Poetry Events Already Celebrated in October

The following events have already been celebrated in October. See our lead story for those yet to come.

 Cambridge, Monday, October 18th
NEW ENGLAND POETRY CLUB 7pm
Poets Who Edit: JACK BEDELL, editor of Louisiana Literature, and VIVIAN SHIPLEY, editor of Connecticut Review, read from their new books. Harvard-Yenching Common Room 136, 2 Divinity Ave. (off Kirkland, near Memorial Hall).
Free and open to the public.

Brockton Vet Center Workshops. Tuesdays, October 19 and 26
CONSEQUENCE Magazine, the literary magazine addressing the culture of war, presents a two-session writing workshop for veterans from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at 1041 L Pearl Street, Brockton, MA.  The first session will offer writing exercises and helpful techniques for beginners as well as vets who’ve written poems before. The second session will focus on feedback. Key to these two workshop sessions will be confidentiality and a supportive environment. The workshop leader will be poet, editor and publisher, George Kovach.  He is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and has been leading writing workshops for the past four years at the Brockton Vet Center. You must register for the workshop in advance by calling 339-203-0433.

Worcester State University. Thursday, October 21
Open mic in the Blue Lounge at WSU Student Center features Jim Beschta and Karen Sharpe
, with music by the Thin Middle. Karen’s poems have appeared in a number of journals over the years, including Worcester Magazine and The Worcester Review. Her first collection of poetry was published in 2004. Jim Beschta is a former high school English teacher, football and wrestling coach whose work has appeared in over twenty literary magazines. He currently teaches at the Worcester Art Museum. Come to this event to see these great local poets, or to read something of your own! Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01602, 6:30-9:00.

South Ashfield, October 22
Slate Roof member Abbot Cutler reads with Mad River Press editor Barry Sternlieb. 7 pm, Friday, October 22, at the South Ashfield Library. For information: 413-625-9302.
Abbot Cutler is author of two books poetry: 1843 Rebecca 1847  and The Dog Isn’t Going Anywhere. Barry Sternlieb is the author of four chapbooks, the latest of which, Winter Crows, was awarded the 2008 Codhill Press Poetry Chapbook Prize. He is editor of Mad River Press and received a Mass Cultural Council award in 2004.
Free and open to the public. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Local Cultural Councils of Ashfield, Hinsdale, Leyden, Greenfield, and Northfield.

Robert Frost Festival in Lawrence.  October 23
The Festival will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Lawrence Library, 51 Lawrence St, Lawrence 01841. The presentations will delve into the classical Lawrence education that Frost called “a nearly perfect education for a poet.” In addition to scenes of classical drama, music, dance– direct from Lawrence High School– and several urban archeological expeditions to Frost’s past, we will feature readings by David Ferry, George Kalogeris, and Megan Grumbling.
Worcester, October 23

Jim Beschta at Barnes & Noble Poetry Series, Lincoln Plaza, Worcester. 7:00 P.M.

Berkeley College Café, Poetry Slam.  7:00 PM, October 14
The cafe at 939 Boylston Street hosts a slam competition, with four teams competing in the familiar rivalry seen in regional sporting events — two teams represent the Boston area and two represent New York. The teams are Nuyorican (New York), Mill City (Lowell), louderARTS (New York), and the Lizard Lounge (Boston).  The winner automatically competes in the National Slam competition.

Amherst, October 15
Reading and book signing: Slate Roof Press invites you to a reading by member Paula Sayword to celebrate the publication of her new chapbook , What Sleeps Inside (Slate Roof Press 2010).
7 pm, Friday, October 15, at the Synthesis Center, 274 North Pleasant St., Amherst. 413-256-0772. Free and open to the public. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Local Cultural Councils of Ashfield, Hinsdale, Leyden, Greenfield, and Northfield.

