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March 25, 2019, 7P

Health in America

Poets Creating Conversation

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA
[Free]

Here’s to your health, poets put a stethoscope squarely on the chest and breath deeply. Information for poets interested in participating.


April 1, 2019, 7P

Words Between the Stacks

Poets put the public in library and kick the shhhh! out.

Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield, MA
[Free]

WordXWord presents poetry in, over, under and through the stacks at the Berkshire Athenaeum. Words will fall, fly, crawl, beg for mercy or demand their freedom as poets speak their truth to kick off National Poetry Month.


April 29, 2019, 7P

Breathing in America

Poets Creating Conversation

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA
[Free]

Take a breath. Catch your breath. Hold your breath. Out of breath. From first breath to last, poets wrestle with breathing - in America. Information for poets interested in participating.


May 20, 2019, 7P

Age in America

Poets Creating Conversation

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA
[Free]

Poets of a certain age / all ages / ageless, may or may not act their age when we dive into what age means in America. If age is just a number, let’s do the math. Information for poets interested in participating.


June 24, 2019, 7P

Different in America

Poets Creating Conversation

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA
[Free]

From inside and out, over and under, what does it mean to be different in America. What is different and who gets to decide. Information for poets interested in participating.


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January 21, 2019, 7P

A Letter from Pittsfield

WordXWord Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA
[Free]

Poets present work that reflects on, is inspired by, or otherwise connects with the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. .


January 28, 2019, 7P

Home in America

Poets Creating Conversation

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA
[Free]

For better or worse, there is no place like home (unless you don’t have one). Poets help put a roof on it. .


February 18, 2019, 7P

Odd Couples

10x10 Festival

Collaborative pieces by unexpected pairings, commissioned by WordXWord. We lit the fuse. Let's see what happens.
Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA
[Free]

We love collaborations / multiple voice pieces, but they happen all too infrequently around these hills. With that in mind, we’ve invited 5 of our favorite poets (let's call them our "seed" poets) to invite someone - that might make for an unexpected pairing - to collaborate in the development and performance of a new piece. Although we're calling the program Odd Couples there will be nothing odd about the results!

Our seed poets include Chloë Geffken, Stan Spencer, Chris Carr, Melissa Quirk Cairns, and Lia Russell-Self. With Brian Lewis, Gale Nelson, Brent Ashby, Wes Elliot, and Laureen Vizza.

We lit the fuse. Let's see what happens.


February 25, 2019, 7P

Heart in America

Poets Creating Conversation

Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, MA
[Free]

From heart attack to heart throb in the heartland - (don’t) be still my heart. Poets squeeze verse from vital signs.