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Poetry News February 2, 2015


Here is your Poetry News for the week of February 2,  2015
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Some Highlights of This Week in Western MA (more below):

Sat. Jan. 31 – 4 poets at Springfield Central Library, 220 State St, 1pm
Sun. Feb. 1 – Presentation of Seamus Heaney’s work, White Square Books, Easthampton, 2pm
Mon. Feb. 2 – Dina Stander and Joshua Michael Stewart at Orange Word, 7pm
Mon. Feb. 2 – The Art of Translation, Seelye Hall 106, Smith College, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Feb. 3 – Jane Yolen featured at Straw Dog’s Writer’s Night Out, Basement, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Feb. 3 – Buddy Wakefield and open mic at The Deuce, Northampton, 8pm
Wed. Feb. 4 – “Remembering Those Gone” Forbes Library, Northampton, 7pm
Sun. Feb. 8 –  Donald Wheelock, Mary Beth Brooker, Neilson Lib. Northampton, 4pm


“7 Minutes: A Monthly Literary Arts Spotlight”
Springfield City Library-Central Branch
220 State St., Springfield
Saturday, January 31, 1 pm – 3 pm
Featured poets:
Janet Aalfs, Crystal Senter Brown, Kateri Walsh, Melody Rivera,
Carol Marrone, Brenda Hill, Tara Dasso, Debra Sansone,
George Kingston, Mary Grace and Donna Soltario

White Square Books presents Irish Heritage and Talk on Seamus Heaney
Join us Sunday Feb. 1st at 2 p.m. to celebrate the life and rich heritage of Irish poet and Nobel prize winner Seamus Heaney, widely recognized as one of the major poets of the 20th century.

Michael Thurston, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English Language & Literature at Smith College, will talk about Heaney’s work.  Currently the director of the American Studies Program, he teaches courses on twentieth-century poetry in English, modernism, American literature, and American Studies. His primary research interest is modern and contemporary poetry, and he is currently at work on two book projects in the field: Reading Postwar British and Irish Poetry (with Nigel Alderman) and a history of poetry in English after modernism. In addition, he is writing a book about Cape Cod, following Henry David Thoreau’s path from Eastham to Provincetown.
Tea and Irish shortbread will be served.

New Open Mic WED nights in Northampton!

Calling all Poets and Storytellers!
Sam’s Pizza and Cafe is now hosting
an open reading night, Wednesdays, 7pm
Sam’s Pizza, Northampton

The Art of Translation: Poetics, Politics, Practice
February 2, Monday, 7-9 pm
Seelye Hall 106, Smith College
Yuhudit Heller and Sabina Murray from UMass Amherst are the guest lecturers for this week’s Comparative Literature course. They will give a talk called “A Distorted Reflection: Music and Meaning in the Movement of Hebrew Poetry into English.”


Open mic, featured readers:
Mon. 2/2: Dina Stander, Joshua Michael Stewart
First Monday every month, 6:30pm
The Bohemian Kitchen
23 N. Main St. , Orange, MA
Email for more information

Weekly Poetry Open Mic at The Deuce

Every Tuesday Night 8pm – 10pm (no show 12/23 or 12/30)
Open Mic Signup starts at 7pm.
World War II Club, Conz St. Northampton,MA
Upcoming Featured Poets:
2/3 Buddy Wakefield and Open Mic
2/10 Cash Slam and Open Mic
Please bring a 3-5 minute selection of your work to share
Fabulous website with featured poets

Writers Night Out!
by Straw Dog Writers Guild.
Every first Tuesday of the month, 7-9 pm
Jane Yolen, featured reader, February 3, 2015
The Basement, 21 Center St., Northampton.
Five minute open mike slots, then featured reader.

“Remembering Those Gone”
Wednesday, February 4th, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton
Poets Lesléa Newman and Mark Hart will read from recent books written in memory of a parent who has died, and Elise Bernier-Feeley will profile three people buried in Bridge Street Cemetary. Newman, a former Northampton Poet Laureate and recipient of a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts is the author, most recently of the poetry collection I CARRY MY MOTHER, and Hart is the author of the poetry collection, BOY SINGING TO CATTLE which was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist. Books will be available for sale, and Newman will donate $1.00 per book sold to the Cancer Connection in honor of her mother’s memory.
For more information call the Forbes Library at 587-1011.

The Gallery of Readers Series presents
Donald Wheelock
Mary Beth Brooker
reading from their recent work
Sunday, February 8, 2015, 4 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts
Refreshments will be served.
UNBUTTONED Open Mic in Easthampton
Michael Goldman will be reading on
Tuesday Feb 10 at  Luthiers Co-op at 7pm,
Cottage St. Easthampton.  No cover.
The reading will be of three Danish poets he has translated plus original poetry.
Open Mic to follow!

