Calliope Poetry Series
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Readings at Calliope

Readings are held approximately monthly, from mid September to mid May (except December) on Sunday afternoons. See below for the exact schedule. The readings are held at the West Falmouth Library in West Falmouth, Massachusetts (for map and directions, see below).

Readings, which feature an ever-changing array of well-known poets followed by an inclusive open mike, run from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, have a $5.00 requested donation (which helps cover the stipend for the three featured readers), and are followed by a reception, including refreshments and an opportunity to meet and talk with the readers, buy their books and have them signed. The open mike sign-up period begins at 2:45 PM.

For more information, contact Alice Kociemba at or by phone at 508 566-1090.

Biographies of the Next Readers


Season 8

November 16, 2014   3 to 5 PM. 

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown’s latest poetry collection, The New Testament, was recently published by Copper Canyon Press (2014).  His first book, Please (New Issues, 2008) won the 2009 American Book Award.  His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, The New Republic and The Best American Poetry.  He is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Bunting Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, and a Whiting Writer’s Award.  He also received two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland.  Jericho grew up in Louisiana and earned his Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta.


Frannie Lindsay

Frannie Lindsay’s fourth volume of poetry, Our Vanishing, was released from Red Hen Press in 2014 as the Benjamin Saltman Award winner.  Her other three books are  Mayweed (The Word Works), Lamb (Perugia Press), and Where She Always Was (Utah State University Press).  In 2008 she was chosen as the winner of The Missouri Review Prize in poetry.  Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry of 2014, The Atlantic Monthly, The Yale Review, The Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, and in many other journals.  In addition, Frannie’s poems have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, A Writer’s Almanac and Ted Kooser’s column, American Life in Poetry.  She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  Frannie lives in Belmont, MA. and is a classical pianist.

Jennifer Markell

Jennifer Markell’s first book of poetry, Samsara, was published in 2014 by the Turning Point imprint of WordTech Communications.  She is also the author of an award-winning chapbook, Leaving the Green Elm Market.  Her poems have been published in The Atlanta Review, Consequence, The Hawaii Pacific Review, Rhino and in The Aurorean, where she was the featured poet.  Her poetry also was published in Poetry from Sojourner, A Feminist Anthology and has been displayed at Boston City Hall.  She was selected to read her work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  A member of the Jamaica Pond Poets, Jennifer works as a psychotherapist with a special interest in therapeutic uses of writing.


  Following are the dates and readers for the eigth season..

October 19, 2014 November 16, 2014
  Nancy Esposito
  Jericho Brown
  David Surette   Frannie Lindsay
  Kim Triedman   Jennifer Markell


January 11, 2015


February 8, 2015

  Kim Baker

  Mark Hart

  JD Scrimgoeur

  Audrey Henderson

  Cammy Thomas

  Jennifer Tseng


March 8, 2015


April 19, 2015

  Danielle Legros Georges

  Marguerite Bouvard

  John Holgerson

  Cynthia Brackett-Vincent

  Sandra Storey



May 10, 2015


June 14, 2015

  Martha Collins

  Barbara Crooker

  Lee Sharkey

  January O'Neill

  Jason Tandon

  Irene Willis



How to find the West Falmouth Library

With some browsers, the map below won't work properly or won't show at all. In such a case, you can get a map and directions by clicking on the following link and using the following address:

575 West Falmouth Highway, West Falmouth, MA 02574



Or you can use the following directions:

From the Bourne Bridge:
Take Route 28 south. Take Brick Kiln Road Exit, bear right off the ramp. Turn right onto Route 28A.  West Falmouth Library is about .5 miles on the right, with parking (across from the Quaker Meeting House).
From Woods Hole:
Take Route 28 north to Brick Kiln Road exit. Turn left off the ramp. Turn right onto Route 28A.  West Falmouth Library is about .5 miles on the right, with parking (across from the Quaker Meeting House).

From Hyannis:

Take Route 28 north and go about 11 miles to Route 151 west (at Mashpee Rotary). Go about 7.5 miles to Route 28A south. Take a left onto Route 28A south and go about 3.5 miles to West Falmouth Village (past Old Dock Road. and West Falmouth Market). West Falmouth Library is on the left with parking (across from the Quaker Meeting House).



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