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If 6 Was 9

June 15, 7P

via Zoom
[Free but registration required]

June 14 is Flag Day in the USA. Which led us to ask, why not use June 15 as an opportunity to ask poets to let their Freak Flag fly in celebration of difference and how difference can make our social fabric stronger. Because if not now, when?

"Now if 6 turned out to be 9,
I don't mind, I don't mind,
Alright, if all the hippies cut off all their hair,
I don't care, I don't care.
Dig, 'cos I got my own world to live through
And I ain't gonna copy you . . .
"

". . . They're hoping soon my kind will drop and die,
But I'm gonna wave my freak flag high, high.
Wave on, wave on
"
- Jimi Hendrix, If 6 Was 9

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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.


May 7, 7P

Howlin' @ the Moon

Live via Zoom

via Zoom

Full Moon Alert!!!!

Given the current situation, if you’re not howling, you must be sleepwalking. Thursday, May 7 is a full moon. Join us online as poets take it out on the universe.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the live event. New to Zoom? It's free and easy. You do not have to have a camera and/or microphone on your device to watch/listen, but it might be more fun if you do! Poets do like to see an audience!


May 23, 7P

Story Slam / Cabin Fever

Live via Zoom

via Zoom

We've all been there. All dressed up with nowhere to go? 5 minute, true stories. You be the judge.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the live event. New to Zoom? It's free and easy. You do not have to have a camera and/or microphone on your device to watch/listen, but it might be more fun if you do! Poets do like to see an audience!


Live via ZOOM

Talking in Boxes

June 1, 7P

via Zoom

Poets have been talking in boxes for some while, let's open some and see what comes out.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the live event. New to Zoom? It's free and easy. You do not have to have a camera and/or microphone on your device to watch/listen, but it might be more fun if you do! Poets do like to see an audience!