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POETRY READINGS


Events:

In His Ecstasy: The Passion of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Tickets are now available for the next performance of In His Ecstasy: The Passion of Gerard Manley Hopkins, a one-man play by Tom Daley about the 19th century English Jesuit poet. The play will be performed by the playwright on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 3 pm at Follen Church, 755 Massachusetts Ave, East Lexington, MA 02420 (near Wilson Farms and right off the Minuteman bike path). The play is sponsored by Lexington Community Education.

Spots ($10) are now available by calling Lexington Community Education 781-862-8043. Their office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3:30 pm. Seats are also available at the door, but the show may sell out, so I am encouraging people to reserve spots in advance. There are no printed tickets.

If you are planning on coming to the show and you can recruit three people to come with you, I will list you as a recruiter in the program. Let me know if you are willing to try!

Hope to see you at the show!
Best,
Tom

In His Ecstasy: The Passion of Gerard Manley Hopkins

More on the play:

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), largely unread and misunderstood in his day, is now considered one of the most important poets writing in English in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Author of such well-known poems as “Spring and Fall” (“Margaret, are you grieving”) and “The Windhover” (“I caught this morning morning’s minion”), Hopkins’s unusual imagination and his experiments in rhythm and syntax have had a tremendous influence on the development of poetry since the first volume of his poems was published in 1913.

In the play, a twenty-first century reading group focusing on his poetry at Hopkins’s old parish in Liverpool England is visited by a spectral priest named Father Hopkins. Some of the readers believe the priest is Gerard Manley Hopkins himself, returned from the grave. A lively discussion with the priest about how Hopkins’s theology, spirituality, sensibility, and sexuality influenced the poems’ creation ensues. Father Hopkins and the parishioners (English, Irish, Scottish) share in recitations and dramatizations of the poems. The play lasts approximately fifty minutes.

Tom Daley, the play’s playwright and performer, is a poet who leads workshops in poetry and creative prose at the Online School of Poetry, the Boston Center for Adult Education, and Lexington Community Education. He is the recipient of the 2012 Dana Award in Poetry. His poetry has been published in The Boston Globe, Harvard Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Prairie Schooner, Massachusetts Review, and Poetry Ireland Review.

Tom is the author of Every Broom and Bridget: Emily Dickinson and Her Irish Servants which he has performed as a one-man show at the Nantucket Atheneum, Emerson Umbrella, Fuller Craft Museum, Endicott College, Wayland (MA) Public Library, and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Speaking about Daley's performance as Tom Kelley, Emily Dickinson's chief pallbearer, at a panel discussion on Emily Dickinson and the theater at Oxford University, Jonnie Guerra, Dickinson scholar and president of the Emily Dickinson International Society, noted, “A highlight of the roundtable was Daley’s performance of Tom Kelley’s elegiac address to the deceased poet as he gazes up at her bedroom window. Whether by Daley’s poetic gifts, his persuasive delivery or a combination of both, the audience was powerfully moved—some to tears.”



Workshops:

News from Hollyridge Press September 2014

Write a Novel in a Month as Part
of "National Novel Writing Month"
with Ian Randall Wilson
at the UCLA Extension

Hello Everyone,
I'll wanted to let you know that, for the ninth year in a row, I'll be running a session of Write a Novel in a Month as Part of "National Novel Writing Month." Is it even possible to write a draft of a novel in a month? Over 530,000 writers around the world in 2013 thought they'd try. Only 14% of them finished, but at UCLA Extension, our completion rate was 86%. In fact, over the entire 8 years the class has been running, the completion rate averages over 86%. Something must be working!

The challenge of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is to write an entire draft of a 50,000-word novel over the 30 days of November. Before launching into one of the wildest writing experiences ever, we'll meet to develop the essential strategies you need to complete your novel draft. Then, for the next 5 weeks it's a "write-shop" where I also offer writing exercises and prompts designed to generate material and move your draft along, word-by-word, to the 50,000-word goal. At the last meeting, everyone exchanges work, reading selections to one another, and discussing the next steps. You come out of the course with a draft of your novel and the tools to decide where to go from there.

Write a Novel in a Month as Part of "National Novel Writing Month"
UCLA: 2250 School of Public Affairs Bldg.
Saturdays, 10am-1pm
October 18 - December 6

The class is a great way to get a draft written of that novel you've always wanted to write. This class will fill up fast so I wanted to put it on your radar early. Click on either of the links above for more information and registration.

Warm regards and best wishes on all your writing.
Ian



POETRY CONTESTS AND CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

 

Submissions open June 1st for the (lucky) 13th annual Mom Egg Review!!! Send poetry, fiction, and art on the theme of mothers, and motherhood. There's also a special folio this year for poetry submissions on the theme: Compassionate Action.
http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=a91c01eac840f5e2cb0d50fd0&id=48bbe1f01b&e=ef40741dbf


So many of us are fighting a battle. Medical, financial, the struggles of our identity and society. From the invisible to the visible, from mental illness to cancer. Even more of us have lost someone and are now carrying on without them. We are doing more than that. Every day, we are surviving. Wicked Banshee Press is excited to announce that our Fall Issue theme will be Survival Through Art. While we do not want to shy away from the struggle, we would like this to be a celebratory issue. Tell us about the wins, the good times, your most defiant self. Give us your roar back, your refusal to be silent. Give us your survival, bleeding and alive.

While we will not exclude non-themed poems, make them damn good.
Submissions open June 1, 2014 and close August 15, 2014.
See our submission guidelines.
http://wickedbanshee.wordpress.com/submissions/


Our current need is for 200 word prose that is gripping and tightly written. We particularly enjoy pieces that employ active voice in works of memoir, fiction, or tiny essays.
Our cover gallery is here: http://wp.me/2KTkl


Are you in recovery from mental illness or substance abuse? Is someone you care about in recovery? Then, please consider submitting to the second issue of "peer review," a literary and art magazine for the recovery community. No reading or entry fees. Deadline September 1, 2014. Theme is "I." Please email me with subject "peer review" for more details.
veronicahaunani@gmail.com


charlottesville winter is looking for microfiction and short poetry submissions. there are no reading fees. no compensation other than work being shared with over a thousand readers. rolling deadline. open theme.
http://cvillewinter.wordpress.com/submissions-guidelines/


Have a peek at issue 5 and then promptly submit for issue 6! FAR ENOUGH EAST is now open for the summer issue!
http://www.farenougheast.com/submissions/


Broken Pencil. Looking for fiction and non-fiction (max 3000 words). Paying market (varies depending on length and type of article). They suggest you read a copy before submitting. Accepting submissions until September 15.
http://www.brokenpencil.com/submissions


ROOM magazine. Looking for submissions on the theme Lost in Translation. Deadline July 31.
http://www.roommagazine.com/submit


Catch and Release, the online literary journal of Columbia University Writing Program, is accepting submissions in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art criticism, and book reviews. Please visit the journal for more details on how to submit. We look forward to reading your work.
http://catchandrelease.columbiajournal.org/submit/


Beakful is looking for your work. Start submitting it. Who will be first? Send one-two poems, artwork, fiction, reviews, essays to mgversion2datura@gmail.com. Write your full name and submission type + beakful in the header of your email. Send all submissions in a txt, doc or odt file, attached to your mail....


Calls for Submissions from The GoldenPoet, a digitally evolving art piece combining all disciplines of art. You can submit anything from a quote, original photograph, poem, short story or a video showcasing what you do. If you're interested, please visit www.thegoldenpoet.com and click on the "Submit" tab on your left hand side of the screen. If you have any questions, please forward them to admin@goldenpoet.com. Thanks.


Parts of the Whole: Poetry of the Body is looking for poems about the body Please submit up to 4 poems in any style to the editors at potwanthology@gmail.com between now and September 15. No poem should exceed 80 lines or approximately 2 pages. Include a brief 150 words or less bio and attach poems in Word or RTF. Also, we would like to see a brief explanation of how the poet believes this work fits into our theme. We will consider previously published poems so long as you acknowledge it was previously published in the cover letter and let us know if the anthology can obtain reprint rights for free or low cost.


Hi all, IDK Magazine is looking for submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art for its inaugural reading period ending June 15th!
IDK seeks primarily to publish emerging writers/artists and Millennials (writers/artists born 1980-1995), but is willing to read any submissions related to contemporary culture. Up to 5 poems and prose pieces up to 4,000 words. You can find more info and guidelines on IDK's website at http://www.idkmagazine.com.
No submission fees and no payment for publication.


Non-fiction essay contest. Theme is "rejection," something we can all relate to, as writers!
http://www.writejobs.info/2014/01/call-for-submissions-on-rejection-pay.html


Hello! We are just starting up a new digital literary journal entitled Sketches Magazine and we are having our first open call for submissions. We would love to read your fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. Since we are just starting up, you have a very good chance to get published in our debut issue! So submit today!!
http://sketchesmagazine.webs.com/submit


The Oddville Press is back! With a jam-packed first edition to celebrate our re-launch, we continue on our quest to promote today’s geniuses and tomorrows giants. Download your copy here: http://oddvillepress.com/ Take a journey through the pages of our historic re-launch issue to see just what floats our boat. Maybe you’ve got the perfect story, poem or image to feature in the next issue. Why not give it a try. You can read our submissions guidelines here.
Readers, writers, poets and artists; spread the word near and far: The Oddville Press is back!


