Sunday, June 30, 2019

----July 2019 poetry events in and near the All-Literation Nation-----------


-----Monday, July 1st 7PM : Methuen Grey Courts workshop
    Nevins Library in Methuen. Check front desk for the room info.
     Please bring 10 copies of anything that you would like to read

------(NO Frost Hoot in July:   coming back in September)



----Thursday July 18th 6:30-8 pm
     Elizabeth Wolf reads from & sells for
     MS charity benefit "Did You Know"
     Merrimac Public Library 86 W.Main St. Merrimac MA


  --------------NEW TIME!  NEW SUNDAY ...2nd Sundays at 1pm-----
-----------July 14th, 2019, 1-3pm
   Merrimac Mic, Open Mic
    Merrimac Public Library 86 W.Main St. Merrimac MA


------July 20th, 6-8pm--------
   Poetry Open MIC at Zumi's
      (Expresso/Ice-Cream/Coffee/snacks)
     40 Market St, Ipswich, MA

-------July 23rd, 7-9 pm   Tuesday4Poetry
            At the Stevens Estate..outdoors hopefully
             723 Osgood St, North Andover, MA

-----Friday  July 26, 7pm
     10 readers, Poets Who Tell The Truth
     Hall-Haskell House, 36 S Main St, Ipswich, MA




Monday, June 3, 2019

----JUNE Events, All-literation Nation and nearby------------



-------MONDAY JUNE 3rd, 7pm--------------------
, Nevins Library. 305 Broadway, Methuen MA

-------WEDNESDAY JUNE 5th   7pm--------------------
The Rockport Open Mic,.
 Brackett's Ocean View Restaurant / Brothers Brew 25 Main Street Rockport 


-----------------------Friday, June 7th, at 7:00PM:----------------
Haverhill River Bards , feature :Paulette Demers Turco  & open mic
Battlegrounds Coffee  , 39 Washington St. ,  Haverhill, Ma


-------TUESDAY JUNE 11th , 7pm-------------------
Frost Hoot;  Feature:  Lawrence High School    + open mic
Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA
       ......last of the summer: 3 months off after......


-------WED.,   June 12th, 7:30 pm--------------------------------
Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA.
---Ed Meek - his poems have been featured on NPR's Cognoscenti, WCAI's Poetry Sunday and The Boston Mayor's Poetry Program in City Hall. His recent poetry collection is Spy Pond. He writes book reviews for The Arts Fuse.
-----R. A. Whelan - is a poet, playwright and essayist who lives in Rockport, MA. 
   In 2019 he organized the Rockport Poetry Festival. His poems intend to mirror 
everyday events that reflect more universal themes.
---Bonnie Brady – will present her nature collages. 
The features will be followed by an open mic.

------------Thursday, June 13th, from 7:00-8:00 pm--------------------
Zone 3 (267 Western Ave., Allston, MA 02134)
.....as part of LA Live in Allston, MA, Pilar Quintana
 will be leading a group poetry reading of THE SPRING...



------SATURDAY JUNE 15thh, 6pm------------------------
Ipswich open Mic at Zumi's Cafe, 6pm
Zumi's , 40 Market St, Ipswich, MA


-------WEDNESDAY JUNE 19th , 6-8pm --------------
Fuerza;  open mic + street poetry
Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St., Lawrence, MA


--------------------JUNE 22, 2019   Saturday 3pm 
at the Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St.
POWOW RIVER POETS 
   READING BY POETS JOHN FOY & JOAN A.W. KIMBALL


-------SUNDAY JUNE 23rd, 10:30am-------------
Merrimac Mic's next meeting .. big open mic.
Merrimac Public Library, 86 W Main St, Merrimac, MA


-----------TUESDAY JUNE 25th, 7PM----------------
Tuesday4Poetry;  open mic
Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St, North Andover


Paulette Turco , who you may have seen at Powows/Merrimac Mic..
will in the Lesley University MFA  Reading Series.
For event details, check out the link:
https://cambridge.wickedlocal.com/news/20190612/reading-series-to-be-held-at-lesley
Paulette will be in the Thursday, June 27 4-5:30 session
(this is in Cambridge)

Friday, May 3, 2019

----MAY Events, All-literation Nation and nearby------------


-------SATURDAY MAY 4th , 12noon to 4:30 pm---------
  Lawrence Public Library , 51 Lawrence St, Lawrence, MA
THE ALL-LITERATION NATION SPRING CELEBRATION
      This event is dedicated to the Frost Foundation
       executive director Jessica Nesbitt Sanchez, who passed away April 29th
Noon to 1pm:  dedication, Frost winning and runner-up poems will be read
1pm to ~4:30 pm:   round-robbin open mic
               ---(one poem per round, no intros,
                      go thorough the names over and over)


