The bimonthly Powow River Poets Readings Series, started in 1992, is free and open to the public, and includes an Open Mic. Poetry enthusiasts are urged to attend. Most readings are held on the second Saturday of the month at 3:00 p.m. at the Newburyport Public Library, 94 State Street in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Past readers have featured such eminent poets as former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, X.J. Kennedy, Alicia Stallings, David Ferry, Robert Shaw, and talented newcomers like recent Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize recipient Rose Kelleher.
Recent invited poets included New Criterion Award winner Dan Brown, poet and translator Rachel Hadas, magazine editors and award-winning poets David Yezzi and Joseph Bottum. Other Powow readers include Catherine Tufariello, Josh Mehigan, Mimi White, Catherine Chandler, Ernie Hilbert, Rick Mullin, Nick Balbo, Annie Finch, and other fine poets and friends of the formalist tradition.
The Open Mic is limited to ten poets, so come early to the library to sign up. The time limit is one poem or two minutes, whichever is shorter, so please time your reading when you rehearse.
2017 READINGS SCHEDULE
(All readings are Saturday at 3pm unless otherwise noted)
January 14: Charles Coe and Nancy Bailey-Miller
March 4 : Mimi White and Robert W. Crawford
May 13 : Daniel Waters and Patricia Callan
June 3 : X.J. Kennedy and Barbara Lydecker Crane
Sept. 16: James B. Nicola and Wendy Sloan
Oct. 14: Rhina Espaillat appreciation event
Nov. 18: Michael Juster and Deborah Warren
Contact us for more information on the Powow River Poets.