Arnie’s Poetry Café
Named in loving memory of the late, great MV Poet Laureate emeritus Arnie Reisman, who founded the Playhouse’s Poetry Café and hosted dozens of Vineyard poets from 2014 – 2021. Arnie’s Poetry Café returned, in-person, in 2022. From January until April, each month featured a guest host and other poets. Videos are available to watch on our website.


Past Events (Continued)

2020

2019

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Poetry & Pie – November 2019

November 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Season premiere! Featuring guest poets Steve Ewing (Edgartown Poet Laureate), Jill Jupen (Martha's Vineyard Poet Laureate), Ann Lees and Christopher Legge.

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Poetry Cafe March 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7 pm
Monthly cafe featuring work of island poets, with guests Donald Nitchie, Marlan Sigelman, Spencer Thurlow and Jennifer Tseng. Guest hosted by Fan Ogilvie
$10 cash only admission, includes a beverage and a slice of Pie Chicks pie.

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Poetry Cafe February 2019

February 14, 2019 at 7 pm
An evening celebrating Judith Neeld, a 1985 winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Emily Dickinson Award, featuring readings from a range of her poems. Hosted by Arnie Reisman.
$10 cash only admission, includes a beverage and a slice of Pie Chicks pie.

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Poetry Cafe

Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm
With guest poets Holly Bergon, Paul Dawson,* Christopher Legge and Annette Sandrock *Paul Dawson has canceled due to a cold. We are happy to announce that Maureen Hall will be reading in his stead.

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2018

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Poetry Cafe

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm
With guest poets Justen Ahren, Margaret Emerson, Steve Ewing and Jennifer Smith-Turner

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Poetry Cafe

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Hosted by Arnie Reisman
With guest poets Jill Jupen, Clark Myers, Donald Nitchie and Fan Ogilvie

$10 admission includes a beverage and slice of Pie Chicks pie

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Poetry Cafe

April 5, 2018 at 7 pm

Hosted by Arnie Reisman
with poets Steve Ewing, Don McLagan, Georgia Morris, Barbara Peckham, Laura Roosevelt and Michael West

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Poetry Cafe

March 1, 2018

Hosted by ARNIE REISMAN

with poets Ellie Bates, Maureen Hall, Lee McCormack, Donald Nitchie and Rose Styron


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Poetry Café

Thursday, February 1 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by
ARNIE REISMAN

With poets:
Justen Ahren
Liz Pozen
Susan Puciul
Brooks Robards
Annette Sandrock

$10 at the door, cash only
Price includes a beverage and a slice of PIE CHICKS pie.


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Poetry Café – January – canceled due to weather

January 4, 2018 at 7 pm
Hosted by
ARNIE REISMAN

Joined by Poets
Alice B. Fogel (New Hampshire Poet Laureate)
Donald Nitchie
Annette Sandrock
Peter Lederman

$10 at the door, cash only
Price includes a beverage and a slice of PIE CHICKS pie.


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2017

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Poetry Café – December

December 7, 2017 at 7 pm
Hosted by
ARNIE REISMAN

Joined by Poets
Emma Young
Dan Waters
Christopher Legge
Holly St. John Bergon

$10 at the door, cash only
Price includes a beverage and a slice of PIE CHICKS pie.


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Poetry Café – November

November 2, 2017 at 7 pm
Hosted by
ARNIE REISMAN

Joined by Poets
Jennifer Smith-Turner
Fan Ogilvie
Richard Skidmore
Clark Myers

$10 at the door, cash only
Price includes a beverage and a slice of PIE CHICKS pie.


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Poetry Café – April

April 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Hosted by MV Poet Laureate
ARNIE REISMAN

Joined by Poets
Brooks Robards
Lee McCormack
Valerie Sonnenthal
Maureen D. Hall

$10 at the door, cash only
Price includes a beverage and a slice of PIE CHICKS pie.


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Poetry Café – March

March 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Hosted by MV Poet Laureate
ARNIE REISMAN

Joined by Poets
Nan Byrne
Holly St. John Bergon
Barbara Peckham
Peter Ledermann

$10 at the door, cash only
Price includes a beverage and a slice of PIE CHICKS pie.


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Poetry Café – February

February 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Hosted by MV Poet Laureate
ARNIE REISMAN
FAN OGILVIE
(Arnie is on vacation)

Joined by Poets
Chris Legge
Judith Neeld
Rose Styron
Emma Young

$10 at the door, cash only
Price includes a beverage and a slice of PIE CHICKS pie.


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