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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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Magen David and Me

Longreads

Marya Zilberberg | Longreads | February 2019 | 16 minutes (3,886 words)

​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…

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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