October 15, 2020 Thursday 7 PM. “Joy and the Loud Cars” A Poetry Reading On Rosh HaShanah—Yom Teurah or the “Day of Shouting”—we raise a loud noise by blowing the shofar. Inspired by the late David Davis, author of The Joy Poems, poets Michael Cantor, Robert Crawford, Midge Goldberg, Alfred Nicol, Kyle Potvin, and Deborah Warren will explore the idea of finding joy in the world around them, including in loud cars and mud puddles. All the poets have published books–Cantor’s Furusato, Crawford’s The Empty Chair, Goldberg for Snowman’s Code, Nicol’s Winter Light, Potvin’s Loosen, and Warren’s Dream with Flowers and Bowl of Fruit. The reading will be followed by an open mike. Here is a link to the event. (Meeting ID 996 7432 8101 Passcode: 073507):
Saturday, October 17, 2020, 3 PM. Powow River Poets Reading in Honor of David Davis, via Zoom: Meeting ID: 339 424 3594. Passcode: Powow.
Sunday, Aug. 8, 3 PM- 5PM Whittier Reading via Zoom. Because John Greenleaf Whittier was a significant member of the Abolitionist Movement, we focused on his anti-slavery poems this year in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Readings by Chris Bryant, Peter Bryant, Rhina P. Espaillat, Harris Gardner, Alfred Nicol, Ellie O’Leary, Lainie Senechal, Priscilla Turner Spada, Debbie Szabo, Toni Treadway, Paulette Demers Turco, and Stephen Wagner.
Saturday, May 30, 12 Noon. Saturday at the Armory: A Digital Streaming Event. Readings by New England Poetry Club members Alfred Nicol, Susan Jo Russell, Arlyce Menzies, Linda Haviland Conte, and Mary Buchinger Bodwell via Instagram.
Sunday, May 3, 2020, 3:00 PM ET, Light Verse in Dark Times via Zoom: Kevin Durkin, Anna M. Evans, David Galef, Jenna Le, Alfred Nicol, and Marilyn L. Taylor read light verse. Light Magazine editor Melissa Balmain hosted.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 7:30 PM. Walnut Street Café, 157 Walnut Street, Lynn, MA. (Near both Route 1 and Route 128). David Somerset, host of the Wednesday Night Speakup Open Mic, invited me to be Featured Reader.
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1 PM – 9PM. Word Up Community Bookshop, Washington Heights, New York, NY: A Symposium on the Poetry of Rhina Espaillat. Word Up Community Bookshop/Librer
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 4:30 PM. A reading at Salem State University: Alfred Nicol & Alexandria Peary.
Thursday Sept 19, 2019 at 9PM Performance Anxiety Readings, a live event via Skype featuring the poetry of Bob Crawford, Kristin Garth, Midge Goldberg, Owen Grey, Rhina Espaillat, A.M. Juster, Alfred Nicol, Chris O’ Carroll, Tom Snarsky, and Toni Treadway
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at 7 PM. Etz Hayim Synagogue, 1 1/2 Hood Road, Derry, NH. I Asked For Wonder: Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, “Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me.” Poets Midge Goldberg, Robert Crawford and Alfred Nicol explore the role of wonder in their poetry.
Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 166 High St, Newburyport, MA.
Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Annual Tapestry of Voices Reading at The John Greenleaf Whittier Home, 86 Friend Street, Amesbury, MA
Friday-Sunday, June 14-16, 2019 Frost Farm Poetry Conference, Derry, NH. I led a workshop called “Mission Impossible: Metaphor.”
Monday, May 27, 2019. 12:3-2 PM. The Latin American Studies Association Congress, Boston, MA. Professor Nancy Kang of the University of Manitoba chaired a panel titled “The Poetic Legacy and Radically Inclusive Vision of Rhina P. Espaillat.” I presented a paper titled “Rhina Espaillat’s And After All” Professor Silvio Torres-Saillant of Syracuse University, Toni Treadway of the Powow River Poets, and Professor Kang also presented papers.
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.
Friday, May 3, 2019. 7:00 PM. The Diminished Prophets —John Tavano, Rhina Espaillat, Alfred Nicol, Kate Sullivan and Roger Kimball— perform a melopoeia titled Dusk to Dawn to Benefit the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival. The performance takes place on Rolfe’s Lane in Newburyport.
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.
Saturday, April 13, 2019,3:00 PM. 69 High Road, Newbury, MA. Alfred Nicol, Rhina Espaillat and John Tavano perform 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.”
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—perform a melopoeia titled Passages.
Friday, April 5, 2019, 7:00 PM. Battle Grounds Coffee Company, 39 Washington Street, Haverhill, MA. Alfred Nicol, featured reader for Haverhill River Bards Poetry Open Mic Series.
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.
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