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Poets of Franklin County

Poets of Franklin County: Open Prose and Poetry Series at Arms Library turns 20

Friday, October 9, 2015

Genie Zeiger, Shelburne poet, essayist and writing workshop leader, approached then Arms Library director Louis Battalen back in 1995 about allowing her students to use the Shelburne Falls library as a place to gather to read their work aloud to each other and to people they knew. Neither could have suspected they were about to launch a program that would last 20 years — and is still going strong. Zeiger, who died of cancer in 2009, had a loyal following of students who attended workshops she led in her Patten Hill home. Zeiger ran her workshops using the Amherst Writers & Artists model developed by … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Genie Zeiger excerpt

Friday, October 9, 2015

“The Secret of a Girl’s First Heart” by Genie Zeiger This short, autobiographical essay appeared in the chapbook, “5-Minute Pieces from the Arms Library Reading Series,” published by the Arms Library in 1998, three years after the series began in 1995. Written in the voice of a young girl, Zeiger’s essay extols the virtues of libraries, which the narrator finds to be “even … 0

Wagon Wheel Word: A welcome addition to local literary menu

Friday, September 25, 2015

GILL — The first Wagon Wheel Word open mic and reading hosted by Eric Wasileski and Lea Banks drew an enthusiastic and attentive crowd of about 30 Wednesday night. Wasileski, a Greenfield native, recently published a collection of poems, “Live Free (or die).” Banks, now of Gill, founded the Collected Poets Series at … 0

Poets of Franklin County: ‘Sparks from the Anvil’

Friday, September 4, 2015

Six years ago, writer and educator Christian McEwen had a great idea. An exciting array of poets came regularly to read in The Poetry Center at Smith College Poetry Series. After the readings, the poets would do “a … 0

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Anyone who has walked much in the New England woods has come upon the remnants of stone walls wending through the trees, delineating former fields and pastures. After studying such walls on walks near his Hinsdale, home, poet … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Lisa Burke's visual poetry

Friday, August 21, 2015

As a person who has written poems and made collages since I was a teenager or younger, I’ve always wondered whether there is such a thing as a visual poem. And if there is, wouldn’t it be a … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Word choice matters

Friday, July 17, 2015

What do poetry and the language of government have in common? More than you might think, according to State Representative Ellen Story of Amherst. Story is a Democratic state legislator in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the … 0

Poets of Franklin County: When poets come out to play

Friday, July 10, 2015

It was a dark and stormy night. No really, it was. Rain poured steadily as we wended our way from Leyden to Ashfield on Thursday for Lakehouse Poetry, a new open mic in the newly open Ashfield Lakehouse. … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Eric Wasileski

Thursday, July 2, 2015

For some, fireworks are big, gorgeous displays of color and sound that celebrate our country’s independence. But for Eric Wasileski, Greenfield poet and veteran, they are a nightmare. Wasileski joined the military at 18, after graduating from Greenfield … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Ann McNeal

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sometimes you have to stand back to really see something. Then again, sometimes you have to zoom right in. Ann McNeal, Pelham poet, photographer and painter, takes the second approach, using a point-and-shoot camera to isolate elements of … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Jeannie Martin

Friday, June 5, 2015

Forget the 5-7-5 syllable count rule you learned about haiku in school. In fact, forget all the rules you may have learned about haiku in school. Jeannie Martin has some different ideas. In her book, “Clear Water: a … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Molly Scott

Friday, May 22, 2015

Molly Scott was singing folk music in Greenwich Village in New York City in the 1960s, performing at clubs and concert venues as part of the burgeoning folk music revival. She also worked in theater, film and television, … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Carol Potter

Friday, May 15, 2015

Abecedarium: an inscription that uses the letters of the alphabet in order. Board books you might have read as a child or read to your children, designed to teach the letters of the alphabet, are one example. Carol … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Paula Sayword

Friday, May 8, 2015

Leyden poet Paula Sayword’s new full-length collection, “Canticle of Light and Dark,” published by the Synthesis Center Press of Amherst, can be read as a series of prayers for our world and the people in it. In the … 0