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Thursday, June 20
 

7:30pm

Juniper Summer Writing Institute Reading Series: CAConrad and LeAnne Howe
CACONRAD is the author of nine books of poetry and essays including While Standing in Line for Death, which received the 2018 Lambda Award, A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon, and The Book of Frank. A recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, they also received The Believer Magazine Book Award and The Gil Ott Book Award.

LEANNE HOWE’s Savage Conversations from Coffee House Press, February 2019, is set in 1875 and is the story of Mary Todd Lincoln and a Savage Indian spirit she invented who tortures her nightly. A citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, her awards include the Western Literature Association’s 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award for her body of work; the inaugural 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures; a 2012 United States Artists Ford Fellowship; a 2010 Fulbright Scholarship to Jordan; and an American Book Award in 2002 for her first novel, Shell Shaker.

Readings begin at 7:30 pm and are free, accessible, and open to the public. Books will be available for sale, and the authors available for signings. 


The Juniper Summer Writing Institute, in association with the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers, brings together writers of all levels to work closely with world-renowned poets and writers. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and memoir are the heart of the program that includes craft sessions and manuscript consultation with guest writers.

Thursday June 20, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
The Old Chapel, University of Massachusetts Amherst 144 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01002
 
Friday, June 21
 

6:30pm

Emily Dickinson Museum Art Installation Opening
Join us at The Emily Dickinson Museum to celebrate the opening of our inaugural Conservatory Art Installation! On June 21, from 6:30 to 8:00PM, Tereza Swanda will transform the Conservatory with her exhibition of stained and painted glass. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts and the Massachusetts College of Art and an Instructor of Art at Dean College, Swanda will transform the Conservatory alongside glass artist Ingrid Pichler and musician Fletcher Boote with their exhibit “In formation.”  

Taking the Emily Dickinson poem “Nature is what we see” as the starting point, the installation will include stained and painted paper hung from the windows in the Conservatory to mimic the colors of a sunset. Providing each visitor with a sense of what Dickinson saw from her conservatory windows, the medium will also make malleable the experience of the artwork, changing with the time of the day and the amount of light present. In addition to this visual component, the landscape will be translated into sound by Boote that wordlessly references Emily Dickinson’s poetry. 


Friday June 21, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Emily Dickinson Museum 280 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002

7:30pm

Juniper Summer Writing Institute Reading Series: Noy Holland and Ocean Vuong
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 been a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council award for artistic merit and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

OCEAN VUONG is the author of the best-selling poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, and the debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin 2019). He is the winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

Readings begin at 7:30 pm and are free, accessible, and open to the public. Books will be available for sale, and the authors available for signings.


The Juniper Summer Writing Institute, in association with the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers, brings together writers of all levels to work closely with world-renowned poets and writers. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and memoir are the heart of the program that includes craft sessions and manuscript consultation with guest writers.

Friday June 21, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Bezanson Recital Hall—Fine Arts Center, UMass Amherst
 
Saturday, June 22
 

3:00pm

 
Monday, June 24
 

7:00pm

Joan Houlihan & Kevin Prufer
Monday June 24, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Marran Theater 34 Mellen St, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Tuesday, June 25
 

5:30pm

Writers Read: Catherine Stearns, Richard Wollman, & Susan Edwards Richmond
Catherine (Kate) Stearns is writer-in-residence at Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury. Her first book, The Transparency of Skin (New Rivers Press), won the Minnesota Voices Project Prize. She has received grants and awards from the Iowa Arts Council, the Loft-McKnight Foundation, The Dana Award, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her poems have been anthologized in writing by American women abroad (New Rivers Press) and in a collection of British and American poetry (Swallow Press). She has recent poems in Poetry Daily, CALYX, New Ohio Review, and The Yale Review, and her chapbook Then & Again was published in 2018 by Slate Roof Press.

Richard Wollman is the author of Evidence of Things Seen (Sheep Meadow Press), A Cemetery Affair (Finishing Line Press), and Changeable Gods (forthcoming, Slate Roof Press). His awards include the Gulf Coast Prize, the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for poems on the Jewish Experience, and the Boyle/Farber Award from the New England Poetry Club. His poems appear in New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, American Literary Review, and Poetry Daily. He is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Simmons University in Boston.

Susan Edwards Richmond is the author of five poetry collections: Before We Were Birds, Purgatory Chasm, and Boto (all by Adastra Press); Increase (FootHills Publishing); and Birding in Winter (Finishing Line Press). Fred Marchant writes of Before We Were Birds (2017): With stunning imagery and gentle, meditative music, Richmond conjures a sense of sacred wildness in all things. Susan’s poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Appalachia, Blueline, The Iowa Review, Poetry East, Runes, and Sanctuary: the Journal of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. She earned an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis, and a B.A. with Honors in English from Williams College. She has taught at U.C. Davis, Clark University, Boston University, Emerson College, and the Shirley Medium Correctional Facility. She is poet-in-residence at Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio in Harvard, MA, where she curates a Poem of the Month and organizes an annual plein air poetry walk and chapbook, and teaches in Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Community Preschool. Susan’s first children’s book, Bird Count, will be released from Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc. in October 2019. www.susanedwardsrichmond.com.


Tuesday June 25, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Lee Library 100 Main St, Lee, MA 01238

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 June 25th 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 Stephen Campiglio (Author of Cross-Fluence and Verbal Clouds through Various Magritte Skies), 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).

