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The power of poetry: U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón to speak at Smith College
04-26-2024 12:17 PM


Ada Limón made history in 2022 when she became the first Latina to become U.S. Poet Laureate. And last year, she became just the second national poet laureate to have her term extended for another two years.Now Limón, a MacArthur Fellow and the winner...

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Book Bag: ‘Journeys of Voices & Choices’ by Ernie Brill; ‘Here in Sanctuary — Whirling’ by D. Dina Friedman
05-24-2024 11:15 AM


Journeys of Voices & ChoicesBy Ernie BrillHuman Error PublishingNorthampton poet Ernie Brill, a former English teacher at Northampton High School, is a longtime writer who has worked with many small presses over the years. A consistent theme of his...

Preserving a key part of Emily Dickinson’s legacy: Historic Evergreens house reopens at the Emily Dickinson Museum
03-01-2024 11:53 AM


Between the “Dickinson” series on Apple TV+ and movies such as 2016’s “A Quiet Passion,” interest in Emily Dickinson has grown in the last several years, even beyond the already intense admiration that existed for her poetry among readers and literary...

Arts Briefs: BIPOC poets and racy love letters in Northampton, music inspired by T.S. Eliot in Holyoke, and more
02-29-2024 2:19 PM

Poetry night celebrates BIPOC writers andorganizing workNORTHAMPTON — Franny Choi, the new poet laureate of Northampton, will do a reading tonight (Friday, March 1) at 6 p.m. at the Northampton Center for the Arts, where they’ll be joined by a number...

Northampton appoints a new poet laureate: Franny Choi is 10th person to hold title
01-16-2024 4:52 PM


NORTHAMPTON — After a delay caused in part by the pandemic, the city has a new poet laureate.Franny Choi, who was nominated last year for a Massachusetts Book Award, has written for the New York Times and the Atlantic, and been interviewed on NPR, has...

Book Bag: ‘L’Allegria,’ translated by Wally Swist; ‘Listen to the Birds’ by Donald Kroodsman, Léna Mazilu and Yoann Guény
11-11-2023 9:09 AM


L’AllegriaBy Giuseppe UngarettiTranslated by Wally SwistShanti Arts Publishing Valley poet Wally Swist has been little short of prolific in the last several years, publishing a number of new collections and also penning two volumes of essays,...

Poetry for the people: Pamphlet project to share poetry chapbooks across Easthampton
09-17-2023 9:23 AM


EASTHAMPTON — Throughout the month, Easthampton residents and visitors might stumble upon bright-green-covered chapbooks spreading poetry throughout the city. On the cover of the booklets, a circle represents a doorway through which curious minds may...

13 Valley writers longlisted for Massachusetts Book Awards
05-11-2023 9:34 AM


Valley writers have had a strong run of major awards in recent years, from poet Martín Espada winning a National Book Award in 2021 to novelist Ruth Ozeki claiming Great Britain’s Women’s Prize for Literature last year.Now over a dozen area writers...

Strong songwriting marks two new Valley albums
05-03-2023 1:41 PM


Get Gone by Dennis Crommett In the summer of 2021, Dennis Crommett and his bandmates in Valley indie rockers Spanish for Hitchhiking released their first album in several years, “Wild Love,” a hard-rocking collection of songs written and sung by...

Slam it: Academy of Music to host its first Youth Poetry Slam 
04-22-2023 5:14 PM


There are poetry readings, the workshop leader said, and then there are poetry slams — and it’s important to know the difference.“Slam poetry,” said Lyrical Faith, “is about winning. It’s a very competitive sport.”Faith should know. She began...

Book Bag: ‘Sleeping as Fast as I Can’ by Richard Michelson; ‘Stay’ by Howard Faerstein
04-21-2023 8:41 AM


Sleeping as Fast as I Canby Richard MichelsonSlant Books Richard Michelson has long made a name for himself as a children’s book author, winning a number of honors in the process, including a National Jewish Book Award for “The Language of Angels,” a...

Easthampton names Carolyn Cushing new poet laureate
04-09-2023 12:38 PM


EASTHAMPTON — The poetry baton has passed again, this time to Carolyn Cushing.Cushing has been appointed the city’s new poet laureate, taking over from Jason Montgomery and Alex Woolner, who have served in the position jointly since April 2021.The...

Arts & Culture: A theatrical fundraiser for Ukraine, a talk on local women’s basketball history, and more
03-24-2023 10:24 AM

Musician tackles his declining vision on new albumNORTHAMPTON — A few years ago, Mark Erelli got some bad news: The problems he’d developed with his vision — like not being able to see the neck of his guitar clearly during a gig — were caused by...

Sylvia Plath at 90: Smith College forum examines famous poet in wake of new biography
11-03-2022 4:16 PM


Almost a century after she was born, Sylvia Plath is still winning admirers.The famous poet and Smith College graduate, who took her life in 1963 and was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize, has been the subject of a huge number of books and...

Remembering David Berman: Late singer-songwriter and poet had key ties to the Valley
09-26-2019 1:50 PM


For a long time, he was unsure of his singing voice, wondering if it was really good enough to front a band. And for a good part of the time he was making albums, he also shunned most live performances, not feeling he could sing in front of an...

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