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Word Up Next

Word Up Next is a listing of writers’ events in Salem and nearby towns. Want to add something to the calendar? Email [email protected]

Wednesday, March 15, 6-7:30 p.m.

Book Signing with Julie Lekstrom Himes, Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant St., Marblehead

Julie Lekstrom Himes will be at the bookstore to sign copies of her new book, “Mikhail and Margarita.”

Saturday, March 18, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Book Signing with Sean Stellato, Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant St., Marblehead

Sean Stellato will be at the bookstore to sign copies of “No Backing Down: The Inspirational Story of the 1994 Salem High School Football Team.”

Saturday, March 18, 10 .m. – 3 p.m.

Scribbler’s Ink Prompt-Writing Workshop, Nahant

Join us for a day of practice writing where you will write in response to prompts designed to awaken your lost or hibernating creative voice through a series of tools and exercises. $80 includes workshop, catered lunch, snacks and beverages. www.scribblersink.com

Saturday, March 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Book Signing with Kendra Levin, Cabot Street Books & Cards, 272 Cabot St., Beverly

Kendra Levin is a certified life coach for writers, as well as a children’s book editor, teacher, and writer. She will be signing copies of her newest release, “The Hero is You: Sharpen Your Focus, Conquer Your Demons, and Become the Writer You Were Born to Be.”

Saturday, March 18, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

North Shore Poets’ Forum: Topic TBA, Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex. St., Beverly

Each meeting of the North Shore Poets’ Forum features a presentation on a poet, movement or form that should be of general interest to members. After the program, members are encouraged to bring an original poem and six to 10 copies for members to offer gentle critique. For more information, visit nspoetsforum.wordpress.com.

Sunday, March 19, 2-4 p.m.

Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes on Claudia Rankine, Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead

Please join Marblehead poet and Salem State University Professor Emerita Claire Keyes for a lively discussion of poet Claudia Rankine.

Monday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Witch City Writers Group Writing Workshop, $2, Fogg Room, Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly

Please note: This workshop is limited to 12 people, and writers are chosen in advance to receive feedback. Visit www.meetup.com/Witch-City-Writers-Group/events/ to register. $2.

Monday, March 20, 7-8 p.m.

82 Main Poetry Series: J.D. Scrimgeour and Cindy Veach, Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody

The Peabody Institute Library and Mass Poetry have partnered to host of series of monthly poetry readings in the library’s historic Sutton Room. Writer J.D. Scrimgeour, whose personal essays and poetry often focus on class and education, serves as coordinator of Salem State’s Creative Writing program. Poet Cindy Veach’s debut collection, “Gloved Against Blood,” will be published this fall.

Tuesday, March 21, 8:40-11:30 a.m.

Writers’ Open Studio, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

The Athenaeum opens exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

Tuesday, March 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Salem Writers’ Group, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

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, and meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month.

Monday, March 27, 7-10 p.m.

Blue Room Sessions Open Mic Featuring Tom Miller, White Rose Coffeehouse, 56 Central Square, Lynn

Tom Miller is a poet and voice artist whose work has appeared in a variety of journals. Signup begins at 7 for open mic: spoken word and acoustic performers welcomed.

Tuesday, March 28, 8:40-11:30 a.m.

Writers’ Open Studio, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

The Athenaeum opens exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

Tuesday, March 28, 7-9 p.m.

Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month upstairs in the Salem Athenaeum. “The Pipe” 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.

Tuesday, March 28, 7:30-9 p.m.

Salem State Writers Series: John D’Agata, The Underground, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St., North Campus, Salem State University

American essayist John D’Agata has spent two decades exploring the essay through a series of innovative, informative and expansive anthologies. D’Agata directs the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, where he also teaches creative writing.

Friday, March 31, 6-8 p.m.

