Here is your Poetry News for the week of July 12, 2010.
Poetry events are cascading like purple allysum in the Pioneer Valley and beyond! Scroll all the way down for more poetry in CT, Boston and other areas. Check out all our links to the right for poetry events everywhere!
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THIS WEEK in Western MA and Vicinity:
Thu. July 8 & 15 – Poetic Recovery Open Mic, Thirsty Mind, S. Hadley, 6:30pm
Thu. July 15 – Outspoken feature and open mic in Pittsfield, MA 8pm
Sat. July 17 – Best Damn Poetry Show, The Elevens, Northampton, 7:30pm
Sat. July 17 – Poetry and Percussion in Sturbridge, MA, 7pm
Mon. July 19 – Poetry Open Mic at Forbes Library, 7pm
Scroll down for Worcester events – something going on every night!
There are many other poetry events in Western MA, Boston, CT and beyond this week – Please scroll down!
WORD IN WESTFIELD
Poetry and Fiction Reading at Goyette Chalet
Friday, August 6th, from 6:30-9:00PM, the Westfield YMCA humanities program will be holding a Poetry and Fiction Reading at our beautiful Camp Shepard Chalet, located at 370 Northwest Road, Westfield. Rebecca Rose, a former YMCA writing student, will read exerpts from her soon to be released novel “Divine Turmoil”. Also, the winners of the 2010 Poetry and Short Fiction contests will read their work. Writers who would also like to share their poetry/short fiction with us should submit their work to Sera Rivers at [email protected] Limit of 3-5 minutes. Limited to the first 15 registrants. This is a family-friendly event.
HOLYOKE/SPRINGFIELD AREA POETRY
Starving for Art Presents open mic Tuesdays
@ Blue Fusion Bar and Grille 487 St. James Ave Springfield, MA doors open at 6pm for social hour. Showtime is 7-9pm All poets, musicians, singers, and visual artists are welcome. This event is free. For more info visit http://www.brendaschild.com/
WORD IN THE VALLEY AND BEYOND
Best Damn Poetry Show!
Saturday, JULY 17, 2010 , THE ELEVENS, Northampton, Doors Open at 7:30
Guest MC –> Kevin Devaney
SPECIAL FEATURE: The Hampshire County Slam Collective!
POETS: Emily O’Neil, Christina Beam, Cassandra De Alba, Anna Meister, Katie Frank
WOW! Won’t you join us?
OPEN MIC still starts off the night around 8:00, and the exact schedule details are forthcoming.
There also may be a DANCE PARTY following the Slam Collective performance!
THE ELEVENS, 140 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA
$3 cover, 21+
Poetic Recovery Open Mic and Feature
Every Thursday night 6:30-8:00 pm
Thirsty Mind in South Hadley MA 23 College St.
EMILY DICKINSON MUSEUM
Poetry in the Garden, three afternoons of informal readings of Emily Dickinson’s poetry, by noted artists, scholars and Dickinson enthusiasts, Sunday, July 25 and Aug. 1, 2 p.m. in the museum’s Homestead garden, 280 Main St., Amherst. Bring lawn chairs, blankets. For information, or alternate location in the event of rain, visit www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/events or call Nan Fischlein at 542-2034. Free.
The Writing Life – Facilitated Discussions with Susan Stinson
Please be our guest on the fourth Monday of the month, May through August for a facilitated discussion with Forbes Writer In Residence Susan Stinson. These monthly drop in discussions of issues faced by writers are intended for those who are working on long projects such as novels, collections of poetry and books of nonfiction. Anyone interested in such discussions are welcome. The group will meet from 7 to 8 downstairs in the Community Room.
Mondays, June 28th, July 26th and August 23rd
Forbes Library Community Room, 20 West Street, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
Forbes Library Summer Open Mics
Share your words!
Prose Open Mics
Wednesday, July 7th &
Poetry Open Mics
Monday, July 19th &
Sign up to read from 6:30 – 7 pm. Reading starts at 7 pm. First-come first served. 5-10 minutes depending on number of participants. Facilitated by Susan Tyler. Refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome.
Forbes Library, Northampton, MA
Saundra Azmitia at Jones Library
Jones Library, Amherst, July 24, 1-3:00 p.m. Author and actress Saundra Azmitia will read and present her memoir “Do It Differently, Do It Differently!” Her presentation will include performances of characters from the book. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Green St. Poetry Series
is taking a hiatus for the summer. They will resume in September.
