Poetry News – July 2019


Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of July, 2019.
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Wishing you Peace through Poetry,

Poetry Highlights of This Month in Western Massachusetts:

Tue. July 2 –Northampton Poetry workshop and reading with George Abraham at The Deuce, WWII Club Northampton, 7pm
Tue. July 2 – Writers Night Out! Straw Dog presents Howie Faerstein & Open Mic, The Basement, 21 Center St. (in the back), Northampton, 7pm
Sunday July 7- Writers Read, Straw Dog Writers Guild presents Christian McEwan and open mic, Belding Memorial Library, Ashfield, 2-4pm
Thu. July 11 – Amherst Arts Night plus Open Mic featured poet TBA at Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, Sign up between 5 and 6pm. Readings start at 6pm.
Thu. July 11 – Florence Poets Society Meeting & Poetry Share, 2nd Thu. of the month, Lilly Library, Florence. All Welcome! 6:30pm business, 7pm poetry share.
Tue. July 16 –  Third Tuesday Spoken Word: features Mark Hart and Lindy Whiton + Open Mic, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7pm
Tue. July 23 – UNBUTTONED presents What’s Your Story? Storytelling night, Luthiers Coop, Easthampton, 7pm
Tue. July 23 – Writers Read Series presents: Kristen Privallet & Amy Herring, Lee Library, Lee, 5:30pm
Wed. July 31 – Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Ctr., 716 Sumner, Springfield, 7pm



Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in Farmington Connecticut!
This year’s Sunken Garden Poetry Fest should be one of the best yet, with Terrance Hayes among the poets presenting. Go to https://www.hillstead.org/sunken-garden-poetry-festival/2019-poetry-festival/ for tickets, schedule and more information.


Northampton Poetry Community
Poetry workshops, open mics, and community potlucks. New schedule for 2019!
First Tuesdays: Poetry writing workshop led by an established touring poet, followed by an exclusive reading from our guest. $10 suggested donation. Held at the World War II Club. 7:30pm, doors at 7.
Second Tuesdays: Open mic with a spotlight feature from a local poet / hometown hero. Bring one poem to share, three minutes or less. No cover, we pass a hat. Held at the World War II Club. 7:30pm, list goes out at 7.
Third Tuesdays: Poetry editing workshop. Bring printed copies of poem to workshop with the group. Free. Held at The Resistance Center. 7:30pm, doors at 7.
Fourth Tuesdays: Community potluck and poetry circle. Bring a dish or a small cash donation if possible. Held at The World War II Club. 7:30pm, doors at 7.
More information schedule at http://nohopoco.com.
Please RSVP for workshops online at https://www.nohopoco.com/workshops.


Endopolis Poetry Room
The Endopolis Poetry Room is a comfy living-room inspired community space in Florence, MA for poets and artists to fill up with inspiration and to acquire the support they need to go forth and create. The space is comprised of 240 square feet with a cozy living room area, a typewriter for general use, a tea/coffee station, free snacks, free period products and other supplies, a small poetry collection, and a shop corner for consignment chapbooks and merch. The Poetry Room hosts events throughout the week such as workshops, art and poetry circles, a boardgame night, and a book club. Most of the events are free.
Directions, accessibility info, and schedule can be found at the website: http://endopolispoetry.com


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 entry: “From Seed to Fruition”
Western Massachusetts Visual Arts BiennialTo submit visit http://www.northamptonartscouncil.org/p/biennial.html to access the link or visit https://wmassbiennial.artcall.org/ and create an accountThe Northampton Arts Council enthusiastically invites submissions for their 2019 Visual Arts and Poetry Biennial, to be held at Forbes Library’s Hosmer Gallery from October 1st through October 30th, 2019. The Arts Council Biennial is a juried art exhibit and poetry event with free entry, open to artists and poets from Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. Artists and writers are asked to interpret the theme “From Seed to Fruition”, artists are asked to interpret this literally or as a work/body of work that has been fully developed and most closely represents the artist’s personal artistic vision.All two and three-dimensional art in any style, as well as video and performance art will be considered for the visual arts component. The Arts Council also encourages submissions of performance art, and large 3-dimensional, weather tolerant art for the outdoor exhibition space on the Forbes Library lawn.Poets can submit up to 3 poems and previously published work will be accepted. Accepted poems will be displayed in the form of a poetry booklet in Forbes Library Hosmer Gallery throughout the Biennial for viewing by the public. The Northampton Arts Council will host the Biennial Poetry Reading, held at Forbes Library’s Calvin Coolidge Reading Room

The submission deadline for visual arts and poetry is August 1, 2019, 11:59 pm.


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



There’s a vibrant and active poetry community in the Albany area.
Go to http://www.albanypoets.com/ for schedules and events!

WORD IN WORCESTERThe 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 .
CONNECTICUT POETRYCT 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

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