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August reatings, etc.

August 5: Straw Dog Writers Guild Writers Read @ The Inn at Norton Hill – Featured Reader Ann C. Averill, Ashfield, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

August 7: Straw Dog Writers Guild Writers Night Out – Featured Reader Mary Clare Powell, Northampton, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

August 7: T. Greenwood, Rust & Stardust, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, 7 PM

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September readings, workshops, etc.

Readings

September 12: Sharon Saline Presents What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew, Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, 7 pm

September 20-23: Amherst Poetry Festival, Amherst

September 23: jubilat/Jones Poetry Series, Amherst, 3 pm

September 25: Straw Dog Writers Guild –Authors Showcase, South Hadley, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

September 25: Poetry Center at Smith College presents Ada Limon, Northampton, 7:30 pm

September 26: Idol Talk: Readings by Contributors, Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, 7 pm

Workshops

September 4: Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop Radical Revision Poetry Workshop with Adam Grabowski, Williamsburg, 1-4 PM

September 8: Writers in Progress, Wrangling and Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal, with Kenneth R. Rosen, Florence, 9 AM

September 15: Writers in Progress, Critical Craft Elements, with Seth Harwood, Florence, 9:30 AM

September 22: Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop Narrative Recycling: Retelling Familiar Stories with Eleanor Lane, Williamsburg, 1-4 PM

September 23: Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop Monthly Nonfiction & History Writing Group with Ken Mondschein, Williamsburg, 1-3 PM

September 29: Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop Publishing Your Poems with Gail Thomas, Williamsburg, 1-4 PM

July offerings

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!

June readings, workshops, etc.

June 2: Antoine Revoy, Animus, The Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, 4 PM

June 2: Jim Barnhill’s book launch party for Dirt Road to Death, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School, South Hadley, 7 PM

June 4: Straw Dog Writers Guild presents Voices for Resistance — A Celebration, Forbes Library, Northampton, 7 PM

June 4: Michelle Tea, Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms, The Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, 7 PM

June 6: Tommy Orange, There There, The Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, 7 PM

June 7: Open Circle Poetry Night, Meekins Library, Williamsburg, 6:30 PM

June 11: New Ohio Review Author Reading, with David Wanczyk & Joy Baglio, Amherst Books, Amherst, 7 PM

June 14: Summer Open House and Reading at the Writers in Progress studio, Florence, 6:30 PM

Workshops

June 2: Tell The Truth, But Tell It Slant: A Memoir Workshop, with Celia Jeffries, Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop, Williamsburg, 1-4 PM

June 3: Getting Your Work Out There: Submitting and Publishing Fiction, with Joy Baglio, Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop, Williamsburg, 1-4 PM

June 12: Other People’s Stories: How to Tell, When to Tell, and When Not to Tell, with David Wanczyk, Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop, Williamsburg, 1-4 PM

June 16: How to Pitch (and Write!) That Freelance Article, with Kenneth R. Rosen, Writers in Progress, Florence, 9 – 12

June 16: Revision Strategies for Fiction Writers, with Kate Senecal, Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop, Williamsburg, 1-4 PM

May readings, workshops, etc.

Readings

May 1: Straw Dog Writers Guild Writers Night Out, featuring Kathy Ford, The Basement, Northampton, 7 PM

May 3: Open Circle Poetry Night, Meekins Library, Williamsburg, 6:30 PM

May 6: Straw Dog Writers Guild Writers Read at the Inn at Norton Hill, featuring Leslea Newman, Ashfield, 3 PM

May 8: Book Launch & Reading with Donna Jenson, Jones Library, Amherst, 7 PM

May 8: Northampton Poetry Open Mic and Ryk McIntyre, The Deuce, Northampton, 7 PM

May 9: Nature: Word and Image, with Bob Marstall, Naila Moreira, Pam Petro, Valerie Carrigan, Forbes Library, Northampton, 7 PM

May 9: Book launch, Manuela Picq—Vernacular Sovereignties: Indigenous Women Challenging World Politics, Amherst Books, Amherst, 5 PM

