Here is your Poetry News for the week of May 24, 2010.
May poetry events are spreading like purple Allysum 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:
Wed. May 25 – Emma Van Dreische & Michael Miller at Green St. Cafe, Northampton, 7:30pm
Sun. May 30 – Congrats to Poets Asylum, Worcester, for 20 Fabulous years! Celebration 6pm
Mon. May 31 – Memorial Day Poetry – Spoken Word Festival, Deja Brew Pub, Wendell, MA 2pm
Wed. June 2 – Saundra Dubow Azmitia at Forbes Library, Northampton, 7pm
Thu. June 3 – Collected Poets in Shelburne Falls present Mihaela Moscaliuc & Nickole Brown, 7pm
There are many other poetry events in Western MA, Boston, CT and beyond this week – Please scroll down!
WORD IN WESTFIELD
Creative Writing for Middle School Age Writers this Summer!
Got kids? Check out Lori Desrosiers’ hands-on Creative Writing workshop for young writers ages 8-12, entitled “The Write Stuff” the first week in July at the Westfield State College for Kids program. There are other great workshops for kids 5-16 too! For more information go to http://www.wsc.ma.edu/cfk/CFK.pdf
HOLYOKE/SPRINGFIELD AREA POETRY
María Luisa Arroyo’s popular poetry workshops
have been scheduled through June, 2010. Dates include: March 20th, April 17th, May 15th, June 19th
In the Springfield City Library Community Room, 220 State St., Springfield times: 9:30 am – 11:30 am – March 20th, April 17th, May 15th, June 19th Preregistration required. Check out the poetry page @ the Library: www.springfieldlibrary.org Need more info?: E-mail [email protected]
Poetry Reading/Open Mic
Friday Nights at 8pm
Boriquen Y QuisQueya
326 St. James Ave.
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
BEST DAMN POETRY SHOW: A Monthly Spoken Word Exhibition
Saturday, June 19
8:00 Open Mic
9:00 FEATURE POETS TBA
$3 Cover. 21+
3rd Saturdays @ The Elevens, 140 Pleasant St. in Northampton, MA. For more info & subscriptions to the newsletter, email [email protected]
Green St. Poetry Series
Green Street Café, Northampton, Massachusetts
The Green St. Poetry Series showcases the voices of emerging and noted poets from the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts and beyond.
Please join us Wednesday, May 25th, at 7:30pm to hear Emma Van Driesche & Michael Miller
Starting immediately, The Green Street Poetry Series will present poetry readings on Wednesday nights instead of Thursday nights. Readings will still begin at 7:30. Please make a note of the changed dates below.
May 25 – Emma Van Driesche & Michael Miller
If you are a poet interested in reading at Green Street, please contact [email protected]
Saundra Dubow Azmitia
is looking forward to her book presentation at Forbes Library, Northampton on June 2, 7:00 pm. She will perform a number of charactors from her memoir. “Do it Differently, Do it Differently!” which was written as she wavered between her own instincts and society’s values. Resisting her mother’s traditional standards of a woman’s proper place and limited horizons, she struggled to honor her and still carve out a meaningful life in the arts and theater.
Gallery of Readers Series presents
Karen Randall and John Broglio
June 6th, 3 pm
Smith College, Neilson Browsing Room
A Gallery of Readers series
information at http://www.galleryofreaders.org/galleryofreaders/index.html
FLORENCE POETS SOCIETY
Next business/sharing meeting Thursday June 10, 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. See Rich for details, this group is currently open to join.
PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING AS A MEMBER OF FLORENCE POETS SOCIETY. THE FEE IS $15.00 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 [email protected] or check out our web page at http://www.florencepoetssociety.org/
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: [email protected] or: [email protected] or visit: http://www.florencepoetssociety.org/
POETRY A LA CARTE RADIO SHOW
on WMUA-Amherst 91.1 FM 5pm to 5:30 pm on Tuesdays this Summer, 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]
Poetry Reading and Open Mic
JUNE 19, 2010, 7 – 9 PM
Anchor House of Artists
518 Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Contact: [email protected]
Join Ellen Mary Hayes, Michael Satz, Teri O’Shea & Karen Lowe
as they read from their book, “Wellstone”, and join in the open mic.
