Mount Wachusett Community College will celebrate National Poetry Month on Tuesday, April 28 with a reading from new publications by Professor Michelle Valois and Reference and Instruction Librarian Jess Mynes. The reading will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the East Wing Gallery of the Gardner campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Valois, chair of MWCC’s Liberal Arts & Sciences and General Studies department, recently released her latest chapbook, My Found Vocabulary. Her writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, The Massachusetts Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Brevity, Fourth Genre, The Baltimore Review, Anderbo, The Literary Bohemian, and others. She has received writing grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She lives in western Massachusetts with her partner and their three children.
Mynes is the author of several books, including How’s the Cows (Cannot Exist Press) and Sky Brightly Picked (Skysill Press). He will read from his most recently collection, One Anthem, which is expected to be published this summer by Pressed Wafer. His poems have appeared in: The Brooklyn Rail, The Nation, Bright Pink Mosquito, Vlak, Shampoo, Big Bell, and various other publications. He co-curated a reading series, All Small Caps, in Wendell, Mass. for eight years. A resident of Wendell, he is the editor of Fewer & Further Press, where he publishes innovative contemporary poetry.