------MONDAY MAY 6th , 7pm--------------------
Grey Court Poets:  Meet, Read, and tweak: bring 10 copies
Nevins Library. 305 Broadway, Methuen MA


-------TUESDAY MAY 14th , 7pm-------------------
Frost Hoot;  Feature:  Remembering Jessica Sanchez, poems+stories
   + open mic
Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA


-------WEDNESDAY MAY 15th , 6-8pm --------------
Fuerza;  open mic + youth + street poetry
Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St., Lawrence, MA


------SATURDAY MAY 18th, 6pm------------------------
Ipswich open Mic at Zumi's Cafe, 6pm
Zumi's , 40 Market St, Ipswich, MA

------SATURDAY MAY 18th, 7pm------------------------
Community Coffeehouse and Open Mic
sining/music/poetry ,,,,
Flint Memorial Library
147 Park St., North Reading Mass.
7 Park Street, North Reading, MA


------SATURDAY MAY 18th, 7pm------------------------
featuring 4 Powow poets and Karen Kelsay, 
publisher of Kelsay Books at Emma Andrews Library
(in Newburyport)


-------SUNDAY MAY 19th, 10:30am-------------
Merrimac .... big open mic!
Merrimac OPublic Library, 86 W Main St, Merrimac, MA 


----------Tuesday, May 28, 6 PM------------------
Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series
 Featured poet Muriel Angelil, followed by an open mic, 
at the Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St.  


-----------TUESDAY MAY 28th, 7PM----------------
Tuesday4Poetry;  open mic
Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St, N.Andover


Saturday, March 30, 2019

----APRIL 2019 Events, All-literation Nation and nearby------------


------MONDAY  APRIL 1ST , 7pm--------------------
Grey Court Poets:  Meet, Read, and improve..: bring 10 copies
Nevins Library. 305 Broadway, Methuen MA


-------THURSDAY APRIL 4th , 7pm-------------------
 Linda Flaherty Haltmaier ,  Andover Laureate
Reading and Book Launch Celebration
Memorial Hall Library, Andover MA


--------FRIDAY  APRIL 5th , 7pm-----------------------
Haverhill River Bards ,   Feature Alfred Nicol, and open mic
Battlegrounds Coffee , 39 Washington St.  Haverhill, MA


------TUESDAY APRIL 9th , 7pm--------------------------
Frost Hoot;  Feature:  2019 Frost Prize Winner,runners-up
+ open mic, all types of poems and people
Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA


-------WEDNESDAY APRIL 17th , 7pm (?)--------------
Fuerza;  open mic + youth + street poetry
Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St., Lawrence, MA


------SATURDAY APRIL 20th, 6pm------------------------
Ipswich open Mic at Zumi's Cafe, 6pm
Zumi's , 40 Market St, Ipswich, MA

----------SATURDAY, APRIL 202:00—3:30 PM---------
Meeting Room, Tewksbury Public Library300 Chandler Street,
 poets include: Jon Bishop; Kevin Carey; Gayle Heney; and Pilar Quintana.
 Q&A and book signing to follow the event for those interested.
Light refreshments will be provided.


-----------TUESDAY APRIL 23rd, 7PM----------------
Tuesday4Poetry;  open mic
Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St, N.Andover


-------TUESDAY APRIL 23rd , 7pm-------------------
Linda Flaherty Haltmaier ,  Andover Laureate
"...a poetry workshop for all levels–..."
Memorial Hall Library, Andover MA




---------------SUNDAY APRIL 28th, during the day...
Rockport Poetry Festival:
See the facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/rockportpoetryfest/
************** NOTE:  Merrimac Mic participants are invited to
                     "infiltrate" the Rockport Events  instead of the usual Merrimac Mic!************
SCHEDULE:
9-10am Breakfast at Brackett's Brothers Brew (25 MainStreet) where poets will be reading where we have our Rockport Poetry Open Mic

11:00am – 1:00pm at Spiran Hall (corner of School Street & Broadway) the "Dead Poets Society" which will be visits from a younger John Greenleaf Whittier, Emily Dickinson, a younger Robert Frost, and an older Anne Bradstreet... (in period costumes) presenting at approximately half hour intervals. A string quartet will perform during intermissions.

1:15pm at Rockport Public Library (corner of School Street & Broadway) Paperless Poetry Contest Award Ceremony. Winners presented Awards by Poet Laureates of Rockport and Gloucester then they read their poems.

