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Tuesday, June 19
 

3:00pm

6:00pm

Destierro Means More than Exile: A Poetry Reading by María Luisa Arroyo
María Luisa Arroyo's latest chapbook, Destierro Means More than Exile, pays tribute to the 32 women poets who have influenced her as a poet and teacher of poetry. Host: Ms. Rosemary Tracy Woods, owner/curator, Art for the Soul Gallery.

Born in Manatí, PR & raised in the North End of Springfield (MA), María Luisa Arroyo was educated at Colby (BA), Tufts (MA) & Harvard (ABD) in German, her third language. She earned her MFA in poetry from the low-residency Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College. In recognition of her community-based poetry workshops & readings, María Luisa has received many awards, among them, the 2014 Carlos Vega Community Champion Award, Poet Laureate (2014-2016) of Springfield (MA) & 2016 NEPR Arts & Humanities Award recipient. Her poems appear in many journals, including in CHEST: A Journal for American Chest Physicians, CALYX: A Journal of Art & Literature by Women, and Solstice Literary Magazine: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. Currently, María Luisa Arroyo is Assistant Professor of Writing & First-Year Studies at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA.

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Maria Luisa Arroyo

Maria Luisa Arroyo

multilingual poet & educator
The first Poet Laureate of Springfield, MA (2014-2016) and 2016 NEPR Arts + Humanities Award recipient, multilingual Puerto Rican poet María Luisa Arroyo enjoys facilitating engaging poetry workshops, from ekphrastic ones at the annual Monson (MA) Arts Festival to narrative ones... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
TBA

7:30pm

Juniper Reading Series
Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003

TERRANCE HAYES is the author of five poetry collections. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a 2014 MacArthur fellowship. He is the current poetry editor at New York Times Magazine and has two forthcoming manuscripts.

EILEEN MYLES is a poet, novelist, performer and art journalist. They are the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in nonfiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant, four Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize from the PSA, and others.

LISA OLSTEIN is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, Late Empire (Copper Canyon, 2017). She co-founded and for ten years directed the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Tuesday June 19, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
 
Wednesday, June 20
 

7:30pm

7:30pm

Juniper Reading Series
Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003

RICKEY LAURENTIIS is the author of Boy with Thorn, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Levis Reading Prize, and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery award.

MARGARET WILKERSON SEXTON is a recipient of the Lombard Fellowship and spent a year in the Dominican Republic working for a civil rights organization and writing. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was long-listed for the National Book Award, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


Wednesday June 20, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
 
Thursday, June 21
 

6:00pm

Poets! Speak!
MassArt's sparc! the ArtMobile and Violence Transformed present a Poetry & Art Workshop.
Using poetry to craft our journey, we aim to motivate, encourage social awarenss, and express notions of home and community. We will consider housing stability and displacement, while imagin our dream home and memories of home with lively discussions and interactive experiences. No writing or art experience necessary.
Registration required. To RSVP call 617-879-7330 or visit https://goo.gl/9XDzVn

Readers/Speakers

Thursday June 21, 2018 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Grove Hall Branch of the BPL 41 Geneva Ave, Dorchester, MA

6:30pm

Every Third Thursday Read & Write
Join the crew over at Corner Art Room every THIRD Thursday of each month, for a reading group/writing workshop hosted by Dan Carey. The group will begin by discussing the various books everyone has been reading since the last session, then transitions into a themed writing workshop, including exercises which will hopefully influence attendees to continue in their creative progress outside of class.

Hosts

Thursday June 21, 2018 6:30pm - 7:45pm
The Corner Art Room 6 Academy Hill Road, Brighton, MA 02135

7:30pm

Juniper Reading Series
Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003

CAMILLE RANKINE’S first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses, was published in 2016 by Copper Canyon. She is the recipient of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts, and was named an Honorary Cave Canem Fellow.

MATTHEW ZAPRUDER is the author of four collections of poetry and Why Poetry, a book of prose. An associate professor in the MFA at Saint Mary’s College of California, he is also editor at large at Wave Books.

LENI ZUMAS is the author of three books of fiction: Red Clocks, The Listeners, and Farewell Navigator. She lives in Oregon, where she teaches in the BFA and MFA programs at Portland State University.


Thursday June 21, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
 
Friday, June 22
 

7:30pm

Juniper Reading Series
Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003

ARTHUR FLOWERS is the author of novels, nonfiction and graphic works including Mojo Rising - Confessions of a 21st Century Conjureman, and I See the Promised Land.

NOY HOLLAND’S I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like, New and Selected Stories, was published by Counterpoint in January 2017. She has received a Massachusetts Cultural Council award for artistic merit and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.

DOROTHEA LASKY is the author of five books of poetry, including the forthcoming Milk (Wave Books, 2018). An assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University's School of the Arts, she co-directs Columbia Artist/Teachers and lives in New York City.


Friday June 22, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
 
Saturday, June 23
 

7:00pm

Solidarity Salon
A poetry reading by four local writers, combined with musical performance by Kay Patterson and art exhibit by Darci Hanna.

