Poetry News February 13, 2012
Here is your Poetry News for the week of February 13, 2012.
Poetry events are as delicious as chocolate this Valentine's week in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.
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THIS WEEK in Western MA and Vicinity:
Wed. Feb. 15 - Tzivia Gover, Book Reading and Signing, Odyssey Bookshop, S. Hadley, 7pm
Thu. Feb. 16 - Kate Bernheimer, UMass Amherst, Memorial Hall, 8pm
Thu. Feb. 16 - *Poetry Open Mic at the Montague Bookmill!* 7-9pm
Please scroll down for details and more events!
This is just a sampling. There are many other poetry events in Western MA, Boston & Cape Cod, CT and beyond this week - Please scroll down!
FREE POETRY PROGRAMS AT THE CENTRAL LIBRARY
Led by award-winning local poet, María Luisa Arroyo
Springfield City Library presents a series of Saturday Poetry Workshops led by award-winning local poet, educator and teaching artist Maria Luisa Arroyo. Sessions will take place in the Central Library Community Room, 220 State Street in Springfield. June's Poetry Reading will be held in the Library's Rotunda. Sign up online: www.springfieldlibrary.org
March 10, 1-3 pm
In celebration of National Women's History Month we'll read and discuss pieces by women poets, followed by sharing and feedback of your own poems.
National Poetry Month
April 7, 1-3 pm
Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading one of your favorite poems by another poet! Then those attending will share their poems.
Ekphrasis Poetry (poetry inspired by other art)
May 5, 1-3 pm
Back by popular demand, writers will get inspiration from pieces done by local visual artists! After a brief introduction, you'll have the chance to write a draft of a new poem inspired by one or more of the pieces of art. Then we'll share what we've written.
June 16, 1-3 pm
Join us for a family friendly, bilingual event (Spanish & English) for all ages. We'll accept as many entries as we can accommodate in two hours. Please pre-register by calling (413) 263-6828 , x 213 or sign up on our website. Limit of two poems per reader.
Sign up in person by stopping into the Central Library or any branch library, by calling (413) 263-6828 x213, or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. Pre-registration via Event Keeper calendar is encouraged for all events, but is required for Poetry Reading on June 16.
Ms. Arroyo is the author of Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras (2008). She is a Puerto Rican poet, educator, and teaching artist who has facilitated numerous poetry workshops regionally and has performed in various parts of the country and in Puerto Rico.
POETRY IN THE VALLEY AND BEYOND
UMass MFA Program for Poets & Writers presents:
Thursday February 16, 8:00PM
Gallery of Readers Press presents
a reading and signing of
LADDER TO THE ROOF: POEMS by Brett Averitt
Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 pm
247 Main Street, Northampton, Massachusetts
Brett Averitt was born in Ennis, Texas, in 1935. In 1961, she and her husband Robert moved to Northampton, where they raised their son Mark and daughter Angela. Brett took a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Texas in Austin in 1963 and taught literature and writing at Westfield State College and Smith College.
Sunday Poetry at Esselon
a new monthly poetry reading and open mic event
at Esselon Cafe on Rte 9 in Hadley, MA., from 3:30 to 4:30PM Save the Date!
Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 3:30pm
James Francis Cahillane and Fred Marchant followed by an open mic!
Here is the schedule through August 2012
February - James Francis Cahillane and Fred Marchant
March - Maria Luisa Arroyo and Nick Fleck
April - Carol Potter and Mary Clare Powell
May - Paul Richmond and Howie Faerstein
June - a selection of poets published in the upcoming Silkworm 6, the annual publication of Florence Poets Society
July - David Kherdian
UMass 2012 Visiting Writers Series
February 16: Kate Bernheimer
March 29: Brenda Coultas and Sunetra Gupta
For nearly fifty years, the Visiting Writers Series has brought outstanding renowned and emerging poets and writers to the university campus for public readings of new work. 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/
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.
Reading and signing of a book about Holyoke and The Care Center:
Learning in Mrs. Towne’s House: A Teacher, Her Students and the Woman Who Inspired Them,
by Tzivia Gover (Leveller’s Press, Florence/Amherst Mass., paperback, $18.95)
Wed., Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St., South Hadley, Mass.
Author Tzivia Gover will discuss her book about her first years teaching poetry at The Care Center, previously home to publisher and politician Elizabeth Towne (1865-1960), and now an innovative and comprehensive GED program for young mothers.
