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Poetry News August 6, 2012


Here is your Poetry News for the week of August 6, 2012.

Poetry events are shining like summer sun onto 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:
Tue. Aug. 7 - Open Mic at Hinge, 7pm sign-up, 8pm open mic and features.
Tue. Aug. 7 - Straw Dog Writers Night Out, The Elevens, Northampton, 7pm
Tue. Aug 7 - Open Mic at Greenfield Public Library Sign-up at 6pm
Thu. Aug. 9 - Florence Poets Society, Lilly Library, Florence, 6:30pm
Thu. Aug. 9 - Marathon reading of Whitman's "Leaves of Grass" at Montague Book Mill, 7pm

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in Connecticut this week! Mark Doty this Wed. Aug. 8!
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!


Weekly Poetry Open Mic at Hinge
Every Tuesday Night 8pm – 10pm
Signup starts at 7pm
Upstairs at Hinge
48 Main St. Northampton, MA
(Notable perks at Hinge: right in downtown Northampton,
close to bus stops! All ages, beer and wine, and modestly priced meals)
Please bring a 3-5 minute selection of your work to share

Straw Dog Writers Guild presents Writers Night Out

First Tuesday of the month, August 7.
Open to all writers who want to socialize with other writers. We'll begin at 7:00 with introductions and a sign-up for a five minute reading. Please, no calls nor emails. You must sign-up in person. First come, first serve. At 7:30, we'll listen to five writers reading each for five minutes. We'll then have plenty of time to visit informally, drink, make merry, and find out what's happening the local writing world. For more information on the venue, go to The Elevens, Northampton, 7-9pm

Sunday Poetry at Esselon
a monthly poetry reading and open mic event
Fourth Sunday of the Month!
(now under new management - still on!)
at Esselon Cafe on Rte 9 in Hadley, MA.,
Here is the schedule through Sept. 2012:
August 26 – Diana Gordon, Mary Koncel and Maya Janson

Mary A. Koncel has published two books of prose poems, Closer to Day (Quale Press) and You Can Tell the Horse Anything (Tupelo Press). A new manuscript, The Last Blonde, is in the making. She was a past recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship for poetry, and she lives in Worthington, MA.

Maya Janson received her BA from Smith College, her MFA from Warren Wilson, and has been a recipient of an artist fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She lives in Florence, MA and is employed as a community health nurse and a lecturer in poetry at Smith College. Her debut collection, Murmur and Crush, will be published this fall by Hedgerow Books.

D M Gordon (Diana) is the prizewinning author of Fourth World (Adastra Press,) and Nightly at the Institute of the Possible (Hedgerow Books,) which has recently been listed at "Must Read" by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She is also an MCC Artist Fellow, and organizes a walk-in, weekly, Monday night open forum on contemporary poetry for Forbes Library.

September 30 - Patrick Donnelly and Peter Covino

The New England Poetry Brothel

a sultry evening of discreet poetry and performance

Sunday August 26th

starting at 7pm, until the drinks run out

HINGE 48 Main St. Northampton MA

What is this tomfoolery, you ask?

"The Poetry Brothel, a unique and immersive poetry experience, takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Poetry Brothel presents poets as high courtesans who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on couches, chaise lounges and in private rooms. Central to this experience is the creation of character, which for poet and audience functions as disguise and as freeing device, enabling The Poetry Brothel to be a place of uninhibited creative expression in which the poets and clients can be themselves in private. The Poetry Brothel also explores and responds to the tendency of poets to undervalue themselves inside the creative marketplace by providing a seductive and intimate means of confirming for writers and audience alike the literal monetary value of such work."

Please consider helping us make this a night of poetic decadence, for chances to contribute and outstanding perks visit our fundraising page: "

Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) presents:
"Poetry Conversation"

Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA;
in the Amherst Room, 2nd floor
1st Friday of each month — 2pm - 3:30pm
2nd Thursday of each month — 5:45pm - 7:15pm
All who are interested in sharing thoughts and ideas in a group
discussion based on selected poems/letter by Emily Dickinson are welcome.
Facilitator: Lois Kackley, life-long student/reader of Emily Dickinson,
and Co-chair of EDIS Local Chapters Committee.
Haiku Group Invites New Members
The Haiku Poets’ Society of Western Massachusetts,
now entering its 20th anniversary year, is opening its
doors to new members. The group meets from 1 to 3 pm
on the second Saturday of every month at the Senior Center,
Middle Street in Hadley. Contact Patricia for more info
@ 413-525-6766 , or

Poetry at The Yellow House, Palmer, MA

This poetry workshop is for anyone who would like to get inspired, energized and creative in writing poetry. Workshop coordinator, Maureen Solomon, will lead participants in a wide variety of poem-inspiring exercises. Each evening will also include sharing poems we've written - just for positive feedback - and revising techniques for making our poems even better.
Instructor: Maureen Solomon