If you are a poet interested in reading at Green Street, please contact [email protected]
FLORENCE POETS SOCIETY
Next business/sharing meeting Thursday July 8, 2010 6:30pm
ALL POETS OF ALL TYPES AND AGES are welcome, bring one of your original works to share,
(12 to 15 copies will usually be enough for all to share) The meeting is held at Lilly Library community room and begins at 6:30 PM. Poetry presentation and discussion begins at 7PM
Martina Robinson and friends meet every 3rd Thursday at Lilly Library community Room at 6:30 PM. See Rich for details, this group is currently open to join.
PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING AS A MEMBER OF FLORENCE POETS SOCIETY. THE FEE IS $15.00 FOR THE YEAR FROM SEPTEMBER TO AUGUST. Your membership supports our Fall festival,
SILKWORM our annual journal, (these first two items also are supported in part by the Northampton Arts Council via a grant) our website http://www.florencepoetssociety.org/,, our po box, the annual contest, the JAN SLAM, our spring art gallery reading. and our summer reading at William Cullen Bryant homestead.
For more information: Email us at [email protected] or check out our web page at http://www.florencepoetssociety.org/
Listen to “Twilite’s Poetry Pub”
now Weekly! Enjoy the “Pub” with Carl and Tom every Wednesday from 9-10 am on Valley Free Radio, WXOJ 103.3 fm, Northampton and now with improved streaming at http://www.valleyfreeradio.org/ !!!
Poetry to the people! WXOJ-FM LP 103.3 and streaming at http://www.valleyfreeradio.org/. Bringing to you a variety of interesting poetry and music!
All events are free and open to the public except as noted For more information, Call Tom at (413) 584-5914 or email at: [email protected] or: [email protected] or visit: http://www.florencepoetssociety.org/
POETRY A LA CARTE RADIO SHOW
on WMUA-Amherst 91.1 FM 5pm to 5:30 pm on Tuesdays this Summer, streamed live at http://www.wmua.org/.
The program, hosted by Daisy Mathias, includes reading aloud from past and contemporary poets, and occasionally features live interview and poetry-reading with a local poet.
Poetry at the Leverett Library
6:30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, Poetry reading at the Leverett Library. 75 Montague Rd. Leverett, MA. Area poets are invited to read. For more information contact Petriana at 413. 549.9336 or by email at [email protected]
GREENFIELD, SHELBURNE FALLS AND NORTH
“Growing younger toward death every day: finding insight and inspiration in poetry, prose, and song”.
New participants are always welcome at a biweekly group, which has been meeting for the past year and a half near Greenfield in western Mass, called “Growing younger toward death every day: finding insight and inspiration in poetry, prose, and song”.
Bring and share your own, or a favorite poem, prose piece, or recorded song by others. Also listen to CDs of poet David Whyte reading his own and others’ poetry, and discussing its meaning. The line ‘growing younger toward death every day’ is from Whyte’s best-known poem “The Faces at Braga”.
We also often read aloud and discuss poems and commentary in John O’Donohue’s book “A Book of Blessings”, and in the series of books edited by Roger Housden such as “Ten Poems To Change Your Life”.
Optional pot luck supper at 6. Poetry-sharing begins at 6:45pm. More info: John Berkowitz 413-625-6374 [email protected]
Greenfield Spoken Word
Always the third Tuesday of the month
9 Mill St. Greenfield, MA
Doors open at 7:00
Open Mic starts at 7:30
Open Mic will be 10 – five-minute slots
Donation – Sliding Scale $1 – $5
Book signing and selling of local writers works will be available. Come up to read. Bring your chapbooks to sell. We will have tables at no cost. Hope to see you there
ARMS LIBRARY READING
Third Friday Prose and Poetry Readings. 7 p.m. at The Arms Library, Corner of Main and Bridge Streets,
Shelburne Falls, Mass. 413-625-0306.
Held in the upstairs Reading Room, readers should arrive a couple of minutes early to sign up for a reading slot, and then have five minutes to share their work. The building is accessible by entering at lower level and taking the elevator upstairs.
Collected Poets Series
No CPS Series in August or September. Stay tuned October 10 for Josephine Dickinson and Sharon Dolin. $2– $5 sliding scale. Mocha Maya’s Coffee House, 47 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370, 413-625-6292. Wheelchair accessible. See www.collectedpoets.com or www.mochamayas.com for more information.
