Here is your Poetry News for the week of February 21, 2011.
Poetry events are blowing with the north wind in 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!
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THIS WEEK in Western MA and Vicinity:
Thu. Feb. 17 - Matthew Rohrer & Anthony McCann at Umass, Memorial Hall, 8pm
Fri. Feb. 18 - Kyle Flak & Gary Metras at Amherst Books, Amherst, 7pm
Sun. Feb. 20 - Lori Desrosiers at the Poets Asylum, WSUW, 910 Main St. Worcester, 7pm
Wed. Feb. 23 - C.S. Carrier & Andrea Henchey at Green Street Cafe, 7:30pm
There are many other poetry events in Western MA, Boston, CT and beyond this week - Please scroll down!
HOLYOKE/SPRINGFIELD/ WESTFIELD AREA POETRY
Barnes & Noble Open Mic
There will be open mic poetry at Barnes & Noble by the Holyoke Mall at 6:pm
This open mic is ongoing the first Monday of the month. No reading in December.
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/
POETRY IN THE VALLEY AND BEYOND
Kyle Flak and Gary Metras at Amherst Books
Friday, Feb. 18 at 7pm
Kyle is the author of the recently released The Secret Admirer (Adastra Press), a limited edition, letterpress chapbook. His poems have appeared in Mudfish, Poetry East, and Whiskey Island. A native of Michigan, he is currently in the MFA Program at UMass.
Gary’s newest of fifteen poetry collections, Two Bloods: Fly Fishing Poems, won the Split Oak Press Chapbook Contest for 2010. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Istanbul Literary Review, and Poetry Salzburg Review. He is the editor and letterpress printer of Adastra Press, the oldest independent poetry publisher in the Valley.
Amherst Books is at 8 Main St., Amherst, MA
Jean Valentine Reading!
Monday, March 7 at 8 pm
at the Yiddish Book Center on the Hampshire College Campus.
A reception & book-signing will follow.
Free & open to all.
Forbes Library Weekly Poetry Discussion Group
On Mondays during the academic year, The Forbes Poetry Discussion Group meets for a close reading of contemporary poetry, often of poets coming to the Smith College Poetry Center just prior to their reading. Upcoming poets likely to be included are W.S. Merwin, Anne Carson, Edwin Hirsch, Michael Klein, Donald Morrill, Maxin Kumin, selections from Galway Kinnell's Book of Nightmares, and poems by Mary Ruefle. Any cancellations will be made via postings at the library. Free and open to all.
Forbes Library Susan Howard Case Poetry Corner
Have you visited the Susan Howard Case Poetry Corner at Forbes Library yet? It was created a couple of years ago in memory of a local poet who contributed to the region's poetry community through her volunteer service. This non-circulating collection consists of poetry books, chapbooks and poetry journals published by Pioneer Valley poets. "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.
The Susan Howard Case Poetry Corner is housed in the Arts & Music magazine lounge on the library's second floor. There are now about forty volumes, including books by Tim Mayo, Rich Michaelson, The Freshwater Poetry Magazine, and samples donated from Perugia Press. Volumes are to be read in the library and comfortable seating is available nearby. The collection has been growing through donations, and anyone interested in donating a book, chapbook or literary journal should contact Lisa Downing, Assistant Director, at 413-587-1017 or email@example.com.
Poetic Recovery Open Mic and Feature
Every FRIDAY night 7:30- 9:30 pm
Thirsty Mind in South Hadley MA 23 College St.
Green Street Poetry Series
Green Street Café, Northampton, Massachusetts
Green Street readings now take place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. 7:30 pm
Upcoming Featured Poets:
February 23rd - C.S. Carrier & Andrea Henchey
March 9th - Jendi Reiter & Mark Hart
March 23rd - Anne Gorrick & Mary Rose Larkin
If you are interested in reading at Green Street, send a note with bio and sample poems to
Maria Williams-Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Forbes Library Reading Series Schedule
First Wednesday of the month, 7 pm, Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library, Northampton
February 16, 7pm: French Canadians in Western Massachusetts: Elise Bernier-Feeley, Hampshire Room for Local History, Forbes, Sally Bellerose, author of THE GIRLS CLUB, Ellen LaFleche, author of ESTELLA, WITH ONE LUNG
March 16: 3rd Wed River Gods Brian Kiteley, author of THE RIVER GODS
GALLERY OF READERS SERIES
The Gallery of Readers Series
Neilson Library Browsing Room, Smith College, Northampton
Refreshments will be served. Open to all.
The Gallery of Readers began in 1990 and takes its name from its first location, in Northampton's Forbes Library art gallery. The readers in the series are participants in Robin Barber's and Carol Edelstein's writing workshops.
