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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Sheltering-In: Poems and Poetry Resources


Sheltering-In: Poems and Poetry Resources
List compiled by Northampton Poet Laureate Karen Skolfield

DIGITAL CARE PACKAGE

The Poetry Center at Smith College is putting together digital care packages! Care packages may include poems, essays, recipes, craft projects, and creative prompts – you choose the mix. They will be sent out via email at a date TBD. Click here to sign up!
(or)
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckRQieMD6kHB6jwZ5CUZsg2Xbm73y7GJmmShw3eMv-IBbMhA/viewform


MASS POETRY

Mass Poetry has created a wonderful list of resources for poetry lovers: podcasts, programs, virtual courses, and more.
http://www.masspoetry.org/resources-for-readers-covid19


READ POEMS

The Academy of American Poets has one of the largest poetry databases in existence. Sign up for emails and you’ll get wonderful newsletters that include poems of hope in the pandemic:
https://poets.org

Poetry Foundation / Poetry Magazine. Archive, newsletter, podcasts, audio, and more
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine

Split This Rock’s social justice poetry database
https://www.splitthisrock.org/poetry-database


PODCASTS and AUDIO

A list of 11 stellar poetry podcasts – includes podcasts by the Poetry Foundation, The New Yorker, and more
https://bookriot.com/2016/04/11/11-podcasts-for-poetry-lovers/

Tracy K. Smith, 22nd poet laureate of the United States, has a fabulous poetry podcast
https://www.slowdownshow.org/

The VS podcast, another Poetry Foundation podcast, is worth highlighting thanks to hosts Danez Smith and Franny Choi
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/podcasts/series/142241/vs-podcast

Commonplace podcast with host Rachel Zucker
https://www.commonpodcast.com

“Northampton Public Radio” Host Richard Michelson on WMUA
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlTNk68fC7xWLjLgOkVunO7P3FQfjP_Ir

MoMA – audio poems inspired by and paired with MoMA artwork
https://www.moma.org/audio/playlist/303?fbclid=IwAR16SaBzFfZmCgRMIyHgr5jMOss0TUroEy_kSL6J7l0tDoldUZ-3Gbcxc3U

A new YouTube channel for the Writer’s Almanac of poets reading their work:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUB1jADX8mKmC_lff3R9kVXXZnU2UhSSo&goal=0_c98caf23a9-dab4569005-75274113&mc_cid=dab4569005&mc_eid=240fd59b09


ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Pioneer Valley Writers offers many online workshops that are free or $5. Workshops range from community writing to specialized, advanced workshops. Something for every level of writers and areas of interest.
http://www.pioneervalleywriters.org/winterspring-2020-workshop--class-schedule.html?fbclid=IwAR26Y9C3ii-SU4dejscoOxxpqLZDcHkJ2uHydT_PQ9Oq2fkvSUgHsGRCCP8


ONLINE WRITING RESOURCES, INCLUDING WRITING PROMPTS

Poet Amanda Moore is hosting an online writing retreat with daily prompts:
https://amandapmoore.com/social-distance-writing-retreat

The Florence Poetry Carnival had to fold the tents this year, but they are beginning to move and post online. “Like” the FB page for updates and expect them to come roaring back in person when possible.
https://www.facebook.com/florencepoetrycarnival/?hc_location=ufi

Poets & Writers – lots of resources for writers
https://www.pw.org

Trish Hopkinson’s blog – writing resources, interviews with editors, and more
https://trishhopkinson.com/blog-tour/

Erika Dreifus’s blog – many writing resources
https://www.erikadreifus.com/blogs/practicing-writing/

101 Writing Prompts
https://thinkwritten.com/poetry-prompts/

Writer Rachel McKibbens posts prompts on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/RachelMcKibbens/status/1239630817988694017?fbclid=IwAR3bKt7Czy4MqP5YYzVkNgkyrgplr99nKfiBjQZyd7euY4ePpgtuD0ysilg

