Reading Series

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.   


(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

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