‘Night in New Orleans’ Launch Party, Cabot Street Books & Cards, 272 Cabot St., Beverly

Join FunDead Publications for the launch of “Night in New Orleans: Bizarre Beats from the Big Easy.” Enjoy wine and snacks while celebrating the release of the latest FunDead Publications creation, an anthology of short stories set in New Orleans.

Sunday, April 2, 2-4 p.m.

Favorite Poems, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

Inspired by Robert Pinsky’s Favorite Poem Project, the Athenaeum Writing Committee is hosting a Favorite Poem reading to celebrate National Poetry Month. You don’t need to bring a poem to attend, just your ears. The event is free and open to the public. Please direct queries to J.D. Scrimgeour ([email protected]).

Monday, April 3, 7-8 p.m.

82 Main Poetry Series: Moira Linehan and Mary Pinard , Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody

The Peabody Institute Library and Mass Poetry have partnered to host of series of monthly poetry readings in the library’s historic Sutton Room. Moira Linehan has authored two collections, one chronicling the loss of her husband, the other her battle with breast cancer. Mary Pinard’s “Portal” explores a story of familial loss and its environmental echo.

Tuesday, April 4, 8:40-11:30 a.m.

Writers’ Open Studio, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

The Athenaeum opens exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m.

Author Talk: Don Kaplan, Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead

Author Don Kaplan discusses his book, “The Devil’s Jury.”

Tuesday, April 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Salem Writers’ Group, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

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, and meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month.

Wednesday, April 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Witch City Writers Group Writing Workshop, $2, Second Floor, Beverly Historical Society, 117 Cabot St., Beverly

Please note: This workshop is limited to 15 people, and writers are chosen in advance to receive feedback. Visit www.meetup.com/Witch-City-Writers-Group/events/ to register. $2.

Wednesday, April 5, 7-8 p.m.

Get to Know the Festival Poets: Louise Gluck, Second Floor, Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody

In conjunction with the Mass Poetry Festival (Salem, May 5-7), poet and Pine Manor College Prof. Jennifer Jean is leading a four-week discussion series exploring the work of four festival poets. This week’s poet, Louise Gluck, won the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry for her collection “Faithful and Virtuous Night.”

Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m.

Wyrd: A Horror Reading Event, Koto, 90 Washington St.

Live readings from authors of horror and dark fiction. The venue is also a full service bar/restaraunt which offers Sushi and Asian cuisine. Featured authors: Douglas Wynne, Glenn Rolfe, Matthew Bartlett, Tony Tremblay, Amber Newberry Izzo, Kevin Lewis, Curtis M. Lawson

Tuesday, April 11, 8:40-11:30 a.m.

Writers’ Open Studio, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

The Athenaeum opens exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

Wednesday, April 12, 7-8 p.m.

Get to Know the Festival Poets: Kazim Ali, Second Floor, Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody

In conjunction with the Mass Poetry Festival (Salem, May 5-7), poet and Pine Manor College Prof. Jennifer Jean is leading a four-week discussion series exploring the work of four festival poets. This week’s writer, Kazim Ali, is a poet, novelist, essayist and professor at Oberlin College and the University of Southern Maine.

Wednesday, April 12, 7-9 p.m.

What’s Your Story: The Art of Memoir Author Panel, $20, King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead

Authors Dave Roper, Nina Sankovitch and Eva Salzman will discuss their publishing journeys followed by an open Q&A session. There will also be an amazing selection of wines and local artisan cheeses to enjoy!

Wednesday, April 12, 7:30-9 p.m.

Salem State Writers Series: Perry Glasser, Viking Hall Room 123, Central Campus, Salem State University, 71C Loring Ave.

Emeritus Prof. Perry Glasser is an award-winning, frequently anthologized memoirist, novelist, and short fiction writer. He has been a contributing editor of the North American Review since 1994.

Tuesday, April 18, 8:40-11:30 a.m.

Writers’ Open Studio, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

The Athenaeum opens exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

Tuesday, April 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Salem Writers’ Group, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

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, and meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month.

