Calliope Poetry Series

Calliope ("Beautiful Voice") -- Muse of Poetry and Eloquence

    "I am your own way of looking at things," she said.

"When you allow me to live with you, every 

glance at the world around you will be a sort of salvation."

-- William Stafford, When I Met My Muse



Renowned Author of Poetry and Prose, Mark Doty to Launch New Season of Calliope Poetry Series

National Book Award–winning poet Mark Doty, praised by the New York Times for his “dazzling, tactile grasp of the world,” will read from his latest book, Deep Lane, on Sept. 13 to launch the ninth season of the Calliope Poetry Series. The event—which will also feature Lorna Knowles Blake, an award-winning poet who teaches creative writing in Brewster and New Orleans—will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the West Falmouth Library.

Deep Lane (W.W. Norton, 2015) is described by its publisher as “a book of descents: into the earth beneath the garden, into the dark substrata of a life. But these poems seek repair, finally, through the possibilities that sustain the speaker above ground: art and ardor, animals and gardens, the pleasure of seeing, the world tuned by the word.” Mark Doty’s other books include Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (2008), which won the National Book Award, and My Alexandria (1993), which received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

The only American poet to win Great Britain’s T.S. Eliot Prize, Doty received two NEA fellowships, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, a Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Award, and the Witner Byner Prize. In 2011, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Doty is the author of three memoirs: the bestselling Dog Years, Firebird, and Heaven’s Coast. He is currently at work on a fourth memoir, What Is the Grass, that centers on his relationship with Walt Whitman.

Lorna Knowles Blake was born in Havana, Cuba and spent her childhood in Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico before coming to the United States for college.  Her collection of poems, Permanent Address, won the Richard Snyder Memorial Award from Ashland University Press.  Work from a new collection has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cortland Review, Literary Imagination, Tampa Review and the Hudson Review. She serves on the editorial board at the journal Barrow Street and divides her time between Cape Cod and New Orleans, where she teaches at the Walker Percy Writing Institute at Loyola University.

This Calliope reading is offered in collaboration with the West Falmouth Library. Tickets for the event cost $25 and can be purchased here, or by check, made out to Calliope, c/o Alice Kociemba, P.O. Box 957, West Falmouth, MA  02574. Please include a contact email or phone so your reservation can be confirmed.

Calliope Poetry Series at the West Falmouth Library


Calliope began as monthly poetry readings in January 2008, with the idea of bringing together well-known and emerging poets from far-flung places, as well as providing an open mike for local poets to read one of their works-in-progress. The West Falmouth Library’s community room, with working fireplace and wonderful acoustics creates an ideal place for poetry. After the three featured poets and open mike, there is a book signing and reception which gives the audience an opportunity to socialize with the poets. Strangers become poet-friends. 

 approximately monthly from mid September to mid May (except December) on Sunday afternoons from 3 PM to 5 PM. For the exact schedule, see our Calendar of Events. The open mike sign-up begins at 2:45 PM.

"Homes for Poems" -- Submitting Poems to Journals

This YouTube video is a recording of Alice Kociemba's presentation to the Cape Cod Branch of the American PEN Women at the Falmouth Art Center: "Homes for Poems" -- guidance an d ideas about sending poems to journals for publication.

The video, which originally aired on Falmouth Community TV and was produced by Marilyn Rowland. 

Interview with Alice Kociemba

In August 2012, the Falmouth Art Center featured the exhibit "Artist's Choice, Poet's Choice." A blog post from 
Notes on the Arts contains an embedded video interview with Alice Kociemba and Suzy Bergman, Executive Director of the Falmouth Artists Guild. Click here to see the article.


For information on dates, times, and directions, see our Calendar of Events
For biographical information on current featured poets, see the 
Our Next Readers page.

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