This is a free event!
GREENFIELD, SHELBURNE FALLS AND NORTH
Bart’s Bards is Back!
Second Thursdays Open Microphone for Writers
June 10, 2010, Bart’s Café of Greenfield, 286 Main St., Greenfield, MA, 7:00-9:00 P.M., (Sign up to Read at 6:45)
Featured Reader: Lori Desrosiers
“Growing younger toward death every day: finding insight and inspiration in poetry, prose, and song”.
New participants are always welcome at a biweekly group, which has been meeting for the past year and a half near Greenfield in western Mass, called “Growing younger toward death every day: finding insight and inspiration in poetry, prose, and song”.
Bring and share your own, or a favorite poem, prose piece, or recorded song by others. Also listen to CDs of poet David Whyte reading his own and others’ poetry, and discussing its meaning. The line ‘growing younger toward death every day’ is from Whyte’s best-known poem “The Faces at Braga”.
We also often read aloud and discuss poems and commentary in John O’Donohue’s book “A Book of Blessings”, and in the series of books edited by Roger Housden such as “Ten Poems To Change Your Life”.
Optional pot luck supper at 6. Poetry-sharing begins at 6:45pm. More info: John Berkowitz 413-625-6374 [email protected]
May 31st Memorial Day Poetry – Spoken Word Festival
Where: In Wendell MA At the Deja Brew Pub – 57 Lockes Village Road
Doors open at 1:00 in the afternoon. The Festival will be from 2-6
$1 to $5 sliding scale
First slot at 2. With good weather bring a blanket to sit on, we will be outside with an out door stage. Rain we will be inside. There will be food to purchase and alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. Tables for you to put out your books
Bring one piece about or by another writer who you think we need to remember, or bring a piece about authors you think we need to remember. And of course bring the pieces you want to offer to the festival
I have been taking names of people who want a slot. I will put your name, as I did for the Hope and Olive event, on small cards. That will give you a priority over those signing up at the door. That will be dropped in the hat when you arrive. When the slots are filled no more names will be added to the hat
There may be around 25 slots (still working out logistics of breaks, etc). This is looking like it will be a large event. So if you want a slot, now is the time to let me know, and arrive before 2pm.
For the Hope and Olive Event I had thirty names for 21 slots, and 19 showed and two signed up at the door. People were conscious of their time. Each slot will be 5-8 minutes. We also had a large crowd who just came to listen. Your best chance to have a slot is to let me know now. Get there early so your name goes in the hat for one of the slots.
Directions for Wendell http://dejabrewpub.com. Contact Paul at [email protected]
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
Book signing and selling of local writers works will be available. Come up to read. Bring your chapbooks to sell. We will have tables at no cost. Hope to see you there
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
June 3 – Mihaela Moscaliuc and Nickole Brown
Mocha Maya’s Coffee House, 47 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370, 413-625-6292. Wheelchair accessible. See www.collectedpoets.com for more information on all our poets reading. $2-5, sliding scale
(Please contact [email protected] for more information).
June 3 – Mihaela Moscaliuc and Nickole Brown
July 1 – Kristin Bock and Lee Sharkey
No CPS Readings in August or September
October 7 – Josephine Dickinson and Sharon Dolin
November 4 – Barbara Ras and Jennifer Sweeney
December 2 – Aracelis Girmay and Ross Gay
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.
ALL SMALL CAPS
Monday, May 24th, is our next reading for the All Small Caps series.
Please bring your work, work you admire and want to share, or just come listen to the outstanding featured readers.
The reading will be held, as usual, at the Deja Brew (57 Lockes Village Rd, Wendell). Doors will open at 7 and the open mic portion of the reading will begin at 7:30, followed by a short break, followed by the featured readers. 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
Announcing The Woven Word Summer Creative Writing Workshop
for Middle and High School Age Writers
For the third summer the Woven Word is offering week long creative writing workshops for middle and high school age writers. We use the Amherst Writers & Artists workshop method as a design to create safe space among peers so that young writers may explore the development of their own unique voice. The program includes 2-3 writing and sharing sessions, afternoons on a houseboat on the Connecticut River, and one ½ day creating hand made books of each individual selected writings.
