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July 2019

Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Howard Faerstein

July 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

Featured reader - Howie Faerstein Howard Faerstein’s first book of poetry, Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn, was published in 2013 by Press 53. A second collection, Googootz, and Other Poems came out in September 2018. His work can be found in numerous journals including Great River Review, Nimrod, CutThroat, Off the Coast, Rattle, upstreet,…

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Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Christian McEwen

July 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Basement

July 7 Writers Read/Hilltowns Christian McEwen is a freelance writer, workshop leader, and cultural activist, originally from the UK. She is the author of several books, including World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down, now in its sixth printing. Her new book, Legal Tender: Women & the Secret Life of Money, appeared in April 2019.…

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August 2019

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Amy Laprade

August 4, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Basement

Featured Reader - Amy Laprade An MFA Graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Amy Laprade’s work has appeared inSilkworm, Canyon Voices, Plum Literary Journal and Meat for Tea: the Valley Review. Her debut novel, “So Nice to Finally Meet You,” 2016, and “Behind the Magic 8 Ball,”2018, have been published through human Error Press. “Silence is…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Joan Livingston

August 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

Joan Livingston is the author of novels for adult and young readers. The first two books in her Isabel Long mystery series are Chasing the Case and Redneck’s Revenge (Crooked Cat Books). Checking the Traps has a 2019 release. Her other books include The Sweet Spot and Peace, Love & You Know What. A journalist…

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September 2019

Writers Night Out – Featured Reader James Arthur

September 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

Canadian-American poet James Arthur is the author of The Suicide’s Son (Véhicule Press 2019) and Charms Against Lightning (Copper Canyon Press, 2012.) His poems have also appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Review of Books, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, and The London Review of Books. He has received the…

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Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Trish Crapo

September 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Basement

Trish Crapo - Poet, writer, collage artist, and photographer Trish Crapo was educated at Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Author of the recently republished chapbookWalk through Paradise Backwards from Slate Roof Press (2004 and 2018), she has had work featured in former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s syndicated newspaper column, “American Life…

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November 2019

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Janet MacFayden

November 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Janet MacFadyen is the author of four poetry collections, including Waiting to Be Born (Dos Madres Press 2017), In the Provincelands (Slate Roof 2012), and A Newfoundland Journal (Killick Press 2009). Her work has been nominated for the Forward Prize (UK) and two Pushcarts. It also has been anthologized in 50/50: Poems and Translations by Women over 50, and has appeared in The Atlanta…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Mary A Koncel

November 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

Mary A. Koncel has published three books of prose poetry – Closer to Day (Quale Press), You Can Tell the Horse Anything (Tupelo Press), and The Last Blonde (Hedgerow Books). She was a recipient of a poetry fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Her…

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December 2019

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader: Alexis Johnson

December 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belding Memorial Library, 344 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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Alexis Johnson is co-founder and was Executive Director of International Language Institute for 31 years.  Her undergraduate degree in in languages and linguistics. Her double masters is in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Teaching Spanish. Before that she lived and taught in Barcelona for 9 years.  Her first book,Playing With A Full Deck, is a…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Karen Skolfield

December 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

Karen Skolfield’s book Battle Dress (W. W. Norton, 2019) won the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her book Frost in the Low Areas (Zone 3 Press) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry, and she is the winner of the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in poetry from The Missouri Review. Skolfield is…

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January 2020

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Libby Maxey

January 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belding Memorial Library, 344 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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Libby Maxey, of Conway, MA, is a senior editor at the online journal Literary Mama; she also edits for Amherst College and as a freelancer. She reviews poetry for The Mom Egg Review and Solstice, and her own poems have appeared in Crannóg, Kestrel, Naugatuck River Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Emrys and elsewhere. Her first chapbook, Kairos, won Finishing Line Press’s 2018 New Women’s Voices Chapbook…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Jovonna Van Pelt

January 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

Jovonna Van Pelt considered a college degree for a career in Journalism but was advised that she wasn’t tough enough; it may even have been true. Instead, she earned her MA degree in Ethics. Through the years, her writing has served colleagues, non-profits, corporations, and puppeteers. Jo started writing for herself in 2014 and has…

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February 2020

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Suzanne S. Rancourt

February 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belding Memorial Library, 344 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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Here’s how it works: The featured writer reads recent work and describes the journey to publication, followed by Q & A. Then the floor opens to other writers, who can read for five minutes each; we also draw two names for 10-minute readings. If you want to read, put your name in the hat before 2:15. Ms. Rancourt,…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Julia McKenzie Munemo

February 4 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
The Basement

OPEN MIC & FEATURED READER Every month we host a  different guest Author to be our evenings Featured Reader. The Featured Reader reads from their writing and shares their experience as a Writer. THE BASEMENT – 21 Center Street, Northampton, MA  If you’d like a chance to read, place your name in the hat up until…

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March 2020

Writers Read – Featured Reader Faith Kindness

March 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belding Memorial Library, 344 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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Here’s how it works: The featured writer reads recent work and describes the journey to publication, followed by Q & A. Then the floor opens to other writers, who can read for five minutes each; we also draw two names for 10-minute readings. If you want to read, put your name in the hat before 2:15. Long-time resident…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Susanne Dunlap

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

OPEN MIC & FEATURED READER Every month we host a  different guest Author to be our evenings Featured Reader. The Featured Reader reads from their writing and shares their experience as a Writer. THE BASEMENT – 21 Center Street, Northampton, MA  If you’d like a chance to read, place your name in the hat up until…

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April 2020

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Jan Maher

April 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belding Memorial Library, 344 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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We will meet in the Virtual Hilltowns via Zoom on April 5, 2-4 p.m. Here's how it works: To attend, email Jane Roy Brown for a link to the meeting: brownjaneroy@gmail.com.  You can sign up for Zoom video conferencing for free HERE. Hosted by Jane Roy Brown  Jan Maher's writing credits include two novels, Heaven, Indiana and Earth As It Is; one-act plays Ismene and Intruders; Most…

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Writers Night In – Something New!

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm

Okay so ….  WNO is canceled for April but we are not giving in to the pandemic. We are trying something new, our version of Selected Shorts (NPR), or Writers’ Night In. Here’s how it will work. Send us your 5-minute piece (please time it), prose or poetry (not more than 2 poems) and we will pull…

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May 2020

ZOOM – Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Chris O’Carroll

May 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Belding Memorial Library, 344 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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We will meet in the Virtual Hilltowns via Zoom on May 3, 2-4 p.m. Here's how it works: To attend, email Jane Roy Brown for a link to the meeting: brownjaneroy@gmail.com.  You can sign up for Zoom video conferencing for free HERE. Hosted by Jane Roy Brown Featured Reader: Chris O’Carroll is the author The Joke’s on Me (White Violet Press,…

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Writers Night In! (online)- Featured Reader Lori Desrosiers

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

Writers Night Out In! March 5 @ 7:00pm ONLINE We’re live and online! Join us Tuesday May 5th on Zoom at 7:00pm for Writers Night In. RSVP wno@strawdogwriters.org to receive the Zoom link to the event. Only those who RSVP will be able to attend. Ten names will be randomly selected. The reading starts at…

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