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
Ron Whittle born in Worcester, MA in 1947. Ron was educated in his home town of Shrewsbury Massachusetts Class of 1966. Further education came by way of the U.S. Navy, Veteran of the Vietnam conflict,  Apollo 13 recovery team and 45 years of family living. Ron divides his time between... Read More →

Readers/Speakers
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Stephen Campiglio

Stephen Campiglio, a longtime Worcester arts organizer, and member of the former Noh Place Artists Cooperative,  now makes his home in southern Worcester county and works in Continuing Education at Manchester Community College in Connecticut, where he founded and directed the Mishi-maya-gat... Read More →



Tuesday June 25, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Starlite Bar & Gallery 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge, MA, USA
 
Saturday, June 29
 

2:00pm

Portrait of an Artist & Poet: Deborah Ogden and Melissa Silva
Deborah Ogden, Artist, and Melissa Silva, Poet will discuss the effect of Sound in Art and Poetry.

Deborah Ogden is an Artist, Decorative Painter, and Bhakta Yogini, who specializes in creating Sacred Art for Sacred Spaces. Her ‘Laughing Water Designs’ studio is currently housed at Sky Temple in Cohasset, and The Sandpaper Factory Building in Rockland Ma. Deb collaborates regularly with Sound, Poetry, Sacred Writings, and Mystical States of Being on the physical and non-physical planes. 

Melissa Silva is a Poet living in the Boston area. She has studied Asian, Experimental, and Sound Poetry, as well as Fiction Writing, and Storytelling. She is a co-founder of the Poetry Sisters Collective, and was a member of the performing collective Storytellers in Concert. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tuck Magazine, The Lily Review, Writing In A Woman's Voice, and others. She does promotion for Červená Barva Press, Somerville, MA.


Saturday June 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Arts at the Armory/Basement B8 191 Highland Avenue Somerville
 
Thursday, July 11
 

5:00pm

Amherst Arts Night Plus Open Mic
Join us at the Emily Dickinson Museum during Amherst Arts Night Plus on July 11, 2019 for our monthly Open Mic. Poets, writers, and performers of any kind are welcome! Come early to view the pop-up, contemporary art exhibition in the Homestead by our featured artist. The open mic begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by this month's featured readers. Those who would like to share their work should arrive between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. to sign up. 

This month's featured reader will be announced at a future date. This month’s featured artwork is our Conservatory Art Installation, “In formation,” by Tereza Swanda, Ingrid Pichler, and Fletcher Boote. The exhibit will be accompanied by a dance piece by Kelly Silliman.


Thursday July 11, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
The Emily Dickinson Museum 280 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002
 
Sunday, July 14
 

4:00pm

Poetry in the Garden
A reading by local poets.

Readers/Speakers
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Cammy Thomas

Cammy Thomas’ first book of poems, Cathedral of Wish, received the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Both it and her second book, Inscriptions, are published by Four Way Books. A fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation helped her complete Inscriptions... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Somerville Community Growing Center 22 Vinal Ave, Somerville
 
Tuesday, July 30
 

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 July 30th 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 Genie Johnson (First Place Winner in the 12th Annual Julius Sokenu Poetry Awards), 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).

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
Ron Whittle born in Worcester, MA in 1947. Ron was educated in his home town of Shrewsbury Massachusetts Class of 1966. Further education came by way of the U.S. Navy, Veteran of the Vietnam conflict,  Apollo 13 recovery team and 45 years of family living. Ron divides his time between... Read More →

Readers/Speakers
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Genie Johnson

Genie Johnson is a poet and writer currently enrolled as a student at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, CT. Her poetry has been published in The Chronicle, and she won First Place in the Annual Julius Sokenu Poetry Awards in 2019, as well as Second Place in 2018. Genie... Read More →



Tuesday July 30, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Starlite Bar & Gallery 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge, MA, USA
 
Tuesday, August 27
 

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 August 27th 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 Paul Richmond (US National Beat Poet Laureate for 2019-2020, and owner and operator of Human Error Publishing), 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
avatar for Paul Szlosek

Paul Szlosek

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

Ron Whittle

Co-Founder/Co-Host, The Poetorium at Starlite
Ron Whittle born in Worcester, MA in 1947. Ron was educated in his home town of Shrewsbury Massachusetts Class of 1966. Further education came by way of the U.S. Navy, Veteran of the Vietnam conflict,  Apollo 13 recovery team and 45 years of family living. Ron divides his time between... Read More →

Readers/Speakers
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Paul Richmond

Owner/ Operater, Humen Error Publishing
I run two monthly reading and an annual festival - Greenfield Annual Word Festival - www.gawfest.org and Word stage at the Garlic & Arts Festival and other events yearly. Always looking for feature writers. I also publish books. I have three books myself with my fourth coming out... Read More →



Tuesday August 27, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Starlite Bar & Gallery 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge, MA, USA
 
Friday, September 27
 

6:30pm

The Dogtown Writers Festival
We would like to share with you a new event for writers coming in September of 2019! The Dogtown Writers Festival is for writers of all levels and includes nearly every genre. The Poetry workshop will be held at the T.S. Eliot House in Gloucester, MA. Further details to be released in May 2019.

Journalist Sandy Tolan, author Anita Diamant, and many more!

Friday September 27, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm
126 East Main Street Gloucester, MA
 


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