Here is your Poetry News for the week of December 27, 2010.
Poetry events are lengthening like the days after Solstice in the Pioneer Valley and beyond! Scroll all the way down for more poetry in CT, Boston and other areas. Check out all our links to the right for poetry events everywhere!
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THIS WEEK in Western MA and Vicinity:
Mon. Dec. 27 – ALL SMALL CAPS Holiday Party, Deja Brew, Wendell, MA 7pm
There are many other poetry events in Western MA, Boston, CT and beyond this week – Please scroll down!
HOLYOKE/SPRINGFIELD/ WESTFIELD AREA POETRY
Barnes & Noble Open Mic
There will be open mic poetry at Barnes & Noble by the Holyoke Mall at 6:pm
This open mic is ongoing the first Monday of the month. No reading in December.
Starving for Art Presents open mic Tuesdays
@ Blue Fusion Bar and Grille 487 St. James Ave Springfield, MA doors open at 6pm for social hour. Showtime is 7-9pm All poets, musicians, singers, and visual artists are welcome. This event is free. For more info visit http://www.brendaschild.com/
WORD IN THE VALLEY AND BEYOND
Poetic Recovery Open Mic and Feature
Every FRIDAY night 7:30- 9:30 pm
Thirsty Mind in South Hadley MA 23 College St.
Green Street Poetry Series
Green Street Café
The Green St. Poetry Series showcases the voices of emerging and noted poets from the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts and beyond.
This season promises a series of really exciting poets with poems to match. Join them Wednesday nights at 7:30. Come, listen.
If you are interested in reading at Green Street, send a note with bio and sample poems to
Maria Williams-Russell at email@example.com
Forbes Library Reading Series Schedule
First Wednesday of the month, 7 pm, Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library, Northampton:
January 5 – Celebration of Local Novelists Part 1: Emily Arsenault, author of THE BROKEN TEAGLASS
Bob Flaherty, author of PUFF, Judith Frank, author of CRYBABY BUTCH, Dori Ostermiller, author of OUTSIDE THE ORDINARY WORLD
French Canadians in Western Massachusetts: Elise Bernier-Feeley, Hampshire Room for Local History, Forbes, Sally Bellerose, author of THE GIRLS CLUB, Ellen LaFleche, author of ESTELLA, WITH ONE LUNG
March 16, 3rd Wed River Gods Brian Kiteley, author of THE RIVER GODS
Gallery of Readers Series
January 9 – 3pm – Carolyn McKeown & Norma Sims Roche
Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Smith College Neilson Library Browsing Room.
Please join us for an afternoon of memoir, personal essays, based-on-a-true-story fiction, and other stuff we couldn’t possibly have made up.
Carolyn McKeown lives in Southampton with her husband, Rich, and their recently adopted coonhound who has turned their lives, and those of their three cats, completely upside down. She is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator with a soft spot for orphaned opossums. She procrastinates about writing by knitting, kayaking, and secretly reading mystery novels with absolutely no redeeming literary value.
Norma Sims Roche was born and grew up on Cape Cod, but has lived in Northampton since 1979. In her day job, she’s an editor of college science textbooks. She’s a member of Robin Barber’s Wednesday night writing group, and has taken writing classes and workshops with, among others, Julie Payne Britten, Deb McCutchen, Dori Ostermiller, Diana Gordon, and Suzanne Strempek Shea. She writes memoir, personal essays, and fiction based on true events, as she sees absolutely no need to make things up.
February 6 – Aubin Tyler & Shannon White
March 20 – Robin Barber & John Broglio
April 10 – Jonathan Wright & Rebecca Rice
May 1 – Bob Susskind, Frank Schwartz & Teresa Whitaker
June 5 – Ginny Rohan & Steffi Schamess
Light Refreshments served. Open to all.
Lenelle Moise reads at Smith Poetry Center
February 1, 2011 – Stay tuned for more details
FLORENCE POETS SOCIETY
The next business/sharing meeting is Thursday December 9, 2010 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.org/,, 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 FPOETS@localnet.com or check out our new web page at http://www.florencepoetssociety.net
Listen to “Twilite’s Poetry Pub”
now Weekly! Enjoy the “Pub” with Carl and Tom every Wednesday from 9-10 am 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
During the Winter Session (12/12/10 through 1/22/11), Poetry à la Carte will air on THURSDAY, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
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.
Poetry à la Carte will return to Mondays on January 23.
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
Naugatuck River Review Reading & Release Party!
A celebration with poets from the Winter Contest Issue
Saturday, January 29th, 2:30 – 4:30pm
Forbes Library Community Room, Northampton, MA
Open to All, Refreshments will be served.
