Category: Poetry

Worcester Celebration of Poets

Worcester County Poetry Association in celebration of the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary

Robert Pinsky, U.S. Poet Laureate (1997-2000), founded the Favorite Poem Project, in which thousands of Americans – of varying backgrounds, all ages, and from every state – shared their favorite poems. Robert Pinsky’s landmark, best-selling translation of The Inferno of Dante received the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Howard Morton Landon Prize for translation. He is also co-translator of The Separate Notebooks, poems by Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz. Pinsky’s prose book, The Life of David, is a lively retelling and examination of the David stories, narrating a wealth of legend as well as scripture. Pinsky also wrote the libretto for Tod Machover’s opera Death and the Powers: A Robot Pageant, which premiered in Monaco in fall 2010. His forthcoming book, Selected Poems, will be published by Farrar Strauss & Giroux in spring of 2011.

Charles Simic, U.S. Poet Laureate (2007-2008), was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1954 . His first full-length collection of poems, What the Grass Says, was published in 1967. Since then he has published more than sixty books in the U.S. and abroad, twenty titles of his own poetry among them, including That Little Something (Harcourt, 2008), My Noiseless Entourage (2005); Selected Poems: 1963-2003 (2004), for which he received the 2005 International Griffin Poetry Prize; The Voice at 3:00 AM: Selected Late and New Poems (2003); Night Picnic (2001); The Book of Gods and Devils (2000); and Jackstraws (1999), which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.

Worcester Celebration of Poets
Poetry & Music All Day – FREE & Open to the Public

12noon to 2:00pm – Kid-Friendly Poetry
Our youngest Worcester poets are invited to read their favorite poems – including their own poems!
Or come by to enjoy readings of children’s poetry by local Worcester poets.

2:00pm to 6:00pm – Poetry Open Mic
Read your own work or take the mic on behalf of your favorite poet!

Doors re-open at 6:30 (cash bar)
7:30pm to 9:30pm – Readings by US Poets Laureate Charles Simic and Robert Pinsky

Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
2 Southbridge St.
Worcester, MA 01608…


15th Annual Worcester Bloomsday Ramble 6.16.11

The Worcester County Poetry Association announces that it will celebrate the 15th Annual Worcester Bloomsday Ramble all day at various venues on Thursday, June 16, as will cities around the world to commemorate the day’s events in James Joyce’s epic novel “Ulysses” set in 19th century Ireland and centered on the adventures of protaganist Leopold Bloom’s views on life, love and politics in Dublin.  The day’s events will include participatory readings from the novel at each of the following locations,  mimicing the locations of the episodes that will be read.  Bring a copy of “Ulysses” or just come to listen and celebrate all things Irish on this 107th anniversary of the publication of a book that was previously banned.

The following is the day’s schedule of venues and episodes to be read:

8:00-9:30am       Episode 1: Telemacus
Bancroft Tower, Bancroft  Tower Road
coffee and donuts provided

10:00-11:30am  Episode 4: Calypso
Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road

12noon-1:30pm  Episode 12: Cyclops
Fiddlers’ Green, 19 Temple Street (buy your own lunch)

2:00-3:30pm   Episode 9: Scylla & Charybdis
D’Alzon Library, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street

4:00-5:30pm  Episode 7:  Aeolus
Worcester Jewish Healthcare Center, 629 Salisbury Street

6:00-7:30pm  Dinner Break Reader’s Choice
Sahara Cafe and Restaurant, 143 Highland Street
(buy your own dinner)

8:00-10:00pm Episode 17: Ithaca
Worcester County Poetry Association Headquarters, 1 Ekman Street
coffee and soft drinks provided, bring a snack

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Call to Visual Artists from The Worcester Review

Call to Worcester County Visual Artists: Deadline July 31, 11

The Worcester Review – the literary journal of the Worcester County Poetry Association is seeking art for the next issue which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of poet Elizabeth Bishop’s birth. Art will be re-printed in black and white and/or color. The journal is an annual poetry and prose journal, which also features local art. We print about 7000 journals and we have a national subscription base. Please email high res images (300 dpi) to Arts Editor, Monica Elefterion: for review by July 31, 2011. Selected artists will be notified in late summer. TWR offer copies of the journal as payment and a small stipend for inclusion in the journal. please visit for a look at previous issues. The Worcester Review Worcester County Poetry Association, 1 Ekman St. Call 508-797-4770 or visit <I><P>.

Corbin Public Library Open Mic Night on 5.5.11

This Thursday, May 5, come out to read poetry on an open microphone. Read your own poems or someone else’s and have a fun evening.

Local poet Jennifer “JenniFire” D’Andrea will be there reading from her poetry book “Tales of Madness and Beauty”, which will be available for a small donation that night.

Free to public. 6:30-7:45 p.m. Chester C. Corbin Public Library, 2 Lake St., Webster. 508-949-3880.

With two categories (youth & adult) and a spread in our issue dedicated to the winners, this is a great opportunity for our community to celebrate the excellent work of our local word artists during National Poetry Month.

First, second and third place winners will be showcased in the April 7th Issue of Worcester Mag.

Winners will be invited to read their winning entries during a Worcester Mag sponsored live showcase event at the WCUW 91.3 FM’s Front Room on April 22.


• Submissions must be made electronically via our website (link below) or email at Please put POETRY CONTEST in the subject headline. No paper submissions will be accepted.
Web Link for Submission:

• Be sure to mark which category you are applying for: Adult (18+) or Youth (-18).

• Entries due by March 25.

• Word Count: no more than 500 words.

2011 Judges:
Alex Charalambides, 2011 Worcester Arts Council Fellowship Recipient
Heather MacPherson of Ballard Street Poetry Journal
John Hodgen, English professor at Assumption College and published poet

Calling All Writers!

Do you know who Elizabeth Bishop was? She was a Pulitzer Prize winning poet born in Worcester on February 8, 1911.

Whether you know who she is or not, you might be interested in the writing competition named in her honor.

The Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia is sponsoring a writing competition asking for submissions of one-time, short prose writing. Inspired by her story “In the Village,” – about the earliest years of her life as a young lass in Nova Scotia – this competition asks participants to write about “their own sense of place and identity, to tap experience, memory and imagination,the sources of art.”

According to the contest rules, “entries can be autobiographical or fictional, prose stories or prose poems. The idea is for each writer to explore or describe feelings, things, people or events about home and family, place and time that have affected your life and connect you to the world.”

The deadline is 15 March 2011. For all the details, visit the EBSNS website: – on the website you will find an electronic brochure, competition guidelines and entry form. You can also able listen to a reading of Bishop’s wonderful story “In the Village,” read by Halifax storyteller Claire Miller, the inspiration for the competition.

Learn more about Elizabeth Bishop and the contest here:

Carle Johnson Book Release Party & Poetry Reading, Nov. 30

Carle Johnson celebrates his second poetry chapbook, Autobiography of the Poet, published by Ballard Street Press, 2010 with a Book Release Party & Poetry Reading on Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.

Held at the Richard Sugden Library, 8 Pleasant Street, Spencer, the event is free and refreshments will be on hand.
Carle Johnson graduated from Clark University, has taught at Leicester Junior College and Worcester Vocational Technical High School. He hosts the Barnes & Noble Bookstore Open Mic and the Writers’ Workshop at the Richard Sugden Library in Spencer. His poetry has been published in national anthologies and several New England poetry journals, including The Worcester Review and Sahara – which featured his poetry in one issue. The  editors of Ballard Street Poetry Journal nominated one of his poems for the Pushcard poetry Award. In 2009 he published his first poetry chapbook, Heculaneum Via A Spectrum.