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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
 
Friday, October 25
 

6:00pm

"What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump": A Reading and Book Launch
What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump is an anthology of poems in the Age of Trump—and much more than Trump. These are poems that either embody or express a sense of empathy or outrage, both prior to and following his election, since it is empathy the president lacks and outrage he provokes. The ninety-three poets featured include Elizabeth Alexander, Julia Alvarez, Richard Blanco, Carolyn Forché, Aracelis Girmay, Donald Hall, Juan Felipe Herrera, Yusef Komunyakaa, Naomi Shihab Nye, Marge Piercy, Robert Pinsky, Danez Smith, Patricia Smith, Brian Turner, Ocean Vuong, Bruce Weigl, and Eleanor Wilner.

Joining the book’s editor, Martín Espada, there will be readings by Doug Anderson, Naomi Ayala, Sean Bates, Brian Clements, Adam Grabowski, Paul Mariani, Leslie McGrath, Richard Michelson, and Lauren Marie Schmidt.

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Richard Michelson

Richard Michelson is the author of More Money than God (Pitt Poetry Series, February 2015), Battles and Lullabies (U of Illinois), Tap Dancing for the Relatives (U of Florida), and two fine press collaborations with the artist Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna Press. His many children’s... Read More →



6:30pm

Open Mic at the Corner Art Room
Come by the Corner Art Room on Friday Night for a creative writing open mic.  Share original work, or some of your favorite writing!

Hosts

Friday October 25, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Corner Art Room 6 Academy Hill Road, Brighton, MA 02135
 
Saturday, October 26
 

10:30am

Deep Dive: Art & Poetry
Writing Workshop with Poet-In-Residence Jamele Adams                                                                              

This is an all-ages writing workshop, as a part of the ICA Play Date series. Play Dates offer FREE admission for up to 2 adults per family when accompanied by children ages 12 and under. Youth 17 and under are always admitted free to the ICA.


jamele adams aka Harlym 1Two5 remains well known nationally and in multitudes poetry circles. Known as Harlym 125, he is a frequent and highly regarded figure in competitions, performance, concert and beyond. 125 has become a part of the Boston area poetry scene and joined teams of poets who have won numerous competitions regionally and nationally. 125 has also become well known in the Boston area for his work leading workshops dealing with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Several times in the last couple of years, Harlym has been called to local high schools, colleges and communities to help bring a calm and constructive unity after incidents of racial injustice have occurred. Known for his work, Harlym 1Two5 is often asked to be a panelist or to give presentations on a broad range of topics regarding diversity and pluralism, and also is asked to prepare presentations in response to very specific incidents or conditions. Appearing at dozens of college campuses every year. He is the "HUMAN HIGHLIGHT OF POETRY AND EDU-ACTIVISM."

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Saturday October 26, 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
ICA Boston 100 Northern Avenue Boston

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

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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 Featuring Robert Racicot

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 29th for our new monthly open mic and featured poetry reading series The Poetorium at Starlite hosted by Paul Szlosek (Co-host and Co-founder Ron Whittle is currently on hiatus due to illness). It will be a full evening of poetry and spoken word starting with a brief interview on stage with our featured poet Robert Racicot, author of “The Legend of Carbuncle Pond” (our previously announced feature Howard J. Kogan has had to postpone his reading because of injury), 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 5-minute slots for each reader). To celebrate Halloween, attendees are encouraged this night to wear masks or costumes and read a scary or Halloween-themed poem in the open reading.  Admission is free (but a hat will be passed to pay our feature).

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

Readers/Speakers


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

Readers/Speakers

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

7:00pm

Raise Your Verse Finale and Reading
Join Mass Poetry at our “Raise Your Verse Finale & Reading” on Monday, November 4th from 7-8:30pm at Porter Square Books!

Come celebrate the conclusion of Mass Poetry’s fall fundraiser, Raise Your Verse, with a night of poetry! Join us for food, great company, readings by participants and supporters of Raise Your Verse, and maybe even some prizes!

Check out the event on Porter Square Books' website here!


Monday November 4, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Porter Square Books 25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140
 
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
avatar for Ellen Dore Watson

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
avatar for Karen Skolfield

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. 


