Poetry News December 7, 2009
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Here is your Poetry News for the week of December 7, 2009. Spoken word events are shining in the late autumn sun all around the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Scroll all the way down for more poetry in CT, Boston and other areas. Check out all our links to the right for poetry events everywhere!
THIS WEEK check out (scroll down for details):Wed. Dec. 9 - Sandra Dubow Azimitia reads from her memoir Forbes Library 7pm
Thu. Dec. 10 - Florence Poets Society Meeting 6:30pm Lilly Library, Florence
Thu. Dec. 10 - Tim Mayo at Bart's Bards, Greenfield, 7pm
Holyoke/Springfield Area Poetry
Friday Nights at 8pm
Boriquen Y QuisQueya
626 St. James Ave.
Starving for Art Presents open mic Tuesdays
@ Blue Fusion Bar and Grille 487 St. James Ave Springfield, MA doors open at 6pm for social hour. Showtime is 7-9pm All poets, musicians, singers, and visual artists are welcome. This event is free. For more info visit http://www.brendaschild.com/
Word in the Valley and Beyond
30 Poems in 30 Days News
Congratulations to all who did the November 30/30 challenge, and a special thanks to Northampton Poety Laureate Leslea Newman, who put it together as a fundraiser for the Center for New Americans Literacy Project. They raised over $8000 for charity! That's some powerful poetry for peace. Kudos to all.
Green St. Poetry Series
Green Street Café Northampton, Massachusetts
The Green St. Poetry Series showcases the voices of emerging and noted poets from the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts and beyond.
December 10 — Jessica Fjeld & Francesca Chabrier
Jessica Fjeld is the managing editor of jubilat. Her first chapbook, On animate life, was selected for the Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship by Lyn Hejinian; her second, The Tide, is forthcoming from Pilot Press. Recent poems have appeared or will soon appear in GlitterPony, Fou, the Boston Review, absent magazine, and Invisible Ear.
Francesca Chabrier is the assistant editor of jubilat. Her poems appear or will appear in places like notnostrums, Sixth Finch, Forklift, Ohio and Invisible Ear, and her collaborations with Christopher Cheney can be read in Glitterpony.
January 7 — Gian Lombardo & Joe Torra
Jan 14 — Jendi Reiter & Charles Bondhus
Jan 21 — to be announced
January 28 — Christopher Cheney & Lily Ladewig
Saundra Dubow Azmitia
Wednesday December 9, 2009, 7:00 PM
Forbes Library Community Room
Saundra Dubow Azmitia, author of Do it Differently, Do it Differently! will speak about her memoir on Wednesday, December 9, 7:00 p.m. at Forbes Library, 20 West St. Northampton, MA
Coming of age in the forties and fifties under the thumb of a "titan" of a mother whose ambitions for wealth and security for her daughter focused on steering her into marriage with a "good catch," Saundra
wavered between her own instincts and society's values. Resisting her mother's traditional standards of a woman's "proper place" and limited horizons, Saundra struggled to honor her mother and still carve out a meaningful life for herself through the arts and theater.
SUSAN HOWARD CASE MEMORIAL POETRY CORNER
The Forbes Library in Northampton, MA has created a new collection of the works of local poets named the Susan Howard Case Poetry Corner. This collection has been named in memory of a local poet who contributed to the library's rich poetry community through her volunteer service. The non-circulating collection consists of poetry books and chapbooks by Pioneer Valley poets, and locally published literary journals. "The idea for this collection developed in response to the abundance of many gifted poets in our area," said D.M. Gordon, Forbes Library Writer-in-Residence who created the idea for this new collection.
The collection will be housed in the Arts & Music magazine lounge on the library's second floor. The items in the collection are to be read in the library and comfortable seating is available nearby. The library hopes to grow the collection through donations. Anyone interested in donating to the collection should contact Lisa Downing, Assistant Director, at 413-587-1017 or email@example.com.
Anthology of Poems about Northampton
Call for Submissions! Deadline is March 1, 2010 Go to: http://www.nohoanthology.blogspot.com
FLORENCE POETS SOCIETY .
