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Wednesday, October 2
 

7:00pm

WCPA Oct. 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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Sunday, October 6
 

2:00pm

Gilgamesh at the Worcester Art Museum
The WCPA is pleased to partner with the Worcester Art Museum to bring the epic of Gilgamesh alive through the work of Sebastian Lockwood.  Join us for this public performance on a Free First Sunday at Worcester Art Museum.

Storyteller and teacher, Sebastian Lockwood tells the great epics: Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Caesar, Beowulf, and Monkey. His studies in Classics and Anthropology at Boston University and Cambridge University in the UK laid the foundation for bringing these great tales into performance. Lockwood's performances are designed to take complex texts and make them accessible and exciting for audiences from 5 to 95. Lockwood has tutored and taught classes in higher education for 25 years

Co-Founder / Co-Host
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Sunday October 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Worcester Art Museum 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
 
Wednesday, October 9
 

6:00pm

A Tribute to Elizabeth Bishop
Bedlam Book Cafe and the Worcester County Poetry Association invite you to A Tribute to Elizabeth Bishop on Wednesday, October 9th. A poetry open mic will be followed by a reading of Bishop's poetry by Therese Gleason Carr. Bishop, a Worcester native, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet known for a meticulously observant, understated style that at the same time evokes powerful emotions. Free and open to the public!

An open poetry reading will proceed the feature. Please bring a poem or two to share, or just sit back and listen.

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Wednesday October 9, 2019 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Bedlam Book Cafe 138 Greet St, Suite 1, Worcester, MA
 
Thursday, October 10
 

7:00pm

1+1 Poetry Reading at 19 Carter in Berlin
Please join the Worcester County Poetry Association (WCPA) for a reading in our 1+1 Poetry Series. 1+1 invites a seasoned poet to bring newer poetic voices forward. Tonight, Susan Roney-O'Brien of Princeton, and her guest Robert Racicot of Oxford, will read their poetry. We'll start the event with a poetry open reading; all are welcome to read their own work or to cover the work of their favorite poet.

Free and open to the public. Please join us.



Thursday October 10, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
19 Carter 19 Carter Street, Berlin, MA 01503
 
Saturday, October 12
 

2:00pm

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




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


Hosts
DM

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 →



 
Wednesday, October 16
 

7:30pm

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

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

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Tuesday, October 22
 

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
 
Tuesday, October 29
 

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
avatar for Paul Szlosek

Paul Szlosek

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

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

Readers/Speakers


 
Saturday, November 9
 

2:00pm

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




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


Hosts
DM

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 →



 
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.

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

#MakeArtEverywhere
#WorcesterCulturalCoalition
#TheWorcesterPopUp

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

Readers/Speakers


Tuesday November 26, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Starlite Bar & Gallery 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge, MA, USA
 
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.


 


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