Haiku Group Invites New Members
The Haiku Poets’ Society of Western Massachusetts,
doors to new members. The group meets from 1 to 3 pm
on the third Saturday of every month at the Senior Center,
Middle Street in Hadley. Contact Patricia for more info
@ 413-525-6766 , or firstname.lastname@example.org
FLORENCE POETS SOCIETY
The next business/sharing meeting is Thursday, February 9, 2012 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
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.net/,, 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 email@example.com or check out our new web page at http://www.florencepoetssociety.net
Listen to "Twilite's Poetry Pub"
Enjoy the "Pub" with Carl and Tom every Tuesday night, 8pm 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 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 email@example.com
GREENFIELD, SHELBURNE FALLS AND NORTH
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
by Bernardston poet and track & field coach Jim Bell. Arrive a little early to sign up.
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.
Presents: Abbot Cutler & Diane Wald
Thu. March 1, 7pm
Mocha Maya's Coffee House
47 Bridge St.Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
413-625-6292 . Wheelchair accessible.
See www.collectedpoets.com or www.mochamayas.com for more information.
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
10 x 10 on North Street Festival
between February 16th - 26th at various venues around Pittsfield. There will be music and poetry performances, film, new short plays, visual arts and a lot more! Matt McFadden will be performing some poetry as part of the festival. He will be at Y Bar on Friday February 17th beginning at 8 pm. You can check out www.ybarpittsfield.com for the full schedule of poets performing during the festival.
Three Programs of Music with Poetry
A program of music with poetry will be performed three times in the
Berkshires in the New Year. The program will combine the music of
Alice Spatz with the poetry of Slate Roof poet Dennis Pollock. The
music is composed for flute player Norman Thibodeau’s many flutes:
piccolo, standard, bass and contra bass; along with double bass,
mandolin, and psaltery played by Alice Spatz. Dennis Pollock will
read his own poetry.
The third performance will be on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at
7:00 p.m. at the Pittsfield Public Library located at 1 Wendell Avenue,
Pittsfield, MA. (Phone 413 499-9480)
ALL THREE PERFORMANCES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This project is partially funded by an individual artist grant from
the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire and a grant from the Pittsfield Cultural Council.
Jerry's Place Poetry
There will be 2--one hour poetry programs starting at 2:00 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.
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 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 AREA
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (sometimes later)
@ The Coffee Loft
406 Lincoln Street
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 CoffeeLoftBooking@gmail.com 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 email@example.com 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 POETS ASYLUM
Sunday, February 12:
No Love & Longer Than Usual Open Mic, and the Worcester Youth Poetry Slam Semi-finals – We’re awfully close to Valentine’s Day, people. But we’re not there yet and, let’s be real – there’s plenty of love poetry. But we at the Poet’s Asylum believe that there’s a dearth of poems about plum pudding, the birth of Abraham Lincoln or Barbie (2/12 is the first day that the old girl ever went on sale – and 2/12 is also the national day for and the birthday of, respectively). Bring your most bizarre and celebratory poetry for an extended open mic (more spots and a 5-10m time limit) – about anything other than love. It’s not anti-hearts and chocolate but there’s plenty of other things to love about February 12th.
Also that night, we’ll have the semi-finals for the Worcester Youth Slam! Come out and cheer for the youts as they slam it out for the last time before finals and team pickin’s!
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 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 occur one time only. Write to Terri Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the CT Poet newsletter in your email.
The CT Poetry Calendar is online at http://poetz.com/connecticut
MASS POETRY FESTIVAL (and Related Events)
Student Day of Poetry 2012
Friday, March 30th, the young people of Massachusetts will take over the MIT campus for a full day of workshops and performances sure to illuminate and inspire!
SIGN UP NOW to to make sure that your school gets the chance to participate in this absolutely free event!!!
Student Day of Poetry Festival Highlights!
* An incredible variety of writing workshops led by a wide range of poets and performers - even a few with a science & technology twist to fit our grand venue
* An exclusive sneak peek performance of Hoop Suites - an interdisciplinary performance piece integrating violinists , dancers and spoken word artists to premiere this Summer in the basketball courts of Boston & the ICA!
* First Wave , the only degree program in Spoken Word and Hip - Hop offered in a major university in the US, is flying in to host a workshop and deliver a special performance.
* An all-star led open mic where your students can have the chance to tell their own stories on the same stage where Obama spoke: The Incredible MIT Kresge Theater!
* Two powerhouse headliners to be announced shortly!
13th Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts
Friday, March 30th - April
This year MassLEAP, sponsored by MassPoetry, kicks off the first ever statewide youth poetry slam festival in Massachusetts. Based off the wildly succesful Chicago festival that inspired a full-length film documenting the Louder Than A Bomb Festival.