No CPS Readings in August or September
October 7 – Josephine Dickinson and Sharon Dolin
November 4 – Barbara Ras and Jennifer Sweeney
December 2 – Aracelis Girmay and Ross Gay
The Collected Poets Series highlights the work of established and emerging poets. Each event showcases the remarkable local poets of Western Massachusetts and the finest regional, national, and international talent.
Dream Horse Press Tour Reading
Friday, July 30th come hear Dream Horse Press authors Kyle McCord and Keith Montesano read from their recently released books. The two will be joined by special guest Sarah Boyer. The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Grey Matter Books at 47 East. St. in Hadley. The event is part of the DHP First Book Tour, with readings in seventeen different locations across fourteen states. For any questions about times or directions, contact: [email protected],
Kyle McCord’s book, Galley of the Beloved in Torment, was the winner of the 2008 Orphic Prize. He’s received awards or grants from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Iowa Poetry Society. He has work forthcoming or published from Boston Review, Cimarron Review, Columbia: a Journal of Art and Literature, Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, Volt and elsewhere. He currently lives and teaches in Des Moines, Iowa.
Keith Montesano’s, Ghost Lights, was published this year by Dream Horse Press. Other poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, American Literary Review, Third Coast, River Styx, Crab Orchard Review, Sonora Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. He currently lives with his wife in New York, where he is a PhD Candidate in English and Creative Writing at Binghamton University.
Sarah Boyer is in the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Recent work has been featured in NOO and Hannah. She is also the organizer for the Live Lit Reading Series at Amherst Books.
STURBRIDGE POETRY EVENT
An Evening of Poetry & Percussion
Saturday, July 17, 7-9 p.m. Sturbridge Coffee House, 479 Main Street (Rt. 20; next door to Kaizen Sushi)
Sturbridge, MA • (508) 347-2288 (Additional parking available in lot across the street.) FREE (Donations accepted)
Poetry by Michael Palma, author of The Egg Shape, Antibodies, and A Fortune in Gold, and, on the Internet, The Ghost of Congress Street: Selected Poems (http://newformalistpress.com/palma.pdf). He has translated award-winning volumes of Guido Gozzano and Diego Valeri, and translations of nine other modern Italian poets, as well as a fully rhymed version of Dante’s Inferno. He lives in Bellows Falls, Vermont.
“Poem & Drum” with Stephen Campiglio & Jay Wood
Campiglio was a finalist in the 2009 Bordighera Poetry Book Prize and has poems forthcoming in Italian Americana, The Worcester Review, and the anthology, New Hungers for Old: 100 Years of Italian American Poetry, from Star Cloud Press. He works in Continuing Education at Manchester Community College in CT, where he also founded and coordinates the Mishi-maya-gat Spoken Word & Music Series.
Wood is an alumnus of the Jazz Studies/Percussion program at the University of North Texas and has played with Edie Brickell, Hillary Tipps, and Catapult. In 1999, he co-founded The Kelvins, an original rock band that garnered considerable success in New England and which was nominated three years in a row for Best Original Rock Band, with Jay nominated as Best Drummer. The Kelvins were the opening act for Living Colour in New Haven, Boston, and Northampton. He is a drum instructor for Dynamic Percussion in Manchester, CT. His web site is: www.myspace.com/drummerjaywood.
WORD IN THE BERKSHIRES
Pittsfield’s Monthly Performance Series and Open Mic
Fiction Writer Brendan Mathews and Poet/Performer Melissa Quirk
(3rd) Thursday July 15th at 8pm
at microTHEATER (311 North St.)
($5 suggested donation)
– Micro Theater: 311 North Street (upstairs) in Pittsfield, MA
(Off street public parking available in Melville Street lot, across from Boys and Girls Club on Melville Street – @ 1 block from theater).
– Open Mic performers can sign up at [email protected]
– For more information, please contact Matt McFadden at [email protected]
Power of Words, Open Mic
Third Tuesdays 7pm to 8:30 pm Hosted by Garfield Reed.
This is an open opportunity to share poetry, readings, music and other spoken word.
Free and open to the public at Berkshire South Regional Community Center , Crissey Rd.,Great Barrington, MA Every third Tuesday of the month. Please call Garfield at 528 4127 for more information.
In Words, Out Words in Housatonic
In Housatonic, MA there is an open mic for poets and performers of all styles and ages.
