Let’s make some leaders!

A special community announcement…

The deal: There’s a pretty cool house in town you may not know about. It’s called the ABC House (A Better Chance), on Prospect Street, and basically what the folks at ABC do is bring super-smart kids of color from crappy school systems to come live in Amherst and learn in our schools and participate in our community.

The upside: Our community benefits because our kids get to hang out with these driven and talented students. Their community benefits because ABC molds these students into leaders. And those leaders eventually benefit all of us. Deval Patrick is an ABC alum. So is the singer Tracy Chapman. And Dr. Bonnie Jenkins, the U.S. Rep in the G8 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction.

The problem: Our ABC House recently got hit with funding cuts to the tune of about $20k. Their annual budget is around $100k, and they need to raise at least a third of that this Saturday, at their annual Fall Foliage Walk/Run. And so far, not nearly enough people have signed up.

Boom: Board president John Sieracki has described ABC as “a way people can act locally to directly combat institutional racism.” It’s this directness and localness that we really admire here at Amherst Live. That’s why we’ll be there for the Foliage Walk/Run this Saturday. Registration for the run begins at 8:30a, with the walk registration at 9a. Full details here.

See you there!


Amherst Live @ Amherst Poetry Festival

We have two poetry events happening Saturday, Sept. 20, as part of the Amherst Poetry Festival.

1) Amherst Live 2014 Poetry Prize Semi-Finalist Reading: From 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. at the Sweetser Park stage four of our ten talented semifinalists for the 2014 Amherst Live poetry prize will read their poems and field occasional questions from Amherst Live host Oliver Broudy. Readers include Jacob Chapman, Kathleen Kelley, Ingrid Steblea, and Gerald Yelle. Details here.

2) Amherst Live erotica poetry reading: The Amherst Live erotica poetry reading caps off the Saturday of the Amherst Poetry Festival. Please join us at The Monkey Bar, 63 North Pleasant Street, for this skin-tingling, language-enticing event. We’re pretty… ahem… excited about this one! We’ll mix readings and performances with diverting trials of wit and wordcraft, raunchy drink specials, and a smorgasbord of saucy prizes for the winners. Readers include Sally Bellerose, Nicole DiCello, Corwin Ericson, Daniel Hales, and Ellen LaFleche. Performance poet Adam Stone will host the event. $3 cover.

Check out the other events at the Amherst Poetry Festival, which takes place Sept. 19 – 21. A full schedule is available here.

Poetry Prize Semi-Finalists!

Congratulations to our 2014 Poetry Prize Semi-Finalists!

Jacob Chapman, Amherst
Lori Desrosiers, Westfield
Oonagh Doherty, Northampton
Shawn Durrett, South Deerfield
Adam Grabowski, Holyoke
James Heflin, South Deerfield
Kathleen Kelley, Florence
Connolly Ryan, Florence
Ingrid Steblea, Greenfield
Gerald Yelle, Amherst

Be sure to catch our poets at the Amherst Live portion of the Amherst Poetry Festival on September 20. In the coming weeks, two finalists will be chosen to appear in our January show.

Parking for 9/13 Amherst Live Show

The third issue of Amherst Live takes place 7pm, this Saturday, September 13, at Bowker Auditorium, UMass-Amherst. The event venue is circled in pink on the attached map.

Parking is free on all flat lots (green on the map) on the UMass campus on weekends. If you can’t find parking on a flat lot, the parking garage (orange on the map) charges $1.50/hr.




0914-flyerLimited tickets for the 9/13 show are available at the door for $15. $7 for students.


Saturday, September 13, 2014
Bowker Auditorium, UMass-Amherst
Doors 7pm; Show 7:30pm
Catered Afterparty at the UMass Student Union Ballroom

This show is only made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

Amherst Live is hiring!

Amherst Live is looking for a Production Manager (PM). PM will work closely with the Executive Producer (EP) to take the show from script to stage (and video) three times a year. This means:

—Working individually with each element to ensure the creative vision is achieved in the best possible way:
• Coordinating with Lighting Designer to achieve best result for both stage and video;
• Coordinating with house band and EP to develop effective accompaniment;
• Coordinating with Sound Engineer and Sound Designer to achieve best result for stage and video;
• Coordinating with Video Production team to achieve best results for both stage and video;
—Managing all elements (talent, lighting, stage design, music, sound, video, catering) so everyone knows where they need to be, and when; creating timelines and schedules for scriptwork and rehearsals;
—Organizing and facilitating rehearsals;
—Organizing and managing the show;
—Facilitating communication between front of the house and backstage;
—Consulting with EP on best use of show resources.

Amherst Live is currently awaiting nonprofit status. Funding is limited at this time, but PM will be paid a stipend tbd.

Issue No. 2 Podcast is here!

AmherstLive Issue No. 2 podcast is available! Did you miss out on the show? Are you jonesing for the inside scoop on our small town? The comings, the goings, the fringes, the underbelly, the here, the there. Well the there is here now! Chock full of Poetry, Trees, Ideas, Farming, Neighborhood Planning, and Music full of awesome. 

Check out the free Amherst Live podcast on iTunes. It’s a great listen while you’re chopping those spring onions from Farmer Dan.