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Upcoming Poetry Events – May 2011

It’s quiet month in May, but what can expect after the loud month April’s National Poetry Month. Below are the happenings for May.

Don’t forget to read the May Poet Talk. It’s available as a PDF by clicking Poet Talk May 2011 PDF or visiting the Poet Talk page above.


Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. – Karla Linn Merrifield reads at First Fridays. Here’s another opportunity for you to hear selections from my newchapbook, The Urn (Finishing LinePress) on at at Greenwood Books, 123 East Ave.,  Rochester, NY. This even is  FREE! For more information, click here.


Saturday, May 7  at 1:30 p.m. – The monthly Just Poets meeting. This meeting will feature Karla Linn Merrifield on “Fun with Forms.” Have you ever tried a piem? Or struggled to make a sestina sing? And what about gronks? The group will explore the myriad forms of poetry available to challenge our poetic skills. There will be a quick review of many well-known forms, such as sonnets and villanelles, and then there’ll be an exploration of the new wave of forms being created. And it’s all to challenge our Just Poets to try different forms or even invent new ones! The meeting will be at our usual meeting place and time at St. John Fisher Campus Center, COP Conference Room (up the stairs to your left) The program starts at 1:30 PM. Following the presentation there will be workshopping of poems until about 4:00 PM. If you want to workshop poems, please bring 12-15 copies of the work. Scheduled leaders for May poetry workshops are Karla Linn Merrifield and Patricia Roth Schwartz.


Tuesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. – The Genesee Reading Series continues to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Writers & Books with a program featuring  Sarah Freligh and Sonja Livingston and with impresario Wanda Schubmehl. For more information, click here.


Thursday, May 12th at 7 p.m. – Martha Treichler will be the featured reader at the Just Poets Reading Series hosted by Ed Scutt. The reading will be held in the upstairs Community Room at the Pittsford Barnes & Noble. It will be followed by an open mic. Bring a poem or two to read and share with your fellow poets and other readers.


Sunday, May 15th at 4:00 p.m. – David Michael Nixon and Claudia M. Stanek will be reading from their work at Books, Etc. on Main Street in Macedon. The reading will include an informal discussion with the audience.


Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. – A Different Path Gallery reading series features John Roche and Kitty Jospé. A Different Path Gallery is located at 27 Market Street in Brockport, NY. For more information, visit here, download this Roche-Jospé Poetry Reading Poster PDF, or come back to this site in a couple of weeks. You can also schedule it on your Facebook calendar by clicking here.


Saturday, June 14 – The Just Poets Annual Picnic. Details to come.



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