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Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 4 @ 7:00pm
Scott Woods @ 7 Hills Slam
Open mic, featured poets and poetry slam
New location >>> Lock 50, 50 Water Street, Worcester

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

Thursday, September 8 @ 6:30pm
The Literary Arts Open Mic
Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St, Westboro

Thursday, September 8 @ 7:00pm
Rev. Catherine Reed @ The Street Beat
Book Release for “Sankofa”
WCPA Offices, 1 Ekman Street, Worcester

Thursday, September  15 @ 6:00pm
Louise Bogan Chapter of the Massachusetts State
Poetry Society Monthly Meeting
Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Avenue, Lunenburg

Thursday, September 15 @ 8:00pm
hot spot open mic - poetry, music, performance, etc.
3-5 minute time slots - $3-5 suggested donation
Nine Dot Gallery, 763 Main Street, Worcester

Saturday, September 17 @ 1:00pm
Stanley Kunitz Boyhood Home Summer Writing Series
Embedded Narratives: how a long life lived comes through
the later poems of Stanley Kunitz  with Pam Bernard
Advanced registration required - $20 workshop fee
Additional information available at

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

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

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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