The Summer 2013 issue of drafthorse literary journal - a journal of work and no work - is now available online. The editors are now accepting submissions for the Winter 2014 issue.
www.drafthorsejournal.org


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - to First Literary Review-East. Guidelines at website: www.rulrul.4mg.com. Please send 3 poems, under 16 lines, to firstliteraryreview@yahoo.com. Thanks!


No restriction on previously published, no reading fee, payment of 2 contributors copies- http://www.timberjournal.com/submit/


Pithead Chapel is a monthly online journal of short fiction and nonfiction. We’re currently seeking gutsy narratives up to 4,000 words, and are particularly interested in essays (personal, memoir, lyric, travel, experimental, etc.) that move. Please visit us at www.pitheadchapel.com to learn more about us and our submission guidelines.


Lyre Lyre is accepting submissions for its next issue! Read past issues and send us your work! www.lyrelyre.com


Submit to Extract(s)

Extract(s) is looking for submissions for our Poems, Stories, and Haiku features, as well as excerpts from upcoming novels, memoirs, and poetry and story collections. We will take submissions via our online submission manager only. We are not yet accepting self-published work.

If you are interested in having “In Place” feature your writing program/group, please send a formal query to us here.

https://extracts.submittable.com/submit

Guidelines for Submission

Poetry
Please submit up to five (5) poems. We are looking for smart, fresh,well-crafted pieces to consider. If you took a look through our personal poetry collection you would find writers who challenge us, who move us, and who we cannot help but share with others. Do you think you have a poem that will take off the top of our head? Submit now! Our submission period is always open, but please wait at least six months before sending another.

Prose
Please submit one short story (fiction or non-fiction) of no more than 1,000 words. We are looking for fresh, well-crafted stories that make us cry and laugh and think. We want to be moved in some fundamental way in as few words as possible. Our readers should carry your characters with them as they go about the rest of their day—or longer. Our submission period is always open, but please wait at least six months before sending another.

Haiku
Please submit up to three pieces of original artwork in any medium with an original haiku for each. The haiku need not be an explanation of the image, merely a companion to it. As Japanese and English syllables are not the same, do not worry about meeting the “5/7/5? syllable count. Instead, think of the lines as “short/long/short.”

Excerpts
Please submit no more than 1,000 words of prose and three poems from a book that has been published in the past three months or will be published in the coming weeks/months/year. We will accept excerpts from publishers and writers, but are not yet accepting self-published work.

https://extracts.submittable.com/submit


Zero Point

We are looking for writers that would like to have their work workshoped with our staff. Send us your work and we will set-up a reading and discussion at Zero Point's downtown office. This also applies to works of poetry. Our office is located at 265 Franklin St, Suite 1702 Boston. E-mail it too Emil@zptheater.com.

For more info visit http://www.ZPTheater.com or email Emil@zptheater.com Read the rest of the posting at http://www.stagesource.org/postings/show/8733/


Poetry

Send 1-3 previously unpublished poems, any subject or style, using our submission manager.
Postal submissions with SASE with sufficient postage for return.
Please include contact information and brief bio with submission.
We accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Long Poem Library is now accepting poems of any length
Revolution Poesy revolutionpoesy@GMAIL.COM
Poetics List (UPenn, UB)

Parts/Attachments:
text/plain

The Long Poem Library is now accepting poems of any length.*
*Please submit you work to the
Long Poem Libraryfor consideration.


Muddy River Poetry Review Guidelines

Reading dates for Muddy River Poetry Review are December 1 to March 1 for spring issue and June 1 to September 1 for fall issue. Poems received on other dates will be deleted.

  • 1. Submit 1-3 poems. NO PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED POEMS.
  • 2. No attachments. Please paste poems into body of email. Include a short poetry (and/or other) bio.
  • 3. Prefer free verse.
  • 4. Do not want "mushy" or religious poems.
  • 5. Do not want porno, sexist, racist or biased poetry relating to politics or ethnicity.
  • 6. Simultaneous submissions okay, but please let me know which ones AND notify me if any are accepted somewhere else.
  • 7. Future (other) publication should credit Muddy River Poetry Review.
  • 8. Response time will be as close to 30 days as possible.
  • 9. If you do not hear in 45 days, feel free to inquire.
  • 10. Payment will be publication in MRPR.
  • 11. Poems only accepted during open reading dates. Poems received on other dates will be deleted.
  • 12. Submit all poems to mrpr@comcast.net only. All rights revert to author upon publication.

What Is Metaphor: The Poetic Genius Issue
The genius of poetry is many things, but it partly resides in the definition of poetry itself: communicating with metaphor. What do you think of that? We want to know! Submit your poems, prose, essays, flash-fiction, and artwork to Jessica Harman or The Editors at this email address: poptzine@gmail.com


Sleet seeks poetry, fiction, flash irregulars. For guidelines, please see www.fleetmagazine.com


The Pedestal Magazine is currently seeking submissions of poetry and fiction. Please visit their web site for more information www.thepedestalmagazine.com


New West Submissions

I have recently been named fiction editor for New West magazine, and we are welcoming submissions for stories or novel excerpts of up to 5000 words. New West has just added fiction to its format, so you can be among the pioneers. Please check out the submission guidelines here...
http://www.facebook.com/l/03282SNJ2faTKw-KVX690jbP44w/newwest.submishmash.com/Submit


MASSACHUSETTS READINGS:

Boston Skyline

 

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ČERVENÁ BARVA PRESS STUDIO
THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT THE ARMORY

Arts for the Armory
Basement, Room B8
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA


CERVENA BARVA PRESS READING SERIES
THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 7:00PM
Featuring: David Gullette | Frannie Lindsay | Carla Schwartz

David Gullette was one of the first editors of PLOUGHSHARES, where he has published poetry, fiction and essays. He taught English for many years at Simmons, and is currently Literary Director of the newly-reborn Poets' Theatre. He has written two books about revolutionary poetry in Nicaragua, and his own book of poems, QUESTIONABLE SHAPES, will be published by Cervena Barva Press in 2015.

Frannie Lindsay's fourth volume of poetry, "Our Vanishing," has been awarded the 2012 Benjamin Saltman Award by Red Hen Press. It was released in March, 2014 and is available through the press, on Amazon, or at independent bookstores. Her other books are Mayweed (2009 Washington Prize, The Word Works); Lamb (Perugia Prize, Perugia 2006); and Where She Always Was (May Swenson Award, Utah State University Press, 2004). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Carla Schwartz is a poet, poetry filmmaker, and lyricist. She has performed and read her work in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in several journals, including Fulcrum, 05401, Wordgathering, Common Ground, Review, Stone Highway Review, Literary Juice, Ibbetson Street, Emerge Literary Journal, Enizagam, and Equinox, among others. Her poetry book, Mother, One More Thing is published by Turning Point Books.


Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served.

Cervena Barva Press Announces a Chapbook Launch
for "The AfterImages" by David P. Miller
Saturday October 4th at 2:00PM
Come help us celebrate at the Cervena Barva Press Studio, Basement Room B8
Readers: David P. Miller | M.P. Carver | Lee Varon
The Afterimages Poems by David P. Miller

David P. Miller's poems have appeared in print in Meat for Tea, Stone Soup Presents, Ibbetson Street, Stone's Throw, and the 2014 Bagel Bards Anthology, and online in the Muddy River Poetry Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, and the Boston and Beyond Poetry Blog. He has three "micro-chapbooks" available from the Origami Poems Project website. David was a member of the multidisciplinary Mobius Artists Group of Boston for 25 years, and is a librarian at Curry College in Milton, Mass. He studies with Tom Daley, and has been seen in the company of one or more of the Bagel Bards.



Lee Varon is a writer and social worker. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and been published in various journals including: A & U AIDS Magazine, Black & White, Cottonwood Magazine, Euphony, Fox Cry Review, High Plains Literary Review, Milkweed Chronicle, Oddball Magazine, Oyez Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Permafrost, Pleiades, Prick of the Spindle, RE:AL, Southern Poetry Review, Sliver of Stone, Spare Change News, Studio One, Willow Review, Words And Images, and Writers Forum. She is a regular reader at Stone Soup.

M.P. Carver, poet, lives in Salem, MA. She is a member of YesNo Press - publisher of the Zig Zag Folios - and Poetry Editor of Soundings East. She will also be assisting organizers for the 2015 Massachusetts State Poetry Festival. Her work has appeared in various local journals, and she has featured at multiple venues across the state.

Parking available in the lot in the back of the building
Refreshments served.

CERVENA BARVA PRESS READING SERIES
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 8, 7:00PM
Featuring: Cindy Hochman | Karen Neuberg

Cindy Hochman, from Brooklyn, New York, is the president of "100 Proof" copyediting services. She is the editor-in-chief of the online journal First Literary Review-East and is on the book review staff of Pedestal Magazine. Recent poems published (or forthcoming) in the New York Quarterly, Arsenic Lobster, Pirene's Fountain, MonkeyBicycle, Levure Literraire, Glimpse (Canada) and Kiyi (Turkey). Her chapbook, The Carcinogenic Bride, has been recommended on Winning Writers.

