Local Access to Valley Arts’ first Online Open Mic!
We’re excited to share people’s works, people in our community, and friends of ours from all over, who continue to be creative through this time of social distancing.
We hope you enjoy the videos, and we encourage you to comment on the videos and thank the artists for sharing. You can also get more information on all the artists below.
We’re going to do two more Online Open Mics in April, so start putting together your submissions! Click here for dates, details, and how to submit.
Your donations are appreciated during this challenging time, to help maintain our programming.
Named Beat Poet Laureate twice, once for Massachusetts for 2017–2019, second time for U S National Beat Poet Laureate for 2019–2020. Paul is best described as political, deadpan and wryly humorous delivered in his own style. He hosts monthly and annual spoken-word poetry events: the Great Falls Word Festival, the Word Stage, at the North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival, and Greenfield Third Tuesday. He has performed nationally and internationally. His work has been published in five books, in journals, magazines, anthologies and poetry collections.
Nina Gross is one of our local poets and sometimes host of our open mic nights. She wants to shout out to all the regulars and newcomers. Let’s hold up the sky! Love is love!
Lindy Whiton has been sharing her poetry in Western Mass since 1997.
The John Lentz Trio
The John Lentz Trio is Bill Winslow, piano; Michael Suter, double bass; and John Lentz, vocals. They play jazz standards and our own arrangements of contemporary music. They’ve been playing regularly at The Rendezvous in Turners Falls and Luthier’s Coop in Easthampton. Shout out to Ben Goldsher for the video.
Jan Maher is a Greenfield-based writer, a co-founder of Local Access to Valley Arts, and a co-coordinator of The LAVA Center. You can support local businesses by buying her books from Federal Street Books, federalstreetbooks.com. They deliver locally and ship to points further afield.
Michael Nix performs on classical guitar, banjo, and mandolin throughout the United States and Asia, and he has recorded for the PBS series “American Experience”, independent documentaries, and numerous CD projects. His compositions are performed internationally.
Playwright | Director | Actor | Art-Integrated Equity Consultant Trenda Loftin integrates artistic expression with nuanced identity exploration. Body-centered and collaborative, she works to create performances that anchor in connection and the (re)memory of collective power. trendaloftin.com
Samantha Wood is an artist and journalist living in western Massachusetts. She is a member of Exploded View, an arts collective, and has worked in local journalism for most of the last two decades. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Joshua Daniel Hershfield
Joshua Daniel Hershfield is an Actor, Guitarist, Singer, and Songwriter. His work has been nominated for Best Pop Song in the Hollywood Music Awards, and for the Song Of The Year Competition. He has performed internationally including as a guest performer on the French TV show U-Live.
Amie Hyson has been writing poetry & reading out locally since 2015. She lives in Greenfield where, since 2017, her love of writing has led her to facilitate workshops through Voices From Inside, an organization that provides writing workshops for incarcerated, previously incarcerated & women in recovery. She is working on her first book of poetry, hopefully to be published later in the year.
Vanessa Query is a writer, director, performer, and organizer who lives in Greenfield. She has a theater degree from Antioch College and has also trained in circus sideshow and stunt work, improv comedy, guerrilla theater, melodrama, and commedia dell’arte. vanessaquery.com
One-Word Story Project
Trenda Loftin has been organizing the One-Word Story Project for this past week or so. These stories here are being reading by some of the collaborators. Each of these stories was created by over 30 people from all over the country.
Zoe Rinchen Lemos a 16-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist who has played in bands since she was ten years old is now branching out as a solo artist. Her lyrics tell stories of political oppression and hope, the love and struggles through the eyes of a young queer Tibetan Greek. Her band ZoKi Band (@ZokiBand) has opened for Antigone Rising, June Millington, NRBQ and more.
Phil Ragland, aka Nick Bluenotes, is an independent artist originally from Springfield, now living in Greenfield. He has been creating music for 20 years with a well rounded body of work consisting of real life content from the street and working class point of view. open.spotify.com/artist/0SWJDX2P3pVOxngafp5UXv
s g collins
Friend-of-LAVA s g collins is a writer and director from Boston who now lives in Amsterdam. www.postwar.nl/