The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, October 25, 2018


N E W   R E L E A S E :   GIRLDOM by Megan Peak

Winner of the 2018 Perugia Press Prize for a first or second book of poetry by a woman


Thursday & Friday, November 1-2
The 2018 Perugia Press Prize winner, Texas poet Megan Peak, will visit the Pioneer Valley to launch her first book, Girldom, in November. Hope you can join us!

Thursday 11/1: Megan Peak will give a poetry reading and Q & A at Westfield State University in the Arno Maris Art Gallery from 3:00-4:30pm.

Thursday 11/1: The Collected Poets Series at Mocha Maya’s Cafe in Shelburne Falls will feature Megan Peak and Jennifer Wallace for a reading at 7:00pm.

Friday 11/2: Iconica Social Club in Northampton will host Perugia Press for a poetry party from 5:30-7:00pm featuring poet Megan Peak and a screening of a documentary short (8 min) by local filmmaker Kate Way about Perugia Press, its poets, and the power of women’s voices and poetry.

* See website for details on these and other events *

"Megan Peak’s Girldom is a breathtaking and necessary book that confronts childhood mythology, sexual consciousness and violence, and the nature of love. In one poem, Peak writes, 'your mouth was full of fields / with horses, all unbound—all crying / their long red sounds,' and in another, '... but the light bulb, / which is my tongue, glows—.' How perfectly these lines capture the experience of reading Peak’s extraordinary poems. Girldom is a powerful debut by a poet who has the sensual, grieving world in her mouth."
                                                                       —Allison Benis White, author of Please Bury Me in This

Megan Peak received her MFA in Poetry from The Ohio State University, where she was poetry editor at The Journal. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Pleiades, Ploughshares, and Verse Daily, among others. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas. Read more about Megan and her poetry at

Read a sample poem and order the book now!

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