Poets of Franklin County
Tara McNamara of Greenfield has been writing with Voices from Inside on and off since 2011. "It keeps me going, pretty much," she says. For the Recorder/Trish Crapo

Poets of Franklin County: From the Heart

Friday, February 12, 2016

Writing is powerful stuff. It’s transformative, empowering and sometimes, just plain fun. Ask Tara McNamara of Greenfield, who’s been taking part in writing workshops offered in Springfield by Voices from Inside, a non-profit organization that runs the workshops for women who are now or have been incarcerated, and for women in the recovery community. McNamara has been writing with the group on and off since 2011. “It helps to keep me going, pretty much,” she said. Now a new series of workshops in Greenfield brings the opportunity closer to home. McNamara, who has become a workshop facilitator, and Gretchen Krull, program coordinator for Voices from … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Anne Yeomans

Friday, February 5, 2016

About midway through Colrain poet Anne Yeomans’ small chapbook, “People Die, But Not Your Brother,” there’s an unassuming poem called “The Third Day.” The moment described is simple, almost mundane: a woman sitting down to breakfast. And the language is simple, too. The first four lines give us: “dark tea,” “bright blue pot,” … 0

Ashfield poet offers writers’ oasis

Monday, February 1, 2016

Ashfield poet Susan Middleton’s living room is on the second floor of a renovated barn on Norton Hill Road in Ashfield. It is airy and comfortable, just as she’s described it in the flier for her spring session of “In Our Nature” writing workshops. The workshops, which run in accordance with Amherst Writers … 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