2:15pm "Poet Laureates Present" Several poet Laureates from towns/cities in the region will read their work

3:15pm "End of the Line Poets" readings by poets from Rockport

4pm Festival Ekphrastic Verse Contest Award Ceremony held at Rockport Art Association and Museum (12 Main Street)

4:15pm "Rockport Poetry Open Mic" open for sign up by anyone from Cape Ann, the Northshore, and beyond! Rockport Public Library

6pm "You can Call Me Light" Film at Little Art Cinema (corner of School Street & Broadway) followed by music and readings from the musicians and poets in the film at the Festival Closing Reception
Throughout the Day
For folks just coming to town and unaware of the Festival and for those who want to just saunter along and experience the spoken word, we will have a map with sequential times and places posted for an “Unexpected Poetry Tour” with individual poets reading at various businesses.



--------Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 PM
Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series, 149 Main Street
Poet David Davis + open mic.



------------------NEWBURYPORT SPECIALS--------------------------
=========Saturday April 27th, from 8:30am to 4:00pm
Newburyport Literary Festival,  with


-------------------------------AMESBURY SPECIALS-----------------------------------
Amesbury Celebrates Poetry Month with the following free events:
"Celebrating the Poetry of Stephen R. Wagner- Amesbury Poet Laureate" on Thursday, April 11, 7 PM at Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm St.

"Verses to Victuals" a reading of food-related poetry to benefit Our Neighbors' Table on Wednesday, April 17, 7 PM at Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm St. Features - Rhina Espaillat, Alfred Nicol, Harris Gardner, Lainie Senechal, Stephen Wagner

Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series, Tuesday, April 30, 6 PM.  Featured poet David Davis, followed by an open mic, at the Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St.




Monday, March 18, 2019

I have been studying Robert Frost for
   an upcoming role in Rockport.

Here are some interesting samples of Frost on YouTube...
 
FROST_1952_interview

FROST_READS_HIS_POETRY     ..... seems a little yankee and a tad Alec Guiness

STOPPING_BY_WOODS ... older, a bit more down-east from Vermont,,
                                               stretched consonants from Methuen years

BIRCHES__  ....middle-old......less Yankee, more  Burgess Meredith

MENDING_WALL  ..... early older .... very sharp and quick.....
                         very nice pace-changing and draaging dragging ends!


It's great to hear the timing.....

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


----------2019 Robert Frost Poetry Contest  Results-------

First Prize: 
    "Caterpillar"                Author:  Arne Weingart , Chicago  Ill.
Runners-up:
"I Plan On Haunting"        Author:   Lucy Ricciardi , Greenwich CT
"Wild Man"                      Author:   Arne Weingart , Chicago  Ill
"Loner"                           Author:   Michael Poluzzi, Highland NY
"Full Glow"                      Author:   Linda Flaherty Haltmaier, Andover MA
"Late Harvest"                  Author:   Toni Treadway, Rowley MA
"The Big Room"               Author:    Mark Bohrer, North Andover MA
"Letter to Hayden:
    In the Afterlife"            Author:    George Drew, Poestenkill NY
 "The Suicide Returns
  To Leave A Note"           Author:    Arne Weingart , Chicago  Ill
"Uncle Eli"                       Author:    Blanche Jenkins, Detroit MI


You may notice that the same author can appear multiple times.
The scoring is blind and is based on each poem, not the poet.

Thanks to all submitters and readers!


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Caterpillar
                                     ---Arne Weingart


I send you this photograph of a caterpillar
from Virginia. He, or she – how would I ever know? ­–

is impossibly fuzzy, perhaps a sign of harsher
than normal winter lurking in the hills
where they ride horses and hunt deer.

The caterpillar has not yet found out that they
are shooting Jews in Pittsburgh, right in the middle

of Saturday morning services. They will not
have had the chance to put the Torah away
yet, to wrap it up like a perpetually well-behaved

baby and sing it back to sleep in its velvet-lined ark,
or to hear a sermon on how to heal the world,

much less to say a prayer for the anniversaries
of the deaths of all their dead relatives. They
won’t be getting around to that this morning

in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh,
where Jews go to remind themselves that whatever

happened once can and will happen again
and where, if it were an actual tree, caterpillars
will emerge in the spring, dangling from newly

green leaves, preparing themselves as best 
they can remember how to become something

that sheds history like a sad old coat and takes flight.


