Pokey Does Poetry: 30 Poems in November, Day 1

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.

30%20poems%20logoI 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!

 

Pokey’s Fall Readings

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Here’s  quick list of my upcoming readings…

Thursday, October 13, 6pm
Reading with Deborah Gorlin
Eileen Fisher
Northampton, MA

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
Cambridge, MA

More details to come!

 

 

 

This Week: Readings & Such

Poetry & Parenting

Monday, April 25, 7-8:30pm

Reading & Discussion as part of the Writing Life Series
Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library
Northampton, MA

In which I tell the story of Pokey Mama, live.

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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!

 

 

So this is happening…

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Thursday, March 3, 7pm

The Odyssey Bookshop

9 College St., South Hadley, MA 01075

(right across from Mt. Holyoke College)

Deb and I will read poems and talk some about the (long) gestation of our second books, and about trying to write as mothers, and probably a bunch of other stuff.

The Odyssey Bookshop is right down the street from the Five College Women’s Studies Resource Center at Mt. Holyoke College, which is where Grass Whistle was born. So I’m pretty excited about this reading. I hope you’ll come and listen.

If you want the details, and to learn more about Deb and her book, check out the Odyssey Books site.

See you there!

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.

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