Straw Dog Events

Writers Night Out…!



Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016

        7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    at The Basement 

     (formerly Bishop’s Lounge)

21 Center Street, Northampton

Featured Reader:  Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown Photo 2 (3)Daniel Brown’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Partisan Review, PN Review, Parnassus, and other journals, as well as in a number of anthologies including Poetry 180 (ed. Billy Collins) and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets (ed. David Yezzi). His work has been awarded a Pushcart prize, and his collection Taking the Occasion won the New Criterion Poetry Prize. A new collection, What More? was recently published. Daniel holds a Masters in Musicology, but an interest in computers led him to the IT field, where he has worked at IBM and other companies. He lives in Baldwin, New York.




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If you want to read, put your name in the hat up until 7:10.  

The reading starts at 7:15,  and each reader will have five minutes.

Further information: Jacqueline Sheehan (413) 582-0661

Admission is free; participants are encouraged to buy a drink in support of the venue.

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Sneak Preview… 

Writers Night Out – Sept. 6, 2016

Featured Reader:  Cammie McGovern


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(formerly known as Straw Dog Treats)

Wed., September 21, 2016 – 7:00 P.M.  

Forbes Library Coolidge Museum – Straw Dog Author Showcase 2016

Co-sponsored by the Forbes Library, includes short readings from newly-published books by members of the Straw Dog Writers Guild, including Jeannine Atkins, Portia Cornell, Michael Goldman, Ellen Hopman, Jane Schneeloch, Molly Scott, Jacqueline Sheehan, Jim Spencer, and Gail Thomas.

Every year, Straw Dog Writers Guild offers members the opportunity to dazzle the public with short excerpts read from their recently published books.

This year, the Straw Dog Author Showcase will be co-sponsored by the Forbes Library and will be held in the gorgeous Coolidge Museum room.

Refreshments will be served, and participating authors will have the opportunity to sell their books and network with other writers.

So, save the date – Wednesday, September 21st, 7 pm.  And if you are a SDWG member with a book published in 2015 or 2016 (fiction, poetry, nonfiction) and would like to participate, please contact:

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Upcoming events…


October 15, 10:30 a.m. – Novelist Judith Frank offers a craft program on writing dialogue.


November 12, 10:30 a.m. – Panel of local presses (including Levellers, Slate Roof, and the University of Massachusetts Press) will discuss book publication opportunities.


December 3, 10:30 a.m. – Michael White presents a seminar titled “From Idea to Book,” to help the writer of long prose works (novels and memoirs) develop a process for planning, researching, writing and revising.







Past Events





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