For more information on other events in the series, please visit http://www.galleryofreaders.org/galleryofreaders/current.html
March 20 - Robin Barber & John Broglio
April 10 - Jonathan Wright & Rebecca Rice
May 1 - Bob Susskind, Frank Schwartz & Teresa Whitaker
June 5 - Ginny Rohan & Steffi Schamess
SMITH POETRY SERIES
Upcoming Featured Poets:
March 1 - Michael Klein & Donald Morrill
March 29 - Maxine Kumin
April 12 - Edward Hirsch
The Visiting Writers Series (VWS) at the University of Massachusetts
Amherst is pleased to announce the schedule for Spring 2011.
For more than 40 years, the VWS has brought outstanding poets and writers
to the university campus for public readings of new work. The VWS is
sponsored by the MFA Program for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative,
and made possible by support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the
University of Massachusetts Arts Council, the Vice Provost of Research &
Engagement, the College of Humanities & Fine Arts, and the English Department.
The Series opens with Matthew Rohrer and Anthony McCann on February 17.
All readings are on Thursdays at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall. All are free and open to the public. Information about past readers can be found at the Visiting Writers Series website: http://www.umass.edu/english/MFA_VWS.htm
Feb 17 Matthew Rohrer & Anthony McCann
Mar 10 David Means
Mar 24 Aimee Bender
Apr 7 James Haug & Brandon Downing
Silkworm, Journal of the Florence Poets Society Reading
There will be a celebration of publication at the Forbes Library Community Room on Monday evening March 14, 2011, ALL POETS PUBLISHED IN SILKWORM 5, THEIR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED. There will be refreshments served and the evening will be very festive. This event will be videoed for presentation on the local community cable access station. The party begins at 7:00 and ends at 8:45 PM please clear your calendars for that date and join us.
FLORENCE POETS SOCIETY
The next business/sharing meeting is Thursday February 10, 2011 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
Martina Robinson and friends meet every 3rd Thursday at Lilly Library community Room at 6:30 PM. This group is currently open to join.
PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING AS A MEMBER OF FLORENCE POETS SOCIETY.
THE FEE IS $20.00 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 new web page at http://www.florencepoetssociety.net
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: email@example.com or: FPOETS@localnet.com or visit: http://www.florencepoetssociety.org/
POETRY A LA CARTE RADIO SHOW
on WMUA-Amherst 91.1 FM
Mondays from 6:00 to 6:30pm
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 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. Area poets are invited to read. For more information contact Petriana at 413. 549.9336 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Group Starting: 'Poetry To Inspire Our Lives'
The second gathering of a new poetry-sharing and discussion group, whose purpose is to let poetry touch our souls and inspire our lives, will take place in Northampton on Monday, February 7, 6:45 to 9pm at a participant’s home.
A similar group has met in the Greenfield area for the past year, and is also open to new members.
The group is called “Growing Younger Toward Death Every Day: Poetry to Inspire Our Lives”. Members will listen and respond to the most recent recording of poet and teacher David Whyte called "What To Remember When Waking: the Disciplines of an Everyday Life". He reads his own and other’s poetry, and offers insightful and often-humorous commentary. His line “Growing younger toward death every day “ is from one of his best-known poems. Other sources to be used will include selections from Kim Rosen’s new book and CD “Saved by a Poem”; Roger Housden’s “Ten Poems To Change Your Life”; John O’Donohue’s “A Book of Blessings”; and poems by renowned poets such as Mary Oliver, Jane Hirshfield, and Billy Collins. Participants are also welcome to share their own poems, or ones by their favorite poets. Copies of all poems will be available, along with refreshments.
For more information, contact John Berkowitz at 413-625-6374 or email@example.com.
The Woven Word Summer Creative Writing Program for Middle and High School Age Writers
Contact: Lynn Bowmaster, 584-3373, 113 Bay Rd., Lrbowmaster@gmail.com.
Session I: July 18-22, 9 - 3:30, Session II: August 1-5, 9-3:30
Now in its fourth year, the Woven Word Summer program provides a supportive environment for each writer to explore their own writing voice. We write in the morning at our house and head to our houseboat on the Connecticut River for lunch, recreation, and more writing in the afternoon. Most days involve 2-4 short writing sessions and allow writers to continue long pieces as well as playing with short pieces. The focus is on fun and creativity, not grammar and spelling.
GREENFIELD, SHELBURNE FALLS AND NORTH
Calling on Franklin County Poets!
Submit your poems to the Poet's Seat Poetry Contest, our 20th anniversary!
Adult and Young Poet categories. Up to three poems, deadline March 8.
