The LAVA Center hosts a monthly series, Writers Read, on the second Wednesday every month. Coordinated by Lindy Whiton, the series brings in local writers and a couple of outside surprises. $5 suggested donation.
Janet E. Aalfs, founder/director of Lotus Peace Arts, former poet laureate of Northampton, MA, and an 8th degree black belt, is the author of 3 full-length poetry collections, most recently What the Dead Want Me to Know (Human Error Publishing), and several chapbooks. Janet performs weavings of spoken word and martial arts based dance that she calls Poemotion©.
Christian McEwen is a freelance writer, workshop leader, and cultural activist, originally from the UK. She is the author of a number of books including Jo’s Girls: Tomboy Tales of High Adventure, World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down, and Sparks from the Anvil: the Smith College Poetry Interviews. Her latest book, In Praise of Listening: A Gathering of Stories, was published in October.
Susie Patlove was a founding member of Slate Roof Press, which published her chapbook, “Quickening.” She has run a poetry seminar in her home for 16 years. She was a finalist for a Mass. Cultural Council award, and her work has appeared on NPR’s A Writer’s Almanac.