Great Falls Word Festival, November 8-11

Celebrating 9 years!
Human Error Publishing presents: The Great Falls Word Festival
November 8-11 at The Shea Theater Arts Center, Turners Falls
Co-Sponsored by RiverCulture

Named the Beat Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Human Error Publishing's founder, Paul Richmond, has earned a reputation for producing innovative and inclusive spoken word events. Now in its ninth year in Franklin County, The Great Falls Word Festival will come to the Shea Theater Arts Center in Turners Falls for a four day, community centered, genre crossing, boundary bending, diverse and inclusive celebration of spoken word.

From writers reading for the first time to seasoned poet performers (and every one in between) The Great Falls Word Festival is an opportunity to bring work to the mic before an encouraging listening audience. For the audience it is an opportunity to hear the work of more than 100 poets, of all ages and voices, from close to home and from afar.

Tickets for the four day festival are $15-$20 and available online and at the Shea Theater during the Festival.

Human Error Publishing is an independent publishing company. That is dedicated to independent artists of all types. Human Error Publishing organizes and produces Annual and Monthly Poetry & Spoken Word Festivals & Events, Publishes Books, Performances and Produces a weekly Radio Show.


1-5pm- OPEN MIC

6:45pm (Main Stage)
The Mole: 5 Minute true (and not completely true) stories told without scripts or props.
Featuring: Dina Stander, Susan Cocalis, Joshua Michael Stewart, Alison Murchie, Marian Kelner, Amie Hyson, Eve Brown-Waite, Doug Anderson andPaul Richmond.

8:30pm (Main Stage)
“Do It Now” - Words and Music
Featuring Paul Richmond, John Sheldon, Tony Vacca and Jo Sallins.

1-5pm- OPEN MIC
6:45pm-7:50pm (Main Stage)
Exploded View Performs Deadlines
“How well do you really know the people you love?” and, “What will make it into your obit?” Their work is site specific and always evolving. Join them in a talk-back following the performance. With Trish Crapo, Edite Cunhã, Candace Curran, Nina Rossi and Samantha Wood.

6:45pm (Downstairs)
Voices From Inside
“We are women who have been incarcerated, are in recovery, and have contended with mental health problems. We have found our voice through writing. Come hear our work and listen with an open heart.”

7:45pm (Downstairs)
Slate Roof Press featuring readings by Richard Wollman, Anna M. Warrock, Amanda Lou Doster, Janet MacFadyen.

8:30pm (Main Stage)
Taking a Stand: Poetry of Resistance
Performances by Amy Dryansky, Rebecca Olander, Sarah Sousa, Karen Skolfield, Yasotha Srihara, James Paul Wagner, Anita Gallers, Howie Faerstein, Kate Rex, David C Johnson and Roger West.

Noon (Downstairs)

Noon (Main Stage)
Readings by Alison Murchie, Jon Wesick, Jovanna Van Pelt, Mark Hart, D. O., Rick Marsh, Brett Axel, Deborah Rolski.

1:00pm (Main Stage)
Naugatuck River Review with readings by Lori Desrosiers, Gerald Yelle, Janet Bowdan and others TBA

2:00pm (Downstairs)
“SOUP”: Some Of Us Poets with Gail Thomas, Mary Clare Powell, Sally Bellerose, Ellen LaFleche, Michael Goldman and Becky Jones.

2:00pm (Main Stage)
Meat for Tea featuring writers Elizabeth Macduffie, Richard Horton, Amy Laprade, and Donald Fish.

3:00pm (Downstairs)

3:00pm (Main Stage)
Straw Dog Writers including Cynthia Suopis, Theresa Vincent, Deborah Dill, Christine Ann Pratt, Eileen P Kennedy, Nina Gross, Jan Maher and FD Kindness.

4:00pm (Downstairs)
Readings from Novels with Jan Maher, Amy Laprade, Alan Harris and Wesley Blixt

4:00pm (Main Stage)
The Cloud Saddle Writers
with writers Janice Sorensen, Dennis Piana, Susan Middleton, Andrea Bernard, Bri Leue and Rachel Riverwood.

6:45pm (Main Stage)
Eric Wasilenski, Jovonna Van Pelt, Alice Barrett, Stephen Billias, Brett Axel, James Smethurst, Jon Wesick, Deb K Tilday, Colin Haskins.

8:30pm (Main Stage)
Cindy Markevich, Kate Rex, TommyTwitlite, Roger West, Dina Stander, Jack Golden, Morning Star, Joshua Michael Stewart, Doug Anderson, Tony Vacca and Paul Richmond.

In  respect to those who have served or loved someone who has served, the theme of the today’s readings is "The Long Way Home.” Many veterans never find their way back. And others can relate to never being able to go home again.

1:00pm (Main Stage)
The Long Way Home with writers Ron Whittle, Paul Szlosek, Terry S Johnson, Doug Anderson and Preston Hood.

2:00pm (Main Stage)
Well Done Writers featuring Ellen Blanchette, Dr. Jonathan Shay, Ted Scott, Marty Glaser, Janet Keyes, Florence Stahl and Alice Thomas.

3:00pm (Main Stage)
Writers Jan Maher, Kate Rex, Roger West, James Smethurst, Lori Lamothe, David Wyman.

4:00pm (Main Stage)
The Bread is Rising Poetry Collective with Ernie Brill, Molly Scott, Carlos Raúl Dufflar, Willie Velazquez, and Angel Martinez.

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