New Group Starting: ‘Poetry To Inspire Our Lives’
The first gathering of a new poetry-sharing and discussion group, whose purpose is to let poetry touch our souls and inspire our lives, will take place in Northampton on Monday, January 17, 6:30 to 9pm at a participant’s home.
A similar group has met in the Greenfield area for the past year, and is also open to new members.
The group is called “Growing Younger Toward Death Every Day: Poetry to Inspire Our Lives”. Members will listen and respond to the most recent recording of poet and teacher David Whyte called “What To Remember When Waking: the Disciplines of an Everyday Life”. He reads his own and other’s poetry, and offers insightful and often-humorous commentary. His line “Growing younger toward death every day “ is from one of his best-known poems. Other sources to be used will include selections from Kim Rosen’s new book and CD “Saved by a Poem”; Roger Housden’s “Ten Poems To Change Your Life”; John O’Donohue’s “A Book of Blessings”; and poems by renowned poets such as Mary Oliver, Jane Hirshfield, and Billy Collins. Participants are also welcome to share their own poems, or ones by their favorite poets. Copies of all poems will be available, along with refreshments.
For more information, contact John Berkowitz at 413-625-6374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREENFIELD, SHELBURNE FALLS AND NORTH
ALL SMALL CAPS HOLIDAY PARTY
Monday, December 27th, is our next reading for the All Small Caps series. It is our annual holiday party to celebrate the series and our supporters. Please bring your work, work you admire and want to share, or just come listen to others read. There are no featured readers for this date, so we urge you to bring work to read.
The reading will be held, as usual, at the Deja Brew (57 Lockes Village Rd, Wendell). Doors will open at 7. There will be food and drink available. If you need directions, a peek at upcoming readings, etc., please look-see our blog: allsmallcaps.blogspot.com.
We will also have copies of our fourth! ASC Anthology available for purchase. If you pay the upper end of our sliding scale, $5, you will receive a copy of the Anthology.
Hope to see you there. Jess, Stephen, Paul, Charles
Write That Thing: A Workshop Series For YOUR Ideas
Monday, January 31, 5:30 – 7:00
Do you have a writing project on your to-do list? From letters to the editor to children’s songs to the Great American Novel, this workshop is designed to give you the time, support and feedback you need for moving towards completion. After a warm-up, we’ll move into individual projects with sharing and tailored exercises. Idea stage welcome as well. Workshop leader Jonathan Mirin has taught creative writing at Boston University, Florida Studio Theatre and other venues since 1999 and is the Artistic Director of Shelburne’s Piti Theatre Company.
Greenfield’s Market 2nd Floor meeting room, 144 Main Street, Greenfield. Info/testimonials: www.ptco.org/next; (413) 625-6569, email@example.com
Free for co-op (FCC) members; $15 for non-members.
Greenfield Spoken Word
Always the third Tuesday of the month
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
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.
JANUARY 6 – Sara London & Maria Williams-Russell
FEBRUARY 3 – No CPS — The Post-Holiday AWP Hiatus
MARCH 3 – Polina Barskova & Mike Young
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH:
APRIL 7 – John Hennessy & Caroline Knox
APRIL 21 – Gary Metras & Stephen Philbrick
MAY 5 – Diana Gordon & Leslie Harrison
JUNE 2 – Chard deNiord & Thomas Lux
JULY 7- Catherine Sasanov & Pat Schneider
No CPS Readings in August or September
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
Reading at Main Street Books
2pm, Saturday, January 22, 2011
Main Street Books, 69 Main St., Lee, MA.
A new reading venue presents its first poetry reading by featured poets
Lori Desrosiers, David Giannini, Elizabeth Haight and Irene Willis
Lori Desrosiers’ chapbook, Three Vanities, a chronicle of three generations of women in her family, was published by Pudding House Press in 2009. Her poem “That Pomegranate Shine” won the Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts award in 2010. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals. She is the Editor of Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry and earned her M.F.A. in Poetry from New England College.
David Giannini’s most recent published collections of poetry include AZ TWO (Adastra Press,) a “Featured Book” in the 2009 Massachusetts Poetry Festival; OTHERS’ LINES (one in Peter Ganick’s small chapbook
project;) and HOW ELSE? (Longhouse Publishers.) His work appears in national and international literary magazines and anthologies.
Elizabeth Haight, a resident of the Berkshires, is an emerging poet with published work in numerous journals, including A Small Garlic Press (Chicago), Gravity (Atlanta), Snakeskin (UK), Metroland Magazine
(Albany), Zephyrs 2010 (Millay Society), and online at International Psychoanalysis Poetry Monday.
