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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

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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 9: Nature: Word and Image, with Bob Marstall, Naila Moreira, Pam Petro, Valerie Carrigan, Forbes Library, Northampton, 7 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 19: Jeanne Birdsall Presents the final book in the Penderwicks series, The Penderwicks at Last, Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, 11 AM

Workshops

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

May 12: 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 20: Narrative Nonfiction and History Writing, with Ken Mondschein, Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop, Williamsburg, 1-4 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

February readings, etc.

Readings

Erik Sherman
Journalist Erik Sherman reading from his works in Ashfield, Feb 4

Workshops

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  • February 17Scene or Summary. A workshop by Cindy Littlefield at Writers in Progress, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • February 24: A Little Time for Poetry, a workshop with Carolyn Zaikowski at the Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop, 1-4 PM