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May 2019

Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Charlie Bondhus

May 7 @ 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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“To Refract Our Complex Identities: Write an American Ghazal”

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Lilly Library, 19 Meadow Street
Florence, MA United States
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  Photo by Joyce Skowyra María Luisa Arroyo - Born in Manatí, PR & raised in Springfield, MA, María Luisa Arroyo was educated at Colby (BA), Tufts (MA) & Harvard (ABD) in German, her third language. She earned her MFA from the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College. In recognition of her numerous poetry…

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Literary Rendezvous – Featured Reader Tommy Twilite

May 26 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Rendezvous, 78 3rd Street
Turners Falls, MA 01376
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Literary Rendezvous @ The Voo!  3rd St, Turners Falls, MA 01376 Straw Dog Writers Guild offers this new Poetry Open Mic & Featured Poet event. Open to all poets and poetry lovers!  Last Sunday of the month 2:30- 4:30 pm Sign up for Open Mic by 2:45 pm Featured Reader - Tommy Twilite (aka Tom Clark)  is…

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June 2019

Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader Mary Clare Powell

June 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. Featured Reader…

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Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Patrick Donnelly

June 4 @ 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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Voices for Resistance – a Celebration

June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Forbes Library, Coolidge Museum, 20 West Street
Northampton, 01060
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Confirmed readers include: Andrea Hairston, Chivas Sandage, Christopher J. Sparks, Doug Anderson, Ilina Singh, India Smith, John Sheirer, Kent Alexander, Lanette Sweeney, Maria Luisa Arroyo,  Marya Zilberberg, Mary Warren Foulk, Nicole M. Young,  Patrick Donnelly, & Theresa Vincent

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Roundtable Discussion – Summer Goals

June 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lilly Library, 19 Meadow Street
Florence, MA United States
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Come join a roundtable to discuss your hopes and challenges in writing during the busy summer months. We will converse and share fellow writers’ ways and working routines as well as share ideas on maneuvering through difficult schedules. At the end of the discussion, participants will be asked to set a writing goal for the…

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The Poetry Ritual: A Reading

June 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Literary Rendezvous Open Mic/Featured Reader

June 30 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Rendezvous, 78 3rd Street
Turners Falls, MA 01376
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Dina Stander is a practitioner of radical kinship. Her favorite day jobs have been a school bus driver and hospital chaplain. Her first book of poems 'Old Bones & True Stories was published in 2018 (Human Error Publishing). She is an end-of-life navigator, a nondenominational Celebrant, and maker of burial shrouds. You can read her sporadic blog posts…

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July 2019

Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Howard Faerstein

July 2 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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Good Storytelling in Nonfiction With Suzanne Strempek Shea

September 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St.
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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At the Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St. Northampton, MA FREE TO ATTEND - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC It goes without saying (at least for this writer) that nonfiction - about yourself, someone else, something else - needs to be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. But don’t forget…

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Reading by local authors for Forbes Library 125th anniversary!

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Forbes Library, Coolidge Museum, 20 West Street
Northampton, 01060
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125th Anniversary – Forbes Library – Reading of local authors

September 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Forbes Library, Coolidge Museum, 20 West Street
Northampton, 01060
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October 2019

Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Andrea Hairston

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Basement

Andrea Hairston is a playwright and novelist. She is author of Will Do Magic For Small Change, a finalist for the Mythopoeic, Lambda, and Tiptree Awards, a Massachusetts Must Read, and a New York Times Editor’s pick. Her other novels include: Redwood and Wildfire, winner of the Tiptree and Carl Brandon Awards, and Mindscape, winner…

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Writers Read/Hilltowns – Featured Reader D. Dina Friedman

October 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ashfield Community Hall, , 521 Main Street
Ashfield, MA
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D. Dina Friedman has received two Pushcart Prize nominations and published in many literary journals including Lilith, Negative Capability, The Sun, Common Ground Review, San Pedro River Review, Steam Ticket, New Plains Review, Blue Stem, Red Booth Review, Bloodroot, Anderbo, and Rhino. Dina is also the author of two award-winning young adult novels, Escaping Into the…

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