Poetry News – December, 2019


Here is your Poetry News for Western Massachusetts for the month of December, 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, Poetry and Happy Holidays, whatever you celebrate. – Lori

Poetry Events, Northampton and (not too far) Beyond:

Mon. Dec. 2 – Franny Choi and Andrea Abi-Karam at Cyb3r Monday Lit Club, The Majestic Saloon, 24 Main St. Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Dec. 3 – Writers Read/Hilltowns presents Karen Skolfield & Open Mic, Belding Memorial Library, Ashfield, 2-4pm.
Tue. Dec. 3 – Straw Dog Writers Guild: Karen Skolfield at Writers Night Out, The Basement, 21 Center St. Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Dec. 3 – 30 Poems in Nov. reading, Wright Hall, Smith College Northampton, 7pm
Wed. Dec. 4 – First Annual Poetry Translation Slam, Smith Poetry Center, Wright Hall, Northampton, 7pm
Wed. Dec. 4 – Poetry and Prose Open Mic, Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum, Lower Lake Rd. S. Hadley, 7pm
Thu. Dec. 5 – Soukaina Habiballah Reading, Smith College Poetry Center, Wright Hall, Northampton, 7pm
Thu. Dec. 5 – Collected Poets Series: Karen Skolfield & Yasotha Sriharan, Mocha Maya’s Cafe, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
Fri. & Sat. Dec. 6 & 7 – Northampton Book & Book Arts Fair, Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St. Northampton, Fri.: 5-8pm, Sat.: 10am – 4pm
Tue. Dec. 10 – Ciaran Berry Reading, Smith College Campus Center, Carroll Room, Northampton, 7:30pm
Tue. Dec. 10 – UNBUTTONED: TBA and Open Mic, Luthiers Coop, Easthampton, 7pm
Thu. Dec. 12 – Florence Poets Society Meeting & Poetry Share, 2nd Thu. of the month, Lilly Library, Florence. All Welcome! 6:30pm business, 7pm poetry share.
Fri. Dec. 13 – Cameron Awkward-Rich book release reading with guest readers Danez Smith, sam sax, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Alison Rollins, Paul Tran, Nate Marshall, &Franny Choi. Eastworks Ste 111, Easthampton, 6:30 – 9pm More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2548878385207245/ 
Sat. Dec. 14 – Submitting Poems Meetup – Endopolis Poetry Room,  116 Pleasant St. Ste 327, Easthampton, 11am – 3pm
Tue. Dec. 17 – Third Thursday Word, 9 Mill St. Greenfield, features Cloud Saddle Writers and open mic. 7:00pm.


Janet MacFadyen and photographer Stephen Schmidt
present a poetry/slideshow presentation drawn from their recent book, Adrift in the House of Rocks. Now more than ever we need to rediscover our roots in the physical earth, and our dependency on the natural world. Join us on a journey to the beautiful, and besieged, national parklands of the desert southwest.ADRIFT IN THE HOUSE OF ROCKS: a praise song for the earth.
Friday, December 13 at 7 pm
Amherst Books
8 Main St., Amherst
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 Endopolis Poetry Room, Suite 327, Eastworks, Easthampton. 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 Endopolis Poetry Room. 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 Endopolis Poetry Room. 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.
Poetry Critique Meet-up at Northampton Center for the Arts
Moderated by poet/translator Michael Goldman
Ongoing 2X per month. $5.
Link for dates and times and sign-up: http://www.strawdogwriters.org/poetrycritique


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


ALBANY, NY POETRYThere’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 .


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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