Upcoming Events

Friday, April 1, 2022  7 PM. HC Media, 2 Merrimac Street, Haverhill, MA: The Haverhill River Bards and Creative Haverhill present The Diminished Prophets: poets Rhina P. Espaillat and Alfred Nicol, guitarist John Tavano, and bassist/cellist Roger Kimball perform a melopoeia, a stirring combination of music and poetry. Admission free. 

Tuesday, May 18, 7:00 – 8:00 pm: “First and Last Word” hosts Harris Gardner, editor of Ibbetson Street, and Gloria Mindoch, Poet Laureate of Somerville and editor-in-chief of Cervena Barva Press, present poets Rhina P. Espaillat, Alfred Nicol and Paulette Turco, who will read from The Powow River Poets Anthology II.


Recent Events

Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022 4:00-5:30 PM Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry hosts a virtual reading for their forthcoming 2022 issue. Readers include the British poet Sally Read and others, including myself and friends Kyle Potvin and Sally Thomas.

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 7:00-8:15 Emma Andrews Library Winter/Spring 2022 Author Series:  Alfred Nicol “How I Write My Poems” an interview (with Aine Greaney) and poetry reading.

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 8:00. Al Basile’s program, Poems On, begins its second season with a Valentine’s Day theme – Romantic Love. Al’s guests are Melissa Balmain, and returning from season one, Alfred Nicol. 

Thursday, August 12, 2021 . “Repetition In Poetry: The “French Forms,” a workshop. 80thAnnual Writers Conference at Ocean Park (Maine)

Tuesday, May 18, 7:00 – 8:00 pm: “First and Last Word” hosts Harris Gardner, editor of Ibbetson Street, and Gloria Mindoch, Poet Laureate of Somerville and editor-in-chief of Cervena Barva Press, present poets Rhina P. Espaillat, Alfred Nicol and Paulette Turco, who will read from The Powow River Poets Anthology II.

Friday, April 16th, 6:30-8:30pm (Zoom opens 6:20):  Boston National Poetry Month Festival  presents a Virtual Performance of Poetry and Music: Poetry by Rhina P. Espaillat & Alfred Nicol. Music by Claire Mulvaney. Poetry by Ed Meek and Doug Holder.

Saturday, October 17, 2020, 3 PM. Powow River Poets Reading in Honor of David Davis, via Zoom.

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.

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/Librería Comunitaria in Washington Heights presents this year’s symposium around the work and life of Dominican­ American writer Rhina Espaillat (born 1932, Dominican Republic).

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.)