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Thursday, November 21
 

7:00pm

Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
 Two featured readers followed by refreshments and open microphone. A free event.



Thursday November 21, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Roslindale House 120 Poplar Street, Roslindale

7:00pm

Third Thursday Poetry at Gallery 55 with John Mottern and Molly Saccardo
Photographer John Mottern reads poetry

Poet Molly Saccardo presents visual poetry

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Thursday November 21, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
55 South Main Street, Natick, MA 01760 55 South Main Street, Natick, MA 01760
 
Saturday, November 23
 

7:00pm

Emily Cooper Book Launch & Open Mic Night
Drinks, desserts, community, poetry, and an open mic in celebration of a Peabody resident's newly published book of poetry entitled, "The Heart is a House" (now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble's website).

Free Admission. Doors open at 7 pm. Open mic begins at 8 pm. Guests are welcome to perform up to 3 songs or read up to 3 favorite poems written by themselves or a favorite author (Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman... it doesn't matter so long as it means something to you).

Sign-up for an open mic spot here!: https://bit.ly/2J46QBZ

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Saturday November 23, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Peabody Black Box Theater 22 Foster Street, Peabody, MA 01960
 
Tuesday, November 26
 

6:00pm

Poetry Series at the Amesbury Public Library
Amesbury Public Library concludes its fall poetry series, with featured poet, Dennis Daly, who lives in Salem, Massachusetts. He graduated from Boston College and has an MA in English Literature from Northeastern University. He has published seven books of poetry and poetic translations. His Sophocles’ Ajax was recently performed in Saratoga Springs, New York under the sponsorship of the classics and drama departments of Skidmore College. He has traveled widely in Central Asia. Visit Daly’s blog at dennisfdaly.blogspot.com.
The Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St. hosts a monthly poetry series with an open mic.  Each month there is a featured poet followed by a discussion, an open mic and light refreshments. Stephen R. Wagner, Amesbury Poet Laureate, hosts this event.  Free and open to the public. For info: amesburypubliclibrary.org or 978-388-9771

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Tuesday November 26, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Amesbury Public Library 149 Main St., Amesbury, MA

7:00pm

The Thirsty Lab Poetry Reading with Jamie Samdahl
Limited Capacity seats available

The Thirsty Lab Poetry Series meets on the fourth (and fifth) Tuesday of each month at The Thirsty Lab in Princeton. Hosted by Susan Roney-O'Brien, the reading series features area and visiting poets. This month their feature will be Jamie Samdahl.


Tuesday November 26, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Thirsty Lab 206 Worcester Road, Princeton, MA

7:00pm

The Poetorium at Starlite Reading Series & Open Mic
The Poetorium at Starlite

Last Tuesday Night of the Month 7pm – 10pm
Open Mic Signup starts at 6:30pm
Admission: Free (but a hat will be passed to pay our feature)
Starlite Bar and Gallery, 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge, MA

Please join us on November 26th for our new monthly open mic and featured poetry reading series The Poetorium at Starlite hosted by Paul Szlosek and Ron Whittle. It will be a full evening of poetry and spoken word starting with a brief interview on stage with the night’s featured poet Doug Anderson (Author of Blues for Unemployed Secret Police and The Moon Reflected Fire) followed by a poetry reading by our feature, a 10 minute tribute to a dead poet by a guest reader, a short intermission, and then the open mic (with a 5 minute limit for each reader).

For more information, please contact us at: poetorium@protonmail.com


Co-Founder / Co-Host
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Paul Szlosek

Co-Founder/Co-Host, The Poetorium at Starlite
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Ron Whittle

Co-Founder/Co-Host, The Poetorium at Starlite

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Tuesday November 26, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Starlite Bar & Gallery 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge, MA, USA
 
Sunday, December 1
 

1:00pm

POETRY; THE ART OF WORDS/MIKE AMADO MEMORIAL SERIES
FEATURED POETS, REFRESHMENTS AND OPEN-MIC

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Sunday December 1, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Plymouth Public Library 132 South St, Plymouth, MA, 02360
 
Wednesday, December 4
 

7:00pm

WCPA December 2019 Board Meeting
Join us for the monthly board meeting of the Worcester County Poetry Association. This is a working meeting, not a poetry reading. We welcome to respectful input of the poetry community.


