Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, 6:00-8:00 PM. Customs House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA. Members of the Custom House Maritime Museum and their guests are cordially invited to our First Friday Social for a night of music and poetry. This event will include the blending of two art forms: a concert of latin-flavored jazz and classical music performed by the ensemble Bistro Nova and a melopoeia, which is ancient art of the recited poetry with music accompaniment. Bistro Nova is a trio consisting of classical/jazz guitarist John Tavano, bassist Roger Kimball, and guitarist and vocalist Kate Sullivan. The melopoeia will feature the poetry of Rhina Espaillat and Alfred Nicol.
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, 7:30 PM. The Joppa Flats Audubon Center: The Arts & the Experience of Nature. Two poets and one artist will be featured in this winter event: Michael Ansara came to writing poetry later in life, after years as an organizer and activist. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals. He is co-founder and a board member of Mass Poetry. Alfred Nicol is an award-winning Newburyport poet. His most recent full-length book of poetry, Animal Psalms, was published 2016. His poems have been published extensively in journals and anthologies.Lainie Senechal has worked in watercolor for many years. Her work has been exhibited in the Boston area and beyond. She will present her paintings of birds and landscapes. She is the former Amesbury Poet Laureate and current Poet in Residence at Joppa Flats.
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, 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.
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. Poets Rhina P. Espaillat and Alfred Nicol, with classical guitarist John Tavano, 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 PM. A Melopoeia to Benefit the Write the World Scholarship Fund, 69 High RD, Newbury, MA 01951. Poets Rhina P. Espaillat and Alfred Nicol, with classical/flamenco guitarist John Tavano
Thursday, May 2, 2019, 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. Midge Goldberg, along with poets Alfred Nicol and Robert Crawford, will explore the role of wonder in their poetry. Ms. Goldberg, Mr. Nicol and Mr. Crawford are all recipients of the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award for their books, Nicol for Winter Light in 2004, Crawford for The Empty Chair in 2011, and Goldberg for Snowman’s Code in 2015. Robert Crawford is currently the Poet Laureate of Derry. The reading by the three poets will be followed by an open mic.
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: A Late Flowering.” 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.
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
June 6, 2017, 1:30-3:30 PM. The Newburyport Public Library: “Why was Bob Dylan Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature?”
April 29, 2017. 8:30 AM-4 PM. The Newburyport Literary Festival Poetry Events, Central Congregational Church Social Hall.
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.