Irene Willis has published three books of poetry: They Tell Me You Danced, At the Fortune Café (winner of the Violet Reed Haas Poetry Prize from Snake Nation Press) and Those Flames, a finalist for both the Philip Levine Prize and a second Snake Nation award. Her poems have appeared in many journals, magazines and anthologies and she has had many fellowships. Poetry Editor for the web-based International Psychoanalysis, she recently became Poetry Consultant to a new, arts-centered e-zine, Off the Couch.
Jerry’s Place Poetry
There will be 2–one hour poetry programs starting at 1:30 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.
is on hiatus for December and January – Back in February!
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 sign up technically is at 6:30 however the way it works is a lottery system. If you go to check it out once, then you can put your name on the contact email list. The following month you get an email reminding you of the upcoming event. If it’s your first time performing at In Words, Out Words, you are guaranteed a spot on the roster as long as you reply to the reminder email. If you’ve performed there before then you are put into the lottery system and randomly names are selected. Sometimes there are still slots open at the door.
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
at the Q Cafe, 362 Chandler St in Worcester, MA. We run the reading every Monday night, the sign-up list for the open mic goes up at 7:00pm and we get started shortly thereafter.
meets on the second Friday of each month at the Village Arts Gallery (1 Ekman Street, Worcester). The reading starts at 8:00 p.m. There will be an open mic followed by a feature. Worcester Storytellers never charges a cover. They ask you throw some money into the basket to support the artists who feature. For more info please contact email@example.com
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 After Nine Poetry Series
Every Thursday Night The The After Nine Poetry Series, formerly The Spot, is a weekly poetry reading in the Ship Room at the Hotel Vernon (1 Kelly Square, Worcester). The official start time is 8:00 p.m. but honestly, things get going closer to 9. Maybe this week will be different. 21+ and proper id is required
THE POETS ASYLUM
SUN DEC 26 – Reading CANCELED DUE TO SNOW. Join us NEXT Sunday, Jan. 2, for a feature by poetry slam legend Rev. Bill MacMillan. MacMillan is no stranger to the Asylum as the co-founder of both the Worcester Poetry Slam & Worcester Poets’ Asylum. He is featured in the documentary film SlamNation & was a member of the 1996 National Poetry Slam Championship Team from Providence. Bill co-hosted the 2005 Individual World Poetry Slam Championships in Worcester & the 2000 National Poetry Slam in Providence. Bill’s newest collection of poetry, Searching for DB Cooper, will be available at the reading.
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!
On a slightly related note… there is no Internet access that we could find at the new venue so we won’t be webcasting for the foreseeable future. If we figure out a way to do it we’ll be sure to let you know.
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 s lams and featured poets. No cover; donations accepted. 21+ Please join us at our new home,
Shakti Women’s Writing Pact
The Shakti Women’s Writing Pact meets every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Java Hut (1073A Main Street, Worcester). Shakti was created with the intention of enhancing women’s sense of belonging within the poetry community through the an unmoderated writing circle. For more information please contact Sou MacMillan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write to Terri Klein at email@example.com to get the new CT Poet newsletter in your email.
Wintonbury Branch Poetry Series & Open Mike/ Spring 2011
Celebrating 15 years! “my time” “my place ” “my creativity”
Third Thursdays– 7:00 PM
Join us January 20, 2011 to hear acclaimed poet Ken Cormier, a high-energy, imaginative author of the book, Balance Act. Mr. Cormier, Assistant Professor of English at Quinnipiac University, is also long-time editor and producer of “The Lumberyard,” a WHUS 91.7 FM radio magazine.
On February 17 we welcome the Faxon Poets, a group of talented poets based in the Faxon Branch Library of West Hartford, led by poet and librarian, Marcia Lewis. The group will read from their fourth chapbook, Perspectives IV.
Our March 17 session will celebrate two poets of Native American heritage. Susan Deer Cloud and Stephanie Elliott will read from their recent anthology, I Was Indian: An Anthology of Native Literature, Volume I (edited by Susan Deer Cloud.) Ms. Elliott, a local poet with work appearing in the anthology, is publicist at Wesleyan University Press. Widely published, Susan Deer Cloud, a poet of Blackfoot, Mohawk and Seneca heritage, is the recipient of many honors, including a New York Sate Foundation for the Arts grant and a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts grant.
Finally, we celebrate National Poetry Month on April 21 with a salute to Rennie McQuilkin, “senior statesman” of poetry in Connecticut. Founder of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival and of Antrim House Books publishing company, he will read from his most recent collection, The Weathering, winner of the Connecticut Book Award for Poetry 2010.