Next business/sharing meeting Thursday December 10, 6:30pm
ALL POETS OF ALL TYPES AND AGES are welcome, bring one of your original works to share,
(12 to 15 copies will usually be enough for all to share) The meeting is held at Lilly Library community room and begins at 6:30 PM. Poetry presentation and discussion begins at 7PM
Rich Puchalsky and friends meet every 3rd Thursday at Lilly Library community Room at 6:30 PM. See Rich for details, this group is currently open to join.
LASTLY PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING AS A MEMBER OF FLORENCE POETS SOCIETY. THE FEE IS $15.00 FOR THE YEAR FROM SEPTEMBER TO AUGUST. Your membership supports our Fall festival,
SILKWORM our annual journal, (these first two items also are supported in part by the Northampton Arts Council via a grant) our website http://www.florencepoetssociety.org/,, our po box, the annual contest, the JAN SLAM, our spring art gallery reading. and our summer reading at William Cullen Bryant homestead.
For more information: Email us at FPOETS@localnet.com or check out our web page at http://www.florencepoetssociety.org/
Florence Poets Society Readings:
Listen to "Twilite's Poetry Pub" now Weekly! Enjoy the "Pub" with Carl and Tom every Wednesday from 9-10 am on Valley Free Radio, WXOJ 103.3 fm, Northampton and now with improved streaming at http://www.valleyfreeradio.org/ !!!
Poetry to the people! WXOJ-FM LP 103.3 and streaming at http://www.valleyfreeradio.org/. Bringing to you a variety of interesting poetry and music!
All events are free and open to the public except as noted For more information, Call Tom at (413) 584-5914
or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or: FPOETS@localnet.com or visit: http://www.florencepoetssociety.org/
POETRY A LA CARTE
on WMUA-Amherst 91.1 FM 5pm to 5:30 pm on Tuesdays this Summer, streamed live at http://www.wmua.org/.
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.
Poetry at the Leverett Library
6:30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, Poetry reading at the Leverett Library. 75 Montague Rd. Leverett, MA
Greenfield/Shelburne Falls and North
December 6, 2010 at The Hope and Olive, 44 Hope Street Greenfield, MA
On December 6th there will be a gathering to celebrate the writing community in Western MA. Come for brunch and stay for the readings and connecting with new and old friends, who share your passion for writing and reading. Or arrive at 3 with readings starting at 3:10. The format will be 3 minute slots. A chance to hear some of the great writers in our area and to talk, inspire, laugh, and celebrate. We will end at 5 which then you may want to stay for dinner and just hang. If interested in reading contact Paul at email@example.com. Hope to see you there.
Prose and Poems
A reading of new work by Sally Bellerose and Gail Thomas at The Rendezvous “bar with food”
Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 at 7pm, 78 3rd Street, Turner’s Falls, MA, 413-863-2866 www.rendezvoustfma.com
Second Thursdays Open Microphone for Writers Bart’s Café of Greenfield 286 Main St. Greenfield, MA
7:00-9:00 P.M. (Sign up to Read at 6:45)
2009 Featured Readers:
December 10: Tim Mayo
Tim Mayo holds an ALB, cum laude, from Harvard University and an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars. His poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, Arbutus, Avatar Review, Babel Fruit, Big Toe Review, The Chrysalis Reader, Del Sol Review, 5 AM, Inertia Magazine, Mannequin Envy, Poet Lore, The Rose & Thorn Literary E-zine, Verse Daily and The Writer’s Almanac. Among the awards his poetry has garnered are two International Merit Awards from Atlanta Review; he was also a finalist in the 2007 Winning-Writers.com War Poetry Contest and twice nominated for the 2008 Best of the Net Anthology, once by Babel Fruit and once by The Rose and Thorn Literary E-zine . In 2000 he was a semi-finalist in the “Discovery"/The Nation Poetry Contest and has been awarded two fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center’s annual Vermont Artist’s Week. His chapbook The Loneliness of Dogs (Pudding House Publications 2008) was a finalist in the WCDR 2008 Chapbook Challenge in Ontario, Canada, and his most recent publication The Kingdom of Possibilities (Mayapple Press) was a semi finalist for the 2009 Brittingham and Pollock Awards, a finalist for the 2007 Main Street Rag Award and lastly, a finalist for 2009 May Swenson Award. He is a former member of the Brattleboro Literary Festival author committee and lives in Brattleboro, Vermont.
