Meetings are held at the Beverly Public Library, usually on the third Saturday ), from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Members are asked to bring a little bit of food or a beverage to share (cookies, little sandwiches, cheese, whatever), if we are not meeting in a room in which food is banned. Each meeting will feature 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.
Sept. 16: The Tracy K. Smith, an in depth look, by Jeanette Maese.
Oct. 21: Halloween hauntings, a program centered on the spooky day at the end of the month, by Maggie Harney and Joan George.
Nov. 18: Limericks, by Ray Whittier. Come prepared to rhyme a little ditty….
Dec. 2: Holiday Party, with the whole Mass State Poetry Society. NSPF sponsors the Most Apt Poem contest, which goes to the person who has a poem that best describes the present he/she brought for the Yankee Swap. (Spending limit = $5) Poems/presents are unsigned. The winner must fess up! And, it’s all in good fun!
January- February. No meetings, given the likelihood of bad weather.
March 17: Irish poetry, by Mary Micelli.
April 21: Celebration of National Poetry Month, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, with readings by the winners of the Naomi Cherkofsky Contest, followed by Open Mic .
May 19: TBA, by Cathryn O’Hare
June: Annual Outing. Details to follow
Summer recess: See you in September.