WORD/PLAY  is Medicine Show's writers' reading series, now in its 31st season.

It features 10 to 15 readings of varied kinds, such as an established and an emerging writer; group readings for literary magazines or other organizations; stagings of a writer's work with actors/musicians and the author present and often performing; Words Worth Singing (musical settings of poems). A reading committee chooses authors. We also solicit MSS on our website.

A bonus for us: after meeting the company at readings, writers often write for our plays (such as: Denise Duhamel, Ben Miller, Simon Pettitt, Filip Marinovich.) A few particualrly noteworthy past readers: Allen Ginsberg, Rita Dove, Leonard Cohen, Harry Mathews, Terry MacMillan, Kenneth Koch, Kurtis Lamkin, Linda Gregg, Jack Gilbert, Ron Padgett, Stephanie Strickland, Grace Paley, Gerald Stern, D. Nurkse, Denise Duhamel, Mervyn Taylor, Barry Wallenstein, Meena Alexander, Kimiko Hahn, Susan Sherman, Tuli Kupferberg, Yusef Komanyakaa, Paul Muldoon, John Ashbery, and many you haven't heard of--yet! 

Group readings have included Phat'itude, FLARF, Black Lotus, The Unbearables, Hanging Loose Press, Fish Drum Magazine, and student poets from Beacon High School, among others.