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.)
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.
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.
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.
I 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!
Here’s quick list of my upcoming readings…
Thursday, October 13, 6pm
Reading with Deborah Gorlin
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
More details to come!
Poetry & Parenting
Monday, April 25, 7-8:30pm
Reading & Discussion as part of the Writing Life Series
Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library
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!