Listen to poetry, learn about food preservation at the Mattapoisett Library

MATTAPOISETT – The Mattapoisett Library offers a schedule of fun adult programs for the rest of October.

Elizabeth Sylvia and Wendy Drexler will read their recent work on Saturday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mattapoisett Library.

None But Witches: Poems On Shakespeare’s Women is a superb debut collection by Elizabeth Sylvia, winner of the 5th Annual Three Mile Harbor Poetry Prize. Although Sylvia began to accept the truism that Shakespeare was notable for the depth of its female characters, she found herself assuming that women had much more to say than they were given. Sylvia’s poetry has been published in a wide range of literary journals including Salamander, Pleiades, Slipstream and Crab Creek Review.

Wendy Drexler will read her latest excerpt, Notes from the Column of Memory, published in September 2022. Drexler is the recipient of a 2022 Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is the author of two previous collections, the most recent Before There Was Before (Iris Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, The Threepenny Review and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among others. Her work has been featured on Verse Daily and WBUR, as well as numerous anthologies. She has been poet-in-residence at New Mission High School in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, since 2018, and co-chair of programming for the New England Poetry Club.

Light refreshments will be served.

Learn more about canning and preserving in a workshop presented by Rhonda Fazio at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 23. Rhonda brings years of experience in food storage, and she’ll share lots of tips for best practices as well as favorite recipes. Registration is required as space is limited; register online through the library events calendar at This program is organized by the Mattapoisett Sustainability Partnership.

Larksgrove will present a concert featuring the works of contemporary composers at a grant-funded event on Saturday, October 29 at 2:00 p.m. Dynamic duo Larksgrove delve into the works of living composers, discussing the process of collaborating with these creators and performing more recent works. Larksgrove will discuss the extensive techniques needed to perform these works, how these pieces are influenced by modern times and society, and how they approach the rehearsal and preparation of a composition such as this.

For more information on these programs, contact the library at (508) 758-4171 or email [email protected]