Amherst Arts Night Plus: June, 2017

Thursday, June 1, from 5-8 pm 

During Amherst Arts Night Plus drop in at the Museum for an open mic, poetry reading, and one-night art exhibit. Open mic signups are from 5-6 pm, and the open mic begins at 6 pm with the featured readers following. The open mic is a chance to share your newest (or oldest) creative endeavor with a warm and welcoming audience in Emily Dickinson's own parlor. All are encouraged to share written word, music, and performance, or to simply lend a friendly ear!

Featured poets: Tara Jean Bernier and Catherine Weiss

Tara Jean Bernier is co-host of the weekly Northampton Poetry open mic and slam. Mama of a Kai and Keegan, she is not above using their antics as source material for her work. Not coincidentally, her piece, “Give me my ‘A’ in Scarlet”, included in The Seal Press anthology, The Good Mother Myth, is about them.

Catherine Weiss wants you to know she loves poems. And Lord of the Rings. And crying jags. Sometimes she loves them all at once. Catherine is known for her signature mix of humor and heart, and definitely not for punching through walls like the Hulk when she doesn't win a slam, which is usually. Her poetry has been published in such excellent literary journals as Voicemail Poems, Gravel Mag, and Jersey Devil Press. She's got illustrations appearing in Anxy's inaugural issue and sometimes designs chapbook covers for her poet friends. Catherine is the founder and editor-in-chief of the podcast and lit mag Slamchop.

Featured artist: Julia Waves

Julia studied graphic design at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany. She received her MFA in Illustration through a scholarship with Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Inspiration for her art is gathered from music and literature - novels, fairy tales and poetry alike. Recent works include visual interpretations of the folktale Giselle,  Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne and poetry by Virginia Woolf.