Boston Book Festival.  October 16
The Boston book Festival presents two poetry readings and three workshops, with each reading featuring three prominent poets. The first reading includes: Kevin Young, author of six books of poems, including his latest Poems of Grief & Healing, an anthology of contemporary elegies; Meg Kearney, Director of the Solstice Creative Writing Programs of Pine Manor College, whose most recent collection, Come Home Now, won the 2010 PEN New England L. L. Winship Award; and Jill McDonough, a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.   The second reading includes: Elizabeth Alexander, author of American Sublime (2005), a finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and one of the American Library Association’s “Notable Books of the Year”; Edward Hirscha MacArthur Fellow and a winner of National Book Critics Circle Award for his collection, Wild Gratitude; and Ellen Doré Watson, Poetry and Translation Editor of The Massachusetts Review and Director of the Poetry Center at Smith College, as well as winner of the New York/New England award from Alice James Books for her collection Ladder Music.  The three workshops are offered by Grub Street, with a poem generator workshop; PoemWorks, with an exercise in free writing; and The Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, with a poetry workshop and café for teens where young people can write together and share the poems they have written.

Cape Cod Regional Event. Saturday, October 16th
At the Unitarian Church of Barnstable. Come to Barnstable for a day of poetry—writing new poems, understanding classic poetry, listening to contemporary, cutting-edge poets read their work. Program includes two workshops (because of space, you must pre-register for workshops) — 1)  Poetry Writing Workshop with Jarita Davis, and 2) Discussion of W.B. Yeats: The Tower,  A Workshop with Daniel Tobin. The day ends with a keynote reading by two distinguished poets —  Susan Donnelly and Aafa Michael Weaver.

Lowell Celebrates Kerouac.  September 30 – October 3
The fall celebration of Kerouac features panel discussions, readings, jazz and folk music, films, book signings, open mike events, a high school poetry competition, and tours of Kerouac’s Lowell places — including many sites described in his Lowell-based novels. Among the readers are novelist and MIT physicist, Alan Lightman, and novelist and screenwriter of an upcoming movie based on On the Road, Russell Banks. In addition to a reading of Kerouac’s poetry, poets Maggie Dietz, Sandra Lim, and Anthe Duvekot will read.

Gloucester. Olson Centennial Celebration. October 2-10
Gloucester, Charles Olson’s adopted city, celebrates the one hundredth anniversary of his birth. The centennial week’s events offer a variety of activities, including readings of Olson’s work, an award-winning documentary film, a dance performance, panel discussions, and a rare books, articles, and broadsides exposition. See the Gloucester Daily Times article for more information.

Easthampton. Saturday October 2, 2010
Readings and Book Signings of Local Poets and Adastra Press
Location: Old Town Hall during Easthampton Studio Tour Day.
 Carolyn Cushing of Easthampton @ 11:00
Greg Joly from Southampton Author of Village Limits @ 1:00
Kat Good-Schiff of Easthampton Author of East of North @ 2:00
Michael Miller of Northampton Author of Each Day @ 3:00
Gary Metras of Easthampton Author of Francis d’Assisi 2008 @ 4:00

Newburyport and Salem Celebrate Poetry.  Sunday, October 3
Join us for this exciting event that brings together some of the most talented poets writing on the North Shore today. Poets from Newburyport and Salem read from recent works and selected favorites. Poets include: David Berman, Jennifer Jean, Claire Keyes, Len Krisak, Jean Monahan, J.D. Scrimgeour, Deborah Warren,  and Anton Yakovlev. Hosted by January Gill O’Neil. At the Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex Street, Salem.  2–4 p.m.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute ,Tuesday, October 5
Andrea Scarpino reads at Higgins House Library, Bancroft Room, 90 Main St  at 7:00pm
Directions: John Wing Road, Off Salibury at WPI.
Worcester, Wednesday, October 6
Remembering Elizabeth Bishop, Participatory reading at Bishop gravesite,Hope Cemetery, Worcester – 4:00pm. Directions: Use main entrance on Webster Street – Go straight ahead to group gathered on left.

The Great Boston Poetry Marathon of 2010 – October 11
This Columbus Day experience three centuries of poetry in 12 hours on The Great Boston Poetry Marathon of 2010. Public readings will take place in six locations around Boston, from Gloucester at sunrise to Concord at sunset, including Beverly, Peabody, the Old South Church in Boston, and Cambridge. Along the way we’ll the visit the graves of over 30 poets as well as hear special presentations from actors who will play Anne Bradstreet, Edgar Allan Poe, Maria White Lowell, and Henry Thoreau. The event is one of ten nationwide as communities celebrate the first Dead Poets Remembrance Day holiday. For full details of the six locations and which poets will be featured at each, check our separate story. Also check the DeadPoets blog: http://deadpoets.typepad.com/gbpm/.