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Poetry News October 13, 2014


Here is your Poetry News for the week of October 13,  2014
Scroll down to see or link to more poetry in Worcester, the Berkshires, Boston, Vermont and other areas.
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Some Highlights of This Week in Western MA (more below):
Tue. Oct 14 – Eric Haygun and Open Mic at “The Deuce” WWII Club, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. Oct 15 – Smith Faculty Reading Series, Poetry Center, Wright Hall, 4pm
Tue. Oct. 21 – Gerry Yelle and Marian Kent, Amherst Books, Amherst, 7pm
Tue. Oct. 21 – Sun. Oct 26 – Greenfield Annual Word Festival, Greenfield
at. Oct 25 – Edward Taylor symposium at Smith College, Nielson Library, Northampton, 10am


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
Upcoming Featured Poets:
10/14 – Eric Haygun and Open Mic
10/21 – Cash Slam and Open Mic
Please bring a 3-5 minute selection of your work to share
Fabulous website with featured poets
Gerald Yelle and Marian Kent
Tue. October 21, 7pm
Poetry – Amherst Books
Amherst MA 

Smith Poetry Center Fall Reading Series
October 21st, Tuesday, 7:30 pm
Stoddard Hall Auditorium
Poet, essayist, and environmentalist, Alison Hawthorne Deming stands at the crossroads of art and science. Winner of the Walt Whitman Award for her first book of poetry, she has published three collections since, as well as four books of nonfiction, including the recently-released Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit. Deming’s work has won her comparisons with Gary Snyder and Terry Tempest Williams, as well as a slew of prizes.
This event will be preceded by a Q&A session in the Poetry Center in Wright Hall at 4pm the same day.

Hawthorne Deming will also be giving a talk in the Poetry Center Monday, October 20, 7pm on Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit.

Carpe Stylum Public Reading
Tuesday, October 21
Palmer Public Library, Palmer

October 21, Tuesday, to October 26th, Sunday
Downtown Greenfield, MA
Greenfield Annual Word Festival

For six days and on ten stages, Greenfield Annual Word Festival presents young and old writers, those just finding their voice, to well-seasoned authors who have published many books, won awards, been on tours, and make their living from their craft of writing and performing.

For a full schedule of events please visit


MFA Reading Series
October 23, Thursday, 8 pm
Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall
UMass Amherst

Appointed in mid-June as U.S. Poet Laureate, Charles Wright is the author of twenty-four collections of poetry. Wright’s honors include many of the most prestigious awards in the field of poetry: a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award both for Black Zodiac; the National Book Award for Country Music: Selected Early Poems; the Bollingen Prize for Bye-and-Bye: Selected Late Poems; and the International Griffin Poetry Prize for Scar Tissue.


Edward Taylor Symposium
Saturday, October 25: There will be a symposium on the 17th century
poet Edward Taylor at Smith College. All of the sessions will take
place in the Browsing Room of Neilson Library. At 10 AM Francis Murphy
will give a talk on “Edward Taylor: His Religion and his Art”. At 11
Joshua Lane will speak on “Edward Taylor?s Worldly Goods”. At 1 PM
Kevin Sweeney will address “Edward Taylor?s Westfield and Solomon
Stoddard’s Northampton”. At 2 Martin Antonetti will discuss “Edward
Taylor?s Library”. The event is open to all without charge.



The Gallery of Readers 
Stephanie Schamess and Virginia Rohan
reading from their recent work
Sunday, October 26, 2014, 4 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room, Smith College, Northampton
Refreshments will be served.



October 28, Tuesday, 7 pm
Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst

Reading by recent literary awardees

Readings by Sari Boren, Steven Cramer, and Joseph Spece, with special guest Sabina Murray, will be held at Jones Library.  This event is presented by The Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Emily Dickinson Museum.


October 30, Thursday, 6:30pm

Eileen Fisher, 24 Pleasant Street, Northampton

Hedgerow Books Reading

Maya Janson and Anne Woodhull will read from their new books Murmur and Crush and Night With Its Owl.



Writers Night Out!
by Straw Dog Writers Guild.
Tuesday, Nov. 4th7-9 pm
The Basement, 21 Center St., Northampton.
Five minute open mike slots, then featured reader, Karen Skolfield, poet.


30 Poems in November for Center for New Americans

Poetry News supports Center for New Americans’ annual 30 Poems in November,
and we invite you to do the same!  30 Poems in November is open to all of you.

The Center For New Americans, a Northampton-based organization which provides literacy, citizenship, and support services for the immigrant communities of Western Massachusetts, is now sponsoring its 6th annual 30 Poems in November. Poets commit to writing a poem a day for the month of November, and raise money from family and friends against that commitment (just like when people pledge by the mile for a charity 10K).

