Poetry News – September, 2019


Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of September, 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:

Special Event! Amherst Poetry Festival, Sept. 19-21st
Schedule and information at

Sun. Sept. 1 – “Titanic Poetry” poetry circle/Open Mic at Endopolis Poetry Room, 40 Main St. Suite 201, Florence, 7pm
Tue. Sept. 3 – Writers Night Out presents James Arthur, The Basement, 21 Center Street, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Sept. 3 – Sonnet Workshop with Sam Rush, Northampton Poetry Community, The Deuce, 50 Conz St. Northampton, 7pm
Wed. Sept. 4 – Nadine Gallo talk on Seamus Heaney’s poetry, Boltwood in Amherst, Bangs Center, Options Room, Amherst, 2pm
Thu. Sept. 5 — A Trio of Local Poets Reading at Flourish: Slate Roof poets Amanda Doster and Cindy Snow with Amy Gordon. 102 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA, 6:30 pm
Sat. Sept. 7 – Non-Fiction workshop from Pioneer Valley Writers Workshops with Dennis James Sweeney, 16 Main St. Williamsburg, register at http://pioneervalleywriters.org
Sat. Sept. 7 – Cirque des Fantomes Etranges, Meat for Tea release party, Sonelab and Abandoned Building Brewery, 142 Pleasant St. Easthampton,  7pm
Sun. Sept. 8 – Writers Read/Hilltowns presents Trish Crapo & Open Mic, Town Hall,
Ashfield, 2-4pm.
Tue. Sept. 10 UNBUTTONED: Elizabeth Vickery Haight and Open Mic, Luthiers Coop, Easthampton, 7pm
Thu. Sept. 12 – Florence Poets Society Meeting & Poetry Share, 2nd Thu. of the month, Lilly Library, Florence. All Welcome! 6:30pm business, 7pm poetry share.
Sat. Sept. 14 – Good Storytelling in Non-Fiction with Suzanne Strempek-Shea, Northampton Center for the Arts, 10:30am
Tue. Sept. 17 –  Third Tuesday Spoken Word: features Terry S. Johnson, Jan Maher, & Open Mic, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, 7pm
Tue. Sept. 24 – Terrence Hayes at Smith College, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, 7:30pm
Tue. Sept. 24 – Writers Read presents Susan Lewis & David Giannini at Lee Library, Lee, 5:30pm
Wed. Sept. 25 – Teatro V!DA Youth Open Mic, Bing Arts Ctr., 716 Sumner, Springfield, 7pm


Great Falls Word Festival coming October 11-14, 2019!!

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.


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.


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


ALBANY, NY POETRYThere’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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