 
Thursday, December 5
 

6:30pm

1+1 Poetry Reading at Sutton Free Public Library
Please join the Worcester County Poetry Association (WCPA) for a reading in our 1+1 Poetry Series.  1+1 invites a seasoned poet to bring newer poetic voices forward.  Tonight, Tony Brown, and his guest Storey Campbell will read their poetry.  We'll start the event with a poetry open reading; all are welcome to read their own work or to cover the work of their favorite poet.
 
Free and open to the public. Please join us.

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Thursday December 5, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Sutton Free Public Library 4 Uxbridge Rd, Sutton, MA 01590

8:00pm

Mary Ruefle reading at UMass
The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers presents a reading by Mary Ruefle on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. in the Old Chapel. The reading will be followed by a book signing and refreshments. 

Though poet and essayist Mary Ruefle was born outside Pittsburgh, she spent her youth moving around the United States and Europe with her military family.
She has written numerous books of poetry, including including Dunce (forthcoming 2019), My Private Property (2016), Indeed I Was Pleased with the World (2007), and The Adamant (1989), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also the author of the essay collection Madness, Rack, and Honey (2012). A Little White Shadow (2006), her book of erasures—found texts in which all but a few words have been erased from the page—reveals what Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, called “haiku-like minifables, sideways aphorisms, and hauntingly perplexing koans.” Ruefle's erasures are available to view on her website; a full-color facsimile of her erasure Incarnation of Now was published in a limited edition by See Double Press.
She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as a Whiting Writers’ Award, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems (2003), American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006), and The Next American Essay (2002). Ruefle has also published a collection of fiction, The Most of It (2008).
Ruefle received a BA in Literature from Bennington College. She has taught at Vermont College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Vermont. Poet Peter Gizzi, a professor in the UMass Amherst MFA Program, calls Ruefle “a poet of wild turns of phrase and wild imagination.” 
Celebrating its fifty-fifth year, the nationally renowned Visiting Writers Series at UMass Amherst presents emerging and established writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The Series is sponsored by the MFA for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative, and made possible by support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the University of Massachusetts Arts Council, and the English Department. 

All events are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. RSVP on Facebook here.


Thursday December 5, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm
The Old Chapel, University of Massachusetts Amherst 144 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01002
 
Friday, December 6
 

5:00pm

Gary Hoare - The Worcester Review Artist Exhibit
Join us in the WCPA's offices at the Sprinkler Factory on the evening of Friday, December 6th for an exhibit by 2019 The Worcester Review artist Gary Hoare.  We'll be opening our offices during the Sprinkler Factory's Friday Night Art Bazaar & Holiday Party so stop by, view Gary's art, talk with poetry lovers about the WCPA, and grab a copy of the 2019 volume of The Worcester Review for that poetry lover in your life.

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7:00pm

New England Poetry Club: Poetry in the Parlor
3 poets read their work in the historic Old Manse in Concord

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Martha Collins

Martha Collins’ most recent book of poetry is Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016).  She has also published seven earlier volumes of poetry, including Day Unto Day (2014), White Papers (2012), and the book-length poem Blue Front (2006), as well as four collections... Read More →

Sponsors
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Fred Marchant

Emeritus Professor of English, Suffolk University
Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said (2017). Earlier books include The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, and House on Water, House in Air. His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize, and was reissued in a 20th... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Old Manse Monument Street, Concord
 
Saturday, December 7
 

1:00pm

Arrowsmith Press Book Launch
Judith Baumel’s previous books are The Weight of Numbers, for which she won The Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, Now, and The Kangaroo Girl which was named a top five poetry book of 2011 by The Forward. She is Professor of English and Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at Adelphi University. She has served as president of The Association of Writers and Writing Programs, director of The Poetry Society of America and a Fulbright Scholar in Italy.