Three week long sessions are offered: July 19-23, August 2-6, August 9-13. Sessions run 9 AM – 3:30 in Hadley and cost $200 per week.
Program Director Lynn Bowmaster is a published poet with more than 10 years experience leading writing workshops in her home, R.K. Finn Ryan Road Elementary, PVPA, Hilltown Cooperative Charter School, the Springfield Library, Soldier On, and Holyoke Community College.
For info. And a link to a slideshow of program, contact Lynn at 584-3373, [email protected]
WORD IN THE BERKSHIRES
Upcoming Featured Performers:
June 17th: Taylor Mali- 4-time nat’l slam champ
– Outspoken! A monthly performance series and open mic featuring poets, storytellers, spoken word artists, serial monologists,(musicians, too)
– Hosted by Matt McFadden
3rd Thursday of every month at 8pm (suggested donation $5 – $10)
– Micro Theater: 311 North Street (upstairs) in Pittsfield, MA
(Off street public parking available in Melville Street lot, across from Boys and Girls Club on Melville Street – @ 1 block from theater).
– Open Mic performers can sign up at [email protected]
– For more information, please contact Matt McFadden at [email protected]
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 detail
WORD IN WARE/PALMER
Carpe Stylum! (Latin for Seize the pen!)
meets every Wednesday 6-8pm, usually at the Ware Library but some meetings are held elsewhere. This group includes poets, short story writers and novelists. All are welcome. Call LuWanda Cheney (413) 277-9676 for a schedule.
WORD IN WORCESTER
This Week in Worcester:
Monday, May 24
9:00 p.m. Puma Perl @ the Dirty Gerund Poetry Show
Tuesday, May 25
6:30 p.m. Eve Rifkah @ Marlborough Public Library (35 West Main Street, Marlborough)
Thursday, May 27
8:00 p.m. The Little “a” Poetry Series (Dr. Gonzo’s All-Natural Mega-Spicy Comestible Emporium, 122 Main Street, 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 protected]
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
Sunday, May 30: 20th Anniversary Celebration!
Twenty years ago the first National Poetry Slam fielded just 2 teams and the world wide web was just a glimmer of an idea. Oh yeah, and some central Massachusetts fans of performance poetry started to meet in Worcester and founded the Poets’ Asylum. While we’ve been packing 2010 with local features to celebrate the diverse voices that the Poets’ Asylum has produced we decided to set aside one night of the reading, May 30th, to give as many people as possible a chance to take to the mic.
Whether you once considered yourself a regular at the Poets’ Asylum or if you read only once and remember the cheer when you were asked if it was your first time we invite you to come back. If, like your webmaster, listening is your thing we hope you’ll join us as well. If you are visiting from out of state or coming a long distance to take part please let us know in advance so we can save a spot for you. Drop an e-mail to webmaster @ poetsasylum . org and let us know your plans.
Come on down to Jumpin’ Juice and Java (335 Chandler Street, Worcester). The reading starts at 6:00 p.m. No cover; please throw some money in the bucket to support the feature.
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 [email protected]
THE ECLECTIC WORD, Radio Show
Poet and journalist Victor D. Infante hosts The Eclectic Word, an Internet radio show that will delve into literature’s fringe with poets, satirists, alternative journalists and even (gasp!) bloggers. We’ll be stepping off the beaten path of literature, taking a close look at the odd, the eccentric and the cutting-edge. Should be fun. The show will run at 7 p.m. EST the first and third Friday of every month, as part of The World Wide Word Radio Network. You can listen to the shows live, or you can download it later for your listening convenience. So give it a listen! It’s going to be a blast!
Write to Terri Klein at [email protected] to get the new CT Poet newsletter in your email.
Open Mic Night in Vernon
THE BEYOND CENTER presents Open Mic Night. Come to listen, or come to read your poetry or short essays, play us a tune, or sing a song (up to 5 minutes, maximum, per performance). June 6, 2010, 6:30 p.m., 281 Hartford Tnpk (Route 30), Vernon, CT, Vernon Professional Building, Room G5 – Lower level. The public is invited. Admission is free (donations welcomed).
