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!

Cancelled–The Writing Life: Poetry & Parenthood w/Pokey

Hey Folks, sorry, but due to scheduling glitches, this event isn’t happening tonight.  I’ll re-post when we have a new date!

The Pokey Godess

The Writing Life: Poetry & Parenthood

Reading/Discussion with Amy Dryansky

Monday, September 21, 7pm

Forbes Library, Northampton, MA


This Friday: 4 Poets & 1 Photographer

Photo: Kate Way

Photo: Kate Way

Perugia Event poets

Four Poets & One Photographer

Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Carol Edelstein, Amy Dryansky, Sarah Sousa, and Michelle Valois
surrounded by photographs by Kate Way

APE Gallery
126 Main Street
Northampton, MA
For more info, contact Perugia Press

This is Major (at Minor)

…what could be better than words AND music AND a library?

Poetry in a Minor Key


Join us for an afternoon of great poetry & music with these accomplished poets & musicians

Amy Dryansky  *  Howie Faerstein  *  Tony Howarth
David K. Leff  *  Elizabeth Thomas

Adam Scherer (guitar)
Sarah Miner (vocals)  *  Terrance Griswold (clarinet)

Sunday, June 28, at 2pm

Minor Memorial Library
23 South Street, Roxbury, CT
(860) 350-2181 /
This event is FREE & open to all

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 5/5: Writers Night Out!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
The Basement (formerly Bishop’s Lounge) 
21 Center Street, Northampton
7:00 – 9:00pm

I’ll be the featured reader at this longstanding event sponsored by the good people at Straw Dogs Writers Guild.  It starts with an open mic, and if you want to read, put your name in the hat up until 7:10. The reading starts at 7:15,  and each reader will have five minutes.

And if you have questions:  Jacqueline Sheehan (413) 582-0661

There’s a bar.  Meet me there.

Errata! Venue Change at Ma Po Fest

The good news is, I get to post this pic of Sherman and Mr. Peabody so we can all get in the Wabac machine for a do-over, because:

1) It turns out our panel is in the Hawthorne Hotel library, NOT the Peabody Museum library.

2) Even though it says our event is FULL on the Ma Po web site, the skinny is that you can just show up and we’ll find a way to show horn you in.

Gee whiz, Mr. Peabody, it looks like the folks at the Ma Po Fest put us in the wrong room!

Don’t fret, Sherman, there’s plenty of room at the Hawthorne Hotel library for all who want to attend our splendid panel discussion.

In case you missed it, here’s the panel info:

From Zero to One: First Books & What We Wish We’d Known

Amy Dryansky, Karen SkolfieldSarah Sousa and Perugia Press Director, Susan Kan

Saturday, May 2, 12:15-1:15

Hawthorne Hotel Library, Salem, MA

We can’t promise you’ll get published, but we will share what we’ve learned, which turns out to be a decent amount.

This event will be of special interest to writers submitting a manuscript or about to publish a first book. We’ll discuss the happy but often bewildering aftermath of acceptance: book design, publicity, the vulnerability of being newly published, post-publication contests, second and beyond books, and the importance of continuing to write after a manuscript has been assembled or even published. We’ll also talk about pre-publication editing, researching presses and contests, realistic publishing expectations, and dealing with a difficult publisher. Although the panel will focus on life after an acceptance, we will have handouts that address the business side of preparing a manuscript.

Discussion will be audience driven – bring your questions!