It’s Day 30!

It's the final day of 30 Poems in November, the fundraiser for Center for New Americans. CNA helps people out, free of charge, who are new to this country and looking to learn English, gain job skills, apply for citizenship and asylum, etc. They're pretty great. For my fundraiser I pledged to write a poem … Continue reading It’s Day 30!

30 Poems in November-2022!

I know, every year I wring my apron & moan & groan and then I just do it--why? Because it's an important fundraiser for a great organization that welcomes and serves immigrants, refugees, migrants, and asylum-seekers in Western Massachusetts. They offer free classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), career preparation assistance, support … Continue reading 30 Poems in November-2022!

Voices of Poetry at the Mount!

Voices of Poetry at the Mount with Antoinette Brim-Bell, Amy Dryansky, Jennifer Franklin, Gloria Monaghan, Dzvinia Orlowsky, Anthony Walton & host Neil Silverblatt Outside, in the beautiful Berks, with six poets reading their work--what could be better? (Yeah, one of those poets is me.) Hope to see you there! Sunday, June 5, 2022, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PMThe Mount2 Plunkett … Continue reading Voices of Poetry at the Mount!


So much for supporting me in the 30 Poems in November fundraiser for the Center for New Americans. Because of the generosity of people like you, it was wildly successful—we raised over $85,000 that goes directly to support programs and services for those new to our country and community. Several matching donations have already been … Continue reading THANK YOU!

30 Poems-almost there!

Only a few days left in the 30 Poems in November fundraiser to benefit the Center for New Americans! I'm about half way to my goal of raising $1000 and the month is almost over! I've been writing a poem a day for the month of November, which yes, has almost killed me, but it's … Continue reading 30 Poems-almost there!

30 Poems in November-2021!

once again I have the pleasure of in the 30 Poems in November fundraiser to benefit the Center for New Americans. The deal is, I promise to write a poem a day for the month of November.  In exchange, you pledge your support to the Center for New Americans, an organization that does much-needed work … Continue reading 30 Poems in November-2021!

Lakehouse Open Mic Redux!

Sunday, October 3, 4-5pmAshfield Lake House Poetry, prose, music, theater, interpretative Covid dance, bring it! First 10 to sign up have 5 minutes to do their thing. Bring masks and social (but not emotional) distance! We'll be outside, weather permitting--pray to the weather gods, because we're going for it! The Lakehouse is serving yummy small … Continue reading Lakehouse Open Mic Redux!


(Sorry, Folks! Thunderstorms predicted for this evening. Stay tuned for a reschedule.) Thursday, July 29, 6:30PM-8PMAshfield Lake House, Ashfield, MA Reading and open mic, beginning at 6:30PM!Our featured poet is Rage Hezekiah, followed by an open mic featuring all of you! (Well, the first 7 people to sign up.) Rage's next collection, Yearn, takes on the … Continue reading CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN!

Dickinson Museum Reading–this week!

Thursday, March 25, 6pm ET Join me online for the inaugural Phosphorescence Poetry Reading presented by the Emily Dickinson Museum. I'll be reading with two spectacular poets, Teri Ellen Cross Davis & Todd Kaneko. We're going to explore the idea of "home", and what that means to us, and what it might have meant to Miz … Continue reading Dickinson Museum Reading–this week!

You Don’t Have to Be Everything

Hey Friends, I have a poem in this forthcoming anthology, The poem, Lost & Found, which is in my second book, Grass Whistle, is about my own coming of age, and having it included in this anthology feels like a cosmic resolution to the reason I started writing my Pokey Mama blog o so long … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Be Everything