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GREENFIELD ANNUAL WORD FESTIVAL, fifth annual, Tuesday through Sunday. Writers and spoken word artists from the Pioneer Valley and beyond will be reading and performing at multiple venues throughout downtown Greenfield. The Ocean Grill at 30 Federal St. is the festival’s headquarters, hosting readings and a book fair. Readers will include an Illinois high school poetry slam champion along with well-known performers like Tony Vacca; Abiodun Oyewole, considered to be among the founders of hip-hop; and members of the poetry collective Raw Honey Poets. There will also be two open mics, one Tuesday night and the other at the Sunday afternoon’s closing reading. Also new is Wednesday night’s storytelling competition. Five-minute true stories told live, without scripts or notes, will be voted on by the audience. The festival will also feature readings by women writers who’ve been in prison; the veterans group Warrior Writers; novelists; poetry groups; and members of small presses, including Naugatuck River Review, Gallery of Readers and Slate Roof Press. Visit www.gawfest.org for a detailed schedule. Print programs will be available during the festival. Free, although donations will be requested at Ocean Grill shows. Here is the schedule: ∎ Tuesday, Oct. 21, Opening Night Show, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Ocean Grill, 30 Federal St., Greenfield Doors open at 6 p.m. A celebration of Human Error Publishing’s Third Tuesdays reading series, now in its eighth year. 5-minute slots, names drawn from a hat. 
∎ Wednesday, Oct. 22, The Mole, A Night of Storytelling, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Ocean Grill, 30 Federal St. Doors open at 6 p.m. 5 minute true stories, no scripts, no notes. Winner determined by audience vote. The festival continues through Sunday.

GREENFIELD ANNUAL WORD FESTIVAL, fifth annual, Tuesday through Sunday. Writers and spoken word artists from the Pioneer Valley and beyond will be reading and performing at multiple venues throughout downtown Greenfield. The Ocean Grill at 30 Federal St. is the festival’s headquarters, hosting readings and a book fair. Readers will include an Illinois high school poetry slam champion along with well-known performers like Tony Vacca; Abiodun Oyewole, considered to be among the founders of hip-hop; and members of the poetry collective Raw Honey Poets. There will also be two open mics, one Tuesday night and the other at the Sunday afternoon’s closing reading. Also new is Wednesday night’s storytelling competition. Five-minute true stories told live, without scripts or notes, will be voted on by the audience. The festival will also feature readings by women writers who’ve been in prison; the veterans group Warrior Writers; novelists; poetry groups; and members of small presses, including Naugatuck River Review, Gallery of Readers and Slate Roof Press. Visit www.gawfest.org for a detailed schedule. Print programs will be available during the festival. Free, although donations will be requested at Ocean Grill shows. Here is the schedule: ∎ Tuesday, Oct. 21, Opening Night Show, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Ocean Grill, 30 Federal St., Greenfield Doors open at 6 p.m. A celebration of Human Error Publishing’s Third Tuesdays reading series, now in its eighth year. 5-minute slots, names drawn from a hat. ∎ Wednesday, Oct. 22, The Mole, A Night of Storytelling, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Ocean Grill, 30 Federal St. Doors open at 6 p.m. 5 minute true stories, no scripts, no notes. Winner determined by audience vote. The festival continues through Sunday.

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