1st Tuesday of each month at the Deb Koffman Gallery 137 Front Street, Housatonic, MA 01236. “In Words, Out Words.” is hosted by John Meeks and there is usually a $7 suggested donation for heat and electricity. There are snacks there provided by whoever wants to bring them. The sign up technically is at 6:30 however the way it works is a lottery system. If you go to check it out once, then you can put your name on the contact email list. The following month you get an email reminding you of the upcoming event. If it’s your first time performing at In Words, Out Words, you are guaranteed a spot on the roster as long as you reply to the reminder email. If you’ve performed there before then you are put into the lottery system and randomly names are selected. Sometimes there are still slots open at the door.
The open mic begins at 7 and the featured performer goes on for about 20 minutes. It usually lasts until between 9 and 9:30.
Zeitgeist Gallery Pittsfield
Monday Poetry Nights 6 to10pm 648 North Street in Pittsfield call Alan Nidle, the Director at (857) 991-8448 for details
WORD IN WARE/PALMER
Carpe Stylum! (Latin for Seize the pen!)
meets every Wednesday 6-8pm, usually at the Ware Library but some meetings are held elsewhere. This group includes poets, short story writers and novelists. All are welcome. Call LuWanda Cheney (413) 277-9676 for a schedule.
WORD IN WORCESTER
Thursday, July 8
7:30 p.m. Lea Deschenes & Victor Infante @ The Street Beat (WCPA Offices, 1 Ekman Street, Worcester)
8:00 p.m. North Beast Battle Fest @ Hotel Vernon (1 Kelly Square, Worcester)
8:00 p.m. Kirk Morgan @ The Little “a” Poetry Series (Dr. Gonzo’s Comestible Emporium, 122 Main Street, Worcester)
Friday, July 9
10:00 a.m. Shrewsbury Senior Writers @ the Shrewsbury Senior Center (100 Maple Avenue, Shrewsbury)
Saturday, July 10
9:00 p.m. Ken Arkind @ Kitchen Sessions (Worcester)
Sunday, July 11
7:00 p.m. Dawn Gabriel @ the Poets’ Asylum
Monday, July 12
9:00 p.m. Sara Brickman @ The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show
Thursday, July 15
8:00 p.m. The Little “a” Poetry Series (Dr. Gonzo’s Comestible Emporium, 122 Main Street, Worcester)
The Little “a” Poetry Series
at the Q Cafe, 362 Chandler St in Worcester, MA. We run the reading every Monday night, the sign-up list for the open mic goes up at 7:00pm and we get started shortly thereafter.
meets on the second Friday of each month at the Village Arts Gallery (1 Ekman Street, Worcester). The reading starts at 8:00 p.m. There will be an open mic followed by a feature. Worcester Storytellers never charges a cover. They ask you throw some money into the basket to support the artists who feature. For more info please contact [email protected]
The d’Alzon Arts Series: Poetry Reading
takes place at Assumption College (500 Salisbury Street, Worcester) in the Emmanuel d’Alzon Library on the third Friday of each month during the academic year. The format is an open mic for the first half-hour or so, a short break with refreshments and then 2 featured poets.. The reading starts at 7:00 p.m. and typically runs for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Readings run throughout the school year.
The After Nine Poetry Series
Every Thursday Night The The After Nine Poetry Series, formerly The Spot, is a weekly poetry reading in the Ship Room at the Hotel Vernon (1 Kelly Square, Worcester). The official start time is 8:00 p.m. but honestly, things get going closer to 9. Maybe this week will be different. 21+ and proper id is required
Sunday, July 11
Our feature this week has been a part of the Poets’ Asylum since the early days of the reading. Dawn Gabriel has been performing her poetry for over 15 years, including stints with Lollapalooza’s Spoken Word stage, the Seattle Poetry Festival, and Boston’s First Night. Dawn has competed at the National Poetry Slam with teams from Boston, Worcester, and Providence, R.I. She is an occasional co-host for the Boston Poetry Slam. She was instrumental in the success of the Asylum-hosted 2005 Individual World Poetry Slam championships and we can’t wait to hear her work again.
We are pleased to also have a spotlight performance by Sara Brickman. She is a ten year veteran of the spoken word stage and has competed nationally representing the youth community of Ann Arbor, the Hampshire College Slam Collective, the Seattle Poetry Slam, and the great state of Brickmania.
We hope you’ll come down to the Nu Cafe (formerly Jumpin’ Juice & Java, 335 Chandler Street, Worcester) on Sunday night. The sign-up list goes out by 6:00 p.m. and the reading starts by 6:30 p.m. No cover; donations accepted to pay the feature.
