30 Poems in November

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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.

So far I’ve written a few dogs but also have tried my hand at a form called a quatern, and some tribute poems, including one for the children who were murdered in Sandy Hook. I’ve wanted to write that poem for a long time but couldn’t find a way to it, so I’m grateful for the impetus this challenge has given me.
 
I hope you’ll consider making a donation to this excellent organization. you can sponsor me through November, still lots of time! See below for a link to my page.

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!

Pokey & The Last Blonde

Amy Dryansky & Mary Koncel

LEE LIBRARY
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 ReviewBarrow Streetand 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.

A Night of Poetry at Ode

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Friday, April 14, 6-8pm
Ode Boutique
263 Main St., Northampton, MA

I’ll be reading with the fabulous Dora Malech & Debora Kuan
at a special Arts Night Out event in Northampton

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!

April Readings Bring…More April Readings

NaPoMo Poster Mira Kalman

Poster by Maira Kalman

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.)

 

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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.amy_dryansky-eyes closed

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.

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!