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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
 
Sunday, November 10
 

10:30am

Deep Dive: Art & Poetry
Writing Workshop with Poet-In-Residence Enzo Silon Surin                                                                           

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


Enzo Silon Surin, Haitian-born poet, educator, speaker, publisher and social advocate, is the author of two chapbooks, A Letter of Resignation: An American Libretto (2017) and Higher Ground. He is the recipient of a Brother Thomas Fellowship from The Boston Foundation and is a PEN New England Celebrated New Voice in Poetry. Surin’s work gives voice to experiences that take place in what he calls “broken spaces” and his poems have appeared in numerous publications including Crab Orchard Review, Origins, and Transition Magazine/Jalada. Surin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University and is currently Professor of English at Bunker Hill Community College and founding editor and publisher at Central Square Press. His debut full-length poetry collection, When My Body Was A Clinched Fist, is due out from Black Lawrence Press (Summer 2020).

Readers/Speakers
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Enzo Silon Surin

Editor/Publisher, Central Square Press
Enzo Silon Surin is a Haitian-born poet, publisher, advocate and author of the chapbook Higher Ground (Finishing Line Press). He was recognized in 2015 by PEN New England (New England’s chapter of PEN American Center) as a Celebrated New Voice in Poetry. His work has appeared in... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:30am - 12:30pm
ICA Boston 100 Northern Avenue Boston
 
Wednesday, November 13
 

6:00pm

Writing Elizabeth Bishop: A Biographer's Journey
The WCPA is excited to bring Thomas Travisano to the Worcester Historical Museum for a lecture on his new biography, "Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop." We'll have a period for questions following the lecture. We'll close the night with a book signing.

Thomas Travisano is the founding president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society and the author of Elizabeth Bishop: Her Artistic Development and Midcentury Quartet: Bishop, Lowell, Jarrell, Berryman. He is the principal editor of the acclaimed Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell and served as co-editor of Elizabeth Bishop in the 21st Century and the three-volume New Anthology of American Poetry. Travisano's work on Love Unknown was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society. He is an Emeritus Professor of English at Hartwick College.

Readers/Speakers


Wednesday November 13, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Worcester Historical Museum 30 Elm St, Worcester, MA
 
Thursday, November 14
 

8:00pm

Reading: Ocean Vuong
Limited Capacity seats available

The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers presents a reading by Ocean Vuong on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. The reading will be followed by a book signing, Q&A, and refreshments. This reading is co-sponsored by the UMass Libraries.

Ocean Vuong is the author of the debut novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, out from Penguin Press (2019) and forthcoming in 24 other languages worldwide. A recipient of a 2019 MacArthur "Genius" Grant, 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, VICE, The Fantastic Man, 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. 
Novelist Jeff Parker, director of the UMass Amherst MFA Program, says of Vuong: "We in the MFA program at UMass know Ocean Vuong as a generous mentor and a thoughtful, warm, good-humored spirit and force for good in literature and in the world. On top of all that he is one of the most soulful poets and novelists of our time with urgent, critical, essential stories to share."

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, the English Department, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, the Comparative Literature Department, and others. 

All events are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.


 
Saturday, November 16
 

2:00pm

For All the Tea in Zhongguó
Rodger Martin and Ann Shi will read poems from Martin's latest volume, "For All the Tea in Zhngguó." The book has, in two parts, Rodger's poems which have been published in China over the past three decades, and Chinese New Pastoral poets who he has collaborated with and published in the U.S. over the same period. Martin will read poems in English; Shi will read poems in Mandarin.

Rodger Martin's new book of poems in two languages, "For All The Tea in Zhngguó," was released in 2019 by Hobblebush Books. In 2012 he was chosen as the poet to represent the U.S. at Hangzhou, China's international cultural festival. He returned in 2015 to read and lecture on poetry at Nanjing University and Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. His poem, "The Anchor," was etched in stone at a reflecting pool at Shanghai University for International Business and Economics.

Ann Shi is a member of the teaching faculty and department chair for World Languages at St. Johns High School in Shrewsbury, MA. She holds Masters Degrees from both the University of Wisconsin and Framingham State College.
Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association
(worcestercountypoetry.org) and the Worcester PopUp
(worcesterpopup.org).

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Readers/Speakers


Saturday November 16, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Worcester Pop-up 38 Franklin Street, Worcester, MA
 
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
 
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.


 
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.

Readers/Speakers
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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
 
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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