Pokey Does Poetry: 30 Poems in November, Day 1

Hey Beautiful People,

Today is the first day of 30 Poems in November, the fundraiser for the Center for New Americans, an organization that welcomes and serves new immigrants and refugees in Western MA.

30%20poems%20logoI pledged to write a poem a day for 30 days that somehow relates to the body. People have given me some good suggestions, so it should be interesting.

There’s still time to sponsor me and support CNA’s work! Thanks to a bunch of stellar human beings, I’m almost at my fundraising goal–can you help me get all the way there? Here’s the link to the fundraising page; any amount you can give is appreciated.

For those of you who already pledged, thank you again, and stay tuned for updates. I won’t be posting poems here, since I’ve learned that posting poems on-line, even on my own blog, means I can’t publish them elsewhere. But I’ll be happy to send updates to those who want them. You can leave a message here or email me.

Wish me luck!

 

30 Poems in November: A Body of Work

Hey Friends, I signed up for the 30 Poems in November project that raises funds for the Center for New Americans, an excellent organization that welcomes and serves new immigrants and refugees in western MA.  Now, more than ever, we need to support these folks in our communities.

In honor of the conversation that’s been generated this election season around immigration, women, bodies and power, I pledge to write a poem a day for 30 days that somehow relates to the body. Here’s the link to my fundraising page–any amount it appreciated!

Body image, body power, body parts, you name it! In fact, if you make a donation, feel free to suggest a body part or body topic that I should try to address. (I reserve the right to ignore your request if I find it inappropriate to my theme. Or if I just don’t like it.)

This is probably a crazy idea that will have me banging my head on the desk, but it’s a great cause, and hey, what else do I have to do other than work full-time, raise my kids and try to be a writer!

I’m late getting started with this, so hopefully some of you who haven’t donated yet will support this excellent organization through my 30 days project. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Pokey’s Fall Readings

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Here’s  quick list of my upcoming readings…

Thursday, October 13, 6pm
Reading with Deborah Gorlin
Eileen Fisher
Northampton, MA

Sunday, October 16, 4:30pm
Reading with Voices of Poetry
Hudson Valley Writers’ Center
Sleepy Hollow, NY

Monday, December 12, 8pm
Reading with Paul Breslin
Blacksmith House Poetry Series
Cambridge, MA

More details to come!

 

 

 

This Week: Readings & Such

Poetry & Parenting

Monday, April 25, 7-8:30pm

Reading & Discussion as part of the Writing Life Series
Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library
Northampton, MA

In which I tell the story of Pokey Mama, live.

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I’ll also be at the MaPoFest in Salem, MA, this coming weekend, participating in two programs:

The Full Catastrophe:
Poets on Motherhood
Saturday, April 30 • 12:15pm – 1:15pm

Three poets from western MA (me, Marie Gauthier & Sarah Sousa) will look at how contemporary women poets use a variety of approaches to navigate the territory of “mother-poet.” Details here.

How Did I Get Here:
MA Book Awards Winners Tell All
Sunday, May 1 • 11:30am – 12:30pm

Jeffery Harrison, Daniel Tobin and I are all recent winners of the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry, a prize that’s sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Each of us will read from our work, and talk briefly about our experience as writers- not just about our achievements, but our struggles, the diverse paths each of us has taken that brought us to where we are today, and where we might go in the future. Details here.

The MaPoFest has lots of great reading, panels, a book fair, and of course, us witches! Hope to see you there!

 

 

NaPoMo Pokey

NPM2016posterLet’s be honest. Mostly what I’m doing this month is helping my daughter figure out where she’s going to college. (How did that happen?) But Pokey managed to squeeze in a couple of National Poetry Month events…

Reading at Western New England University

Thursday April 7th, 6:00-7:00pm

Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy, Room 306
WNEU, Springfield, MA
Free & Open to the Public (that’s you, people)

Very excited to read for WNEU’s new MFA program!

Poetry & Parenting

Monday, April 25, 7-8:30pm

Reading & Discussion as part of the Writing Life Series
Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library
Northampton, MA

In which I tell the story of Pokey Mama, live.

So this is happening…

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Thursday, March 3, 7pm

The Odyssey Bookshop

9 College St., South Hadley, MA 01075

(right across from Mt. Holyoke College)

Deb and I will read poems and talk some about the (long) gestation of our second books, and about trying to write as mothers, and probably a bunch of other stuff.

The Odyssey Bookshop is right down the street from the Five College Women’s Studies Resource Center at Mt. Holyoke College, which is where Grass Whistle was born. So I’m pretty excited about this reading. I hope you’ll come and listen.

If you want the details, and to learn more about Deb and her book, check out the Odyssey Books site.

See you there!