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Monday, February 19 @ 8:45pm
The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show
Ralph’s Rock Diner, 148 Grove Street, Worcester

Saturday, February 24 @ 7:00pm
Nancy B. Strong @ The Fourth Saturday Open Mic
Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Street, Worcester

Sunday, February 25 @ 7:00pm
Listen! A Poetry Reading
Nick's Worcester, 124 Millbury Street, Worcester

Monday, February 26 @ 8:45pm
The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show
Ralph’s Rock Diner, 148 Grove Street, Worcester

Monday, February 26 @ 7:00pm
Free Peoples Artists Workshop
Annie’s Book Stop, 65 James Street, Worcester

Tuesday, February 27 @ 6:30pm
Poetry Workshop
Southborough Public Library, 25 Main Street, Southborough

Tuesday, February 27 @ 7:00pm
Carolyn Howe @ The Thirsty Lab Poetry Series
The Thirsty Lab, Route 31, Princeton

Wednesday, February 28 @ 7:00pm
Reaper: Poems on Technology and Humanity
with writer Jill McDonough
Clark University, Higgins Lounge, 2nd Floor,
Dana Commons, 950 Main Street, Worcester

Wednesday, February 28 @ 7:00pm
BeSpoken Poetry
starlite Art Gallery, 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge

Wednesday, February 28 @ 9:00pm
The Duende Project @ starlite
starlite Art Gallery, 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge



Sunday, March 4 @ 7:00pm
Listen! A Poetry Reading
Nick's Worcester, 124 Millbury Street, Worcester

Monday, March 5 @ 8:45pm
The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show
Ralph’s Rock Diner, 148 Grove Street, Worcester

Wednesday, March 7 @ 7:00pm
WCPA Board Meeting @ the WCPA Office in the
Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow Street, Worcester.
Upstairs off the main gallery - Open to the Public

Sunday, March 11 @ 7:00pm
Listen! A Poetry Reading
Nick's Worcester, 124 Millbury Street, Worcester

Monday, March 12 @ 8:45pm
The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show
Ralph’s Rock Diner, 148 Grove Street, Worcester

Tuesday, March 13 @ 6:30pm
Poetry Workshop
Southborough Public Library, 25 Main Street, Southborough

Tuesday, March 13 @ 8:00pm
7 Hill Slam
Raven Worcester, 258 Pleasant Street, Worcester


Highlighted events are either organzied or co-sponsored by the WCPA.

Visit the Planning Calendar for future event dates





On February 10 the WCPA held our annual meeting in the Saxe Room at the main branch of Worcester Public Library.  During the business meeting portion we reviewed the minutes from our 2017 meeting, learned about the financial health of the organization and elected a new board of directors.  After a brief intermission Worcester poet and organizer Jenith Charpentier shared her work with the audience.  Thank you to all who attended.

The following WCPA members were elected to the board 2018-2019 Board of Director:



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


Worcester County Poetry Association
Established 1971
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Library Update

The library committee, headed by Ann Lewis, has completed their effort of organzing and shelving the WCPA's book collection.  Additionally, the bookshelves were given new life with a fresh coat of paint by Carol Stockmal.  Ann, Carol, Judy Ferrara and John Gaumond unboxed every book, sorted it by category and then by author, and arranged the books.  There's even a little (very little really) room for some careful additions.

We are grateful for their many hours of work in sometimes cold and dusty circumstances.  Join us at our next board meeting on January 3rd to check out the library.
Twin City Poetry Project

Nina Lewis, the Worcestershire (UK) Poet Laureate reached out to the WCPA earlier this year to see if our members might like to participate in a cross-Atlantic project.  The idea is to link two poets together from Worcester MA and Worcester UK.  Poets will be paired up, exchange poems, and write a poem in response to the one received.  The original and resulting poems will be combined in an online magazine.  We'd could also include some photos of Worcester, or art work related to the poems that are submitted.


As Nina wrote in her proposal, "This would be (in the world of continual boundaries) a great way to unite through poetry."  If you are interested in participating please contact the WCPA coordinator, Rodger Martin, before December 31st.
Nominations are open for the 2018 Stanley Kunitz Medal through March 1, 2018.  The Stanley Kunitz Award is presented annually to a person with a strong Worcester County connection who best exemplifies Stanley Kunitz’s life-long commitment to poetry and poets.  The award recognizes the total commitment to poetry as Kunitz lived it:  teaching poetry, mentoring poets, speaking poetry, publishing poetry, and supporting organizations which nurture poetry.

Nominations should be mailed to...

Worcester County Poetry Association
Attn:  Stanley Kunitz Award Comittee
PO Box 804
Worcester, MA  01613

For guidelines and additional information visit the Stanley Kunitz Award page.
Submissions are open for the
The WCPA Annual Poetry Contest: 
The Frank O'Hara Prize!

Contest Judge:  Regie Gibson

2018 Contest Chair:  Bob Gill

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










Submissions can also be mailed to our PO Box. 
Details can be found on the contest flyer or contest page.
Submissions must be received or postmarked by April 1.
submit
Jim Cocola
Robert Cronin
Nicole DiCello
Bob Gill
Carle Johnson
Jay Lavelle
Anne-Marie Lucci
Heather Macpherson
Rodger Martin
Laura Menides
Diane Mulligan
Susan Roney-O’Brien
Karen Sharpe
Robert Steele