Worcester County Poetry Association
Established 1971
Worcester County Poetry Association / PO Box 804, Worcester, MA 01613 / 508-797-4770 / wcpaboard@yahoo.com

Support WCPA


Wondering when your WCPA Membership expires? 
Contact us!
Saturday - August 13
Hanover Theatre
2 Southbridge Street, Downtown Worcester

Join us for a day of poetry and music
in celebration of the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary
featuring evening readings by US Poets Laureate

Charles Simic & Robert Pinsky

This event is FREE & Open to the Public!
Massachusetts Cultural Council
assists WCPA with an organizational grant and ongoing support.

Greater Worcester Community Foundation
provided funding for this event and manages the various endowment funds through which the WCPA is funded, including the Founders Fund, the  Gregory Stockmal Fund, and The Worcester Review Endowment.

The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
generously collaborated with WCPA to provide the venue for this event.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette
provided advertising for this event.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Bookstore
provided books by our featured poets, Charles Simic and Robert Pinsky.
Worcester Cultural Coalition
supports Worcester area non-profit arts organizations, provides advertising of cultural events, and supports collaborative efforts between member organizations.
Elizabeth Bishop
Centenary Celebration
Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Celebration
organized this event.
Committee Members: Laura Menides, Carle Johnson, Francine D'Alessandro, Curt Curtin, Anne Marie Lucci, Kristina England
12noon to 2:00pm
2:00pm to 6:00pm
6:30pm to 7:30pm
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Kid-Friendly Poetry

An open mic for children to read a favorite poem or recite one of their own!
Local poets will be on hand to read poetry for all ages from Dr. Suess to Mother Goose to Shel Silverstein.  All are welcome!

Poetry Open Mic

Each open mic session will begin with live music.

Read your own poetry or the work of a favorite author. Sign-up on site. 

2:00pm   Host: Carle Johnson - Barnes & Noble Poetry Series

3:00pm   Host: TBA 

4:00pm   Host: Anne Marie Lucci - Street Beat

5:00pm   Host: TBA

All Day
Book and CD Sales & Music

August 13 Schedule of Events
Doors re-open. Music. Cash bar.

Books available for sale.
Poetry Reading by Charles Simic and Robert Pinsky
Charles Simic, U.S. Poet Laureate (2007-2008)
was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.  He emigrated to the U.S. in 1954 . His first full-length collection of poems, What the Grass Says, was published in 1967. Since then he has published more than sixty books in the U.S. and abroad, twenty titles of his own poetry among them, including That Little Something (Harcourt, 2008), My Noiseless Entourage (2005); Selected Poems: 1963-2003 (2004), for which he received the 2005 International Griffin Poetry Prize; The Voice at 3:00 AM: Selected Late and New Poems (2003); Night Picnic (2001); The Book of Gods and Devils (2000); and Jackstraws (1999), which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.

Visit these sites for complete bios and poems.

Charles Simic - Academy of American Poets

Charles Simic - Poetry Foundation

Charles Simic - Paris Review interview

Charles Simic - Library of Congress

Robert Pinsky, U.S. Poet Laureate (1997-2000)
founded the Favorite Poem Project, in which thousands of Americans — of varying backgrounds, all ages, and from every state — shared their favorite poems.  Robert Pinsky’s landmark, best-selling translation of The Inferno of Dante received the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Howard Morton Landon Prize for translation. He is also co-translator of The Separate Notebooks, poems by Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz.  Pinsky’s prose book, The Life of David, is a lively retelling and examination of the David stories, narrating a wealth of legend as well as scripture. Pinsky also wrote the libretto for Tod Machover’s opera Death and the Powers: A Robot Pageant, which premiered in Monaco in fall 2010. His forthcoming book, Selected Poems, will be published by Farrar Strauss & Giroux in spring of 2011.

Visit these sites for complete bios and poems.

Robert Pinsky - Academy of American Poets

Robert Pinsky - Poetry Foundation

Robert Pinsky - Paris Review Interview

Robert Pinsky - Library of Congress

Favorite Poem Project

Worcester Celebration of Poets Sponsors & Supporters
Directions to the Hanover Theatre
We can't improve on the Hanover Theatre's
own website for directions. Here's the link.

Federal Municpal Parking is just across the street from the Hanover.
Information for Local Authors

  • Authors are invited to sell books, chapbooks and CDs at the general sales table.
  • Authors must volunteer to help at the general sales table for one hour.
  • Items will be for sale throughout the day, including the pre-reading period (6:30pm to 7:30pm).
  • Authors should pick-up all items when they leave. Remaining items will be stored by the WCPA. Email for pick-up arrangements or pick-up on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm, prior to the WCPA board meeting.

Information for Volunteers

Volunteers needed for:
Kid-Friendly Poetry Reading
Sales & Information Table
General Lobby Help

Contact: wcpaboard@yahoo.com
subject line:  Hanover Help

Joyce Heon during one of several open mic sessions.Victor Infante reads during an afternoon open mic.Rodger Martin reads during an open mic session in one of the most elegant open reading venues we've ever had - the Hanover lobby!Rodger Martin and Eve Rifkah visit while working at the book sales tables in the lower lobby.Carrie Corcoran, who assembled the children's poetry selections enjoyed during the kid-friendly open mic session, and Robert Steele, who handled Robert Pinsky's transportation to the reading.Jay Lavelle with Anne Marie Lucci and Michael True.Rosa Abraham provided music as guests assembled in the lobby prior to the reading.Terrible photo of absolutely beautiful Hanover stage as the audience took their seats.WPI bookstore sold copies of books by Charles Simic, Robert Pinsky and Elizabeth Bishop.Charles Simic and Robert Pinsky graciously stayed after the reading to sign books and broadsides.Booksigning.Booksigning.
Poets Charles Simic and Robert Pinsky
following the reading at Hanover Theatre
Worcester, Massachusetts, August 13, 2011
Scenes from August 13.

Click on images to enlarge
We've partnered with Square for our online store.