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Poetorium @ Starlite Halloween Poetry Reading Featuring Meg Smith, Trisha J. Wooldridge, & Michael McAfee

October 26, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Please join us for a special Halloween-themed triple feature edition of our monthly open mic and featured poetry reading series The Poetorium at Starlite hosted by Paul Szlosek and Ron Whittle. It will be a full evening of poetry & spoken word starting with a brief interview on stage with our three featured poets Meg Smith (Author of Dear Deepest Ghost, & Straw, Feathers, Bones), Trisha J. Wooldridge, (Author of The 27 Kingdoms Fantasy Series), & Michael McAfee (Author of Tarot Poems) followed by readings by our 3 features, a 10-minute tribute to a dead poet by a guest reader, a short intermission, and then an open mic (with 5-minute slots for each reader). Admission is free, but a hat will be passed for donations to pay our features and compensate Starlite for the use of their space. To celebrate Halloween, attendees are encouraged this night to wear masks and/or costumes and read a scary or Halloween-themed poem in the open reading. For more information, please contact us at poetorium@mail.com or visit our WEBSITE.


Meg Smith

Meg Smith is a writer, journalist, dancer, and events producer living in Lowell, Mass. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in The Cafe Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, The Lowell Review, The Horror Zine, Dark Moon Digest, and many more. She is a past board member of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!, a festival honoring Lowell-born writer Jack Kerouac. She created and produces the Edgar Allan Poe Show, celebrating Poe’s presence in Lowell. She is the author of five poetry books and a short fiction collection, The Plague Confessor. WEBSITE

Trisha J. Wooldridge

Trisha J. Wooldridge (child-friendly T.J. Wooldridge) is an award-winning pan-genre, pan-media chaos word and art witch. Find her in the Shirley Jackson Award-winning The Twisted Book of Shadows; some HWA Poetry Showcase volumes; all the NEHW anthologies (that she didn’t edit); and Don’t Turn Out the Lights. Her 27 Kingdoms fantasy series has several books available from New Mythology Press. She also lovingly tortures consenting authors with her editing talents. She spends mystical “free time” with a very patient Husband-of-Awesome; a tiny witch and large witcher kitty pair; a rescued bay gelding; and a matronly calico mare. WEBSITE

Michael McAfee

Michael McAfee, a resident of Millis, MA, has been writing poetry since he was five years old but really didn’t do much with it until he self-published his collection Tarot Poems in 2016. Along the way, he’s written quite a few scripts, both for audio theater and community theater productions. Professionally, he’s a software quality assurance engineer and extrovertedly enjoys talking about projects (anyone’s, really, not just his). He sends a hearty thank you to everyone who’s enjoyed his work so far.


October 26, 2023
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Paul Szlosek


Starlite Bar and Gallery
39 Hamilton St
Southbridge, MA 01550
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