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Saturday, July 20
 

7:00pm

Post Script - a poetry reading featuring Rhett Watts
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.

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Saturday July 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Bedlam Book Cafe 138 Greet St, Suite 1, Worcester, MA
 
Tuesday, July 23
 

7:00pm

The Thirsty Lab Poetry Reading with Pam Bernard
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 Pam Bernard.



Tuesday July 23, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Thirsty Lab 206 Worcester Road, Princeton, MA
 
Thursday, July 25
 

6:30pm

2019 Kunitz Medal Ceremony honoring Fran Quinn
Limited Capacity seats available

Please join us for this special event which honors Fran Quinn with the WCPA's Fifth Annual Stanley Kunitz Medal Award. The program will begin with a half hour open mic centered on the late Worcester-born Poet Laureate, Stanley Kunitz. Rodger Martin, Stanley Kunitz Award Committee chair will moderate. Quinn, the honoree, will have time to read and speak to what this award means to him.

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Thursday July 25, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Worcester Historical Museum 30 Elm St, Worcester, MA
 
Tuesday, July 30
 

7:00pm

The Thirsty Lab Poetry Reading with Martha Carlson Bradley
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 Martha Carlson Bradley.



Tuesday July 30, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Thirsty Lab 206 Worcester Road, Princeton, MA
 
Saturday, August 17
 

7:00pm

Post Script - a poetry reading featuring Martha Carlson Bradley
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

Saturday August 17, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Bedlam Book Cafe 138 Greet St, Suite 1, Worcester, MA
 
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
 
Saturday, September 14
 

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
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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
 
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
 
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
 


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