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Western New England Poetry Collection, 1977-2009
6 boxes (3 linear feet)
Collection number: MS 561

Abstract:
Since 2004, the Florence Poets Society has been a hub of the poetry communities in Western Massachusetts, promoting the sharing, reading, and publication of works by its members. The group has sponsored outdoor poetry festivals, poetry slams, and readings and it has encouraged publication of poetry through its annual review, The Silkworm, and through chapbooks of its members.

Established in partnership with Rich Puchalsky and the Florence Poets Society, the Western New England Poetry Collection constitutes an effort to document the vibrant poetry communities in Western New England. The collection includes all forms of poetry, from the written to the spoken word, in all formats, but with a particular emphasis upon locally produced and often difficult to find chapbooks, small press books, unpublished works, and limited run periodicals. The collection is not limited to members of the Florence Poets Society, and additions from poets in Western New England are eagerly welcomed.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Historical Note
The Silkworm, 2007

The Silkworm, 2007

During the summer 2004, Carl Russo and Thomas Clark gathered a group of poets in Florence, Mass., to found the Florence Poets Society. Since that time, the Society has grown in size and significance, becoming a hub of the poetry communities in Western Massachusetts, promoting the sharing, reading, and publication of works by its members.

In the past several years, members of the Florence Poets Society have received grants from the Northampton Arts Council to organize an outdoor Poetry Festival in Northampton (2005-2007), and with additional assistance, they have promoted a successful, on-going Poetry Slam competition (2006- ) and a regular run of other public readings throughout the region. The Society publishes an annual review, The Silkworm, and since 2006 it has sponsored an annual international poetry contest that now receives dozens of submissions from as far away as Australia and the UK. The Society also supports the publication of chapbooks by its members, often working in concert with local publishers such as Slate Roof Press and Turtle Pond Press.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Established in partnership with Rich Puchalsky and the Florence Poets Society, the Western New England Poetry Collection constitutes an effort to document the vibrant poetry communities in Western New England. The collection includes all forms of poetry, from the written to the spoken word, in all formats, but with a particular emphasis upon locally produced and often difficult to find chapbooks, small press books, unpublished works, and limited run periodicals.

The collection is not limited to members of the Florence Poets Society, and additions from poets in Western New England are eagerly welcomed. In the collection inventory, we have included biographical statements for selected poets.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Western New England Poetry Collection (MS 561). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired by gift from Rich Puchalsky and assorted friends and associates of the Florence Poets Society, 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by rsc, 2007-2008.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English.

Contents List
Ayvazian, Andrea



And So Begin (Northampton, Mass.: Turtle Pond Press, 2003).
2003

Box 1:1
The Jesus Poems ([Northampton, Mass.]: Turtle Pond Press, undated).
undated

Box 2:1
Souls Floating By (Northampton, Mass.: Turtle Pond Press, 2004).
2004

Box 1:3
With These Words (Northampton, Mass.: Turtle Pond Press, 2002).
2002

Box 1:4
Bartok-Baratta, Howard



Old New York City Where I Lay My Head (Northampton, Mass.: s.n., Undated).
Undated
CD
Box 2:2
Bell, Jim



Crossing the Bar (Northfield, Mass.: Slate Roof Press, 2005).
2005

Box 2:3
Cahillane, James Francis



A Winter Offering and a Second Collection (Williamsburg, Mass.: Florence Poets Society, 2007).
2007

Box 1:5

Signed by author

Cook, Wanda D.



In That One Place (Greenfield, Mass.: Tribe Press, 2006).
2006

Box 5:5
sirens and incense (S.l.: s.n., 2006). With Larry Kimmel
2006

Box 5:7
Crapo, Trish



Walk Through Paradise Backwards (Northfield, Mass.: Slate Roof Press, 2004). [26p.]
2004

Box 3:4
Denig, Nancy Watkins



hitting home: poems 2004-2006 (s.l.: s.n., ca.2006).
ca.2006

Box 2:5
Moonlit Pillow (Northampton, Mass.: s.n., 2008).
2008

Box 5:1
Sensible Particulars (Florence, Mass.: s.n., 2008).
2008

Box 5:2
Desrosiers, Lori



Masks and Mirrors and Other Poems (S.l.: s.n., 2003).
2003

Box 2:6

Signed by author to Vikki.