2010 Featured Readers:
January 14: Janet Aalfs
February 11: Julie Payne Britton
March 11: Maureen Moore
April 8: Kerry O’Keefe
May 14: Wyn Cooper
June 10: Lori Desrosiers
July 8: Janet MacFadyen
August 12: Marie Gauthier
Sept. 10: Lesle Lewis
October 14: Susie Patlove
November 11: Laura Rodley
For More Information, Please Contact:
Larry Fader (413) 475-3321
(Open Microphone Readings are 5 Minutes or Less)
Free to All
Greenfield Spoken Word
Always the third Tuesday of the month 9 Mill St, Greenfield, MA - Doors open at 7:00 - Open Mic starts at 7:30 Open Mic will be 10 - five-minute slots -Donation - Sliding Scale $1 - $5 Book signing and selling of local writers works will be available. Come up to read! Bring your chapbooks to sell. Hope to see you there!
ARMS LIBRARY READING
Third Friday Prose and Poetry Readings. 7 p.m. at The Arms Library, Corner of Main and Bridge Streets,
Shelburne Falls, Mass. 413-625-0306.
Held in the upstairs Reading Room, readers should arrive a couple of minutes early to sign up for a reading slot, and then have five minutes to share their work. The building is accessible by entering at lower level and taking the elevator upstairs.
Monday, November 30th, the Deja Brew (57 Lockes Village Rd, Wendell) will open their doors at 7:00 for the third reading of our 4th season of All Small Caps and you will have a chance to catch up w/ us and everyone else. As usual, the Brew Special Poetry night menu will be available, bring a friend and your appetite!, and we will begin the Open Mic around 7:30 or so, followed by a break, and the featured readers will begin at 8:30.
Speaking of featured readers, we have excellent poets for your ears:
Collected Poets Series
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 at 7:00 pm, poets Mary Koncel and Kate Greenstreet will read from their work. Please note time change.
Suggested donation $2-$5. Mocha Maya's Coffee House, 47 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370, 413-625-6292. Wheelchair accessible. See www.collectedpoets.com for more information.
Mary A. Koncel has published two books of prose poems: You Can Tell the Horse Anything (Tupelo Press) and Closer to Day (Quale Press).
Kate Greenstreet is the author of The Last 4 Things, (Ahsahta Press), case sensitive (Ahsahta Press) and three chapbooks.
The Collected Poets Series highlights the work of established and emerging poets. Each event showcases the remarkable local poets of Western Massachusetts and the finest regional, national, and international talent. The series is usually held every first Thursday of the month at 7pm (new time)
Mocha Maya’s Coffee House,
47 Bridge Street,
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370,
Wheelchair accessible. Free.
The Collected Poets Series will now be held the first Thursday of the month at 7:00PM. instead of starting at 7:30PM. The first reading at this time will be on Dec. 3, 2009 when Mary Koncel and Kate Greenstreet will read from their work at Mocha Maya's at 7:00PM. The Collected Poets Series is also excited to announce the dates and readers for our 2010 series beginning in January. We have many amazing poets from here in the valley and from as far away as England.
January 7 - Nancy Pearson and Afaa Michael Weaver
February 4 - Meg Kearney, Christopher Merrill, and Rhett Iseman Trull
March 4 - Joan Houlihan and Deborah Bernhardt
National Poetry Month
April 1 - Lawrence Raab and Regie O'Hare Gibson
April 15 - Adrian Blevins and James Haug
May 6 - Margaret Lloyd and Sarah Browning
May 16 - Special Appearance by Maxine Kumin at the Buckland- Shelburne Community Center. Sunday, May 16, at 3:30 pm.
