Next Stop on the Improbable Place Poetry Tour

The Improbable Places Poetry Tour just keeps rolling, rolling, rolling!

Thursday, April 21
7 p.m.

Boot, Straps, and More Thrift Store
198 Rantoul Street
Downtown Beverly

What's this tour all about? Well, It's Montserrat College of Art's way of bringing together student writers, local poets, area businesses, and enthusiastic listeners to celebrate the power of poetry and community. Each month a new venue and theme will be selected. This month's venue, Beverly Bootstraps Thrift Store, is chock-a-block full of bargains for a cause.

A thrift store, huh? That’s right, folks. Sure, we could play with the word “Boot” or “Strap.” Easypeasy. But what makes this thrift store so special is how the Ordinary blends with the Extraordinary. Here’s your two-prompt theme:

Option 1: Write in praise of an ordinary household item, one that you might find in the store. Stop in, browse a bit, and find what will become the subject of your submission. "In Praise of End Tables" or "Ode to My $2.00 Velvet Blazer."

Option 2: Write about the extraordinary of Beverly, the generous spirit of a person or place. Wondering what’s so extraordinary? Check out all of the amazing work done by Beverly Bootstraps right here in the neighborhood -

Hey, I've got just the poem for this month’s tour. Can I read it? We are accepting submissions via email at and in the Writing Center, located on the 2nd floor of Montserrat’s library. The deadline is Friday, April 15. We'd love to read your work!

I don’t write poetry, but I sure am interested in this tour. Can I still attend the event? Absolutely! Come and listen and cheer on the readers. Make a donation to the thrift store or shop for your newest treasure. Most importantly, come check out what the writers of your community are up to!

Wait! I've still got questions! Just talk to Colleen Michaels, Montserrat's Writing Center Director. She's at or 978-921-4242 ext 1254.


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