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Thursday, December 12
 

5:30pm

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


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

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


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

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

7:00pm

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

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Thursday December 12, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Roslindale House 120 Poplar Street, Roslindale
 
Friday, December 13
 

7:00pm

Amherst Books, Janet MacFayden
Local poet Janet MacFadyen will read from her recent collection of poetry, Adrift in the House of Rocks—which is focused on southern Utah.   Her reading will be accompanied by slides by her husband Stephen Schmidt.   MacFadyen is author of several previously published volumes of poetry, including Newfoundland JournalIn the Province Lands, & In Defense of Stones; she is also managing editor of Slate Roof Press.   Schmidt’s photography has appeared in Sierra Magazine, among other publications.

Readers/Speakers
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Janet MacFadyen

Managing Editor, Slate Roof Press
Janet is author of four works, most recently Waiting to Be Born (Dos Madres Press 2017) and In the Provincelands (Slate Roof Press 2012). Her poetry has been nominated the Forward Prize (UK), and twice for a Pushcart. It has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The Southern Poetry Review... Read More →


Friday December 13, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Amherst Books 8 Main Street, Amherst, MA

7:30pm

Chapter and Verse Reading Series, Jamaica Pond Poets
Chapter and Verse is a free literary reading series sponsored by the Jamaica Pond Poets, usually on the second Friday of the month, from October through May. The events take place at the Loring Greenough House in Jamaica Plain at 7:30 PM (for map and directions, see below). The operating committee members are  Dorothy Derifield, Sandra Storey, Susanna Kittridge, Jennifer Markell, and Alan Smith Soto
There are three readers followed by free refreshments. Open to all. Please join us. A $5.00 donation is requested but not required.For more information, contact dorothy.derifield@gmail.com
 
Biographies of Our Next Readers 
December 13, 2019,   Friday, at 7:30 PM



Friday December 13, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Loring-Greenough House 12 South St., Jamaica Plain
 
Saturday, December 14
 

4:00pm

John Hennessy & Katia Kapovich
Poetry Reading!
KATIA KAPOVICH is the author of eight Russian collections and of two volumes of English verse, Gogol in Rome (Salt, 2004, shortlisted for England’s 2005 Jerwood Alderburgh Prize) and Cossacks and Bandits (Salt, 2008). Her English language poetry has appeared in the London Review of Books, Poetry, The New Republic, Harvard Review, The Independent, The Common, Jacket, Plume and numerous other periodicals, as well as in several anthologies including Best American Poetry 2007 and Poetry 180 (Random House, Billy Collins, Ed.)  Katia Kapovich, the recipient of the 2001 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the U.S. Library of Congress, and a poet-in-residence at Amherst College in 2007, lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she co-edits the respected annual Fulcrum with her husband Philip Nikolayev. She is the recipient of the 2013 Russian Prize in the category “Short Fiction”.
http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poet/item/15895/Katia-Kapovich 
“Katia Kapovich’s writing retains all her familiar virtues – her marvelous sense of story, her fearless but elegant use of form, her wit and delight in the world. She moves with lyric ease between Cambridge and Russia, between sensuous apprehensions of American life and memories of friends and family left behind. Some of her poems, especially those written in a tone of wry lament, and from a position of difficult exile, are absolutely heartbreaking.”—
James Wood
Photograph of Katia Kapovich by Tonya Lifshits.

John Hennessy is the author of two collections, Coney Island Pilgrims and Bridge and Tunnel, and his poems appear in many journals and anthologies, including The Believer, Best American Poetry, Harvard Review, The Huffington Post, Jacket (Australia), The New Republic, Poetry, The Poetry Review (UK), Poetry at Sangam (India), and Poetry Ireland Review. He is the co-translator, with Ostap Kin, of A New Orthography, selected poems by Serhiy Zhadan, forthcoming in 2020; Hennessy and Kin won the John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize for Translation from Poetry magazine for poems from this book. Hennessy is the poetry editor of The Common and teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Saturday December 14, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Outpost 186 186 1/2 Hampshire Street Cambridge

7:30pm

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

Readers/Speakers
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Lisa DeSiro

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

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


Saturday December 14, 2019 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Lilypad 1353 Cambridge St. Cambridge
 
Sunday, December 15
 

2:00pm

Brookline Poetry Series: Alan Shapiro and Dorian Kotsiopoulos
December 15, 2019
Featured Reader: Alan Shapiro
Alan Shapiro has published many poetry collections (including Reel to Reel, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Night of the Republic, finalist for both the National Book Award and the International Griffin Prize), four books of prose, including The Last Happy Occasion, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, LA Times Book Prize, an award in literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and The William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, he is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Recent books include Life Pig (poems), That Self-Forgetful Perfectly Useless Concentration (essays), and his latest, Against Translation (poems), all from University of Chicago press. Shapiro is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of English at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Opening Reader: Dorian Kotsiopoulos
Dorian Kotsiopoulos has been featured at various poetry venues in Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in literary and medical journals, including Poet LoreSalamanderNew England Journal of MedicineJAMAWomen’s Review of BooksThird Wednesday, and Smartish Pace. Dorian loves studying poetry at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.



