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Fri, Apr 05


Sanctuary (in Thornes Marketplace)

Spring Author Reading & Craft Discussion: The Art of the Opening

If you're a writer, reader, or enjoy the spoken/written word in any form, join us this FRIDAY APRIL 5, for an IN-PERSON event in downtown Northampton MA! LIVE MANDOLIN MUSIC from Daring Coyotes at 7pm, and a READING featuring our brilliant guest authors starting at 7:30! Details below.

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Spring Author Reading & Craft Discussion: The Art of the Opening
Spring Author Reading & Craft Discussion: The Art of the Opening

Time & Location

Apr 05, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Sanctuary (in Thornes Marketplace), 150 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

About the event

Join Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop for a reading featuring guest authors Anders Carlson-Wee, Mira Bartók, Peter Medeiros, and Joy Baglio, reading from their work, followed by a craft discussion on the art of openings (across all genres). A collaboration between Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop and Sanctuary. 

Don't forget to enter your name at the door for the chance to win a gift card to a one-day PVWW workshop (drawing at the end of the event) 

Free and open to all!

WHEN: Friday, April 5. Doors open at 7pm (with live music by David Clark Carroll of Daring Coyotes starting at 7pm!) Reading begins at 7:30pm. Event ends around 8:45/9pm.

WHERE: Sanctuary (150 Main St), on the top floor of Thornes Marketplace. 

ACCESSIBILITY: There is an elevator in Thornes Marketplace that goes up to the top floor (Sanctuary). There are ramps as well with easy access from the parking garage into Thornes.

PARKING: There is ample street parking on Main Street. Additionally, the E. John Gare Parking Garage is located directly behind Thornes Marketplace (entrance to this garage is on Old South St) with easy access into Thornes. More details on parking here at Thornes here!

ARRIVING EARLY? There are many great restaurants steps from Thornes Marketplace (on Main Street), including Paul & Elizabeth's inside Thornes. Sanctuary, where our reading takes place, also has yoga classes, and there are bookstores and other shopping options around Thornes as well.


ANDERS CARLSON-WEE is the author of Disease of Kings (W.W. Norton, 2023), The Low Passions (W.W. Norton, 2019), a New York Public Library Book Group Selection, and Dynamite (Bull City Press, 2015), winner of the Frost Place Chapbook Prize. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, BuzzFeed, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other publications. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, he is the winner of the Poetry International Prize. His work has been translated into Chinese. Anders holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and is represented by Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents. Find him at

MIRA BARTÓK is the author of The Memory Palace, a New York Times bestselling memoir and winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. Her writing has appeared in numerous places, including Another Chicago Magazine, Jubilat, The Massachusetts Review, Kenyon Review, and Psychology Today, among others. She has also written and illustrated 32 books for children, including The Wonderling: Songcatcher, published by Candlewick Press and The Wonderling: Singing Tree, forthcoming in 2025. A major motion picture of The Wonderling series is currently in development. Mira is also a Fulbright Scholar in Circumpolar Anthropology and Folklore, and a spokesperson for TransCultural Exchange, an international arts organization that seeks to foster greater understanding between world cultures through artistic collaboration.

PETER MEDEIROS teaches writing and Kung Fu--though never at the same time. His teaching in and around Boston remains a major inspiration for much of his fiction. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. He been publishing fiction since 2013, and was most recently featured in the July 2022 issue of GigaNotoSaurus.  Peter is represented by Susan Velazquez Colmant at JABerwocky Literary Agency. 

​JOY BAGLIO ​is the founder/director of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop (PVWW). Her short stories have appeared widely, in journals such as The Missouri Review, Tin House, American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Apex, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast, New Ohio Review, and elsewhere. Recent honors include fellowships, scholarships, and grants from Yaddo, Ragdale, The Elizabeth George Foundation, Bread Loaf,  Sewanee, The Speculative Literature Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, The Kerouac Project, among others. Joy holds an MFA from The New School and is currently at work on both a collection of short stories and a novel. She's represented by Peter Steinberg at United Talent Agency (UTA). In her free time, she plays the bagpipes. Follow her on twitter at @JoyBaglio or visit her online at 

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