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Poetorium @ Starlite Poetry Reading Series Featuring Bill Tremblay & Bill O’Connell

August 31, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Please join us for a special double “Bill” 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, and music starting with a brief interview on stage with our two featured poets Bill Tremblay (Author of Shooting Script: Door of Fire and The Luminous Race Track) & Bill O’Connell (Author of Sakonnet Point and  When We Were All Still Alive) followed by readings by our 2 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. For more information, please contact us at poetorium@mail.com or visit our website at https://poetorium.home.blog/2019/04/29/the-poetorium-at-starlite-2/
Bill Tremblay is an award-winning poet,‭ novelist, teacher, editor, and reviewer whose work has appeared in ten full-length volumes of poetry including Crying in the Cheap Seats [University of Massachusetts Press], The Anarchist Heart [New Rivers Press], Duhamel: Ideas of Order in Little Canada [BOA Editions Ltd.],  Shooting Script: Door of Fire [Eastern Washington University Press]. Hundreds of his poems have appeared in literary magazines and in such anthologies as the Pushcart Prize, The Jazz Poetry Anthology, Best American Poetry, 2003, In 1994, he published his novel, The June Rise {Utah State University Press}, which was widely and favorably reviewed, especially on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” In 2004, his book, Shooting Script: Door of Fire received the Colorado Book Award [2004]. He has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as The Pushcart Prize Anthology and the Corporation at Yaddo. He was a Fulbright visiting Lecturer at Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, .Mr. Tremblay edited Colorado Review for 15 years, and is the recipient of the John F. Stern Distinguished Professor award for his thirty-three years teaching in and directing the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Colorado State University. His latest book is The Luminous Race Track,(2023), poetic memoirs about growing up in his Franco-American working-class family in the mill town of Southbridge, Massachusetts. It is available at www.lynxhousepress.com or order it at your favorite bookstore.

Bill O’Connell has been living in the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts since‭ ‬1984. A retired social worker, he teaches writing at Greenfield Community College and runs a small handyman business. Books of poetry include Sakonnet Point (Plinth Books 2011) & On The Map To Your Life (Dytiscid Press 1992). A new collection, When We Were All Still Alive, is just out from Open Field Press, available from SPDbooks.org.


August 31, 2023
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Paul Szlosek


Starlite Bar and Gallery
39 Hamilton St
Southbridge, MA 01550
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