List of October Poetry Events

April is National Poetry Month. For Massachusetts residents who crave frequent celebrations of verse, October is your month. Many regions of Commonwealth are holding events that celebrate poetry and contemporary literature. MassPop is happy to be part of these celebrations. Check out your city or one nearby for events during this month.     

Brockton, October 16 – December 1
Through an NEA grant for the Big Read to Fuller Craft Museum and a partnership with the institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest, the Greater Brockton Society for Poetry and the Arts, Inc. (GBSPA) is offering a series of readings, workshops and events aimed at showing children the magic of the weave of words. The grant focuses on the work of Emily Dickinson. Jane Wald, Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, will speak on the life of the poet. Tom Daley will perform his one-man play viewing Emily Dickinson through the eyes of her servants. The series is free. Check, then click Big Read for details.  

 Concord Poetry Center

Friday, October 29– Poets Joan Houlihan, Cammy Thomas, and Sharon Bryan read from their latest work. Concord Academy Chapel, 166 Main Street, Concord, Mass. Free Admission. Sponsored in conjunction with the Concord Festival of Authors and MassPOP.
Sunday, October 31, 2010, 3pm Ellen Doré Watson and Jim Schley read in the Community Reading Series along with Ibbetson Press poets Doug Holder and Lawrence Kessenich. Reading begins at 3pm in the Dance Studio, second floor of Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow Street, Concord, Mass. Refreshments, conversation and booksigning follows. Free Admission. Sponsored in conjunction with the Concord Festival of Authors and MassPOP.Look for events in your neighborhood or in the next town over. Be part of the excitement that revolves around who is writing and what is being written in Massachusetts in 2010.
Sunday, November 7, 2010, 3pm
Tom Daley performs “Every Broom and Bridget,” a one-man play about Emily Dickinson and her Irish servants, as a benefit for the Concord Poetry Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, Mass. Suggested donation: $10.    

 Amherst. Sunday, November 7
Three Perugia Press Poetry Prize Winners.
Carol Edelstein, Jennifer K. Sweeney, and Melody S. Gee travel from out of state to read for this Massachusetts poetry event in Amherst. This event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation available with advance notice ( Book signing and refreshments to follow the reading. Jones Library Trustees Room, 71 Strong St, Amherst, MA 7:00. For more info contact

 Northfield, November 9
Slate Roof Poets Ed Rayher, Jim Bell and Janet MacFadyen will read from their work.
7 pm, Tuesday, November 9 at Northfield Coffee and Books, 105 Main St., Northfield. For more information contact Ed Rayher at 413-498-4343. Ed Rayher runs Swamp Press, and will read from his forthcoming book: Wings Over the Garden. Jim Bell teaches pole vaulting and has two books of poetry, Crossing the Bar (Slate Roof Press) and most recently, Landing Amazed. Janet MacFadyen is author of In Defense of Stones, and most recently, A Newfoundland Journal.
Free and open to the public. Sponsored in part by a grant from the Local Cultural Councils of Ashfield, Hinsdale, Leyden, Greenfield, and Northfield.