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Poetry Workshop with Jay Pabaroo

  • World War II Club 50 Conz Street Northampton, MA, 01060 United States (map)

Writing workshop & feature with Jay Pabaroo

Doors at 7 PM

Workshop & Reading 7:30 - 9:30 PM

$10 (low/no cost seats available)

Space limited! Please sign up to reserve your seat:


Every first Tuesday in 2019, nohopoco will be bringing you a special poet to lead a workshop. After the workshop, our guest poet gives a private reading of their own work. In October we are thrilled to invite Jay Pabaroo to teach a generative poetry workshop and to read some poems for us.

About the workshop:
Change of addressee: from personal to public

Odes? Praise songs. Sonnets? Lovenotes to crushes. Ghazals? Appeals to beloveds who might, sometimes, metaphorizastisize into god. So many poems are written “to” and “for” specific individuals/beings, but still manage to swing a bewitched door open to let us readers into those intimacies. During this generative workshop, June Jordan, Shane McCrae, Cameron Awkward-Rich and other light-bending poets (including you! yes, you!) will guide us as we wander down new/ancient paths, asking: How can we write “to” or “for” specific people while also moving people who aren’t those people? How might we subvert audience expectations & dominant gazes in this personal-to-public work? What of our own private loves, what of our understanding of our treasured people, places, and ghosts can we make bloom in performance and on the page?

About the poet:
Jay Pabaroo is a poet and teacher. He is multiracial (of Indian, African and European ancestry), from Philadelphia, and is an MFA candidate at UMass-Amherst. He has run the jubilat/Jones reading series, edited poetry for Cosmonauts Avenue, and received lil grants from UMass. Jay's poems have appeared in DiagramThe Vassar Review, and Gargoyle, among some other places.


To attend this workshop, please sign up in advance through the online system ( or contact Catherine Weiss ( directly, because seats are limited!

This is a generative workshop, so bring a notebook and be ready to write!


Accessibility Information:

Northampton Poetry is a wheel chair accessible venue.

We strive to be a fragrance free. Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, essential oils, and highly scented body products.

Spots in the workshop are reserved in advance through our online system. $10. Low/no-fee spots available. Please contact us if you have questions.

Earlier Event: September 24
September Poetry Potluck