Loring-Greenough House

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Dorothy Derifield

Chapter and Verse is a 20-year-old literary reading series that takes place at the Revolutionary War era Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, a neighborhood of Boston. Three selected writers of fiction or poetry read for the crowd of about 40, followed by refreshments and book signings. Although readers are not paid, the sponsor of Chapter and Verse, Jamaica Pond Poets, purchases a book from each reader and donates it to the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library. Readings are usually the second Friday of each month from October through June.

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Joshua Coben, Martha Collins, Steven Cramer, Joan Houlihan, Amy Hoffman, Frannie Lindsay, Fred Marchant, Ladette Randolph

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The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center

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Katrina Lovett, Director of Media and Events

A series of poetry performances by some of the most intriguing figures in contemporary literature and the arts on the national scene paired with respected voices on the regional scene.

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Mario Susko, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, George Wallace, Dimitris Lyacos, Ellen Bass, Michelle Whittaker, Annabelle Moseley, Luis Alberto Ambroggio

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Uptown Arts Bar

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Jeanette Powers

Poetic Underground is a hot spot for fresh voices and powerful performance poetry. Rotating open mic hosts and a Poetry Slam, Inc accredited slam (PoUnd SLAM on 1st Wed's), along with special events featuring nationally acclaimed poets makes this a stellar spot for spoken word.

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Pages Matam, Deonte Osayande, Jose Faus, Jason Ryberg, Riverfront Emerging Writers Readings, Kansas City Voices magazine release, and many more

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People's Books Cooperative

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Seth Schuster

We are a cooperatively run bookstore located in the heart of Milwaukee, WI. We have hosted authors, poets, theatre performers, musicians and many others over our 7 years as a cooperative and 40 years in business. We are more than a bookstore, where many local organizing and community groups meet, where people teach locally grown classes, and where visiting and touring artists/authors can host an event within a community of open-minded neighbors.

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University of Arizona Poetry Center

Established in 1962, the University of Arizona Poetry Center Reading and Lecture Series presents readings by nationally known poets including Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners, Arizona poets, lectures on poetry and literature, interdisciplinary performances, and outreach events at which writers of all ages share their creative work and are celebrated for their achievements. Our annual Morgan Lucas Schuldt Memorial Reading features emerging and innovative writers. The Hannelore Quander-Rattee Works-in-Translation Reading presents translators of poetry and international poets.

Representative Readers: 

Thomas Sayers Ellis, Natalie Diaz, Eduardo C. Corral, Mary Jo Bang, Cathy Park Hong, Philip Schultz, Craig Santos Perez, Yona Harvey, Zachary Schomburg, Joyelle McSweeney, Fanny Howe, Mary Szybist.

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Kepler's Books

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Nicole Hughes

Peninsula Arts & Letters is the dominant literary and cultural events organization in Silicon Valley. In 2013, the awards-winning events program from Kepler’s Books was transferred into its non-profit partner, Peninsula Arts & Letters. Our non-profit forum offers lectures, panel discussions, on-stage interviews, and educational workshops with the goal of facilitating intellectual discourse and civic engagement around arts, culture, technology, and current events.

Representative Readers: 

Karen Joy Fowler, Andrew Sean Greer, Francis Fukuyama, Rick Riordan, Salman Rushdie, Billy Collins,

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Sweet Sanctum

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Virginia Barrett

When the Moon is new, the Sun and Moon are aligned in the same sign, and a powerful energy portal is opened. New Moons are a great time to set intentions for things you'd like to create, develop, cultivate, make manifest . . . poetry is the perfect way to harness and celebrate this time. Monthly, at the new moon. 7:00pm sign-up, 7:30-9:30pm performances. Mini features each month: 10 minutes for the first 5 performers to sign-up, 3 minutes thereafter. Participating poets will be considered for an anthology

Representative Readers: 

Bobby Coleman, Lyn Davidson, Harold Terezon, Virginia Barrett, Dan Brady

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Newark Arts Alliance

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Dennis Lawson

The Newark Arts Alliance holds an Open Mic night dedicated to Poetry, Prose, and Performance on the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm (except in December). Traditional poetry, spoken word, haiku, experimental verse – all are welcome! Short-shorts and excerpts of fiction and memoir – tell us your stories! A performance piece? Go for it! Join us at the mic, or just come to listen and support the arts. Check out our current exhibition while you’re here. Our emcee Maria Masington will keep the evening rolling. We provide the microphone (and free coffee) – our local artists provide the rest!

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Lorelei Books

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Laura Weeks

Lorelei Books is located in the historic downtown of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The loft apartment above the bookstore accommodates an audience of 20-30 and is ideal for poets who prefer intimate venues.

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Poets such as Julie Kane, Michael Heffernan, Sandra Beasley, Darrell Bourque, and Ann Fisher-Wirth have been featured in the loft reading series or other events coordinated by this poetry-friendly bookstore.

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