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Saturday, August 24
 

7:00pm

Southboro Poetry Workshop @ The Fourth Saturday Open Mic
The Fourth Saturday Open Mic meets at Barnes & Noble on Lincoln Street in Worcester. Open mic at 7 pm, featured poets to follow. This month members of the bi-monthly Southboro Poetry Workshop will be the feature.

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

Readers/Speakers
Hosts


 
Tuesday, August 27
 

7:00pm

The Thirsty Lab Poetry Reading with Nancy Strong
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 Nancy Strong.


Tuesday August 27, 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 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
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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
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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
 
Wednesday, September 4
 

7:00pm

WCPA Sept. 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, September 14
 

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 →


7:00pm

Post Script - a poetry reading featuring J.D. Scrimgeour
The WCPA is pleased to sponsor a reading by the leaders of season seven of the Kunitz Boyhood Home Summer Writing Series at Bedlam Book Cafe.  The format will consist of a short open reading followed by a reading by the workshop leader. The readings are free and open to the public.

Readers/Speakers
avatar for J.D. Scrimgeour

J.D. Scrimgeour

Poetry & other Arts, Poetry & Nonfiction, Poetry about sport, Salem



Saturday September 14, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Bedlam Book Cafe 138 Greet St, Suite 1, Worcester, MA
 
Tuesday, September 24
 

7:00pm

The Thirsty Lab Poetry Reading with Jonathan Blake
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 Jonathan Blake.


Tuesday September 24, 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 September 24th 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 TwiliteTommy (Co-Founder & Director of the Florence Poets Society, Executive Editor of Silkworm, and Host of the Twilite Poetry Pub on WXOJ FM) 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
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Tommy Twilite

Co-Founder & Director, The Florence Poets Society



Tuesday September 24, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Starlite Bar & Gallery 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge, MA, USA
 
Sunday, September 29
 

3:00pm

The Winners’ Reading for the WCPA's 2019 Poetry Contest: The Frank O’Hara Prize
Join the winners of the WCPA's 2019 Annual Poetry Contest: The Frank O'Hara Prize for a reading of their work and the work of contest judge, Rachel McKibbens. There will be an opportunity to mingle over refreshments as well.

This year's winners include: First Prize - Carolyn Oliver, Second Prize - Jacqueline Morrill, Third Prize - Jennifer Freed, and Honorable Mention - bg Thurston. Contest Chairperson, Bob Gill, will moderate the ceremony.

Contest judge Rachel McKibbens is the author of blud (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), Into the Dark & Emptying Field (Small Doggies Press, 2013) and Pink Elephant(Cypher Books, 2009). McKibbens' is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion. She co-curates the monthly reading series Poetry & Pie Night with poet Jacob Rakovan in upstate New York, and is the founder of The Pink Door Writing Retreat, an annual event open exclusively to women, femme, trans, gender-variant, and non-binary writers of color. She lives in Rochester, New York.

Please join us for what is always a fun, and inspiring, event.



Sunday September 29, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
First Unitarian Church 90 Main St, Worcester, MA 01608
 
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.

Readers/Speakers


 
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
Readers/Speakers


Sunday October 6, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Worcester Art Museum 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609
 
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 →



 
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

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 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 Howard J. Kogan (Author of Indian Summer and A Chill in the Air) 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
avatar for Ron Whittle

Ron Whittle

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
 
Wednesday, November 6
 

7:00pm

WCPA Sept. 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 →



 
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
 


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