June 3 - Mihaela Moscaliuc and Nickole Brown
July 1 - Kristin Bock and Lee Sharkey
No CPS Readings in August or September
November 4 - Barbara Ras and Jennifer Sweeney
December 2 - Aracelis Girmay and Ross Gay
The Collected Poets Series highlights the work of established and emerging poets. Each event showcases the remarkable local poets of Western Massachusetts and the finest regional, national, and international talent.
for beginning and experienced writers Come write in an encouraging supportive environment, experience the
deepening and growth of your own writing, and contribute to the deepening and growth of others' writing. No experience necessary--only the willingness to put pen to paper.
Groups meet weekly in Greenfield, are ongoing, and open to all genres. We follow the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method, http://www.amherstwriters.com/. $125 per 5-week session, 6 - 8 people per group. To join or for more info call or email Ann McNelly: 413 772 2375, firstname.lastname@example.org
News from Mo and Booksmyth Press
The web site can be accessed with this address: http://www.thebooksmyth.com/ Web site: http://www.thebooksmyth.com/ submission guidelines now available
The Equinox is available at http://www.thebooksmyth..com/
Word in the Berkshires
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 John Meeks and there is usually a $7 suggested donation for heat and electricity. There are snacks there provided by whoever wants to bring them. The sign up technically is at 6:30 however the way it works is a lottery system. If you go to check it out once, then you can put your name on the contact email list. The following month you get an email reminding you of the upcoming event. If it’s your first time performing at In Words, Out Words, you are guaranteed a spot on the roster as long as you reply to the reminder email. If you’ve performed there before then you are put into the lottery system and randomly names are selected. Sometimes there are still slots open at the door.
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 detail
Lee Writers Group
(every 2nd Tuesday of the month) at the Lee Library Conference Room.
Develop and hone writing skills through constructively critiquing others as well as receiving helpful hints and suggestions. This forum will host a variety of short stories, poetic compilations, insightful and original essays, and other varieties of writing similarly tangible in length. The purpose of this group is to embody character and narrator through obsessive directive fervor with written and spoken words. The group will meet every second Tuesday sharing original works via recitation and distribution and should be prepared to accept constructive feedback and be able to, in return, deliver such feedback in a respectable and deliberate manner.
Contact Leewritersgroup@gmail.com or call 413 243-8116 for further information.
Word in Ware/Palmer
Carpe Stylum! (Latin for Seize the pen!)
meets every Wednesday 6-8pm, usually at the Ware Library but some meetings are held elsewhere. This group includes poets, short story writers and novelists. All are welcome. Call LuWanda Cheney (413) 277-9676 for a schedule.
Word in Worcester:
Thursday, Dec. 3
7:00 p.m. The After Nine Poetry Series
Friday, Dec. 4
10:00 a.m. Shrewsbury Senior Writers @ Shrewsbury Senior Center (100 Maple Avenue, Shrewsbury)
6:00 p.m. Youth Writing & Performance Workshop @ the WCPA offices (1 Ekman Street, Worcester)
7:00 p.m. The Poets' Asylum slam team will compete @ the 3rd Annual NorthBEAST Regional Poetry Slam in Manchester, NH. (Follow the link for details.)
Saturday, Dec. 5
7:00 p.m. Indy Slam @ the 3rd Annual NorthBEAST Regional Poetry Slam in Manchester, NH. (Follow the link for details.)
Sunday, Dec. 6 6:00 p.m. Head-to-Head Haiku Death match @ the Poets' Asylum
Monday, Dec. 7
Thursday, Dec. 10
9:00 p.m. The After Nine Poetry Series
The Little "a" Poetry Series
at the Q Cafe, 362 Chandler St in Worcester, MA. We run the reading every Monday night, the sign-up list for
the open mic goes up at 7:00pm and we get started shortly thereafter.
Worcester Storytellers meets on the second Friday of each month at the Village Arts Gallery (1 Ekman Street, Worcester). The reading starts at 8:00 p.m. There will be an open mic followed by a feature. Worcester Storytellers never charges a cover. They ask you throw some money into the basket to support the artists who feature. For more info please contact email@example.com
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.
New Name - Same Great Poetry
The After Nine Poetry Series - Every Thursday Night The The After Nine Poetry Series, formerly The Spot,
is a weekly poetry reading in the Ship Room at the Hotel Vernon (1 Kelly Square, Worcester).