Submission guidelines at the Greenfield Public Library, or visit:
New Open Mic 3rd Thursdays in Northfield
February 17, 7:30-8:30 PM
All ages are welcome to share poetry and hear local poets at a new monthly open mic
at Northfield Coffee and Books, 105 Main St., Northfield, MA.
This month's featured reader is Trish Crapo, followed by 5-minute open mic readings. The series
will take place on the third Thursday of every month, and is sponsored by Bernardston poet and track & field coach Jim Bell. Arrive a little early to sign up.
Trish Crapo is a writer and photographer who lives in Leyden, MA. Trish was a founding member of the Slate Roof Press and her chapbook of poems, Walk Through Paradise Backwards, was published by Slate Roof in 2004. Her poems have appeared in anthologies and journals, including Southern Poetry Review, Ted Kooser's column, "An American Life in Poetry," and The Bark, the modern dog culture
magazine. She is developing a creative photography curriculum for young people entitled "See Shift." She has worked with children and teens in Loveland, Colorado, Amherst, Massachusetts, and at Taktse International School in Sikkim, India.
Jim Bell is a founding member of Slate Roof Press, and author of two books of poetry: Crossing the Bar (Slate Roof Press), and most recently, Landing Amazed (Lily Pool Press). He is a track & field coach; poems and pole-vaulting are his passions.
ALL SMALL CAPS
Monday, Feb. 28th, is our next reading for the All Small Caps series.
Featured readers are poets from Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry
Please bring your work, work you admire and want to share, or just come listen to the featured readers.
The reading will be held, as usual, at the Deja Brew (57 Lockes Village Rd, Wendell). Doors will open at 7 and the open mic portion of the reading will begin at 7:30, followed by a short break, followed by the featured readers. There will be food and drink available. If you need directions, a peek at upcoming readings, etc., please look-see our blog: allsmallcaps.blogspot.com.
We will also have copies of our fourth! ASC Anthology available for purchase. If you pay the upper end of our sliding scale, $5, you will receive a copy of the Anthology.
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
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.
Collected Poets Series
$2– $5 suggested donation. Mocha Maya's Coffee House, 47 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370, 413-625-6292. Wheelchair accessible. See www.collectedpoets.com or www.mochamayas.com for more information.
MARCH 3 - Polina Barskova & Mike Young
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH:
APRIL 7 - John Hennessy & Caroline Knox
APRIL 21 - Gary Metras & Stephen Philbrick
MAY 5 - Diana Gordon & Leslie Harrison
JUNE 2 - Chard deNiord & Thomas Lux
JULY 7- Catherine Sasanov & Pat Schneider
No CPS Readings in August or September
OCTOBER 6- Joan Houlihan & Timothy Liu
NOVEMBER 3 - Patricia Lee Lewis & Special Guest
DECEMBER 1 - Peter Covino & Daniel Hall
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.
WORD IN THE BERKSHIRES
Jerry's Place Poetry
There will be 2--one hour poetry programs starting at 1:30 pm at the
Pittsfield Community television station on Federico Drive, Pittsfield
Mass. A Jerry's Place production.This is an ongoing reading every third Thursday.
Back in February!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 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 details
WORD IN WORCESTER
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.
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.
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 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
THE POETS ASYLUM
Sunday, Feb. 20:
Lori Desrosiers grew up on the banks of the Hudson River in NY, but now calls Westfield, MA her home. A full-length book of poems, "The Philosopher's Daughter" is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2012. She earned her MFA in Poetry at New England College. Her poems are published in Big City Lit, Blue Fifth Review, The Equinox, Ballard Street Poetry Journal and others. Her chapbook, 'Three Vanities', a chronicle of three generations of women in her family, was published by Pudding House Press in 2009. She also is the publisher and managing editor of Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry.
Come down to the Front Room at WCUW (910 Main Street, Worcester). Remember, the reading now starts at 7:00 p.m. ; doors open at 6:30 p.m. No cover; donations accepted to support the feature. Don't skip this one, we think you'll regret it!
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write to Terri Klein at email@example.com to get the new CT Poet newsletter in your email.
Saint Joseph College Poetry
Dennis Barone and Adam Golaski
from their newest works.
4:00 PM – Crystal Room, Mercy Hall, Saint Joseph College.
March Madness! Open Mike.
Community Room of the West Hartford Noah Webster Library to participate in a sports related poems open mike.
Sign up at 7:00 PM. Reading will start at 7:15 PM.
A reading by Dana Gioia.
This year’s annual Peter Brazeau Poetry Event brings the former Chairperson of the National Endowment of the Arts for a reading of his poetry. Gioia currently directs arts and culture programs for the Aspen Institute. Interrogations at Noon, Gioia’s third volume of poetry, received the American Book Award.
