Here is your Poetry News for the week of October 3, 2011.
Poetry events are as colorful as the changing leaves in the Pioneer Valley and beyond!
Scroll all the way down for more poetry in CT, Boston and other areas.
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THIS WEEK in Western MA and Vicinity:
Thu. Sept. 29 – Irina Mashinski reading poetry & translation at Hampshire College Library, Kiva Rm., 8pm
Sat. Oct 1 – Naugatuck River Review reading and release party, Forbes Library, Northampton, 2pm
Tue. Oct 4 – Jane Hirshfield at Smith Poetry Series, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, 7:30pm
Thu. Oct 6 – Collected Poets is back with Joan Houlihan & Timothy Liu, Mocha Maya, Shelburne Falls, 7pm
This is just a sampling. There are many other poetry events in Western MA, Boston, CT and beyond this week – Please scroll down!
SPRINGFIELD / WESTFIELD AREA POETRY
Joy Harjo to Read at Westfield State
On Wednesday, October 19, 2011, Muskogee (Creek) poet and musician Joy Harjo is coming to Westfield State University for an evening performance of music and poetry. Harjo will be performing poems and also songs on the saxophone with her accompanying guitarist beginning at 7pm in Scanlon Banquet Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
POETRY IN THE VALLEY AND BEYOND
AN EVENING OF POETRY AND TRANSLATION
Poetry reading and the Compass Translation Award: presentation anddiscussion in English
September 29, Thursday, 8 pm
KIVA room (Main Library, 3d Floor)Hampshire College, Amherst
Irina Mashinski is a bilingual poet and translator. She has authored seven books of poetry in Russian, and her most recent collections areVolk [Wolf](Moscow: NLO, 2009)and Raznochinets pervyi sneg i drugie stikhotvoreniia [Raznochinets First Snow and Other Poems](New York: Stosvet Press, 2009). Her work has appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, including Poetry International, Fulcrum, Zeek, The London Magazine, and An Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2005). She is the co-editor (with Robert Chandler) of the forthcoming Anthology of Russian Poetry from Pushkin to Brodsky (Penguin, 2014), as well as co-founder (with Oleg Woolf) and co-editor (with Robert Chandler and Oleg Woolf) of the Cardinal Pointsliterary journal, published in the U.S. in English and Russian. Irina Mashinski is the winner of several literary awards, including the Russian America(2001) and Maximilian Voloshin (2003) Awards.Her poetry has been translated into English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Serbian.
Critique Group Seeks Members
A Northampton based poetry critique group is seeking new members who actively write poetry, have previously published their work, and can commit to meeting every Tuesday morning. Send inquiries to [email protected]
Smith Poetry Series Presents Jane Hirshfield
Tuesday, Oct. 4, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, 7:30pm
JANE HIRSHFIELD ’s poems, described by the The New York Times as “passionate and radiant,” embrace both human experience and the natural world with empathy and care. Her seventh luminescent collection, Come, Thief, was just released. A long-time Zen practitioner, she has edited and co-translated three poetry anthologies focusing on women’s spirit and is author of Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. Hirshfield’s many honors include fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, and the NEA. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Supported by the Ada Howe Kent Fund
Great News for Poetry Lovers in the Pioneer Valley!
Announcing Sunday Poetry at Esselon,
a new monthly event at Esselon Cafe
on Rte 9 in Hadley, MA., from 3:30 to 4:30PM
Each month there will be a featured reader who will share from his/her own works
followed by an open mic session.
Save the Date! Sunday, October 30, 2011
Our inaugural featured reader will be Lori Desrosiers, author of “Three Vanities” and “The Philosopher’s Daughter” (and your favorite Poetry News editor),
whose reading will be followed by an open mic.
Other poets who will be reading in the near future are
Sally Bellerose, Ellen Lafleche, and Tommy Clark.
Check out our Facebook page “Sunday Poetry at Esselon”
as well as an events page by the same name.
Hosted by Mary Delabruere
Esselon serves brunch until 3:pm so feel free to come early and enjoy a leisurely meal before the reading. The kitchen closes at 3pm but the beverage counter remains open until 5pm.
Questions can be emailed to [email protected] Mark Your Calendars!
Forbes Library Weekly Poetry Discussion Group
The Poetry Discussion at Forbes Library will resume meeting on Mondays at 7 PM in the Coolidge Room, starting September 26 and running through December 12 for the fall session. Poets to be discussed will include Jane Hirshfield, Diane Gilliam, Ida Stewart, John Ashbery, Patricia Smith and Gerald Stern.
Naugatuck River Review Reading/Release Party
Featuring poets from the Summer 2011 issue of NRR
Saturday, October 1st, 2pm
Forbes Library Community Room, Northampton, MA
Featured poets include Patricia Fargnoli, Tim Mayo, Anne Golob, Gail Thomas, Kathleen Trestka, Howie Faerstein, Mark Hart, Tessa Kale, Karen Skolfield, Julie Hassett and Alexis Fedorajaczenko.