Some of the participants send their efforts out daily; others occasionally; others not at all. It’s a great motivation for those of us who could use a deadline and a built-in audience. And while it benefits an organization in Massachusetts, it’s open to poets around the world. Use your literary gifts to give the gift of literacy!
Links are below. Try it! You’ll get more written than you ever imagined possible, and you’ll be helping a great cause.  AND you can also be part of the public reading by participants, which takes place at Smith College in December.
Center for New Americans website:
Center for New Americans fundraising page:
PlumGreenfield Community College’s online literary journal is now accepting submissions from writers in the western region of Massachusetts and southern Vermont.
Please send submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, reviews, and audio and video files of spoken word poetry.  Plum is published twice a year, in May and December. Submissions are accepted year-round.
Fiction Writing Group at East Forest Park Library
122 Island Pond Road (Next to Rite Aid in the plaza)
First Wednesday of Each Month
Time: 6:00 pm
Contact: Theresa Boulrice (413) 263-6836)
Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) presents:
“Poetry Conversation”
Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA;
in the Amherst Room, 2nd floor
1st Friday of each month — 2pm – 3:30pm
2nd Thursday of each month — 5:45pm – 7:15pm
All who are interested in sharing thoughts and ideas
in a group discussion based on selected poems/letters by Emily Dickinson are welcome.

The next business/sharing meeting is Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 6:30pm.
Please consider joining the Florence Poets Society.
Your $20 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:
or contact us at


on WMUA-Amherst 91.1 FM Wednesdays at 5:00pm (Note change of day and time!)
WMUA is ably run by students, and the Programmer, who has the unenviable job of arranging a continuous, live, on-air series of shows, 24 hours a day, is hard-pressed to get coverage when the UMass students are on vacation. (DJs are usually about half students and half community members). Hence the change in schedule.
Streamed live at The program, hosted by Daisy Mathias, includes reading aloud from past and contemporary poets, and occasionally features live interview and poetry-reading with a local poet.

Greenfield Word
Always the Third Tuesday
At 9 Mill St in Greenfield
Doors open at 7:00
Open Mike at 7:30
$1-5 sliding scale cover
10 open mike slots each will be five minute slots
Greenfield Annual Word Festival 2014
Has now set the dates: Tuesday October 21st to Sunday October 26th
Put it on your calendar! More info soon.
Questions about the festival? Go to
Northfield Open Mic
Sept. 25 – Karen Skolfield features followed by an open mic
You are invited to an evening of poetry at Northfield Coffee and Books.
Northfield Coffee and Books is at 105 Main St., Northfield, MA.
The series will take place on the third Thursday of every month,
and is hosted by Bernardston poet and track and field coach Jim Bell.
Arrive a little early to sign up.
All Small Caps at the Deja Brew in Wendell
Fourth Monday of the Month
Doors open at 7:00 – Open Mic starts at 7:30,
look forward to seeing you there.

There are 10 – 5 minutes open mic slots
Two featured readers
$1 to $5 sliding scale donation
For anyone interested in being a featured reader

Thursday, October 16, 5:30pm
Jim Kelleher & Irene Willis
The Good Purpose Gallery
40 Main St #1  Lee, MA
A monthly series of established poets and writers reading from their works.
Each fourth Thursday $3 Suggested donation to support the gallery and the poets
David Giannini, coordinator
Rambling Poets Presents Poetry Slam @ Parlor Cafe
Every third Thursday of the month
The Parlor Cafe 303 Ashland St  North Adams, MA
$2-5 Suggested Donation – Bartering Welcomed.
We are a 14 poet, 3 round slam, with cash and prizes awarded to
all poets who sign up.
Sign ups start at 7pm
Poets meeting at 7:45
Event starts promptly at 8pm   
Pittsfield’s Monthly Performance Series and Open Mic – Outspoken!
hosted by Matt Mcfadden, is held the 3rd Thursday of every month.
– Micro Theater (311 North St. in Pittsfield, Greylock Bldg.
upstairs among the ArtOnNo studios – Up the block from Jae’s Spice –
Entrance to theater is around the corner on Union St. thru Orange door,
right next door to Mary’s Carrot Cake. –
8 pm ($5 suggested donation) –
Interested open mic performers can sign up for 5 minute slot
by e-mailing matt at –
Those needing more information can e-mail the same address
Power of Words, Open Mic
Third Tuesdays 7pm to 8:30 pm
Hosted by Garfield Reed.
This is an open opportunity to share poetry, readings,
music and other spoken word.
Free and open to the public
at Berkshire South Regional Community Center
Crissey Rd.,Great Barrington, MA
Every third Tuesday of the month.
Please call Garfield at 528 4127 for more information.
In Words, Out Words in Housatonic
In Housatonic, MA there is an open mic for poets and performers of all styles and ages.
1st Tuesday of each month
at the Deb Koffman Gallery
137 Front Street, Housatonic, MA 01236.
“In Words, Out Words.” is hosted by Francine Ciccarelli
and there is usually a $1-6 suggested donation for heat and electricity.
There are snacks there provided by whoever wants to bring them.
The open mic begins at 7 and the featured performer goes on for about 20 minutes.
It usually lasts until between 9 and 9:30.
Zeitgeist Gallery Pittsfield
Monday Poetry Nights
6 to10pm 648 North Street in Pittsfield
call Alan Nidle, the Director at (857) 991-8448 for details