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I plan on haunting
                                          ---Lucy Ricciardi

I plan on haunting this house
some time soon or in a few years,
not to be possessive, or to scare
the grandchildren or to settle
scores, and not to make a big deal
of it, but to complete my to do list
in post death thoughts about how
today there was a sound in the house
that wanders like a lost bird.  Or
like the rainwater talking garbled
words and swallowing itself.
The new owners will say it’s the wind
in the two pipes set up on our roof
funneling runoff from the chimney
flashing to the gutters, to collect the
efflorescence that would otherwise
stain the shingles, but I will be the wind
in the pipe and the voices in the faucet
and the stubborn film on the roof.
Tell me you don’t hear your mother’s
voice murmelling softly. Of course this
is just a lullaby I’m singing to myself,
assaulted not by the traffic, but the
silence of the suburbs on a Sunday night.


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The Big Room
   Or an evening walk in the rhyming universe
                                           -----Mark Bohrer

The evening sky brightens outside, and draws light from my room.
The dogs, impatient at my feet, want to move, let’s leave this tomb.
I laugh, is the workday through? Their leashes on, and mine, undone,
we step into the outer room, now the realm of the setting sun.

It’s eventide, half summer, as we step into the gloaming,
into that room with no ceiling, the three of us go roaming.
Into the warm quiet nightfall, we enter this swirling place.
Leaving our home, my dogs take me on a trip through time and space.

The fading light is stealing, background radiation, fleeing,
new stars and planets are appearing, pearls in a pink champagne sea.
As the swirling sky darkens, what’s left still ignites my brain.
It leaves me with this feeling, our familiar world is strange.

It looks as if I’m standing on the edge of an open field.
It looks like a man with two dogs – instead the infinite, revealed.
I feel the arrow of time, the sky aquiver with twilight.
My hand draws the bow of the Archer, his dart flies across the night.

In this room, my hand can reach to the edge of space and beyond.
From me to that star, I could skip a stone across this pond.
Can my spirit bear the lightness of The All within my reach?
Yet here I am, in the big room, dizzy, with dogs at my feet.

Overhead, there to the right, shines Vega, Mister Sagan’s star.
He had a billion or two to share, but this one was the door.
Twenty-five light years, a short step away, Contact was the book,
where Ms. Foster met her Dad, or an alien with a kindly look.

How can all this be so welcoming? It could squash me like a bug.
But it doesn’t seem so inclined – somehow it feels more like a hug.
A hadron glow still warms the sky, and the worlds around each star.
The radiation might be dangerous, but still, it warms my heart.

Summer solstice, North Andover, Mass.


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Wild Man
                           ---Arne Weingart
 
            “New video footage from a drone shows the first
            images of members of an isolated Amazon tribe
            that had no known contact with the outside world,
            the Brazilian government said this week.”
            -- The New York Times, August 23, 2018
 
 We see him from above at some distance
 
moving through a clearing carrying
what appears to be a spear, we’re not sure.
Although the drone cannot have been
 
completely silent he does not look up
 
but moves normally as if this, too, were normal.
The drone is not allowed to fly lower
or worse, to follow, which would break the rule
 
we all now understand, which is that we
 
are contagious, that we are a disease
he and all his tribe will never recover from.
First will come canned goods, then medicine,
 
a motor for the back of his canoe,
 
then dresses, shoes and trousers, alcohol,
and the worst pathogen, a new alphabet
whereby his language will be parsed into
 
mere linguistics. Walking there below,
 
carrying what appears to be a spear,
his life completely strung on sight and sound
as though on wire that reaches back centuries,
 
I don’t believe he hasn’t seen or heard us.
I think he has a word for what we are,
another word for what he now must do.


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The Suicide Returns to Leave a Note
                                                       ---Arne Weingart

This is for your benefit, not mine.
Although I can see how you might think
I felt I left something unsaid at the end.
But no. I said what I could say while I
was still alive. There are some who wonder,
maybe you’re one, whether I have regrets,
whether, in those first few feet of fall, I had
second thoughts. I prefer to no longer speak
in metaphors. Nothing is like anything else
anymore. There was a railing, an edge,
a leap, a drop, water hard as concrete, final
consequences. Life, I came to understand,
is binary, not some accumulation
of missed opportunities and best
intentions, but a switch marked On or Off.
I chose Off, never having fully understood
the On position. Now I know everything
and nothing, which is what all the great mystics
used to brag about. I guess some still do,
to ever smaller audiences. Still,
I don’t blame you for wanting to know what
might lie beyond or even in plain sight.
The answer, if I could give you one, which
I can’t, might not even apply because
your afterward might be different from mine,
not having exited by the same door.
All I can tell you, which is still not much,
is that we try to let bygones be bygones.
Think of it like a club where it’s considered
poor form to bring up bad luck or old money –
another metaphor – you’ll have to pardon me
the way I pardoned you, not that you were
ever guilty of anything other than

wanting to go on living.