George Kovach is founding editor and publisher of CONSEQUENCE magazine, the international literary journal addressing the culture and consequences of war through literature and the arts. A poet and combat veteran, he directs a series of writing workshops for war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Oksana Lutsyshyna is a Ukrainian writer and poet. She is the author of four books of fiction and four books of poetry, all published in Ukraine. She is currently working as Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches Ukrainian language and literature, as well as other Eastern European literatures. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia. She also translates Ukrainian poetry into English in collaboration with the New York-based poet and writer Olena Jennings.

Ben Mazer is currently editing The Collected Poems of Delmore Schwartz for Farrar Straus & Giroux. Although his scholarly editing has grown to be known almost as widely as his poetry, Mazer is primarily a poet, of Boston and New York associations. Widely published overseas, he has published more than ten collections of poetry, including Poems, January 2008, The Glass Piano, December Poems, February Poems, and, most recently, Selected Poems. Thomas Graves’ book-length critical study of Ben Mazer’s poetry, Ben Mazer and the New Romanticism, will be published by Pen & Anvil Press in 2020.


Saturday December 7, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Friends Meetinghouse 5 Longfellow Park

2:00pm

Massachusetts Book Awards Holiday Dozen: Amherst
Prepare for your holiday celebrations with signed books for everyone on your list. Join us for short performances by recent Massachusetts Book Awards winners, honorees, and long-listers and grab signed and personalized copies of their work for your favorite book lovers. We’ve got fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults, young adults, and middle graders, plus picture books for the kid in all of us. The authors will be on hand to share their John Hancocks and chat with readers both old and new. 

Authors in our Dozen: Heather Abel, Noy Holland, Sabina Murray, George C Colt, Anne Fadiman, Lisa Brooks, Ilan Stavans, Dara Weir, Ellen Dore Watson, Jane Yolen, Natasha Lowe, and Richard Michelson.

This event is co-sponsored by Representatives Mindy Domb, Natalie Blais, and Lindsay Sabadosa, and coordinated by Massachusetts Center for the Book. Books for sale by Amherst Books.


Saturday December 7, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cambridge Public Library 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Sunday, December 8
 

10:30am

Deep Dive: Art & Poetry
Writing Workshop with Poet-In-Residence Martha Collins                                                                          

This writing workshop will be focused on art in the exhibition When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art. Open to all ages and abilities, all materials provided.


Martha Collins has just published her tenth book of poetry, Because What Else Can I Do. Some of her previous volumes include Admit One: An American Scrapbook and the book-length poem Blue Front. Collins has also published four volumes of co-translated Vietnamese poetry.

Born in Nebraska and raised in Iowa, Collins was educated at Stanford University and the University of Iowa. She founded the Creative Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and for ten years was Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College. She served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell University in 2010, and currently teaches (and is available for) short-term workshops. Editor-at-large for FIELD magazine and one of the editors of the Oberlin College Press, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Readers/Speakers
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Martha Collins

Martha Collins’ most recent book of poetry is Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016).  She has also published seven earlier volumes of poetry, including Day Unto Day (2014), White Papers (2012), and the book-length poem Blue Front (2006), as well as four collections... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
ICA Boston 100 Northern Avenue Boston

2:00pm

Gallery Talk: When Home Won't Let You Stay
Gallery Talk with Oliver De La Paz 

This lecture and poetry reading will invite you to unpack ideas surrounding borders and migration routes through artist Reena Saini Kallat’s Woven Chronicle.


Oliver de la Paz is the author of five collections of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, Post Subject: A Fable, and The Boy in the Labyrinth which is forthcoming in 2019 from the University of Akron Press. He also co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. A founding member, Oliver serves as the co-chair of the Kundiman advisory board. He has received grants from the NYFA and the Artist Trust and has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. His work has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Tin House, The Southern Review, and Poetry Northwest. He teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and in the Low-Residency MFA Program at PLU.

