Friday, April 5, 2019, 7:00 PM. Battle Grounds Coffee Company, 39 Washington Street, Haverhill, MA 01830. Alfred Nicol, featured reader for Haverhill River Bards Poetry Open Mic Series.

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 1 PM. Bunker Hill Community College, 250 Rutherford Ave., Boston, MA, 02129. The Diminished Prophets —Poets Rhina P. Espaillat and Alfred Nicol, guitarist John Tavano, cellist/bassist Roger Kimball and vocalist/guitarist Kate Sullivan—will perform a melopoeia. Melopoeia is an ancient art whose Greek name — a combination of “melos” and “poitria”— suggests its nature: a performance involving poetry read to musical accompaniment. The poetry is spoken, not sung in the form of song lyrics, so that the two arts flow separately, through and around each other, without either becoming dominant over the other.

Saturday, April 13, 2019,3:00 PM. 69 High Road, Newbury, MA. A Melopoeia to support “Write the World” a scholarship for a Newburyport High School student committed to using writing to promote social justice to “right” the world!    Suggested donation $25.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm Street, Amesbury, 7:00 PM. “Verses for Victuals” Poetry Reading to Benefit the Amesbury Food Pantry. Former and current Amesbury Poet Laureates Lainie Senechal and Stephen Wagner, Rhina Espaillat, Alfred Nicol and David Davis will be featured readers, joined by Toni Treadway, Priscilla Turner Spada, Ann McCrea, and Zara Raab.

Friday, May 3, 2019. 6:30 PM. A Melopoeia to Benefit the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival. The performance will take place at the home of Sherry and Will Rogers, 13 Rolfe’s Lane, Newbury. 6:30 or 7 PM.

Saturday, May 18, 2019. 7 PM. Emma Andrews Library, 77 Purchase Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. Five poets who have an association with Karen Kelsay Books will read new work, including Karen Kelsay herself, Jean Kreiling, Rhina P. Espaillat, Toni Treadway and Alfred Nicol.

Monday, May 27, 2019. 12:3-2 PM. The Latin American Studies Association Congress, Boston, MA. Professor Nancy Kang of the University of Manitoba will chair a panel titled “The Poetic Legacy and Radically Inclusive Vision of Rhina P. Espaillat.” I’ll present a paper titled “Rhina Espaillat’s And After All Other presenters include Professor Silvio Torres-Saillant of Syracuse University, Professor Conrad James of the University of Birmingham and, of course, Professor Kang herself.

Friday-Sunday, June 14-16, 2019 Frost Farm Poetry Conference, Derry, NH. I will be directing a workshop called “Mission Impossible: Metaphor.”

Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St, Newburyport, MA. 

  • 6:15 Pre-concert talk with composer
  • Eight paintings on display from the Newburyport Art Association
  • 7:00 CONCERT
  • Ravel, Duo for Violin and Cello
  • Poetry recitation by Rhina P. Espaillat
  • Bradshaw, Day in the Life of NewburyportWorld Premiere
  • Poetry recitation by Alfred Nicol
  • Bartok, String Quartet IV

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, 3:00 PM. The Powow River Poets Reading Series: Alfred Nicol & Angela Alaimo O’Donnell.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 4:30 PM. A reading at Salem State University: Alfred Nicol & Alexandria Peary.


Recent Events

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 5:30 PM. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 South Main Street, Concord, NH. Poets Rhina P. Espaillat and Alfred Nicol, with classical guitarist John Tavano, perform a melopoeia. 

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, 7:30 PM. The Joppa Flats Audubon Center: The Arts & the Experience of Nature. Readings by poets Michael Ansara  and Alfred Nicol.  Lainie Senechal presents her paintings of birds and landscapes.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, 6:00-8:00 PM. Customs House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA. A concert of latin-flavored jazz and classical music performed by the ensemble Bistro Nova and a melopoeia, featuring the poetry of Rhina Espaillat and Alfred Nicol. (Bistro Nova is a trio consisting of classical/jazz guitarist John Tavano, bassist Roger Kimball, and guitarist and vocalist Kate Sullivan.)

Thursday, September 20th, 2018, 7PM. Book Launch for Scribner’s Best American Poetry 2018. Alfred Nicol and other contributors  read their poetry at the book launch. The New School’s Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, NY 10011.

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7 PM. Newburyport Public Library.  A reading for The Friends of the Library. Rhina Espaillat & Alfred Nicol

Saturday, April 28, 2018. Newburyport Literary Festival.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Brewery Silvaticus, 9 Water Street, Amesbury, MA. 6:00-8:00 PM. A reading of light poetry with the great X. J. Kennedy, Robert Clawson (who played in Ann Sexton’s rock band) and myself.

Friday, April 6, 2018. Boston National Poetry Month Festival, The Boston Public Library, 1:15 PM: A Melopoeia with Rhina Espaillat, John Tavano.

Thursday, April 5, 2018. Barewolf Brewery, 12 Oakland Street, Amesbury, MA. 7:00 PM. A reading of light poetry with David Davis, Chris O’Carroll, Rhina Espaillat and myself.

November 7, 2017. Yenching Library, Harvard University. New England Poetry Club Contest Winners Reading

October 19, 2017. The Custom House Maritime Museum, Newburyport: “Passages,” a melopoeia with Rhina Espaillat and John Tavano.

October 14, 2017.  The City of Newburyport Honors the Life and Work of Rhina Espaillat. Old South Church, 29 Federal St, Newburyport, MA.

October 4, 2017, 7:00 PM. Portsmouth Poetry Hoot, Café Espresso,  Portsmouth, NH: Reading with Rhina Espaillat

August 13, 2017, 3-4:30 PM. The John Greenleaf Whittier Home, Amesbury, MA

July 11, 2017, 7:00 PM. The Newburyport Public Library:. A  new melopoeia program, “Passages” with John Tavano & Rhina Espaillat.

June 6, 2017, 1:30-3:30 PM. The Newburyport Public Library: “Why was Bob Dylan Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature?”

May 17, 2017, 7:00 PM. Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord, NH. Reading with Priscilla Turner Spada.

April 29, 2017. 8:30 AM-4 PM. The Newburyport Literary Festival Poetry Events, Central Congregational Church Social Hall.

April 20, 2017. 7:00 PM. A Melopoiea at Amesbury Public Library with John Tavano and Rhina Espaillat.

April 7, 2017. 12 Noon. Boston National Poetry Month Festival Keynote Poets. Boston Public Library.

April 5, 2017. 6:30 PM. Berklee College of Music Words and Music Symposium.

March 5, 2017, 3:00 PM. The Actors Studio of Newburyport. A performance of “melopoiea” with Rhina Espaillat and John Tavano.