Date: Session 1: Thursdays, September 20, 27, October 4 & 11, 4 classes, 6-8pm

Session 2: Date: Thursdays, November 1, 8, 15, and 29, 2012, 4 classes, 6-8pm

Fee for each session: Members: $80.00 Non-members: $95.00
The Yellow House is a non-profit community learning center located in Palmer, MA

The next business/sharing meeting is Thursday, August 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

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,, 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 or check out our new web page at

All events are free and open to the public except as noted For more information, Call Tom at (413) 584-5914 or email at: or: or visit:

on WMUA-Amherst 91.1 FM
Mondays from 5:30 to 6:00pm
WMUA is ably run by students, and the Programmer, who has the unenviable job of arranging a continuous, live, on-air series of shows, 24 hours a day, is hard-pressed to get coverage when the UMass students are on vacation. (DJs are usually about half students and half community members). Hence the change in schedule.
Streamed live at
The program, hosted by Daisy Mathias, includes reading aloud from past and contemporary poets, and occasionally features live interview and poetry-reading with a local poet.

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


Greenfield Library Spoken Word Open Mic!
Tuesday August 7, sign up at 6pm.
Writers of all genres welcome.
Hosted by Amy Laprade Library Spoken Word Open Mic
Tuesday, August 7, sign-up at 6pm

All genres of writing welcome!
Hosted by Amy Laprade

Watershed Poets:
Exploring obsessions along the Connecticut River
At The Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376 (413) 863-3221
· FRIDAY, JULY 27, 6 – 7 p.m.
· FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 6 – 7 p.m.
Join us and take another look at the natural world around you. Watershed Poets explores the plants and animals of the Connecticut River watershed as seen through the eyes of local poets. We will investigate birds, wildflowers, trees, the poetry of field guides, and the wonders of the watershed. Enjoy a lively discussion of poems by poets such as Emily Dickinson of Amherst, Frederick Goddard Tuckerman of Greenfield, Wallace Stevens of Hartford, and more!

Presentation by DCR Park Interpreter Janel Nockleby, MFA in Poetry, UMASS, Amherst.

Collected Poets Series presents
Collected Poets is taking a break and will be back in October with more excellent poetry.
1st Thursday of the month (except August & September)
Mocha Maya's, Shelburne Falls, 7pm

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.

Greenfield Word Always the Third Tuesday
9 Mill St
Doors open at 7:00 and the first reader is at 7:30.
There are 10 - 5 minutes open mic slots
Two featured readers.
$1 to $5 sliding scale donation
Also at the end of the month (last Monday)

All Small Caps at the Deja Brew in Wendell
Doors open at 7:00 and the first reader is at 7:30.
There are 10 - 5 minutes open mic slots
Two featured readers
$1 to $5 sliding scale donation
For anyone interested in being a featured reader

Third Friday Prose and Poetry Readings. 7 p.m. at The Arms Library,
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.


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.
Jerry's Poetry and Music program is on community television and
is also available to watch online at

Pittsfield's Monthly Performance Series and Open Mic
- Outspoken! hosted by Matt Mcfadden, is held the 3rd Thursday of every month.
- Micro Theater (311 North St. in Pittsfield, Greylock Bldg. upstairs among the ArtOnNo studios -
Up the block from Jae's Spice - Entrance to theater is around the corner on Union St. thru Orange door,
right next door to Mary's Carrot Cake.
- 8 pm ($5 suggested donation)
- Interested open mic performers can sign up for 5 minute slot by
e-mailing matt at
- Those needing more information can e-mail the same address

Power of Words, Open Mic
Third Tuesdays 7pm to 8:30 pm Hosted by Garfield Reed.
This is an open opportunity to share poetry, readings, music and other spoken word.
Free and open to the public at Berkshire South Regional Community Center
Crissey Rd.,Great Barrington, MA Every third Tuesday of the month.
Please call Garfield at 528 4127 for more information.

In Words, Out Words in Housatonic
In Housatonic, MA there is an open mic for poets and performers of all styles and ages.
1st Tuesday of each month at the Deb Koffman Gallery 137 Front Street, Housatonic, MA 01236. “In Words, Out Words.” is hosted by 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


Poetry, People!
Every Thursday
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (sometimes later)
@ The Coffee Loft
406 Lincoln Street
Marlborough, MA
Poetry, verse, and short stories are are welcome at this very friendly, informal open reading. Now booking for features to start in March. Please contact Jarad at for more info or to become a featured poet.

The Little "a" Poetry Series
Every Thursday night at 7pm, with an open mic preceding the feature. It is free and all ages, and will be held at The Strange Attractor, 97D Webster St, Worcester MA. Hosted by "Cowboy" Matt Hopewell, who also does the booking and can be reached at or by phone at (508) 479 8311 .
More to follow as August and September dates are confirmed!

The d'Alzon Arts Series: Poetry Reading
takes place at Assumption College (500 Salisbury Street, Worcester) in the Emmanuel d'Alzon Library on the third Friday of each month during the academic year. The format is an open mic for the first half-hour or so, a short break with refreshments and then 2 featured poets.. The reading starts at 7:00 p.m. and typically runs for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Readings run throughout the school year.


