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Monday, May 22 @ 10:30am
Writing Workshop with Jennifer Freed - “What Are You Wearing?”
Gale Free Library, 23 Highland Street, Holden

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

Monday, May 22  @ 7:00pm
The Poetry Room
First Church of Christ, Unitarian, 725 Main St, Lancaster

Tuesday, May 23  @ 7:00pm
Kristina England @ The Thirsty Lab Poetry Series
The Thirsty Lab, Route 31, Princeton

Wednesday, May 24 @ 6:00pm
Louder than a Bomb Teen Poetry Slam
Performance and Open Mic for teens
Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester

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

Thursday, May 25 @ 6:30pm
The Literary Arts Open Mic
Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St, Westboro

Friday, May 26 @ 7:00pm
Karen Sharpe @ Worcester Storytellers
Annie's Book Stop, 65 James Street, Worcester

Saturday, May 27 @ 7:00pm
Special Memorial Poems Reading @
The Fourth Saturday Open Mic
Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Street, Worcester

Tuesday, May 30  @ 7:00pm
Kristina England @ The Thirsty Lab Poetry Series
The Thirsty Lab, Route 31, Princeton

Thursday, June 1 @ 7:00pm
Understanding Thoreau’s Transcendentalism
Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main Street, Shrewsbury

Saturday, June 3 @ 2:00 pm
Open Mic Poetry Share
Booklovers' Gourmet, 55 East Main Street, Webster

Wednesday, June 7 @ 7:00pm
WCPA Board Meeting - open to the public
Worcester State University, Administration Building A-201
486 Chandler St, Worcester

Thursday, June 8 @ 6:30pm
The Literary Arts Open Mic
Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St, Westboro

Tuesday, June 13 @ 7:30pm
7 Hills Slam presents Lulu Hawkes and the 1st iWPS Qualifier
Raven Worcester, 258 Pleasant Street, Worcester
No cover; $5 suggested donation

Thursday, June 15 @ 6:00pm
Louise Bogan Chapter of the Massachusetts State
Poetry Society Monthly Meeting
Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Avenue, Lunenburg

Friday, June 16 @ various times throughout the day
Worcester's 22nd Annual Bloomsday Ramble
Held at 7 locations throughout Worcester
Bloomsday is always open to the public and anyone is welcome
to read during the event. Of course, listening is just fine as well.
View the event flyer

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Worcester County Poetry Association / PO Box 804, Worcester, MA 01613 / 508-797-4770 /

Worcester County Poetry Association
Established 1971
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Join us for the Presentation of the
Stanley Kunitz Medal to Carle Johnson

A 30-minute open reading celebrating Stanley Kunitz.
followed by the poetry and remarks of the honoree.

Thursday, July 27, 2017  -  6:30 to 8:30 pm
Worcester Historical Museum
30 Elm Street, Worcester

Congratulations to the winners of the
WCPA Annual Poetry Contest:
The Frank O'Hara Prize!

First Place - Richard Fox
Skating on the Edge of Flesh

Second Place - Jeff Walt
Each Morning I Rise Like a Sleepwalker
and Rot a Little More

Third Place - Jennifer Freed
On Their Anniversary She Whispers His Name

Honorable Mention - Marsha Kunin
In the Garden of the Blind Barbarian

Join us on Sunday, September 24 for the
Winners' Reading where you'll hear from
the winners and the contest judge, Lori Desrosiers.

The reading will run from 3 to 5 pm and will take place at the First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St, Worcester