Poetry News – January 2019


Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of January 2019.
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:

Sun. Jan. 6 – Writers Read/Hill towns, Michael A. Posner & Open Mic, Belding Library, Ashfield, 2-4 pm.
Tue. Jan. 8 – Writers Night Out! Straw Dog presents Debra Immergut & Open Mic, The Basement, 11 Center St. Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Jan. 8  – Northampton Poetry Open mic & feature at The Deuce, WWII Club Northampton, 7pm
Thu. Jan. 10- Florence Poets Society Meeting & Poetry Share, 2nd Thu. of the month, Lilly Library, Florence. All Welcome! 6:30pm.
Jan. 2019 – Pioneer Valley Writers Workshops: Go to pioneervalleywriters.org for more information. Williamsburg, MA.
Sat. Jan. 12 – Write- up Springfield A monthly creative writing group for Springfield area writers will be holding its monthly meeting  in the Community Room at the Springfield Central Library. New members always welcome! 1-3pm
Tue. Jan. 15 – Third Tue. Spoken Word, Feature & Open Mic 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7pm
Tue. Jan. 15 – Poetry Slam! & Open Mic at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 7pm
Sun. Jan. 20 – Endopolis Poetry Room, Titanic Poetry! 40 Main St. Suite 201, Florence, 7pm
Sat. Jan. 26 – Belchertown Writers & Poets, Parish Hall at BUCC, 18 Park St. Belchertown, 4-6 pm.
Sun. Jan. 27 – Literary Rendezvous: Open Mic & feature Lauren Marie Schmidt at the Voo, (Rendezvous), Turners Falls, 2:30 – 4:30pm
Tue. Jan. 29 – Poetry Slam & Open Mic at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 7pm
Wed. Jan. 30 – Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Ctr., 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
Open Mic host: Candace Curran
The Rendezvous, Turners Falls, MA


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


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



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 YouthEvery 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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