June 22, 2022

Pittsfield: eight poets from seven states to read poetry | Central Berkshires


PITTSFIELD – A poetry reading featuring eight poets from seven states will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 25 at Elm Street Martial Arts, 160 Elm St.

The “8 by 7” poetry reading features Carl Auerbach (New York), Casey Charles (Montana / California), Lisken Van Pelt Dus (Massachusetts), Carla Hagen (Minnesota), Sheila Ronsen (New York), Jamie Ross (New -Mexico)), Robin Scofield (Texas) and LeRoy Sorensen (Minnesota).

This group of poets, who originally met during Poetry Week in San Miguel, Mexico, have been writing together for many years. Two are also accomplished novelists.

Together they have published 16 books and chapbooks, which have received awards including the Four Way Books Intro Prize, the Southwest Book of the Year and a first place at the Midwest Independent Publishers Awards, in addition to finalist and semi-finalist status. in many other contests. Many individual poems by these poets have also been recognized, including the Muriel Craft Bailey Prize, the Edna St. Vincent Millay Prize and a total of 11 Pushcart Prize nominations.

Light refreshments will be available before and after the reading, and a voluntary donation will be made to help cover expenses. Books will also be available for purchase and dedication. Parking is available behind the building and on the street.