The reading is held in the Ship Room of the Hotel Vernon (1 Kelly Square, Worcester). The official start time is 8:00 p.m. but honestly, things get going closer to 9. Maybe this week will be different. 21+ and proper id is required
Poets AsylumThis week the Poets' Asylum will hold our regular open mic followed by a Head-to-Head Haiku Death Match. Competitors should bring at least 30 haiku to participate. A descendant and sub-genre of poetry slam, a Haiku Death Match is a competitive head-to-head poetry duel. The Haiku Death Match has been a prominent "sideshow" feature at the annual National Poetry Slam since in the mid 1990s.
Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry consisting of 17 syllables in three metrical phrases of five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables. Haiku in English usually appear in three lines, to parallel the three metrical phrases of Japanese haiku. Slam haiku used in a Haiku Death Match is far simpler - just 17 syllables.
Poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it. Slam poetry can be moving, funny and deadly serious, sometimes all in the same poem. If that sounds like a good time then join us for some great words.
Come on down to Jumpin' Juice and Java (335 Chandler Street, Worcester). The reading starts at 6:00 p.m. No cover; please throw some money in the bucket to support the feature.
The Dirty Gerund
There's a new poetry reading in town! 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 s lams and featured poets. No cover; donations accepted. 21+ Please join us at our new home,
Shakti Women's Writing Pact
The Shakti Women's Writing Pact meets every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Java Hut (1073A Main Street, Worcester). Shakti was created with the intention of enhancing women's sense of belonging within the poetry community through the an unmoderated writing circle. For more information please contact Sou MacMillan at
THE ECLECTIC WORD, Radio Show
Poet and journalist Victor D. Infante hosts The Eclectic Word, an Internet radio show that will delve into literature's fringe with poets, satirists, alternative journalists and even (gasp!) bloggers. We'll be stepping off the beaten path of literature, taking a close look at the odd, the eccentric and the cutting-edge. Should be fun.
The show will run at 7 p.m. EST the first and third Friday of every month, as part of The World Wide Word Radio Network. You can listen to the shows live, or you can download it later for your listening convenience.
So give it a listen! It's going to be a blast!
Visit the CT Poet Online calendar, updated weekly: http://www.poetz.com/connecticut
Wednesday Night Poetry Series
This week, the Wednesday Night Poetry presents Elizabeth Thomas at the Blue Z Coffeehouse in Newtown, CT. (Please check our website at http://wedpoetry.
Elizabeth Thomas is a widely published poet, performer, teacher and advocate of the arts. The author of two poetry collections and one book on writing for youth and teachers, she has read her work throughout the United States. She's been a member of three Connecticut National Poetry Slam teams and in 1998 was a member of the U.S. team that traveled to Sweden.
Much of her energy and time is devoted to designing and teaching writing programs for schools and organizations in many parts of the country. These programs promote literacy and the power of written and spoken word. As an outstanding advocate of youth in the arts, Elizabeth Thomas is a coach and organizer with Brave New Voices: International Youth Poetry Slam and Festival. She is also the founder of UpWords Poetry, a company dedicated to promoting programs for young writers and educators, based on the belief that poetry is meant to be heard out loud and in person.
Connecticut Poetry Society Annual Holiday Poetry Reading.
December 13th 2 to 4 p.m., Butterworth Hall, University of Hartford, 1265 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT
You're invited! Open microphone: read an original poem relating to the season or bring one you love. We will have a folio of seasonal poems from which to choose. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments. Free raffle prizes. Yes, you can bring cookies or baked goods or your favorite snack to share as well. Looking forward to seeing you there. - Tony Fusco- and the CT Poetry Society
New Poetry/Reading Series to begin at Billings Forge
All events will be scheduled for Monday nights, with a 7 p.m. start time.
WordForge is curated and organized by local poet, Jim Finnegan. Harvest Reading, is the first reading in the series, scheduled for Monday, November 16th, and participants are asked to bring a canned good or small donation that will be contributed to a local food bank. Many of the readings will have a featured theme in addition to featured invited poets.
