Many thanks to Lea Banks for circulating the following:
We're back with our regular scheduled program time starring the amazing Amy Dryansky and the equally-amazing Wyn Cooper. On Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 pm, Wyn and Amy will read from their work. Free. Mocha Maya's Coffee House, 47 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370, 413-625-6292. Wheelchair accessible. See http://www.collectedpoets.com for more info.
Amy Dryansky’s poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Orion, The New England Review, Nerve and The Women’s Times. Her first book, How I Got Lost So Close To Home won the New England/New York award from Alice James Books. She’s been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, awarded fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, Villa Montalvo and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She’s also a former Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center at Mt. Holyoke College, where she looked at the impact of motherhood on the work of women poets. Amy’s just completed her second manuscript, Grass Whistle, and a children’s book. She lives in Conway, leads writing workshops in the community and is a consultant and grant writer for arts organizations.
Wyn Cooper has published three books of poems: The Country of Here Below, The Way Back, and Postcards from the Interior, as well as a chapbook, Secret Address. His work appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, Agni, The Southern Review, and more than 60 other magazines. His poems are included in 25 anthologies of contemporary poetry, including The Mercury Reader, Outsiders, and Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms. His new book of poems, Chaos is the New Calm, will be published by BOA in spring 2010.Wyn has taught at the University of Utah, Bennington College, Marlboro College, and at The Frost Place, where he now serves on the advisory board. He is a former editor of Quarterly West, and the recipient of a fellowship from the Ucross Foundation. He lives in Halifax, Vermont, and helps run the Brattleboro Literary Festival.
In 1993, “Fun,” a poem from his first book, was turned into Sheryl Crow’s Grammy-winning song “All I Wanna Do.” He has also co-written songs with David Broza, David Baerwald, and Bill Bottrell. In 2003, Gaff Music released Forty Words for Fear, a CD of songs based on poems and lyrics by Cooper, set to music and sung by the novelist Madison Smartt Bell. The new CD by Bell and Cooper is Postcards Out of the Blue. For more information, music, and photos, go to http://www.myspace.com/bellandcooper or www.wyncooper.com
The Collected Poets Series highlights the work of established and emerging poets. Each event showcases the remarkable local poets of Western Massachusetts and the finest regional, national, and international talent. The series is usually held every first Thursday of the month
Check out our new 2009 series. Happily, the board has chosen all of the poets for 2009. To be considered for the CPS in the future, please see http://www.collectedpoets.com for more information and guidelines.
The rest of the 2008 Series
Dec. 4 — Dzvinia Orlowsky, Jeff Friedman, and Alice Fogel
The 2009 Series
Jan. 8 - Patrick Donnelly, Jeffrey Levine, Art Opening by Liz deNiord: Art + Poetry = Excitation
Feb. 5 - Mary Clare Powell and Diane Lockward
Mar.5 - Nikki Finney, Tara Betts and poets from The Holyoke Care Center for Teen Mothers
Mar.29 - Martha Collins and Lynne Thompson
April 2 - Carey Salerno and Anne Marie Macari
May 7 - Genie Zeiger, Dorianne Laux, and Kerry O'Keefe
June 4 - Two Massachusetts Poet Laureates: Gertrude Halstead of Worcester and Lesléa Newman of Northampton
July 2 - Dara Wier, Lesle Lewis, and Elizabeth Hughey
~ no CPS for August and Sept. ~
Oct. 1 - Patricia Smith and Annie Finch
Nov. 5 - April Ossman, Peter Waldor, and Pamela Stewart
Dec. 3 - Mary Koncel and Kate Greenstreet