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Thursday, September 22 @ 6:30pm
The Literary Arts Open Mic
Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St, Westboro

Thursday , September 22 @ 7:00 pm
The Heart Aroused - Fall edition
The HeartWell Institute, 1015 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA
Free with a suggested donation of $10 to support HeartWell

Friday, September 23 @ 7:00pm
Jennifer Martelli and Kevin Carey @ Worcester Storytellers
Annie's Book Stop, 65 James Street, Worcester

Saturday, September 24 @ 7:00pm
Christian Reifsteck @ The Fourth Saturday Open Mic
Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Street, Worcester

Sunday, September 25 @ 2:00pm
WCPA Annual Poetry Contest: The Frank O’Hara Prize
Winner’s Reading
Featuring readings by the winning poets
and contest judge Henry Walters
First Unitarian Church, 90 Main Street, Worcester
View the event flyer

Sunday, September 25 @ 7:00pm
7 Hills presents Rachel Wiley
Open mic and featured reader
Lock 50, 50 Water Street, Worcester
Special date - view the flyer

Monday, September 26 @ 7:00pm
The Poetry Room
The Parlor, First Church, 725 Main Street, Lancaster
New reading - view the flyer

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

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

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

Thursday, September 29 @ 4:00pm
Martin Espada @ WPI
Salisbury Labs 305, 100 Institute Road, Worcester

Wednesday, October 5 @ 7:00pm
WCPA Board Meeting
WCPA Office, 1 Ekman Street, Worcester
Open to the Public

Thursday, October 13 @ 6:30pm
The Literary Arts Open Mic
Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St, Westboro

Thursday, October 13 @ 7:00pm
Marissa Dakin @ The Street Beat
Marissa is the winner of the WCPA’s 2016 college poetry contest
WCPA Offices, 1 Ekman Street, Worcester

Sunday, October 16 @ 2:00pm
Ann Marie Meltzer and Open Mic
Murdock--Whitney House, 151 Front Street, Winchendon
$2 for GALA members; $3 for non-members

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Worcester County Poetry Association / 1 Ekman Street, Worcester, MA 01607 / 508-797-4770 /

Worcester County Poetry Association
Established 1971
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Congratulations to the winners of the WCPA Poetry Contest:
the Frank O'Hara Prize!!!

Heather Treseler - first place

Janet Shainheit - second place
Barbara Ungar - third place

Honorable Mentions
Judith Robbins - Leone Scanlon
Rhett Watts - John Garton

An awards ceremony, and reading from judge Henry Walters, will take place on Sunday, September 25th.  The event will be held in the Bancroft Room at the
First Unitarian Church (90 Main Street, Worcester).
It will begin at 2:00 pm and is open to the public.

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

View the event broadside created by Lea Deschenes.

Visit the Stanley Kunitz Award page for more
information on the history of the award.
Rev. Catherine ReedRodger MartinInaugural Kunitz Medal recipient, Michael True.Pat O'HaraProf. John HodgenRodger Martin bestows the Kunitz Medal on Dan Lewis.Dan LewisPhil and Pat O'Hara
Remembering Lynda Johnson
1935 - 2016

wife, friend, teacher, editor
and supporter of poetry

read more on our Memorial page

Eighth Annual Gregory Stockmal Reading
Thursday, November 10

featuring Carolyn Forché

Photo courtesy of Blue Flower Arts

Q&A on the Writer's Craft - 3:30 pm
Reading - 7:30 pm

Locations to be announced
at the College of the Holy Cross
1 College Street, Worcester.

Co-sponsored with the Gregory Stockmal Fund, the Worcester County Poetry Association and the  McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture at the College of the Holy Cross.