WordXWord Festival

Celebrating the transformative power of words – written, spoken and sung.

10x10 Poetry @ yBar

February 16 - 23, 2013

SAT 2/16
SUN 2/17
MON 2/18
TUE 2/19
WED 2/20
THU 2/21
FRI 2/22
SAT 2/23

all events at 8P, admission free

Saturday, 2/16

Shira Erlichman

Shira Erlichman
Shira Erlichman (Shira E) is a nationally acclaimed poet, musician, and artist. A Pushcart Prize nominee who has toured the country with some of the nation's leading performers and writers, her prolific and unique style has brought her acclaim as "one of the most original and compelling voices in performance poetry." More >

Sunday, 2/17

Young Poets
Sunday evening we feature talented young, high-school aged poets from six different schools in Berkshire County. Poets include Rachel André (Pittsfield High School), Katelyn Snow (McCann Tech), Meagan Fraser (Miss Hall’s School), Kyle Clairmont (Drury High School), Jan R. Jurchak (Bard College at Simon's Rock), Ingrid Olsen (Drury), Jeanette Lambert (Berkshire Arts And Technology Charter School), Caitlin Mayes (BART) and Chi Lee (St Joseph High School).

Monday, 2/18

Albany Poets . . . Pittsfield
Featuring poets from our neighbor to the west - Kevin Peterson, Jill Crammond, Mojavi, Dan Wilcox, Shannon Shoemaker, Algorhythm, and Thom Francis.

Gabriel Squailia

Tuesday, 2/19

Open Mic with at Twist - for 10x10
hosted by Gabriel Squailia

First 10 to sign up - online in advance or at the venue starting at 7P - get to take the challenge.

  • 10 prompts are in the hat
  • 10 poets draw a prompt at random
  • 10 minutes to write a poem based on the prompt
  • Each of the 10 poets, by random draw, share their poem with the audience

Sign up online to grab one of 10 spots.

Traditional Open Mic will follow if time permits.

Melissa Quirk

Wednesday, 2/20

Melissa Quirk
Melissa Quirk is a poet, performer, and teacher who has performed in various local slams, including Western Mass championships and the first WXW slam.

Nakeida Bethel-Smith

Thursday, 2/21

Lady Nakeida (aka Nakeida Bethel-Smith)
“I’m a woman of many shoes, you never know which pair I’m wearing, but know I’ll wear them well and confidently!”

Friday, 2/22

Marie-Elizabeth Mali

Marie-Elizabeth Mali
Marie-Elizabeth is the author of Steady, My Gaze (Tebot Bach, 2011) and co-editor with Annie Finch of the anthology, Villanelles (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets, 2012).

Saturday, 2/23

Joanna Hoffman

Joanna Hoffman
Joanna Hoffman is a poet, performer, teaching artist and LGBTQ advocate living in Brooklyn, New York. She is a ten-year veteran of competitive performance poetry, or slam. More >