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 Tuesday, February 6, Writers’ Open Studio

8:40-11:30 a.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

Writers are invited to the Athenaeum to work on their own projects.

Tuesday, February 6, Salem Writers’ Group

7:30-9:30 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

Wednesday, February 7, Mercy Outloud Featuring Blaine Hebbel

7-9 p.m., Marcy Tavern, 148 Derby St., Salem

Poet, activist and Ipswich native Blaine Hebbel has published four chapbooks and is founder of Ring of Bone Press. Event also includes an open mic.

Wednesday, February 7, Fred Dewey and Peter Anastas

7:30-9 p.m., Gloucester Writers Center, 126 Main St., Gloucester

Fred Dewey and Peter Anastas.

Thursday, February 8, The Cellar Continues Presents Elizabeth Gordon McKim

7 p.m., The Cellar, Beverly Depot, 10 Park St., Beverly

“The Jazz Poet of Lynn,” Elizabeth Gordon McKim has published five books of poetry, the latest being The Red Thread. She is the Poet Laureate of the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland.

Friday, February 9, Ekphrastic Poetry

7-8:30 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

An evening of writing in response to Quinton Oliver Jones’ paintings, currently on exhibit in the Reading Room and Wendt Room of the Athenaeum.

Tuesday, February 13, Writers’ Open Studio

8:40-11:30 a.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

Writers are invited to the Athenaeum to work on their own projects.

Thursday, February 15, Jim McCoy & The Last Place You Look

7-8:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers

Melrose writer and life coach Jim McCoy speaks on his self-help book The Last Place You Look: A Contrarian’s Guide to Dating and Finding Love.

Friday, February 16, Poetry Open Mic

6:30-7:30  p.m., Cabot Street Books, 272 Cabot St., Beverly

Readings start at 6:30, so arrive early to secure a reading spot. Bring friends, listen to people makeart, have a great low-key Friday night.

Saturday, February 17, Zumi’s Open Mic with Guest Host Marilyn Rea Baer

6-8 p.m., Zumi’s Espresso & Ice Cream, 40 Market St., Ipswich

Bring a poem to share, tell a story, or sing a song. This month’s open mic is guest-hosted by Marilyn Rea Beyer, who has spent a lifetime speaking in public, teaching, and performing poems and stories of her writing heroes such as Poe, Joyce, Bradbury, and Brautigan.

Sunday, February 18, Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes: Joseph Brodsky

2-4 p.m., Marblehead Room, Abbot Public Library, Marblehead

Marblehead poet Claire Keyes leads a discussion of Russian-American poet Joseph Brodsky. Celebrated as the greatest Russian poet of his generation, Brodsky received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987 and served as the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1991-1992.

Tuesday, February 20 Writers’ Open Studio

8:40-11:30 a.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

Writers are invited to the Athenaeum to work on their own projects.

Tuesday, February 20, The Creative Circle

7-8 p.m., Trustees’ Room, Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody

The Creative Circle meets on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss the artistic process and get the creative juices flowing with fun writing prompts for songwriters, poets, and writers alike.

Tuesday, February 20, Salem Writers’ Group

7:30-9:30 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

Sunday, February 25, Gerrit Lansing’s 90th Birthday Celebration

2-3:30 p.m., Gloucester Writers’ Center, 126 East Main St., Gloucester

Monday, February 26, Writing Workshop with Witch City Writers Group

6:30-8:30 p.m., Barnet Gallery, Beverly Public Library, Beverly

Submissions reviewed in advance. $2. Limited to 15 attendees. For more information, click link above.

Tuesday, February 27, Writers’ Open Studio

8:40-11:30 a.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

Writers are invited to the Athenaeum to work on their own projects.

Tuesday, February 27, Poetry Open Mic

6-7:30 p.m., Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St., Amesbury

Featured poet will be followed by a discussion, an open mic and light refreshments. Stephen R. Wagner, Amesbury Poet Laureate, hosts this event.

