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Wednesday, October 16
 

6:00pm

REMNANTS Chapbook Release Party
Please join us for a reading and release party for REMNANTS, Ariella Ruth’s new poetry chapbook from Gesture Press. In this chapbook, Ruth calls a séance and brings back “Barbara Allen” to life from the dust skin of fresh plucked raspberries to recover, revisit, and reimagine this undying muse.

With readings by Ariella Ruth, Mary Balkon, Sherah Bloor, Andrea Davies, Dorie Goehring, Suzannah Lutz, Corey O’Brien, and Terry Tempest Williams.

Ariella Ruth’s work has appeared in Epiphany, Bombay Gin, Yew Journal, The Ocean State Review, and elsewhere. She has a poem published on a sandstone monolith as part of the City of Boulder, Colorado’s Downtown District and the Library and Arts Department’s West Pearl Poetry Project. She received her MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, and she works at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School, where she assists in curating programming on the theme of “poetry, philosophy, and religion.” www.ariellaruth.com

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6:30pm

Stone Soup Poetry presents an evening with Statusfier
Stone Soup Poetry presents an evening with Stratusfier - a rapper, poet, old soul, and positive thinker. All are welcome for the open mic. Refreshments will be served. Donations are appreciated to support honorariums for the readers.

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Wednesday October 16, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Assemblage Gallery 70-A Sleeper Street, Boston MA 02210

7:30pm

11th Annual Gregory Stockmal Reading
The WCPA is pleased to welcome Patrick Donnelly back to Worcester County for the Eleventh Annual Gregory Stockmal Reading. Donnelly is the author of four books of poetry, most recently "Little-Known Operas" (Four Way Books, 2019). He is the director of the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, Robert Frosts old homestead in Franconia, NH, now a center for poetry and the arts.

The Gregory Stockmal Reading was established in 2009 by the Worcester County Poetry Association in cooperation with Carol Stockmal. The purpose of the reading is to continue the efforts of Greg Stockmal to honor American poet Stanley Kunitz and his legacy in Worcester. The reading is an integral part of this legacy, recognizing Stanley Kunitz as teacher and leader of his self-described "tribe" of poets, friends, and family by sponsoring Worcester-area readings by poets for whom Stanley Kunitz has been an inspiration.

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Friday, October 18
 

12:00pm

Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
Join us on October 18 for the Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group. This month’s topic: Who’s Who in the Dickinson Lexicon. What do Queen Elizabeth, Captain Kidd, William Tell, and Sappho have in common? Give up? They are all named in Emily Dickinson poems! We know that Dickinson populated her verse with flora and fauna, but what people did she choose to include – and why? In this session, we will look at the complete list of historical figures mentioned in Dickinson’s poetry (not including biblical or literary characters, family members, and friends) and discuss several poems in which some of them serve as metaphors or analogies. This month’s facilitator is Bruce M. Penniman.
The Emily Dickinson Museum’s Poetry Discussion Group meets monthly, September through May, for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. The Poetry Discussion Group meets at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the second floor of Amherst College’s Frost Library. Participants should proceed directly to the Library and do not need to stop at the Museum. While no RSVP is required, participants are invited to email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org to receive a list of poems for discussion. 


Friday October 18, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
The Emily Dickinson Museum 280 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002

7:30pm

Kickoff Keynote with Nicco Mele & Samantha Powers at Boston Book Festival
Boston Book Festival
Kickoff Keynote


Samantha Power and Nicco Mele, Mass Poetry co-founder & board member

Interview & audience Q&A 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Old South Sanctuary
Address: 645 Boylston St Boston, MA 02116
Sunday, October 20th, 2019


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Friday October 18, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
OLD SOUTH SANCTUARY 645 BOYLSTON STREET
 
Saturday, October 19
 

10:45am

Poetry at the Extremes: Mass Poetry x Boston Book Festival
Mass Poetry x Boston Book Festival
Poetry at the Extremes (10:45-11:45, Boston Public Library, McKim Exhibition Hall)