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Lisa DeSiro

Lisa DeSiro

Lisa DeSiro is the author of Labor (Nixes Mate, 2018) and Grief Dreams (White Knuckle Press, 2017). She is featured in Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017) and Thirty Days: The Best of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project’s First Year... Read More →
avatar for Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar is a poet and playwright from the Boston area who facilitates expressive writing workshops in a variety of settings. Kelly is proud to serve on the board and faculty of The International Women's Writing Guild. Her newest poetry and prose chapbook, Tree of the Apple, was... Read More →


Saturday June 23, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Third Life Studio 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA

7:00pm

Fourth Saturday Open Mic featuring Sarah Farnham, Erica Gilman, and Robert Racicot
The Fourth Saturday Open Mic will next meet on Saturday, March 24, 2018, to Barnes & Noble on Lincoln Street in Worcester. Open mic at 7 pm, featured poets to follow. This month three students from Worcester State University will be the featured readers. We welcome Sarah Farnham, Erica Gilman, and Robert Racicot.

After the featured poets read the gathered poetry lovers adjourn to the in-store coffee shop and chat about whatever comes up until management pushes us out the door at closing -- at about 10 pm. Please join us.



7:30pm

Juniper Reading Series
Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003

MITCHELL S. JACKSON’S debut novel is The Residue Years. He received a Whiting Award and The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence.

PAUL LISICKY is the author of memoirs, novels, and Unbuilt Projects, a collection of short prose.

DARA WIER’S newest book of poems is in the still of the night (Wave Books, 2017). She is a publisher and editor of the small independent press factory hollow press, and the literary magazine jubilat. She co-founded the Juniper Initiative for literary arts and action and the Juniper Summer Writing Institute and Workshops.


Saturday June 23, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
 
Sunday, June 24
 

4:00pm

Poetry in the Garden

Sunday June 24, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Somerville Community Growing Center 22 Vinal Ave, Somerville

4:00pm

Poetry in the Garden

Sunday June 24, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Somerville Community Growing Center 22 Vinal Ave, Somerville
 
Monday, June 25
 

9:00am

 
Tuesday, June 26
 

7:00pm

The Thirsty Lab Poetry Reading with Susan Roney-O'Brien
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, though this month their feature will be the series host, Susan Roney-O'Brien

Susan earned an MA in Education in 1989 from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., and an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, N.C., where she studied with Eleanor Wilner, Robert Wrigley, Ira Sadof, Edward Hirsch, and Ellen Bryant Voigt. She attended The Frost Place on four occasions and was a resident at Dorset House in Vermont. She has been giving poetry readings for many years and worked as a poet-in-the-schools and storyteller for ten years before becoming a middle school teacher. She curates a Princeton, Mass., reading series at The Thirsty Lab, and has received MCC grants to bring poets to her community.

Readers/Speakers


Tuesday June 26, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Thirsty Lab 206 Worcester Road, Princeton, MA
 
Wednesday, July 11
 

6:30pm

Poetry in the Garden
Join us for a reading in Somervill's urban oasis.

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Ralph Pennel

Ralph Pennel

Lecturer in English and Media Studies, Bentley Univesity
Ralph Pennel is the author of A World Less Perfect for Dying In, published by Cervena Barva Press. His writing has appeared in Literary Orphans, F(r)iction, Tarpaulin Sky, The Cape Rock, Right Hand Pointing, Rain Taxi Review of Books and various other publications. Ralph teaches poetry... Read More →


Wednesday July 11, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Somerville Community Growing Center 22 Vinal Ave, Somerville
 
Thursday, July 12
 

6:30pm

 
Wednesday, July 18
 

TBA

“Breath and Matter” A Boston Sculptors Gallery project
“Breath and Matter” is a Boston Sculptors Gallery project where visual artists and literary artists create a conversation between the physical medium of sculpture and tangible text. Each sculptor and each poet will create a new piece that responds to their partner’s work. These paired works
will be shown in Boston MA in July of 2018. Moerlein explains, “I was reading about the close relationships that developed in the salons of Paris in the 1920’s between painters, sculptors and the literary world. I realized that as an avid reader I drew deeply from the written word, yet Ipersonally knew few accomplished writers. I organized this show, Breath and Matter hoping the
conversations and introductions it creates might blossom into a deeper engagement for everyone.”

The dates of the show are July 18 -  August 12, 2018. Andy Moerlein, one of the curators, is the contact. His email: andymoerlein@gmail.com

Readers/Speakers
JC

Jodi Colella

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Wednesday July 18, 2018 TBA
SOWA 530 HARRISON AVE, BOSTON, MA 02118

7:00pm

Lynne Viti and Heather Bryant
Readers/Speakers
avatar for Lynne Viti

Lynne Viti

Senior lecturer in Writing, Wellesley College
My newest poetry collection, The Glamorganshire Bible, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in May 2018, and Origami Poems Project published my microchapbook, "Punting," in January 2018.My previous chapbook, Baltimore Girls, was published in March 2017. I'm featured as one of... Read More →


Wednesday July 18, 2018 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Wellfleet Public Library Wellfleet, MA 02667
 
Sunday, August 26
 

4:00pm

Poetry in the Garden
Join us for an afternoon reading in the shade.


Sunday August 26, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Somerville Community Growing Center 22 Vinal Ave, Somerville
 


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