March Poetry at Broad Street Books
Tuesday, March 1st at 7:00pm
On the first Tuesday of every month, Broad Street Books hosts a featured poet followed by an open mic starting at 7:00pm.
Broad Street Books, 45 Broad Street, Middletown, CT 06457
-also- Tune in to J-Cherry Presents every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday night at 6:30 PM on 88.1 FM WESU in Middletown to hear from local artists from across all genres. On the 1st Tuesday of every month, J-Cherry hosts our featured poet on the show! Tune in at 6:30 pm on February 1st to hear an interview with guest Andrea Barton!
For more information contact: Brian at Broad Street Books (860) 685-7323
is alive and well at our new home at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Connecticut. We are continuing with our scheduled day: the third Sunday of the month, and same hours: 4:30 to 6 p.m. It's a different location, but one with heat, light and plenty of room - plus munchies and tea/coffee are available for purchase. Donations requested to support The Buttonwood Tree. I invite you to attend, try out our new place.
This is a different type of poetry event. Instead of a particular feature or an open mike where we read our own poetry, this is a gathering to read aloud some of your favorite poems - those not written by you. In a way, it's like a poetry salon, a sharing of the poetic intellect. We've called it a "Poetry Potluck" because whoever comes will bring something different to it. (There will be foodstuffs of cookies and hot drinks available.)
It happens on the third Sunday of each month at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown from 4:30 to 6 p.m
Workshop for Adults
March 26, April 2, 9, 16 and 30: Poetry writing workshop for adults 55 or older (“Love, Longing and Laughter”) offered by poet Bessy Reyna at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., Hartford, CT. This program is part of the Library's Art and Archives series: Master Classes in the Arts and Humanities for Older Adults. Saturday mornings from 10 to 12:30. Free but registration is required and begins Mon., Jan. 31. Parking is available on the parking deck adjacent to the library on Arch Street, as well as on the street. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Hartford History Center 860-695-6347.
WordForge Series at Billings Forge
Monday February 21, 7pm—Eileen Albrizio and Gray Jacobik
Eileen Albrizio's is the author of three volumes of poetry: Messy on the Inside, Rain-Dark Water in Winter, and Perennials: New & Selected Poems (Nominated for the 2008 CT Book Award). In 2003 and 2008, she was a recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowships from the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Albrizio has taught creative writing at colleges and cultural institutions as well as the York Correctional Institute.
Gray Jacobik’s books include The Double Task (University of Massachusetts Press, 1998); The Surface of Last Scattering (Texas Review Press, 1999); Brave Disguises (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002) and Little Boy Blue (CavanKerry Press, 2011). She holds the rank of Professor Emeritus from Eastern Connecticut State University, where she taught literature for many years. She writes, paints and gardens in Deep River, CT.
Plus Open Mike
Location: The Studio @ Billings Forge
563 Broad Street, Hartford, CT 06106
Parking available next to Firebox restaurant or along Broad.
Parking next to Firebox Restaurant or along Broad St.
Wintonbury Branch Poetry Series & Open Mike/ Spring 2011
Celebrating 15 years! "my time" "my place " "my creativity"
Third Thursdays-- 7:00 PM
On February 17 we welcome the Faxon Poets, a group of talented poets based in the Faxon Branch Library of West Hartford, led by poet and librarian, Marcia Lewis. The group will read from their fourth chapbook, Perspectives IV.
Our March 17 session will celebrate two poets of Native American heritage. Susan Deer Cloud and Stephanie Elliott will read from their recent anthology, I Was Indian: An Anthology of Native Literature, Volume I (edited by Susan Deer Cloud.) Ms. Elliott, a local poet with work appearing in the anthology, is publicist at Wesleyan University Press. Widely published, Susan Deer Cloud, a poet of Blackfoot, Mohawk and Seneca heritage, is the recipient of many honors, including a New York Sate Foundation for the Arts grant and a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts grant.
Finally, we celebrate National Poetry Month on April 21 with a salute to Rennie McQuilkin, "senior statesman" of poetry in Connecticut. Founder of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival and of Antrim House Books publishing company, he will read from his most recent collection, The Weathering, winner of the Connecticut Book Award for Poetry 2010.
A warm, supportive place to meet fellow poets and share your poems! Refreshments and an open mike follows each featured poet.