Former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky has been called “our finest living example of [the American civic poet]” by the New York Times. In his newest anthology, The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall: Poetry at the Extremes of Feeling, Pinsky continues to champion poetry’s relevance, by presenting a sweeping overview of how poets both ancient and contemporary have used poetry to address the full range of human emotion—from despair to ecstasy. Pinsky will be joined by contributors Maggie Dietz, Martín Espada, and Jill McDonough to read their own poems from the collection, as well as other collected poems demonstrating poetry at the heights and depths of emotion. Obama inaugural poet Richard Blanco, author most recently of How to Love a Country, will host what’s sure to be a powerful session exploring how poets articulate our most visceral emotions. Sponsored by Mass Poetry.



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Maggie Dietz

Maggie Dietz is the author of That Kind of Happy and Perennial Fall, which won New Hampshire’s Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. For many years she directed the national Favorite Poem Project, and is coeditor, with Robert Pinsky, of three anthologies related to the... Read More →


1:30pm

Something New with Febo, a Poetry Workshop: Mass Poetry x Boston Book Festival
Does the blank page taunt you? Do you feel like writers block might start charging you rent? Interested in a new approach to your craft? Using a new process Febo has developed called Slinging, this embodied workshop will get you up and moving and ready to write. All you need is a phone, something to write on and with, and a willingness to try something new. Sponsored by Mass Poetry.




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Febo

Anthony Febo is a poet, actor, youth worker, lover and friend. He founded the adult slam poetry scene in the city that birthed and raised him, Lowell, MA. He also co founded FreeVerse! a organization that works with Lowell's youth to better understand themselves through poetry. He... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Boston Public Library Exchange 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

2:30pm

Poems of Bewilderment & Loss: Mass Poetry x Boston Book Festival
Mass Poetry x Boston Book Festival
Poetry session
(2:30-3:30, Emmanuel Church, Parish Hall)

According to an interview in BOMBNick Flynn’s latest collection of poetry, I Will Destroy You, was written “in a state of consciously and actively attempting not to write.” The result is a collection of poems, as Flynn admits, that “came out sideways,” depicting struggles with marriage, with fatherhood, with fidelity, and with mortality--in short, with what it means to be alive in the world. Martha Collins’s latest book, Because What Else Could I Do, is a spare yet visceral collection of fifty-five short poems, most addressed to her late husband in the six months following his sudden death. Booklist praises the collection, which “urgently and unflinchingly captures the shock and reverberation of unexpected grief.” Collins and Flynn will each read from their latest collections, followed by a discussion of the work, moderated by award-winning poet Fred Marchant. Sponsored by Mass Poetry.

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 →

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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 →


Saturday October 19, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Emmanuel Church: Parish Hall 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

3:15pm

Don't Read Poetry: Mass Poetry x Boston Book Festival
Mass Poetry x Boston Book Festival
Don't Read Poetry
(3:15-4:15, Boston Public Library, McKim Exhibition Hall)

Stephanie Burt
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram




5:30pm

Poems & Pints Reading: Mass Poetry x Boston Book Festival
Mass Poetry x Boston Book Festival
Poems & Pints Reading


(5:30-7:00, Room & Board Boston -- Located at Newbury and Mass Ave.
375 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115)

Kevin Coval
Brandon Melendez
Morgan Parker
Claudia Wilson

Host: Erica Charis-Molling

Readers/Speakers
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Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker is the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House Books 2017) and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), which was selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize and a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. Parker received her Bachelors in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Columbia University and her MFA in Poetry from NYU. Her... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Room & Board Boston 375 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02115

7:00pm

Stray Harbor Book Release: Rage Hezekiah
Book launch party and reading to celebrate the release of Rage Hezekiah's Stray Harbor with wildly talented poet Brionne Janae!

