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

WCPA Annual Meeting and Board Elections
April 20, 2016

Bob Cronin welcomed our 2015 annual contest winner, Emily Ferrara, who opened the WCPA annual meeting with a poem.  After brief remarks the minutes from
the 2015 meeting, the 2016 treasurer's report and The Worcester Review were delivered.  Board elections followed.
Photos by Bob Gill

Guest Poet:  Tony Brown

Download the 2016 Annual Report

Thank you to all who attended.
2016-2017 WCPA Board

Jonathan Blake
Jim Cocola
Bob Cronin - VP, Programming
Kristina England - Secretary
Rushelle Frazier
Robert Gill - Treasurer
Carle Johnson
Sam Lalos
Jay Lavelle
Dan Lewis
Anne Marie Lucci - VP, Publicity
Heather Macpherson
Rodger Martin
Laura Menides
Diane Mulligan - Editor, The Worcester Review
Catherine Reed
Joe Reynolds
Robert Steele
Eleanor Vincellette

Following the business meeting we enjoy refreshments and then our guest performer, Tony Brown, entertained us with poetry.
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 2:00 pm
Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room

Congratulations to the Winners!

Manuscript Prize
Andrew Scott Farrar
Marissa Dakin (runner-up)
Travis Norris (runner-up)

Performance Prize
Marrisa Dakin

Visit the 2016 College Contest page for photos.
Thanks to all who came out to support the finalists.
Free People's Workshop: A Reunion Reading
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - Worcester Public Library
photos by Kristina England
Thanks to  Jim Cocola for conceiving of and organizing this event.
April is National Poetry Month - view the official National Poetry Month flyer.
National Poetry Month 2016 has come to a close.

Thanks to everyone who came out to one of the poetry events which the WCPA organized or supported.
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Thanks to everyone who came out for our annual reading of James Joyce's seminal work, Ulysses, in what is affectionately known as Bloomsday.  Whether you read a bit, listened, came for only one stop or marathoned through the entire day we couldn't do it without you.

A big shout out to the host committee, Kristina England, Jay Lavelle, and Anne Marie Lucci.  Special acknowledgement to the business that allowed us to use their space - Annie's Book Stop, Boynton Restaurant, Espress Yourself Cafe, Tatnuck Grille, and Worcester Public Library. 

Here's to next year, when Worcester's Bloomsday turns 22.
Arriving at our first stop with donuts and coffee. #bloomsdayThanks to all 18 ramblers that joined us at the first stop.Thanks to the 13 ramblers that attended our reading of Cyclops at the Worcester Public Library. The Tatnuck Grille crowd. The 9 attendees of the Cascades reading. Thanks to the Greater Worcester Land Trust for surprising us with iced tea and lemonade. Our Annie's Book Stop crowd raising those jars high. Though the Boynton saw only 6 attendees, it was fun and good eats.Final stop of the annual Ramble -  another great turnout for Espress Yourself with 13 attendees.Congrats to our two full day Bloomsday ramblers who made it to all 7 locations - Jay and Rich. Our host Kristina was also here all day so they got to pose with her for a congratulatory photo.
21th Annual Bloomsday Ramble
June 16, 2016 - throughout Worcester
The 2016 Stanley Kunitz Medal Award was presented
to Dan Lewis on Thursday, July 28, 2016 in a
ceremony held at Worcester Historical Museum.

Photos courtesy of Robert Steele and John Gaumond

View the event broadside created by Lea Deschenes.

Visit the Stanley Kunitz Award page for more
information on the history of the award.
Dan Lewis and Mike TrueRev. Catherine ReedRobert Steele
Rodger MartinInaugural Kunitz Medal recipient, Michael True.Pat O'HaraProf. John HodgenRodger Martin bestows the Kunitz Medal on Dan Lewis.Dan LewisPhil and Pat O'HaraRodger Martin with Carol Stockmal.  Carol holds a plaque  recognizing the award receipients which will be displayed at the Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home.
Every celebration needs a cake.
Thank you to everyone who attended the
2016 Winners' Reading for the
WCPA Poetry Contest:
the Frank O'Hara Prize on
Sunday, September 25th.

We heard wonderful poetry from the
winners and from the contest judge,
Henry Walters.

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Eight Annual Gregory Stockmal Reading

We regret that the Q&A talk and poetry reading by
poet Carolyn Forché had to be canceled due to  circumstances beyond te control of Holy Cross or the Worcester County Poetry Association.