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Poetry News June 25, 2012


Here is your Poetry News for the week of June 25, 2012.
Poetry events are early summer raining 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. June 26 - Open Mic at Hinge, Northampton, 8pm
Fri. June 29 - Poetry at Rao's Cafe, Amherst, 8pm

Lots of good things happening nearby in NW Connecticut this week! Please scroll down.
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!


Forbes Summer Open Mic Series
Poetry Open Mic: Monday July 16, 2012
Prose Open Mic - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Forbes Library Community Room
Forbes Library will host a series of open mics this summer. Everyone is welcome to read. Sign up starts at 6:30 and the reading starts at 7 pm. First-come first-served. 5-10 minutes depending on number of participants. Facilitated by Susan Tyler.

!!New Weekly Poetry Open Mic in Northampton!!
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

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.

Straw Dog Writer's Guild
presents Writer's Nights Out
First Tuesdays. July 3, August 7
The Elevens, Northampton, 7-9pm

Poetry reading at Rao's Cafe
17 Kellogg Ave. in Amherst
on Friday June 29th at 8pm.
The readers for this event are:
Stacey Ridel, Suze Haugh, Jenna Gotthelf, Marilyn Marquez, Carl Mead
All of these artists will be reading their original works.
This event is free and open to the public.

Sally Bellerose Book Talk/Reading from her novel The Girls Club
July 10, 6:30 pm- 8pm Conference Room
Chicopee Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee MA, 01013

Sunday Poetry at Esselon
a monthly poetry reading and open mic event
Last 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:
July 23- David Kherdian and Chaia Heller
August 26 – Diana Gordon and special guest TBA
September 23 - Patrick Donnelly and Peter Covinco

Write Now!

A one-week creative writing daycamp for girls, July 23-27 on the campus at Springfield College. Fee includes lunch, activities & materials. See website ( for more information, or contact Missy-Marie Montgomery at 413/748-3218.

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

The next business/sharing meeting is Thursday, June 14, 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

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 !!!
Poetry to the people! WXOJ-FM LP 103.3 and streaming at 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: 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


It is the 5th year of the Woven Word Summer Creative Writing Workshops for Middle and High School Aged Writers, days of writing which begin in the morning at our Hadley home and move at lunch to our houseboat on the Connecticut River. Summer is a perfect time for settling in with a good group, a notebook (or two), and some fly away writing prompts. Especially in a houseboat on the river!

Woven Word Summer offers two sessions: Session I, July 16-20, 9-4, and July II, July 30-August 3, 9-4. The cost is $250 per session. Woven Word workshops are run by Lynn Bowmaster who has 12 years experience in leading creative writing workshops for young writers grades ages 8-20.

To learn more about the program visit the website: You will see lots of pictures, comments from writers and parents, writing samples and registration information. You can also contact Lynn directly at 413-584-3373, or


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
July 5, 7pm, Peggy O'Brien & Dawn Potter
1st Thursday of the month (except August & September)
Mocha Maya's, Shelburne Falls, 7pm

Thursday, June 7 presents: Alexandria Peary & Wally Swist

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

Contact me

Openings in Feb at both events and through out the year

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.

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, June 17: Gonzo Open Mic & Stu Etsy Music at the Poets’ Asylum, whut?! First the Asylum lets the patents take over – bring your strangest, weirdest, off-the-wall, wackiest poems for the open mic. Then Stu Esty, the musical king of Worcester & leader of the Roadkill Orchestra, will make that piano on the stage do work – with a music set. Dr. Gonzos Uncommon Condimentswill be there with tasty samples & their world famous dry rub so you can stock up for your 4th of July cookout. Sure to be an amazing evening!

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

SUNKEN GARDEN POETRY FESTIVAL Starts June 1st through Aug. 1st !
Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT

Go to for details.


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.

• Wednesday, July 4
NO POETRY SHOW TONIGHT. Enjoy the holiday!

• Wednesday, July 11
The summer of slam continues with our second NorthBEAST Team Slam! The
Boston Poetry Slam has invited the Mill City urbanites (Lowell), the
ultra-outspoken folks from Slam Free or Die (Manchester, New Hampshire),
and our cross-town rivals from the Lizard Lounge to hone their
competition skills in the traditional 4x4 slam format. There’s a rumor
that we might get to see a team from Jersey in the fourth spot… If not,
then our home team just might have to jump in and take care of business
themselves. $5 cover charge. No open poetry slam.

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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