Readers/Speakers
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Rage Hezekiah

Rage Hezekiah is a Cave Canem and MacDowell Fellow, who earned her MFA from Emerson College. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2017, and her poems have appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Columbia Poetry Review, The Cape Rock, and Mud Season Review, as well as... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Trident Booksellers & Cafe 338 Newbury St. Boston
 
Sunday, October 20
 

1:30pm

Poetry Keynote, Reginald Dwayne Betts moderated by Nicco Mele at Boston Book Festival
Boston Book Festival (Roxbury)
Poetry Keynote: Reginald Dwayne Betts


Format: short (3-min) reading/performance by Aden; 10-12 min reading/presentation by Betts; interview; audience Q&A

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Dewitt Center Gym
Address: 122 Dewitt Dr Boston, MA 02120

Reginald Dwayne Betts
Nicco Mele, Mass Poetry co-founder & board member
Sumeya Aden


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Hosts

Sunday October 20, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
DeWitt Center Gym 122 Dewitt Dr Boston, MA 02120

2:00pm

Harriet and William, a Dramatic Reading
Harriet and William, a Dramatic Reading based on the correspondence between Harriet Hanson and William Robinson (1847 – 1866). Harriet Hanson was working in the Boott mill when a correspondence with the editor of the Lowell Courier began. This performance of poetry, based on the letters, narrates the couple's lives through courtship and marriage amidst the backdrop of political turmoil and the Civil War.

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 →


3:00pm

New England Poetry Club New Poetry & Open Mic
The New Poetry and Open Mic reading series is hosted by the New England Poetry Club. Each month, three poets with new books (published in the last year or two) are invite to read. Their reading is followed by an Open Mic; sign-up is at the door. The New England Poetry Club, founded by Robert Frost, Amy Lowell, and Conrad Aiken, has been bringing poets and readers together for over 100 years. Find us on Facebook Twitter, Instagram, and the Web: https://nepoetryclub.org


 
Tuesday, October 22
 

6:00pm

Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series and Open Mic
 Amesbury Public Libray Poetry Series, Tuesday, October 22 at 6pm, featured poet Ellie O'Leary
Amesbury Public Library continues its fall poetry series with featured poet, Ellie O’Leary, who often writes about growing up in the village of Freedom, Maine. She is the previous host of Writers Forum on WERU-FM, has won the Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship in poetry, and has taught writing at Belfast (Maine) Senior College and at the Pyramid Life Center in the Adirondacks where she has been the co-founder of the new Fall Writerfest. She has an MFA from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine. Her memoir Up Home Again and her poetry manuscript Breathe Here are forthcoming with North Country Press. Her work, both poetry and prose, has been published in Northern New England Review, Off the Coast, Peacock Journal, Boomer Lit Mag, Buddy – a lit zine, the poetry craft book Crafty Poet II, and in 3 Nations Anthology.
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

1st right on Market Street after Restaurant Molise. First driveway immediately on the left at the end of the stone wall. Door on the right marked 2B

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Tuesday October 22, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Amesbury Public Library 149 Main St., Amesbury, MA

7:00pm

The Thirsty Lab Poetry Reading with Polly Brown
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 Polly Brown.


Tuesday October 22, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Thirsty Lab 206 Worcester Road, Princeton, MA
 
Wednesday, October 23
 

6:00pm

 
Thursday, October 24
 

7:00pm

Rozzie Reads Poetry and Open Mic
 2 Featured readers followed by an open microphone.
Nausheen Eusuf holds a PhD in English from Boston University and an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. Her poetry has won a Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in The American Scholar, PN Review, Southwest Review, Salmagundi, World Literature Today, and Best American Poetry 2018 & 2019. Her first full-length collection Not Elegy, But Eros was published by NYQ Books (US) and Bengal Lights Books (Bangladesh). Website: www.nausheeneusuf.com.


Thursday October 24, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Rozzie Reads, Roslindale House 120 Poplar Street Roslindale

7:30pm

Jerusalem: poetry reading & gallery talk
Poetry reading by Josette: October 24, 7:30 pm
Gallery tour following the reading
Gallery showing: September 17–December 31

Josette Akresh-Gonzales will be showing 15 poetry broadsides from her "Jerusalem" collection in the CDT gallery this fall, and she will do a reading of the poems on Oct. 24, at 7:30 pm. From the author: "These poems are not merely about the city of Jerusalem and my family's experiences there — they examine the idea of Jerusalem, the way we all can't let go of it." After the reading, Vivienne Shein, Norm Shein, and Thea Breite will give a talk about their photos in the gallery. Desserts and drinks provided.