Wintonbury Branch Library, 1015 Blue Hills Ave, Bloomfield, CT
860 242-0041 www.prosserlibrary.info "Wintonbury Branch"
INESCAPABLE RHYTHMS POETRY SERIES
Real Art Ways, 7pm
56 Arbor St., Hartford
Ongoing: monthly, second Wednesday
Feature: TBA. Series format: a featured poet gives a half hour reading (7:00pm) followed by an open mike (7:30pm), in which members of the audience are invited to share their work. The series takes its title fromthe Wallace Stevens poem, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." Stevens, a major American Modernist poet, was a Hartford resident. More info: Contact Andrea Henchey at email@example.com .
Calling All Poets ( . . . and poetry lovers)
hosted by Victoria Muñoz
Silas Bronson Library - 267 Grand St., Waterbury, CT 06702
First Wednesdays - 6:30 pm
Spring Series Line-up
Feb. 16 - Black History Month – Cynthia Zakiah Barksdale RESCHEDULED from Feb. 1
March 2 - Jon Andersen
April 6 - National Poetry Month - Ginny Lowe Connors
May 4 - Polly Brody & Jean Sands
June 1 - John Georgette
is a monthly gathering of local (and not so local) writers who come together to share their work and listen to others. Original work preferred but not required. Please bring a small donation or dish to share and an open spirit to our beautiful space.
3rd Sunday of every month 5- 7pm.
Yoga Center of Collinsville
10 Front St, Ste 102, Collinsville, CT 06019
2011 Writer's Circle Retreat at Wisdom House
You’re invited to apply to attend the 2011 Writers Circle retreat, to be held at Wisdom House in Litchfield, Conn., from June 2-5, 2011. The event, which is open to writers in all genres and of all experience levels, has been held annually for nearly 20 years. While the group’s organizers are still fleshing out the 2011 agenda, the schedule typically balances optional group activities (critique sessions, workshops) with plenty of free time for writing. The venue offers clean, simple rooms and good food in a serene wooded environment. For more details on the retreat, visit our Web site at www.thewriterscircle.org. For details on the venue, visit www.wisdomhouse.org.
Dates: Thursday night, June 2—Sunday afternoon, June 5, 2010
Location: Wisdom House, Litchfield, CT
COSTS: It’s official: Rates are the same for 2011 as they were for 2010 (and actually lower than they were in 2008 and 2009): Specifically:
Three-night retreat (Thursday-Saturday nights), single room: $324
Three-night retreat, shared room: $264 per person
Two-night retreat (Friday-Saturday nights), single room: $217
Two-night retreat (Friday-Saturday nights), shared room: $177 per person
Day guest (Friday or Saturday): $75
The fee covers your room, all activities and all meals except Thursday dinner for three-night attendees (you can either pick up something on your own or join the group at a nearby restaurant).
TO REGISTER: Space is limited, so if you’re interested, please register soon! Please fill out the online application at www.thewriterscircle.org so that we have your correct contact information, room requests and meal preferences.
A $100 deposit is required to hold your place. Once you’ve filled out the online application, send a check for your deposit to:
Susan Lamson, P.O. Box 109, Waterford, CT 06385
Make checks to Susan Lamson, NOT to Wisdom House. At this time, we are unable to take electronic payments—only personal or bank checks. Once we’ve received your deposit, we’ll provide you with a username and password so that you can access the private 2011 retreat Web site.
Wednesday Night Poetry Series
February 16th — DOUBLE FEATURE!!!! Special Event — Brian Clements and Nii Ayikwei Parkes
Brian Clements is the author of a new book of prose poems, Jargon, a sequel to 2009′s And How to End It (both books from Quale Press). He is the founding editor of the small press Firewheel Editions and of Firewheel's flagship journal, Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics. He is Professor of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process at Western Connecticut State University.
Born in the UK, in 1974, and raised in Ghana (where he attended Achimota School), Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a performance poet, writer and sociocultural commentator. A veteran of several poetry festivals, and former Poet-In-Residence at the Poetry Cafe in London, he has performed Poetry in the UK, Europe, Ghana and the US and was a 2005 Associate Artist-In-Residence with BBC Radio 3. In 2007 he was British Council writer-in-residence at California State University, Los Angeles and became one of the youngest living writers (along with Owen Sheers and Choman Hardi) featured in the Poems on the Underground programme in London for his poem Tin Roof.
The Wednesday Night Poetry Series (WNPS or Wedpoetry) meets at “The Garage,” at 53 Church Hill Road, Newtown. See our venue page for directions. For 16 Years and counting: poets, spoken-word artists, monologists and storytellers, acoustic performances by songwriters and musicians are welcome! Read your own work or works by your favorite writers. OPEN MYK SIGN-UP starts at 7:30 PM / OPEN MYK – 7:45 PM /FEATURED READING – 8:45 PM We are a warm, friendly environment for 1st-time readers!
