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WordXWord Festival :: August 16 - 22, 2015

Sign up for Open Mic, Workshop or Poetry Slam Prelim


Laura Brown-Lavoie, May 30 & 31

WordXWord Pre-Festival Events

Laura Brown-Lavoie, Thomas Fucaloro, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

Free. Feature performances, open mics, poetry slam prelims & workshops.


Laura Brown-Lavoie

May 30, 7P

Laura Brown-Lavoie feature & Open Mic
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield, MA
Free (Sign up for Open Mic, 5/30)

May 31, 6P

Poetry Slam Prelim hosted by Laura Brown-Lavoie
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave, Pittsfield, MA
Free (Sign up to compete in Poetry Slam Prelim, 5/31)

May 31, 2P

Sounding it Out
a writing workshop with Laura Brown-Lavoie
Dottie's Coffee Lounge, 444 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
Free (Preregistration recommended)

In this workshop, we will practice writing directed by sound. There are writers in all genres— poetry, fiction, rap, etc.— who use the kinship between words as a driving force. Sometimes this results in a surreal or nonsensical poem (as in Lewis Carroll); other times rhythm and rhyme guide the composition of some of the sharpest and well-constructed social critique out there. We will listen to some examples and then write together based on a prompt. This workshop is open to writers of all experience-levels.


Providence-based writer and farmer Laura Brown-Lavoie is co-host of the Providence Poetry Slam, Laura was a finalist at the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and a member of the third place 2011 Providence team at the National Poetry Slam. In addition to writing, Laura co-founded and operates Sidewalk Ends Farm and CSA based in a once-vacant city lot.



Thomas Fucaloro, June 27 & 28

June 27, 7P

Thomas Fucaloro feature & Open Mic
The Parlor Cafe, 303 Ashland Ave, North Adams, MA

June 28, 6P

Poetry Slam Prelim hosted by Thomas Fucaloro
87 North Street, North Adams, MA



Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, July 11 & 12

July 11, 7P

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib feature & Open Mic
The Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA

July 12, 6P

Poetry Slam Prelim hosted by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
The Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA



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