Poetry News – August, 2018


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

Poetry Highlights of This Month in Western Massachusetts:

Check out WordxWord Festival in Pittsfield all this week: http://wordxwordfestival.com

Fri. Aug. 3 – Pulp Slam features Olivia Gatwood & Lovefest Open Mic, The Roost, Northampton, 7pm
Sun. Aug. 5 – Writers Read @ The Inn at Norton Hill, Ann C. Averill, 10 Norton Hill Rd. Ashfield, 3pm
Sun. Aug. 5 – Pulp Slam’s (eleventy) first birthday party! Florence, Details below, 1pm
Sun. Aug. 5 – Invitational Team Poetry Slam at The Mount! 2 Plunket St., Lenox, 3pm
Tue. Aug. 7 – Writers Night Out! Mary Clare Powell & Open Mic, The Basement, 21 Center St. Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Aug. 7 – Northampton Poetry:  Team Send-off, Silent Auction & Open mic at The Deuce, WWII Club Northampton, 7pm
Thu. Aug. 9 – Florence Poets Society meeting & poetry share, Lilly Library, Florence, 6:30pm
Sat. Aug. 11 – Write Up Springfield! Creative writing group, all welcome. Springfield Central Library, State St. Springfield, 1pm
Sun. Aug. 12 – Poetry Critique Group with Michael Goldman, Northampton Center for the Arts. Sign up: Register here.  Northampton, 1pm
Tue. Aug. 14 – Northampton Poetry, Open Mic & feature at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Aug. 14 – UNBUTTONED presents, Luthiers Co-op, Easthampton, 7pm
Tue. Aug. 21 – Poetry Feature & Open Mic at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Aug. 28 – Poetry Feature & Open Mic at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 7pm
Wed. Aug. 29 – Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Center, 716 Sumner, Springfield, 7pm


Pulp Slam’s (Eleventy) First Birthday Party!
Sunday August 5, 1 PM – 6 PM
A house & garden party for poets / hobbits and all their friends
Please come celebrate one year of Pulp Slam! And help us raise funds for the first-ever Pulp Slam Team’s participation in the National Poetry Slam in Chicago this August. Hosted at the home of Catherine Weiss and Niko Letendre-Cahillane in Florence, MA.
We will have an open mic!
A lot of delicious things to eat and drink! Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available. Meat and not-meat foods.
Music! Dancing?!? Revelry!!!!
Featuring a merch table with poetry and arts & crafts from our members of the 2018 Pulp Slam team as well as the raffle of a typewriter (wow!!) donated by our friends at Attack Bear Press.
Rain or shine. Backyard hangouts if it’s clear. Indoor festivities if it’s not.
No cost to attend, but please support us if you can. We will be accepting cash, credit/debit cards, paypal, and venmo for merch, raffle tickets, and donations.
Accessibility: There are several steps up to enter the house’s front door. The backyard can be accessed through a side-gate with no steps. The bathroom is on the ground floor. (There is no 2nd floor.) The house is home to a cat and two small dogs, who will be present at the event. Public transit to the location isn’t available but if you need a ride, please contact us through thePulp Slam page, by leaving a message on this event page, or sending a message directly to Catherine Weiss and we will make sure you get here!

Parking: The driveway is small, so please park on the lawn, or on the side of the road.
If you can’t make the party, you can still donate to the team!
Gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/pulp-slam-goes-to-nps-2018

Poetry Critique Meet-up, moderated by poet and translator Michael Goldman
Northampton Center for the Arts
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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