Calliope Poetry Series

Calliope: Poetry for Community

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



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 mic sign-up begins at 2:45 PM.

On Feb. 14, Calliope and the West Falmouth Library will present a reading by Danielle Legros Georges (left) and Jennifer Jean to benefit the Falmouth Service Center.

Please Click Here to Learn More About This Special Event

Calliope Poetry Workshops for 2016

Every year, Calliope presents workshops to inspire poets and help them hone their craft. Below are the dates and topics for the 2016 topics.

New Date—Apr. 2: Jump-Start: A Generative Workshop, presented by Alan Feldman.

Feb. 27: Music in Our Lives: A Poetry Workshop, presented by Fred Marchant.

Mar. 12: Choices and Changes: Revision and Critique, presented by Susan Donnelly.

Click here to learn more about all of these workshops. 

"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, including biographical information on our next featured poets, see our Calendar of Events page

Come, become enchanted by Calliope, the Muse of Poetry and Eloquence.

For bookings, email 

 For information about monthly readings or winter craft workshops,
call 508-566-1090 or email 

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