The Dirty Gerund
The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show will be held every Monday night starting at 8:30 p.m. The reading is being held at Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner (148 Grove Street, Worcester) and is hosted by Rushelle Frazier. There will be an open mic every week with a mix of poetry s lams and featured poets. No cover; donations accepted. 21+ Please join us at our new home,
Shakti Women’s Writing Pact
The Shakti Women’s Writing Pact meets every Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Java Hut (1073A Main Street, Worcester). Shakti was created with the intention of enhancing women’s sense of belonging within the poetry community through the an unmoderated writing circle. For more information please contact Sou MacMillan at [email protected]
THE ECLECTIC WORD, Radio Show
Poet and journalist Victor D. Infante hosts The Eclectic Word, an Internet radio show that will delve into literature’s fringe with poets, satirists, alternative journalists and even (gasp!) bloggers. We’ll be stepping off the beaten path of literature, taking a close look at the odd, the eccentric and the cutting-edge. Should be fun. The show will run at 7 p.m. EST the first and third Friday of every month, as part of The World Wide Word Radio Network. You can listen to the shows live, or you can download it later for your listening convenience. So give it a listen! It’s going to be a blast!
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Poetry is Music!
Evolution Ink presents an Ameen-Storm Production Poetry Is Music(R) A Celebration of Life. 15th Year
Free Family outdoor event hosted by The National Historic Landmark Collin’s Diner in honor of Railroad Days in North Canaan, CT at routes 44 and 7 in the Railroad Plaza, Saturday July 17th 7pm-12am and Sunday July 18th 2010 12pm-7pm featuring Grammy Award winning Native American Flutist Joseph FireCrow, Award-winning Poet Faith Vicinanza, Recording Artist YOY, Vocalist India Lloyd,
Bellydancers Katie and Lydia, Remix Master DJ Ron King Burrell, Violinist Fiddler Rachel Gall Wolfe and award-winning Poet Ameen-Storm Abo-Hamzy,
Sound design by Brian Infantino of OceanSound, Murals by Joann Moran of rePublik Art, and Food By Aida MA Hamzy. With support from The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism”
SUNKEN GARDEN POETRY FESTIVAL
6:30 p.m. (gates open at 4:30 p.m.), rain or shine (tented in case of rain)
Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT
Admission: free, parking $10. For information: 860-677-4787, www.hillstead.org
Wednesday, July 21: Terrance Hayes and CT Poetry Circuit winners, music by The Nat Reeves ensemble
Wednesday, August 4: Taylor Mali and a Night of Fresh Voices (H.S. winners), music by Conga Bop
Poetry at Broad Street Books
First Tuesday in July, Tuesday, July 6th at 7:00pm
Featuring Christine Beck!
Christine Beck is the former President of the Connecticut Poetry Society and is currently the Contest Chairperson of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. She is a member of the board of directors of The Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens and of The Riverwood Poetry Series. Her poems have been published in the anthologies, Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge, Grayson Books, 2003, and Everybody Says Hello, Grayson Books, 2009. Her poems have appeared in such journals such as J Journal, Passager, Connecticut River Review, Long River Run, and Caduceus. She is also the author of the short play, Behind the Beats.
Come help us welcome Christine Beck to the store on July 6th and share some of your own poetry too!
Broad Street Books
45 Broad Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Tune in to J-Cherry Presents every Tuesday night at 8:00 PM on 88.1 FM WESU in Middletown to hear from local artists from across all genres. On the first Tuesday of every month, J-Cherry hosts our featured poet on the show! Tune in on Tuesday, July 6th at 8:00 PM to hear Christine Beck!
is a monthly gathering of local (and not so local) writers who come together to share their work and listen to others. Original work preferred but not required. Please bring a small donation or dish to share and an open spirit to our beautiful space.
3rd Sunday of every month 5- 7pm.
Yoga Center of Collinsville
10 Front St, Ste 102, Collinsville, CT 06019
South Windsor Voices
If you are a resident of South Windsor, CT or know someone who is, this is important news.
The town of South Windsor, CT is looking for residents who have something to say….poetically, that is! The Steering Committee for a planned book of poetry written entirely by South Windsor residents, is inviting members of the community to submit poems for inclusion in South Windsor Voices: An Anthology of Poetry. Those submitting poetry must be town residents. Poems will be accepted from May 1st~ through October 31st with publication of the anthology planned for 2011. Poems will be selected for the anthology by a panel of experienced poets. Residents who are interested in participating in the project can review submission guidelines on the town website at www.southwindsor.org For questions concerning the guidelines, please contact Sandy at [email protected] , or 860-644-0049. For questions about the project, please contact Charles Margolis at 860-644-0697.