Karen Neuberg, a Brooklyn-based writer, is the author of two chapbooks - Myself Taking Stage (Finishing Line Press) and Detailed Still (Poets Wear Prada). Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bluestem Magazine, Levure Literraire, Nassau Review, Paper Nautilus, Right Hand Pointing, and Tinderbox. She holds an MFA from The New School and is associate editor of the online journal First Literary Review-East.


Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served.

CERVENA BARVA PRESS READING SERIES
FRIDAY OCTOBER 10, 7:00PM
Featuring: Alexandria Peary | Ayshia Stephenson

Alexandria Peary's third book, Control Bird Alt Delete,received the 2013 Iowa Poetry Prize and was published by the University of Iowa Press in March 2014. Other poetry book publications include Fall Foliage Called Bathers & Dancers (Backwaters 2008) and Lid to the Shadow (Slope Editions 2011). Her work has received the Joseph Langland Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Slope Editions Book Prize, and the Mudfish Poetry Prize, with poems recently appearing or forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, Denver Quarterly, Volt, Chariton Review, and New American Writing. She is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Salem State University.

Ayshia Stephenson is an award-winning poet, actress and playwright from Brooklyn, NY. She earned her MFA in Writing from The California Institute of Arts, has an MA in Sociology from UMass Boston, and teaches at Salem State University. She fuses poetry and storytelling for a provocative performance of race, gender and culture. Ayshia has been invited to present her work locally at The Somerville Arts at the Armory, The Cantab, Speak-Up (feature), Cervana Barva Press (feature), and The Mass Poetry Festival. Published by Imaginary Friends Press, Boston University Press, Open to Interpretation, and A Gathering of Tribes, Ayshia is also Executive Director of Performing Fusion Theatre.


Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served.

CERVENA BARVA PRESS READING SERIES
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15, 7:00PM
Featuring: Michael Daley | Tomas O'Leary

Michael Daley, born and raised in Dorchester, left a seminary and religious life and was wild in the streets at 21, seeking a life of experience. His books are: The Straits, To Curve, and Moonlight in the Redemptive Forest. He translated Alter Mundus by Italian poet Lucia Gazzino. Recent poems are in Off the Coast, Rhino, Gargoyle, and North American Review. A graduate of UMass Boston with an MFA from UW Seattle, he lives in Washington State.

Tomas O'Leary is a poet, translator, musician, singer, artist and expressive therapist. His published books of poetry are A Prayer for Everyone, The Devil Take a Crooked House, and Fool at the Funeral. In the Wellspring of the Ear, a volume of new and selected poems, is due from Lynx House Press by Winter Solstice. He has taught literature, creative writing and journalism at the college level, creative writing and Spanish at the high school level, and basic Spanish to little kids. He works with people who have Alzheimer's.


Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served.

CERVENA BARVA PRESS READING SERIES
THURSDAY OCTOBER 16, 7:00PM
Featuring: Diane Lockward | Jennifer Markell | Tam Lin Neville

Diane Lockward is the author of The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop (Wind Publications, 2013) and three poetry books, most recently Temptation by Water. Her previous books are What Feeds Us, which received the 2006 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, and Eve's Red Dress. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Against Perfection and Greatest Hits: 1997-2010. Her poems have been included in such anthologies as Poetry Daily: 360 Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website and Garrison Keillor's Good Poems for Hard Times, and in such journals as Harvard Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Gwarlingo, and The Writer's Almanac.

Jennifer Markell's first book of poetry, Samsara, was published this year by the Turning Point imprint of WordTech Communications. Her poems have appeared in journals nationally and internationally, including The Aurorean (Featured Poet), Consequence, The Hawaii Pacific Review, Rhino, and Poetry from Sojourner, A Feminist Anthology. Her poetry has been displayed at Boston City Hall, and she was selected to read her work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Tam Lin Neville is the author of two poetry collections: Journey Cake (BkMk Press, The University of Missouri-Kansas City, l998) and more recently, Triage, from Cervena Barva Press. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Harvard Review, Mademoiselle, American Poetry Review, Ironwood, and Threepenny Review. She is co-editor of Off The Grid Press, a press for poets over sixty. She also works for Changing Lives Through Literature, an alternative sentencing program.


Admission is $3.00. Refreshments served.


Directions & parking:
The Center for the Arts is located between Davis Square and Union Square. Parking is located behind the armory at the rear of the building. Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MTBA Red Line. You can also find us by using either the MBTA RT 88 and RT 90 bus that can be caught either at Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop. You can also get to us from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) by using the MBTA RT 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.

Inside the Armory:
Go inside main doors and walk straight ahead about 30 feet, look for the door on the right to the stairs down to the basement. (There is an elevator just after the stairs.) Once in the basement walk through the basement lobby straight ahead about 20 feet, first door on the right is the Červená Barva Press Studio.



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Saturday, October 4th
5:30-7:00 P.M.
Launch Party for SpoKe

Reading
Len Krisak, Ruth Lepson, Margo Lockwood, Patrick Pritchett


Friday, October 10th
7:00 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Denise Bergman

Denise Bergman's A Woman in Pieces Crossed a Sea was published by West End Press in 2014. The book won the West End Press Patricia Clark Smith Poetry Prize. The Telling, a book-length poem, was published in 2013 by Cervená Barva Press. Her book Seeing Annie Sullivan, poems based on the early life of Helen Keller's teacher (Cedar Hill Books), was translated into Braille and into a Talking Book. She was the editor of City River of Voices, an anthology of urban poetry (West End Press), and author of Keyhole Poems, a sequence that combines the history of specific urban places with the present. Her poems have been widely published. An excerpt from her poem "Red," about the effects of a slaughterhouse, was permanently installed by the city of Cambridge, MA, in a neighborhood park. She was featured as a Split This Rock Poet of the Week in May 2013.


Tuesday, October 14th
Poetry Reading
7:00 p.m.
Melissa Buckheit and Amy King

Melissa Buckheit is a poet, dancer/choreographer, photographer, English Lecturer and Bodywork Therapist. She is the author of Noctilucent (Shearsman Books, 2012), Arc (The Drunken Boat, 2007), and her poems, translations, photography, interviews and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Her Kind, The Drunken Boat, Tarpaulin Sky, Sinister Wisdom, Can-Can, Bombay Gin, Spiral Orb, Shearsman Magazine, and Sonora Review, among others. Olga Broumas has described her poetry as deploying "the sensory intricacies of high lyric, iridescent candor & dynamic range to serve our imagination an eclectic feast of electrifying, intimate, thermospheric meditations," and Jocelyn Heath, in a review in Lambda Literary, noted that, "Buckheit pairs earthly longings with writings of celestial delicacy to show us what we can see when we look beyond immediacy. Her collection, like the noctilucent cloud that shares its name, lingers long in the atmosphere." Buckheit translates the poet Ioulita Iliopoulou from Modern Greek, and is a recipient of the American Poets Honorary Award, a Tucson-Pima Arts Council Dance grant, and two Pushcart Prize nominations. She served on the poetry committee for the Tucson Festival of Books, and founded and has curated the innovative Edge Reading Series for Emerging and Younger Writers, in Tucson, AZ, since 2007. She holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from Naropa University and a B.A. from Brandeis University. She teaches at Pima Community College.

Amy King is the author of Slaves to Do These Things, I'm the Man Who Loves You and Antidotes for an Alibi, all from Blazevox Books, as well as The People Instruments (Pavement Saw Press) and Kiss Me With the Mouth of Your Country (Dusie Press). Of her most recent book, I Want to Make You Safe, (Litmus Press, 2011), John Ashbery described her poems as bringing "abstractions to brilliant, jagged life, emerging into rather than out of the busyness of living." Safe was one of the Boston Globe's Best Poetry Books of 2011, and it was reviewed, among others, by the Poetry Foundation and the Colorado Review. King was also honored by The Feminist Press as one of the "40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism" awardees, her poems have been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, and she has been the recipient of a MacArthur Scholarship for Poetry. The Missing Museum is forthcoming in 2014 from Kore Press. King serves on the executive board of VIDA: Woman in Literary Arts and she moderates the Women's Poetry Listserv (WOMPO). She co-edited the PEN Poetry Series and Esque Magazine with Ana Bozicevic, and founded and curated, from 2006-2010, the Brooklyn-based reading series, The Stain of Poetry. She teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.