Poetry at Broad Street Books
First Tuesday in June
Tuesday, June 1st at 7:00pm Featuring Chad Parenteau!
In 2003, Chad self-published his first chapbook, Self-Portrait In Fire (based on his MFA thesis) and won a Cambridge Poetry Award. He continues to appear in numerous print and online publications, including anthologies such as French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets. In 2007, his poem “Moonlighting” was on display at Boston City Hall as part of The Mayor’s Prose and Poetry Program. 2008 saw the publication of his third chapbook, Discarded: Poems for My Apartments from ?ervená Barva Press. Earlier this year, a catalog of his work was added to Framingham State College’s Alumni Collection at the Henry Whittemore Library.
Chad has featured in several venues, including Spoken Word Nantucket, the Fox Chase Reading Series in Philadelphia, the 17 Poets! Reading Series in New Orleans, and the Out of The Blue Art Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is the current host and organizer of Stone Soup Poetry, one of the longest-running weekly poetry venues in the state. His recent contribution to the reading series is creating and editing its online tribute journal Spoonful.
Come help us welcome Chad Parenteau to the store on June 1st and share some of your own poetry too!
Broad Street Books
45 Broad Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Tune in to J-Cherry Presents every Tuesday night at 6:30 PM on 88.1 FM WESU in Middletown to hear from local artists from across all genres. On the first Tuesday of every month, J-Cherry hosts our featured poet on the show!!
For more information contact: Brian Mitchard (860)685-7323
RIVERWOOD POETRY SERIES
The Underwood Café at Wood Memorial Library
Thursday, May 27, 2010 – 6:30 p.m.
Featured poets: Kate Rushin and Donald Gardner
Admission is free: donations gratefully accepted.
Wood Memorial Library
783 Main St.
South Windsor, CT
South Windsor Voices
If you are a resident of South Windsor, CT or know someone who is, this is important news.
The town of South Windsor, CT is looking for residents who have something to say….poetically, that is! The Steering Committee for a planned book of poetry written entirely by South Windsor residents, is inviting members of the community to submit poems for inclusion in South Windsor Voices: An Anthology of Poetry. Those submitting poetry must be town residents. Poems will be accepted from May 1st~ through October 31st with publication of the anthology planned for 2011. Poems will be selected for the anthology by a panel of experienced poets. Residents who are interested in participating in the project can review submission guidelines on the town website at www.southwindsor.org For questions concerning the guidelines, please contact Sandy at [email protected] , or 860-644-0049. For questions about the project, please contact Charles Margolis at 860-644-0697.
POETRY POTLUCK at The Sanctuary
59 Bogel Road, East Haddam, Connecticut
Poetry Potluck is back after a winter hiatus, now meeting every THIRD Sunday of the month
April through December 2010
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 third Sunday of each month from 4.30-6.00 PM. Our next meeting is on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at The Yurt at the Sanctuary in East Haddam, 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. Refreshments will be provided.
Hosted by Greg Coleman, Edwina Trentham and Suzy Lamson
For more information call 860-319-1134.
Calling All Poets (and Poetry Lovers) 2010
Hosted by Victoria Muñoz
First Wednesdays – 6:30 – 8:00pm sharp
Silas Bronson Library
Open mike sign up 6:20
June 2nd Mother Tongue – World traveling trio in search and support of the written and spoken word
Theme: Slam poetry welcome!
Mother Tongue – a trio of women poets who have traveled the world in search of and in support of the written and spoken word. Valerie Lawson, Elizabeth Thomas, and Faith Vicinanza have been on various and multiple national poetry slam teams and stages, visiting artists in schools, competed side by side in the first Women of the World international poetry slam in Detroit in 2008, are widely published, and occasionally perform together as Mother Tongue. For more information about each of the poets in this troupe, go to their websites at http://www.upwordspoetry.com http://faithvicinanza.net ; & http://poetsforhumanrights.ning.com/profile/ValerieLawson.
