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



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.

On Oct. 11, Calliope will present a reading featuring Afaa Michael Weaver, Jennifer Tseng, and Elizabeth Bradfield.

Afaa Michael Weaver has authored 13 collections of poetry, including The Plum Flower Dance: Poems 1985 to 2005 and The Government of Nature, for which he won the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Born in Baltimore, he worked in a factory for 15 years until 1985, when he received an NEA fellowship in poetry and also entered the graduate writing program at Brown University. He began his teaching career in 1987, and today he is the Alumnae Professor of English at Simmons College in Boston. In addition to the Kingsley Tufts Award, he has received multiple Pushcart prizes, a Pew fellowship, and the May Sarton Award, among others. A student of Chinese culture and language for most of his life, Weaver received the Gold Friendship Medal in 2005 from the Beijing Writers Association for his work with Chinese poets. In 2014, Weaver completed his Plum Flower Trilogy with the publication of his 14th collection of poetry, City of Eternal Spring (University of Pittsburgh Press).

Jennifer Tseng’s first book, The Man With My Face, won the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s National Poetry Manuscript Competition and a PEN American Center Open Book Award. Her second book, Red Flower, White Flower, won the Marick Press Poetry Prize; it features Chinese translations by Mengying Han and Aaron Crippen. Tseng’s debut novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness (Europa Editions 2015), was a finalist for the New England Book Award and has been featured in the Boston Globe, LA Times, Huffington Post, Elle Magazine, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a novel, Woo, the imagined story of her father's life.

Elizabeth Bradfield lives on Cape Cod, works as a naturalist locally as well as on expedition ships, and is currently the poet-in-residence at Brandeis University and on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at University of Alaska Anchorage. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Orion, and elsewhere, and her honors include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and a Bread Loaf scholarship. She is the author of the poetry collections Approaching Ice, Interpretive Work, and most recently, Once Removed (Persea Books, 2015), which continues her ongoing exploration of humans in their natural habitat.  

"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

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