Josette Akresh-Gonzales was a finalist in the 2017 Split Lip Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart and has been published or is forthcoming in Rattle, The Pinch, Breakwater Review, PANK, and many other journals. She co-founded the journal Clarion and was its editor for two years. Josette lives in the Boston area with her husband and two boys and rides her bike to work at a nonprofit medical publisher. You can find her on Twitter @Vivakresh.

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Thursday October 24, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Congregation Dorshie Tzedek 60 Highland St, West Newton
 
Saturday, October 26
 

2:00pm

Pastry with Poets - Beyond the Lyric I: Using Research in Poetry
BEYOND THE LYRIC I: USING RESEARCH IN POETRY

In this workshop, we'll look at some poems that move beyond personal experience and into material that involves historical, social, nature-related and/or other research, without sacrificing personal involvement and feeling. We'll discuss some strategies for transforming documentary material into poetry, and I'll invite you to answer some questions that might give you starting points for writing these kinds of poems yourself.

Martha Collins' tenth book of poetry, Because What Else Could I Do, is being published this fall in the Pitt Poetry Series. Her previous volumes include Admit One: An American Scrapbook, White Papers, and the book-length poem Blue Front, as well as the paired volumes Night Unto Night and Day Unto Day. Collins founded the Creative Writing Program at U.Mass.-Boston and taught at Oberlin College. She lives in Cambridge, MA

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 →


Saturday October 26, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Arts at the Armory/Basement B8 191 Highland Avenue Somerville

5:00pm

'Wild Nights with Emily' Screening and Q&A with Madeleine Olnek
Limited Capacity seats available

The Emily Dickinson Museum is pleased to present a free screening of Wild Nights with Emily with director Madeleine Olnek. The film will be followed by a Q&A led by Jane Wald, the Museum’s Executive Director. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the movie IndieWire called “hilarious” and “touching”! The screening will take place in Lipton Lecture Hall in the Amherst College Science Center from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on October 26. Parking will be available by the tennis courts. 
About the Film: In the mid-19th century, Emily Dickinson is writing prolifically, baking gingerbread, and enjoying a passionate, lifelong relationship with another woman, her friend and sister-in-law Susan. Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,789 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst’s most bizarre love triangle.
About the Filmmaker: Madeleine Olnek is a New York City based playwright and filmmaker. Her third feature film, Wild Nights With Emily, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from NYSCA and Jerome Foundation funds. Her second feature, The Foxy Merkins, included screenings at Sundance 2014, BAM Cinemafest, Lincoln Center, and an NYC theatrical run at IFP. The film had its international premiere at the Moscow Film Festival. Her debut feature, Codependent Lesbian Sex Alien Seeks Same, premiered at Sundance 2011. Its screening included MoMa, The Viennale and the Festival do Rio. Nominated for a Gotham award, it had theatrical runs in LA and NYC. Her award-winning and widely screened comedy shorts, “Countertransference” (2009), and “Hold Up” (2006), were official selections of Sundance; “Make Room For Phyllis” (2007) premiered at Sarasota. Olnek was awarded best female short film director at Sundance in 2009, by LA’s Women In Film organization.


Saturday October 26, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Emily Dickinson Museum 280 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002
 
Monday, October 28
 

6:30pm

Ocean Vuong & Martín Espada: benefit reading for asylum seekers
A benefit reading to raise money to bail women and trans asylum seekers out of ICE internment and provide support in the immediate aftermath of their release, featuring award-wining authors Ocean Vuong and Martín Espada. The reading will be followed by a reception with the authors, activists involved in asylum seeker support, and asylum seekers.
Suggested donation: $10-$50, no one turned away. Bring cash- books and refreshments will also be on sale to fundraise.

Testimonials from asylum seekers will follow the reading..

