NORTH ADAMS -- The Parlor Cafe will hold its First Thursday Poetry at 8 tonight (sign-ups at 7:30). All poets have approximately 5 to 10 minutes (or 2 pieces) depending on demand. All are encouraged to bring poems, prose, shorts stories, lyrics, articles, etc., their own or written by someone else. theparlorcafe.com

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STOCKBRIDGE -- Members of Berkshire poet Michelle Gillett's writing workshop will read from their work at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in "Voices from the Workshop" at the Stockbridge Library. For information, call (413)298- 4814 or (413) 298-5501.

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BERKSHIRES -- The area's own variation on NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) has kicked off this week: Berkshire County's WordXWord has begun its annual 30x30 challenge. WordXWord will offer a prompt for a new poem each day in April, and any writer who writes and submits a poem may see it on the 3030poetry.com website. To join in, visit wordxwordestival.com.

NaPoWriMo itself is an informal and voluntary group of poets who share poetry online in April, with daily prompts, run by Washington D.C. poet Maureen Thorson. To learn more, visit www.napowrimo.net.

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MANCHESTER -- Revel in the music of poetry at the First Congregational Church of Manchester on Tuesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. Pianist Michael Arnowitt will explore the musical aspects of poetry and song lyrics, the work of great writers and the music of classical composers and pop songwriters.


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He will begin with a jazz performance from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

The free public presentation is a Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Mark Skinner Library. For more information, call (802) 362-2607.