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May 2018

Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Kathy Ford

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement,

Featured Reader - Kathy Ford grew up in Rochester, New York, graduated from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in 1980 with a major in design theory, and moved to New York City to pursue a career in architecture. She received her Masters in Architecture from Harvard University in 1985 and has been practicing architecture in…

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Writers Read @ The Inn at Norton Hill – Featured Reader – Lesléa Newman

May 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Writers Read @ the Inn at Norton Hill Sunday, May 6, 3:00–5:00 p.m. Main St. (Rt. 116) & Norton Hill Rd., Ashfield, MA (co-sponsored by Straw Dog Writers Guild and Nan Parati (owner, Elmer’s Store and the Inn at Norton Hill) Featured Reader - Lesléa Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of…

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Compass Roads Reading at Montague Bookmill

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Montague Bookmill, 440 Old Greenfield Rd.
Montague, Massachusetts 01351
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Join us for a reading of Compass Roads, Poems about the Pioneer Valley, with several poets reading their poems. More info coming soon!

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Diving Deep: Poetic Craft, Form and Emotion w/ Gail Thomas

May 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lily Library, Florence, MA United States + Google Map

Diving Deep: Poetic Craft, Form and Emotion A challenge that many writers face is how to choose artful details when writing about strong emotional content. Some of us may shy away from expressing loss or anger, or we may produce work that’s overly sentimental. For inspiration, we will read poems that elevate personal experience by…

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Compass Roads reading at Odyssey Bookshop

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075 United States
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Please join us for a reading of Compass Roads - Poems about the Pioneer Valley, at Odyssey Bookshop. More info coming soon!  

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Compass Roads Reading at Jones Library

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Jones Library, Amherst MA, 43 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002 United States
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Join us for a reading of Compass Roads - Poems about the Pioneer Valley at the Jones Library in Amherst. Poets reading : Paul Mariani Jean Blakeman Theresa A. Vincent Beth Filson Pat Schneider Eileen P Kennedy Candance R Curran Janet E. Aalfs Sharon Tracey Libby Maxey  

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June 2018

Writers Read @ The Inn at Norton Hill – Featured Reader Melissa Volker

June 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Inn at Norton Hill, 10 Norton Hill Road
Ashfield, MA United States
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Co-sponsored by: Straw Dog Writers Guild and Nan Parati (owner, Elmer's Store and the Inn at Norton Hill) Featured Reader: Melissa Volker Melissa Volker's debut novel, Delilah of Sunhats Swans, received a Five Star Review from Reader's Favorites and was praised by Alice Fulton, Guggenheim Fellow Poet, who said, "Delilah...is a charmer, a being blessed…

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Voices for Resistance – A Celebration!

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Forbes Library, Coolidge Museum, 20 West Street
Northampton, 01060
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VOICES FOR RESISTANCE - A CELEBRATION! with special guests Martín Espada, The Nields, and Nicole M. Young! Short readings by Maria Jose Gimenez, Lauren Marie Schmidt, Eileen Kennedy, Ellen LaFleche, Dina Friedman, Christopher J. Sparks & Theresa Vincent OPEN MIC   - slots available on June 4. If you’d like to read (max. 4 minutes) please arrive BY 6:45…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Joyce Hayden

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement,

Writers Night Out – June 5 2018   Featured Writer: Joyce Hayden Joyce Hayden left her teaching position in the English Department at Westfield State University three years ago to pursue travel, writing, and painting. Since then she's been across the US a couple times, as well as France and Italy. She has published a chapbook…

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Poetry Critique Meet-up 

June 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Poetry Critique Meet-up  Moderated by poet and translator Michael Goldman   Sunday June 24, 1-3pm Sunday July 15, 1-3pm Sunday August 12, 1-3pm Click here - TO REGISTER Poetry Critique Meet-up is a chance for poets to give and receive immediate constructive feedback on their poems by everyone in attendance.  Learn what is working in…

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July 2018

Writers Read @ The Inn at Norton Hill – Featured Reader Jan Maher

July 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Inn at Norton Hill, 10 Norton Hill Road
Ashfield, MA United States
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Writers Read @ The Inn at Norton Hill 10 Norton Hill Road, Ashfield, MA 1st Sunday of the month. - 3:00–5:00 pm. Then the floor opens to other writers. If you want to read, put your name in the hat before 3:15. (Hint: you get about three minutes.)  Bring Your Poetry! Bring Your Prose! Find…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Jan Maher

July 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement,

Writers Night Out July 3, 2018 7-9pm The Basement 21 Center Street Northampton, MA Featured Reader - Jan Maher Just the facts: Jan Maher's writing credits include two novels, Heaven, Indiana and Earth As It Is; one-act plays Ismene and Intruders; Most Dangerous Women; and books for educators Most Dangerous Women: Bringing History to Life…

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Compass Roads Reading at the Northampton Senior Center

July 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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August 2018

** Location change for this month! Writers Read @ St. John’s Corner House – Featured Reader Ann C. Averill

August 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Inn at Norton Hill, 10 Norton Hill Road
Ashfield, MA United States
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Location change for this month! Writers Read at St. John's Corner House,  469 Main St., Ashfield.  Featured Reader - Ann C. Averill Ann Averill’s work has appeared in several Christian publications. One of her short stories was published in a Writer’s Digest Short Short Story collection. A flash memoir recently went online in Write Angles…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Mary Clare Powell

August 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement,

  Featured Reader: Mary Clare Powell Mary Clare Powell is a lifelong teacher, retired professor at Lesley University, and poet.  Her newest poetry book is Everyday Ecstasy, a collection about aging (which we are all doing).  Growing older and its losses are here, but so is whimsy, joy, and gratitude--pondering a brother’s death, swimming in…

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September 2018

Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Emily Arsenault

September 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement,

Doors open at 7 – with an open mic. If you’d like a chance to read, place your name in the hat up until 7:10. Ten names will be randomly selected. The reading starts at 7:15, and each reader will have five minutes. Admission is free; participants are encouraged to buy a drink in support…

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Writers Read @ ELMERS – Featured Reader Phyllis Katz

September 9 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Elmers, 396 Main St,
Ashfield, MA 01330 United States
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Bring Your Poetry! Bring Your Prose! Find Your Public! Uplift Our Souls! Here’s how it works: A featured writer reads recent work and describes the journey to publication, followed by audience Q & A. Then the floor opens to other writers—published or not—for five minutes each. Hint: If you want to read, put your name…

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Poetry Critique Group – Register today!

September 16 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 am
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Straw Dog Writers Guild Authors Showcase!

September 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal St
South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075
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Tuesday, September 25, at South Hadley Public Library at 6 p.m.  AUTHORS READING Elizabeth George Amy Laprade Susan LaRosa Ruth Lehrer Melanie S. Lewis Ed Orzechowski Michael Ponsor Jessica B. Sokol Joshua Michael Stewart Melissa Volker Tom Weiner Ellen Wittlinger

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Straw Dog Writers Guild – Annual Meeting 2018

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
84 Musante Drive, Northampton, MA 01060, 84 Musante Drive
Northampton, MA 01060
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Straw Dog Writers Guild annual meeting All members welcome -Come hear about plans and opportunities Sept 29, 10 am, 84 Musante Drive, Northampton. Coffee/tea/nibbles RSVP to info@strawdogwriters.org

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