Ocean Vuong is a New York Times bestseller and the author of the debut novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, out from Penguin Press (2019) and forthcoming in 20 languages worldwide. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, his honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.
Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harpers, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinker, alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and Justin Trudeau, Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers” and has been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PBS NewsHour, Teen Vogue, Interview, Poets & Writers, and The New Yorker.
Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at Umass-Amherst.

Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has
published almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (2000), Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996), City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (1993) and Rebellion Is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands (1990).

His many honors include the 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem of his collection Alabanza, about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays and poems, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona, and has been issued in a new edition by Northwestern University Press. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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Tuesday, October 29
 

5:30pm

Poetry, Questions, and the God Question: An Evening with Robert Hass
Please join us for a reading and some musings on the confluence of poetry, philosophy, and theology with some attention to the agony of Czeslaw Milosz, the equanimity of Matsuo Basho, and the politics of Thomas Merton and Ernesto Cardenal.

Robert Hass is a poet of great eloquence whose work is rooted in the landscapes of his native Northern California. He brings great energy to his work as a poet, essayist, translator and environmental activist. For Hass, everything is connected. He believes that natural beauty must be tended to and that caring for a place means knowing it intimately. His collections of poems entitled Time and Materials won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book is a collection of essays exploring poetic form titled A Little Book on Form: An Exploration Into the Formal Imagination of Poetry.

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Tuesday October 29, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
42 Francis Ave, Cambridge MA 02138

7:00pm

The Thirsty Lab Poetry Reading with Kate Chadbourne
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 Kate Chadbourne.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Thirsty Lab 206 Worcester Road, Princeton, MA

7:00pm

The Poetorium at Starlite Reading Series & Open Mic

DESCRIPTIONThe 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 October 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 Howard J. Kogan (Author of Indian Summer and A Chill in the Air) 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 October 29, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Starlite Bar & Gallery 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge, MA, USA
 
Saturday, November 2
 

5:00pm

Voices of Poetry - Back at The Mount
Join us at this beautiful & historic venue in the Berkshires - the former home of Edith Wharton - for an afternoon of exceptional poetry featuring a quintet of acclaimed poets.
Admission: $15 / $10 for Members.

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Krysten Hill

Krysten Hill

Krysten Hill is an educator, writer, and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Blacksmith House, Cantab Lounge, Merrimack College, U35 Reading Series, Mr. Hip Presents, and many others. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston... Read More →
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Rage Hezekiah

Rage Hezekiah is a Cave Canem and MacDowell Fellow, who earned her MFA from Emerson College. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2017, and her poems have appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Columbia Poetry Review, The Cape Rock, and Mud Season Review, as well as... Read More →

Hosts
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Ellen Dore Watson

Director of Poetry Center, Poetry Center at Smith College
Poet and translator Ellen Doré Watson’s fifth collection of poems, pray me stay eager, is new from Alice James Books, which also published her first two books, We Live in Bodies and Ladder Music, winner of the New England/New York award. This Sharpening and Dogged Hearts were... Read More →


Saturday November 2, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
The Mount 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA 01240
 
Sunday, November 3
 

1:00pm

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

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Sunday November 3, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Plymouth Public Library 132 South St, Plymouth, MA, 02360
 
Tuesday, November 5
 

7:30pm

Camille Dungy Poetry Reading
The title poem of Camille Dungy’s Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan Poetry Series, 2017) dares its reader to resist a connection between incremental—yet vast—changes to Yellowstone’s ecosystem following a reintroduction of gray wolves and Dungy’s thoughts on motherhood: “Don’t / you tell me this is not the same as my story. All this / life born from one hungry animal, this whole / new landscape.” The author of four collections of poetry and a book of essays, Dungy has also written extensively about the invisibility of African-American authors in the historically white-dominated field of nature writing; in 2009, she edited the anthology Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (University of Georgia Press, 2009), asserting that without the perspective of writers of color, nature writing becomes less a conversation than a monologue. Camille Dungy has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cave Canem, and Yaddo, and recently won a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Colorado and is a professor in the English Department at Colorado State University.

