An Update regarding the Stanley Kunitz's
Boyhood Home Summer Writing Series

Carol Stockmal, owner & curator of the Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home, has made the difficult decision to no longer host the Summer Writing Series at her home.  The Worcester County Poetry Association thanks Carol for opening her home to area poets and lovers of poetry as part of the writing series over the past seven seasons.  

The history and persona of the Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home have been a significant draw of each workshop.  That tableau allowed the workshop facilitators and participants to immerse themselves in the work of Stanley Kunitz, working where Stanley may have worked, hearing and breathing and being part of that history.

The Summer Writing Series has always been a partnership between Carol and the WCPA.  With Carol stepping down as host, and the continued uncertainty with social distancing and travel restrictions due to the coronavirus, the WCPA will take some time to reflect and evaluate what options exist for the program in 2020.  We will share an update once the path forward is clear.

"I can scarcely wait till tomorrow
when a new life begins for me,
as it does each day,
as it does every day."
- Stanley Kunitz, "The Round"

Online Poetry Resources

Here are some online resources that will bring a bit of poetry to our lives while we make our way through these uncertain times of pandemic and physical distancing.

Become of member of the WCPA - support poetry in central Masschusetts by joining the WCPA. 

Visit the Worcester Poet Laureate Facebook page to read and listen to his poetry, and check out the poetry news Juan Matos shares

Poetry Breaks - A recent newsletter from The Academy of American Poets shared a link to a series of videos recording in the late 80s/early 90s by creator Leita Luchetti, who co-produced the series with the WGBH New Television Workshops. The academy has worked with Luchetti to make them available to the public. Among the recordings are videos of poetry luminaries as Cyrus Cassells, Thylias Moss, Galway Kinnell, and Worcester-born Stanley Kunitz.

Celebrate National Poetry Month like it's 2017 - The Poetry Foundation made their April 2017 issue of Poetry Magazine available as a free download.  It features 20 new poems from 20 poets.  They also have an app available through iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

Listen to The Duende Project -  take a blend of poetry, rock, funk, jazz, reggae, folk, and whatever else works into something much more than the sum of the parts, that's The Duende Project.  Founded by Worcester-poet Tony Brown and RI composer/musician-extraordinaire Stephen Lanning-Cafaro in 2006, the band now includes Chris O’Donnell and Chris Lawton.  Stream them from your favorite service or buy a track or album at Bandcamp.

Check out the WCPA's broadsheet collection being posted by The Worcester Review on Facebook.  In its 50-year history, the WCPA has hosted readings by poetry greats, and many of those events are remembered through broadsides.  The Worcester Review has been posting a new broadside each Monday over the past year for your enjoyment.  Perhaps Mary Oliver's poem The Snakes would interest you.

While long-running Poets' Asylum reading series ended some time ago, it left behind an archive of videos from readers at their regular open mic and features who visited Worcester.  Visit their YouTube channel to listen to some of Worcester County's finest performance poetry.

Write a poem - need a writing prompt?  There are hundreds of them available online.  Robert Lee Brewer has a weekly writing prompt series with Writer's Digest.  Columbus (OH) poet and organizer Scott Woods has an old-school blog post with many wonderous prompts.  The Poetry Society of the UK has a fantastic page of prompts galore and links to even more prompts.

Announcing the 2020 Recipient of the
WCPA’s Stanley Kunitz Medal

Princeton, Mass. poet and teacher Susan Roney-O'Brien has been chosen to receive the 2020 Stanley Kunitz Medal, which is awarded through a bequest from two-time Poet Laureate of The United States and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Worcester native Stanley Kunitz.  

Additional information on Roney-O'Brien can be found on the Kunitz Award page.

Worcester County Poetry Association
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The WCPA has produced many fantastic broadsides over the past 4 decades.  Enjoy these samples from the WCPA archives.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who made the time to submit to the 2020 WCPA Annual Poetry Contest: The Frank O'Hara Prize.

We received 276 poems from 111 entrants.  While most of the submissions were online,
about 20% we received came via the mail.

All eligible poems are being sent to our contest judge, Doug Holder, this week.  He has until mid-June to make his decisions.  We'll contact the winners once we have his choices.

Best of luck to all those who shared their art with us!

The WCPA plan to host and co-sponsor virtual poetry readings using Zoom while the need for physical distancing continues.  The following events are on our calendar at the moment, and we'll share details for each as they become available.

We are using our Facebook page to list events and help get the word out instead of paper mailings at this time.  We'll continue to use our website as well to list upcoming poetry readings that we know are happening.

Friday, May 22 @ 7:00pm - Heather Tresseler and Virgina Kochan
hosted by  Bedlam Book Cafe
email and put "RSVP 5/22" in the
subject line for the meeting details

Tuesday, May 26 @ 7:00pm - The Thirsty Lab with Kathleen Fagley
email and put "RSVP Thirsty Lab" in
the subject line for the meeting details

Friday, May 29 @ 7:00pm -  Jenith Charpentier and Joe Fusco Jr.
hosted by Bedlam Book Cafe
email and put "RSVP 5/22" in the
subject line for the meeting details