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Poetry News June 4, 2012


Here is your Poetry News for the week of June 4, 2012.
Poetry events are shaking like spring green leaves in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.
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THIS WEEK in Western MA and Vicinity:
Sun. June 3 - Haiku workshop and open mic at Bryant Homestead, Cummington, MA, 4pm
Mon. June 4 - Slate Roof poets reading, Shutesbury Town Hall, 7pm
Tue. June 5 - Open mic and feature at Hinge, 8pm
Tue. June 5 - Straw Dog writer's night out, The Elevens, Northampton, 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!


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:

Poetry Reading
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 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.


Haiku & Open Mic at Bryant Homestead

All are invited to attend and participate in a haiku workshop
on Sunday June 2 from 4 to 6 and an open mic beginning at 7pm
at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington, MA.
This is a beautiful setting and the program put together by Colin Harrington looks terrific.

!!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

Straw Dog Writer's Guild
presents Writer's Night Out
Tue. June 5, The Elevens, Northampton, 7-9pm

The Spaces Between, by Ann McNeal
Food For Thought Books, 106 North Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01002.
Wed. June 20th, 7 PM
Ann McNeal has been a closet poet for decades, but took advantage of her retirement to burst into print with her new book, The Spaces Between. Pat Schneider, founder of Amherst Writers & Artists, said this about the book: “Quietly meditative, occasionally witty, and sometimes (this is a compliment) a little strange. The Spaces Between gives to the pilgrim, to the seeker, to the solitary heart in each of us a map back to ourselves.”

Sunday Poetry at Esselon
a new monthly poetry reading and open mic event
Last Sunday of the Month!
at Esselon Cafe on Rte 9 in Hadley, MA., from 3:30 to 4:30PM Save the Date!

Here is the schedule through August 2012:
June 24 - a selection of poets published in the upcoming Silkworm 6, the annual publication of Florence Poets Society
July 29 - David Kherdian
August 26- Scott Summers

The Gallery of Readers Series presents
Bringing Up the Rear:
a reading of recent work by
Joan Cenedella and Alice Barber
Sunday, June 10, 3 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room
Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts
Refreshments will be served.

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.

A poetry writing group that meets every other Sunday in Northampton is looking for a couple of new members. If you are serious about poetry, if you can give and receive frank and honest criticism, if you want to grow as a poet, we'd like to hear from you. Please send three sample poems in the body of an e-mail (attachments will not be opened) along with a statement about what you'd like to get from the group and what you have to offer to: No inquiry will go unanswered.

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


Slate Roof poets

Janet MacFadyen and Ed Rayher with guest poet Mark Hart
will read from their work Monday, June 4, at the Shutesbury Town
Hall, 1 Cooleyville Rd., in Shutesbury. Slate Roof Press is
a member-run press committed to publishing Western
Massachusetts poets. Designed by the poets themselves, Slate
Roof chapbooks feature letterpress covers, special papers,
and hand-sewn bindings. There will be time to inquire about
Slate Roof membership and to learn about small press

The program is free and open to the public. Parking
is available behind the Town Hall.

Refreshments will be served, and Slate Roof
Press books will be on display for sale.

This program is sponsored by the M.N. Spear Memorial Library and supported
in part by a grant from the Local Cultural Council of Shutesbury, a local agency

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, Greenfield
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 3:
Greetings everyone! Happy June! We’re going to be celebrating the warm weather with an open mic (as per usual) and a visit from one of our all time favorites, Rushelle Frazier! Rushelle Frazier has been devoted to poetry, both page and stage, for the better part of the last decade. Rushelle is a member of the 2002 Worcester Adult Slam Team, co-coach of the 2004 Worcester Youth Slam Team and the 2010 Savannah Youth Slam Team. Rushelle was voted Best Female Poet at the 2006 Savannah Spoken Word Festival. She’s given readings and workshops at various schools and colleges across the East coast. Rushelle is the founder of the Dirty Gerund Poetry show in Worcester, Ma as well as the founder of Tongue! Open Mouth and Music Show in Savannah, Ga. She is co-founder of The Ladyface Players, a women’s performance troupe. In the summer of 2010, she put out her fifth chapbook, Last Mix Tape. In 2011, she through-hiked (minus 200 miles) the Appalachian Trail. Currently, Rushelle lives in Tennessee with her partner, Jason, and her dog, Gabby.
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 occur one time only. Write to Terri Klein at to get the CT Poet newsletter in your email.
The CT Poetry Calendar is online at

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Starts June 1st through Aug. 1st !
Go to for details.


