Calliope Poetry Series
Readings at Calliope with Driving Directions


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 two of the events, November 8 and February 14, will have NO open mike.**

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

Biographies of the Next Readers



February 14, 2016   3 to 5 PM.  (no open mic)

Special Fundraiser, in Collaboration with the West Falmouth Library, to Benefit the Falmouth Service Center

A suggested donation of $20 will go directly to support the community services of the Falmouth Service Center, whose mission is to "ease stress, reduce hunger, and improve the quality of life for our neighbors in needs. Click here to learn more about the Service Center and its efforts. Jennifer Jean and Danielle Legros George will be our featured readers for this special event.

Jennnifer Jean

Jennifer Jean’s debut poetry collection is The Fool (2013); her chapbooks include The Archivist (2011) and In the War (2010). Her poetry and prose have been published in Rattle, Waxwing, Drunken Boat, Tidal Basin Review, Denver Quarterly, Caketrain, Solstice, and Green Mountains Review. Jennifer is Poetry Editor for The Mom Egg Review, Managing Editor of Talking Writing Magazine, Co-director of Morning Garden Artist Retreats, and she teaches Free2Write poetry workshops to sex-trafficking survivors. 


Danielle Legros Georges

Danielle Legros Georges, the current Poet Laureate of the City of Boston, is a professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division of Lesley University. She also teaches in the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences summer Writer’s Workshop, University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her poems have been widely anthologized, and recent essays of hers have appeared in Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences and Writing in America (ed. Abayomi Animashaun), and Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond (eds. Kendahl Radcliffe and Jennifer Scott). She is the author of the volume of poems Maroon. A second book of poems, The Dear Remote Nearness of You, will be published by Barrow Street Press in spring 2016.



  Readers for the Ninth Season

September 13, 2015 (no open mic) 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

  Jenifer Browne Lawrence

February 14, 2016 (no open mic)


March 13, 2016

  Jennifer Jean

  Susan Donnelly

  Danielle Legros Georges

  Rich Michelson


  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



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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