May 9: Jason Sokol, The Heavens Might Crack, The Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, 7 PM

May 10: Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, The Map of Salt and Stars, The Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley,
7 PM

May 10: Suzanne Strempek Shea & Lisa Romeo read from their works, Amherst Books, Amherst, 7 PM

May 10: Straw Dog Writers Guild presents reading from Compass Roads poetry anthology, Montague Bookmill, Montague, 7 PM

May 13: Sarah Sousa & Joan Cenedella read from their works, Smith College, Northampton, 4 PM

May 16: Howard Bryant Presents His New Book, THE HERITAGE: BLACK ATHLETES, A DIVIDED AMERICA, AND THE POLITICS OF PATRIOTISM, Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, 7 PM

May 16: Memory and Desire: Poetry of Midlife, with Leslea Newman and Joy Ladin, Forbes Library, Northampton, 7 PM

May 16: Straw Dog Writers Guild presents reading from Compass Roads poetry anthology, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, 7 PM

May 19: Jeanne Birdsall Presents the final book in the Penderwicks series, The Penderwicks at Last, Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, 11 AM

May 22: Hilary Plum, an alum of the UMass M.F.A. program for poets & writers, will read from her very recent novel, Strawberry Fields, which won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose (2018), Amherst Books, Amherst, 7 PM

May 23: Stephen Platt Presents IMPERIAL TWILIGHT, Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, 7 PM

May 23: Alexander Chee reads from his works, Amherst Books, Amherst, 7 PM

May 24: Straw Dog Writers Guild presents reading from Compass Roads poetry anthology, Jones Library, Amherst, 7 PM

Workshops

May 5: Research and Backstory: Two Trouble Spots, with Jacqueline Sheehan, Writers in Progress, Florence, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

May12: Straw Dog Writers Guild workshop Diving Deep: Poetic Craft, Form and Emotion, with Gail Thomas, Lilly Library, Florence, 10:30 AM

May 12: Poetic Forms: Sonnet, Haiku and Ghazal, with Eleanor Lane, Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop, Williamsburg, 1-4 PM

May 18: Open Community Writing Session ​with Adam Grabowski, Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop, Commons Coworking, Williamsburg, 6 PM

May 20: Narrative Nonfiction and History Writing, with Ken Mondschein, Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop, Williamsburg, 1-4 PM

May 24: “The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Researching and Writing Historical Fiction,” with M. P. Barker, Westhampton Library, Westhampton, 6:30 PM

May 26: Whatever You Feel Will Take Its Own Form: Adventures in Spontaneous Poetry, with Adam Grabowski, Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop, Williamsburg, 1-4 PM

April readings, workshops, etc.

Readings

April 3: Brittney Cooper, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower, Mount Holyoke College, 4:30 PM

April 3Kirsten Leng & Angie Willey celebrate the publication of their new books, Amherst Books, Amherst, 4:30 PM

April 3: Smith College Poetry Fest, Smith College, Northampton, 7:30 PM

April 3: Straw Dogs Writers Night Out with Featured Readers Kris Holloway and John Bidwell, The Basement, Northampton, 7 PM

April 4: Rachel Simmons, Enough as She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives, Northampton High School, Northampton, 6:30 PM

April 4: Launch party for reissue of Susan Halls’ popular book Ceramics for Beginners: Animals & Figures, White Square Books, Easthampton, 7 PM

April 4Chavisa Woods will read from her recent collection of short stories, Things to Do When You’re in Goth Country & Other Stories, Amherst Books, Amherst, 7 PM

April 5April Arts Night at the Emily Dickinson Museum Open mic & poetry readings at the Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, 5:30 PM

April 5: Open Circle Poetry Night, Meekins Library, Williamsburg, 6:30 PM

April 6: Marcella Hall, Uncommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race & Friendship, Mount Holyoke College, 5 PM

April 6-7: Juniper Literary Festival at UMass Amherst, Amherst

April 6: Sarah Manyika & Sally Wen Mao will read in Memorial Hall, UMass, Amherst as the kick-off for this year’s M.F.A. Literary Festival, Amherst, 8 PM

