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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...

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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

By STEVE PFARRER

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...


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

By MADDIE FABIAN

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

By STEVE PFARRER

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...


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

By STEVE PFARRER

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

By STEVE PFARRER

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

By STEVE PFARRER

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...

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