Poetry News – October 2018


Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of October, 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:
Mon. Oct. 1 – Extra Open Mic and NH Slam Team “Oh Sh*t It’s Our Turn Now” The Deuce, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Oct. 2 – Straw Dog Writers Night Out! Jendi Reiter, Open Mic & Live Music, The Basement, 21 Center St. Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Oct. 2 – Northampton Poetry Open mic & feature at The Deuce, WWII Club Northampton, 7pm
Thu. Oct. 4 – Collected Poets Series presents: Jeff Friedman & Moira Linehan, Mocha Maya’s, Shelburne Falls, 7pm.
Sat. Oct. 6 – Pioneer Valley Writers Workshop presents a workshop, “Reading Like a Writer” with Sara Raunch. Williamsburg, 1pm. rsvp http://pioneervalley writers.com
Sun. Oct. 7 – Perspective: Words & Music: Michael Goldman, Jean Blakeman, Steve Bailey, St. Philip’s Church, 128 Main St. Easthampton, 3pm.
Tue. Oct. 9 – Poetry feature & Open Mic at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Oct. 9 – UNBUTTONED featuring Gary Metras – Easthampton Poet Laureate & open mic, Luthiers Co-op, Easthampton, 7pm
Thu. Oct. 11 – SILKWORM Journal of Florence Poets Society Launch Reading! Lilly Library, Florence, 7:00pm.
Sat. Oct. 13 – Straw Dog presents Writing Workshop, “The Poetic Dream” with Tzivia Gover, S. Hadley Public Library, S. Hadley, Free! 10:30am.
Sat. Oct. 13 – Write Up Springfield! Creative writing group, all welcome. Springfield Central Library, State St. Springfield, 1pm
Sun. Oct. 14, Gallery of Readers: “Breath and Spark” a book launch and signing by Meryl Cohn & reading by Nancy Barnes. Seelye Hall, Room 106, Smith College, 4pm.
Tue. Oct. 16 – Greenfield Word, Open mic & Feature, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7:00pm
Tue. Oct. 16 – Poetry Slam & Open Mic at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 7pm
Sat. Oct. 19 – Pioneer Valley Poetry Festival:

Sun. Oct. 21 – Writers Read, open mic & feature Richard Wayne Horton, Belding Memorial Library, Ashfield, 3-5 pm.
Tue. Oct. 23 – Poetry Feature & Open Mic at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 7pm
Sun. Oct. 28 – New Open Mic & feature at the Rendezvous, Turners Falls. 3pm
Wed. Oct. 31 – Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Center, 716 Sumner, Springfield, 7pm.


Smith College Poetry Series
There are events throughout the semester at Smith.
For details, go to https://www.smith.edu/poetrycenter/wp/category/readings/
Straw Dog Writers Guild and The Voo presents: New Poetry Open Mic!
Last Sunday of every month, 3-5pm
Starts September 30th
Feature: Nicole M. Young
Open Mic host: Candace Curran
The Rendezvous, Turners Falls, MA
Poetry Critique meetup
October 14, 1-3pm
Northampton Center for the Arts
33 Hawley St
$5 fee
Facilitated by Poet and translator Michael Goldman
Held in honor of Eli Daniel Nemetz Todd, and supported by donations in his honor.
Cold Spring Poetry Group
Critique group based in Belchertown meets one Thursday morning
each month to critique new work seeks one new (published) member.
Contact: Denise 413-244-3290, or




Upcoming in November this year! Great Falls Word Festival
November 8-11. Turners Falls, MA
Info at http://www.gawfest.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 we release SILKWORM 11! Readings will start at 7pm at the Lilly Library in Florence, MA. All welcome!
Florence Poets Society meets every second Thursday of the month. Socializing at 6:30, poetry s at 7:00 pm. 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.

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


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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