 
Tuesday, December 17
 

7:00pm

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

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

7:00pm

Nina McLaughlin Reading
Tue, December 17, 7pm – 9pm
Where: 6 Plympton St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA (map)
Description: Join us for a reading Nina MacLaughlinn reading from Wake Siren


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Tuesday December 17, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Grolier Poetry Bookshop Plympton Street Cambridge
 
Thursday, December 19
 

7:00pm

A Window on the World through the Eyes of the Zimbabwean Poet Togara Muzanenhamo
A Window on the World through the Eyes of the Zimbabwean Poet Togara Muzanenhamo


Togara Muzanenhamo reads from his three collections of poetry. Muzanenhamo was born in Lusaka, Zambia and raised on a farm in Zimbabwe. He has studied in the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom. His poems have been widely published in numerous international journals and broadcast on radio and television. His first collection, Spirit Brides (2006), was shortlisted for the Jerwood Alderburg First Collection Prize, his second collection, Gumiguru (2014), was shortlisted for the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry and his third book, Textures ( 2014 -in collaboration with John Eppel) won the National Arts and Merit Awards for Literature. Muzanenhamo lives with his partner and children in Zimbabwe.
This event is co-sponsored by the New England Poetry Club.


Thursday December 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Cambridge Public Library 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
Friday, January 3
 

7:00pm

Poetry in the Parlor, curated by the New England Poetry Club
Friday, January 3, 7 pm
Poetry in the Parlor, curated by the New England Poetry Club
Kenneth Lee, Gloria Mindock, and Tontongi
The Old Manse
Concord, MA


Friday January 3, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Old Manse Monument Street, Concord

7:00pm

Unearthed Song & Poetry Open Mic: Oliver de la Paz
  • January 3, Time 7:00PM - 9:30PM. home.stead bakery & cafeUnearthed Song & Poetry Open Mic  




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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 →


 
Friday, January 10
 

7:00pm

Brookline Booksmith: Five Brookline Poets Reading
Five Brookline Poets share their work with the community that inspired them. »Zvi Sesling is the Poet Laureate of Brookline, MA and a prize winning poet. He has been published widely in print and online nationally and internationally. Sesling is Editor of Muddy River Poetry Review, publishes Muddy River Books and reviews for the Boston Small Press and Poetry Scene.
Jan Schreiber is an American poet, translator, and literary critic who has been part of the renascence of formal poetry that began in the late twentieth century. He is the author of four books of verse, two books of verse translation and one book of literary criticism.
Judith Steinbergh was selected as first Poet Laureate for the town of Brookline, MA for a 3 year term ending on April 1, 2015. She is the author of 4 poetry books and 3 poetry teaching texts. She also teaches and mentors students and teachers for Troubadour, Inc.
Deborah Leipziger is an author, poet, and professor. Her chapbook, Flower Map, was published by Finishing Line Press (2013). In 2014, her poem “Written on Skin” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Born in Brazil, Ms. Leipziger is the author of several books on human rights and sustainability. Her poems have been published in SalamanderVoices IsraelPOESYWilderness House ReviewIbbetson Street, and the Muddy River Poetry Review.
Tino Villanueva is the author of seven books of poetry and has taught creative writing at the University of Texas-Austin, the College of William & Mary, and Bowdoin College. His artwork has appeared on the covers and pages of national and international journals such as NexosGreen Mountains ReviewTriQuarterlyParnassus, and MELUS. He teaches in the Department of Romance Studies at Boston University.






Friday January 10, 2020 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Brookline Booksmith Coolidge Corner, Brookline
 
Saturday, January 11
 

3:00pm

Powow River Poets Reading Series: Elizabeth Wolf and Anton Yakovlev
The bimonthly Powow River Poets Readings Series, started in 1992, is free and open to the public, and includes an Open Mic. Poetry enthusiasts are urged to attend. Most readings are held on the second Saturday of the month at 3:00 p.m. at the Newburyport Public Library, 94 State Street in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Past readers have featured such eminent poets as former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, X.J. Kennedy, Alicia Stallings, David Ferry, Robert Shaw, and talented newcomers like Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize recipient Rose Kelleher. 
Recent invited poets included New Criterion Award winner Dan Brown, poet and translator Rachel Hadas, magazine editors and award-winning poets David Yezzi and Joseph Bottum. Other Powow readers include Catherine Tufariello, Josh Mehigan, Mimi White, Catherine Chandler, Ernie Hilbert, Rick Mullin, Nick Balbo, Annie Finch, and other fine poets and friends of the formalist tradition.
The Open Mic is limited to ten poets, so come early to the library to sign up. The time limit is one poem or two minutes, whichever is shorter, so please time your reading when you rehearse.   



