Calliope–Poetry Readings at West Falmouth Library

by web editor on January 28, 2014

Calliope PicSunday, February 9th 3 to 5 PM.

Open Mike Sign-up, 2:45 PM.
$5 suggested donation to fund the poets’ stipend.



Ann Bookman is the author of the chapbook Point of Attachment (Finishing Line Press, 2012).  Her poems have appeared in Larcom Review, Chronogram and other journals.  Ann is an anthropologist and a Senior Research Scientist at the Heller School, Brandeis University and is the author of Starting in our Own Backyards: How working families can build community and survive the new economy (2004) which bridges the worlds of research, policy and activism.  Ann lives in Brookline, MA.

Mark Pawlak is the author of seven poetry collections and the editor of six anthologies.  His latest book is Go to the Pine: Quoddy Journals 2005 – 2010 (Plein Air Edtions/Bootstrap Press, 2012).  His poems have appeared in the anthologies The Best American Poetry, Blood to Remember, American Poets on the Holocaust, among others and in numerous literary magazines.  For more than 33 years, Mark has been an editor of Hanging Loose, one of the oldest independent literary journals and presses.  He teaches mathematics and is Director of Academic Support Programs at UMass Boston and lives in Cambridge.

Susan Elizabeth Sweeney’s collection of poems, Hand Me Down (Finishing Line Press 2013) was a semi-finalist for the 2012 New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition.  Her poems and translations have appeared in The Worcester Review, Diner, The Journal of Irish Literature and elsewhere.  She has been awarded the Frank O’Hara Prize and an American Academy of Poets Prize.  Other publications include essays on detective stories, women’s writing and the works of Vladimir Nabokov.  Beth earned an MFA in poetry and PhD in English from Brown University and teaches American literature and creative writing at the College of the Holy Cross.

Directions:  From Bourne Bridge.  Rt. 28 south to Thomas Landers Road exit, right off ramp to Rt. 28A south (left), about 1 1/2 miles.  Just past Old Dock Rd., on right, West Falmouth Library is on the left, with parking.

From Woods Hole.  Woods Hole Rd. to Palmer Ave. to Rt. 28 north to Brick Kiln Rd. exit, left off the ramp to Rt. 28A (stop sign).  Take a right, and go less than I mile.  West Falmouth Library is on the right, with parking (before the library, across from the Quaker Meeting House)

Calliope’s Craft Workshops are open for registration.  $25 each. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited to 12.

Saturday, January 25th 11AM – 2 PM,  (Only one space available): Susan Donnelly, The Practice of Poetry
Saturday, February 22nd 11AM – 2PM: Patrick Donnelly, How to Be a Good Reader of Your Own Writing. (Open to both poetry and prose writers.)
Saturday, March 22nd 11AM – 2 PM: Jennifer Jean, Impossible Love/Impossible Beauty.

See website for details:, or email:

Calliope’s next reading:  Sunday, March 9th 3 to 5 PM, Open Mike Sign-Up, 2:45 PM.  Featuring—Denise Bergman, James Kates, Lori Desroisers

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