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


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.


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…

Odyssey dryansky-gorlin

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!

Save the date! Jan 12 Reading in NYC

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Annual Winter Poetry Night

at Pen Parentis Literary Salon

Poetry & Conversation

with Ravi Shankar, Karen Skolfield, Lydia Cortes & Amy Dryansky

January 12, 2015, 7pm

Hotel Andaz, 75 Wall, Street NY, NY 10005

Each of us will read from our work and then talk about our writing and parenting lives in an informal roundtable.


(Just think, Pokey reading in a series dedicated to the work of writers who are parents. Wish I’d seen this coming when I was knee-deep in mashed peas and Caillou re-runs. God, I hated that show.)
Hope to see you there.

Two November Readings

Amherst Art Walk
with upstreet literary magazine

November 5, 6:45pm
Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, MA

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Artwork by Lesley Dill

I’m happy to read at Emily’s House reading with these three talented poets. Read on for details:

The Emily Dickinson Museum’s monthly Amherst Art Walk poetry reading on Thursday, November 5 will feature local writers published in the literary magazine upstreet.

Howard Faerstein and Maya Janson, both of Florence, are included in upstreet 11, the latest issue. Amy Dryansky of Conway, published in upstreet 9, and Karina Borowicz of Belchertown, who has a poem in upstreet 8 titled “Emily Dickinson’s Dress,” will also read. Upstreet founding editor and publisher Vivian Dorsel will introduce each poet.

The Amherst Art Walk runs from 5 to 8 pm. The poetry reading, which is free to all, will begin at 6:45 pm in the Homestead parlor.

Brookline Poetry Series with Jill McDonough

Sunday, November 15, 2pm
Hunneman Hall, Public Library of Brookline, MA

Jill is an amazing poet, and I’ll be warming up for her. There’s also some open mic.

Timing of performances:

1:30 PM • Doors open

1:45 PM • Open mike sign-up

2 – 4 PM • Poetry readings

Hope to see you there!