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Slightly Off-beat Poets Presents: An Afternoon with Curtin/ Tremblay/ Szlosek

May 5 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

Our next event is a triple feature in Deb Horan’s backyard! The second Sunday of May is Mother’s Day, so we will be having the event on the first Sunday 5/5/24.

In the event of rain we will move the whole thing to Booklovers’ Gourmet which is just down the street at 72 E Main Street Webster, MA.


WHAT: Slightly Off-beat Poets Presents: An Afternoon with Curt Curtin/ Bill Tremblay/ Paul Szlosek

WHERE: Deb Horan’s Backyard: 15 Eddy St Webster, MA

WHEN: Sunday May 5th, 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/ 30 total guests. To reserve a spot please email: roberteugeneperry@gmail.com

Curt Curtin is a lifelong poet with six full-length poetry collections, three chapbooks, and many individual poems published in anthologies and journals. Curt has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer prize. In 2010 he received the first Frank O’Hara Poetry award from the Worcester County Poetry Association, and in 2019 he won second place in the annual contest of the Connecticut Poetry Society. In 2023 Curt won grants from both the Worcester Arts Council and the Mass Cultural Council to support his work, including translating some of his young adult poetry into Spanish.  Curt taught college English and creative writing for 20 years at Westfield State College, MA, following several years teaching younger students. He has been a featured reader in many poetry venues in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and twice in Ireland. Updates on his poetry can be found at www.curtcurtinpoet.com. Due to Curt’s low vision and other challenges, Curt’s poems will be read by his wife of 43 years, Dee O’Connor.

Bill Tremblay has published ten full-length volumes of poems, two limited edition collections, and a novel, and is also well-known as  librettist, editor and reviewer. During his more than forty years on university faculties, he became a legendary teacher who drew students to Colorado States’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, of which he was director for many years, from all over the continent. He has been honored with the Colorado Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, and publication in Best American Poetry. His work is notable for its muscular music, its clarity, its great feeling for those who suffer or are down-trodden, and its pointed and eloquent critique of the persons, forces and institutions that are its ongoing course. He was recently named by the Town Council of Southbridge MA as it’s first Poet Laureate. Born and raised in Southbridge, BILL TREMBLAY will present readings from his books of poetry which include among others: Crying in the Cheap Seats (U Massachusetts Press), The Anarchist Heart (New Rivers Press) as well as Duhamel: Ideas of Order in Little Canada (BOAEditions, Ltd.), Shooting Script: Door of Fire (Eastern Washington U. Press), Walks Along the Ditch (Lynx House Press) and most recently The Luminous Race Track (Lynx House Press). In 1973, Bill left Amherst with his wife Cynthia and three sons to take a professorship at Colorado State University. During his tenure he has received honors including a Fulbright-Hays Lectureship in Portugal, a National Endowment for the Humanities at NYU, poems in Best Poems (2003) and Pushcart, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, Pushcart Prizes, inclusion in Best American Poems (Scribner’s: NY), the Colorado Book Award (for Shooting Script) and grants from the Corporation at Yaddo and the Mountain Writers Center. He retired from Colorado State University having been awarded the Stern Distinguished Professorship. Bill has just been appointed by the Town Council as the inaugural Poet Laureate of his home town of Southbridge, Massachusetts.

Paul Szlosek, a recipient of the Jacob Knight Award for Poetry in 2001 and the Stanley Kunitz Medal in 2023, was born in Southbridge, Massachusetts, but currently resides in the nearby metropolis of Worcester. He was co-founder and host of the long-running Poet’s Parlor poetry reading in Southbridge and Sturbridge. In May 2019, Paul started a brand new open mic and featured poetry reading series with poet Ron Whittle called The Poetorium at Starlite (also in Southbridge) which closed in March 2020 due to COVID, but reopened in June, 2022 (during the two-year interim, he ran an online print version entitled The Virtual Poetorium which he still occasionally continues under the name The International Imaginarium For Word & Verse). Last year, Paul’s poem “My Mother’s Dreams” made the shortlist for the International Dylan Thomas Day’s “Love the Words” poetry competition. His poetry has appeared in various local & national print & online publications including The Worcester Review, Worcester Magazine, Radius, Sahara, Concrete Wolf, Silkworm, Soul-Lit, and Diner. He’s probably best known in the Central Massachusetts poetry community for his fanatical obsession with obscure poetry forms, and has invented his own including the ziggurat, the streetbeatina, the hodgenelle, the lux, and the singsangsong which he often shares with readers on his poetry blog Paul’s Poetry Play Ground.

Robert Eugene Perry

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