House Arrest in the Time of Covid by Margaret Allard

Margaret Allard, born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, has thrived in the Hampshire County Hilltowns for more than forty years. While teaching many grade levels and supporting micro businesses at Hilltown CDC, she was immersed in parenting two sons. She writes free verse now. House Arrest in the Time of Covid Stay home. Good. Home. Read More

Contagion by Patricia D. Pin

An alumna of VCFA’s MFA program and a Berkshire resident, Patricia D. Pin explores pandemic and viral language used in media covering COVID-19 as “the enemy”. Her poem, “Contagion” considers an alternate effect of isolation from oneself, with the offer of what conscious natural selection implies within a diverse and evolving ecosystem. Read More

Corona by Kathie Fiveash

Katherine Fiveash is a naturalist, teacher, homesteader, and writer. She divides her year between Florence, Massachusetts (Hampshire County), and Isle au Haut, Maine, a remote, unbridged island in Penobscot Bay. She is the author of Island Naturalist, an award-winning collection of natural history essays, and two chapbooks of poetry. Corona The Chinese horseshoe bat is Read More

Social Contact by Sarah Ritter

Photo credit – Helena Lopez Sarah Ritter is a Straw Dog Writers Guild member from CT. In 2019, she published her first poetry collection: “Inspirations, Transformations and Revelations: A Poetic Expression of My Personal Journey.” Her poems have been published in the anthologies: “We Are Beat,” “Goddess,” “Connecticut Bards Northwest Poetry Review,” and “The Mondo.” Read More

LADYBUG, LADYBUG by Brooks Robards

Brooks Robards writes poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Her 15 books include the poetry collections “Fishing the Desert” (2015) and “On Island” (2014). She writes movie reviews and profiles for newspapers and magazines. She lives in Northampton, MA, spends four summer months on Martha’s Vineyard and a month in Santa Fe, NM. LADYBUG, LADYBUG Ladybug, prettiest Read More

Then and now by Michael Favala Goldman

Michael Favala Goldman is a widely-published translator of Danish literature and a jazz clarinetist. He leads poetry workshops at the Northampton Center for the Arts and is a member of Straw Dogs program committee. His new book of poetry is Who has time for this? Then and now Jørgen Stein by Jacob Paludan, 1945 Read More

To the Unclaimed Bodies in NYC by Joyce Hayden

Straw Dog Writers member, Joyce Hayden, with Franklin County connections, recently completed her memoir The Out of Body Girl. Her work has been published in Maximum Middle Age, The Manifest Station and is forthcoming in Aljazeera English. To the Unclaimed Bodies in NYC April 2020 Here at the Tree Top Café you can still see Read More

Isolate by Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is the author of over 387 published books including ten books of adult poetry. She has won multiple awards for individual poetry, prose, children’s books and science fiction/fantasy stories, poems, novels. Six colleges have given her honorary doctorates. One of her awards set her good coat on fire. Isolate In this isolate, if Read More

Virus By V. Jane Schneeloch

V. Jane Schneeloch is a resident of Hampden County and a member of Straw Dogs. Her poetry collections include: Turning Over Leaves (Antrim House Books, 2015) and Climbing to the Moon (Finishing Line Press, 2009). Her plays, In Hiding and The Test, were produced at the Drama Studio in Springfield. Read More