Mental Detours — Flaneur Walk Northampton

Looking for something to do in Northampton?

In the Flaneur Walks Pamphlet Series, writers create poetic/conceptual walking tours of the cities in which they live in order to guide readers through a re-exploration, re-habitation and re-experiencing of their urban space.  Readers purchase the pamphlets /maps and take the tour as the writers instruct.  Eye opening, interactive, and fun.

Northampton, Massachusetts is the site of our first Flaneur Walks, and we couldn't be happier! Northampton is a renowned cultural hub in the western region of Massachusetts, which Andrea Sachs of the Washington Post says, "is by tradition a place of activists, artists, intellects and rainbows."

mental detours

Transform Northampton, MA into your muse with Mental Detours, a self-guided writing and walking adventure. With pen in hand, step outside as author Betsy Wheeler leads you through a series of site-specific writing exercises designed to get you off the beaten track—to slow down, notice, and interact with the city in a way you've never done before. Use the blank pages in the book as your canvas and be inspired by Paradise City's chirping lights, bike paths, and steeples! A perfect outing for writers and creatives of every level. Not a writer? Grab your drawing pencils or camera and enjoy!

A perfect outing on your own or with friends.

Buy it now! $7.95

Betsy Wheeler

Betsy Wheeler
studied poetry and the art of the book at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse where she was a Maple House Fellow for Sutton Hoo Press. After a brief stint working in the publishing industry in Minnesota's Twin Cities (as an Intern at Graywolf Press, and as Events Coordinator at Consortium), she went on to receive her MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University. From 2005-2007 she held the Stadler Fellowship at Bucknell University. She now works as Managing Director for the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at UMass, Amherst and is editor and publisher of Pilot Books—a poetry micro-press. Her poems have appeared in Bat City Review, The Journal, Pebble Lake Review, Forklift Ohio, Octopus, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Start Here, is available from Small Anchor Press. A yoga devotee and damn fine cook, she lives in Northampton, MA with her partner, Meghan, and their two cats, Ollie and Brodie.

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