NRR Issue 6, Summer 2011 will be available for purchase at a discount.
Hosted by Lori Desrosiers
FLORENCE POETS SOCIETY
The next business/sharing meeting is Thursday, September 8, 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.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 protected] or check out our new web page at http://www.florencepoetssociety.net
NEW DAY AND TIME: 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: [email protected] or: [email protected] 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 protected]
26th Annual WriteAngles Writers’ Conference
Saturday, October 22, 2011, 8:15 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Mount Holyoke College’s Willits-Hallowell Center, South Hadley, Mass.
Sponsor: WriteAngles Volunteer Committee
Admission: $100 in advance ($110 at the door); $80 seniors and students ($90 at the door); fee covers breakfast, lunch and parking
More Information or to Register: http://writeanglesconference.com
GREENFIELD, SHELBURNE FALLS AND NORTH
Open Mic 4th Thursdays in Northfield
All ages are welcome to share poetry and hear local poets at a monthly open mic.
at Northfield Coffee and Books, 105 Main St., Northfield, MA., 8pm
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.
Greenfield Spoken Word
Always the Third Tuesday
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
Spoken Word Wendell
The Last Monday of every Month
Sept – April At the Deja Brew Pub
57 Lockes Village Road Wendell, MA
For directions and additional
information see our website or
send an email:
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. 7pm
2011 upcoming in the Series:
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 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 [email protected]
– 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
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 protected] 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, October 2:
This week the Poets’ Asylum welcomes John “Survivor” Blake as our feature. This is John “Survivor” Blake’s sixth year on the poetry scene, second year of sobriety, sixth and seventh chapbooks, and fourth national tour, John is about living in the now! He is a heroin addict/alcoholic turned writer, spoken word artist, lecturer and youth advocate. He has lectured at universities, high schools, detention centers and prisons; and spoken at the Brave New Voices poetry festival. His writing has a reputation for finding the beauty in ugly things and doing this without apology.
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. Write to Terri Klein at [email protected] to get the CT Poet newsletter in your email.
The CT Poetry Calendar is online at http://poetz.com/connecticut
BOSTON/CAPE COD POETRY
Anything Goes Coffee House
A Benefit for Cape Poet Joe Gouveia
Poetry ~ Music – Silent Auction – Food, Friends
Music by The Beach Plums
Poetry Open Mic and Readings by Guest Poets
Hosted by Lauren Wolk
Cultural Center of Cape Cod S. Yarmouth
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
October 5, 2011
West coast performance poet and actor Amber Rose Tamblyn.
Open poetry slam in the 8×8 series.
October 12, 2011
Announcing the Cantab’s first ever Beer Slam! Got a poem about beer you’re dying to get off your chest (or one you haven’t written yet)? You can still get in on this: email [email protected] to get involved.
October 19, 2011
Imagine this scenario: Alexander Nemser performs a full feature for you.
Open poetry slam in the 8×8 series.
October 26, 2011
Wil “One L” Gibson kicks off his two-legged tour.
Open poetry slam in the 8×8 serie
Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam Sunday Night!
Cambridge Common 1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Every Sunday Poetry Slam: 8:00 pm, Feature: 9:30 pm, Open Mike: 10:30 pm
The Blacksmith House Poetry Series
is held on Monday nights at 8:00 p.m.
at the Blacksmith House, 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge.
Tickets are $3.00, available 45 minutes prior to each reading.
For more information, including a list of upcoming features at the reading, call
617-547-6789 x1, or visit http://www.ccae.org/events/blacksmith.html .
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
Sunday, October 23rd Featured Poets: Susan Berlin, Alan Feldman, Philip Hasouris
3 to 5 PM, Open Mike Sign-up 2:45 PM. Come celebrate Calliope’s fifth season!
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 protected] 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:
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 [email protected]
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
NFO: [email protected]
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
For a VT poetry events calendar go to: http://www.phayvanh.com/
For info on Brattleboro poetry and Write Action visit their website – www.writeaction.net
Datum:Earth 2011 Fall Reading
features poetry by ELLEN DORÉ WATSON
creative non-fiction by BOB COWSER
poetry by PETER M. CAMPION
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 7 PM
the Starving Artist, Keene, NH
$5 suggested @ door
Don’t miss this incredible line-up of talent.
FOR BIOS, DIRECTIONS, APPLE PIE.
Brattleboro Literary Festival is Coming! October 14-16, 2011.
For information on workshops and the festival go to their website at: http://brattleboroliteraryfestival.org/
Poetry readings at the Putney Library
55 Main Street, Putney VT (802) 387-4407
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