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The Street Beat will not meet in February.

Thursday, February 11 @ 6:30pm
Open Mic @ Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St, Westboro

Thursday, February 11 @ 7:30pm
Christian Wiman @ Working Writers Series
Holy Cross College, Rehm Library, Smith Hall, 1 College Street, Worcester

Sunday, February 14 @ 7:00pm
Oomp Will @ 7 Hills Slam, Open mic, featured poets and poetry slam
Sahara Restaurant, 143 Highland Street, Worcester

Thursday, February 18 @ 6:00pm
Louise Bogan Chapter of the Massachusetts State
Poetry Society Monthly Meeting
Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Avenue, Lunenburg

Thursday, February 18 @ 7:00pm
Worcester Youth Spoken Word and Poetry Slam
Open mic (ages 10-25) and Youth Slam (ages 10-19) - cash prizes
$5 suggested donation - food and beverages available
Nine Dot Gallery, 763 Main Street, Worcester

Monday, February 22 @ 7:00pm
Free Peoples Artists Workshop
Annie’s Book Stop, 65 James Street, Worcester

Tuesday, February  23 @ 7:00pm
John Hodgen @ The Thirsty Lab Poetry Series
The Thirsty Lab, Route 31, Princeton

Wednesday, February 24 @ 7:00pm
BeSpoken Poetry
starlite Art Gallery, 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge

Thursday, February 25 @ 7:30pm
James Keegan @ Working Writers Series
Holy Cross College, Rehm Library, Smith Hall, 1 College Street, Worcester

Friday, February 26 @ 7:00pm
Round Robin Reading @ Worcester Storytellers
Annie's Book Stop, 65 James Street, Worcester

Saturday, February 27 @ 7:00pm
Curt Curtin @ The Fourth Saturday Open Mic
Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Street, Worcester

Thursday, February 28 @ 6:30pm
Ray Bartlett @ The Literary Arts Open Mic
Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St, Westboro

Monday, February 29
Submissions open for the 2016 Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival
Follow the link for details.

Visit the Planning Calendar for future event dates

The WCPA has produced many fantastic broadsides over the past 4 decades.  Enjoy these samples from the WCPA archives.
All the untidy activity continues, awful but cheerful.
"The Bight"
Submissions are open for the
The WCPA Annual Poetry Contest: 
The Frank O'Hara Prize!

Contest Judge:  Henry Walters

2016 Contest Chair:  Robert Steele

Please read Contest Guidelines and Who Is Eligible?
on the Contest Page before submitting.

Download the contest flyer

Submissions can also be mailed to the WCPA office. 
Details can be found on the contest flyer or contest page. Submissions must be received or postmarked
by April 1, 2016.
Worcester County Poetry Association / 1 Ekman Street, Worcester, MA 01607 / 508-797-4770 /

Eleanor Vincelette performed Walt Whitman's "O Captain My Captain"
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Elizabeth Bishop
Centenary Celebration

Go to the EB100 Exhibit

Worcester County Poetry Association
Established 1971

MARCH 20, 2016

WCPA Annual Meeting

After the business meeting poet Tim Liardet will read.
Twice shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, for The World Before Snow (Carcanet) in 2015 and The Blood Choir (Seren) in 2006, Tim Liardet has produced ten collections of poetry to date. He is currently a Poetry Book Society selector and Professor of Poetry at Bath Spa University, England.
Nominations are open for the 2016 Stanley Kunitz Award through March 1, 2016.  Guidelines and info on the inaugural award in 2015 can be found on the Stanley Kunitz Award page.  Nominations can be be mailed to...

The Stanley Kunitz Award Comittee
c/o Worcester County Poetry Association
1 Ekman Street
Worcester, MA  01607

The 2016 award announcement will be
made in the May of 2016 with an award
ceremony coinciding with Kunitz’s
birthday in July 2016.