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Slightly Off-beat Poets

June 9 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

WHAT: Slightly Off-beat Poets Presents: Irena Kaçi & Janet Aalfs

WHERE: Betsy’s Backyard Stage 185 Arvidson Road Woodstock, CT

WHEN: Sunday June 9th, 2024 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WHAT HAPPENS: Our feature poets of the month will each read for 15 minutes. Then we will take a quick break for book sales, snacks and the raffle before starting the open mic. Open mic will be round robin, one poem at a time until 4 PM.

COST: There will be a 50/50 raffle, split between the feature and the winner. 5$ to enter.

SIGN-UPS: There is room for 20 poets/ 40 total guests. To reserve a spot please email: roberteugeneperry@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: 185 Arvidson Road is a dirt road. GPS will send you to ways: If you come off Roseland Park Road (right near Roseland Park) onto Arvidson it will begin as paved and a sign will tell you when the pavement ends. Just stay to the right and 185 is about 1/2 mile up on the right side.

If it sends you up Child Hill Rd, you will make a left onto Arvidson dirt road and it will be less than a 1/4 mile on the left.

PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON STREET! Pull in the driveway and you can park on the grass along the edge or pull all the way around. Plenty of parking!


Irena Kaçi is a poet and writer living in Worcester, MA with her spouse and two children.  Her poem “Onions” placed 3rd in the 2023 O’Hara Prize contest and her work has appeared in the Worcester Review, Atticus Review and 45 online Journal. Irena’s work touches on themes of parenting, immigration, and longing. She is currently working on putting together her first chapbook.

Janet E. Aalfs, poet, performing artist, and movement educator, is a feminist social justice arts activist who has been sharing her work locally, nationally, and internationally for 45+ years. Former poet laureate of Northampton, MA (2003-2005), Jian Mei branch chief instructor of Tai Chi and Qigong, and 8th degree black belt, Janet is founder and director of Lotus Peace Arts at Heron’s Bridge/Valley Women’s Martial Arts, Easthampton, MA, a non-profit community school since 1977. Among other awards, she is the recipient of the Leadership and Advocacy in the Arts Award, University of Massachusetts, 2013. Janet’s writing has been widely published, including 3 full-length poetry collections, most recently What the Dead Want Me to Know from Human Error Publishing, several chapbooks, and in journals, anthologies, and online. She enjoys performing poetic martial arts based movement pieces that she calls Poemotion©.


Robert Eugene Perry

Betsy’s Backyard Stage

185 Arvidson Road
Woodstock, MA 06281 United States
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