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Friday, March 1, 2019

----March 2019 POETRY EVENTS IN THE All-Literation-Nation----------------





Grey Court Poets;  Meet, Read, and tweak: bring 10 copies
     7pm, Monday, Mar.4th, 2019
Nevins Library. 305 Broadway, Methuen MA





Frost Hoot;  Feature:  Andover High School
                      + open mic..all types of poems and people
     7pm, Mar. 12th, 2019
Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA (tasty and authentic)




Fuerza;  open mic + youth + street poetry
   6:30pm, Mar.20th, 2019
Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St.,   Lawrence, MA



Merrimac Mic,   open mic on a Sunday
     10:30am,  March.24th, 2019
Merrimac Public Library,  86 W Main St, Merrimac, MA



Tuesday4Poetry;  open mic in the round
   7pm, Mar.26th, 2019
Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St, N.Andover





-------------------------Nearby events-------------------------



Powow River Poets Reading Series
   3pm, Mar.9th, 2019
Features: George Kalogeris  &  Jay Wickersham
    Brief open -mic.

Ipswich Poets Open Mic
   6pm, Mar.16th, 2019
Zumi's Expresso/ice-cream/tea/treats
40 Market St, Ipswich, MA

World Poetry Day Readings with 11 poets at Massasoit Community College
     “Connective Threads: Voices of Our Global Tapestry” featuring 11 poets, 11 languages/cultures.
March 21st, 6-8 pm  Buckley Performing Arts Center, Large Theatre
      Massasoit Community College, Brockton Campus
For more information:          https://library.massasoit.edu/worldpoetryday/information


The Making of a Chapbook
Saturdays, March 23rd & 30th (2-Day), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For details see:    museumofprinting.org



Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series, Tuesday, March 26, 6 PM.  Featured poet is Ann McCrea, followed by an open mic, at the Amesbury Public Library,149 Main St.



Amesbury celebrates National Poetry Month throughout the month of April.  The first event is a poetry trivia night, Thursday, April 4, 7 PM at Barewolf Brewing, 12 Oakland St.  For a complete list of Amesbury's Poetry Month events visit amesburyculturalcouncil.org/poetrymonth.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

FROST CONTEST ENTERS READING PHASE



Dear Participants:

      Thank you all for your poems!  There are twice as many this second year of the
       contest rebirth.   Envelopes came in from local places and  all over the country.
     

      Thanks again all of you and hope to see you in future events and competitions.

      Stay tuned for announcements at   robertfrostcontest.blogspot.com
      and at   frostnewsline.blogspot.com 
       Winner/runners-up should be announced by about the start of April 2019.

       Every poem will be read at least two and as many as 5 (for the top ten) times.
       On the way to widely-memorable poems, it is important to see different people
       agree in their appreciation.       


----The Robert Frost Foundation Board  (In the  Lawrence Mass Public Library)

Saturday, February 2, 2019

----Feb.2019 POETRY EVENTS IN THE All-Literation-Nation----------------


Grey Court Poets;  Meet, Read, and tweak: bring 10 copies
7pm, Monday, Feb.4th, 2019
Nevins Library. 305 Broadway, Methuen MA


Frost Hoot;  Feature + open mic..all types of poems and people
7pm, Feb. 12th, 2019
Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA (tasty and authentic)
---postmark deadline for Frost Contest is Feb.15th! --------------------
             see:   https://robertfrostcontest.blogspot.com/
Feb is "VALENTINE/ANTI-VALENTINE" all-open-mic feature,
   ...and any other poetry you may care to bring..

Fuerza;  open mic + youth + street poetry
6:30pm, Feb.20th, 2019
Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St.,   Lawrence, MA

Merrimac Mic,   open mic on a Sunday
10:30am,  Feb.24th, 2019
Merrimac Public Library,  86 W Main St, Merrimac, MA

Tuesday4Poetry;  open mic in the round
    7pm, Feb.26th, 2019
Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St, N.Andover


-------------------------Nearby events-------------------------

Ipswich Poets Open Mic
     6pm, Feb.16th, 2019
Zumi's Expresso/ice-cream/tea/treats
40 Market St, Ipswich, MA


Saturday, January 5, 2019

---January 2019   Merrimac Valley poetry, All-Literation Nation and nearby----




Kicking off January,
The usual 1st-Monday meeting of the Methuen Grey Court Poets
will be cancelled, but the next night, Tuesday, January 8th, 2019, 7pm,
 at Cafe Azteca in Lawrence Mass,   Lawrence MA)Common St
The Grey Court Poets will be the feature at the Frost Hoot.
Open Mic to follow.
 You can order tasty foods before and throughout, from Cafe Azteca.


No Haverhill River Bards....they start with April.



