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



May 15, 2016   1 to 4 PM (no open mic)

Calliope: Poetry for Community will conclude its ninth season with a special reading and reception at the West Falmouth Library featuring poets Brendan Galvin, Georgia Popoff, and Calliope's founding director, Alice Kociemba. The event will begin at 1 PM with a reception/reading to celebrate the launch of Alice's new book, Bourne Bridge. This will be followed by readings from Brendan (whose collection of new and selected poems was a National Book Award finalist) and Georgia, the managing editor of The Comstock Review (which marks its 30th anniversary this year). The reading will run until 3 PM and be followed by a book signing.

 Brendan Galvin is the author of sixteen collections of poems, including Habitat: New and Selected Poems 1965-2005 (LSU Press), a finalist for the National Book Award, and The Air's Accomplices (LSU Press, 2015), a collection of new poems. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA fellowships, the Sotheby Prize of the Arvon Foundation (England), the Iowa Poetry Prize, and Poetry’s Levinson Prize, as well as the first OB Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library. He has been Wyndham Robertson Visiting Writer in Residence in the MA program at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia; Coal Royalty Distinguished Writer in Residence in the MFA program at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; visiting writer at Connecticut College; and Whichard chairholder in the Humanities at East Carolina University. He lives in Truro, Massachusetts.  



Alice Kociemba is the founding director of Calliope: Poetry for Community, which seeks to foster and celebrate community through poetry readings, workshops, and discussion groups. She served as guest editor of the 2015 and 2016 editions of Common Threads, the poetry discussion project of Mass Poetry, and is the first poet to receive a Literacy Award from the Cape Cod Council of the International Reading Association for her role in promoting literacy through poetry. Her poems have appeared in various publications, including Cape Cod Poetry Review, Salamander, and Atlanta Review, which gave an International Merit Award to her poem “Death of Teaticket Hardware” (the title poem of her first chapbook). Her new book, Bourne Bridge, was published by Turning Point Press in 2016. “Bourne Bridge reckons with evanescence,” wrote poet Fred Marchant. “In their sculpted syntax, honed images, and lyric grace, these poems reveal an abiding buoyancy of spirit.” She lives and works as a psychotherapist in Falmouth, Massachusetts.



Georgia Popoff is a board member of the Comstock Writers Group and the managing editor of the group’s literary journal, The Comstock Review. She is the author of several poetry collections, including Coaxing Nectar from Longing (Hale Mary Press, 1997), The Doom Weaver (Main Street Rag, 2008), and Psalter: The Agnostic’s Book of Common Curiosities (Tiger Bark Press, 2015). She also co-authored, with Quaraysh Ali Lansana, Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy, and Social Justice in Classroom and Community, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for excellence in instructional literature. She lives in Syracuse, New York, and is a faculty member and the workshops coordinator of the Downtown Writer's Center (the Syracuse, NY, chapter of the YMCA Writers Voice).





  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

  Henry Lyman

  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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