POETRY POTLUCK at The Sanctuary
59 Bogel Road, East Haddam, Connecticut
Poetry Potluck is back after a winter hiatus, now meeting every THIRD Sunday of the month
April through December 2010
Do you love poetry?
Would you like to be part of an ongoing poetry discussion group offering food for the mind and the heart?
If so, come and join us on the third Sunday of each month from 4.30-6.00 PM. Our next meeting is on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at The Yurt at the Sanctuary in East Haddam, Connecticut, to discuss poetry and build community
This is not about sharing our own work but instead offers us a chance to share the work of poets we love, so you don’t have to be a poet to be part of this group. Just come and bring your love of poetry and a poem you would like to share. Refreshments will be provided.
Hosted by Greg Coleman, Edwina Trentham and Suzy Lamson
For more information call 860-319-1134.
Poetry/Reading Series at Billings Forge
The Studio @ Billings Forge is pleased to introduce to its programming a new poetry/reading series entitled,WordForge. WordForge is a series of readings featuring local poets along with an open mike component.
All events will be scheduled for Monday nights, with a 7 p.m. start time.
WordForge is curated and organized by local poet, Jim Finnegan. Harvest Reading, is the first reading in the series, scheduled for Monday, November 16th, and participants are asked to bring a canned good or small donation that will be contributed to a local food bank. Many of the readings will have a featured theme in addition to featured invited poets.
For further information about the WordForge series and to participate, please contact: Jim Finnegan at 860.508.2810 or at [email protected]
The Studio @ Billings Forge is a program of Billings Forge Community Works, a non-profit organization focused on reinvestment in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford. The Studio offers programs that bring vitality and arts to the neighborhood and include jazz and world-class music series, artistic and educational workshops and classes, family film series and more.
Billings Forge Community Works (BFCW), located in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford, is a nonprofit organization committed to revitalization in the community. At the forefront of the project is the award winning Firebox Restaurant.
For further information about The Studio @ Billings Forge contact Janice La Motta,
Program Coordinator, 860.548.9877 or [email protected]
Wintonbury Branch Poetry Series & Open Mike
My time my place my creativity Third Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. Hosts: Marilyn Johnston/Tom Nicotera. You’re invited to evenings of poetry to stir your heart, soul, and your creativity!
An open mike and light refreshments follow the featured poet at each event.
Wintonbury Branch Library 1015 Blue Hills Ave
Bloomfield, CT 06002
DAVID K. LEFF
Monday, July 12, 7:00 p.m., Prosser Public Library, 1 Tunxis Ave., Bloomfield, CT: “An Evening Exploring Wonders Hidden in Plain Sight”—poetry reading and book discussion of Deep Travel and The Last Undiscovered Place. For information contact Carol Lennig at 860-243-9721.
Wednesday Night Poetry Series
The Wednesday Night Poetry Series (WNPS or Wedpoetry) will now meet at “The Garage,” at 53 Church Hill Road, Newtown.
Wed. July 14: Gabrielle Zane
Poet Gabrielle Zane, who first performed her work for Wed Night Poetry when it met at the Doctor Java’s Caffeine Emporeium, is a freelance writer and arts educator. She holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College.
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main Street, Middletown
$3.00 – $5.00 suggested donation
Ongoing: every Monday
This open mike, hosted by J-Cherry, is a warm group that encourages
personal development–come play with us! You’ll find Phill is available
to drum along if you like. We have a piano and congas or BYO instrument, poem, dance, or whatever artistic piece of yourself you’d like to
share. We’re all in this together–let’s have some fun and create
ourselves anew! More info: [email protected]; http://www.buttonwood.org; (860) 347-4957.
A Poetry Salon
Saturday, July 10, 2010, 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:15 p.m.)
Freight Street Gallery, 170 Freight Street, Waterbury, CT, Donation: $7. BYOB and some finger food for the “nosh luck”
Last July, when we gathered at our first ever Poetry Salon, special guests and open mikers combined to electrify the summer night with our sizzling words. This year, let’s take it up a notch for our
First Anniversary Spectacular!
