Out Like a Lion: March & April Events

I’m deeply glad spring has arrived with more light and coming green. April is Poetry Month, but after attending the AWP Conference in Seattle earlier this month, I already feel steeped in poetry this March, especially poetry community. I loved the chance to spend time and share space with Perugia poets and all the folks that support our press, my CavanKerry community, and so many writer friends at the AWP bookfair and offsite celebrations.

Reading for CavanKerry Press at Optimism Brewing
With Patricia Smith and Perugia poets Lynne Thompson & Jackie Balderrama
With Perugia poets Jackie Balderrama, Lisbeth White
& Carolina Hotchandani & former Perugia intern
Adrie Rose

With CavanKerry poets Tina Kelley, Kali Lightfoot, Cindy Veach & Tracy Youngblom at Optimism

I’ve got a few readings coming up in the next week, so the end of March and the turn to April is feeling decidedly un-lamb like. As March roars to a close, I hope to see you out and about enjoying the season and, hopefully, some live poetry. First up, I’m thrilled to be reading on Wednesday, March 29 from 6-8pm with fellow local Massachusetts Book Award honorees Martín Espada, Ruth Ozeki, Lesléa Newman, and Gary Metras at Forbes Library in Northampton (and on the Forbes YouTube channel) in a reading hosted by Forbes and the Mass Center for the Book.

Next, I’m the featured poet at the Poetorium at the Starlight Bar & Gallery at 39 Hamilton St. in Southbridge, MA on Thursday, March 30 from 7-10pm. The reading and convo is followed by a tribute to a dead poet (Ursula K. Le Guin read by Sara LeTourneau) and an open mic. Come read with me!

Finally, on Saturday, April 1, to kick off Poetry Month proper, I’ll be reading at an event for the Franklin Land Trust, “Plein Air: Poetry of Nature, Environment, and Place,” with poets Romeo Romero, Abbot Cutler, and Nathan McClain. The event is from 6:30-8 at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center at 53 Main Street in Shelburne Falls.

Happy spring, everyone!

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