Friday October 17th
7:00 p.m.
Reading
Kimiko Hahn

Kimiko Hahn is the author of eight previous books of poetry, including, Toxic Flora. She has won an American Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Theodore Roethke Award, and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award. Hahn has also won the Poetry Society of America Shelley Memorial Award and the PEN/Voecler Award for Poetry. She lives in New York and teaches at Queens College, City University of New York

"In Brain Fever, Kimiko Hahn moves through the rooms of the mind with an oneiric weightlessness. She also touches concrete ground in the realm of neuroscience, and in the world outside the mind, where love, betrayal, regret, and debilitating loss reside. This is a beautiful and troubling book, a marriage of what matters most: the mysteries buried at our very core and the world that cradles and cuts into us at every turn."
-Tracy K. Smith


Friday, October 24th
7:00 p.m.
Reading Grey Gowrie
Introduced by Christopher Ricks

Grey Gowrie was born in Dublin in 1939. Educated and professionally engaged in England and the USA, he made his home in Ireland until 1983 when he moved to the Welsh Marches. He taught English and American literature at Harvard and University College London and in 1972, on publishing his first collection of poems, exchanged an academic career for business and public life. He has been a company chairman, a Cabinet minister, Chairman of the Arts Council of England and Provost of the Royal College of Art. Literature. His book Third Day New and Collected Poems was published in (2013 Sheep Meadow Press).

Sir Christopher Bruce Ricks (born 1933) is a British literary critic and scholar. He is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University (U.S.) and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University, and was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford (England) from 2004 to 2009. Hugh Kenner has praised his 'intent eloquence', and Geoffrey Hill his 'unrivaled critical intelligence'. W. H. Auden described Ricks as 'exactly the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding'. John Carey calls him the 'greatest living critic.


Friday, November 7th
7:00 p.m.
Poetry Reading
Ewa Chrusciel

Ewa Chrusciel writes in both Polish and English. She has two books in Polish. Her first book in English, Strata, won the 2009 international book contest and was published with Emergency Press in 2011. Her second book in English Contraband of Hoopoe is forthcoming with Omnidawn Press in 2014. Her third book Dybbuk of Angelus was a finalist with River Run Press. Her poems were featured in Jubilat, Boston Review, Colorado Review,Lana Turner, Spoon River Review, Aufgabe among others. She translated Jack London, Joseph Conrad, and I.B. Singer into Polish and Jorie Graham, Lyn Hejinian and Cole Swensen into English.

"The excitement one experiences reading the Polish and American poet Ewa Chrusciel's new book is hard to describe. If one made an amalgam of Darwin, early Hejinian, Byzantine art, near Eastern books of wisdom, Ponge, Pavese, sacred Hopi and Amerindian texts, one still wouldn't be able to come up with the magical contraband this vessel is carrying."
-Jorie Graham, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry


Friday, November 21st
7:00 p.m.
Sandra Lim, Katie Peterson

Sandra Lim is the author of The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014), selected by Louise Glück for the most recent Barnard Women Poets Prize, and a previous collection of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press, 2006). A 2015 Pushcart Prize winner, she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Katie Peterson was Professor of the practice of poetry Tufts University for three years. She recently moved to California to teach at a small college, Deep Springs. for the Spring. She will begin teaching at UC Davis in the winter. In 2013 she published two books, Permission (New Issues) and The Accounts (University of Chicago Press). The Accounts was the winner of the 2014 Rilke Award from the University of North Texas. She is also the author of This One Tree (New Issues). Her essays on poetry have appeared widely this year, and new poems appear in the Kenyon Review, APR, West Branch, and Zyzzyva. Peterson earned a B.A. at Stanford University and a doctorate in English and American Literature and Language at Harvard, where her dissertation on Emily Dickinson won the Howard Mumford Jones Prize.



Please visit us on Grolierpoetrybookshop
Grolier Poetry Book Shop | 6 Plympton Street | Cambridge | MA | 02128

NEPC Fall Series begins on Monday, September 8th at 7:00 PM

Harvard-Yenching Common Room 136
2 Divinity Ave, Cambridge (off Kirkland, near Memorial Hall)

NEPC fall series continues:

Monday, October 6th, 7:00 PM
Members with new books

Monday, November 3rd, 7:00 PM
NEPC Contest Winners

Monday, December 1st, 7:00 PM
NEPC Contest Winners

Fall series readings take place at
Harvard-Yenching Library, Common Room 136
2 Divinity Ave, Cambridge (off Kirkland, near Memorial Hall)

NEW ENGLAND POETRY CLUB
Founded in 1915 by Amy Lowell, Robert Frost, and Conrad Aiken

* Free and open to the public *
* For information, please call 617-744-6034 *
* NEPC website http://www.nepoetryclub.org/ *


For the Love of Words Listing Detail

For the Love of Words

Your story needs to be told
7:00-9:30pm Doors Open 7pm
Unity Church 13 Main St. N. Easton, MA

Oct. 7th Jack Scully & Nancy Cunningham

Hosted by: George Comeaux & Rich Berg

FUTURE FEATURES

Andrew Lewis
Astrid Drew
Chris Johnson
Chris Kain
Dana Rowe
Glenn Furman
Jack Scully
Kim Hill
Laura Brown Lavoie
Linda Thayer
Marguerite Bouvard
Michael Quigg
Nancy Cunningham
Philip Hasouris
Renee Summers
Ron Cummings
Tom Daley
Tom Slavin

info: email Rich at beachchair@verizon.net


CHAPTER AND VERSE LITERARY READING SERIES

FRIDAY, October 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm
LORING-GREENOUGH HOUSE, 12 SOUTH STREET JAMAICA PLAIN CENTER

Martha Collins is the author of seven books of poetry, including Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006). She has also published four earlier collections of poems and three collections of co-translated Vietnamese poetry—most recently Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap (Milkweed, 2013, with the author). She founded the creative writing program at UMass-Boston and taught for ten years at Oberlin College, where she continues to serve as editor-at-large for FIELD magazine. She is currently a resident of Cambridge.

A poet, visual artist and longtime JP resident, Susan Eisenberg is author of the poetry collections Perpetual Care (forthcoming 2014), Blind Spot, and Pioneering, and the nonfiction NYT Notable Book, We’ll Call You If We Need You. Her poems appeared recently in The Progressive, Nimrod, Healing Muse, and the anthology (Oxford), American Working Class Literature. She’s a Resident Artist/Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center.

Joan Houlihan is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Ay. Her other books are: The Us, named a must-read of 2009 by Massachusetts Center for the Book, The Mending Worm, winner of the Green Rose Award from New Issues Press, and Hand-Held Executions: Poems & Essays. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Boston Review, Poetry, Gulf Coast and Harvard Review, and anthologized in The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries and The Book of Irish-American Poetry—Eighteenth Century to Present. She is contributing editor for the Contemporary Poetry Review and author of Boston Comment, a series of critical essays on contemporary American poetry. Houlihan has taught at Columbia University and Emerson College. She currently teaches in Lesley University’s Low-Residency MFA Program in Cambridge and part-time at Clark University in Worcester. She is founder and director of the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference.

Suggested donation: $5.00 or whatever you can afford. (We mean this. We would rather have you than your money.) Free refreshments are served.

Parking Information: The Loring-Greenough House has a parking lot, but four spaces are reserved for ZIP Cars. Please respect these spaces, and also please try not to park on the grass. There is ample nonrestricted street parking and a large, free public parking lot off Centre Street between Burroughs and Thomas Streets just a block from the Loring-Greenough House.

For information check our website at
http://jamaicapondpoets.com
or email dorothy.derifield@gmail.com
or call 617-325-8388.



 

Mike Amado

POETRY: THE ART OF WORDS
MIKE AMADO MEMORIAL SERIES

Poetry reading and Open Mic
The Plymouth Guild for the Arts
11 North St. Downtown Plymouth, MA [Downtown just off Rte 3A]

      MIKE AMADO


Sunday October 12, 2014: January O’Neil & Louise Dery Wells

"Louise Dery-Wells is a poet and psychotherapist from the Middleboro area who uses poetry and the arts as an expression of her practice of contemporary shamanism. She is past producer of "Arts From The Heart" now redesigned as a series of arts salons. Louise is presently focused on creating intuitively based groups and workshops and on the transformative potential of life threatening illness. With the help of illustrator Donna Secour, she is also publishing a fairy tale for all ages, "The Enchanted Doll".

JANUARY GILL O’NEILL is the Executive Director, Massachusetts Poetry Festival, as well as an Assistant Professor, Salem State University. Prior to teaching at Salem State, she was a senior writer/editor at Babson College. Author of Underlife (CavanKerry Press 2009) and the forthcoming Misery Islands (CavanKerry ress 2014). Visit her blog at poetmom.blogspot.com.

MUSIC FEATURE/ Jay Michaels is a member of The Viola da Gamba Society of America and The Historical Harp Society


Upcoming Readings

Nov 9: Elizabeth McKim & Barbara S Carlson
Dec 14: Vincent Dorio & Denise Rainey
Jan 11: Winston Bolton
Feb 8: Marguerite Bouvard & James Brosnan
Mar 1: Mary Kane & Miriam O’Neal

Doors open 11:30AM, Music Feature 12:00 noon, Poetry Features 12:45pm open-mic 1:15pm.
Free admission and refreshments.