Featuring two great performance poetry ensembles:
Zeno’s Eros: Taking its influence from the Beat and Surrealist movements, Zeno’s Eros combines elements of poetry, song, jazz, progressive rock, and folk music to create an energetic, eclectic environment in four-part harmony. Ludent Tremmel’s lead guitar provides intricate and mysterious scaffolding for Gabrielle Zane’s plaintive, sometimes edgy vocals. Dawn Cook, an eclectic and boundary-shoving acoustic rhythm guitar player, provides a seductive, melodic underscore. Add to the mix the tribal rhythms of Win Schmitt (drums) and Paul Tanner (bass), and you have an ensemble from somewhere beyond that which can be named. More info: http://www.myspace.com/zenoseros.
This is result of when poetry becomes music and more, performed with energy that rivals rock & roll, and still hip-hop in its truest form. The 5th L is a Baltimore-based but nationally traveled spoken-word poetry meets hip-hop soul group which is made up of David Ross/Native Son and Femi Lawal/The Dri Fish. They are an action packed poetry experience that delivers spoken word with the skilled theatrics of a Broadway show and the high energy a rap artist exerts on stage and yet able to maintain the poetic integrity of Langston Hughes to entertain and enlighten audiencesp More info: http://www.5thl.com/pages/intro.html.
Including Special Guests… JCHERRY Colin Haskins John Georgette ..and more!
And of course there will be an Open Mike! And Raffle Prizes! And we’ll provide a Bookseller to shamelessly promote all poets in attendance–so don’t forget to bring your books, CDs, flyers, locks of hair, etc.!
Your hosts for the evening, Victoria Munoz, Terri Klein and David K. Leff urge you to RSVP and/or reserve your open mike spot ASAP via email to www.freightstreetgallery.com or [email protected] We are also looking for three volunteers to help out during the evening. Volunteer benefits include free admission, 2 free raffle tickets, and a guaranteed spot in the open mike! Email Victoria at [email protected] to volunteer.
More details to come via email! Also check for updates on the Freight Street Gallery website: www.freightstreetgallery.com.
BOSTON AREA/CAPE COD POETRY INFO:
Central Square’s world-famous Cantab Lounge presents weekly performances from local and national poets, as well as a chance to present your own work in the open mic or poetry slam. DJ Muse spins before the show and between poets. Upcoming features include:
• Wednesday, July 14
Welcome “sociopathic show pony” Jacob Rakovan! A riveting and risky performer, Jacob was a founding member of the now-defunct Southern Ohio Underground Poetry and Spoken Word Collective and past editor to the arts magazine Bacchus and the Portsmouth Free Press. This widely-published poet will feature for the first time at the Cantab Lounge. Summertime Speed Slam: 3-, 2-, and 1-minute rounds.
• Wednesday, July 21
Full-time independent teaching & performing artist since 2007 and recipient of the 2009 New York City-LouderARTS fellowship grant, Jon Sands has represented New York City multiple times at the National Poetry Slam. A member of this year’s LouderARTS team, he performs and facilitates workshops with university and arts organizations throughout North America, and is currently the Director of Poetry and Arts Education Programming at the Positive Health Project, a syringe exchange center located in Midtown Manhattan. Summertime Speed Slam: 3-, 2-, and 1-minute rounds.
• Wednesday, July 28
It’s the last night to see the 2010 Cantab Slam Team before they head to the National Poetry Slam in St. Paul, Minnesota! The venue’s 2010 NPS representatives —that’s Simone Beaubien, Carrie Rudzinski, Omoizele Okoawo, April Ranger and Adam Stone— will bring out plenty of big slam hits, this year’s group pieces, and at least a few surprises in an extended feature. Special $5 cover tonight to raise money for the team’s trip to NPS.
• Wednesday, August 4
Breaking hearts, lifting souls, and inspiring both first-time listeners and fellow authors in the know, Nicole Terez Dutton is the ideal feature to hold down the fort while our slam team is at the National Poetry Slam! A Cave Canem fellow and finalist for the Hurston/Wright College Fiction Award, Nicole is known for her delicate turns of phrase, sharp imagery, and quiet and charismatic stage presence. Summertime Speed Slam: 3-, 2-, and 1-minute rounds.
Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00, the feature performs at approximately 10:00, and an open poetry slam follows. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3 unless otherwise noted.
Simone Beaubien, SlamMaster
The Boston Poetry Slam at The Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Mass.
http://www.slamnews.com [email protected]
The Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts
Poetry Series at the Brockton Library
304 Main Street. Our website www.gbspa.org
Sat., July 17th
Rennie McQuilkin http://gbspa.homestead.com/RennieMcquilkin.html
Nora Pollard http://gbspa.homestead.com/NoraPollard.html
Our workshops and venue are free, the seats comfortable, the refreshments delicious.
