May 4 Amherst Arts Night Plus

Thursday, May 4, from 5-8 pm 

During Amherst Arts Night Plus drop in at the Museum for an open mic, poetry reading, and one-night art exhibit. Open mic signups are from 5-6 pm, and the open mic begins at 6 pm with the featured readers following. The open mic is a chance to share your newest (or oldest) creative endeavor with a warm and welcoming audience in Emily Dickinson's own parlor. All are encouraged to share written word, music, and performance, or to simply lend a friendly ear!

Featured Artists: Vincent Frano and Isa Wang of The Bower Studio in Pelham seek to create functional artwork that encourage environmental stewardship, highlighting the diversity of American flora and fauna.  

Featured poets:
Karen Skolfield and Susan Johnson with RHINO Poetry: 40 Readings in 40 Cities.

About Karen Skolfield: Karen Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas won the PEN New England Award in poetry. She is the winner of the 2016 Editors’ Prize in poetry from The Missouri Review and has received awards and fellowships from the Poetry Society of America, New England Public Radio, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and others. Skolfield is an Army veteran and she teaches writing to engineers at UMass Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts.

About Susan JohnsonSusan Johnson has her MFA and PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she teaches writing. Her poems have recently appeared in Rhino, North American Review, Circe’s Lament, The Kerf, Off The Coast, Helen, and Bryant Literary Review. Her chapbook “Impossible is Nothing” was published in 2011 by Finishing Line Press. She lives in South Hadley MA.


About The Poetry Forum/RHINO Poetry:

RHINO is a non-profit literary organization, primarily devoted to the publication of RHINO Poetry, an annual high-quality print journal featuring well-crafted, diverse poetry, flash fiction, and translations. While remaining committed to our print journal, beginning with the 2014 issue, all poems will be placed online throughout the year. We also feature audio versions of our poems.RHINO Poetry occupies a niche somewhere between academia and the emerging poetry scene – devoted to creative work that tells stories, provokes thought, and pushes the boundaries in form and feeling – while connecting with our readers and audience.