Calliope Poetry Series
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Readings at Calliope


Readings are held monthly, from mid September to mid May (except December) on Sunday afternoons at the West Falmouth Library in West Falmouth, Massachusetts (see map and directions below).

Readings, which feature an ever-changing array of well-known poets followed by an inclusive open mike, run from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, have a $5.00 requested donation (which helps cover the stipend for the three featured readers), and are followed by a reception, including refreshments and an opportunity to meet and talk with the readers, buy their books and have them signed. The open mike sign-up period begins at 2:45 PM.

**Please note that three of the events, September 13, November 8, and February 14, will have NO open mike.**

For more information, contact Alice Kociemba at  calliopepoetryreadings@verizon.net or by phone at 508 566-1090.



Biographies of the Next Readers

 2015-2016  Season 9

September 13, 2015   3 to 5 PM. 

This is a reserved seating event at $25 per ticket. To purchase advance tickets, please go to the Event Registration page.

There will be no open mike.


Mark Doty

“A new book of poems—or of anything—by Mark Doty is good news in a dark time. The precision, daring, scope, elegance of his compassion and of the language in which he embodies it are a reassuring pleasure.” —W. S. Merwin

Praised by the New York Times for his “dazzling, tactile grasp of the world,” Mark Doty is a renowned author of poetry and prose. He is the author of three memoirs: the New York Times-bestselling Dog Years (HarperCollins, 2007), Firebird (1999), and Heaven’s Coast (1997), as well as a book about craft and criticism, The Art of Description: World Into Word, part of the popular “Art of” series published by Graywolf Press. Throughout his writings, he shows special interest in the visual arts, as is evident in his poems and also in his book-length essay, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon (2001). He is currently at work on a memoir that centers on his poetic relationship with Walt Whitman, entitled What Is the Grass.

He is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently Deep Lane (W.W. Norton, 2015), 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. Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems was published in 2008 and won the National Book Award for that year—in their citation, the National Book Award judges wrote, “Elegant, plain-spoken, and unflinching, Mark Doty’s poems in Fire to Fire gently invite us to share their ferocious compassion. With their praise for the world and their fierce accusation, their defiance and applause, they combine grief and glory in a music of crazy excelsis.” Doty is the first American poet to have won Great Britain’s T. S. Eliot Prize, for My Alexandria (1993), which also received both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other collections of poetry include: Turtle, Swan (1987); Atlantis (1995); Sweet Machine (1998); Source (2001); and the critically acclaimed volume, School of the Arts (HarperCollins, 2005).

Former US Poet Laureate Philip Levine remarked, “If it were mine to invent the poet to complete the century of William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens, I would create Mark Doty just as he is, a maker of big, risky, fearless poems in which ordinary human experience becomes music.” And Mary Oliver said: “One of the things that has been constant about Mark Doty’s work, poetry and prose, is his intense search for the exact word or phrase, of whatever issue, which lead him (and us) into the very furnace of meaning within the human story.”

In addition to the National Book Award, Doty has also received two NEA fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award, and the Witter Byner Prize. As the award citation for the last of these noted, “Mark Doty’s poems extend the range of the American lyric.” In 2011 Doty was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Doty is a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, and also teaches in NYU’s low-residency MFA program in Paris.


Lorna Knowles Blake

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.



 

 
  Readers for the Ninth Season


September 13, 2015 (no open mike) October 11, 2015
  Mark Doty
  Elizabeth Bradfield
  Lorna Knowles Blake   Jennifer Tseng

  tickets required

  Afaa Michael Weaver

 

November 8, 2015 (no open mike)

 

January 10, 2016

  Alan Feldman

  Holly Guran

  Mary Kane

  John Hodgen

  Kirun Kapur

  George Kalogeris

  Jennifer Browne Lawrence

February 14, 2016 (no open mike)

  

March 13, 2016

  Jennifer Jean

  Susan Donnelly

  TBA

  Rich Michelson

  fundraiser

  Mary Ellen Redmond

 

April 17, 2016

 

May 15, 2016

  Maggie Cleveland

  Brendan Galvin

  Terry S. Johnson

  Alice Kociemba

  David Surette

  Georgia Popoff



 




How to find the West Falmouth Library

If the map below does not appear, you can get a map and directions by clicking on the following link and using the following address:

575 West Falmouth Highway, West Falmouth, MA 02574

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Or use these directions:

From the Bourne Bridge:
 
Take Route 28 south. Take Brick Kiln Road Exit, bear right off the ramp. Turn right onto Route 28A.  West Falmouth Library is about .5 miles on the right, with parking (across from the Quaker Meeting House).
 
From Woods Hole:
 
Take Route 28 north to Brick Kiln Road exit. Turn left off the ramp. Turn right onto Route 28A.  West Falmouth Library is about .5 miles on the right, with parking (across from the Quaker Meeting House).

From Hyannis:

Take Route 28 north and go about 11 miles to Route 151 west (at Mashpee Rotary). Go about 7.5 miles to Route 28A south. Take a left onto Route 28A south and go about 3.5 miles to West Falmouth Village (past Old Dock Road. and West Falmouth Market). West Falmouth Library is on the left with parking (across from the Quaker Meeting House).
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