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Oliver de la Paz

Oliver de la Paz is the author of four collections of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, and Post Subject: A Fable. He also co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. A founding member, Oliver serves as the co-chair... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ICA Boston 100 Northern Avenue Boston

3:00pm

New England Poetry Club: New Poetry and Open Mic
3 NEPC members read from their new books, plus open mic. 

Readers/Speakers
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Chris O'Carroll

Chris O’Carroll is a Light magazine featured poet and a frequent contributor of topical satire to that journal’s “Poems of the Week.”  His work has also appeared in The Asses of Parnassus, Better Than Starbucks!, Lighten Up Online, The New Verse News, and Parody, among other... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Arts at the Armory Café 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143
 
Tuesday, December 10
 

7:30pm

Ciaran Berry Poetry Reading
In the opening poem of Ciaran Berry’s acclaimed third collection, Liner Notes (The Gallery Press, 2018), the speaker’s engagement with the past is first compared to a film playing backwards, then to reading the liner notes on a familiar album raised “grail-like into the wayward light.” In Berry’s work, there is no one way of engaging with the complexities of the past that could ever be sufficient. Reaching back into the recesses of a life growing up in Ireland that seems at once familiar and othered, these poems—both celebratory and elegiac—veer, rewind, and roam between subjects as diverse as the death of Elvis, a visit to a butterfly garden and Dolly the cloned sheep. Berry is also the author of The Dead Zoo (The Gallery Press, 2013), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and The Sphere of Birds (SIU Press, 2008), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. Originally from the West of Ireland, he lives in West Hartford and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Trinity College.

Tuesday December 10, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Smith College, Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
 
Wednesday, December 11
 

6:15pm

Massachusetts Book Awards Holiday Dozen: Cambridge Edition
Celebrate the holiday season right with signed books for everyone on your list. Join us for short performances by recent Massachusetts Book Awards winners, honorees, and long-listers and grab a signed and personalized copy of their work for your favorite book lovers. We’ve got fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults, young adults, and middle graders, plus picture books for the kids. Our authors will be on hand to share their John Hancocks and chat with readers both old and new. Books for sale by Porter Square Books. 
Authors in our Dozen include: Mira T. Lee, Allegra Goodman, Stephen McCauley, Jill Lepore, Jabari Asim, Kevin McLellan, Richard Hoffman, Fred Marchant, Nancy Werlin, Katie Bayerl, Cynthia Levinson, and Julia Denos.

This event is coordinated by Massachusetts Center for the Book, www.massbook.org.


Event date:
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 6:30pm


Event address:
Cambridge Public Library
440 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138





Wednesday December 11, 2019 6:15pm - 8:30pm
Cambridge Public Library 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Thursday, December 12
 

5:30pm

The Booksotre & Get Lit Wine Bar presents Patty Crane: Bell I Wake To
The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar
11 Housatonic Street, Lenox, MA 01240
Call: 413-637-3390 website: www.bookstoreinlenox.com


Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm
Patty Crane

Bell I Wake To
Winner of the Zone 3 Press First Book Award for Poetry
and
something flown
Winner of the 2017 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Award Series


