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Apr 30 2016


About the poet: 
Isabel Marcheselli was born in New York City to South American parents and began writing poems as a teenager. She graduated with honors from Cornell University in upstate New York, where she met and was mentored by the great American poet, A.R. Ammons and where her love of nature and verse reached new heights. Later on, Isabel became the lead singer and songwriter for the band, Isabel and The Whispers, with whom she released the band’s CD of original folk and pop songs in 2008 and toured New York City.  She has recently published her first book of poems and songs entitled HEART’S EYE available on Amazon.  Visit her artist website:  http://isabelmarcheselli.yolasite.com

“A fascinating artist, poet, singer, author, composer...” - The Republican

3:00pm to 4:00pm
West Springfield Public Library
200 Park Street
01089 West Springfield, Massachusetts
Apr 30 2016

FREE Workshop at IKEA Houston

Students ages 7-15 are invited to participate in a FREE Earth month themed writing workshop hosted by Writers in the Schools (WITS) at IKEA Houston. Children are guided by professional authors to unleash their inner writer and go home with an expressive piece. 

3:00pm to 5:00pm
IKEA Houston | Upstairs Cafeteria
7810 Katy Fwy
77024 Houston, Texas
Apr 30 2016

GET LIT’s 5th Annual Classic Slam Poetry Competition

300 teenage poets, from 50 schools across Southern California will compete in GET LIT’s annual Classic Slam—the nation’s largest teen poetry festival and the only one to combine classic and original spoken-word poetry as competitive categories. Teenagers compete to take home cash prizes and scholarships. Top performers earn invitations to audition for the award-winning poetry troupe, the GET LIT Players, who have performed for the United Nations and the White House.

ABOUT GET LIT:     Celebrating its 10th anniversary, GET LIT, a world renowned, in-school literacy program that empowers students through self-expression, language and art. Combining classic poetry with original spoken-word responses, GET LIT’s nationally recognized model is a low-cost solution to keep arts education alive, especially in at-risk communities accustomed to fostering some of life’s toughest circumstances.

Official Website: http://www.getlitclassicslam.org/Tickets: http://universe.com/classicslam2016  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/566523346850272/  

7:00pm to 10:00pm
Orpheum Theater
842 S Broadway
90014 Los Angeles, California
Apr 30 2016

COUPLET: A quarterly poetry series and social

This edition’s featured readers:

Claudia Cortese’s first full-length book, Wasp Queen, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2016. Cortese is also the author of two chapbooks: Blood Medals (Thrush Poetry Press, 2015) and The Red Essay and Other Histories (Horse Less Press, 2015).

Sharon Dolin was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A Fulbright Scholar to Italy, she holds a Ph.D. in English from Cornell University and an M.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley. She holds a B.A. and graduated Magna cum laude in English from Cornell University.

Karen Hildebrand's poetry has appeared most recently in Poet Lore, Maintenant, decomP magazineE, In Passing (great weather for MEDIA), WomenArts Quarterly, EDGE and other journals, and was adapted for the play, “The Old In and Out,” produced off-off Broadway in 2013. She is editor in chief forDance Teacher magazine and in 2015 was Artist in Residence at Ravens’ View Farm, in British Columbia, Canada.

Clark Moore lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. He is the beverage director and general manager of a farm-to-table restaurant, and teaches English at a local college. His poems have appeared in Barrow Street and are forthcoming in Poetry Magazine.

Emilia Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, Groundspeed (2016) and Signaletics (2013), and three chapbooks. Her poems and lyric essays appear in Agni, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter,Poetry, Ploughshares, StoryQuarterly, and elsewhere. She is the Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Centenary College of New Jersey. For more info, visit her website at https://emiliaphillips.com/ 

Melissa Studdard is host of VIDA Voices & Views and an editor for American Microreviews and Interviews. She is the author of the novel, Six Weeks to Yehidah, a poetry collection, I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast, and a collection of interviews, The Tiferet Talk Interviews. Her awards include the Forward National Literature Award and the International Book Award, among others. Her poetry, fiction, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in a wide range of publications, including Poets & Writers, Tupelo Quarterly, Psychology Today, Pleiades, and the Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day. Of her debut poetry collection, I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast, Robert Pinsky writes, “This poet’s ardent, winning ebullience echoes that of God…” and Cate Marvin says her work “would have no doubt pleased Neruda’s taste for the alchemic impurity of poetry.” Learn more at www.melissastuddard.com.

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Your Hostess:
LEAH UMANSKY is a poet, collagist and teacher in New York City. Her dystopian-themed chapbook, Straight Away the Emptied World is out now from Kattywompus Press in 2016. Her poems can be found in such places as POETRY, Thrush Poetry Journal, Faerie Magazine, Barrow Street and MAGMA. Some of her Game of Thrones inspired poems have been translated into Norwegian by Beijing Trondheim. 

Your DJ:
DJ CEREMONY has played at well over 150 venues in and around New York City since 2001. He is the current producer and DJ of the celebrated monthly NYC Smiths & Morrissey fan party “Oscillate Wildly”. He also founded and co-produced a weekly neo-burlesque and variety show: “Corruption At Tammany Hall” in 2012, and currently produces an array of special themed events around New York City. www.djceremony.com

The Delancey
168 Delancey Street (Between Clinton & Attorney)
10001 New York, New York
May 02 2016

Grand Jam Story Slam

Students participating in the WITS Digital program have combined writing and game-based technologies to create their own video games! At the Game Jam Story Slam, 100 students will share games and enter the STEM Video Game Challenge competition. Winners of the national competition will travel to Washington DC for the national video game challenge, where in years past they have been greeted by President Obama. This slam is open to the public! 

5:00pm to 7:00pm
United Way Houston
50 Waugh Dr.
77007 Houston, Texas

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Robert Frost Stone House Museum



We slept, woke, breakfasted, and met the man
we’d hired as a tour guide, with a van
and driver, for the day. We were to drive
to Cachoeira, where the sisters live:
the famous Sisterhood of the Good Death,
founded by former slaves in the nineteenth
century. "Negroes of the Higher Ground," 
they called themselves
Come unto these yellow sands,
   And then take hands:
Court'sied when you have, and kiss'd,--
   The wild waves whist--
Foot it featly here and there;
And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.
   Hark, hark!
      Bow, wow,
   The watch-dogs bark:
      Bow, wow.
Hark, hark! I hear
The strain of strutting
What if I were turned on by seemingly innocent words such as
   "scumble," "pinky,"

or "extrapolate?"  

What if I maneuvered conversation in the hope that others would
   pronounce these words?  

Perhaps the excitement would come from the way the other person
   touched them lightly and carelessly with his