Host: Victoria Muñoz, B.A. in music from Western Illinois University. Singer/songwriter, poet, flutist, music therapist, carries on the poetic tradition of her parents. Her work can be found in her Chapbooks: During Your Reading; and Scenes From Nature/Five Poems, translations of her father’s poetry; A collaborative CD, Revelation, by the Not Just Any Tom, Vic and Terri poetry ensemble. Other poems can be found in Appleseeds, Songs from the Meadow: An Anthology from the Wood Memorial Library, Stories from the Other Side, 5th ed., a text from Gateway Community College, poetz.com, and bentpinquarterly.net. She is also currently a member of Greystone Arts and runs the Poetry Salon at the Freight Street Gallery (Waterbury). The Bronson is please to welcome back Victoria Muñoz and all the outstanding poets who participate in this series.
Silas Bronson Library, 267 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT, Parking free after 6:30pm, Handicap Accessible
For more information: www.bronsonlibrary.org
PLEASE JOIN BESSY REYNA AND FRIENDS ON JUNE 7 @7PM
AT THE STUDIO AT BILLINGS FORGE
TO CELEBRATE THE PUBLICATION OF NEW
BILINGUAL POETRY BOOK.
Memoirs of the Unfaithful Lover
Billings Forge is located at 563 Broad St Hartford.
next to Firebox Restaurant with additional parking
at the Lyceum 227 Lawrence St. Hartford.
RSVP Appreciated (to [email protected])
Poetry/Reading Series at Billings Forge
The Studio @ Billings Forge is pleased to introduce to its programming a new poetry/reading series entitled,WordForge. WordForge is a series of readings featuring local poets along with an open mike component.
All events will be scheduled for Monday nights, with a 7 p.m. start time.
WordForge is curated and organized by local poet, Jim Finnegan. Harvest Reading, is the first reading in the series, scheduled for Monday, November 16th, and participants are asked to bring a canned good or small donation that will be contributed to a local food bank. Many of the readings will have a featured theme in addition to featured invited poets.
For further information about the WordForge series and to participate, please contact: Jim Finnegan at 860.508.2810 or at [email protected]
The Studio @ Billings Forge is a program of Billings Forge Community Works, a non-profit organization focused on reinvestment in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford. The Studio offers programs that bring vitality and arts to the neighborhood and include jazz and world-class music series, artistic and educational workshops and classes, family film series and more.
Billings Forge Community Works (BFCW), located in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford, is a nonprofit organization committed to revitalization in the community. At the forefront of the project is the award winning Firebox Restaurant.
For further information about The Studio @ Billings Forge contact Janice La Motta,
Program Coordinator, 860.548.9877 or [email protected]
Wintonbury Branch Poetry Series & Open Mike
My time my place my creativity Third Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. Fall 2009 Hosts: Marilyn Johnston/Tom Nicotera. You’re invited to evenings of poetry to stir your heart, soul, and your creativity!
An open mike and light refreshments follow the featured poet at each event.
Wintonbury Branch Library 1015 Blue Hills Ave
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Mishi-maya-gat Spoken Word & Music Series
at Manchester Community College, Great Path Academy,
Community Commons (Use Parking Lot B), Manchester, CT 06040
Sponsored by MCC Foundation / Hosted by Stephen Campiglio
2rd Thursday of each month; 7-9 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
For more information and directions: www.mcc.commnet.edu/faculty/spoken.php, or call (860) 512-2824.
Wednesday Night Poetry Series at the Blue Z
The Wednesday Night Poetry Series (WNPS or Wedpoetry) meets at the Blue Z Coffeehouse, 127 South Main Street (Route 25) in Newtown CT. For 14 Years and counting: poets, spoken-word artists, monologists and storytellers, acoustic performances by songwriters and musicians are welcome! Read your own work or works by your favorite writers. OPEN MYK SIGN-UP starts at 7:30 PM / OPEN MYK – 7:45 PM /FEATURED READING – 8:45 PM We are a warm, friendly environment for 1st-time readers
May 26, 2010 Lorraine Schein
Lorraine Schein is a New York poet and writer. She likes to write about feminist issues and fantasy/sf themes.
Her poetry and stories have appeared recently in Melusine, Home Planet News, the We’Moon calendar and the anthology Alice Redux, a collection of stories about Alice in Wonderland. Her poetry chapbook, The Futurist’s Mistress, is available from Mayapple Press. She will be teaching a spiritual writing workshop in NYC this summer.
