“If I Could” by Tara Dasso

Tara Dasso is a poet and recent straw dog member who resides in Western Massachusetts. She is co-founder of Write-up Springfield!, a creative writing group that promotes and brings together Springfield area writers to write and share work. Her work has appeared in various journals including Trestle Ties, Dark Ink Magazine, and Silkworm. “If I Read More


Janet E. Aalfs, a Hampshire County resident and member of Straw Dog Writers Guild, is founder/director of Lotus Peace Arts (, a founding member of Valley Women’s Martial Arts, and was the 2nd poet laureate of Northampton. Her writing is widely published, and her most recent book of poems is Bird of a Thousand Eyes.  Read More

Promise, Walking On A Woodland Trail by Rema Boscov

Rema Boscov is an artist, teacher, musician, poet and journalist who has written for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and numerous magazines and newspapers. She has been an artist-in-residence in three national parks. She lives in Franklin County, Massachusetts.  Promise, Walking On A Woodland Trail 1. A brisk wind whiffles through the pines. It Read More

I Dream of Wind by Lori Desrosiers

Lori Desrosiers’ poetry books are The Philosopher’s Daughter, Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak and Keeping Planes in the Air, all from Salmon Poetry. Two chapbooks, Inner Sky and typing with e.e. cummings, are from Glass Lyre Press. She edits Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry and I Dream of Wind  In Read More

What Matters by Roxanne Bogart

Roxanne E. Bogart is a wildlife biologist and writer, whose poems have appeared in The Tiny Seed Literary Journal, The Silkworm, and Poetry Quarterly. She is a member of the Straw Dog Writers Guild, the Academy of American Poets, and the Florence Poets Society, and lives in Hampshire County.   What Matters I never Read More

The Verb To Be by Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon’s first chapbook, Deep Fahrenheit, was published 2019 (Prolific Press) and her poems have appeared in the Aurorean, The Massachusetts Review, Writeangles, and other journals. She is the author of numerous books for children and young adults. She lives in Gill. The Verb To Be So I had been trying to psych myself into Read More

Standing at the Edge by Kai Carol Jud

Kai Carol Jud, a therapist and retreat leader, lives in Wendell, MA, Franklin County in a little blue house in the woods. She is working on her book called The Way of the Yum, A Memoir of Life, Death and Awakening.  Standing at the Edge Standing at the edge, gone is the path to yesterday, Read More

Lament, April 2020 by Carol Rinehart

Carol Rinehart enjoys an active retirement in Florence after a decade coordinating hospice volunteer services in Hampshire County.  An ordained interfaith minister, she supports groups and individuals through her STAMINA Project (Strength Training for Aging MINdfully Always). She has only recently discovered her inner poet. Lament, April 2020 Seismographs are reporting softened trembles from solitude. Read More

Your mother has expired by Anita Gallers

Straw Dog Writers Guild and Florence Poets Society member Anita Gallers lives and writes in Northampton, Mass (Hampshire County).  Her mother died on April 17, 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 crisis in the New York City area. Your mother has expired like old milk the nurse on the phone is preparing to throw Read More

“What Was Important” by JoAnn Cibelli

JoAnn Cibelli is a retired high school teacher who lives in Hampden County. Besides writing JoAnn loves gardening, hiking, but most of all dogs. She lives in Chicopee with her three rescue poodles. “What Was Important” What was important: Gathering with friends and family Going to places of worship Working Sporting events Vacations Birthday parties, Read More