Tuesday, February 27, Self-Publishing Class

6:30 p.m., Cabot Street Books, 272 Cabot St., Beverly

Amber Newberry and Laurie Moran of FunDead Publications will share their experiences and expertise, acquired through the process of bringing novels, anthologies, and  other projects to print. Meg from Cabot Street Books will be providing a booksellers’ perspective on what kind of book they’d like to see, along with some best practices. $25. Click link above for info. and tickets.

Tuesday, February 27, Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon

7-9 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon is a space to read poetry, yours or others, and discuss everything from the price of tea in China to quantum particles (as long as it relates back to poetry). All styles of poetry are welcome.

Thursday March 1, SSU Writers Series: Michael Casey and Marc Levy, Veteran Writers

7:30-9 p.m., Metro Room, Ellison Campus Center at Salem State University, 1 Meier Drive, Salem

Lowell native Michael Casey was drafted in 1968 and served as a military policeman in Missouri and in Quang Ngai Province in Vietnam. He has written several books including There It Is, published in 2017 by Lowell’s Loom Press. Marc Levy was an infantry medic with the First Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia in 1970. Recent books include How Stevie Nearly Lost the War and Other Postwar Stories; Dreams, Vietnam, and the forthcoming Other Dreams. The evening will also include readings from Salem State’s veteran writers.

Saturday, March 3, Powow River Poets: Juan Matos and Rhina Espaillat

3-4:30, Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St., Newburyport

This event will be a bilingual reading of selections from Worcester poet and educator Juan Matos’ 2017 book The Man Who Left / El hombre que se fue. Matos currently teaches Advanced Placement Spanish Literature and Culture classes at North High School in Worcester, and is a member of the Dominican Cultural House of Worcester. Newburyport poet Rhina Espaillat is well known as a translator of Robert Frost and Richard Wilbur’s poetry into Spanish, and many important and historic Spanish and Latin American Poets into English.

Tuesday, March 6, Writers’ Open Studio

8:40-11:30 a.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

Writers are invited to the Athenaeum to work on their own projects.

Tuesday, March 6, Salem Writers’ Group

7:30-9:30 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

Tuesday, March 13, Writers’ Open Studio

8:40-11:30 a.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

Writers are invited to the Athenaeum to work on their own projects.

Saturday, March 17, North Shore Poets’ Forum

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sohier Room, Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly

Discussion of Irish poetry led by Mary Micelli, followed by workshopping. Bring original poem plus 10 copies to share.

Tuesday, March 20, Writers’ Open Studio

8:40-11:30 a.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

Writers are invited to the Athenaeum to work on their own projects.

Tuesday, March 20, Salem Writers’ Group

7:30-9:30 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

Tuesday, March 27, Writers’ Open Studio

8:40-11:30 a.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

Writers are invited to the Athenaeum to work on their own projects.

Tuesday, March 27, Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon

7-9 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon is a space to read poetry, yours or others, and discuss everything from the price of tea in China to quantum particles (as long as it relates back to poetry). All styles of poetry are welcome.

Thursday, March 29, Get To Know Each Other Through Writing

6:30-8:30 p.m., Fogg Room, Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly

Attendees will awork on the same prompt, writing either a personal essay or poem surrounding the topic. The rest of the meetup will be used for sharing and listening to one another. Click link to register.

Thursday March 29, SSU Writers Series: J.D. Scrimgeour and Oliver de la Paz

7:30-9 p.m., Metro Room, Ellison Campus Center at Salem State University, 1 Meier Drive, Salem

Acclaimed poet Oliver de la Paz, the final judge for this year’s Claire Keyes Poetry Award, will announce the contest winner, and then he will give a reading from his own work. De la Paz is the author of four poetry collections and co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Asian American Poetry. The event also celebrates the release of a new collection of poetry, Lifting the Turtle, from Salem State’s own, Professor J.D. Scrimgeour. He is coordinator of creative writing at Salem State, and created and directs the Salem Poetry Seminar, a free week-long summer program for select student poets at Massachusetts public colleges and universities.

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