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Poets of Franklin County
Luna Mendoza, right, invited a friend up to sing with her during her second performance at The Unlabeled: Open Mic series held on third Wednesdays at Greenfield Gallery in Greenfield. For the Recorder/Trish Crapo

The Unlabeled: Open Mic devoted to young artists

Friday, November 20, 2015

Our area is hopping with open mics. On the first Monday of every month, you can attend Wagon Wheel Word in Gill; third Tuesdays there’s Spoken Word Greenfield at 9 Mill Street; and in Shelburne Falls, there’s the Third Friday Open Poetry and Prose Series at the Arms Library at the corners of Main and Bridge Streets. Now, The Unlabeled: … 0

Tough stuff: Susie Patlove wins Wheeler Memorial Library’s Robert P. Collen Poetry of Place contest

Friday, November 6, 2015

Not many poets can pull off a poem about killing a rooster. Shelburne Falls poet Susie Patlove, long a serious student of Buddhism and a self-sufficient farmer who raises all of her household’s vegetables and most of its meat, is one of the few. Patlove’s poem, “Appetite,” placed first in the Wheeler Memorial … 0

Image and line: Poet Alice Thomas dives in deep with visual art

Friday, October 30, 2015

Greenfield artist and poet Alice Thomas is interested in what she calls “the push-me, pull-you” dynamic between visual arts and language. Her poem, “braque’s eye,” was inspired by her study of 20th-century French artist George Braque’s paintings and collage, and by her own involvement in making art. “braque’s eye ripples folds/ across our … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Patrick Donnelly

Friday, October 23, 2015

Patrick Donnelly speaks quietly and with care as we talk of what it is like to be handed a bag that contains your mother’s ashes. “It’s literally an awesome experience, in the oldest meaning of that word, that … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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

Poets of Franklin County:

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