Poetry News – May 2019

Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of May, 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:
Thu. May 2 – Collected Poets present Dzivinia Orlovsky & Julia Bouwsma, Mocha Maya’s, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
Sun. May 5 – Writers Read (Straw Dog) presents Joshua Michael Stewart & Open Mic, Belding Memorial Library, Ashfield, 2-4pm
Tue. May 7 – Writers Night Out! Straw Dog presents Charlie Bondhus & Open Mic, The Basement, 11 Center St. Northampton, 7pm
Thu. May 9 – Florence Poets Society Meeting & Poetry Share, 2nd Thu. of the month, Lilly Library, Florence. All Welcome! 6:30pm business, 7pm poetry share.
Sat. May 11 – “To Refract Our Complex Identities: How to write an American Ghazal” workshop with Maria Luisa Arroyo, Lilly Library, Florence, 10:00am – 12:30.
Sat. May 11 – 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. May 14 – Northampton Poetry – Kai Pretto and Open Mic at The Deuce, WWII Club Northampton, 7pm.
Tue. May 14 – UNBUTTONED presents Emily Everett & Open Mic, Luthiers Co-op, Easthampton, 7pm.
Tue. May 21 –  Third Tuesday Spoken Word: Howie Faerstein, Tommy Twilite & Open Mic, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7pm.
Sun. May 26 – Literary Rendezvous: Open Mic & featuring Tommy Twilite at the Voo, (Rendezvous), Turners Falls, 2:30 – 4:30pm
Tue. May 28 – Writers Read: Gary Metras & Jessica Piazza, Lee Library, Lee, 5:30pm
Wed. May 29 – Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Ctr., 716 Sumner, Springfield, 7pm



Straw Dog Writers Guild and The Voo presents: Poetry Open Mic!
Last Sunday of every month, 3-5pm
Open Mic host: Candace Curran
The Rendezvous, Turners Falls, MA
Poetry Open Mics and Workshops at The Deuce
Tuesday Nights 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.


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.


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, MAIn the Forest Park neighborhood: free on street parking
www.teatrovida.com            www.bingartscenter.org

Breathing, Age, and Different

WordXWord announces spring schedule for Poets Creating Conversation.

Pittsfield, MA – WordXWord’s Poets Creating Conversation continues to challenge poets to provoke and bear witness, asking them to put their words to work unpacking difficult issues in the current discourse. The spring schedule includes Breathing in America, April 29; Age in America, May 20; and Different in America, June 24. Poets Creating Conversation events take place at the Berkshire Museum and admission is free.

By challenging poets to circle loosely around a theme or issue PCC events create a broad, multi-dimensional “conversation” between poems, poets, and audience. By sharing personal stories, observations, challenges, as well as moments of inspiration and hope, these events weave a tapestry of creative voices that makes us stronger and helps us individually and collectively navigate the way forward.

May 20, 7P
Age in America
Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield
Poets of a certain age / all ages / ageless, may or may not act their age when we dive into what age means in America. If age is just a number, let’s do the math.

June 24, 7P
Different in America
Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield
From inside and out, over and under, what does it mean to be different in America? What is “different“ and who gets to decide?

All WordXWord events are free and these programs are open to all; however, parents and guardians are advised that some content may be challenging for younger children.

The schedule is subject to change – for more information visit WordXWordFestival.com.

WordXWord is made possible by lead sponsor Greylock Federal Credit Union, with additional support from Housatonic Heritage.


WordXWord encourages poets to accept a greater role in the cultural landscape, to provoke and bear witness, to use their craft to advocate for social justice, to act as agents of change, and to add their voices in celebration of the full potential of the human spirit. We use the arts – spoken word, poetry and storytelling – to build community, promote creativity, and provide a safe space for celebration of identity and exploration of the challenges of our time.



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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