Wednesday, April 19, 7-8 p.m.

Get to Know the Festival Poets: Rigoberto Gonzales, Second Floor, Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody

In conjunction with the Mass Poetry Festival (Salem, May 5-7), poet and Pine Manor College Prof. Jennifer Jean is leading a four-week discussion series exploring the work of four festival poets. This week’s writer, Rigoberto Gonzalez, has authored four books of poetry and is the recipient of several awards , including the American Book Award and the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.

Thursday, April 20, 7:30-9 p.m.

Salem State University Annual Graduate Student Reading, Martin Luther King, Jr., Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus, 1 Meier Drive

This reading spotlights students in SSU’s graduate writing program, who are some of the North Shore’s up-and-coming writers. Among the readers will be students completing their masters theses including Joe McGurn, Jessica Tower, and Marianne Curcio, as well as Soundings East editors M.P. Carver and Cathy Fahey.

Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

North Shore Poets’ Forum, Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex. St., Beverly

Celebration of National Poetry Month, with readings by the winners of the Naomi Cherkofsky Contest, followed by Open Mic. For more information, visit nspoetsforum.wordpress.com.

Monday, April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Witch City Writers Group Writing Workshop, $2, Fogg Room, Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly

Please note: This workshop is limited to 12 people, and writers are chosen in advance to receive feedback. Visit www.meetup.com/Witch-City-Writers-Group/events/ to register. $2.

Tuesday, April 25, 8:40-11:30 a.m.

Writers’ Open Studio, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

The Athenaeum opens exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

Tuesday, April 25, 7-9 p.m.

Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month upstairs in the Salem Athenaeum. “The Pipe” 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.

Wednesday, April 26, 7-8 p.m.

Get to Know the Festival Poets: Cornelius Eady Second Floor, Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody

In conjunction with the Mass Poetry Festival (Salem, May 5-7), poet and Pine Manor College Prof. Jennifer Jean is leading a four-week discussion series exploring the work of four festival poets. This week’s writer, Cornelius Eady, is the author of eight books of poetry and co-founder of Cave Canem, a summer workshop/retreat for African American poets.

Thursday, April 27, 7-8:30 p.m.

Young Adult Writing for All Ages (week 1 of 5), $70, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

In this 5-week course, we’ll discuss the basics of YA writing, story elements, character development, and achieving the right tone for your audience. Matt Phillion, author of the YA series The Indestructibles, will be the instructor. $70, contact [email protected] for registration information.

Tuesday, May 2, 8:40-11:30 a.m.

Writers’ Open Studio, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

The Athenaeum opens exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

Thursday, May 4, 7-8:30 p.m.

Young Adult Writing for All Ages (week 2 of 5), $70, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

In this 5-week course, we’ll discuss the basics of YA writing, story elements, character development, and achieving the right tone for your audience. Matt Phillion, author of the YA series The Indestructibles, will be the instructor. $70, contact [email protected] for registration information.

Friday, May 5 – Sunday, May 7, all day

Mass Poetry Festival, multiple locations, Salem

The 9th Massachusetts Poetry Festival celebrates the state’s lively contemporary poetry scene. For full details visit www.masspoetry.org.

Tuesday, May 9, 8:40-11:30 a.m.

Writers’ Open Studio, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

The Athenaeum opens exclusively for writers to work in a serene environment. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and leave the distractions at the door.

Thursday, May 11, 7-8:30 p.m.

Young Adult Writing for All Ages (week 3 of 5), $70, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

In this 5-week course, we’ll discuss the basics of YA writing, story elements, character development, and achieving the right tone for your audience. Matt Phillion, author of the YA series The Indestructibles, will be the instructor. $70, contact [email protected] for registration information.

Monday, May 15, 7-8 p.m.

82 Main Poetry Series: Open Mic, Sutton Room, Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody

Please bring your original poems to share!

Tuesday, May 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Salem Writers’ Group, Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St.

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, and meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month.

 

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