Upcoming events include:
Monday, December 7, 2009 – Brickwalk Poets + Open Mike -Featuring current and former members of the Brickwalk Poets group.
Monday, January 11, 2010 - Favorite Poem Project: Poetry in Spanish + Open Mike -
Monday, February 1, 2010 – Ten Thousand Things + Open Mike -The ancient Chinese thought of world as being comprised of 10,000 things. We invite you to bring poems about “things”, any object or thing (animal, mineral, vegetable, etc.).
For further information about the WordForge series and to participate, please contact: Jim Finnegan at 860.508.2810 or at JforJames@aol.com.
Billings Forge Community Works (BFCW), located in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of
For further information about The Studio @ Billings Forge contact Janice La Motta,
Program Coordinator, 860.548.9877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Mike Monday Dec. 7, 7pm—Brickwalk Poets Featuring current and former members of the Brickwalk Poets group. Plus Open Mike.
WordForge Reading Series Location: The Studio @ Billings Forge
563 Broad Street, Hartford, CT 06106 (Parking at Firebox Restaurant or along Broad Street.)
Wintonbury Branch Poetry Series & Open Mike
my time my place my creativity Third Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. Fall 2009 Hosts: Marilyn Johnston/Tom Nicotera
You're invited to evenings of poetry to stir your heart, soul, and your creativity!
On December 17, come celebrate “Family Night” during the holidays with a special mother-daughter duo. Maggie Green, poet, nurse, and singer, reads with her daughter, Nora Pasco. Maggie Green is a long-time Hartford-area poet, veteran of local poetry venues with publishing credits including Rattle magazine. Nora Pasco, a student at
An open mike and light refreshments follow the featured poet at each event.
Wintonbury Branch Library
Mishi-maya-gat Spoken Word & Music Series
at Manchester Community College Great Path Academy, Community Commons (Use Parking Lot B)
Manchester, CT 06040 Sponsored by MCC Foundation / Hosted by Stephen Campiglio
2rd Thursday of each month / 7-9 p.m. Free and Open to the Public For more information and directions: www.mcc.commnet.edu/faculty/
Poetry at Broad Street Books
First Tuesday in December
Tuesday, December 1st at 7:00pm
Featuring Polly Brody!
On the first Tuesday of every month, Broad Street Books hosts a featured poet followed by an open mic. All are welcome to come and read, recite, perform their work!
Polly Brody received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mount Holyoke College, and after returning to school in mid-life, earned a Masters Degree in Biology from Southern Connecticut State University. A resident of Southbury, Connecticut, she has traveled widely in Europe, East Africa, Australia and South America. As a biologist and experienced field ornithologist, she lectures on animal behavior and has created seminars on that subject. She has been an active advocate for the environment, and while chairing the Newtown Conservation Commission, she helped preserve 790 acres of prime woodland. Polly Brody is the author of an earlier poetry collection entitled Other Nations, has been published in many literary journals, and in 1998 was a finalist in the New Millennium Writings competition. A frequent reader at venues throughout Connecticut, in 1994 she was selected to read at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and has been a presenting poet in the New England Foundation for the Humanities series, After Frost: Poetry in New England.
Come help us welcome Polly Brody to the store and share some of your own work too!
Broad Street Books
45 Broad Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Do you love poetry?
Would you like to be part of an ongoing poetry discussion group offering food for the mind and the heart? If so, come and join us on the first Sunday of each month from 4.30-6.00 PM at the Yurt at The Sanctuary in East Haddam, Connecticut, to discuss poetry and build community.
This is not about sharing our own work but instead offers us a chance to share the work of poets we love, so you don’t have to be a poet to be part of this group. Just come and bring your love of poetry and a poem you would like to share.
Hosted by Greg Coleman, Suzy Lamson, and Edwina Trentham For more information call 860-319-1134.
Directions to the Sanctuary for Poetry Potluck
on Bogel Road – Look for sign: Labyrinth & Yurt
(it’s a dirt driveway)
FROM HARTFORD: Take I-84 East towards East Hartford. Take exit 55 onto Route 2 East towards Norwich. Take exit 16. Go RIGHT onto Route 149. Turn LEFT onto Route 151 (Plains Road). Turn LEFT onto Daniels Road. Turn LEFT onto Bogel Road.