More Poems in a Pinch (S.l.: s.n., 2008).
2008

Box 5:3
Three Vanities (Pudding House Publications: Columbus, Ohio, 2009).
2009

Box 5:12

Signed by author on ffep.

Trees Are Not Still (S.l.: s.n., 2007).
2007

Box 2:7

Signed by author on ffep.

Devaney, Kevin



Outstanding Works of Genius Vol. 2 (S.l.: s.n., ca.2005?).
ca.2005?

Box 2:8
Equinox: An Excursion of Stories, Poems, and Essays



Moore, Maureen , ed., Equinox: An Excursion of Stories, Poems, and Essays (Northfield, Mass.: Maureen Moore, 2004), v. 1:1.
2004 Spring


Moore, Maureen , ed., Equinox: An Excursion of Stories, Poems, and Essays (Northfield, Mass.: Maureen Moore, 2004 Sept.), v. 1:2.
2004 Sept.

Box 2:9
Moore, Maureen , ed., Equinox: An Excursion of Stories, Poems, and Essays (Shelburne Falls, Mass.: Ginger Cat Press, 2005 Spring), v.2:1.
2005 Spring

Box 2:10
Moore, Maureen , ed., Equinox: An Excursion of Stories, Poems, and Essays (Shelburne Falls, Mass.: Ginger Cat Press, 2005 Fall), v.2:2.
2005 Fall

Box 2:11
Moore, Maureen , ed., Equinox: An Excursion of Stories, Poems, and Essays (Shelburne Falls, Mass.: Ginger Cat Press, 2006 Spring), v. 3:1.
2006 Spring

Box 2:12
Moore, Maureen , ed., Equinox: An Excursion of Stories, Poems, and Essays (Shelburne Falls, Mass.: Ginger Cat Press, 2006 Fall), v.3:2
2006 Fall

Box 2:13
Faerstein, Howard



Play a Song on the Drums He Said (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Owl's Head Press, 1977).
1977

Box 2:14

New Brooklyn Poets no. 3

Five College Student Poetry Fest



Poems (S.l.: s.n., 2008).
2008

Box 5:13
Gallers, Anita



Care Center Poems (Holyoke, Mass.: The Care Center, 2007).
2007

Box 1:6
Gillett, Michelle



Blinding the Goldfinches (Omaha, Neb.: Backwaters Press, 2005).
2005

Box 3:1
Goodan, Kevin



Thine Embers Fly (Amherst, Mass.: Factory Hollow Press, 2007).
2007

Box 3:2
Gover, Tzivia



Dream House: Poems (Holyoke, Mass.: In Other Words Inc., 2005).
2005

Box 1:7

Art by Joanne Yoshida.

Grossberg, Chaya



The Next Planet (s.l.: s.n., 2006?).
2006?

Box 3:3
Haiku Circle



Nami: An Anthology by the Haiku Poets Society of Western Massachusetts (S.l.: s.n., 2003). Ed. by Wanda Cook and Linda Porter
2003

Box 5:8
Untitled (Northfield, Mass.: Bull Thistle et al., 2008).
2008

Box 5:4
Halm, Sky



Escape Hatch (S.l.: s.n., 2008).
2008


Haug, James



A Plan of How to Catch Amanda: Poems (Amherst, Mass.: Factory Hollow Press, 2007).
2007

Box 3:4
Hoeppner, Bob



Cafe Poetry at Night (Holyoke, Mass.: Avalon Classics, 2004).
2004

Box 3:5
Johnston, Karen G.



Struck Just So: A Collection of Sensual Poems (S.l.: s.n., 2007).
2007 Oct.

Box 3:6
Kimmel, Larry



room on the third floor (S.l.: s.n., 2007). With Wanda Cook
2007

Box 5:6
Langland, Joseph



In the Shell of the Ear and Other Poems (Northampton, Mass.: Hampshire Typothetae, 1977).
1977

Box 3:7
MacFayden, Janet



Janet Cochrane MacFayden was born in Englewood, NJ, but grew up in Williamstown, MA, where he father taught geology. She received an A.B. in geology from Brown University and 14 years later, an MFA in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She lived in Providence, RI; Cambridge and Somerville, MA; Delray Beach, FL; and Amherst, Leverett, and Shutesbury, MA. In her early adulthood she tried many different professions, including soup cook, woodworking, piano tuning, various secretarial jobs, welfare worker, and personnel recruiter. After her MFA, she worked as a freelance writer/editor for many area schools. Later she also worked part-tome for Yankee Environmental Systems, a firm developing meteorological instruments. Her first poetry teacher was Harold Bond in Cambridge, MA; later Susan Mitchell at Florida Atlantic University became an important influence. Workshops with James Tate and Dara Wier all informed her work. [Biographical statement courtesy Slate Roof Press.]

