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Have you checked out our website lately?
I know it's early to think of Giving Tuesday, but we would like it if you remembered us.
Straw Dog Writers Guild
Straw Dog Writers Guild
Set your calendar as busy to attend our next Writers Night In on Zoom on a different night. (It is 2020.) Stephanie will be reading next Thursday, Nov. 5th! Email for the Zoom link. Feel free to share and bring a friend.
Straw Dog Writers Guild
Straw Dog Writers Guild
Halloween is tomorrow! Somehow the month of October is at a close and Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday at 2 a.m. (An extra hour of 2020!) We missed our Dead Writers Dance due to COVID-19. Here are three fabulous images (?Macci or Laura made?) we used last year. If you have any photos from the two dances, feel free to post. Stay warm and keep wearing your masks to avoid a fine.
Straw Dog Writers Guild
Straw Dog Writers Guild
November first is already here! This is the email I received about Hilltown Writers Read:

Dear Writers,

Being consumed with ethereal thoughts, writers aren't known for recognizing the importance of time, hence the reminder: November 1 is a momentous day—election week begins, daylight savings time grants us an extra hour of sleep, roaming spirits retreat to their resting spots, and Jan Freeman shares her poetry at Writers Read/Virtual Hilltowns. Only an eclipse could eclipse this pile-up of significance.

To be blunt, turn your clocks back so you don't miss Jan's reading. Check out her bio below the format description. Here are the details you need to Zoom in and share your own work in the open mic part of the program:

1) First, email Jane at to attend.

2) And here's the Writers Read format:

Time: Sunday, November 1, 2–4 p.m.
Try to arrive between 1:45 and 2:00. I open the meeting at 1:45, and I've changed the Zoom settings so that anyone can join before I do. No more waiting room! No password! (We never had a password, but we had a waiting room, and it was a pain.)
As you join the meeting, I will ask whether you'd like to read in the open mic, and if so, in a 5-min or 10-min spot. I will put your name in the baskets for each slot and draw the names during the open mic.
By 2:05, I'll close off the open mic opportunities, because it will be too distracting to speak while Jan is reading.
Format: Jan will read for about half an hour, followed by Q & A
At about 2:45, we'll go around the room and introduce ourselves, then Jane will review upcoming Straw Dog programs.
By 3:00, we begin the open mic, and I'll draw names.
About Jan Freeman: Jan is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Blue Structure (Calypso Editions), which was nominated for a Kingsley Tufts Award, Simon Says (Paris Press), which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and Hyena (Cleveland State University Press). Her poems have recently appeared in POETRY, Salamander, and Plume, and are forthcoming in the anthology Welcome to the Resistance: Poetry as Protest. She is presently an associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, and a Mass Poetry poet in the schools.
Jan is the founder and former director of Paris Press, which was recently acquired by Wesleyan University Press. At Paris Press, she published groundbreaking yet overlooked literature by women, such as Muriel Rukeyser’s The Life of Poetry, Virginia Woolf’s On Being Ill with Notes from Sick Rooms, Ruth Stone’s National Book Critics Circle Award winning Ordinary Words, Bryher’s Visa for Avalon, Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Solitude of Self, and Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson’s Intimate Correspondence with Susan Huntington Dickinson edited by Martha Nell Smith and Ellen Louise Hart.
She teaches at the MASS MoCA Writing through Art Poetry Retreats, offers poetry workshops via Zoom, and provides coaching, manuscript consultations, and editorial services to poets and writers throughout the U.S. She is at work on a new collection of poetry, Mobius.
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