October Mass Poetry Events

October will be a poetry-packed month in Massachusetts! Take a look at these upcoming Massachusetts Poetry Festival events:

The poetry events at the Boston Book Festival. On the evening of October 14th, there will be a Poetry Slam at Berkeley College with two teams from NYC taking on two teams from Massachusetts. Then on Saturday, October 16th we have arranged for two readings. One will feature Ed Hirsch, Elizabeth Alexander and Ellen Dore Watson. The second will feature Kevin Young, Meg Kearney and Jill McDonough. There will also be poetry workshops by UMass Boston, Grub Street and PoemWorks.

The Kerouac Festival, September 30 to Oct 3. There will be both prose and poetry over the course of the Festival.

North Shore
Salem Athenaeum, Sunday October 3rd, 2-4 p.m. Poets from Salem and Newburyport will read, including David Berman, Jennifer Jean, Claire Keyes, Len Krisak, Jean Monahan, J.D. Scrimgeour, Deborah Warren, and Anton Yakovlev. Hosted by yours truly.

Olson Centennial Celebration, October 8-10. Many events, including poetry, dance and music.

Cape Cod
Cape Cod Festival, October 16—with writing workshops, a session on Yeats with Dan Tobin, a book fair, and a keynote reading by Susan Donnelly and Aafa Michael Weaver – all at Unitarian Church of Barnstable (Route 6A, Barnstable Village, near the intersection of Phinney’s Lane)

New Bedford
Favorite Poem Readings, October 17. At the New Bedford Whaling Museum , 2-5 p.m.

Veterans Medical Center, Veterans Poetry Workshops, October 19 and 26.

Frost Festival, Lawrence Library, October 23. Poetry reading with George Kalogeris, David Ferry, and Megan Grumbling.

The Concord Poetry Center and Concord Festival of Authors. Poetry readings, Friday evening, October 29, at Concord Academy with Joan Houlihan, Cammy Thomas, and Daniel Tobin; and Sunday, at the Emerson Umbrella with Ellen Doré Watson, Jim Schley, Doug Holder and Lawrence Kessenich.

Perugia Press Winners, Jones Library—Readings by Carol Edelstein, Jennifer K. Sweeney, and Melody S. Gee.


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