Smith Reading Series presents Fred Marchant

February 10, Tuesday, 7:30 pm
Stoddard Hall Auditorium
Spring Reading Series

Fred Marchant fearlessly leads his readers through turbulent subjects with passion and purpose. His poems are known for their muscular lyricism and great lucidity of focus and, in the words of Rosanna Warren, they are “tireless in finding ways to make truth feel true.” The Looking House won the May Sarton Prize and made three “10-best books of poetry” lists. Marchant teaches at the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences.

Also join us at Smith for Marchant’s lecture: “What the Mind Does: Poetry in Response to War, Violence, and the Unacceptable” Thursday, February 12th, 4:30 pm in the Poetry Center

Writer’s Day at Bay Path 
Get your literary self off to a great start by marking your calendar for two events next month at Bay Path University, 588 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow.
Poets Ted Deppe and Annie Deppe of Co. Galway, Ireland, will begin a rare American tour with a reading open to the public free of charge Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. Copies of both poets’ books, including Ted Deppe’s acclaimed new collection, “Beautiful Wheel,” will be available for sale and signing.
On Saturday, Feb. 14, at Bay Path’s eleventh Writers’ Day, Ted Deppe will give a talk titled “Taking It All the Way to Coleman’s: On Abandoning the Good for the Marvelous.” He will be joined by speakers Charles Coe, on “Writing About Those Close to You – The Joys and the Terrors”; Bruce DeSilva, on “Writing Crime”; Penny Guisinger, on “Grant Writing”; Nell Lake, on “How I Went Deep: Writing Intimate Stories About Other People”; and Roland Merullo, on “The Demons of the Blank Page.” I’ll be there to help check you in, sell the speakers’ books and introduce. For information on registration and fees for Writers’ Day, please write Briana Sitler, at

24th Annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest
sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library.
For for details, see

Open to residents of Franklin County
Two categories:  Adult and Young Poet (ages 12-18)
Deadline:  March 9, 2015 (postmark)
Awards Ceremony:  Tuesday, April 29, 7 p.m., Capen Room,
Stoneleigh-Burnham School, 574 Bernardston Road, Greenfield

The Poetry of Growing Older: the Joys and Challenges of Aging
Wed., March 11th, 2-4pm,
Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St.
Wed., March 25th,  2-4pm
Applewood Retirement Community,
Bay Road, South Amherst
{Snow dates:   Thurs., March 12, 26}
Sliding scale donation: $2-$5
John Berkowitz and Daisy Mathias will read their own and others’ poetry about living fully, aging gracefully, dealing with grief and loss, and befriending death.
–Area poets welcome to submit their work.  Due to time and space limitations, not all poems submitted by area poets can be included.
–Audience will receive a photocopied packet of the poems to read along with and take home, and for others unable to attend to request and receive by mail.
–Audience response and comments will be invited several times during the program
— Audience encouraged to bring chair pillows.
More Info:   John Berkowitz,

Delight the senses: a call for original poetry submissions
for “Love Your Food, Love Your Co-op”  Poetry Reading on February Friday 13, 6-8 p.m. on the mezzanine at Green Fields Market at 144 Main Street, possible publication in co-op’s newsletter, “The New Beet,” or being displayed in the store.  Co-op members and non-members, published poets, non-published poets alike, bring on your talents.  Falling near Valentine’s Day, the event’s theme includes love, friends met at the co-op, romance, or an ode to your favorite treat. Limit 3 poems. Haiku, children’s poetry welcome. Featured poet for reading to be announced; followed by submitters reading one poem each. Audience to vote for people’s choice award; prizes will be given. Refreshments served. Send up to 3 poems to event coordinators Laura Rodley at or Faith Kindness at Deadline February 1, 2015.

Poetry Critique Group Seeks Members
A Belchertown based poetry critique group is seeking members who actively write poetry, have previously published their work, and can commit to meeting the second and fourth Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.Contact: dcfontaine

Poetry in Praise of Trees
Wed., Feb. 25th
Wed., March 4th, 7-9pm,
Northampton venues t.b.a.
{Snow dates:   Thurs. Feb. 26 and March 5}
Sliding scale donation: $2-$10
John Berkowitz and Daisy Mathias will read their own and others’ work on the awe and wonder inspired by trees.
–Area poets welcome to submit their work.  Due to time and space limitations, not all poems submitted by area poets can be included.
–Audience will receive a photocopied packet of the poems to read along with and take home, and for others unable to attend to request and receive by mail.
–Audience response and comments will be invited several times during the program
— Audience encouraged to bring chair pillows.
More Info:   John Berkowitz,