Cantab Lounge
Every Wednesday Night at 8, Featured Poet, Poetry Slam!
738 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA

• Wednesday, June 6
Recently transplanted to the west coast of Canada, Erich Hagan was a
fixture of the Cantab open mic and slam for years, representing the
venue at the Individual World Poetry Slam in 2008 and shaking the hand
of many a first-timer at the door. Erich will bring us a full set of
work informed by his latest travels. Open poetry slam in the 8x8 series.

• Wednesday, June 13
The summer of slam kicks off with our first NorthBEAST Team Slam! The
home fivesome from the Boston Poetry Slam will compete against the
truth-sayers from Port Veritas (Portland, Maine), the smart and sassy
team from louderARTS (Bar 13, New York City), and last year’s NPS
finalists from Providence, Rhode Island! This is going to be one hot
bout, with teams showing off not just for the audience, but also for
each other. $5 cover charge tonight. No open poetry slam.

• Wednesday, June 20
Teaching artist and emerging activist Lauren Zuniga is one of the top
five ranked female slammers in the world, the founder of Oklahoma Young
Writers, and the 2012 Activist-in-Residence for the Center for Social
Justice at the University of Oklahoma. She has toured from Canada to New
York to Texas and been nominated for State Poet Laureate of Oklahoma.
Her second poetry collection, Smell of Good Mud, is forthcoming from
Write Bloody publishing. Open poetry slam in the 8x8 series.

• Wednesday, June 27
Danez Smith is a poet, performer, and playwright from St. Paul. A
founding member of the First Wave Hip-Hop Theatre Ensemble and slam
champion of the Minneapolis and Madison poetry scenes, he placed sixth
in the Finals of the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam. Danez is also a
Cave Canem fellow published in PANK, Illumination, and Orange Quarterly,
among others, and his one-man theatre production “For Those Who Pray In
Closets,” currently showing, has received both critical acclaim and
standing ovations. Open poetry slam in the 8x8 series.

Calliope—Poetry Readings at West Falmouth Library
Sunday, June 3rd, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Open Mike Sign-Up, 2:45 p.m. Free-will Donation. Refreshments. Open Mike Begins the Reading.
Come celebrate our fifth season’s finale with featured poets:

Wendy Drexler is the author of Western Motel, her first book-length collection (Word Tech Communications, 2012) and the chapbook Drive-Ins, Gas Stations, the Bright Motels (Pudding House, 2007). Her poems have or will appear in Barrow Street, Cider Press Review, Poetry East, Tar River Poetry, Off the Coast, among other journals and in the anthology Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Wendy is also the poetry editor for Sanctuary, the magazine of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Her website is

Daniel Johnson’s first book of poetry, How to Catch a Falling Knife was published by Alice James Books (2010). In conjunction with the book’s release, he has been performing an illuminated version of the text including live music and found home movies of William Bradley, a World War II-era Fuller Brush salesman from Davenport, Iowa. By day, Daniel runs the Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute, which sponsors the youth writing center, 826 Boston. His website is

Mary Ellen Redmond earned an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington Writing Seminars. She was a regional finalist for the 2011 Cultural Center of Cape Cod’s poetry contest, as well as a 2010 finalist for the NCTE Poet of the Year Contest. Her interview with poet Gregory Orr was recently published in The Drunken Boat. Her poems have appeared in A Sense of Place, World of Water, World of Sand, 5am, RATTLE and The Drunken Boat. Mary Ellen is in her 18th year teaching English on Cape Cod.

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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