MIC2SOUL™ Open Mic & Live Spoken Word Show
February 17, 2011 at 8:30pm to February 18, 2011 at 1am
at NU|REVEALED™ Photography and Creative Studio
Organized By: Ms Tabu
Mic2Soul™ is a live spoken word show hosted/produced by Ms Tabu. Mic2Soul successfully had its grand debut on September 23rd, 2010 and is scheduled to continue every 3rd Thursday of each month. Each month Ms Tabu will be choosing new talent to feature for the next show. Although the focal point of Mic2Soul is in fact Poetry, Ms Tabu is welcoming all varieties of artistry in the lineup! Should you be interested in featuring on a future date, please send your inquiries to Mic2Soul@gmail.com or call (203) 903-4856.
NU|REVEALED™ Photography and Creative Studio ADDRESS: 1211 Main Street Bridgeport, CT
DOORS OPEN: 8:30PMOPEN MIC BEGINS: 9:00PM
DRESS ATTIRE: ClassyAGE: Grown & SexyAUDIENCE FEE: $5 ADV (or) $7 DOORHOST: Ms. TabuSTARRING: ?Tai Allen?Proverbs?Life Star?Griffin The Poet?Speakers of the House?Francisco-Luis White?Elijah Brown?DJ SPADE spinning!!!?Professional Caterer "Crystal's Love Soul Food" ?"NonFiction Photography" ?Videography by Too Wavy Productions"MIC2SOUL WHERE THE MIC IS THE WHAT??? THE WINDOW TO YOUR SOUL!!!"www.facebook.com/MsTabu
RIVERWOOD AT THE BUTTONWOOD TREE
Last Saturday of Jan, Feb., Mar., Apr., May, June. ( NO poetry in Dec., July, Aug.)
Time: 6:30 PM
Riverwood Poetry Series presents the Saturday Night Poetry
The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main St., Middletown, CT
$5 suggested donation or $3 with a non-perishable food item for the benefit of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Open mike follows feature.
More info: www.riverwoodpoetry.org
The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street, Middletown, $3.00 - $5.00 suggested donation
Ongoing: every Monday
This open mike, hosted by J-Cherry, is a warm group that encourages personal development--come play with us! You'll find Phill is available to drum along if you like. We have a piano and congas or BYO instrument, poem, dance, or whatever artistic piece of yourself you'd like to share. We're all in this together--let's have some fun and create ourselves anew! More info: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.buttonwood.org; (860) 347-4957.
Poetry at Broad Street Books
On the first Tuesday of every month, Broad Street Books hosts a featured poet followed by an open mic starting at 7:00pm. Broad Street Books, 45 Broad Street, Middletown, CT 0645
Tune in to J-Cherry Presents every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday night at 6:30 PM on 88.1 FM WESU in Middletown to hear from local artists from across all genres. On the 1st Tuesday of every month, J-Cherry hosts our featured poet on the show! For more information contact Brian Mitchard (860) 685-7323
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 Annual Fund Campaign / Hosted by Stephen Campiglio
3rd Thursday of each month; 7-9 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
For more information and directions: www.mcc.commnet.edu/faculty/spoken.php
or call (860) 512-2824.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17
7:00 p.m. – Thomas Schuttenhelm, classical guitar and composer; and Sarah Hersh, soprano voice
8:00 p.m. – Rafael Oses, poet, with Schuttenhelm, guitar, and Hersh, soprano
Oses holds degrees from Hartford Art School and Columbia University and teaches creative writing at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. His work has appeared in Fugue, The Cincinnati Review, Endicott Review, The Portland Review, and Black Warrior Review. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, received an artist grant from the CT Commission on the Arts in 1999, was a MacDowell Colony fellow in 2002, received the Alonzo Davis Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2007 and the Amy Rao Honorary Fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in 2008, and was a Caldera Artist Residency fellow in 2010. His book-length narrative poem, The Night Pharaoh, was published last year by Publication Studio.
Schuttenhelm’s compositions have been performed by such ensembles and guitarists as the Adaskin String Trio, the Alturas Duo, Eliot Fisk, and Daniel Salazar and the Hartford Festival Orchestra. He received his doctorate in composition from The Hartt School, and has lectured in the United Kingdom at Cardiff University (Wales), University of Newcastle (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), University of Sussex, and University of London, and at the Mannheim Hochschule for Music. In 2008 he was a British Music Studies fellow at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently completing a monograph for Cambridge University Press on “Meaning and Identity in the Orchestral Music of Michael Tippett.” For more information, please visit: www.thomasschuttenhelm.com.