On January 16th, 2019, at the Lawrence Public Library (Lawrence MA),
there might be the Open Mic event "FUERZA!", at 6pm...
come to read, or listen to street/youth/other poetry...

JAN 19th
(Just outside the All-Literation Nation)
At Zumi's Expresso/Coffee/treats
      40 Market Street, Ipswich, MA,
        there will likely be a poetry open mic, at 6pm
              (awaiting confirmation)

Nearby:   January 12 : Matt W. Miller & Kyle Potvin
Powow River Poets Reading series...
Saturday at 3pm, at the Newburyport Public Library.

Tuesday4Poetry is an open mic at
the N.Andover Public Library, Jan.22, 2019, 7pm

Merrimac Mic.... Open Mic at the Merrimac, MA Public Library,
January 27th at 10:30am


                               A reminder:
Postmark deadline for the Robert Frost Poetry Prize
   is Feb.15, 2019
See guidelines at :  https://robertfrostcontest.blogspot.com/

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send corrections and additions you'd
   like to make to:   frostnewsline@gmail.com

Sunday, December 2, 2018

---Merrimac Valley poetry, All-Literation Nation and nearby----


Dec.3rd, 7pm, Methuen Public Library: Grey Court Poets
                (reading/tune-up group: bring 10 copies of your poem)


Dec.7th,  7pm , Battlegrounds Coffee, Haverhill MA: Haverhill River Bards
               Feature: Mary Buchinger, and open mic


Dec. 11th, 7pm, Cafe Azteca, Lawrence MA: Frost Hoot
          Feature: Dariana Guerrrero , and open mic
          Published poet and English teacher at Philips Academy, Andover, MA

       
Dec.16th, 10:30am, Merrimac(MA) Public Library,  Merrimac Mic
           (open mic)


Dec.19th, 6pm, Lawence Public Library, Fuerza!
           (open mic,  w/street beats)


-----(not confirmed in Dec)----- 7pm, No.Andover Public Library (Stevens Memorial), Tuesday4Poetry
    (open mic)

---------------------------------NEARBY------------------------------------
Dec. 15th, 6pm,    Zumi's Expresso/Cafe, Ipswich, MA
      (open mic)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

---Merrimac Valley poetry, All-Literation Nation and nearby----



Nov. 2nd, 7pm , Battlegrounds Coffee, Haverhill MA: Haverhill River Bards
    (feature Charles Coe , and open mic)

Nov. 5th, 7pm, Methuen Public Library: Grey Court Poets
           (reading/tune-up group: bring 10 copies of your poem)

Nov. 13th, 7pm, Cafe Azteca, Lawrence MA: Frost Hoot
         ( Feature: Jennifer Martelli , and open mic )
A fascinating interview with Jennifer:   RUMPUS_INTERVIEW

Nov.18th, 10:30am, Merrimac(MA) Public Library,  Merrimac Mic
    (open mic)

Nov. 21st, 6pm, Lawence Public Library, Fuerza!
     (open mic,  w/street beats)


Nov.27th, 7pm, No.Andover Public Library (Stevens Memorial), Tuesday4Poetry
    (open mic)


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And Nearby:

Nov.10th, 3pm, Newburyport Public Library: Powow Poets, Celebrating X.J. Kennedy


Beat Night at Portsmouth Book & Bar @ Portsmouth Book & Bar
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nov. 17th, 6pm,     Zumi's Expresso/Cafe, Ipswich, MA
      (open mic)

Nov.27th, Amesbury Public Library,  6:00-7:30 pm 
   (feature Michael Casey., and Open Mic)

-----------------Rants, Raves and Features!-------------------------------------------------

Elizabeth Wolf (the Rattle award-winning gatekeeper at Merrimac Mic)
 is waxing enthusiastic abou Chris Warner's poetry workshop,
first Saturday of each month, 12 noon, 1 Water St., Haverhill,
    (the Center For Mindfulness).... in the River's Edge Building


Gayle Heney has Produced a "No Gas Poetry" video
    for local cable, and it is available  on YouTube as well!:
To Wit:

CLICK_FOR_NO_GAS_POETRY!