Phone number: 860-319-1134
FROM NEW HAVEN: Take I-95 North towards New London. Take exit 67; stay to the LEFT at the fork on the ramp. Turn LEFT onto Route 154 (Middlesex Turnpike). Take Route 9 North towards Middletown. Take exit 7 onto Route 82 East. Turn LEFT onto Route 154 (Saybrook Road). Turn RIGHT onto Route 82 (Bridge Road). Turn LEFT onto Route 151 (Town Street). Turn RIGHT onto Daniels Road. Turn LEFT onto Bogel Road. Phone number: 860-319-1134
FROM NEW LONDON: Take I-95 South towards New Haven. Take Route 9 North towards Middletown. Take exit 7 onto Route 82 East. Turn LEFT onto Route 154 (Saybrook Road). Turn RIGHT onto Route 82 (Bridge Road). Turn LEFT onto Route 151 (Town Street). Turn RIGHT onto Daniels Road. Turn LEFT onto Bogel Road.
Phone number: 860-319-1134
FROM MIDDLETOWN AND POINTS WEST:
Take I-84 East to exit 27 onto Rte 691. Stay on 691 when it becomes Rte 66 East headed toward Meriden. Go all the way through Meriden and Middletown onto Rte 9 South. Take exit 7 onto Route 82 East. Turn LEFT onto Route 154 (Saybrook Road). Turn RIGHT onto Route 82 (Bridge Road). Turn LEFT onto Route 151 (Town Street). Turn RIGHT onto Daniels Road. Turn LEFT onto Bogel Road.
Phone number: 860-319-1134
Boston Area/Cape Cod Poetry Info:
the Poetry Session at O'Shea's
7 to 8:30PM Every Third Thursday! The Poetry Session at O'Shea's is a free monthly all-ages open mic for poets and lovers of poetry held in the Back Room at O'Shea's Olde Inne. 348 Main Street,
Rte. 28 West Dennis, MA 02670 Free Contact Info: Gregory Hischak email@example.com
The Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts
Presents Poetry Series at the Brockton Library 304 Main Street. Our website www.gbspa.org Celebrating Poetry One Saturday Every Month
Sat. Nov. 21- Wendy Mnookin & Daniel Tobin
Our workshop and venue are free, the seats comfortable, the refreshments delicious.
12:00 - 2:00 Poetry Writing Workshop
1:30 - 2:00 Sign up for Open-Mic Reading
2:15 - 3:15 Open-Mic Reading
3:30 - 4:30 Feature Poets
During Open-Mic Reading share your own poetry or read from works of your favorite poets
Upcoming Features (For information on the following poets click on our website)
Sat. Nov. 21- Wendy Mnookin Daniel Tobin
Sat. Dec. 19 - Faye George Everett Hoagland
Sat. Jan. 16 - Fred Marchant Raena Camacho
WEDNESDAYS at the CANTAB
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Central Square's world-famous Cantab Lounge presents weekly performances from local and national poets, as well as a chance to present your own work in the open mic or poetry slam. DJ Muse spins before the show and between poets.
Upcoming features include:
• Wednesday, December 9
UPenn senior Joshua Bennett is a three-time poetry slam champion (BNV 2007, CUPSI 2007 and 2009), the youngest poet ever to hit finals stage at the Individual World Poetry Slam, and a performance veteran of the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama's evening of poetry and music at the White House. We get a full show from this young slam powerhouse. First semi-final slam in the 8x8 series: Steve, David, Georgie, Michael.
• Wednesday, December 16
Def Poet, National Poetry Slam veteran, and Cave Canem fellow Tara Betts brings us work from her debut collection, Arc and Hue. A prolific writer, her work appears in numerous anthologies and journals, including both Spoken Word Revolution anthologies. Second semi-final in the 8x8 series: Sean, Charley, April, and the 12/2 winner.