There’s a vibrant and active poetry community in the Albany area.
Go to for schedules and events!
Poetry, People!
Every Thursday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (sometimes later)
@ The Coffee Loft 406 Lincoln Street Marlborough, MA
Poetry, verse, and short stories are are welcome
at this very friendly, informal open reading.
Now booking for features to start in March.
Please contact Jarad at
for more info or to become a featured poet.
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 or by phone at (508) 479 8311 .
More to follow as August and September dates are confirmed!
The d’Alzon Arts Series: Poetry Reading
takes place at Assumption College (500 Salisbury Street, Worcester)
in the Emmanuel d’Alzon Library on the third Friday of each month during the academic year.
The format is an open mic for the first half-hour or so, a short break with refreshments and then 2 featured poets..
The reading starts at 7:00 p.m. and typically runs for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Readings run throughout the school year.
The Dirty Gerund
The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show will be held every Monday night
starting at 8:30 p.m. The reading is being held at
Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner (148 Grove Street, Worcester)
and is hosted by Rushelle Frazier.
There will be an open mic every week with a mix of poetry slams and featured poets.
No cover; donations accepted. 21+ Please join us at our new home
Since CT has a wonderful and comprehensive newsletter online, I have decided to cut the CT Poetry section from Poetry News and only post special events that might be of interest to MA poets. Write to Terri Klein at to get the CT Poet newsletter in your email, or the CT Poetry Calendar is online at 

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
The Brockton Poetry Series
at The Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak St. Brockton, MA
Third Saturday each month
Poetry workshop at 12:00
Open mic 2:15
Our feature poets 3:00
New website up
The Fuller Craft Museum, in Northwest Brockton,
has invited us to hold our monthly poetry readings in their beautiful facilities.
The Fuller is a highly regarded, internationally known museum with
a lovely reflection pool, kitchen, and of course, interesting monthly craft/art shows.
Cantab Lounge
Every Wednesday Night at 8,
Featured Poet, Poetry Slam!
738 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA
Doors for the show open at 7:15.
The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00.
When indicated (most nights), an open poetry slam follows the feature.
The show is 18+ (ID required)
and the cover charge is $3 unless otherwise noted.
Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam Sunday Night!
Cambridge Common 1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
$5 Cover Every Sunday
Poetry Slam: 8:00 pm,
Feature: 9:30 pm,
Open Mike: 10:30 pm
Stone Soup Poetry
meets from 8-10 pm. every Monday
at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery
at 106 Prospect Street in Cambridge
with an open mic sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
A featured poet follows the open mic.
For links to the feature’s work, information on future features and more,
visit the Stone Soup Web site:
For updated info on Cape activities go to Barry Hellman’s website on Facebook at:
Lowell Poetry Slam and Open Mic
Every FIRST Thursday at Brew’d Awakening!
Only poets can compete in the slam and win the prize…
but the mic is open to musical performers as well.
Whether you come to perform, compete or just enjoy some coffee
and great local talent, don’t miss this event!
7:00pm – 9:30 pm *Sign-up between 6:30-7:00*
The event is free and open to the public—
so come on down for an evening of good company and some
terrific regional voices!
Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus,
61 Market Street, Lowell, MA 978-454-
BREW For more info, please email
Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam Sunday Night!
Cambridge Common 1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
$5 Cover Every Sunday
Poetry Slam: 8:00 pm, Feature: 9:30 pm, Open Mike: 10:30 pm
Newton Free Library Poetry Reading Series
The series meets the second Tuesday of every month
open mic after features. Starts 7PM For complete information
go to
Director: Doug Holder
Cambridge Community Television
Tuesdays at 11:00 PM Saturdays at 10:30PM
Catch the latest from the Boston Poetry Slam
Every TUESDAY at Julio’s 99 Club 99 Essex Street Lawrence, MA
Doors open at 7pm open mic starts at 8pm Admission $3.00
For more information or for directions please call
Michelle Richardson at 978-423-7045
Brattleboro SLAM and OPEN MIC:
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 8-10pm
For a VT poetry events calendar go to:
For info on Brattleboro poetry and Write Action visit their website –
Poetry readings at the Putney Library
55 Main Street, Putney VT (802) 387-4407
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