Readings & Happenings

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

42% there!

Thanks to y'all, I'm about half way toward my goal for CNA! And hey, I'm writing every day, which is also a gift. I've started a series of linked prose poems, about the pandemic, and what's going on in my personal life these days. Kind of like a golden shovel or crown of sonnets (if … Continue reading 42% there!

Oops, I Did it Again

Yep, I'm doing the 30 Poems in November fundraiser again for the Center for New Americans. CNA welcomes and serves immigrants in Western Massachusetts with free English classes and a range of support services. This year, we aim to raise $50,000. You know the drill: I try to write a poem a day for 30 … Continue reading Oops, I Did it Again

VOP at Chesterwood: Live Reading!

Hey, I'm going to read at the historic home and studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French in Stockbridge, MA , with three other fine poets. (French made this famous statue of that famous guy, Abe Lincoln. Chesterwood is a cool place with contemporary sculpture and trails, and a great day trip--get out of the house! … Continue reading VOP at Chesterwood: Live Reading!

Those Winter Sundays Poetry Series: Bock & Stucky–Cancelled

Sadly, we will have to reschedule these two fine poets for another day. Stay tuned for news about the April reading... Kristin Bock & Janaka Stucky Sunday, March 29, 4pm Ashfield Lake House Those Winter Sundays, named after the Robert Hayden poem, takes place the last Sunday of the month at the Ashfield Lakehouse during … Continue reading Those Winter Sundays Poetry Series: Bock & Stucky–Cancelled