WCPA Annual Meeting and Board Elections
February 10, 2018

2018-2019 WCPA Board

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

View the broadside of guest poet Jenith Charpentier's poem, Mortal and Pestle.  Thank you to Sou for the broadside design.

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

On February 10, 2018, we 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.  Thanks to everyone who attended.

The following WCPA members were elected to the board 2018-2019 Board of Director:
Guest Poet:  Jenith Charpentier
We've partnered with Square for our online store.
Support WCPA


Wondering when your WCPA Membership expires? 
Contact us!
Photos by Robert Steele

The Nominees

Rachel Del Río, of Anna Maria College and Chelsea, MA

Isabella Camasura, of Assumption College and Bristol, CT

Alexandra Larkin, of College of the Holy Cross and Riverside, CT

Jessica Hoops, of Clark University and East Hampton, CT

Mia Pare, of Fitchburg State University and Leominster, MA

Jess Locke, of WPI and Georgetown, MA
Rushelle Frazier
Heather Macpherson

Congratulations to the winners of the
2018 College Poetry Contest Reading

Jessica Hoops - Runner-up Manuscript Prize.

Jess Locke - Winner Manuscript Prize
and  Performance Prize

Contest Chair
Craig Blais
Anna Maria College
April was once again National Poetry Month

The WCPA  presented or co-sponsored a number
of events in honor of National Poetry Month. 
Thanks to everyone who joined us for one of our events.

April 8 - College Poetry Contest Reading
Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester

April 11 - Common Threads discussion group
WCPA Office @ 38 Harlow Street, Worcester

Apirl 22 - In Just / Spring Poetry Reading
Tower Hill Botanical Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston

April 24 - David Thoreen @ The Thirsty Lab Poetry Series
The Thirsty Lab, Route 31, Princeton

April 25 - Common Threads discussion group
WCPA Office @ 38 Harlow Street, Worcester

Aril 28 - Gary Hoare @ The Fourth Saturday Open Mic
Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Street, Worcester
Saturday June 16
On Saturday, June 16th the Worcester County Poetry Association celebrated Bloomsday with our twenty-third annual Worcester Ramble. This year we welcomed dozens of readers at six stops between Worcester and West Boylston. 

The WCPA is thankful to the following locations that allowed us to read on their property or at their establishments...

City of Worcester
  Bancroft Tower
  Institute Park
  Worcester Public Library @ Salem Square
The Wonder Bar
O'Connor's Restaurant
The Old Stone Church

In 2019 Bloomsday will be on Sunday, June 15.  We hope to see you then.
Visit the Bloomsday 2018 page to view pictures from our 23rd Annual Ramble.
Congratulations to Judith Ferrara
Winner of the 2018
Stanley Kunitz Medal

Presented on Thursday, July 26, 2018
at the Worcester Historical Museum
30 Elm Street, Worcester

View the event broadside

The WCPA wishes to thank Bob Cronin
for his 5-years of service on the
Stanley Kunitz Award Committee.
Bob has decided to step down.

Photos courtesty of John Gaumond and Bob Gill.
Judy Ferrara displays the artwork by Gary Hoare that appears on the broadside commemorating the 2018 Stanley Kunitz Medal.  

Rodger Martin, MC for the evening, looks on.Judy Ferrara and award committee chair Rodger Martin.Judy Ferrara with the Stanley Kunitz Award committee.

From left to right - Rodger Martin, Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, Judy Ferrara, Kent Ljungquist, Bob Cronin, and John Hodgen.Bill Wallace, Executive Director at Worcester Historical Museum, welcomes attendees.Judy Ferrara addresses the audience after receiving the Stanley Kunitz Medal.Beth Sweeney and John Hodgen.The WCPA thanks Carol Stockmal for providing a celebratory cake each year for the event.Mark Wagner provided music before, and after, the ceremony.Bob Gill wrangled the refreshments again this year.Carol Stockmal, Judy Ferrara, and Rodger Martin hold a plaque listing the four winners of the Stanley Kunitz Award.

The plaque is displayed at the Kunitz Boyhood Home, which Carol curates.Bill Wallace with Monica ElefterionAnne Marie Luccie and Judy FerraraCarl Johnson, the 2017 Kunitz Medal recipient with Judy Ferrara, the 2018 recipient.
WCPA Annual Poetry Contest
Winners' Reading: The Frank O'Hara Prize

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 3:00 to 5:00 pm

First Unitarian Church, 90 Main Street, Worcester

Featuring readings by the contest judge, Regie Gibson,
and the 2018 contest winners.

Congratulations to the 2018 Winners

First Place - Jeff Walt
The World is Ending on the East Coast

Second Place - Nicole DiCello
Electra 101

Third Place - Malt Schlitzman
This Rage Dies with Me

Honorable Mention - Michael Morlock
Speak of the Moment

Photos courtesy of John Gaumond

View the event flyer
A Tale of Two Cities, Worcester - USA & UK

On Friday, September 28th, the WCPA hosted "A Tale of Two Cities, Worcester - USA & UK" reading at the Sprinkler Factory (38 Harlow Street, Worcester)  It is the end product of a collaboration between poets from Worcestershire, England, and the Worcester County Poetry Association.

In addition to some of the US poets involved we were pleased to have Brian Evans-Jones, a former Poet Laureate of Hampshire, England join us to read the work of the British poets involved.

Thanks to Robert Steele and Bob Gill for sharing these photos from the event.
Gathering before the reading.Gathering before the reading.The stage at the Sprinkler Factory, our venue for the evening.Brian Evans-Jones and Victor Infante chat before the reading.Tony BrownBrian Evans-JonesSylva Boyadjian-Haddad Clair DegutisJennifer FreedClaire Mowbray GoldingVictor InfanteEvent host, Rodger Martin.  Rodger was also the WCPA organizer for the collaboration.Michael MilliganKyle PotvinEve RifkahSusan Roney-O’BrienBeth SweeneyPaul SzlosekAngel Gonzalez and Victor Infante catch up after the event.
10th Annual Gregory Stockmal Reading
Wednesday, October 24
7:30 - 9:00 pm

featuring Eleanor Wilner

Assumption College, Curtis Hall Auditorium,
Tsotsis Family Academic Center,
500 Salisbury Street, Worcester

view the event flyer

Co-sponsored by the Assumption College Department of English, the Gregory Stockmal Fund and the Worcester County Poetry Association.

The event flyer for the 2018 Gregory Stockmal Reading (design by Lea Deschenes)David Thoreen, of Assumption College, welcoming attendeesJohn Hodgen, of Assumption College, introduced our featured reader, Eleanor Wilner.Eleanor Wilner
Eleanor Wilner with Carol StockmalEleanor Wilner discusses one of her books with an attendeeEleanor Wilner chats with John Hodgen after the readingCarol Stockmalk, Eleanor Wilner, and event organizer Susan Roney-O'Brien

A Recitation from Memory of T.S. Eliot's

Four Quartets

performed by actor and poet John Farrell
artistic director and founder of
Figures of Speech Theatre

Thursday, November 8 @ 7:00 pm
College of the Holy Cross, Smith Hall,
Rehm Library, 1 College Street, Worcester

View the event flyer

Co-sponsored by Arts Transcending Borders at  the
College of the Holy Cross and the WCPA

Photos courtesy of John Gaumond