Sunday, July 29: Zeke Russel After a rip-roaring open mic (3-5m*), Zeke Russell will be our featured reader. Zeke hails from the Great State of Lowell – wait. Well, Lowell’s great (even if its not a state) and Zeke — Zeke’s better than that. A national poetry slam veteran who has featured at venues across New England, Zeke has recently become enamoured of our fair city and we just can’t wait to welcome the slam master from our northern city-friend. His brand of funny and important will have you leaving feeling pretty durn good. Doors at 6:30p, show at 7p, free and all ages. Donations accepted. Snacks! We’ll be at the WCUW Frontroom (910 Main Street, Worcester) – can’t wait to see you there!

The Dirty Gerund
The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show will be held every Monday night starting at 8:30 p.m. The reading is being held at Ralph's Chadwick Square Diner (148 Grove Street, Worcester) and is hosted by Rushelle Frazier. There will be an open mic every week with a mix of poetry slams and featured poets. No cover; donations accepted. 21+ Please join us at our new home,

Since CT has a wonderful and comprehensive newsletter online, I have decided to cut the CT Poetry section from Poetry News and only post special events that might be of interest to MA poets. Write to Terri Klein at to get the CT Poet newsletter in your email, or the CT Poetry Calendar is online at

Last two days: Aug 1 - Tony Hoagland, Aug 8 - Mark Doty
Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT
Go to for details.

Chivas Sandage Book Release Reading
Saturday, August 25, 7-9 pm, 46 Gildersleeve Ave., Collinsville, CT:

book launch of Hidden Drive, from Antrim House books, and signing. Refreshments served. The reading will be at a private home but open to the public.

“In Hidden Drive, Chivas Sandage presents an atlas of relationship—her troubled Vietnam War photographer father, grandmother, daughter, a marriage that ends—in a voice both lyrically keen and so deeply philosophical her poems stand as a needed corrective to the poetry of confessionalism. Sandage looks at loss, at woundedness, as a site where knowledge happens and art is made, ‘a space / abundance surrounds.’ The wisdom of Chivas Sandage’s poems—their true knowledge of the heart—gives us not just beauty but our own

lives back, transfigured.” – Suzanne Paola


The Brockton Poetry Series has a new home!

We will be moving from the Brockton Public Library to the Fuller Craft Museum this month, July 2012.

The Fuller Craft Museum

455 Oak At.

Brockton, MA 02301

The same dates: third Saturday each month

the same times: Poetry workshop at 12:00

Open mic 2:15

Our feature poets 3:00

We will also have a new website up and running mid-month.

The Fuller Craft Museum, in Northwest Brockton, has invited us to hold our monthly poetry readings in their beautiful facilities. The Fuller is a highly regarded, internationally known museum with a lovely reflection pool, kitchen, and of course, interesting monthly craft/art shows. (

Giannini Braschi at MLA Conference
The 2013 Modern Language Association Convention in Boston will present one of the most revolutionary Latin American poets today -- Giannina Braschi. She is the author of the postmodern poetry trilogy EMPIRE OF DREAMS, the Spanglish novel YO-YO BOING!, and the UNITED STATES OF BANANA, a new cutting edge work of poetry, fiction, and dramatic dialogues on the subject of post-911 American culture. The reading will take place on Saturday, January 5th at the Modern Language Association Convention, Hynes, Sheraton Hotel, Boston.

For more on the poet, click here:

Cantab Lounge
Every Wednesday Night at 8, Featured Poet, Poetry Slam!
738 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA
Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the
feature performs at approximately 10:00. When indicated (most nights),
an open poetry slam follows the feature. The show is 18+ (ID required)
and the cover charge is $3 unless otherwise noted.

presented with the
Friends of Longfellow and the Longfellow National Site
105 Brattle Street, Cambridge,
FREE and open to the public
For the full NEPC schedule, please see:

Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam Sunday Night!

Cambridge Common 1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
$5 Cover Every Sunday Poetry Slam: 8:00 pm, Feature: 9:30 pm, Open Mike: 10:30 pm

Stone Soup Poetry
meets from 8-10 pm. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art
Gallery at 106 Prospect Street in Cambridge with an open mic sign-up at 7:30
p.m. A featured poet follows the open mic.
For links to the feature's work, information on future features and more, visit
the Stone Soup Web site:

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:

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

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

Newton Free Library Poetry Reading Series
The series meets the second Tuesday of every month open mic after features. Starts 7PM For complete information go to Director: Doug Holder

Cambridge Community Television
Tuesdays at 11:00 PM Saturdays at 10:30PM Catch the latest from the Boston Poetry Slam 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


For a VT poetry events calendar go to:
For info on Brattleboro poetry and Write Action visit their website -

Poetry readings at the Putney Library
55 Main Street, Putney VT (802) 387-4407


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