Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, Vermont (assisted by New Hampshire Jim Fowler) will host 2nd Saturday Open Mic on Saturday Dec 9 at 1pm, followed by a reading by Pat Fargnoli & Tim Mayo. The Open Mic is held by having poets take turns reading from their works. The poets sit around a table, so there is no need to be nervous about standing in front of a room for newbie poetry readers.
Patricia Fargnoli, from Walpole NH was the New Hampshire Poet Laureate from 2006-2009. She’s published 5 books and 3 chapbooks of poetry and has won The May Swenson Book Award, the Foreword Magazine Silver Book of the Year Award, the NH Literary Award for Poetry and the Sheila Mooton Book Award. Her latest book is Hallowed: New and Selected Poems, Tupelo Press, 2017. She’s published over 300 poems in literary journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, Massachusetts Review, Harvard Review et. al. A Macdowell Fellow and retired social worker she now teaches poetry privately.
Tim Mayo is the author of two full length collections of poetry: The Kingdom of Possibilities (Mayapple Press, 2009) and Thesaurus of Separation (Phoenicia Publishing, 2016), which was a finalist for the 2017 Montaigne Medal and a 2017 poetry category finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award. Among the many places his poems and reviews have appeared are Avatar Review, Barrow Street, Narrative Magazine, Poetry International, Poet Lore, River Styx, Salamander, San Pedro River Review, Tar River Poetry, Web Del Sol Review of Books, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac. He is a six time Pushcart Prize Nominee, twice a finalist for Paumanok Award, and the recipient of two Vermont Writers Fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center. He lives in Brattleboro, VT, where he was a founding member of the Brattleboro Literary Festival and currently works at the Brattleboro Retreat.