--------------------To Fall-------------------------------------------

it's fall again:
     don't miss this change, the show
the black and white is yet to be
     but what was green before
 must go









...so

go now, and walk beneath the cobalt skies
...hear winds among
    the husks and leaves that rush and sigh



breath in the pumpkin-smell
       from this year's ground

the grace of bark and snow
     comes soon, that sleek
        and cushioned sound

----JK, 2018


Saturday, September 29, 2018

-----IN/NEAR THE ALL-LITERATION NATION, OCT.2018--------

GREY COURT POETS :    October 1, 2018 , 7PM,
Nevins Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen MA 01844
Bring 12 copies of your poem for reading and review


HAVERHILL RIVER BARDS:  October 5 , 7pm
Battle Grounds Coffee , 39 Washington St, Haverhill, MA
No feature: ALL OPEN MIC


---FROST POETRY HOOT:  October 9, 2018, 7pm
Cafe Azteca, 180 Common Street, Lawrence, MA
FEATURE:  Kendra Mack , followed by open mic
-----NOTE!   The contest is open! Ceck it out at:
               https://robertfrostcontest.blogspot.com/


----Fuerza!   10/17/2018 , about 6pm-8:30
Lawrence Public Library
All open mic, youth and adult,:  come and speak, or listen and enjoy


---TUESDAY4POETRY:  October 23, 2018, 7pm
Stevens Mem.Lib. 345 Main St, North Andover, MA
All Open Mic

---Frost Community Read, October 26, 2018,   7pm
Lawrence Public Library,   51 Lawrence St, Lawrence MA
Many featured readers and performers

----MERRIMAC MIC:  October 28, 2018, 10:30am
Merrimac Public Lib., 86 W Main St, Merrimac, MA
All Open Mic



-------------NEARBY  EVENTS------------

October 4th, 2018, Andover Public Library, 6:30pm
Linda Flaherty Haltmaier reads from
"To The Left Of The Sun"......
A reading, with cookies..


Powow River Poets Reading Series   -----SKIPS OCTOBER----
Newburyport Pub. Lib., 94 State St, Newburyport 
Readings with short open mic.

POETRY AT Zumi's:  October 20, 2018, 6 pm
Zumi's Espresso,  40 Market Street, Ipswich, MA
All Open Mic

October 25th, 2018 Andover Public Library, 7::00pm
Linda Flaherty Haltmaier: poetry workshop
The Activity Room


AMESBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY POETRY SERIES, OCTOBER 30
The poetry series and open mic at the Amesbury Public Library
 Tuesday, October 30 from 6-7:30 PM. 
Feature: Bangladesh Poet, Nausheen Eusuf.     plus open mic.
The Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St.
                         For more information: amesburylibrary.org or 978-388-9771


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

-------------SEPTEMBER 2018 IS BUSY!----------------------------------

September 2018 Events in and near the All-Literation Nation
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GREY COURT POETS (share and comment on poems)
   MONDAY , SEPT 10th , 7PM : METHUEN PUBLIC LIBRARY
   (1week later due to holiday)
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Haverhill River Bards, at Battle Grounds Coffee...

Feature: David Davis   Sept.7th , 7pm

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FROST HOOT  (Feature:  Laureates Linda Flaherty Haltmaier, Mark Bohrer)
                             + (and open mic)
    Tuesday ,  SEPT. 11th , 7pm , at Cafe Azteca in Lawrence
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MERRIMAC MIC (all open mic , partcipation trinket/prize!)
   SUNDAY , Sept 23rd , 10:30am , MERRIMAC(MA)  TOWN LIBRARY


(Not the usual: handover to New Poet Laureate...there is cake!)
   TUESDAY , Sept 25th , 7PM , NORTH ANDOVER PUBLIC LIBRARY
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-----------NEARBY  EVENTS-----------------------------------------
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Sunday Sept.2nd ....
Sunday, September 2nd, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Winnekenni Castle, Castle Road at 347 Kenoza Avenue, Haverhill
.....wild animal kingdom....pony rides....petting zoo...
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POWOW RIVER READINGS (Features: J.Najarian , C.Chandler )
     SATURDAY Sept 8th, 3PM , NEWBURYPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY


Walnut St Cafe, Lynn:   Feat:  Blane Hebel
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     Sept 12th, 7pm

Jabberwocky Bookstore, Newburyport, Paulette Turco Book Release
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  Sept 14th , 7--8:30 pm


IPSWICH , at ZUMI's COFFEE SHOP, IPSWICH, MA  (open mic)
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SAT, SEPT 15th,  2-5PM
Sculpture at Maudslay State Park, Newburyport, MA
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   SAT , SEPT 15th , 6-8pm


"Soulmates":  Art/Poetry collaborative book release,
  September 22, 2PM   RSVP pilarandisabel@gmail.com
Methuen Community TV Studio, 20 Aegean Dr, Unit 11 Methuen MA
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(The weird > character is to stop events being smooshed together on some PCs..)




