Poetry News – March 2019


Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of March, 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. March 3 – Writers Read/Hill towns, S. Forrest Nomakeo & Open Mic, Belding Library, Ashfield, 2-4 pm.
Sun. Feb. 3 – Gallery of Readers: Don Horton & Susan Cocalis, Seelye Hall, Rm 106, Smith College, Northampton, 4pm
Tue. March 5 – Layli Long Soldier at Smith College, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, 7:30pm
Tue. March. 5 – Writers Night Out! Straw Dog presents Amy Laprade & Open Mic, The Basement, 11 Center St. Northampton, 7pm
Tue. March. 5  – Northampton Poetry – generative workshop and reading with touring poet at The Deuce, WWII Club Northampton, 7pm
Thu. March. 7 – Collected Poets Series presents Maria Luisa Arroyo & Mary Pinard, Mocha Maya Cafe, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
Sat. March. 9 – 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
Sat. March 9 – Make it Springfield, poetry open mic, spons. by Poetic Recovery, 168 Worthington St. Springfield, 7 – 10pm.
Tue. March. 12 – UNBUTTONED presents Paul Richmond & Open Mic, Luthiers Co-op, Easthampton, 7pm.
Tue. March 12 – Michael Medeiros & Open Mic at The Deuce, WWII Club, Northampton, 7pm
Thu. March. 14 – Florence Poets Society Meeting & Poetry Share, 2nd Thu. of the month, Lilly Library, Florence. All Welcome! 6:30pm
Sat. March 16 – Hope for Holyoke, Poetic Recovery open mic, 100 Suffolk St. Holyoke, 7pm
Tue. March. 19 – Third Tue. Spoken Word, Janet MacFadyen, Richard Wollman & Open Mic, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7pm.
Sat. March 23 – Poetic Recovery Open Mic, Flywheel, Easthampton, 7pm.
Tue. March 26 – Writers Read at Lee Library, Howard Faerstein & Irene Willis, 5:30pm
Wed. March. 27 – Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Ctr., 716 Sumner, Springfield, 7pm
Sun. March 31 – Gallery of Readers: John Broglio & Robin Barber, Seelye Hall, Rm 106, Smith College, Northampton, 4pm
Sun. March 31 – Literary Rendezvous: Open Mic & feature Amy Laprade at the Voo, (Rendezvous), Turners Falls, 2:30 – 4:30pm



Smith College Poetry Series
There are events throughout the semester at Smith.
For details, go to https://www.smith.edu/poetrycenter/wp/category/readings/



Call for Submissions: Slate Roof Press, a Greenfield-based, member-run publishing collaborative, is pleased to announce our first poetry broadside contest. We are highlighting 15  years of unique bookmaking by selecting two poems to become letterpress broadsides. The first poem will be drawn only from contestants living in Franklin or Hampshire counties. The second poem will be drawn from contestants across the United States. Both contest winners will receive the $250 Glass Prize and will have their poem printed in a beautiful limited letterpress edition. $10 reading fee. For full details see http://www.slateroofpress.com.
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


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 annual 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.

Common Ground Review’s Annual Poetry Contest
is open now until March 31st at cgreview.org.  In addition to publication, first prize is $500, second prize is $200, third prize is $100.  Honorable mentions are also published.  Our judge this year is Doug Anderson. $15 entry fee.


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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