Calliope Poetry Series

  Calliope ("beautiful voice") The Muse of Poetry and Eloquence

"I am your own way of looking at things.  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, go to the Calendar of Events page. The open mike sign-up begins at 2:45 PM.

Recogizing a need for poets serious about learning elements of their craft, Calliope began its winter series of Craft Workshops in January, 2011. Each workshop is led by a senior poet who teaches specific aspects of craft. In a careful examination of memorable, published poems, lessons about craft are illustrated. Topics and instructors change monthly from December through March. This is not a critique workshop of one's own poems,  but an in-depth exploration of how excellent poems are constructed. Topics have included: use of sound, contemporary forms, moving poems about relationship from the personal to the universal, lineation, the lyric narrative, finding one's poetic voice, ekphrastic poems, and other topics.

The Craft Workshops meet in the Lower Activity Room of the West Falmouth Library on a Saturday,from 11 AM to 2:00 PM. The fee is modest for the workshops which are limited in size, and participants leave with an improved knowledge of how excellent poetry is created that will deepen their own writing. For more information on the workshops, go to the Workshops page.

Calliope's Poetry Readings and Craft Workshops provide a community for poets. 


This is a YouTube video  that  will air on Falmouth Community TV, "Homes for Poems" a taped video of my doing a program for the Cape Cod Branch of the American PEN Women, entitled "Homes for Poems."  It was a presentation on sending off poems to journals.  Marilyn Rowland is the producer.  

Watch this video

Take a look at this You Tube video of Alice Kociemba talking about the Calliope-sponsored Poetry Craft Workshops.

Read this article

There's an article from the blog Notes on the Arts that discusses the exhibit of "Artists Choice --Poets Choice" that ran in August of 2012 at the Falmouth Art Center. The blog contains an embedded video interview with Alice Kociemba and Suzy Bergman, the Executive Director of the Falmouth Artists Guild. Click here to see the article.



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

Come, become enchanted by Calliope, the Muse of Poetry and Eloquence. for bookings
  Alice Kociemba (508-566-1090) for information.


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