April 10Novelist Sylvia Brownrigg will read from her most recent novel, Pages for Her, Amherst Books, Amherst, 5:00 PM

April 10: Susan Stinson reads from her recent work, Amherst Books, Amherst, 8 PM

April 10: Marie Howe and the High School Poetry Prize Winners, Smith College, Northampton, 7:30 PM

April 10: Straw Dogs Writers Guild Book Launch: Compass Roads, Poems About The Pioneer Valley, edited by Jane Yolen, Florence Civic Center, Florence, 7 PM

April 11: A book launch party for a new book by UMass professor Ela GezenBrecht, Turkish Theater, & Turkish-German Literature: Reception, Adaptation, & Innovation After 1960, Amherst Books, 5 PM

April 11: Science Fiction and Fantasy, with Jane Yolen, Elizabeth Bear, and Robert V. S. Redick, Forbes Library, Northampton, 7 PM

April 12Nancy Thayer will read from her latest, Nantucket Wedding, Pelham Library, Pelham, 6:30 PM

April 12Reif Larsen, author of The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet & I am Radar will read from recent work, Amherst Books, Amherst, 8 PM

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 14: Easthampton Book Fest, Details here

April 14: Straw Dogs Writers Guild at the Easthampton Bookfest, Reading of Compass Roads, Poems About The Pioneer Valley, edited by Jane Yolen, White Square Books, Easthampton, 4 PM

April 14Poets Patrick Pritchett & Matt Gagnon will read from their new books, Amherst Books, Amherst, 7 PM

April 16: Madeline Miller, Circe, The Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, 7 PM

April 17: Northampton Poetry Open Mic and Last Chance Slam, The Deuce, Northampton, 7 PM

April 18: WriteAngles Journal, an online publication of the WriteAngles, Inc., authors read their works, Forbes Library, Northampton, 7 PM

April 18: Cullen Murphy will talk about his most recent book, Cartoon County: My Father & His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather, Amherst College, Amherst, 8 PM

April 19: Celebration of publication of Rob Okun’s book VOICE MALE: The Untold Story of the Profeminist Men’s Movement, Amherst Books, Amherst, 5 PM

April 20: A reading by author August Thomas, Amherst Books, Amherst, 7 PM

April 21: Holly Thompson, Twilight Chant, The Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, 2 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

April 24: FAVORITE POEM PROJECT READING, Smith College, Northampton, 7:30 PM

April 27Barbara Tramonte will read from her recent poetry chapbook, Oddities, Amherst Books, Amherst, 7 PM

April 29jubilat/Jones Reading Series at the Jones Library, Amherst, Lauren Haldeman & Kiki Petrosino will read, Jones Library, Amherst, 3 PM

Workshops

April 14: Sound Devices and Meter in Poetry, with Eleanor Lane, Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop, Williamsburg, 1-5 PM

April 21: Casting Characters for Memorable Fiction, with Cindy Littlefield, Writers in Progress, Florence, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

April 21: Whatever You Feel Will Take Its Own Form: Adventures in Spontaneous Poetry, with Adam Grabowski, Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop, Williamsburg, 1-4 PM

April 24: Speaking Out: Writing Political Poems, with Gail Thomas, Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop, Williamsburg, 1-4 PM

April 28: Writing the Personal Essay, with Sarah Buttenwieser, Writers in Progress, Florence, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

March readings, workshops, etc.