Hersh has been singing professionally since 1993 when she joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago as a member of the chorus. She sang with the Lyric for five seasons before embarking on her solo career, which has spanned opera and musical theater with such companies as The Metropolitan Opera, The Bronx Opera, The New York American Chamber Opera, Connecticut Opera, and The Goodspeed Opera House. She has had two new works written for her by composer Doug Andersen, which were premiered in New York, and has also collaborated extensively with Schuttenhelm and Raphael Oses.
Oses, Schuttenhelm, and Hersh will perform Tres Canciónes Españolas, with original poetry by Oses, as well as One Look Too Close, a tribute to American poet, Theodore Roethke.
AREA/CAPE COD POETRY INFO:
a collaboration between poet Samantha Milowsky and artist Reinhard Gade.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Open mike to follow (sign up for open mike at 7:30 pm)
Atomic Bean Café
904 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Samantha Milowsky is a frequent contributor to poetry open mics around Cambridge. Her work has been published in journals such as 2River View, White Whale Review, and Spoonful. She has a Pushcart Prize nomination.
Reinhard Gade resides in Spain. He studied art at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts along with philosophy at the Free University of Berlin. He created the award winning graphic design of El País, the leading daily newspaper of Spain. His artwork is shown and collected internationally.
for more information, contact Tom Daley at email@example.com
A Poetry Workshop with Martha Collins:
'Sentence and Line': Thursday, April 28, 10am - 4pm at The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St.,
South Yarmouth. $75 per person. Register by calling the Cultural Center at 508-394-7100.
At 7 pm, she will be the Featured Poet at the monthly Poets’
Corner Open Mic hosted by Barry Hellman and Joe Gouveia. Study with this master teacher
and poet during the day and come hear her read in the
evening. Arrive before 7 PM to sign up for the open mic.
Bring your own refreshments- and a friend!
Poetry writing workshop at Lexington Community Education
led by Tom Daley
Seven Wednesdays 6:15-8:15 pm
Dates: February 2, 9, and 16, March 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2011
cost: $125/95 seniors
workshop held at Lexington High School, 251 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA
To register call 781-862-8043 or go online http://lexingtoncommunityed.org/
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, February 23
Hailing from Southern California, the “Illest Collegiate Poet in the Northeast” Phil Kaye, has been writing, performing, and teaching Spoken Word Poetry since he was seventeen years old. Phil was a semi-finalist at both CUPSI 2010 and the 2010 National Poetry Slam, and he also represented Providence at the 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam. Open poetry slam in the 8x8 series.
• Wednesday, March 2
Jen(nifer) G(igantino) is a writer, filmmaker and aspiring hypothetical former marina trench explorer from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has represented San Jose and Santa Cruz at the Individual World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam, respectively, been published in venues ranging from literary journals to erotic magazines to websites about sobriety, and featured around the Western United States both alone and as one-half of the poetry duo The Pincushion Orchestra. Open poetry slam in the 8x8 series.
• Wednesday, March 9
Poet/writer/genial misanthrope Raphael Luckom has made his mark at the Cantab with his vivid, carefully crafted short readings on the open mic. Published in Gauge Magazine and the South Boston Literary Gazette, Raphael graduated Emerson College in 2008 with a thesis collection of short stories titled "What Not To Do With a Suburban Childhood." He was a member of the first Worcester Youth Slam Team. The pieces he is currently prepared to admit to writing are online at www.inferredno.blogspot.com. Open poetry slam in the 8x8 series.
• Wednesday, March 16
Christa Bell is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, arts educator, and cultural activist from Seattle, Washington. She received her BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and has studied in Europe and lived in east Africa. She writes, performs and curates arts events throughout the Northwest, where she founded the Healing Is A Political Act (HIAPA) Creative Recovery Workshop Series. Open poetry slam in the 8x8 series.
Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00, the feature performs at approximately 10:00, and an open poetry slam follows. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3 unless otherwise noted.
Simone Beaubien, SlamMaster
The Boston Poetry Slam at The Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Mass.
The Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts
Poetry Series at the Brockton Library
304 Main Street. Our website www.gbspa.org
Our workshops and venue are free, the seats comfortable, the refreshments delicious.
