I don’t think my father ever took off his Star of David necklace from the day he put it on in the infancy of the Carter administration. It was always there, resting in a copse of chest hair, a silver target in the V of his open shirt collar. I never asked, when he was alive, what it meant to him, but I imagined he had started to wear it simply because he could, having just escaped more than four decades of oppression in the U.S.S.R., where he couldn’t. Or, perhaps, wouldn’t.
The necklace had first belonged to me; my parents bought it for me when I was 14, when we were in Rome awaiting our entry visas to the United States. I had only recently learned of such a thing and its significance when my mother’s…
I know, I know. I’ve been totally remiss in my duty to update this site. My day job has been busy. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa! I will update fully as soon as I can string together a couple hours. (Or, better yet, if anyone knows of someone who is interested in interning for me to compile listings in a Word doc that I can then copy and paste into the site, that would be beyond spectacular. You can e-mail me or leave a comment below.)
I do have one listing I wanted to share right now, though. It’s a 10-week program from The Common, a gorgeous literary magazine affiliated with Amherst College, called Weekly Writes. It costs all of $15, and you can read all about it here. You do have to sign up by June 30, as it starts July 1. Hope to “see” y’all there!
April 13: Photographer Pamela Petro and poet Naila Moreira will present an art exhibit, Dusk at Macleish, of seven ecological graphic poems, Seelye Lawn behind the Smith College Art Museum, Northampton, 8 PM
April 23: Tesserae: Poetry in Community, Northampton Poet Laureate Amy Dryansky hosts a reading featuring award-winning poets Leslie Marie Aguilar, Maria Luisa Arroyo, Tamiko Beyer, Kirun Kapur, Oliver de la Paz and Ocean Vuong, The Parlor Room, Northampton, 3:30 PM
March 27: Ocean Vuong reads his poetry, Smith College, Northampton, 7:30 PM
March 28: “Anne Halley Poetry Prize Reading” Katie Farris, winner of the 14th annual Anne Halley Poetry Prize, sponsored by the Massachusetts Review, will read from recent poetry, Amherst Bookshop, Amherst, 7 PM