Only sixteen teams will compete in this year’s festival - register now to make sure your school or community organization can compete.
If you can’t pull together a team this year, Save The Dates below and bring your students out to get inspired and plant the poetic seeds for next year!
Don't forget Mass Poetry Festival
April 20-22 in Salem
Plenty of programs for students, special workshops for teachers, great reading, performance by state finalists of Poetry Outloud, performance by state finalists of Louder than a Bomb, and special programs for kids and families.
BOSTON/CAPE COD POETRY
New Voices: Emerging Writers
Kirsten Andersen, Kerrin McCadden, and Hyejung Kook.
New England Poetry Club Free and open to the public 7pm Monday, February 6
MEMBERS READING LOVE POEMS Bring 1 to 3 poems and join us in a round-robin reading
to celebrate the month of love Harvard-Yenching Library Common Room 136 2 Divinity Ave, Cambridge (off Kirkland, near Memorial Hall)
UPCOMING READINGS Monday, March 5th, 7pm: AGNI Magazine Editors Harvard-Yenching Common Room 136, 2 Divinity Ave, Cambridge
Of Special Note: Saturday, February 25th, 10am: Longfellow and the Legacy of the Dante Club Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Annual Birthday Celebration with CHRISTIAN DUPOINT speaking on DANTE and LONGFELLOW Story Chapel, Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge
For the full NEPC schedule, please see: http://www.nepoetryclub.org/events.htm
NEW ENGLAND POETRY CLUB Founded in 1915 by Amy Lowell, Robert Frost, and Conrad Aiken
* Free and open to the public *
* For information, please call 617-744-6034 *
* NEPC website http://www.nepoetryclub.org
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
Every Wednesday Night at 8, Featured Poet, Poetry Slam!
738 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA
• Wednesday, February 15
It’s the Wednesday closest to Valentine’s, which means it’s time for our annual Erotic Poetry Night ! Poets are encouraged to bring original erotic poems, poems about sex, or poems about naughtiness in general. This year’s event will also feature the Cantab’s first-ever Head-to-Head Dirty Haiku Slam, produced by Gary Hoare. Open poetry slam in the 8x8 series.
• Wednesday, February 22
Angel Nafis hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she resided as the VOLUME youth poetry project’s Poet in Residence at the Neutral Zone Teen Center for two years. She represented Ann Arbor at Brave New Voices two years in a row, performing on the Finals stages at the San Francisco Opera House and the Apollo Theater in Harlem. She curates and hosts a poetry reading series in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Open poetry slam in the 8x8 series.
Cambridge Common 1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
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: http://stonesouppoetry.blogspot.com
Calliope—Poetry Readings at West Falmouth Library
Calliope – a community of poets
Sunday, January 22nd, 3 to 5 PM. Open mike sign-up, 2:45 PM.
Featuring: Mary Bonina, Christine Rathbun Ernst, Tidepool Poets
Directions: From Bourne Bridge. Rt. 28 south to Thomas Landers Road exit, right off ramp to Rt. 28A south (left), about 1 1/2 miles. Just past Old Dock Rd., on right, West Falmouth Library is on the left, with parking. From Woods Hole. Woods Hole Rd. to Palmer Ave. to Rt. 28 north to Brick Kiln Rd. exit, left off the ramp to Rt. 28A (stop sign). Take a right, and go less than I mile. West Falmouth Library is on the right, with parking (before the library, across from the Quaker Meeting House).
$5 donation requested. Refreshments.
Visit our website: calliopepoetryseries for Calliope’s complete schedule.
Email: email@example.com or 508-566-1090 for information
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 and Performing Poems WORKSHOP
Instructor: Barry Hellman
A 2012 Seminar Series Workshop at the
155 West Main Street, Wellfleet, MA
Registration at the library desk or by calling 508-349-0310
Sponsored by Friends of the Wellfleet Library.
Registration begins December, 2011.
DATES & FORMAT:
4 Saturdays 2:30- 4 PM: 3 meetings in a writing workshop format:
3/24, 3/31 & 4/7,
followed by a 4th meeting in the form of a public open mic on 4/14 2:30-4PM:
The open mic reading on 4/14/12 is in Celebration of National Poetry Month.
Features workshop participants, invited poets, and members of the public who’d like to read.
One Original Poem Per Reader, on any theme.
To reserve a turn at the open mic members of the public may sign up in
advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and will receive an email
confirmation. Signup at the door may also be available. Refreshments served.
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/
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
Poetry readings at the Putney Library
55 Main Street, Putney VT (802) 387-4407
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