NORTH ADAMS, MA- Saturday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. Wordplay, a monthly reading series co-sponsored by Inkberry and Papyri Books, 45 Eagle Street, will present poets Janet MacFadyen, Susan Middleton, Susie Patlove, and Paula Sayword, who will read from their work. All four poets are members of Slate Roof, a member-run press committed to publishing Franklin County poets.
Janet MacFadyen is author of two books of poetry, A Newfoundland Journal (Killick Press, 2009) and In Defense of Stones (Heatherstone Press, 1996). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, Yankee Magazine, The Atlanta Review, and Rosebud. She is also the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Award. Janet grew up in Williamstown and now lives in Shutesbury with her husband and dog.
Susan Middleton lives in Ashfield, where she works as a freelance editor of science books. Her poems have appeared in The Berkshire Review, Peregrine, Sanctuary: The Magazine of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and The Comstock Review, among others, as well as the anthology 5-Minute Pieces (Arms Library, Shelburne Falls, MA, 1998). Passions besides writing include tutoring adults in English as a Second Language, leading hikes for the Appalachian Mountain Club, and exploring the woods, fields, and mountains of western New England.
Susie Patlove's poems have been heard on NPR's A Writers Almanac. They have appeared in The Atlanta Review, Monkscript, and Sanctuary, and are forthcoming in Ted Kooser's national newspaper column American Life in Poetry. Her first poetry collection, Quickening, was published by Slate Roof in 2007. Her work also was included in Crossing Paths: An Anthology of Poems by Women (Mad River Press, 2002) Susie lives with her husband, Les, in Charlemont where they have raised three boys and countless organic vegetables.
Paula Sayword has been writing poetry for forty years and recently retired from working in public housing to dedicate her time to that art. Her poems have appeared in Sanctuary Magazine, and she is a Poet Seat Contest winner. Her first collection, What Sleeps Inside Us, is forthcoming from Slate Roof in 2010. When not dreaming of the southwest, Paula lives on a small farm in Leyden with her longtime woman partner and gardens.
Gail Burns of Williamstown will host the event for Inkberry. After the reading there will be a brief intermission, followed by the popular Wordplay open mic. Refreshments will be available. The event is free and open to the public.
For additional information regarding Inkberry or these readings, contact Inkberry by phone at (413) 664-0775 or visit www.inkberry.org.
About Inkberry- Inkberry promotes the literary arts in the Berkshires with events and community partnerships that celebrate and support writing and reading. Inkberry is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.