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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 22 @ 7:00pm
Black Voices: Worcester with Ashley Wonder
Nine Dot Gallery, 763 Main Street, Worcester
Sponsored by the WCPA

Wednesday, March 22 @ 7:00pm
BeSpoken Poetry
starlite Art Gallery, 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge

Thursday, March 23 @ 6:30pm
The Literary Arts Open Mic
Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman St, Westboro

Thursday, March 23 @ 7:00pm
PFLAG Fundraiser featuring Jenith Charpentier and James Grace
Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, 124 Millbury Street, Worcester

Friday, March 24 @ 7:00pm
Diane Mulligan @ Worcester Storytellers
Annie's Book Stop, 65 James Street, Worcester

Saturday, March 25 @ 7:00pm
Bruno Lieto @ The Fourth Saturday Open Mic
Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Street, Worcester

Sunday, March 26 @ 3:00pm
Poetry at Del Rossi’s with
Tim Mayo and Maura MacNeil
Del Rossi’s Trattoria, Route 137N, Dublin, NH

Monday, March 27 @ 7:00pm
Free Peoples Artists Workshop
Annie’s Book Stop, 65 James Street, Worcester

Monday, March 28 @ 7:00pm
The Poetry Room
First Church of Christ, Unitarian, 725 Main St, Lancaster

Tuesday, March 28 @ 7:00pm
Paul Szlosek @ The Thirsty Lab Poetry Series
The Thirsty Lab, Route 31, Princeton

Tuesday, March 28 @ 8:00pm (rescheduled from 3/14)
7 Hills Slam presents Queen G and Jaded Hearts Slam
Raven Worcester, 258 Pleasant Street, Worcester
No cover; $5 suggested donation

Sunday, April 2 @ 1:00pm
WSU Kick-off for National Poetry Month
Featuring Jackie Morrill, Paul Slzosek and Heather Macpherson
Worcester State University, Student Center, Fallon Room
486 Chandler St, Worcester
Open to the Public

Sunday, April 2 @ 2:00pm
WCPA College Poetry Contest Reading
Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room, 3 Salem Street, Worcester

Sunday, April 2 @ 2:00pm
Judith Robbins reads from The North End, a collection of poems
Annie’s Book Stop, 65 James Street, Worcester

Sunday, April 2 @ 2:00pm
Poetry & Song Performance by Louise Ina-Hetzler
Westborough Public Library, 55 West Main Street, Westborough

Sunday, April 2 @ 3:00pm
Illustrated Haiku Workshop with Louise Ina-Hetzler
Westborough Public Library, 55 West Main Street, Westborough

Wednesday, April 5 @ 10:30am
Objects Can Tell Stories - Poetry Writing Workshop
Facilitated by Jennifer Freed
Northborough Public Library, 34 Main Street, Northborough

Wednesday, April 5 @ 7:00pm
WCPA Board Meeting
Worcester State University, Administration Building A-201
486 Chandler St, Worcester
Open to the Public

Friday, April 7 @ 6:00pm
Ginsberg Green: a program in three parts
Writers Fair, Networking, Lecture, Music
view the event flyer
partial proceeds with benefit the WCPA
Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St, Worcester

Saturday, April 8 @ 7:30pm
2nd Annual Women of Worcester Concert
With 11 local musicians and 3 spoken word artists
Including Ashley Wonder, Jenith Charpentier and Rushelle Frazier
Fiddler’s Green, 19 Temple Street, Worcester
Tickets $20

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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Submissions are open for the
The WCPA Annual Poetry Contest: 
The Frank O'Hara Prize!

Contest Judge:  Lori Desrosiers

2017 Contest Chairs:  Robert Steele and Bob Gill

Please read Contest Guidelines and Who Is Eligible?
on the Contest Page before submitting.

Submissions can also be mailed to our PO Box. 
Details can be found on the contest flyer or contest page. Submissions must be submitted online or
postmarked by April 1, 2017.
Please join us for the
10th Annual College Poetry Competition Finalists' Reading

Sunday, April 2 @ 2:00pm
Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room
3 Salem St, Worcester

Students compete for a cash award and a one-year WCPA membership in each category. The winning entry for the Manuscript Prize will be published in the Fall 2017 WCPA literary journal, The Worcester Review.
Help Wanted -- Volunteer Board Member

The WCPA is looking for members who are interested in joining the working board of the Association.  You will  support local poetry, help with the work that makes our many events come to life and learn more about how the organization is run.  We are looking for active contributors.

The commitment is for one year and a minimum of 2 hours per month.  If you are interested please send an email to so we can chat.