100 Best Websites for Writers (2020):
https://thewritelife.com/best-websites-for-writers-2020/


POETRY READINGS ONLINE

Sundress Publications has their Poets in Pajamas series, Sundays at 7 EST. From long before being online was cool (and necessary):
https://www.facebook.com/poetsinpajamas/?ref=gs&__tn__=%2CdK-R-R&eid=ARDzAfg-PugIHLaZqT1GSPiLF4k-w4ZFvyjC-mUeYv-A9YXQLSUx9_PteLJrzV7Nl4UbUqAt_NluTtZ9&fref=gs&dti=505878379539547&hc_location=group

Virtual poetry salon: April 10 at 7 p.m. Mass. poets Jennifer Jean and Eileen Cleary will read.
https://www.facebook.com/events/195558241878260/

One of the (many) readings that had to be cancelled was this locally driven collaboration of art and poetry in response to the “Overlooked” series at The New York Times. The art and poems are now online:
http://www.lappingriver.com/look-again/?fbclid=IwAR0QassX1GZmBVvjJfZ5JvN8i5ozsewFLzUmHRy4MASDGcuZORgZx2-LtEw#ana

Wednesday Night Poetry has a virtual open mic
https://www.facebook.com/events/1856301307885019/

Hidden Timber Books (WI) is hosting small-press authors
https://hiddentimberbooks.com



POEM-A-DAY

Academy of American Poets
https://poets.org/poem-a-day

Poetry Daily
https://poems.com

Verse Daily
http://www.versedaily.org

The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor sends a daily newsletter that includes a poem and fascinating “on this day” synopses. You can sign up for the newsletter here:
http://www.garrisonkeillor.com/contact/?goal=0_c98caf23a9-f7a648f2c8-75274113&mc_cid=f7a648f2c8&mc_eid=240fd59b09

The Poetry Center at Smith College sends a poem a week; sign up here:
https://smith.us11.list-manage.com/subscribe/post?u=e3e416a22304aee138ae22fce&id=0e684cf75c


OTHER POETRY RESOURCES:

COVID-19 Resources for poets and poetry organizations
https://poets.org/text/covid-19-resources-poets-and-poetry-organizations

LOCAL PRESSES

Perugia Press is offering deeply discounted books in April. Shelter in with a new one!
https://www.perugiapress.com/wp/

Human Error Publishing
https://www.humanerrorpublishing.com

Attack Bear Press
https://www.attackbearpress.com

Slate Roof Press
https://www.slateroofpress.com

Slope Editions
http://www.slopeeditions.org

Tupelo Press
https://www.tupelopress.org


A SAMPLING OF ONLINE JOURNALS

Best of the Net Anthology (Sundress Publications)
http://www.sundresspublications.com/bestof/

The Adroit Journal
https://theadroitjournal.org/issue-thirty-two

Guernica Magazine
https://www.guernicamag.com

Muzzle Magazine
https://www.muzzlemagazine.com

Sixth Finch
http://sixthfinch.com

Tupelo Quarterly
http://www.tupeloquarterly.com

Waxwing
http://waxwingmag.org


AND WHEN IT’S TIME TO VENTURE OUT AGAIN:

Poetry readings and workshops are great places to connect with other writers. Poet Lori Desrosiers maintains a wonderful calendar of events which you may subscribe to:
https://poetrynewswestmass.com

Amherst College LitFest (usually Feb/March)
https://www.amherst.edu/amherst-story/literary-amherst/litfest

Juniper Summer Writing Series
https://juniperinstitute.umasscreate.net

Amherst Poetry Festival (September)
https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/apf/

Greenfield Annual Word Fest
https://gawfest.org/Pages/Writers.html

Spoken word stage – Garlic & Arts Fest (October)
https://garlicandarts.org/entertainment-and-activities/spoken-word-stage/

Amherst College Creative Writing Center events
https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/english/cwc/events

Smith College Poetry Center
https://www.smith.edu/academics/poetry-center

UMass Visiting Writers Series
https://www.umass.edu/englishmfa/visiting-writers-series

Collected Poets Series, Shelburne Falls. Monthly.
https://collectedpoets.org

Florence Poets Society – monthly meetings, including poem sharing
http://www.florencepoets.com

Straw Dog Writers Guild – workshops! Readings! More! Northampton and beyond.
http://www.strawdogwriters.org

Warrior Writers – workshops and other programming for military veterans
https://www.warriorwriters.org/index.html

Amherst Writers & Artists workshops:
https://amherstwriters.org/#!map

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