FREE REFRESHMENTS! More info:
johnscully36@yahoo.com
visit us on-line www.ptaow.com


“THIS PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE PLYMOUTH CULTURAL COUNCIL, A LOCAL AGENCY WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS CULTURAL COUNCIL, A STATE AGENCY”



Rozzie Reads Poetry: Featured Poets and Open Mic

Thursday, October 16, 2014 7pm to 9pm
Roslindale House, Community Room, 120 Poplar Street

on-street parking on Poplar, Florence and Hawthorne streets and in unnumbered spaces A free event sponsored by Friends of the Roslindale Branch Library • Refreshments

Vincent Dorio, a carpenter and poet, has read at Chapter and Verse, the Massachuesetts Poetry Festival, and the annual Carpenter Poets of Jamaica Plain reading at James's Gate in Jamaica Plain. He is fond of old books, dogs and hearing other poets read their work. He resides in Roslindale where he is married to long-time poet Elizabeth Quinlan.

Molly Lynn Watt, poet, activist, and educator, worked at Highlander Center in Tennessee in 1963. On Wings of Song—A Journey into the Civil Rights Era (Ibbetson Street 2014) is a memoir in poems of her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Her other works include Consider This, Shadow People (Ibbetson Street Press 2007), and, with Daniel Lynn Watt, George and Ruth — Songs and Letters of the Spanish Civil War. She lives in Cambridge, leads workshops, makes guest appearances in schools, and has edited the Bagel Bard anthologies.

More information: roslindalelibraryfriends@gmail.com



In His Ecstasy: The Passion of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Tickets are now available for the next performance of In His Ecstasy: The Passion of Gerard Manley Hopkins, a one-man play by Tom Daley about the 19th century English Jesuit poet. The play will be performed by the playwright on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 3 pm at Follen Church, 755 Massachusetts Ave, East Lexington, MA 02420 (near Wilson Farms and right off the Minuteman bike path). The play is sponsored by Lexington Community Education.

Spots ($10) are now available by calling Lexington Community Education 781-862-8043. Their office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3:30 pm. Seats are also available at the door, but the show may sell out, so I am encouraging people to reserve spots in advance. There are no printed tickets.

If you are planning on coming to the show and you can recruit three people to come with you, I will list you as a recruiter in the program. Let me know if you are willing to try!

Hope to see you at the show!
Best,
Tom

In His Ecstasy: The Passion of Gerard Manley Hopkins

More on the play:

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), largely unread and misunderstood in his day, is now considered one of the most important poets writing in English in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Author of such well-known poems as “Spring and Fall” (“Margaret, are you grieving”) and “The Windhover” (“I caught this morning morning’s minion”), Hopkins’s unusual imagination and his experiments in rhythm and syntax have had a tremendous influence on the development of poetry since the first volume of his poems was published in 1913.

In the play, a twenty-first century reading group focusing on his poetry at Hopkins’s old parish in Liverpool England is visited by a spectral priest named Father Hopkins. Some of the readers believe the priest is Gerard Manley Hopkins himself, returned from the grave. A lively discussion with the priest about how Hopkins’s theology, spirituality, sensibility, and sexuality influenced the poems’ creation ensues. Father Hopkins and the parishioners (English, Irish, Scottish) share in recitations and dramatizations of the poems. The play lasts approximately fifty minutes.

Tom Daley, the play’s playwright and performer, is a poet who leads workshops in poetry and creative prose at the Online School of Poetry, the Boston Center for Adult Education, and Lexington Community Education. He is the recipient of the 2012 Dana Award in Poetry. His poetry has been published in The Boston Globe, Harvard Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Prairie Schooner, Massachusetts Review, and Poetry Ireland Review.

Tom is the author of Every Broom and Bridget: Emily Dickinson and Her Irish Servants which he has performed as a one-man show at the Nantucket Atheneum, Emerson Umbrella, Fuller Craft Museum, Endicott College, Wayland (MA) Public Library, and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Speaking about Daley's performance as Tom Kelley, Emily Dickinson's chief pallbearer, at a panel discussion on Emily Dickinson and the theater at Oxford University, Jonnie Guerra, Dickinson scholar and president of the Emily Dickinson International Society, noted, “A highlight of the roundtable was Daley’s performance of Tom Kelley’s elegiac address to the deceased poet as he gazes up at her bedroom window. Whether by Daley’s poetic gifts, his persuasive delivery or a combination of both, the audience was powerfully moved—some to tears.”



POETRY
IN THE VILLAGE

BLANDING FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY,
124 BAY STATE RD, REHOBOTH, MA
Your Hosts: Roger and Nancy Boucher
nlmboucher@comcast.net

FALL SERIES -2014

OCT. 29 TOM CHANDLER

Tom Chandler is poet laureate of Rhode Island emeritus. He has been named Phi Beta Kappa Poet at Brown University and has been a featured poet at the Library of Congress and the Robert Frost homestead. His poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio on several occasions. He has written commissioned poems for The State of Rhode Island, The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and Waterfire, and has twice been named inaugural poet for Providence mayoral inaugurations. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bryant University, and the founder and editor of the Bryant Literary Review. His latest book of new & selected poems is Guitars of the Stars.

NOV. 19 Marybeth Rua-Larsen

Marybeth Rua-Larsen teaches at Bristol Community College. Her poems, essays, flash fiction and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in The Raintown Review, Angle, Cleaver, The Poetry Bus, Measure and Unsplendid. She won the 2011 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Competition in Poetry in Galway, Ireland. Her chapbook Nothing In-Between was recently published by Barefoot Muse Press.

ALWAYS AN OPEN MIC!
SEE YOU IN THE VILLAGE!
Nancy & Roger



Out of the Blue Gallery

EVERY MONDAY NITE,
Stone Soup Poetry (Host: Chad Parenteau), a 38 year old venue, $4, sign up to be a feature - call Bill Perrault at 978-454-7423.
Starts at 7:30PM and don't forget to sign up!
Recorded on local t.v. station.

Stone Soup Poetry Series
Out of the Blue Gallery
106 Prospect Street
Cambridge, MA
Host: Chad Parenteau

Visit the Stone Soup web site: http://stonesouppoetry.blogspot.com

Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of the Blue Art Gallery at 106 Prospect Street with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m.

http://stonesouppoetry.blogspot.com/


Timothy Gager

TIMOTHY GAGER'S DIRE LITERARY SERIES /Out of the Blue Gallery/
1st Friday- Cambridge, MA


(starts with four, 15 MINUTE OPEN MIC SLOTS AT 8 PM)
with SIGN-UP starting at 7 PM
FOLLOWED BY FEATURES

8 PM, 106 PROSPECT STREET, CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS

For more info and to get on the mailing list: EMAIL

www.timothygager.com


USUALLY the 3rd FRIDAY of the MONTH!
NOLA’s TIGH FILI POETRY & OPEN MIC, $5, 8PM, Host: Nola, poems/prose.


OPEN BARK meets @ the Out of the Blue Art Gallery,

Open Bark "Candelite Poetry" with Hostess Deborah M. Priestly and Features!!!!

Debbe Priestly with Earth Goddess

Out of the Blue Art Gallery
106 Prospect Street,
Cambridge, MA 02139
www.outoftheblueartgallery.com

Every Saturday Nite


Open Bark Features @ the Out of the Blue Art Gallery:

Time: 8PM into the night! Admission: $3-5 at the door (donations accepted & adored!)

Readers: Features are determined about 1 month in advance. If you want to be one, Deborah Priestly and Rob Russell (Feature Coordinator), will book you to be one. Call the gallery at (617)354-5287 and ask to speak to Rob Russell, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from about 1pm to 8pm. Or email us at ootb@att.net and put your Poetry Feature Request to the Attention of Rob Russell, Feature Coordinator! Thank you!

Other info: We are a very laid back and creative Poetry Venue, "Open Bark Candelite Poetry Series" running on 11 (eleven) years strong now. We only ask that you bring original work and if you read someone else's work, like a famous poet or poetess' that you give recognition to their work by reciting first their name. Musicians, actors, mimes, dancers, drummers and others welcomed!!!!

Out Of The Blue Art Gallery
106 Prospect Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
phone: 617-354-5287


NIGHT SLAM
Every 2nd Thursday

Buckley Performing Arts Center,Massasoit Community College, Little Theater (Fine Arts building)

6:00pm: Doors Open, Sign Up, Refreshments
6:30pm - 8:00pm: Poetry Open Mic
8:15pm - 9:15pm: Poetry Slam

Address: 1 Massasoit Boulevard Brockton, MA 02302 (508) 588-9100

Brockton Arts/Night Slam website
http://brocktonarts.org/services/programming/night-slam/


The Boston Poetry Slam Downstairs at the Cantab Lounge

every Wednesday night at 8 * open mic, featured poet, poetry slam *
738 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Mass.

There is poetry at the Cantab Lounge every Wednesday night, year-round. Our rotating cast of hosts is led by SlamMaster Simone Beaubien. Cover charge is $3.00 (unless otherwise noted on our schedule ).

Open mic for all begins at 8:00 p.m. Our doors and sign-up lists open promptly at 7:15. The open mic sign-up fills very quickly, so we recommend that you be prompt. Poems may be on any subject, and you may read more than one, but we ask that you keep your time on the mic to three minutes.

After the open, usually at about 10:00, our featured poet performs for half an hour. Click here to see our schedule of features.

The slam follows the feature, usually around 11:00. Most slams are open to the first eight who sign up; however, on some nights, we have semi-finals or finals in our slam series. Click here for slam details.

The Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge is 18+, and you must have a photo ID to enter. (Note that the Cantab is 21+ for all other shows.) Feel free to email us at cantab@slamnews.com if you have questions about our policy. You can also check out the website for the venue, www.cantab-lounge.com.

Cantab Lounge
738 Massachusetts Ave,
Central Square, Cambridge, Mass
(617) 354-2685
Email: cantab@slamnews.com
(http://www.slamnews.com/)


Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam Sunday Night!

Every Sunday with a Poetry Slam co-hosted by Joyce Cunha and Jeff Robinson starting at 7:30pm and a Featured Poet and Open Mic accompanied by the Jeff Robinson Trio starting at 9:00pm – there’s a $5 cover and you must be 21 to enter the venue – Sultry red lights, intimate tables, and wooden church pews give this small room one of the best ambiances in town.

Cambridge Common
1667 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA. 02138
617-547-0759


NEW YORK READINGS:

Manhattan Skyline

 

 

Poetry Society of America/Events

Wednesday, Oct 1, 7:00pm, Free
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
New York, NY

Readers: Ellen Bass and Kevin Simmonds


POETRY FOR EVERY SEASON
KIKU: THE ART OF THE JAPANESE GARDEN
with Chase Twichell

Award-winning poet Chase Twichell has curated a Poetry Walk for Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden, the autumn exhibit at The New York Botanical Garden. Join us in this 250-acre public garden, one of New York's most magical places, for her reading of autumn poems from her own books and from the Japanese tradition.

Chase Twichell is the author of seven books of poetry, including Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon, 2010), which won both the Kingsley Tufts Award and the Balcones Poetry Prize.

Co-sponsored by the New York Botanical Garden.

Admission is free with All Garden Pass admission to the Botanical Garden.

For directions see www.nybg.org
New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road


Wednesday, Oct 8, 6:30pm
LITERARY LEGACIES:
Readers: Lynn Emanuel & Terrance Hayesueens, NY

Co-sponsored by Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation.

Admission is free.

Queens College
Godwin Ternbach Museum
Klapper Hall


Thursday, Oct 9, 7:00pm
New York, NY

A TRIBUTE TO MARK STRAND

Please join us as we celebrate the 80th birthday of legendary poet Mark Strand who will be present. With readings and tribute by Sarah Arvio, John Beer, Peg Boyers, Timothy Donnelly, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Edward Hirsch, John Koethe, David Lehman, Honor Moore, Carol Muske-Dukes, Jacqueline Osherow, Mary Jo Salter, Alan Shapiro, Vijay Seshadri, Charles Simic, Tom Sleigh, Susan Stewart, Jessica Strand, Rosanna Warren, Charles Wright, and Andrew Zawacki.

Co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, the New School Writing Program, and the Poetry Foundation

Admission is free.

The New School
The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street
66 West 12th Street


Thursday, Oct 23, 7:00pm
New York, NY

THE NEW SALON: READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
Peter Gizzi, with Alice Quinn

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Admission is free.

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
New York University
58 West 10th Street


Monday, Oct 27, 7:00pm
New York, NY

Sebastião Salgado Photo Exhibition: Genesis
An Evening of Poetry with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Jorie Graham
in conversation with Timothy Donnelly

The International Center of Photography (ICP) presents Genesis, a momentous project by world-renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado. On view from September 19, 2014 through January 11, 2015, the exhibition, curated and designed by Lélia Wanick Salgado, is the result of a multi-year survey and draws together more than 200 spectacular black-and-white photographs of wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, and indigenous peoples, raising public awareness about the pressing issues of environmental and climate change.

In collaboration with ICP, the PSA offers this cross-genre event, featuring Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham. Graham will read her own work directly concerned with environmental issues, as well as original poems inspired by Salgado's photographs. After her reading, Graham will have a conversation about climate change and the imagination with Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award-winning poet Timothy Donnelly.

Co-Sponsored by the International Center of Photography

$15/non-members and $10/members, students, and PSA Members

International Center of Photography
1133 Ave of the Americas #1A


PEN Women's Literary Workshop

October 1, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM

PEN American Center
588 Broadway, Suite 303
(near Houston)

Reception to follow

Subways:
B to Broadway-Lafayette
1, 2, 3 to Prince St.


Phoenix Reading Series @ Left Bank Books

Sunday, October 5, 2014
6:30--8 pm (PROMPT START)
17 8th Avenue—Near West 12th Street
NY, NY 10014
212-924-5638
$5 Contributon
FLORENCE KINDEL, ROBERT KRAMER & OPEN READING

Florence Kindel is a poet, painter, and visual artist. She also writes and illustrates books for children of all ages. She has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and has taught painting and drawing at Kean College. She is currently becoming an art therapist. She is a self- taught linguist and speaks Italian and reads Medieval Italian authors, such as Dante and Ariosto. She is currently studying Chinese as a result having gone to China in 1983 where she did extensive research as an undergraduate student in Chinese painting, poetry and calligraphy. This research contributed to a show of the Yangchou Eccentric Painters at China Institute, New York City, 1985.

A self-taught poet, she has published Dissolutions, chapbook (2006). Her chapbook Future Stars is forthcoming this fall. She is currently working on a 3rd manuscript.
Her work has appeared in Sal Mimeo, Gerry Mulligan, and Pataphysic.

Robert Kramer is a widely published playwright, poet, and translator of European literature. After studying at various universities in the United States and Europe, he became a college professor in the field of European Cultural History. He has since presented many papers and published numerous books and articles on the history of literature and art. For several years he served as Director of International Studies at Manhattan College in Riverdale.

He has received six awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has been a Fulbright Scholar for a year of research in Munich, Germany, and a Swiss Government Scholar for a year in Bern, Switzerland.
He has been a guest professor at various colleges, such as the University of Connecticut, Syracuse University, and Haverford College, and has lectured at such institutions as the Smithsonian, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Art Therapist Association.
He has given readings of his poetry and translations on radio and television on both coasts, and at such colleges as New York University, The University of California, and Harvard University.
He is a former Director of the New York Poet’s Cooperative, and currently a semi-retired professor of Art History at Manhattan College.

An eight dollar ($8) cover buys a drink or pays part of a more expensive purchase.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjGZeKfSW8g....


Michael Graves is the author of Adam and Cain (Black Buzzard, 2006), In Fragility (Black Buzzard, 2011) and two chapbooks, Illegal Border Crosser (Cervena Barva, 2008) and Outside St. Jude’s (R. E. M. Press, 1990). In two thousand four (2004), he received a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. Thirteen (13) of his poems appear in the James Joyce Quarterly. He has published scholarly, critical work on James Wright and organized a conference on Mr. Wright at Poets House in 2004.



 

 

Poets House Fall Season Opens September 23

All programs take place at Poets House, 10 River Terrace (at Murray St. ) in Lower Manhattan, unless otherwise noted. Directions are below.

 

Tuesday, October 7, 7:00pm
Octavio Paz Centennial Celebration
with María Baranda, Coral Bracho, Nathalie Handal, Idra Novey, Kristin Prevallet, Roberto Tejada, Monica de la Torre, and Eliot Weinberger

Poet, essayist, diplomat, and Nobelist Octavio Paz (1914-1998) believed that “to acknowledge the variety of visions and sensibilities is to preserve the richness of life” and ushered in a new era for Mexican literature and modern poetry. A gathering of Mexican and American poets read from his work, which spans 60 years of writing.

Cosponsored by the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, New Directions Publishing, and Poets House

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members


Eleni Sikelianos, Valeria Luiselli, Stephen Burt, Marilyn Nelson
Eleni Sikelianos, Valeria Luiselli, Stephen Burt, Marilyn Nelson

For the Fall 2014 season, Poets House invites you to explore poetry’s complex relationship with fiction, memoir, essay and more through talks, seminars, and workshops presented by leading cross-genre writers. Other Impulses: Poets Writing Across Genres traces the poet’s ability to infuse, implore, recall, and awaken new possibilities in language across the arts from page to paint to stage and beyond. This remarkable series begins Tuesday, September 23 with Mutants & Hybrids: Mixing Genres with poet and memoirist Eleni Sikelianos.

    Programs in the series include:
  • Natasha Sajé on the Prose Poem
  • Stephen Burt on Poetry & Criticism
  • Laynie Browne on The Poet’s Novel
  • Poetry & Memoir with Nick Flynn, Sarah Manguso & Megan O’Rourke
  • Art & Climate Change with Alison Hawthorne Deming
  • Architecture & Archives with poet and novelist Valeria Luiselli
  • J.D. McClatchy on transforming The Leopard from novel to opera libretto
  • Matthea Harvey & Marilyn Nelson on Writing Poetry for Children & Young Adults
  • Poetry & Reportage with Eliza Griswold
  • Transgenres with Vijay Seshadri

In addition to Other Impulses, Poets House will celebrate the centennials of poets Octavio Paz, with a gathering of Mexican and American poets reading from his work (Tuesday, October 7), and John Berryman, with a seminar with scholar Daniel Swift (Thursday, October 23).