Supported by the Otelia Cromwell Day Committee and CEEDS (the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design & Sustainability)

Tuesday November 5, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Smith College, Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
 
Wednesday, November 6
 

7:00pm

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

Meetings are held in the WCPA Office on the 2nd floor of the Sprinkler Factory (38 Harlow Street, Worcester). 

This is a great opportunity to learn more about how the board supports the rich literary history and creative energy of Central Massachusetts.

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7:30pm

Robert Lowell Memorial Lecture Series featuring Naomi Shihab Nye
Robert Lowell Memorial Lecture Series
Award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye to read
with BU MFA alumna Katherine Hollander.
Wednesday, November 6th, 7:30pm
Leventhal Center Auditorium, 233 Bay State Rd.
Reception to follow at The Castle.


Wednesday November 6, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Leventhal Center Auditorium 233 Bay State Rd.
 
Thursday, November 7
 

5:30pm

Berkshire Poets Read from their Work in Except for Love
The Bookstore & Get Lit Wine Bar
11 Housatonic Street, Lenox, MA 01240
Call: 413-637-3390 website: www.bookstoreinlenox.com


Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm
David Giannini
Irene Willis
David Read
Except for Love
New England Poets Inpired by Donald Hall

Thirty-five New England poets share their poems inspired by literary giant Donald Hall, former Poet Laureate of New Hampshire and of the United States.
10% of proceeds to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to honor Hall’s wife Jane Kenyon.

Cynthia Brackett Vincent writes in her preface to Except for Love, a tribute to the late, acclaimed poet Donald Hall, that Hall had an undying love for so many things, among them, Jane Kenyon, baseball, and New Hampshire (with all its warts and beauty). She speaks of his amorous reverence for the past, present, and the future, or, as Longfellow wrote in his poem, “A Psalm of Life”: “Still achieving, still pursuing,/Learn to labor and to wait.” As we all know, love is infectious, and Hall’s poetry and persona have touched so many poets and readers alike. Through their poetry, the contributors to this stunning anthology show their love for the poet and the man.
Hall gives gravitas to the most arcane rituals of the everyday, and so do the poets here. L.R. Berger writes in the poem, “First Acts”: “Filling the teapot at the tap,/turning on the burner—//praise be for the first acts/requiring no imagination,/no choices of consequence.//You can be half asleep/and already a success at life,//draw encouragement/mastering the rituals of morning—.” I think Berger has raised my first pot of morning coffee to the high holy!
The poems in this collection celebrate the primal, the unaffected beauty of the world. They celebrate nature, and all the poems bloom like a flower, enriched by metaphor. The poems have so much to say and with originality. You will learn to say, “I love you like an apple,” the title of one poem here by Jenny Doughty. On these pages, a rose can be a totem for where you have been and where you are now.
The sensibility of Hall is deeply embedded in this collection, and continues the tradition of highly-crafted work for which Encircle Publications is known.
—Doug Holder/Founder, Ibbetson Street Press/Lecturer in Creative Writing, Endicott College


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

7:00pm

Collected Poets Series Reading: Abby E. Murray and Ellen Doré Watson
In this popular, Western MA reading series, Perugia Press’s latest winning poet, Abby E. Murray, will read from her just-released debut full-length collection Hail and Farewell. She will be joined by poet, professor, and translator Ellen Doré Watson, former director of the Smith College Poetry Center, who will read from new and published works, including her most recent collection, pray me stay eager (Alice James, 2018). You won’t want to miss this reading with a poet from Washington State and a Massachusetts favorite together in a sweet café!

