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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 20 @ 4:30pm
Poets Who Are Artists Artists Who are Poets Open Mic
Art and Poetry by Michel Duncan Merle, Sandy Kocher, Joan Erickson, Barbara Roberts, Dorissa M. Carter and Sotirios Sam E. Lalos
IT Building 2nd Floor, Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA

Thursday, September 21 @ 6:00pm
Louise Bogan Chapter of the Massachusetts State
Poetry Society Monthly Meeting
Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Avenue, Lunenburg

Friday, September 22 @ 7:00pm
Catherine Zebrowski @ Worcester Storytellers
Annie's Book Stop, 65 James Street, Worcester

Saturday, September 23 @ 7:00pm
Carle Johnson features @ The Fourth Saturday Open Mic
Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Street, Worcester

Sunday, September 24 @ 3:00 pm
The Winners’ Reading for the
WCPA Poetry Contest: The Frank O’Hara Prize
Featuring contest judge Lori Desrosiers and the contest winners
First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St, Worcester
Light Refreshments - Open to the Public
View the event flyer

Monday, September 25  @ 7:00pm
The Poetry Room
First Church of Christ, Unitarian, 725 Main St, Lancaster

Tuesday, September 26 @ 7:00pm
bg Thurston @ The Thirsty Lab Poetry Series
The Thirsty Lab, Route 31, Princeton

Tuesday, September 26 @ 5:00pm
Darcie Dennigan @ WPI
Higgins Labs, 100 Institute Road, Worcester

Wednesday, September 27 @ 7:00pm
BeSpoken Poetry
starlite Art Gallery, 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge

Thursday, September 28 @ 3:00pm
A Conversation with Writer Naomi Shihab Nye
about Using Poetry to Break Down Walls
Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester

Thursday, September 28 @ 6:30pm
The Literary Arts Open Mic
Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St, Westboro

Sunday, October 1 @ 3:00pm
Pat Fargnoli & Mark Pawlak @ Del Rossi’s Poetry Series
Del Rossi’s Trattoria, Route 137N, Dublin, NH

Wednesday, October 4 @ 7:00pm
WCPA Board Meeting
Sprinkler Factory- 38 Harlow Street, Worcester.
Upstairs off the main gallery - Open to the Public

Tuesday, October 10 @ 7:30pm
7 Hills Slam presents Tony Brown and a themed slam
Raven Worcester, 258 Pleasant Street, Worcester
No cover; $5 suggested donation

Thursday, October 12 @ 6:30pm
The Literary Arts Open Mic
Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St, Westboro

Wednesday, October 18 @ 7:00pm
9th Annual Gregory Stockmal Reading
featuring Pam Bernard
Clark University, Grace Room,
Higgins University Center, 950 Main Street, Worcester
View the event flyer

Thursday, October 19 @ 7:30pm
Fathers and Daughters: An Evening of Poetry
and Prose With John and Christie Hodgen
Assumption College, Curtis Performance Hall in Tsotsis
Family Academic Center, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester

Highlighted events are either organzied or co-sponsored by the WCPA.

Visit the Planning Calendar for future event dates
Worcester County Poetry Association / PO Box 804, Worcester, MA 01613 / 508-797-4770 /

Worcester County Poetry Association
Established 1971
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The WCPA has produced many fantastic broadsides
over the past 4 decades.  Enjoy these samples
from the WCPA archives.

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

Join us on Sunday, September 24 for the
Winners' Reading where you'll hear from
the winners and the contest judge, Lori Desrosiers.

The reading will run from 3 to 5 pm and will take place at the First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St, Worcester

View the event flyer

Recently several long time supporters of the Worcester County Poetry Association have passed on.  When we learn about such passings we add their names to our Memorial page as a small tribute to the way they, and their words, touched the lives of Worcester county.  We remember Marsha Kunin, Dan Lewis and Byron Menides for all of their contributions, large and small.

Visit our In Memory page for more info.

2017 Presentation of the
Stanley Kunitz Medal
to Carle Johnson

July 27, 2017
Worcester Historical Museum

More photos can be found on the 2017 Archive page.

Save the Date

Wednesday, October 18 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm
9th Annual Gregory Stockmal Reading

Clark University, Grace Room,
Higgins University Center, 950 Main Street, Worcester

featuring Pam Bernard

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Goodard Library,
Clark University, the Gregory Stockmal Fund and
the Worcester County Poetry Association