Patty Crane’s award-winning poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Bellevue Literary Review, The Massachusetts Review, and West Branch. She is the translator of Bright Sythe (Sarabande Press, 2015) by Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer.
About Bell I Wake To: "From the opening lines of this stunning collection, I am immediately and irrevocably invested in what this speaker has to say, the many worlds and wounds and healings she weaves through bright, immediate, richly developed image, lexicon, and description. Trenchant emotional truths are flashed, knife-sharp, amidst keen insight and compassionate seeing the world around and within the speaker, from the “[r]osettes blooming in the milky water” of the bath where the speaker cares for her wounded daughter to the young stranger boy who sits on the speaker’s lap at a summer concert, fiddling with her bracelet, smelling like grass, where the speaker once again experiences the joy of being both “the keeper and the kept.” The whole of me responds to these poems, the tenderness and unflinching courage wrapped amidst the foliage and wildlife of the speaker’s garden. The spareness in the syntax and line juxtaposed with the poignant storytelling of these poems capture my imagination, as the mothering/daughtering strength of Bell I Wake To is immense and fills me with light. This speaker’s voice is one I won’t soon forget." ~Jenn Givhan, Author of Girl With Death Mask
About something flown: “The project,’ writes Patty Crane in something flown, ‘is to look/ at the bird/ not there anymore:/ the after-bird.’ These spare, open lines crosshatch into a vision of bird, bird so wholly translated that it escapes its names, and revises us. Amazing! And all right there at the bird feeder! Such good humor and deep love and giving way. Everything about it rings true.”
–Jody Gladding, author of Translations from Bark Beetle

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Thursday December 12, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
11 Housatonic Street, Lenox MA 11 Housatonic Street, Lenox MA 01240

7:00pm

Rozzie Reads featuring New Mission High School student poets
Creative Writing students from New Mission High School will be hosted by Rozzie Reads Poetry for a youth poetry reading. Students reading: Sharon Castang, Jeremiah Dailey, Henry Deloach, Alex Johnson, Kyara Martinecruz, Tyara Martinecruz, Kirsten Ashley Mejia, Chelesae Simpson, Chyane Sims Reece, Jahniya Stewart, Anaiyah Webster.
Second hour will be open microphone.
Sponsored by Friends of the Roslindale Library.

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Thursday December 12, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Roslindale House 120 Poplar Street, Roslindale
 
Saturday, December 14
 

7:30pm

Solidarity Salon: poems & stories with music & dance!
The Solidarity Salon gathers together local poets, writers, and other artists to share their creations in community spaces. The series aims to especially amplify the voices of women, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ persons. Our event on December 14 will feature seven local writers, joined by musicians In Paik and Ju Hee Kang, plus dancer Liliana Jimenez. Donations collected at this event will go to On the Rise (https://www.ontherise.org/) in support of their Voices Together writing program. For more event info: https://thepoetpianist.com/home-2/music/

Readers/Speakers
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Lisa DeSiro

Lisa DeSiro is the author of Labor (Nixes Mate, 2018) and Grief Dreams (White Knuckle Press, 2017). She is featured in Writers Resist: The Anthology (Running Wild Press, 2018); Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017); and Thirty Days... Read More →
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Julia Lisella

Professor of English, Regis College
Julia Lisella is a poet and teacher. Her poetry books include Always (2014), Terrain (2007), and Love Song Hiroshima (2004), a chapbook. Her poems have been widely anthologized and appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ocean State Review, Valparaiso, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review... Read More →


Saturday December 14, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Lilypad 1353 Cambridge St. Cambridge
 
Tuesday, December 17
 

7:00pm

Poetry of the Season
The WCPA celebrates the Poetry of the Season on Tuesday, December 17, at 19 Carter in Berlin.  Gary Hoare and Ted Blackler will read two winter classics; Dylan Thomas' "A Child’s Christmas in Wales" and Beatrix Potters' "The Tailor of Gloucester", following a community open reading.  Bring winter-themed writing to share; it can be your work or that of someone else.
 
This event is free and open to the public.

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Tuesday December 17, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
19 Carter 19 Carter Street, Berlin, MA 01503
 
Tuesday, January 14
 

7:00pm

An Evening of Poetry with Jason Tandon
Reading and Book Launch for The Actual World. 

Bio
Jason Tandon is the author of four books of poetry, including The Actual World, Quality of Life, and Give Over the Heckler and Everyone Gets Hurt, winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award from Black Lawrence Press. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Barrow Street, Beloit Poetry Journal, North American Review, and Esquire, among others. He is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University.

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Tuesday January 14, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Silver Unicorn Bookstore 12 Spruce Street, Acton, MA
 


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