Amherst Arts Night Plus: Poetry Night and Art Exhibit

Event Schedule
5:00-8:00pm  Art in the Homestead by Rebecca Fricke
5:00-6:00pm  Poetry Open Mic sign-ups  
6:00pm  Poetry Open Mic

Featured readers following open mic: Poets from The Florence Poets Society including Eileen Kennedy, Howie Faerstein, Tommy "Twilite" Clark, Gerald Yelle, and Marian Kent.

For Rebecca Fricke, the challenge of quilting is not in creating precise corners and straight lines, but in evoking a scene or a person with limited piecing, including clothing and a few well-chosen colors. In her most recent work, she is experimenting with making different kinds of fiber art with specific historical contexts and for specific spaces.  She is particularly interested in how cloth and quilts can be repurposed.  For the Emily Dickinson Art Walk, Rebecca's work experiments with "tagging" other people's quilts - cloth graffiti, why not?  Rebecca asks, "If Emily had been given a spray can and a large surface, what would she have written?"  Rebecca pieces and appliqués with a Janome machine and quilts using a long arm HQ free motion machine.

Artisan quilt with graffiti "tag"

Eileen P. Kennedy lives in Amherst.  Her Banshees (Flutter Press, 2015) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and won Honorable Mention from the New England and London Book Festivals. Her poetry, published in more than 25 literary journals, has won Honorable Mention from the Oregon Poetry Society and the Margaret Reid Poetry Prize. More at EileenPKennedy.com.

Tommy Twilite (aka Tom Clark) is the co-founding director of the Florence Poets Society, executive editor of Silkworm, and the host of the Twilite Poetry Pub on Valley Free Radio.  Tommy is the 2016 chairperson for "30 Poems in November", a fundraiser for the Center For New Americans.  He is also the leader of the Tommy Twilite Orchestra, an eclectic original music ensemble.  Tommy lives in Florence, and has recently retired after a 30+ year career as a Captain.EMT with the Northampton Fire Dept. 

Howie Faerstein’s full-length book of poetry, Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn, was published in 2013 by Press 53. His work can be found in numerous journals, including Great River ReviewNimrod, CutThroatUpstreetRattleOff the CoastCape Cod Review, Mudfish,and on-line in Gris-Gris, Connotation Press  et al. He is Assistant Poetry Editor of CutThroat and lives in Florence, Massachusetts. 

Gerald Yelle is the author of The Holyoke Diaries (Future Cycle Press), Evolution for the Hell of It (Red Dashboard Press) and Mark My Word and the New World Order (The Pedestrian Press). He teaches high school English and is a member of the Florence (MA) Poets Society. Website: geraldyelle.blogspot.com.