UPDATE: I reached my goal of $1000!
Thank you all SO much
for helping me support this excellent organization!
We’re 9 days into 30 Poems in November fundraiser for the Center for New Americans, and thanks to a bunch of very generous donations and pledges I’m more than halfway to my goal of $1000.
Here’s the info, in case you missed it, first time around…
I’m once again raising funds for the Center for New Americans.
That means I’m going to write a poem a day for 30 days. You can help me support this excellent organization doing work on behalf of immigrants and new Americans by becoming a sponsor.
As Northampton’s Poet Laureate, I want to do as much as I can to shine light on the positive contributions immigrants make to our communities, and to support the organizations that help make that possible.
This year my goal is to raise $1,000 for CNA. As an incentive, for every donation of $50 or more, I’ll write a poem using a prompt you provide. For donations of $100 or more, I’ll put your name, or the name of someone else you designate, into a poem. Sounds good, right? (Keep it clean, folks!)
Here’s the link to my page: : https://cnam.org/civicrm/pcp/info?reset=1&id=135
Thanks so much for your support! Any amount is appreciated, and please help spread the word!
Amy Dryansky & Mary Koncel
100 Main St, Lee, MA 01238
TUESDAY, May 23rd @ 5:30pm
I’m reading with my good friend, Mary Koncel. You already know about me, so I’ll tell you about Mary. She’s the blonde. Her poems are funny and serious at the same time and she doesn’t sound like anyone else.
Mary A. Koncel has published two books of prose poetry – Closer to Day (Quale Press) and You Can Tell the Horse Anything (Tupelo Press). A third volume of prose poems, The Last Blonde, is forthcoming from Hedgerow Press this fall. Mary 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 poems have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Barrow Street, and The Prose Poem: An International Journal, and other magazines and anthologies. #After teaching writing for many years at Smith College, Mary changed careers and in now working in animal welfare. She is the new program specialist with the American Wild Horse Campaign. Mary lives in Worthington, MA.
Friday, April 14, 6-8pm
263 Main St., Northampton, MA
Come enjoy snacks, wine, poetry and hanging out, because it’s Spring!
I hear there may be some kind of interactive poetry activity…
This is a little interview they did with me.
Hope to see you there!
It’s National Poetry month. You know what that means–
more readings than you could ever possibly attend.
Here are mine. I forgive you for not showing up.
But I wouldn’t hate it if you came.
Tuesday, April 11, 8pm
Open Mic + Pokey Mama (that’s me)
The Deuce (WWII Club)
50 Conz St., Northampton, MA
Sign up for open mic starts at 7. Readings start at 8.
There’s a bar. (Just sayin’)
Friday, April 14, 6-8pm
Arts Night Out Reading & Shenanigans
with Debora Kuan & Dora Malech
Ode, 263 Main St., Northampton, MA
(Wine, cheese, poetry games, more details to come.)
Friday, April 21, noon
Reading with Natalie Shapero
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
(More details to come. Promise.)
Guess what? As of April 1, Pokey will be the new poet laureate of Northampton, MA.
Or as I like to call it, the PoLo of Noho.
Sweet! That’s why I’m smiling so hard.
Here’s a great article about it that Trish Crapo wrote for my local paper.
You can also read about it at the Northampton Arts Council web site.
I’m reading at the Blacksmith House in Cambridge, MA
Monday, Dec 12, with Paul Breslin, at 8pm. (I’m up first.)
Happy to be reading in this great series–hope to see you there!