Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Featured Writer: Joyce Hayden

Joyce Hayden left her teaching position in the English Department at Westfield State University three years ago to pursue travel, writing, and painting. Since then she's been across the US a couple times, as well as France and Italy. She has published a chapbook of poems, Lost Handprintwith Dandelion Review, held her first one-woman art exhibit at Sean-Christopher Gallery in Columbus, OH, and is now seeking a publisher for her completed memoir, The Out of Body Girl. She writes a weekly Must Reads column at ROAR- Literature and Revolution for Feminist People. See more of her writing and art on her website:

Doors open at 7 - with an Open Mic. If you'd like a chance to read, place your name in the hat up until 7:10. Ten names will be randomly selected. The reading starts at 7:15, and each reader will have five minutes.
Admission is free; participants are encouraged to buy a drink (alcohol and non-alcohol available) and tip well in support of the venue.  
Please join us!
Further information: Beth Filson at
Featured Reader
for July 3 - Jan Maher

Sunday, June 3, 2018

 Co-sponsored by:
Straw Dog Writers Guild and Nan Parati (owner, Elmer's Store and the Inn at Norton Hill)
Featured Reader: Melissa Volker
Melissa Volker's debut novel, Delilah of Sunhats Swans, received a Five Star Review from Reader's Favorites and was praised by Alice Fulton, Guggenheim Fellow Poet, who said, " a charmer, a being blessed with a charisma as mysterious as it is luminous. You won't soon forget her."  It was followed by a collection of short stories and a novella, a life undone. The daughter of a playwright/novelist and a poet, Melissa is a member of the Straw Dog Writer's Guild and recently won the Words and Brushes third collaborative competition with her short story, "Truths," published on She will read from her debut literary novel and her newest shorts collection, Where We Go, copies of which will be available for sale.

Here's how it works: The featured writer reads recent work and describes the journey to publication, followed by Q & A. Then the floor opens to other writers, who read for five minutes each. If you want to read, put your name in the hat before 3:15. 
Hosted by Jane Roy Brown 

Upcoming:  July 1 – Jan Maher

Please email Jane Roy Brown at
Poetry Critique Meet-up is a chance for poets to give and receive immediate constructive feedback on their poems by everyone in attendance.  Learn what is working in your poems, and what may need revision. Contribute your observations to other poets. Be fascinated by the breadth of the written word. 
Poetry Critique Meet-up will happen monthly at Northampton Center for the Arts. After registering, participants will be informed how many copies of their poems to bring. $5 registration fee per session. Space limited to ten. Register early
Poetry Critique Meet-up is a collaboration between Straw Dog Writers Guild and the Northampton Center for the Arts. This program is funded by gifts in memory of Eli Daniel Nemetz Todd, a writer born and raised in Northampton, who died in October 2016 at the age of 23. During and after college, Eli spent three summers working for the Young Writers Workshop, a residential program for high school students run out of the University of Virginia. At the time of his death, Eli was living in Brooklyn, continuing to write, and working as a barista while he contemplated his future. He was considering returning to school for his master's of fine arts. We are pleased to honor his legacy by creating affordable opportunities for members of the community to engage in a diverse series of writing experiences with dedicated and talented instructors.

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