your poems, and what may need revision. Contribute your observations to other poets. Be fascinated by the breadth of the written word.

After registering, participants will be informed how many copies of their poems to bring. $5 registration fee per session. Space limited to ten. Register here.

Poetry Critique Meet-up is a collaboration between Straw Dog Writers Guild and the Northampton Center for the Arts. This program is funded by gifts in memory of Eli Daniel Nemetz Todd, a writer born and raised in Northampton, who died in October 2016 at the age of 23. We are pleased to honor his legacy by creating affordable opportunities for members of the community to engage in a diverse series of writing experiences with dedicated and talented instructors.



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 every second Thursday of the month. 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 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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