A warm, supportive place to meet fellow poets and share your poems! Refreshments and an open mike follows each featured poet.
Wintonbury Branch Library, 1015 Blue Hills Ave, Bloomfield, CT
www.prosserlibrary.info “Wintonbury Branch”
INESCAPABLE RHYTHMS POETRY SERIES
Real Art Ways, 7pm
56 Arbor St., Hartford
Ongoing: monthly, second Wednesday
Feature: TBA. Series format: a featured poet gives a half hour reading (7:00pm) followed by an open mike (7:30pm), in which members of the audience are invited to share their work. The series takes its title fromthe Wallace Stevens poem, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” Stevens, a major American Modernist poet, was a Hartford resident. More info: Contact Andrea Henchey at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Calling All Poets ( . . . and poetry lovers)
hosted by Victoria Muñoz
Silas Bronson Library – 267 Grand St., Waterbury, CT 06702
First Wednesdays – 6:30 pm
is a monthly gathering of local (and not so local) writers who come together to share their work and listen to others. Original work preferred but not required. Please bring a small donation or dish to share and an open spirit to our beautiful space.
3rd Sunday of every month 5- 7pm.
Yoga Center of Collinsville
10 Front St, Ste 102, Collinsville, CT 06019
POETRY POTLUCK at The Buttonwood Tree
Do you love poetry?
Would you like to be part of an ongoing poetry discussion group offering food for the mind and the heart?
If so, come and join us on the this third Sunday of November (December 19) from 4.30-6.00 PM at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Connecticut, to discuss poetry and build community.
This is not about sharing our own work but instead offers us a chance to share the work of poets we love, so you don’t have to be a poet to be part of this group. Just come and bring your love of poetry and a poem you would like to share.
Hosted by Suzy Lamson. For more information call 860-347-4957
Poetry/Reading Series at Billings Forge
Monday January 10, 7pm—Peter Ganick and Eric Hoffman
Monday February 21, 7pm—TBA
Monday March 14, 7pm—Irish / American Poetry Night
Monday April 18, 7pm—TBA
Monday May 16, 7pm—David Leff and TBA
Monday June 13, 7pm—TBA
Plus OPEN MIKE! Location: The Studio @ Billings Forge
563 Broad Street, Hartford, CT 06106
Wednesday Night Poetry Series
The Wednesday Night Poetry Series (WNPS or Wedpoetry) will now meet at “The Garage,” at 53 Church Hill Road, Newtown.
Dec 22 and 29 – NO POETRY!
Enjoy the holidays, family, friends, loved ones, be safe, do something wonderful for someone less fortunate than you, write a poem, watch the snow fall, sit by a fire, extend your hand in world unity, be the inspiration you want to see in the world.
January 5th, 2011 – Annual Welcome the New Year Haiku Slam!!!
Our newest annual event, welcome in the new year with WNPS’s second annual Haiku Slam. Bring your haikus, write some on the spot. The winner will need between 20 and 35 haikus. A round consists of five haikus, two poets, poet to poet competition and one poet moves to the next round. Prizes for the top two poets. This fast paced, raucous, and serious, haiku event is high energy, thought provoking, inspiring, fun, electric, and very memorable. Bring haikus for the open mike if you got `em and don’t wanna’ slam `em. A great way to ease into 2011.
*9:00 PM – 1:00 AM (Doors open at 8:30 PM)
NuRevealed Photography and Creative Studio
1211 Main St., Bridgeport CT
Audience fee: $5 in advance on the list or $7 at the door.
Ongoing: monthly, third Thursdays
RIVERWOOD AT THE BUTTONWOOD TREE
Last Saturday of Jan., Feb., Mar., Apr., May, June. ( NO poetry in Dec., July, Aug.)
Time: 6:30 PM
Riverwood Poetry Series presents the Saturday Night Poetry
The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main St., Middletown, CT
$5 suggested donation or $3 with a non-perishable food item for the benefit of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Open mike follows feature.
More info: www.riverwoodpoetry.org
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main Street, Middletown
$3.00 – $5.00 suggested donation
Ongoing: every Monday
This open mike, hosted by J-Cherry, is a warm group that encourages personal development–come play with us! You’ll find Phill is available to drum along if you like. We have a piano and congas or BYO instrument, poem, dance, or whatever artistic piece of yourself you’d like to share. We’re all in this together–let’s have some fun and create ourselves anew! More info: email@example.com; http://www.buttonwood.org; (860) 347-4957.
Poetry at Broad Street Books
On the first Tuesday of every month, Broad Street Books hosts a featured poet followed by an open mic starting at 7:00pm.