• Wednesday, December 23
Six trips to the National Poetry Slam with the Denver team, including the 2006 champions and the 2004 runners-up, might make Paulie Lipman Colorado’s original franchise player. This post-punk contemporary nerd sweetheart is swinging through New England on another leg of his seemingly perpetual tour schedule. Season final slam: 12/9 vs. 12/16 winners.
Virtually unknown to New England before the 2008 NorthBEAST tournament, Philadelphia slammer Leslie McIntosh wowed the local audience with the craft and subtlety of his slam work. After a year of negotiations, we’ve convinced him to take a break from his own poetry studies to bring something new for us to hear. Last open poetry slam of 2010.
Barry Hellman's Annual Poetry Open Mic
"Memory & Desire": In Celebration of National Poetry Month. Read your own work or just come to listen.
Sunday Afternoon, April 11, 2010, 2-4 pm at The Chapel In The Pines, 220 Samoset Rd., Eastham, MA
Rt. 6 to traffic light at Eastham Town Hall
West on Samoset Rd. 1/4 mile -
just beyond the Eastham Library
Last Thursday Open Mic
at The Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main St.,
S. Yarmouth, MA
co-hosts Joe Gouveia and Barry Hellman:
The last Thursday of every month, 7pm.
Open mic and featured poet.
Bring your own refreshments.
Arrive early to sign up for open mic.
For updated info on this and other Cape activities go to:
The Chapel In The Pines in Eastham
Biannual Poetry Open Mic (April & October) 10AM-Noon October 25, 2009. Hosted by Barry Hellman
Free & Refreshments Served Read Your Own Work Or Just Come to Listen Plus this time around: A Featured Poet!
CHECK OUT http://home.comcast.net/~bmhellman FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DETAILS
ABOUT ALL OF THESE EVENTS.
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 CIntern2@lowellma.gov
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The Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts
Presents Poetry Series: at the Brockton Library 304 Main Street. Map it! New website!! www.gbspa.org
Celebrating Poetry One Saturday Every Month This is a Free Event with really comfortable chairs and divine refreshments
12:00 - 2:00 Workshop with Danielle Legros Georges
1:30 - 2:00 Sign up for Open-Mic Reading
2:15 - 3:15 Open-Mic Reading
3:30 - 4:30 Feature Poets
During Open-Mic Reading share your own poetry or read from works of your favorite poets
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meets @ the Out Of The Blue Art Gallery, 106 PROSPECT ST. (the home of Stone Soup) CENTRAL SQUARE, CAMBRIDGE. SIGN-UP AT 8:00pm OPEN MIC STARTS @ 8:15pm,
FEATURE @ 9:00pm Come and perform or listen!
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 617-547-0759 http://poetryjam.org/
Stone Soup Poetry
Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery (located on 106 Prospect Street in Cambridge) with an open mike si gn-up at 7:30 p.m. http://stonesouppoetry.blogspot.com/
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 http://newtonfreelibrarypoetryseries.blogspot.com/ Director: Doug Holder http://authorsden.com/douglasholder
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Cambridge Community Television
Tuesdays at 11:00 PM Saturdays at 10:30PM Catch the latest from the Boston Poetry Slam I
LETRA Poetry Nights
in LAWRENCE MASS 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
Gypsypashn's Poetry Caravan
at Bestseller's Cafe 24 High Street Medford, MA. 02155 Third Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM. Free refreshments open mic.The Poetry Man' hosts The Main St. Cafe, North Easton MA.
For VT poetry events calendar go to: http://www.phayvanh.com/
Exeter, NH Poetry Workshop
This workshop is designed for anyone who wants honest feedback from an audience of like-minded writers.
My students include people of a variety of ages, backgrounds, and experience. The person whose piece is being
workshopped should feel like they are lifted and inspired by others, not judged or criticized. This is what we
strive for as we discuss, listen, and give of ourselves to each other. When we discuss a poem's strengths and
weaknesses, it is understood that the writer is open to the reader's impressions and suggestions.
Led by instructor Jessica Purdy, MFA, Begins December 7th, 2009, 6 Mondays from 7-9 PM
Cost: $125 www.exeterpoetry.com
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