Readings & Happenings

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

Those Winter Sundays Poetry Series begins Sunday, 2/23!

Hey Valley Peeps, are you feeling not just blue, but positively gray? Me, too! Let’s resist. Let’s get through this long winter of the soul together--with poetry! Leslie Marie Aguilar & Sarah Sousa Sunday, 2/23, 4-5:30 Ashfield Lakehouse, Ashfield, MA Leslie Marie Aguilar received her MFA from Indiana University and currently works as the Editorial … Continue reading Those Winter Sundays Poetry Series begins Sunday, 2/23!

30 Poems in November

It’s that time again--I’m asking you to support me in a labor of love and community, 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—not necessarily the best poems I’ll ever write, but I always … Continue reading 30 Poems in November

Amherst Poetry Festival 9/19-21

Hey Friends, I'm doing this thing with my colleague Polina at the AmHoPoFest…. then I race in the Paper City Regatta on Sunday--you should come to that, too. There's pie! Poetry & Curiosities of the Sciences Polina Barskova & Amy Dryansky Saturday, September 21, 1-2:30 Emily Dickinson Museum Amherst, MA Emily Dickinson, a passionate botanist … Continue reading Amherst Poetry Festival 9/19-21

In With the New!

In With the New: Poets Laureate at the Florence Poetry Carnival Saturday, April 27, 4:30pm Florence Civic Center My time is up! Help me welcome the new Northampton poet laureate to the community at the first Florence Poetry Carnival. I'll introduce the new laureate, Karen Skolfield, and say goodbye, at an event that will feature … Continue reading In With the New!

The Cruelest Month

Why? because it's National Poetry Month, which means there are SO many good readings, and only one of you. Use your time wisely. Save the date for these two beauties: Rebel-Yes Bitchez Read! Thursday, April 18, 7:30pm Ashfield Lake House In honor of National Poetry Month and Dre, Queen of the Ashfield Lake House, five … Continue reading The Cruelest Month