The highly regarded exhibition, A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman has been extended and will conclude with a seminar on artistic collaboration with exhibition curator Bill Berkson on Saturday, November 15. Celebrate the holidays with us on Tuesday, December 2 for the opening of Winter Wedding: Holiday Cards by Poets. For an additional holiday treat join us at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for Get Wrapped Up: The Poetry of the Kimono on Friday, December 12.

There are open-enrollment courses ranging from one day to six weeks, master classes, as well as a one-day High School Poetry Workshop for teens with Farrah Field (Saturday, October 11). Visit our Workshops, Classes and Residencies page for a full list of this season's offerings.

Our Children's season kicks off with Our Earth, Our Sky: A Celebration of the Poetry of Childhood with Richard Lewis and The Touchstone Center Theater Ensemble(Saturday, September 27). Those interested in learning more about creating verse for children should not miss Evoking the Poetic Worlds of Childhood: A program for educators and adults (Saturday, September 27).

Hard copies of our fall calendar of events will be arriving in your mail box shortly. Titles related to the fall season from our 60,000 volume Reed Foundation Library are now on display in the Margo Viscusi Reading Room at Poets House. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to be, please Sign up here.


Poets House is located at 10 River Terrace at the corner of Murray Street in Lower Manhattan's Battery Park City.

Take the 1, 2, 3, A or C subway to Chambers Street. Walk west on Chambers Street (past West Street) all the way to its end at River Terrace. Turn left and walk two blocks south to 10 River Terrace (at the corner of River Terrace and Murray Street). The M22 bus runs along Chambers between North End Ave and the Lower East Side. The M20 bus travels from the Upper West Side and the southern tip of Battery Park City to North End Ave. The Downtown Connection, a free Lower Manhattan shuttle bus, travels to North End Ave from South Street Seaport and from Broadway along Murray Street; for more information, visit: downtownny.com.

All programs take place at Poets House, 10 River Terrace (at Murray St.) in Lower Manhattan, unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (212) 431-7920 or visit www.poetshouse.org. Join us on Facebook and Twitter.

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KGB Bar

Join At The Inkwell for Poetry Mixer night at KGB Bar!

Angela Narciso Torres, Vasiliki Katsarou, Yesenia Montilla, Andrei Guruianu, Anton Yakovlev, Marisa Frasca and Amye Archer

When: 7 PM, Oct. 8, Wednesday
Where: KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St, 2nd Fl, NYC
(btwn Bowery & 2nd Ave)
Link: http://attheinkwell.com/reading/poetry-mixer/

At The Inkwell's reading series is held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at KGB. Guests do not have to be 21 to enter.


Angela Narciso Torres

Angela Narciso Torres’s first book of poetry, Blood Orange, won the 2013 Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry. Her most recent work is available or forthcoming in Pirene’s Fountain, Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, and Drunken Boat. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, Ragdale Foundation, and Midwest Writing Center. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she currently resides in Chicago, where she teaches poetry workshops and serves as a senior poetry editor for RHINO. Learn more at angelanarcisotorres.com.



Vasiliki Katsarou

Vasiliki Katsarou is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet whose first collection, Memento Tsunami, was published in 2011. Poems have appeared or are upcoming in Poetry Daily, Agave Magazine, Regime Journal, wicked alice, Press 1, as well as in the anthologies Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (Poets Wear Prada), and Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place. This coming October 23-26, Vasiliki will be one of seventy poets to perform work at the Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, New Jersey. Vasiliki directs the Panoply Books Reading Series in Lambertville, NJ. In addition to poetry, she has written and directed an award-winning 35mm short film about utopia, called Fruitlands 1843. More about her work can be found at http://onegoldbead.com.



Yesenia Montilla

Yesenia Montilla is a New York City poet with Afro-Caribbean roots. Her poetry has appeared in the chapbook For The Crowns Of Your Head, as well as the literary journals: 5 AM, Adanna, Wideshore and many others. In 2012 her poem "Notorious" was nominated for a Pushcart prize and she is a CantoMundo fellow. Her manuscript “The Pink Box” will be published in Fall of 2015. She received her MFA in poetry & poetry in translation from Drew University. For more information, visit www.yeseniamontilla.com.



Andrei Guruianu

Andrei Guruianu was born in 1979 in Bucharest, Romania. He is the author of a memoir, a book of stories, and several books of poetry. He currently teaches in the Expository Writing Program at New York University. Learn more at www.andreiguruianu.com.



Anton Yakovlev

Anton Yakovlev grew up in Moscow, Russia, but moved to the United States in 1996. He studied filmmaking and poetry at Harvard University. Anton lives in Ridgewood, NJ and works as a college textbook editor.



Marisa Frasca

Marisa Frasca’s poems and translations have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, among them: Voices in Italian Americana, 5 AM, Arba Sicula, Philadelphia Poets, Adanna Journal and Embroidered Stories Anthology. She was named first runner-up for the 2013 National Bordighera Poetry Prize for her book, Via Incanto: Poems from the Darkroom, recently published by Bordighera Press. Marisa was a Riggio fellow and scholar at The New School of Writing where she earned a BA, and she holds an MFA in poetry from Drew University’s low-residency MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in translation. Born in Vittoria, Italy, Marisa resides in Manhattan and Long Island’s North Fork.



Amye Archer

Amye Archer is a writer and teacher living and working in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA from Wilkes University, and is a recipient of the Beverly Hiscox Scholarship. Her writing has been published in Nailed Magazine, PANK, PMS: Poem Memoir Story, Hippocampus Magazine, Boston Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the author of two chapbooks, No One Ever Looks Uppublished by Puddinghouse Press, and A Shotgun Life published by Big Table Publishing. Her full-length collection of poems, BANGS, will be released by Big Table Publishing in late 2014. Her one-act play,Surviving, was produced locally in 2012. She has read for various magazines including PANK, Quiddity, and Hippocampus. Amye is a Libra, lover of cats, devout follower of politics, mommy to Samantha and Penelope, and a partner-in-all-things to Tim. Follow her on Twitter at @amyearcher.




Best,
Monique Antonette Lewis
Founder, At The Inkwell
(347) 955-5240 office
(347) 613-0988 cell
www.attheinkwell.com



LALITA JAVA READINGS
3rd THURSDAYS 7-9 PM

HOSTED BY DOROTHY F. AUGUST

Lalita Java
210 East 3rd St.
New York, NY 10009
(Btwn. B & C)


Every Monday: Louder Arts presents...

louder arts

"The Slam"
Poetry, Spoken Word, Slams & Guest Poets.

Always an open mic
$5 students/ $6 regular
Sign-up at 7pm, show starts at 7:30 at:

Thirteen
35 E.13th St.
(between Broadway & University Pl.)
New York, NY
(212) 979-6677
Bar13.com


Every Thursday Mike Geffner presents...

the inspired word

The Inspired Word
An all-star poetry/spoken word event
every Thursday

featured guests plus open mic
Cover Charge: $10
7pm (open mic signup starts at 6:30)
at:
One and One
76 E. 1st St. (corner of 1st Ave.)
New York, NY
212 598-9126
OneandOneNY.com


92nd Street Y Reading Series

Main Reading Series

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
212.415.5500

 


New Jersey:


 

 

John Petrolino
Presents
The Frank Talk Reading Series

Frank Talk

A New Poetry Reading Series
at
Frank Talk Art Bistro and Bookstore

Frank Talk Poetry Series Home Page
Click Here: Frank Talk Poetry Series

Poets.Org (Academy of American Poets)
Click Here: Poets.Org

Frank Talk Art Bistro and Bookstore
163 Shrewsbury Avenue
Red Bank, NJ 07701

$5.00 Cover
(includes food, beverages, and other goodies
supplied by Frank Talk owner Gilda Rogers)

Open Mic after the Feature

Contact: John Petrolino

John Petrolino

jpetrolinoiii@yahoo.com


Pennsylvania:

Old Town Philadelphia

 

"Poetry & Prose & Anything Goes with Dr. Ni"
(radio show; internet radio)

Date, time, pre-requisites: Last Friday of every month, 1-3 p.m.

Address: 1303 W. Susquehanna Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122
City and State: Philadelphia, PA 19130-9998

Contact person and or URL/information: Dr. Niama L. Williams;
http://www.lulu.com/drni;
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/drni

One copy of book to be subject of interview must be mailed to address above if one would like to be considered for show Readers: International internet radio listeners

Dr. Niama L. Williams
1303 W. Susquehanna Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122
http://www.lulu.com/drni
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/drni


1ST FRIDAYS ON VINE
Hosted by Aziza Kintehg

Every First Friday of the Month

Be part of an Art Extravaganza * Spoken Word * Music Freestyle * Open Mike

Jose Sebourne Graphic Design
1213-15 Vine Street Philadelphia PA 19107
7-10pm $5.00 Cover

Contact info:
The Gallery - (215)564-2554
Aziza Kintehg(215)668-4500
Email: azizalockdiva@...

or check out the website: www.Josesebourne.com


Pacific Northwest:

 

Poetry Readings and other events in Seattle
and around the Pacific Northwest

Visit the POETSWEST Website for more readings...
http://www.poetswest.com/venues.htm

 


CALIFORNIA:

Golden Gate Bridge

 

Southern California Open Readings

LOS ANGELES/ORANGE COUNTIES

Barnes & Noble Poetry and Verse with Bill Robertson every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., open workshop/reading, 1201 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, (310) 260-9110.


Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center presents an Open Reading, first Sundays monthly, free, 5:00, sign up at 4:45. Hosted by Marie Lecrivain. Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, (310) 822-3006, www.beyondbaroque.org.


Cobalt Poets presents open readings every Tuesday, hosted by Rick Lupert, with featured readers on the first Tuesday, featured regulars on second Tuesdays, Valley Contemporary Poets featured guest plus open reading on third Tuesdays, and Cobalt Classic All Open Reading usually every fourth and fifth Tuesdays, seven minute limit, 9:00, sign up 8:30-8:45, free, one drink minimum, all ages. The Cobalt Café, 22047 Sherman Way in Canoga Park (west of Topanga Canyon Blvd.), (818) 348-3789, http://poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt.


Da’ Poetry Lounge spoken word open mic, every Tuesday, 9:00-midnight. Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Blvd. near Melrose, LA, free parking next door at Fairfax High School, early arrival is a must, www.dapoetrylounge.com.


Barnes & Noble Featured and open reading, every last Saturday, sign up 6:30, reading 7:00. Hosted by Ron Dvorkin. Barnes & Noble, 16461 Ventura Blvd., Encino, RONDVORKIN @ aol.com.


Poetry circle, second Wednesday, 6:30. Hosted by Ron Dvorkin. Encino-Tarzana Branch Library, 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, (818) 343-1983, RONDVORKIN @ aol.com.


Gypsy Den in Santa Ana hosts a featured poetry reading every first Tuesday and open mics every Monday and Thursday, sign up starts 7:30. 125 N. Broadway Avenue, Santa Ana, (714) 835-8840, www.gypsyden.com.


Emerging Urban Poets Saturday Afternoon Poetry presents featured readers and open mic, every first and third Saturday, including January 23, 3:00-5:00. Free, hosted by Don Kingfisher Campbell. Santa Catalina Branch of the Pasadena Public Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd, two blocks east of Lake Avenue, Pasadena, kingfisher1031 @ charter.net, emergingurbanpoets.blogspot.com.


Moonday, A West Side Reading Series, open reading followed by featured reading, second Monday monthly, come early to sign up, 7:30. Hosted by Lois P. Jones and Alice Pero, Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades, (310) 454-4063, www.moondaypoetry.com, or pero @ earthlink.net.


La Palabra presents a featured poetry reading, plus open mic, usually every fourth Sunday, except January 31, 2:00-4:00. Co-hosted by Laura L. Longoria and Don Newton, Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, (323) 258-1435, www.avenue50studio.com.


Our Poetic Souls open mic, every third Sunday monthly, sign up 2:30, readings 2:45. Hosted by Jim Lyon, please use appropriate language. Home Brew Coffee, 661 West Arrow Highway, San Dimas, (909) 394-1964, www.chrystinedrums.com/PoeticSouls.


Psychobabble Cabaret open mic with teeth, every Sunday, sign up 8:00, reading 8:30, no cover. Psychobabble Coffee House, 1866 N. Vermont, at Franklin, LA, (323) 664-7500.


The Rapp Saloon spoken word open mic, every Friday, sign up 7:30, readings 8:00. Six minute slots, free, all ages, co-hosts Mani Suri, Dave Nordling, Brenda Petrakos, Joe Camhi. International Youth Hostel, 1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica, www.rappsaloon.com.


Redondo Poets featured reading and open mic every Tuesday, sign up 7:50, reading 8:10, free. Coffee Cartel, 1820 South Catalina Avenue, Hollywood Riviera, Redondo Beach, (310) 316-6554, www.redondopoets.com.


Tebot Bach presents featured readers and open reading, last Friday of the month, sign up 7:30, reading 8:00. Golden West College, Community Room 102, Huntington Beach, www.tebotbach.org.


Tía Chucha’s Open Mic: Night of Music & Spoken Word, every Friday, 8:00-10:00, no cover, donations welcome. Hosted by Nery Boche. Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural, 13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar, (818) 896-1489, www.tiachucha.com.


Two Idiots Peddling Poetry featured and open poetry readings every Wednesday at 8:00, $2 cover or one drink minimum with student ID. Ugly Mug Caffé, 261 N. Glassel, Orange, (714) 997-5610, www.poetryidiots.com.


World Stage Anansi Writers Workshop presents a three-part evening beginning with a workshop session, followed by a featured reader and open mic, every Wednesday, 7:30-10:30, open mic 9:05. Literary Director: Jawanza Daumisani, $5. World Stage, 4344 Degnan Blvd., LA, (323) 293-2451, www.theworldstage.org.


SAN BERNARDINO/RIVERSIDE COUNTIES

Barnes & Noble “Valley Voices of the Muse” featured poet and open reading, first Friday monthly, 6:00. Westfield Shopping Center, 72-840 Highway 111, Palm Desert, (760) 346-0725. Patricia D’Alessandro, host: ciaopat9 @ gmail.com.


A Mic & Dim Lights presents spoken word and music open mic, every Thursday, 9:30, $3. Cal Poly Downtown Arts Theater (Pomona Arts Colony), 300 W. Second Street, Pomona (909) 469-0080.


SAN DIEGO AREA

Monday Montage, a support group for poets, readers, and writers, bring your own work, share your thoughts, or just listen, first Monday monthly, 7:00, if Monday falls on a holiday, reading will be held on the second Monday. Hosted by Curran Jeffery. Bluestocking Books, 3817 Fifth Avenue, Hillcrest, San Diego, (619) 296-1424, www.bluestockingbooks.com.


Lestat’s Coffee House songwriters/poets open mic, every Monday, 7:30-11:00, sign up 6:00. Ten-minute slots. Lestat’s Coffee House, 3343 Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, San Diego, (619) 282-0437, www.lestats.com.


The Off Beat Open Mic, second and fourth Sundays monthly, 5:00-7:00. Poetry, fiction. Rebecca’s Coffee House, 30th and Juniper Street, San Diego, (619) 284-FOOD, www.rebeccascoffeehouse.com.


Dime Stories Open Mic for prose writers, first Friday monthly, 7:00. Hosted by Amy Wallen, $5. The Ruby Room, 1271 University Avenue, San Diego, (619) 299-7372, www.DimeStories.org.


Poetic Brew open mic poetry reading, third Thursday monthly, sign up 6:30, reading 7:00. Hosted by Eber Lambert, read up to three poems or for three minutes, thirty-three seconds. Rebecca’s Coffeehouse, 30th and Juniper Street, South Park, San Diego, (619) 284-FOOD, sandiegowriters.org.


Sunset Poets presents a featured poet and open mic, usually third Sundays monthly, 3:00. Oceanside area, (760) 758-2410, or www.sunsetpoets.org.


Fallbrook’s Writers featured reading and open mic for poetry or prose, once a month, usually on Thursdays, doors open 5:30, reading 6:00. Café des Artistes, 103 S. Main Street, Fallbrook, (760) 522-1064, www.kbgressitt.com/fallbrooks-writers-read.


the Vessel open mic features poets, singers, actors, comedians, every first and third Friday, 8:00. Live music, drinks, and refreshments, all ages, $5 cover. Canvas Cafe, 1370 San Marcos Blvd., Suite 120A, San Marcos, www.myspace.com/thevesselmovement.


Drunk Poets Society spoken word open mic, every Monday, 6:30-8:00. Hosted by Ola. Winston’s Beach Club, 1921 Bacon Street, San Diego, (619) 222-6822, www.myspace.com/winstonsdrunkpoetssociety.


SAN LUIS OBISPO/SANTA BARBARA/VENTURA

Tuesday Night Poets featured reading with open mic, every Tuesday, 7:30. Hosted by Roe Estep. The Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 South California Street, Ventura, (805) 320-3524.


Bell Arts Factory presents a featured poet and open mic last Saturday monthly, 7:30. Host: Friday Lubina. Bells Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Avenue, Ventura, www.bellartsfactory.com.


Corners of the Mouth! presents an open reading after the featured poets, limited to five minutes and original work every third Sunday monthly since 1984, free, 7:00. Linnaea’s Café, 1110 Garden Street, San Luis Obispo. Kevin Patrick Sullivan, Artistic Director, (805) 547-1318, www.languageofthesoul.org.


Favorite Poems Project reading, poets and non-poets read favorite poems not their own, hosted by Lois Klein, third Monday monthly, 5:15-6:30. The Blue Agave, 20 East Cota Street, Santa Barbara. e-mail: loisklein @ verizon.net.


Friday Night AA Meeting plus Open Mic, every Friday, 6:30. Drug and alcohol free, 896 East Main Street, Ventura, (805) 794-9878, www.aplaceofpeace.org.


Poetry Zone featured reading and open mic, every second Saturday, 2:00-4:00. Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 21 W. Anapamu, Santa Barbara. Host, Suzanne Frost, (805) 252-1655.


Train of Thought open mic, every Thursday, 6:30, 856 East Thompson Blvd., Ventura, between Ash and Kalorama, behind Kids and Families Together.


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