1:00 – 2:00 Prose Workshop (critique & discussion)
2:30 – 4:30 Memoir Workshop
12:00 – 2:00 Poetry Workshop
1:30 – 2:00 Sign up for Open-Mic Reading
2:15 – 3:15 Open-Mic Reading
3:30 – 4:30 Feature Poets
During Open-Mic Reading share your own poetry or read from works of your favorite poets
Upcoming Features (For information on the following poets click on our website)
Sat. Aug 21 – Rene Schwiesow & Lori Desrosiers (1st Prize Winner, 2010 GBSPA Poetry Contest)
Sat. Sept 18 – Catherine Sasanov, Mignon Ariel King, Susan Roney-O’Brien
Sat. Oct 16 – Juanita Torrence-Thompson
Sat. Nov 20 – Marie Gauthier, Alice Kociemba , Elizabeth Gordon McKim
Please join us for a SISTERS Celebration
featuring readings from SISTERS: AN ANTHOLOGY by Carol Gilligan, Jessica Harris, Rose Styron, and Jan Freeman. Bring your sister (if you’re speaking to each other). Bring a friend!
Wednesday, July 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
at The Chilmark Library, Chilmark, MA
508.645.3360 [email protected]
“Writers including Margaret Atwood and Alice Walker explore sisterhood in this intelligent collection…. The book makes clear that sisters don’t outgrow their bond. Once a sister, always one.” — People Magazine
“Publishing is not dead, it’s merely getting more fabulous. At least that’s how things look now that we’ve discovered Paris Press… [It] became known to us because of their new book, Sisters. A collection of marvelous authors writing on our favorite topic, this is the single book that all of us must read.” — www.TheSisterProject.com (Margaret Roach, Marion Roach Smith, and Paige Orloff)
Last Thursday Open Mic at The Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main St.,
S. Yarmouth, MA
co-hosts Joe Gouveia and Barry Hellman:
The last Thursday of every month, 7pm.
Open mic and featured poet.
Bring your own refreshments.
Arrive early to sign up for open mic.
For updated info on this and other Cape activities go to:
CHECK OUT http://home.comcast.net/~bmhellman FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DETAILS ABOUT CAPE COD POETRY AND ALL OF THESE EVENTS.
Lowell Poetry Slam and Open Mic
Every FIRST Thursday at Brew’d Awakening! Only poets can compete in the slam and win the prize… but the mic is open to musical performers as well. Whether you come to perform, compete or just enjoy some coffee and great local talent, don’t miss this event! 7:00pm – 9:30 pm *Sign-up between 6:30-7:00* The event is free and open to the public—so come on down for an evening of good company and some terrific regional voices!
Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus
61 Market Street
Lowell, MA 978-454-BREW
For more info, please email [email protected]
meets @ the Out Of The Blue Art Gallery, 106 PROSPECT ST. (the home of Stone Soup) CENTRAL SQUARE, CAMBRIDGE. SIGN-UP AT 8:00pm OPEN MIC STARTS @ 8:15pm,
FEATURE @ 9:00pm Come and perform or listen!
Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam Sunday Night!
Cambridge Common 1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge $5 Cover Every Sunday Poetry Slam: 8:00 pm,
Feature: 9:30 pm, Open Mike: 10:30 pm 617-547-0759 http://poetryjam.org/
Stone Soup Poetry
Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery (located on 106 Prospect Street in Cambridge) with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. http://stonesouppoetry.blogspot.com/
Newton Free Library Poetry Reading Series
The series meets the second Tuesday of every month open mic after features. Starts 7PM For complete information go to http://newtonfreelibrarypoetryseries.blogspot.com/ Director: Doug Holder http://authorsden.com/douglasholder
Cambridge Community Television
Tuesdays at 11:00 PM Saturdays at 10:30PM Catch the latest from the Boston Poetry Slam I
NFO: [email protected]
LETRA Poetry Nights
in LAWRENCE MASS Every TUESDAY at Julio’s 99 Club 99 Essex Street Lawrence, MA
Doors open at 7pm open mic starts at 8pm Admission $3.00 For more information or for directions please call
Michelle Richardson at 978-423-7045
For VT poetry events calendar go to: http://www.phayvanh.com/
News for Poetry News should be sent to [email protected] Please send your announcements in text only – do not format (no special fonts, colors, etc.) Send by Wednesday for Thursday publication. Thank you , Lori Desrosiers – Publisher.