Poetry Anthology


A Straw Dog Writers Guild Poetry Anthology

Sixty-two poets and over a hundred new poems

offer a lyrical map of our Valley.






From the Introduction by Editor Jane Yolen

“So many places in the Valley are poems to me. I have lived in Northampton, Conway, and Hatfield, but poetry doesn’t just reside there. Poems seem to drop from the apple orchards, rise up in the cornfields. They lie beneath the snow emerging first as blue-flowered snowdrops. They grow under the white nettings over tobacco crops. They sail on the rivers, and tumble over the gorges, make the rounds of the Oxbow. They clack behind the wheels of the Vermonter as it stops twice a day in Northampton. They shudder each time a too-large truck goes under Northampton’s truck-eating bridge. They pause by Sojourner Truth’s statue, enjoy the Smith College greenhouse in February, nod at the mastodon in the Amherst College Museum, follow the dinosaur tracks in the shale along the Connecticut. I hear more than just Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost in all the passing winds.”


Janet E. Aalfs, Karen Amerman, Doug Anderson, Alice Barrett, Jean Blakeman, Anna Bozena Bowen, Floyd Cheung, Gail Cleare, Candace R. Curran, Corinne Demas, Deborah Dill, Sarah Doyle, Crescent Dragonwagon, Beth Filson, Anita Gallers, Michael Goldman, Tzivia Gover, D. M. Gordon, Nina Gross, Donna Hébert, Sharon A. Harmon Ray Homstead, Jane McPhetres Johnson, Phyllis Katz, Mary Ellen Kelly, Kathleen M. Kelley, Eileen P. Kennedy, Marian Kent, F. D. Kindness, Melanie S. Lewis, Patricia Lee Lewis, Patricia MacLachlan ,Jan Maher, Paul Mariani, Nathalie McCormick, Ellen Meeropol, Marcia Merithew, Richard Michelson, Susan T. Middleton, Burleigh Mutén, Linda Neas, Lesléa Newman, Rebecca Hart Olander, Christine Anne Pratt, Mary Clare Powell, Forrest Proper, Diane Rachele, Mary Robertson, Laura Rodley, Paula Sayword, V. Jane Schneeloch, Pat Schneider, Molly Scott, Stephanie Shafran, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Joshua Michael Stewart, Cynthia Suopis, Gail Thomas, Ann Warren Turner, Jovonna Van Pelt, Theresa A. Vincent, Hilde Weisert, Jane Yolen.

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Florence Civic Center
April 10,  7 pm
Compass Roads Reading
Easthampton Bookfest
White Square Books
April 14,  4 pm
Compass Roads Reading
Montague Bookmill
MAY 10, 7 pm
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Odyssey Bookshop
MAY 16, 7 pm


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The Jones Library
MAY 24, 7 pm 
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Northampton Senior Center
JULY 18, 2 pm 

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OCT. 10, 7-9pm

Shea Theater
NOV. 10, 3PM