1:00 - 2:00 Prose Workshop (critique & discussion)
2:30 - 4:30 Memoir Workshop
12:00 - 2:00 Poetry 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. Feb 19 - Gail Hanlon, Eve Rifkah
Sat. Mar 19 - Joan Houlihan, Daniel Tobin
Sat. Apr 16 - Diana Der-Hovanessian, F.D. Reeve
Sat. May 21 - January G. O”Neil, Bert Stern
Sat. Jun 18 - Jack McCarthy, Jack Scully & Nancy Brady Cunningham (reading Mike Amado’s poetry)
Sat. Jul 16 - Sharon Bryan, Dorian Kotsiopoulos
Barry Hellman's Annual Poetry Open Mic In Celebration Of National Poetry Month. Sunday Morning, April 10, 2011, 10 AM-Noon, The Chapel In The Pines, 220 Samoset Road, Eastham, MA. A Poetry Open Mic Plus An Interlude of All Original Music and Lyrics by Greg Hischak’s ‘Beach Plums' : Greg Hischak,
Kathleen Healy, Meryl Vjus, and Max Credit. Free Admission. Refreshments Provided by The Nauset Fellowship. Advance signup to read at the open mic is recommended: Email firstname.lastname@example.org . At the door signups limited to remaining time available. Plan To Join Us! Information: http://home.comcast.net/~bmhellman.
Calliope’s Fourth Season
Come Celebrate Poetry: Sundays 3 to 5 PM
West Falmouth Library,
575 West Falmouth Highway (Route 28A)
West Falmouth, MA 02574
February 27, 2011. Open Mike Sign-up, 2:45 PM. Featured Poets: January O’Neil, Dzvinia Orlowsky, Jadene Felina Stevens.
March 27, 2011. Open Mike Sign-up, 2:45 PM. Featured Poets: Wendy Mnookin, Max Money, Tam Lin Neville.
May 1, 2011. Open Mike Sign-up, 2:45 PM. Featured Poets: Marguerite Bouvard, Robin Clarke, Anna Ross.
June 5, 2011. Open Mike Sign-up, 2:45 PM. Featured Poets: Linda Bamber, Dorothy Derifield, Alice Weiss.
$5 donation. Refreshments. Alice Kociemba, 508-566-1090
email@example.com or www.calliopepoetryseries.com for details on poets and directions.
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:
Writing Poems About Personal Relationships- A Workshop With Barry Hellman
The Wellfleet Library, 55 West Main Street, Wellfleet, MA
March 16,23, 30 & April 6, 2011, 3-4:30 PM
REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2011
www.wellfleetlibrary.org Visit or call the library desk at 508-349-0310 The Registration Fee Is $5.00
Description: Open to all levels of writing experience. Limited to 12 participants interested in listening to, discussing, and writing poems about personal relationships with family, friends, lovers, and others.
At the first meeting on March 16, samples will be provided of straightforward, direct, and honest relationship poems, followed by discussion and analysis of the content of these poems as well as how they’re constructed. Assignment: Write a relationship-oriented poem during the coming week and bring it to the next meeting. Optional: An exercise to generate ideas and material for the poem.
At the March 23 and March 30 meetings participants who wish to do so present their poems for discussion, feedback, and revision suggestions.
The last meeting on April 6 will take the form of a poetry event at the library in celebration of National Poetry Month. Workshop members who wish to do so will give a reading of the current version of their relationship poem and the public is invited to attend.
Barry Hellman’s poems have appeared in literary magazines and won several poetry prizes. He is also a Ph.D. clinical psychologist with 35 years experience talking with people as they explore personal relationships, and has conducted previous workshops on the connection between poetry and psychotherapy and on writing poems about fathers.
Barry co-hosts the monthly Poets’ Corner Open Mic at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and hosts the annual Chapel In The Pines Open Mic In Celebration of National Poetry Month. His website http://home.comcast.net/~bmhellman publishes information about poetry events on Cape Cod and other material of interest to poets.
CHECK OUT http://home.comcast.net/~bmhellman FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DETAILS ABOUT CAPE COD POETRY AND 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
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 sign-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
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
Bridges: Paths Between Worlds--Readings
Wednesday, February 16, 7-9 p.m
Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main Street
Join local authors in a reading of volume 17 of The Chrysalis Reader-- Bridges: Paths between Worlds edited by Robert F. Lawson and Carol S. Lawson.
The Chrysalis Reader is published annually and consists of essays, poetry, and short stories. It is a journal of spiritual discovery published in honor of Emanuel Swedenborg, eighteenth-century scientist, civil engineer and mystic, who used his scientific orientation to explore the world of spirit.
Readers for the evening will be: Mary Mathias, who will read "Crossing the Cows;" Lynn Martin, "Crossing the George Washington Bridge;" Tim Mayo, "Your Mirror;" F.D Reeve "The Appledore Garden;" and Louise Rader, "Two Pools."
Charles Pratt & Becky Dennison Sakellariou
Saturday, February 26 at 1:00 pm
The Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St.
Poetry readings at the Putney Library
55 Main Street, Putney VT (802) 387-4407
News for Poetry News should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your announcements in text only - do not format (no special fonts, colors, etc.) Send by Wednesday for Thursday publication. Thank you, Lori Desrosiers - Publisher.