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

June 14, 2015   3 to 5 PM. 

Barbara Crooker

Barbara Crooker is the author of six books of poetry, including Radiance, which won the Word Press First Book Award, Line Dance, winner of the 2009 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence, More (2010), Gold (2013), Small Rain (2014) and Barbara Crooker: Selected Poems (2015). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Beloit Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Poetry International and in many anthologies, including Good Poems for Hard Times (Garrison Keillor, editor).  Barbara is the recipient of an array of awards, fellowships and residencies, some of which are: the 2007 Pen and Brush Poetry Prize and the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, a residency in France and in Ireland and sixteen residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Her poetry has been read on the BBC, by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac, and in Ted Kooser’s column, An American Life in Poetry.

January O'Neill

January Gill O’Neil is the author of Misery Islands (2014), which was recently selected for a 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence, and Underlife (2009), both published by CavanKerryPress. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and an assistant professor of English at Salem State University.  Among her numerous publications and awards, January’s poems have appeared in the Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, Seattle Review and in Cave Canem anthologies II & IV.  She was awarded a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant and was featured in the January/February 2010 Inspiration Issue of Poets & Writers as one of its 12 debut poets. A Cave Canem fellow, January runs a popular blog called Poet Mom (  January earned her MFA at New York University and lives with her two children in Beverly, MA.

Irene Willis

Irene Willis is the author of four collections of poetry, including Reminder (2014). They Tell Me You Danced (1995), At the Fortune Café(2005) and Those Flames (2009).  Irene’s awards include winning the Violet Reed Haas Prize for At the Fortune Café,  a Distinguished Artist Fellowship  from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a residency fellowship from the Millay Colony for the Arts, and grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Berkshire/Taconic Foundation.   She is also the Poetry Editor of the online publication,International Psychoanalysis.  A longtime educator who has “retired” three times, Irene has most recently taught at Westfield State University and at the American International College in western Massachusetts.



  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 22, 2015

  Kim Baker

  Ben Berman

  JD Scrimgoeur

  Patrick Donnelly

  Cammy Thomas

  Audrey Henderson


March 8, 2015


April 19, 2015

  Danielle Legros Georges

  Marguerite Bouvard

  John Holgerson

  Cynthia Brackett-Vincent

  Sandra Storey

  Mark Hart


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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