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Wednesday, October 2
 

6:30pm

Let's Write Poetry! A Four-Week Workshop Series
Are you a poet who’s looking to deepen your craft? Ever wanted to try your hand at poetry? Join local poet, editor, and literary coach Sara Letourneau for this 4-week workshop series that’s designed to inspire and energize you to write new poems, learn new techniques, and see your work in a new light. Each class will include craft talks, exercises, a close study of published poems, and sharing the previous week’s work for constructive feedback.

6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:
 
Wednesday, September 18
Thursday, September 26
Wednesday, October 2
Thursday, October 10

$50 Members, $80 Guests (4-Wk Series)
$15 Members, $25 Guests Walk-in per session

Register here to reserve your spot: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/main_enroll.asp?studioid=496886&tg=33&vt=449&lvl=&stype=-102&view=day&trn=0&page=&catid=&prodid=&date=09%2f18%2f19&classid=0&prodGroupId=&sSU=&optForwardingLink=&qParam=&justloggedin=&nLgIn=&pMode=0&loc=1


 
Saturday, October 5
 

7:30pm

Munroe Saturday Nights, Lexington
Local poets will read poems based on local painters' work, and briefly discuss the process of turning image into poem. Paintings by Emily Passman, Jeanine Sobell Pastore, Deepak Das, Jaroslava O'Neil, Sudakshina Bhattacharya, and Laurel Smith will be displayed during the reading.

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Cammy Thomas

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 →
avatar for Julia Lisella

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 October 5, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
First Parish UU Church 26 North Street, Medfield, MA 02052
 
Tuesday, October 8
 

7:00pm

Newton Free Library Poetry Reading & Open Mic
This year’s Poetry Series continues with readings by Denise Bergman, Jason Tandon and Patricia Sheppard. An open mike will follow with a limit of one poem per person. Come early to sign up for the open mike; limited slots are available, time permitting. The series is facilitated by Doug Holder of Ibbetson Street Press.


Tuesday October 8, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Newton Free Library 330 Homer Street Newton, MA
 
Thursday, October 10
 

6:30pm

Let's Write Poetry! A Four-Week Workshop Series
Are you a poet who’s looking to deepen your craft? Ever wanted to try your hand at poetry? Join local poet, editor, and literary coach Sara Letourneau for this 4-week workshop series that’s designed to inspire and energize you to write new poems, learn new techniques, and see your work in a new light. Each class will include craft talks, exercises, a close study of published poems, and sharing the previous week’s work for constructive feedback.

6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:
 
Wednesday, September 18
Thursday, September 26
Wednesday, October 2
Thursday, October 10

$50 Members, $80 Guests (4-Wk Series)
$15 Members, $25 Guests Walk-in per session

Register here to reserve your spot: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/main_enroll.asp?studioid=496886&tg=33&vt=449&lvl=&stype=-102&view=day&trn=0&page=&catid=&prodid=&date=09%2f18%2f19&classid=0&prodGroupId=&sSU=&optForwardingLink=&qParam=&justloggedin=&nLgIn=&pMode=0&loc=1




 
Sunday, October 20
 

2:00pm

Harriet and William, a Dramatic Reading
Harriet and William, a Dramatic Reading based on the correspondence between Harriet Hanson and William Robinson (1847 – 1866). Harriet Hanson was working in the Boott mill when a correspondence with the editor of the Lowell Courier began. This performance of poetry, based on the letters, narrates the couple's lives through courtship and marriage amidst the backdrop of political turmoil and the Civil War.

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Martha Collins

Martha Collins

Martha Collins’ most recent book of poetry is Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016).  She has also published seven earlier volumes of poetry, including Day Unto Day (2014), White Papers (2012), and the book-length poem Blue Front (2006), as well as four collections... Read More →


 
Thursday, October 24
 

7:30pm

Jerusalem: poetry reading & gallery talk
Poetry reading by Josette: October 24, 7:30 pm
Gallery tour following the reading
Gallery showing: September 17–December 31

Josette Akresh-Gonzales will be showing 15 poetry broadsides from her "Jerusalem" collection in the CDT gallery this fall, and she will do a reading of the poems on Oct. 24, at 7:30 pm. From the author: "These poems are not merely about the city of Jerusalem and my family's experiences there — they examine the idea of Jerusalem, the way we all can't let go of it." After the reading, Vivienne Shein, Norm Shein, and Thea Breite will give a talk about their photos in the gallery. Desserts and drinks provided.

Josette Akresh-Gonzales was a finalist in the 2017 Split Lip Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart and has been published or is forthcoming in Rattle, The Pinch, Breakwater Review, PANK, and many other journals. She co-founded the journal Clarion and was its editor for two years. Josette lives in the Boston area with her husband and two boys and rides her bike to work at a nonprofit medical publisher. You can find her on Twitter @Vivakresh.

Readers/Speakers

Thursday October 24, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Congregation Dorshie Tzedek 60 Highland St, West Newton
 
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.

Readers/Speakers

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


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