For more information and future features go to http://wedpoetry.wordpress.com/
Poetry at the Estuary
Throughout the month of May the Estuary of Old Saybrook will be
presenting “Dual Expressions,” a collaborative show of works by Old
Saybrook artist Judy Perry accompanied by related poems by Patricia
O’Brien. Perry’s watercolor portraits have taken top awards
throughout Connecticut, as well as across the country, including The
National Arts Club, The Salmagundi Club and The Pen and Brush, all in
New York City. O’Brien is an award winning poet whose works have been
widely published, including in the Connecticut Library Journal,
Fairfield County Magazine and Poet Lore. O’Brien is a member of the
Guilford Poets Guild. Perry and O’Brien have teamed up to explore
and showcase the complementary possibilties of pairing visual art with
the written word.
A reception will take place on Friday, May 14th from 5:00- 7:00 at
The Estuary, 220 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT. 860-388-6770
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, May 26
It’s the Cantab’s first Regional Poetry Slam of the year! We’re inviting the ruthless slam-strategists from Manchester, the rising-star rookies from Lowell, and the dastardly curmudgeons from Worcester. These three teams will take on the home team in a Nationals-style 4×4 bout, all ramping up for the National Poetry Slam in St. Paul this August.
• Wednesday, June 2
Taylor Mali was one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.” The author of two books, including one on WriteBloody Press, and a widely published poet, he runs the Page Meets Stage reading series at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. The 8×8 series of Summertime Speed Slams begins: 3-, 2-, and 1-minute rounds.
• Wednesday, June 9
The perpetually wistful, tender, poignant, and beloved local Christopher Kain has become one of the expected fixtures of our open mic. Tonight, we celebrate the release of his latest project: Twentieth Century Limited: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years. Summertime Speed Slam: 3-, 2-, and 1-minute rounds.
• Wednesday, June 16
Jamaal “Versiz” May is an award-winning poet, producer and recording artist from Detroit. A prolific writer and performer, this Cave Canem fellow has a remarkable range of subject and style, all of it delivered with a joyful sincerity that’s not to be missed. Summertime Speed Slam: 3-, 2-, and 1-minute rounds.
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.
http://www.slamnews.com [email protected]
The Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts
Poetry Series at the Brockton Library
304 Main Street. Our website www.gbspa.org
Sat., June 19th
Naomi Chase http://gbspa.homestead.com/NaomiChase.html
Ellen Jane Powers http://gbspa.homestead.com/EllenPowers.html
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. July 17 – Rennie McQuilkin & Nora Pollard
Sat. Aug 21 – Rene Schwiesow & Lori Desrosiers (1st Prize Winner, GBSPA Poetry Contest in 2010)
Sat. Sept 18 – Catherine Sasanov, Mignon Ariel King & Susan Roney-O’Brien
Sat. Oct 16 – Juanita Torrence-Thompson
Sat. Nov 20 – Marie Gauthier
“Poetry Under the Trees” Open Mic at the MARSHFIELD ARTS FESTIVAL
142 Old Main Street, Marshfield Hills Village, MA
Sunday, May 30, 2010 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Come and read your poetry at the annual “Poetry Under the Trees.” Poets read their works in the yard of an historic house at 142 Old Main Street as festival goers make their way from exhibit tent to tent. It’s a very relaxed & fun atmosphere.
This is the 34th Annual Festival of the Arts, sponsored by the North River Arts Society. Last year’s festival included the work of over 200 artists, craftsmen, and performers, and attracted well over 6,000 visitors. Featured events include …”Poetry Under the Trees”-Open Mic…Juried Art, Sculpture and Photography; Art Sale, Artisan’s Sale, Feature Barn, Food Tent, & Full Entertainment Schedule.
LOCATION: Look for the bright red and white “Poetry Open Mic” sign in the front yard of 142 Old Main St., Marshfield Hills Village.
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/
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 si gn-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
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 more VT poetry events calendar go to: http://www.phayvanh.com/
News for Poetry News should be sent to [email protected] Please send your announcements in text only – do not format (no special fonts, colors, etc.) Send by Wednesday for Thursday publication. Thank you , Lori Desrosiers – Publisher.