Let the WordXWord Festival begin!

Western Mass is so fortunate to have many poetry-inspired activities.

The Berkshires’ WordXWord Festival begins tomorrow.  

“An exhilarating blend of poetry, spoken word and storytelling with visiting poets, marshaled by Omar Holmon, include Robbie Q Telfer, Franny Choi, Thomas Fucaloro, Falu and Jive Poetic.

Admission to all WordXWord events is free and open to all. Most venues/events have limited audience capacity. Admission and seating is on a first-come basis. Parents of younger children are advised that the content of the work presented is unfiltered and some may find it more appropriate for mature audiences.”

WordXWord Festival August 17 – 23, 2014

The Canary

Last night I received a wonderful note from the editor of the Canary, an intriging environmental journal that works to enlighten readers and address the environmental crisis through the arts.

She’s accepted one of my poems, The Rabbit, for a future issue.

Stay tuned, as publication in the Canary is narrow process, that is, on average only 20 poets are represented per issue, so based on acceptances, it may be some time before it appears. 

Still, to receive a personal note with commentary instead of the usual empty, faceless, nameless response from the world of submissions, was a treat. 

Stanley Kunitz Annual Birthday Celebration

Each year, Carol Stockmal opens the Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home to the public on Stanley Kunitz’s Birthday – July 29.  Everyone is welcome to attend, commemorate, and celebrate his birthday with a tour of the house, an open mic, and a chance to sit in the garden (weather permitting).

The 2014 Celebration will be held Sunday, July 27.
Join us at 2 p.m. for the 109th anniversary of Stanley Kunitz’s birth. You can bring poems to share during the Open Mic and then enjoy birthday cake. A docent-led house tour will begin at 3:15!

The docent-led tour includes historical information about artifacts and memorabilia collected during and after Carol and her late husband Greg’s twenty-year friendship with the poet.