Readings

March 1-3: Amherst College Literary Festival, Amherst College, Amherst

Masha and Keith Gessen at the Amherst Lit Fest 3/3/18
Masha and Keith Gessen in conversation with Cullen Murphy, Saturday, March 3, 2018
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Junot Diaz, Friday, March 2, 2018

March 1: Open Circle Poetry Night, Meekins Library, Williamsburg, 6:30 PM

March 4: jubilat/Jones Reading Series at the Jones Library, Emily Hunt & TBA will read, Jones Library, Amherst, 3 PM

March 4: Straw Dog Writers, Writers Read, The Inn at Norton Hill, Ashfield, 3-5 PM

March 6: ELLEN DORE WATSON celebrates the release of her fifth book, pray me stay eager, Smith College, Northampton, 7:30 PM

March 6: Forrest Gander will read from recent work, Amherst Bookshop, Amherst, 8 PM

March 6: Straw Dog Writers, Writers Night Out, with Tzivia Gover, The Basement, Northampton, 7-9 PM

RESCHEDULED for March 28___March 7: Sigrid Schmalzer and Daniel Chard Present Science for the People, Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, 7 PM

RESCHEDULED for March 15___March 8Robert Redick, author of fantasy series, “The Chathrand Voyage Quartet” reads, Amherst Bookshop, Amherst, 7 PM

March 13: Northampton Poetry Open Mic and Elias Evander, The Deuce, Northampton, 7 PM

March 14: Book Launch: Meet Me at the Well with Jane Yolen and Barbara Diamond Goldin, Southampton Public Library, Southampton 5 PM

March 20: Poet Chen Chen reads at Hampshire College, Kern Center, Amherst, 3:30

March 20: Northampton Poetry Open Mic and Poetry Slam, The Deuce, Northampton, 7 PM

March 20: Join Christopher Tinson in celebrating the publication of his new book, Radical Intellect: Liberator Magazine & Black Activism in the 1960s, UMass, Amherst, 6:30 PM

March 21: Alexis Perry, author of The War Within: Diaries from the Siege of Leningrad, will talk at the Amherst Center For Russian Culture, Webster Hall, Amherst College, Amherst, 4 PM

March 21: Gordon Whitman, Stand Up! How to Get Involved, Speak Out and Win in a World on Fire, The Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, 7 PM

March 21: Native Americans and the Land, Forbes Library, Northampton, 7 PM

March 22: Lisa Yee will talk about her “Super Hero High” book series at the Woodbury Room, Jones Library, Amherst, 4 PM

March 22: UMass M.F.A. alum Erin White will read from her new memoir, Given Up for You: A Memoir of Love, Belonging, & Belief, Amherst Bookshop, Amherst, 7 PM

March 23“Live Lit” Students in the M.F.A. Program at the University of Massachusetts will read from their recent work, Amherst Bookshop, Amherst, 7 PM

POSTPONED__March 26: Historian and author Jill Lepore will speak about her book “The Secret History of Wonder Woman,” Amherst Middle School, Amherst, 7 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

March 28: Christine DeLucia, Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast, The Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, 7 PM

March 29: Andrea Ritchie, Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, 4:30 PM

March 29: Sandra Allen, author of A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story about Schizophrenia in conversation with Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, The Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, 7 PM

March 29Colin Barrett will read in Memorial Hall, UMass, Amherst, as part of the University of Massachusetts MFA Program’s Visiting Writers Series, UMass Amherst, 8 PM

March 31: Children’s authors Corrine Demas and Artemis Roehrig read from their new book Do Doodlebugs Doodle? Meekins Library, Williamsburg, 10:30 AM

Workshops

March 3:What Can Social Media Do For You As a Writer? with Marya Zilberberg (why, that’s me!), Straw Dog Writers, Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

March 4: Finding the Voice of Your Story with Dori Ostermiller, Straw Dog Writers, Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

March 11: Collage and Writing with Becky Jones, Straw Dog Writers, Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

March 16: Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop Open Community Writing Session with Kate Senecal, Williamsburg, 6 PM

March 17: Overcoming the Mid-Manuscript Slump, with Randy Susan Meyers, Writers in Progress, Florence, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

March 18: Writing 10-Minute Plays with Meryl Cohn, Straw Dog Writers, Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

March 18: Flash Fiction Workshop with Joy Baglio, Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop, Williamsburg, 1-4 PM

March 25: Songwriting 101 with Pamela Means, Straw Dog Writers, Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

March 25: Lyric-Writing for Song Writers with Kelly Vogel, Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop, Williamsburg, 1-4 PM