Straw Dog Events

Writers Night Out…!



Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016

        7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    at The Basement 

     (formerly Bishop’s Lounge)

21 Center Street, Northampton


Featured Reader:  Joshua Michael Stewart


Joshua Michael Stewart has had poems published in the Massachusetts Review, Louisville Review, Rattle, Night Train, Evansville Review, Cold Mountain Review, and many others. His first full-length collection of poems, Break Every String, was published by Hedgerow Books in April 2016. He received his BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and lives in Ware, Massachusetts. He’s a Teacher/Counselor, working with individuals with special needs. Visit him at  More .




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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.

Please join us!

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Sneak Preview… 

Writers Night Out! – Dec. 6, 2016

Featured Reader:  Michael Goldman

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Craft Salons, Workshops, & Presentations!




Saturday, November 12, 10:30 a.m. to noon,  Westhampton Library, Westhampton, MA

Panel of Small Local Presses

(Including Green Writers Press, Levellers Press, and Slate Roof will discuss book publication opportunities.)

What Do Publishers Really Want?

An inside look at three small local presses who discuss their identities, successes and what they desire.

Green Writers Press, Levellers Press, and Slate Roof Press will participate in the panel. This event will promote and differentiate local publishers, plus demystify the submission process for writers. Each panelist will describe their press and its preferences. Jointly, they will confer on the growth of small publishers and other topics. There will be time for questions from the audience.


Green Writers Press is a low-profit publisher based out of Brattleboro, Vermont, dedicated to telling stories that will make the world a better place.



Levellers Press was formed by the worker-owners of Collective Copies in 2009. Since then Levellers has brought out sixty titles with four more due out this fall. Imbedded in the rich political and cultural environment of Western Massachusetts where many worthy manuscripts go unpublished, Levellers Press hopes to provide a ready vehicle for authors in our area.



Slate Roof Press is a member-run press, which publishes art-quality poetry chapbooks by Massachusetts and regional poets.



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Saturday, December 3, 10:30 a.m., Click Workspace, 9 1/2 Market Street, Northampton  – “From Idea to Book” 

white_michaelMichael White presents a seminar to help the writer of long prose works (novels and memoirs) develop a process for planning, researching, writing and revising. He will use examples from his recent prize-winning novel, Resting Places, including the genesis of the novel, the research that went into it, including “field” research, as well as the writing and revision process.

Michael White’s latest novel Resting Places (March 2016) won the Tuscany Prize for Best Novel. His six other novels include Soul Catcher, which was a Booksense and Historical Novels Review selection, as well as a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award; A Brother’s Blood, which was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers nominee; The Blind Side of the Heart, an Alternate Book-of-the-Month Club selection; A Dream of Wolves, which received starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly; The Garden of Martyrs, also a Connecticut Book Award finalist and made into an opera of the same name; and Beautiful Assassin, which won the Connecticut Book Award. A collection of his short stories, Marked Men, was published by the University of Missouri Press. He has also published over 45 short stories in national magazines and journals, and has won the Advocate Newspapers Fiction Award and been nominated for both a National Magazine Award and a Pushcart. He was the founding editor of the yearly fiction anthology American Fiction as well as Dogwood. He was the founder and former director of Fairfield University’s low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program. He lives on an old horse-farm in Madison, CT with his wife Reni and his two Labs Henry and Falstaff, and writes in a cabin in the woods.


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