Calliope Poetry Series
Readings at Calliope with Driving Directions


Readings at Calliope

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

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

Biographies of the Next Readers


SPECIAL EVENT: September 7:  Mark Doty & Justen Ahren, $20.

**The Mark Doty reading is now sold out. We'd love to see you at our other readings this season.**


September 7, 2014   3 to 5 PM. 

Mark Doty

Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, the latest, Deep Lane, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton.  His collection, Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (2008) won the National Book Award.  He is the only American poet to win Great Britain’s T.S. Eliot Prize.  In addition to the Witter Byner Prize, Mark he has received two NEA Fellowships, a Guggenheim and Rockerfeller Foundation Fellowship and a Lila Walace/Readers Digest Award.  In 2011, he was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. 

Justen Ahren

Justen Ahren, West Tisbury Poet Laureate, is the author of A Strange Catechism (2013).  His poems have appeared in the literary journals, Fulcrum, Texas Poetry Review andComstock Review, among others.  He received his MFA from Emerson College and frequently teaches poetry and writing workshops on Martha’s Vineyard and in Labro, Italy.  He founded and directs the Noepe Center for Literary Arts and the Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency.

Mike Cronin 

Before the reading, pianist, MIke Cronin will play a selection of jazz and Cole Porter classics


  Following are the dates and readers for the eigth season..

October 19, 2014 November 16, 2014
  Nancy Esposito
  Jericho Brown
  David Surette   Jennifer Markell
  Kim Triedman   Frannie Lindsay


January 11, 2015


February 8, 2015

  Kim Baker

  Mark Hart

  JD Scrimgoeur

  Audrey Henderson

  Cammy Thomas

  Jennifer Tseng


March 8, 2015


April 19, 2015

  Danielle Legros Georges

  Marguerite Bouvard

  John Holgerson

  Cynthia Brackett-Vincent

  Sandra Storey



May 10, 2015


June 14, 2015

  Martha Collins

  Barbara Crooker

  Lee Sharkey

  January O'Neill

  Jason Tandon

  Irene Willis



How to find the West Falmouth Library

With some browsers, the map below won't work properly or won't show at all. In such a case, 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 you can use the following 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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