"My poems have always been a way to reach that part of me and the universe that remains hidden. On one level, many of my poems are attempts to reconcile early memories of childhood, the truth of which are now greatly altered by time. On another level, poems connect me with that dark glittering Something that stands outside of human understanding, that Something coming to the forefront in lucid dreams, meditations, and when the pen writes unhindered by the mind."

In Defense of Stones (Sunderland, Mass.: Heatherstone Press, 1995).
1995

Box 3:8

Publishers proof.

Middleton, Susan



Susan Middleton , born 4/18/49 in Cambridge, MA, has lived in Ashfield MA since 1991. She has a BS in Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and since 1986 has worked as a freelance writer and editor of mostly science textbooks. She was one of the six founders of Slate Roof Press, which works collectively to publish chapbooks of its Franklin County members. In her spare time, she leads hikes for the Appalachian Mountain Club, tutors ESL students, and of course writes. [Biographical statement courtesy Slate Roof Press.]

"I was initially drawn to writing poetry because it combines elements of two earlier passions in my life -- music (singing, playing the piano) and visual arts (painting, photography) -- with my love of language. And experimenting as a young adult with various crafts (including pottery and sewing) prepared me in part for the discipline and pleasures of revision. The main focus of my poems has been on nature: nature in its own right, how nature affects me personally and us as human beings (especially as a source of spiritual renewal), and how nature in turn is affected by us. I also draw on nature for metaphors in poems exploring relationships between people."

Seed Case of the Heart (Northfield, Mass.: Slate Roof Press, 2007).
2007

Box 3:9
Moise, Lenelle



Madivinez (S.l.: Lenelle Moise, 2007).
2007
CD
Box 3:10
Nautilus II



Poetry and art by teen mothers studying at The Care Center

Nautilus II (Holyoke, Mass.: The Care Center, 2004), v.2
2004

Box 3:11
Nautilus II (Holyoke, Mass.: The Care Center, 2005), v.3
2005

Box 3:12
Nautilus II (Holyoke, Mass.: The Care Center, 2006), v.4
2006

Box 3:13
Nautilus II (Holyoke, Mass.: The Care Center, 2007), v.5
2007

Box 3:14
Nautilus II (Holyoke, Mass.: The Care Center, 2009), v.7
2009

Box 6:2
Newman, Leslea



Signs of Love (Port Orchard, Wash.: Windstorm Creative, 2008).
2008

Box 5:9
Still Life with Buddy: A Novel Told in Fifty Poems (Radnor, Ohio: Pride Publication, 1997).
1997

Box 5:10
Ogden, Don



With Respect to Peskeomskut (S.l.: s.n., 1994).
1994

Box 4:1
Patlove, Susie



Susie Allen Patlove was born in Boston in 1947 and lived in Hingham, MA until she was twelve, at which time her family moved to Red Bank, NJ. She was educated at Smith College and UC Berkeley, taking a degree from Smith in Chinese History. She has long been a student and practitioner of Zen Buddhism. She has worked at a variety of jobs including nursery school teacher, housecleaner, landscape gardener, editor and bookstore clerk. She now works at the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls. [Biographical statement courtesy Slate Roof Press.]

"For me, writing poetry is a way of divining what lies beneath the surface of things. If I get out of my own way, I have much to learn from the universe. I am always happy if what comes through can resonate with others."

