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 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



October 11, 2015   3 to 5 PM. 

Elizabeth Bradfield

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.  Whether afloat on the Amazon or wandering her home turf of Cape Cod, Bradfield connects her natural surroundings with the most essential of human longings

Jennifer Tseng

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.

Afaa Michael Weaver

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).




  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


  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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