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, March 7, 2019

Poetry and the Arts: A Poetry Reading

WHAT: Poetry and the Arts: A Poetry Reading
Group 18
WHEN: Sunday, March 24:  5 pm.
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton MA
Suggested donation $5-$10.

This first A.P.E.-sponsored poetry reading at 33 Hawley Street will be offered by a group of distinguished Valley poets who have been meeting weekly to respond to each other’s work for over twenty-five years. Readers include Doug Anderson, Bob Coles, Rosalyn Driscoll, Paul Jacobsen, Margaret Lloyd, Henry Lyman, Rich Michelson and Anne Woodhull.

Named affectionately (if not poetically) Group 18 for the number of the home where they first gathered, the group was founded in Northampton in 1986 by Linda Gregg and Jim Finnegan, with Jack Gilbert as one of its original and long-standing mentors.

The anthology Open Field: Poems from Group 18, published in 2011, celebrates the writing of past and present members of the group. Other books by members of the group will be available for purchase following the reading: Rich Michelson, Doug Anderson, Anne Woodhull, Margaret Lloyd, and Rosalyn Driscoll.

The poets will read poems related to various forms of art and performance to honor the three art partners at Hawley Street (Available Potential Enterprises (APE), Northampton Center for the Arts (NCFA), and Northampton Community Television (NCTV). Refreshments will follow the reading.

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