Saturday January 11, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Newburyport Public Library 94 State Street Newburyport
 
Sunday, January 12
 

3:00pm

 
Tuesday, January 14
 

7:00pm

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

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

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Tuesday January 14, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Silver Unicorn Bookstore 12 Spruce Street, Acton, MA
 
Thursday, January 16
 

7:00pm

Transnational Series: E.J. Koh in conversation with Jennifer Tseng
The Magical Language of Others is a powerful and aching love story in letters, from mother to daughter. After living in America for over a decade, Eun Ji Koh’s parents return to South Korea for work, leaving fifteen-year-old Eun Ji and her brother behind in California. Overnight, Eun Ji finds herself abandoned and adrift in a world made strange by her mother’s absence. Her mother writes letters, in Korean, over the years seeking forgiveness and love–letters Eun Ji cannot fully understand until she finds them years later hidden in a box.
The Magical Language of Others weaves a profound tale of hard-won selfhood and our deep bonds to family, place, and language, introducing–in Eun Ji Koh–a singular, incandescent voice.
E. J. Koh is the author of the poetry collection A Lesser Love, winner of the Pleiades Editors Prize (Louisiana State U. Press, 2017). Her poems, translations, and stories have appeared in Boston ReviewLos Angeles Review of Books, and World Literature Today, among others. She is the recipient of The MacDowell Colony and Kundiman fellowships and a 2017 ALTA Emerging Translator Mentorship, and was runner-up for the 2018 Prairie Schooner Summer Nonfiction Prize.
Jennifer Tseng’s flash fiction collection, The Passion of Woo & Isolde (Rose Metal Press 2017), was a Firecracker Award finalist and winner of an Eric Hoffer Book Award; and her novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness (Europa Editions 2015), was shortlisted for the PEN American Center’s Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the New England Book Award. She’s also published three award-winning books of poetry, The Man With My Face (AAWW 2005); the bilingual Red Flower, White Flower (Marick Press 2013) featuring Chinese translations by Mengying Han and Aaron Crippen; and Not so dear Jenny (Bateau Press 2017), poems made with her Chinese father’s English letters. Jennifer and her sister, visual artist Amanda Tseng, collaborate on Instagram @tseng.sisters, using the hashtag #sistersreadingsisters. Together, her sister’s images and her micro reviews celebrate books by women of color, queer women and women in translation—past, present, and future.


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Thursday January 16, 2020 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Brookline Booksmith Coolidge Corner, Brookline
 
Sunday, January 19
 

3:00pm

Brookline Poetry Series: Rodney Jones
January 19, 2020
Featured Reader: Rodney Jones
Rodney Jones is the author of eleven books of poems. His honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Harper Lee Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Award, and he has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize. His poems have appeared widely in magazines and in nine editions of Best American PoetryVillage Prodigies, his latest book, doubles as a book of poems and an experimental novel. He lives in New Orleans and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College.
Opening Reader: Mitch Manning
Mitch Manning is the author of city of water (Arrowsmith, 2019). He’s taught poetry in central China and his poems have been read in Basra, southern Iraq as part of the Boston to Basra Project. He teaches in the English and Labor Studies programs at UMass Boston, and is Associate Director at the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences. He’s an Associate Editor for CONSEQUENCE magazine and founder of NO INFINITE, a journal of petry, art, and protest. Poems and interviews published in The DorisBOOG CityLet The Bucket DownCONSEQUENCESundialHollowGAFF and more.


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Tuesday, January 28
 

7:00pm

The Poetorium at Starlite Reading Series & Open Mic Featuring Richard H. Fox
Please join us on January 28th for our 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 our featured poet Richard H. Fox (Author of Time Bomb, Wandering in Puzzle Boxes, You're My Favorite Horse, and The Complete Uncle Louie Poems), 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). Admission is free (but a hat will be passed to pay our features)


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
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Richard Fox

Richard H. Fox dreams three-decker rainbows encircle The Woo. When not writing about rock ’n roll or youthful transgressions, his poems focus on cancer from the patient’s point of view drawing on hope, humor, and unforeseen gifts. He is the author of three poetry collections: Time... Read More →
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Ron Whittle

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

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



Tuesday January 28, 2020 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Starlite Bar & Gallery 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge, MA, USA
 
Friday, February 7
 

7:00pm

Bradley Trumpfheller: Reconstructions Book Release
Local poet (and Booksmith staff member!) Bradley Trumpfheller shares their beautiful collection.
“Bradley Trumpfheller has made for us (the ‘unbecame beloved across’) a simply stunning book that begs to be read aloud. I’m reminded here how tender and intelligent, how generous and fierce one must be to play with language, to let it make and be made from one’s body, to construct and to be re-constructed, to say anything one means and know ‘it will never mean again, not even now.”
-TC Tolbert, author of Gephyromania
Bradley Trumpfheller is from Alabama & Virginia. Their work has appeared in PoetryThe NationjubilatIndiana Review, and elsewhere. They co-edit Divedapper & currently live in Massachusetts.


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Friday February 7, 2020 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Brookline Booksmith Coolidge Corner, Brookline
 
Tuesday, February 25
 

7:00pm

The Poetorium at Starlite Reading Series & Open Mic Featuring Adam Grabowski
Please join us on February 25th for our 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 our featured poet Adam Grabowski (Author of The Washing Our Hands EP), 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). Admission is free (but a hat will be passed to pay our features)

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
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Ron Whittle

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

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



Tuesday February 25, 2020 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Starlite Bar & Gallery 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge, MA, USA