Meetings are held at the Beverly Public Library, usually on the third Saturday (except October 2016 and April 2017 this time around), 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 meeting in the Program Room. 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. 17: The poet Donald Hall, an in depth look at his life and poetry, by Jeanette Mease.
Oct. 22: Hauntings, a program centered on the spooky day at the end of the month, by Maryanne Andersen.
Nov. 19: TBA, Cathryn O’Hare. Something about the dreaded winter? or the imagery of winter? I don’t know yet.
Dec. 3: 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. Poems/presents are unsigned. The winner must fess up! And, it’s all in good fun!
January. No meeting, given the likelihood of bad weather.
Feb. 18: Modernism, by Roberta Hung . CANCELLED.
March 18: TBA, by Mary Micelli.
April 22: Celebration of National Poetry Month, with readings by the winners of the Naomi Cherkofsky Contest, followed by Open Mic, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (The 3rd Saturday is the day before Easter, so this is the 4th Saturday.)
May 20: TBA, by Ellie Latewiec and Ray Whittier.
June: Annual Outing. Details to follow
Summer recess: See you in September.