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3rd Greenfield Annual Word Festival to feature work of local poets

GREENFIELD — Word on the street is that there will be words on Greenfield streets this weekend — as over 80 local poets will read original work at the 3rd Greenfield Annual Word Festival.

The festival — sponsored by The Literacy Project and Human Error Publishing — will feature free and public Friday and Saturday evening readings, spoken-word performances and open microphone sessions at venues throughout town.

Donations at the festival will raise money for The Literacy Project — an organization with a Greenfield classroom that offers free literacy and GED classes for adults in western Massachusetts.

But beyond just raising money, organizers said the festival also aims to instill confidence in local authors, including Literacy Project students.

“(The festival is) a celebration of words and the confidence to say them,” said Paul Richmond, a local author who runs Human Error Publishing, in a press release. “Having a voice, being able to put into words what you feel and think, helps create the ground floor for a working democracy. You are powerless without your voice.”

The festival kicks off Friday at 6:30 p.m. with readings at venues around town. Maps and programs, with information on participating venues and authors, will be available at the Greenfield Grille and on the Greenfield Town Common.

Readings will continue the next day from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Then, at 9 p.m., the festival will wrap up with one more set of readings at the Greenfield Grille.

Some students from The Literacy Project will read their work at the festival.

For example, during a poetry class offered in the Amherst classroom, students were asked to write poems about an apple.

“When I taste the apple, I taste the sunshine in the sky,” wrote one student.

“When I touch the apple, I remember the feel of my first paycheck,” wrote another.

For more information, call 413-774-3934 or visit

www.literacyproject.com

or www.gawfest.org.

Chris Shores can be reached at:

cshores@recorder.com

or 413-772-0261 x264

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