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To be rescheduled

Story Slam

Risky Business

Dottie's, 444 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
[Free]

Admission is free, but it's worth noting that Dottie's will have fabulous desserts and fancy beverages available for purchase!

Story Slam? - A story slam is a storytelling competition open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the event’s theme. Stories are scored by volunteer judges from the audience. Story slams are fast paced and high spirited with widely ranging responses to the theme. For February the theme is "Risky Business" Seating is limited: first come, first served

Got a story to tell? Register online to be guaranteed a spot to compete.


To be rescheduled

Running in Place [in America]

Poets Creating Conversation

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

Whether it's two steps forward, one step back, or one step forward and two steps back, we’ve challenged poets to blow out the candle that’s burning at both ends and shake our collective soul.

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Poets Creating Conversation challenges poets to circle loosely around a theme or issue to create a broad, multi-dimensional “conversation” between poems, poets, and audience.


April 27, 7P

30/30 Poetry

Celebrating National Poetry Month

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

WordXWord celebrates National Poetry Month as poets to share work from the 30/30 poetry challenge.

30/30 Poetry Challenge? April is National Poetry Month (it's also Distracted Driving Awareness Month). WXW celebrates by throwing out a month long challenge that asks you to take your mind to the poetry gym, everyday for a month. Take the challenge and your brain will grow 2 sizes.

Find out more about the 30/30 Challenge at 3030Poetry.com.


Greylock Federal Credit UnionHousatonic Heritage
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Mass Cultural CouncilCultural Pittsfield
Adelson & Company PC

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Previous years: 2018 Schedule 2019 Schedule

January 17, 2020

Story Slam

Road Trip

Dottie's, 444 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
[Free]

Admission is free, but it's worth noting that Dottie's will have fabulous desserts and fancy beverages available for purchase!

Story Slam? - A story slam is a storytelling competition open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the event’s theme. Stories are scored by volunteer judges from the audience. Story slams are fast paced and high spirited with widely ranging responses to the theme. For January the theme is "Road Trip." Seating is limited: first come, first served


January 20, 2020

A Letter From Pittsfield

WXW Celebrates Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. day, WordXWord invites poets to add their voices in reflection on the life and legacy of, as well as the causes championed by, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. .


January 27, 2020

Counting America

Poets Creating Conversation

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

More than a math exercise, the 2020 Census will have a profound impact on everything in America, but who's counting and who gets counted. Poets are asked to leave no stone unturned.


February 17, 2020

I Have Something to Say

She Shapes History

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

In the spirit of the Berkshire Museum's exhibition She Shapes History, poets give voice to the often overlooked, unvoiced, ways that women have and continue to move the world forward.


February 21, 2020

Story Slam

Second Chance

Dottie's, 444 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
[Free]

Story Slam? - A story slam is a storytelling competition open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the event’s theme. Stories are scored by volunteer judges from the audience. Story slams are fast paced and high spirited with widely ranging responses to the theme. For February the theme is "Second Chance" Seating is limited: first come, first served


February 24, 2020

Education in America

Poets Creating Conversation

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

Poets are asked to reflect on education in America, from public education to home school; k-12 to college; or the lessons that life drops on us. In the classroom, out of the classroom, or in the "real" world. The good, the bad or the ugly. Cautionary tales and inspirational stories.

February marks the second anniversary of Poets Creating Conversation. To celebrate, we're going to return to where it all began - with Education in America. The first time around, our event followed the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL Appropriately, poets circled around guns and the conversation about guns in school settings, arming teachers, etc. There's no guarantee, but perhaps this time around, we're hoping that education returns to the center of our circle.

Poets Creating Conversation challenges poets to circle loosely around a theme or issue to create a broad, multi-dimensional “conversation” between poems, poets, and audience.