Poetry and Song about the Climate Crisis:
a community gathering to take heart–and inspire action
and resilience—in response to worsening climate change.
Wed., Feb. 4th,   7pm
Northampton Friends Meeting, 43 Center St.
{Nearest Parking Lots: on Center St. next to police station,
and behind Thorne’s Market.  Rides available for those who
don’t drive at night.   See contact info below}
Wed., Feb. 18th,   7pm,
Amherst venue to be announced
{Snow dates:  Thurs. Feb. 5 and 19}
* John Berkowitz, Northampton poet  {Saving—and Savoring—the World (‘11)}
* Don Ogden, Florence poet    (Bad Atmosphere (‘14)
* Ben Grosscup, Amherst singer/songwriter, coordinator of People’s Music Network
— They will also read or play recorded tracks of the work of other local and national authors/artists, such as Alice Walker, Mary Oliver, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, Tracy Chapman, Neil Young, Magpie with Kim and Reggie Harris, etc.
— Area poets/songwriters welcome to submit their work; some will be chosen to be read by one of the above hosts.
–Poems/song lyrics not chosen for the events will be considered for inclusion in a packet of photocopied poems for the audience to read along with, and for others unable to attend to purchase by mail
–Audience response will be welcome several times during the program.
— Audience encouraged to bring chair pillows.

Weekly Workshops with Nerissa Nields
are full of joy, humor, camaraderie and great writing. We’re starting a new session in January. Sessions go for 10 weeks, and I have three groups. Monday Writers (meets 7-9pm), Tuesday Writers (meets 12:30-2:30pm) and Wednesday Writers (meets 7-9pm).Send me a message to join! And please spread the word. I have one spot left in each group.

“In Our Nature” writing workshops
~ Winter 2015 ~
Thursday mornings, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm 10 weeks ~ Jan. 13 – Mar.  19
New members can join after the first week, as long as there’s room. Occasional members are also welcome.
Workshops are held in my airy, comfortable Ashfield home. Access from all directions is via paved roads.
$28/week (Or save $30 by paying $250 in 2 installments ~ at least half by Dec. 31, the balance by Feb. 19.  If you can’t come to all 10 meetings, you can still get a discount ~ ask for details.)

To keep our group writing experience feeling safe, we follow guidelines developed by Amherst Writers and Artists.
Occasional critiques for those who want them are included at no extra cost. Not sure? Try a meeting at no cost to see if you like it.
For more information, contact Susan Middleton at

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, February 12, 2015 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.


New Open Mic in Orange!

Open mic, featured readers
First Monday every month, 6:30pm
The Bohemian Kitchen
23 N. Main St. , Orange, MA
Email for more information

Greenfield Word

Next Tuesday Jan 20th 
Third Tuesday in Greenfield is ON
9 Mill Street Greenfield
Doors open at 7:00
Reading starts at 7:30
This months Features: Marian Kelner and Amy Swisher
There are 10 open mic slots of 5 minutes each
$1 to $5 sliding scale donation
Hope to see you there
Check email in case of a snow cancellation
Northfield 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.

Writers Read
Thursday, February 26 at 5:30pm
at the Good Purpose Gallery
40 Main Street, Lee, MA
~ Welcome back to Writers Read!
Come hear two terrific poets from one family:

Kateri Kosek’s work has appeared in Orion, Creative Nonfiction,, South Dakota Review, Crab Orchard Review, and other journals. Her poetry and personal essays lean toward environmentally-conscious, place-oriented writing inspired by the natural world. An avid birder, she also writes a birding column for the Poughkeepsie Journal. Kateri teaches English and writing at Marist College and Northwestern Connecticut Community College, and mentors in the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University, where she received her MFA in the genre of creative nonfiction. Last summer she was the recipient of a writing residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska. She currently lives in Sheffield.

R​aphael Kosek’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines including Still Point Arts Quarterly, Commonweal, Big Muddy, The Chattahoochee Review, and is forthcoming in Catamaran. She is a life-long Hudson Valley resident where she graduated from Vassar College and now teaches American lit and creative writing at Marist College and SUNY Dutchess Community College. Arts Mid-Hudson has twice awarded her fellowships for her poetry, and her poems have placed first, second and been shortlisted in international contests. Her 2009 chapbook, Letting Go, was published by Finishing Line Press, and includes several O’Keeffe-inspired poems. She has written and published many ekphrastic poems, finding inspiration in the paintings of Homer, Rousseau, Inuit stone cut prints, and many others.

It costs money and time to keep the Gallery space open, lit, and warm (or air-conditioned), so  Gallery personnel have asked that Writers Read ask a suggested donation of $3.00 per person.  $1.00 will go to the gallery for expenses, and each reader will receive $1.00 also.  I want to emphasize that this is a suggested donation.  Those who can’t donate or can’t donate $3 will not be turned away, frowned at, or cajoled.  We want you to attend and enjoy the readings!  Do what you can.

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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