Pokey & The Last Blonde

Amy Dryansky & Mary Koncel

LEE LIBRARY
100 Main St, Lee, MA 01238

TUESDAY, May 23rd @ 5:30pm

I’m reading with my good friend, Mary Koncel. You already know about me, so I’ll tell you about Mary. She’s the blonde. Her poems are funny and serious at the same time and she doesn’t sound like anyone else.

Mary A. Koncel has published two books of prose poetry – Closer to Day (Quale Press) and You Can Tell the Horse Anything (Tupelo Press).  A third volume of prose poems, The Last Blonde, is forthcoming from Hedgerow Press this fall. Mary was a recipient of a poetry fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in The Massachusetts ReviewBarrow Streetand The Prose Poem: An International Journal, and other magazines and anthologies. #After teaching writing for many years at Smith College, Mary changed careers and in now working in animal welfare.  She is the new program specialist with the American Wild Horse Campaign.  Mary lives in Worthington, MA.

A Night of Poetry at Ode

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Friday, April 14, 6-8pm
Ode Boutique
263 Main St., Northampton, MA

I’ll be reading with the fabulous Dora Malech & Debora Kuan
at a special Arts Night Out event in Northampton

Come enjoy snacks, wine, poetry and hanging out, because it’s Spring!
I hear there may be some kind of interactive poetry activity…

This is a little interview they did with me.

Hope to see you there!

April Readings Bring…More April Readings

NaPoMo Poster Mira Kalman

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.)

 

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!