Lit Balm is a free, interactive, live-stream reading series that began in spring 2020 to soothe the souls of poetry lovers around the world. Hosted by writers in Louisiana; Massachusetts; and Melbourne, Australia, Lit Balm features readings by award-winning poets followed by an open mic for audience members. (To sign up, email Diane K. Martin, author of Conjugated Visits (2010) and Hue and Cry (2020), reads with Helen Ivory (The Anatomical Venus, 2019) and Fred Marchant (Said Not Said, 2017) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 19. Zoom link and reading archive available at

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