WCPA Annual Meeting and Board Elections
March 19, 2017

2017-2018 WCPA Board

Craig Blais
Norman Chaplin
Jim Cocola
Bob Cronin
Kristina England - Secretary
Rushelle Frazier - President
Bob Gill - Treasurer
Carle Johnson
Mila Keaton - VP, Publicity
Anne Marie Lucci
Heather Macpherson
Sou MacMillan
Rodger Martin
Diane Mulligan - Editor, The Worcester Review
Catherine Reed
Joseph Reynolds
Robert Steele

Following the business meeting we enjoy refreshments and then our guest performer, Lulu Hawkes, entertained us with her poetry.  Thank you to all who attended.

Download the 2017 Annual Report   Post-event Press coverage

Worcester County Poetry Association
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Rushelle Frazier welcomed our 2016 annual contest winner, Heather Treseler, who opened the WCPA annual meeting with a poem.  After brief remarks the minutes from the 2016 meeting, the 2016 treasurer's report and The Worcester Review were delivered.  Board elections followed with the following members elected to the board.  The business meeting was then adjorned.
Guest Poet:  Lulu Hawkes
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Photos by Robert Steele

Congratulations to the winners of the
2017 WCPA College Poetry Contest

Manuscript Prize
Julie de Oliveira - winner
Carmellite Chamblin - honorable mention

Performance Prize
Rheannon Swire - winner
Morgan DeAngelis - honorable mention

The reading was held on Sunday, April 2, 2017
in the Saxe Room at Worcester Public Library
(3 Salem Square, Worcester)

Visit the 2017 College Poetry Contest page
for finalist bios and more photos.

22nd Annual Bloomsday Ramble
June 16, 2017

Telegram & Gazette article about the event

Thanks to everyone who joined organizers Kristina England,
Jay Lavelle and Heather Macpherson throughout the day. 

You can find more photos, along with 2017 location info, our the Bloomsday 2017 page.

We hope to see you next year.

2017 Presentation of the
Stanley Kunitz Medal
to Carle Johnson

July 27, 2017
Worcester Historical Museum

Photos courtesy of John Gaumond.
In addition to honoring Carle Johnson the event included a small tribute to Dan Lewis, who passed on July 19, 2017.

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

The Winners' Reading was held on Sunday,
September 24 where we heard from the winners
and the contest judge, Lori Desrosiers.

Thanks to the First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St, Worcester, for hosting us once again and to all
the volunteers who made the event possible.

View the event flyer

Host Bob Gill.Poet Jennifer Freed, our third place receiptent.Local poet Tony Brown, covered the work of our second place receiptent, Jeff Walt.Bob Gill with first place winner, Richard Fox.Bob Gill with first place winner, Richard Fox.You have to have an audience shot.2017 contest judge, Lori Desrosiers.2017 contest judge, Lori Desrosiers.Phil and Pat O'Hara with the 2017 Frank O'Hara Prize winners, and readers.

Thank you to those who attended the
9th Annual Gregory Stockmal Reading
which was held on Wednesday, October 18
at Clark University and featured Pam Bernard.

The annual Gregory Stockmal Reading
continues the efforts of Greg Stockmal to
honor American poet Stanley Kunitz
and his legacy in Worcester.

The event was co-sponsored by the Friends of the
Goddard Library, Clark University, the Gregory
Stockmal Fund and the Worcester County
Poetry Association.

Pam Bernard with Carol StockmalGwen Arthur, Marcia Stech, feature reader Pam Bernard, and Fordyce Williams.  Gwen, Marcia and Fordyce are on staff at Clark University's Goddard Library.WCPA board member Bob Gill read a poem by Stanley Kunitz.Susan Roney-O'Brien, a friend of our featured reader, introduced Pam Bernard.Before the reading Pam Bernard, Carol Stockmal and members of the board gathered for dinner.Before the reading Pam Bernard, Carol Stockmal and members of the board gathered for dinner.
Thanks to John Gaumond
for the event photos.
A few photos that we found during our office move.
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.
Recall These Words
a reading of remembrance

Sunday, November 5 - 2 to 4 pm

The Sprinkler Factory
38 Harlow Street, Worcester