Readers/Speakers
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Ellen Dore Watson

Director of Poetry Center, Poetry Center at Smith College
Poet and translator Ellen Doré Watson’s fifth collection of poems, pray me stay eager, is new from Alice James Books, which also published her first two books, We Live in Bodies and Ladder Music, winner of the New England/New York award. This Sharpening and Dogged Hearts were... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Mocha Maya's Coffee House 27 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
 
Friday, November 8
 

7:00pm

Perugia Presents: A Poetry Reading for Veterans Day - Two Poet Laureates Explore Their Military Ties
During Northampton's November Arts Night Out, Perugia Press will hold a poetry reading at the Center for the Arts in honor of Veterans Day, featuring Abby E. Murray & Karen Skolfield. Murray is Perugia Press’s latest winning poet and will be traveling here from WA State (where she is Tacoma, Washington’s current poet Laureate) to celebrate her new Perugia Press book, Hail and Farewell. Skolfield is a friend of Perugia Press and is the current poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts. Her latest book is Battle Dress, out this fall from W.W. Norton. This event is the book launch for these new releases by Murray and Skolfield. Both poets explore their military ties in their poems, Murray as the pacifist, feminist wife of an active-duty soldier, and Skolfield as an Army veteran. The event is a bridge-building, community enhancing occasion that welcomes military and literary communities, as well as the general public. This event is sponsored in part by the Northampton Arts Council.

Readers/Speakers
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Karen Skolfield

Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas (Zone 3 Press) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry. She is the winner of the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry from The Missouri Review; new poems appear in 32 Poems, Ploughshares, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere... Read More →


 
Saturday, November 9
 

2:00pm

Long Play Poetry: a poetry listening party
A ninety-minute listening party of old poetry and spoken word LPs. There will be a variety of poets featured from Nikki Giovanni to Lord Buckley, Dylan Thomas to Denise Levertov.  Hosted by Dave Macpherson.




This monthly series will take place on the 2nd Saturday of each month beginning. 


Hosts
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David Macpherson

David Macpherson has been published a bunch of times. One was in Aim for the Head: Zombie Poetry from Write Bloody Press. He has been published 20 times by Every Day Fiction, which means he gets the complimentary EDF Golf Cart (still checking the mail for that puppy to show up... Read More →



4:00pm

Timothy Gager: Book Release Party for SPREADING LIKE WILD FLOWERS with guests Gloria Mindock, Chad Parenteau, Mignon Ariel King
Join former Dire Literary Series creator Timothy Gager, and his special guests Gloria Mindock, Mignon Ariel King and Chad Parenteau,  for the release of Speading Like Wild Flowers, a new book of poetry. Timothy is the author of fifteen books of fiction and poetry. He has had over 600 works of fiction and poetry published, of which fifteen have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been read on National Public Radio. He has also been nominated for a Massachusetts Book Award, The Best of the Web Award, The Best Small Fictions Anthology and his work has been read on National Public Radio. Timothy is the Fiction Editor of The Wilderness House Literary Review, and the founding co-editor of The Heat City Literary Review. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Timothy lives in Dedham, Massachusetts with some fish and two rabbits, and he is employed as a social worker. He is currently seeking representation for his third novel, Joe the Salamander, a semi-finalist for The Holland Prize.

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Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Center for the Arts at the Armory 191 Highland Ave. Somerville
 
Tuesday, November 19
 

7:30pm

Lee Ann Roripaugh Poetry Reading
Lee Ann Roripaugh writes with imagination and candor, fearlessly engaging with a broad range of topics: Japanese internment, the Fukushima disaster, and the semiotics of language. Roripaugh’s latest collection of poems, tsunami vs. the fukushima 50 (Milkweed Editions, 2019)  distills the grand scale of natural (and human-influenced) disasters through compassionate, complicated monologues and persona poems, capturing the anxieties of humans faced with the previously unthinkable. In the poem “mothra flies again,” a woman pregnant with twins wrestles with the unknown following the Fukushima disaster: “at night I lie awake and unpack / my worries like wooden kokeishi dolls, / nested one inside the other // what if? what if? what if?” Roripaugh has been awarded the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose as well as the South Dakota Arts Council Artist Fellowship Grant. Her poem "Utsuroi" was recently featured on recent U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith's podcast, "The Slowdown." Roripaugh is currently the South Dakota Poet Laureate, and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of South Dakota. 

Supported by the Smith College Museum of Art and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures 

Tuesday November 19, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Smith College, Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
 
Tuesday, November 26
 

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

Readers/Speakers


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

Readers/Speakers

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

Readers/Speakers

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


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