Thursday, August 16, 2018


-----------End Of August 2018, All-Literation Nation And Nearby---------------------


Poetry Open Mic  at Zumi's/Ipswich, Sat.,  August 18, 6pm
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Merrimac Mic Open Mic  at Merrimac Public Library, Sunday August 26, 10:30am
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Tuesday4Poetry Open Mic  at N.Andover Public Library, August 28, 6pm
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-----------September 2018, All-Literation Nation And Nearby---------------------

Grey Court Poets, at Methuen Public Library, Sept. 3, 7pm
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Powow River / C.Chandler + James Najarian, at Newburyport Library, Sept 8, 3pm
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Frost Hoot, at Cafe Azteca, Lawrence, Sept. 11, 7pm
    Featured: Laureates of Andover and North Andover....
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Poetry Open Mic  at Zumi's/Ipswich, Sat.,  Sept. 15, 6pm
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Merrimac Mic Open Mic  at Merrimac Public Library, Sunday Sept. 23, 10:30am
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Tuesday4Poetry Open Mic  at N.Andover Public Library, Sept 25, 6pm
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--------------------------Special events, Sept + Oct-------------------------------------------------------------------

Hi Poets and Poetry Supporters,
I hope all is well w/ you an yours. I'm thinking poetry and the ekphrastic poetry book
featuring the Arts Institute Group of the Merrimack Valley and Grey Court Poets' comes to mind.
 I'm the co-editor with Barbara Prolman. I'd like to get on your calendar the Trails and Sails'
 event Art, Poetry and Reception for the book launch of
Soulmates @ Methuen Community TV, 20 Aegean Dr., Unit 11, Methuen, MA on Saturday,
 9/22/18 @ 2 pm. I hope you'll be able to join me and would encourage you to post B.
All the best,
Gayle Heney
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On October 17, 2018, four of us, recently published by Finishing Line Press, are being featured on a new author book night at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord NH: Priscilla Turner Spada, Elizabeth Wolf, Paulette Demers Turco, and Sandra Thaxter. Please click on the link below and see what we are up to.
 We hope you can attend. It is a long ride to Concord, but we’ll have a great time.
Have a great day, Paulette
https://www.gibsonsbookstore.com/event/psnh-october-2018


Thursday, June 28, 2018

---------July Poetry: All-Literation Nation and Nearby-------------------


In the  "Nation":

[First Monday], July  2nd,  7pm:  Grey Court Poets,
      :Metuen Public Library
                 (read/review your poem, bring 12 copies)

[2nd tuesday]   ----Frost Hoot is taking July and August off

[3rd  Wednesday] ---- Fuerza is taking july/aug/sept off ....at least: stand by

 -----Haverhill River Bards:  I don't see any for July-------


[4th Sunday]  ----July 22, 2018
          10:30am--:  Merrimac Mic
             ----Merrimac, MA  Public Library (495N, Exit 52, ~2.6 mi, on R)

[4th Tues] ------ July 24th, 7pm: Tuesday4Poetry, performance-po + open-mic
             ----No.Andover Public Library



----------------NEARBY---------------------------

[3rd Sat]  July 21st , 2018
 Ipswich Poets at Zumis: open-mic
            ---Zumi's Expresso (+coffee+treats) 40 Market St, Ipswich

Powow River Poets Reading Series:
    looks like none in July or August, but they resume September 8th







----------------Announcements passed on from Isabell  VanMerlin---------------------------------------



Call for submission Persian Sugar in English Tea Volume III
The bilingual anthology of love poems
Deadline 7/3/18

I would like to invite my friends/poets who write their poems in English to submit 3-5 short poems (Max 25 lines) and/or 3-10 haiku or any other types of micro-poetry through the e-mail below. We are looking for love poems and going to choose up to three poems of each poet and translate it to Persian in a poetic way and the final anthology will be published bilingually. If a submission doesn’t follow the theme and instructions below, or contains erotica, violence, and profane language, it will be rejected immediately.
So if you are really interested in having your poems in one of the most beautiful languages around the world, please don’t exceed the deadline (July 3, 2018).

https://soodabehpoems.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/call-for-submission-persian-sugar-in-english-tea-volume-iii-the-bilingual-anthology-of-love-poems/

Rattle Persona Poems
Deadline 10/15/18

#62 – Spring 2019 – Persona Poems
Poetry: This issue will feature Persona Poems. The poems may be any subject, style, or length, but must be written in the voice of someone other than the poet. Most of our themes are identity-based, so we thought it would be fun to step outside of the autobiographical and write with the mask of other, whether that’s a person, animal, or inanimate object. A persona poem can be the height of imagination and empathy, and we wanted to pay tribute to the form. Please include a brief note about your use of persona along with your submission. If using Submittable, be sure to select the Persona Poems category.

https://www.rattle.com/submissions/calls/