Quickening (Northfield, Mass.: Slate Roof Press, 2007).
2007

Box 4:2
Peck, Charles



Yesterdays Toys (Springfield, Mass.: Galeria, ca.2006).
ca.2006


Phillips, Alex



Under a Paper Trellis (Amherst, Mass.: Factory Hollow Press, 2007).
2007

Box 4:3

2nd printing

Puchalsky, Rich



Doctor of Dead Letters (S.l.: s.n., 2005).
2005

Box 4:4

First printing, signed by author

Shards of Glass (S.l.: s.n., 2000).
2000

Box 4:5

Second printing, signed by author

Sun on the Surface: Poems and Pictures for Children (S.l.: s.n., 2006).
2006

Box 1:8

Signed by author

The Power of Weevils (S.l.: s.n., 2004).
2004

Box 4:6

First printing, signed by author

Richmond, Paul



No Guarantees Adjust and Continue (Greenfield, Mass.: Human Error, 2007).
2007

Box 4:7
Robinson, Martina D.



Before and After (S.l.: s.n., 2009).
Undated

Box 5:16
The September Poems (S.l.: s.n., 2008).
ca.2008

Box 5:17
Set on Freedom, vol. 1: Disability Poems (Mariposa Press: Belchertown, Mass., 2007).
2007

Box 5:18
Set on Freedom, vol. 2: Feminist Poems (Mariposa Press: Belchertown, Mass., 2007).
2007

Box 5:19
Set on Freedom, vol. 3: Queer Poems (Mariposa Press: Belchertown, Mass., 2007).
2007

Box 5:20
Set on Freedom, vol. 4: Person of Faith Poems (Mariposa Press: Belchertown, Mass., 2007).
2007

Box 5:21
Set on Freedom, vol. 5: People of Color Poems (Mariposa Press: Belchertown, Mass., 2007).
2007

Box 5:22
Set on Freedom, vol. 6: American Poems (Mariposa Press: Belchertown, Mass., 2007).
2007

Box 5:23
Words Inspired by the People's Music Network (S.l.: s.n., 2009).
ca.2009

Box 5:24
Schulman, Joel



There Will be a Singing (Northampton, Mass.: South Street Books, 2007).
2007

Box 4:8
Shanahan, Dan



The Lotus Seed Poems (Lotus Seed: Northampton, 2003).
2003
CD
Box 6:1
Silkworm: The Annual Review of the Florence Poets Society



Russo, Carl and Thomas R. Clark, eds., Silkworm 2007: The Annual Review of the Florence Poets Society (Florence, Mass.: Florence Poet' Society Press, 2007).
2007

Box 4:9
Clark, Thomas R. and Carl Russo, eds., Silkworm 4: The Annual Review of the Florence Poets Society (Florence, Mass.: Florence Poet' Society Press, 2010).
2010

Box 6:3
Slate Roof Press



Titles, Fall 2007.
2007

Box 1:9
Stein, Art



blonde red Mustang state trooper (Northfield, Mass.: Slate Roof Press, 2005).
2005

Box 4:10
Svane, Christina



Sonnets to the Unseen and Other Poems (Sebastopol, Calif.: Talking to Tara Press, 2001).
2001

Box 5:11
Terrence, Maureen, ed.



Equinox: An Excursion of Stories, Poems , and Essays (Spring 2004) (Northfield, Mass.: , 2004 Spring).
2004 Spring

Box 4:11
Twilite, Tommy



Amerika (Florence, Mass.: Florence Poet' Society Press, 2006).
2006

Box 4:12
The Hum of Distant Turbines (Florence, Mass.: Florence Poet' Society Press, 2007).
2007

Box 4:13
Light the Nose (Florence, Mass.: Florence Poet' Society Press, 2005).
2005

Box 4:14
Richardson's Milk: Poetry from the Crate (Florence, Mass.: Florence Poet' Society Press, 2007). 38p.
2007

Box 4:15
Son of Richardson's Milk: More Poetry from the Crate (Florence, Mass.: Florence Poet' Society Press, 2007).
2007

Box 4:16
Varney, Laura T.



Love Illusions (S.l.: Lonegoddess Publ., 2005).
2005

Box 4:17
Wlodyka, Linda Bratcher



My Spirited Cameo: Poetry For the Ages (Florence, Mass.: Collective Copies, 2008).
2008

Box 4:18
Voices from the Blue Room (Florence, Mass.: Collective Copies, 2009).
2009

Box 6:4

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Poetry--Massachusetts.

Contributors
  • Florence Poets Society.
  • Puchalsky, Rich.

Genre terms
  • Chapbooks.
  • Periodicals.


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