Calliope Poetry Series
Readings at Calliope with Driving Directions


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

2013-2014 Season 


May 18, 2014   3 to 5 PM. Open mike sign-up at 2:45 PM.

James Arthur 

James Arthur’s first book, Charms Against Lightning (Copper Canyon Press, 2012) was the Lannan Literary Selection.  His poems have appeared in  The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Brick, Poetry, The New Republic and  The American Poetry Review.  He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Stegner Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, and a residency at the Amy Clampitt House.  James grew up in Toronto and now lives in Baltimore where he teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Audrey Henderson 

Audrey Henderson’s work has appeared in the collection of short stories, Tales to Tell (St. Andrews Press) and in the poetry journals Magma, The Midwest Quarterly, Tar River Poetry and in the 2012 anthology, FutureCycle.  She was a finalist in the 2008 Indiana Review 1/2K Award and was chosen as a Special Merit Poet in the 2009 Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award.  Originally from Scotland, she was a frequent contributor to BBC Radio Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh.  Audrey lives in Jamaica Plain and is a member of the Jamaica Pond Poets.

Sheila Whitehouse

Sheila Whitehouse's poetry collection, Flint and Needle was published in 2006.  Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her poems have appeared in the South Carolina Review, Orphic Lute, the Aurorean and the Cape Cod Poetry Review.  She holds an MFA from Vermont College and ran the Guyer Barn Poets Workshop for twenty years. Happily retired after a long career in public education, she has most recently studied poetry with Mark Doty, Fred Marchant and Terrence Hayes.  Sheila lives in Hyannis, MA.


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

September 15, 2013 October 20, 2013
  Lucile Burt
  Alice Kociemba
  Anne Champion   Alan Smith Soto
  Anna M. Warrock   Ellen Steinbaum

November 17, 2013

January 12, 2014

  Shelby Allen

  Kathleen Aguero

  Susan Nissenbaum-Becker

  Richard Hoffman

  Gary Whited

  Robin Smith-Johnson

February 9, 2014

March 9, 2014

  Ann Bookman

  Denise Bergman

  Mark Pawlak

  Lori Derosiers

  Susan Elizabeth Sweeney

  James Kates

April 6, 2014

May 18, 2014

  John Bonanni

  James Arthur

  Charles Bondhus

  Audrey Henderson

  Chris Hosea

  Sheila Whitehouse



Save a little money on a charming B & B near Falmouth

If you're looking for a place to stay nearby, we recommend the Labyrinth Bed and Breakfast and Massage Studio in Cataumet. It's located about 5 miles from the West Falmouth Library and, if you mention Calliope poetry, you will receive a 10% discount off the regular rate. For more information go to

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).



HomeReadings at Calliope with Driving DirectionsPrevious ReadingsUpcoming Special EventsPoetry Book GroupWorkshopsPhotosMassachusetts Poetry FestivalBuy Our PoetryContact UsEvent RegistrationLinks to Our Friends