Broad Street Books, 45 Broad Street, Middletown, CT 0645
Tune in to J-Cherry Presents every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday night at 6:30 PM on 88.1 FM WESU in Middletown to hear from local artists from across all genres. On the 1st Tuesday of every month, J-Cherry hosts our featured poet on the show!
For more information contact Brian Mitchard (860) 685-7323
BOSTON AREA/CAPE COD POETRY INFO:
Central Square’s world-famous Cantab Lounge presents weekly performances from local and national poets, as well as a chance to present your own work in the open mic or poetry slam. DJ Muse spins before the show and between poets. Upcoming features include:
• Wednesday, December 29
Michael Monroe stumbled into the Cantab Lounge one Wednesday a few years ago, got himself hooked, and hasn’t stopped writing since; this craftsman of the unexpected turn to the surreal will direct the 365/365 project for the second year running in 2011. Champion of Champions poetry slam: Adam Stone will defend his title against this season’s challenger!
• Wednesday, January 5
IWPS Semi-Final Speed Slam! It’s one of our biggest slams of the year, and by far the wildest. Poets will compete in 2- and 1-minute speed rounds to see who advances to the January 19 finals. This unusual format is guaranteed to flush out some extraordinary and atypical writing from your favorite slammers. Cover charge tonight is $5 to help raise funds for our IWPS rep.
• Wednesday, January 12
Hailing from Anchorage, Alaska, Charley Pope has made New England his home for the past three years, acting as SlamMaster for the Hampshire College Slam Collective during 2009, and has represented the college at three national events. Almost too tall for the microphone, this gentle but intense poet will share the feature slot with Kevin Devaney, MFA student at Sarah Lawrence College and founder and co-director of the Sarah Lawrence College Spoken Word Collective. This two-man team will reprise their poetic bromance from the 2009 Group Piece Slam in an extended feature slot. Open slam if time permits.
• Wednesday, January 19
IWPS Final Slam! This is it: the final competition to select our 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam representative! The top scoring poets from the January 5 slam will compete in FOUR rounds of 3- and 4-minute work. The last poet standing will represent the Cantab Lounge at the 2009 IWPS, slated for next October. With this much at stake, you can expect a hot show as poets pull out all the stops to take top honors. Cover charge tonight is $5 to help raise funds for our IWPS rep.
Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00, the feature performs at approximately 10:00, and an open poetry slam follows. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3 unless otherwise noted.
Simone Beaubien, SlamMaster
The Boston Poetry Slam at The Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Mass.
The Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts
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
Upcoming Features (For information on the following poets click on our website)
Sat. Jan 17 – Lea Banks, David R. Surette
Sat. Feb 19 – Gail Hanlon, Eve Rifkah
Sat. Mar 19 – Joan Houlihan, Daniel Tobin
Sat. Apr 16 – Diana Der-Hovanessian, F.D. Reeve
Sat. May 21 – January G. O”Neil, Bert Stern
Sat. Jun 18 – Jack McCarthy, Jack Scully & Nancy Brady Cunningham (reading Mike Amado’s poetry)
Sat. Jul 16 – Sharon Bryan, Dorian Kotsiopoulos
Calliope’s Fourth Season
Come Celebrate Poetry: Sundays 3 to 5 PM
West Falmouth Library,
575 West Falmouth Highway (Route 28A)
West Falmouth, MA 02574
No December Meeting.
January 23, 2011. No Open Mike. Featuring: Lead Pencil Poets, Catherine Sasanov and Skye Shirley.
February 27, 2011. Open Mike Sign-up, 2:45 PM. Featured Poets: January O’Neil, Dzvinia Orlowsky, Jadene Felina Stevens.
March 27, 2011. Open Mike Sign-up, 2:45 PM. Featured Poets: Wendy Mnookin, Max Money, Tam Lin Neville.
May 1, 2011. Open Mike Sign-up, 2:45 PM. Featured Poets: Marguerite Bouvard, Robin Clarke, Anna Ross.
June 5, 2011. Open Mike Sign-up, 2:45 PM. Featured Poets: Linda Bamber, Dorothy Derifield, Alice Weiss.
$5 donation. Refreshments. Alice Kociemba, 508-566-1090
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.calliopepoetryseries.com for details on poets and directions.
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 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/
Stone Soup Poetry
Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery (located on 106 Prospect Street in Cambridge) with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. http://stonesouppoetry.blogspot.com/
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
For a VT poetry events calendar go to: http://www.phayvanh.com/
For more info on Write Action visit their website – www.writeaction.net
Poetry readings at the Putney Library
55 Main Street, Putney VT (802) 387-4407
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