ANTRIM HOUSE EVENTS, AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

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(All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise listed.)


SUSAN ALLISON


 LAURA ALTSHUL

Monday, April 9th, 7 pm, RJ Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT: reading/book-signing (with Victor Altshul, Ginny Lowe Connors, Andrea Fry, and others)


 VICTOR ALTSHUL

For a stellar Kirkus Reviews commentary on Singing with Starlings, see https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/victor-altshul/singing-with-starlings/.

Featured poet in the Sun., Jan 24, 2016 "Poets Corner" column in the Arts Section of the Hartford Courant. Google "Hartford Courant Poet's Corner."

Foreword Reviews has issued a glowing review of Victor Altshul's newest book, Ode to My Autumn: https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/ode-to-my-autumn/.

Monday, April 9th, 7 pm, RJ Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT: reading/book-signing (with Laura Altshul, Ginny Lowe Connors, Andrea Fry, and others)


 INA ANDERSON


JAKE ANDERSON


 CAROL A. ARMSTRONG


 EMILY H. AXELROD

Emily Axelrod's poem "Sonoma," which is in her new book, Passerby, is the Goodreads Poem of the Month for March, 2016.


DON BARKIN


MARGE ROGERS BARRETT

See YouTube for a Friday, Nov. 4 interview of Marge Barrett in the Voices of Northeast video series.

For a fine review of CALLED, see http://collegevilleinstitute.org/bearings/called-making-unmaking-nun/.

For a stellar review of Called: the Making and Unmaking of a Nun, see http://www.midwestbookreview.com/rbw/dec_16.htm#rc.


AL BASILE


SHERRI BEDINGFIELD


POLLY BRODY

Two poems from Other Nations will appear in an Anthology of Heritage Village Writers that will be published in the spring of 2017. Also included will be a chapter from Lore, a memoir collection.


BOB BROOKS

We are sad to report that Bob died on Friday, December 18, 2015. Some of you may know that he was in poor health for some time before his death. With support from hospice and his family, he was able to stay at home, and he was alert and as comfortable as they could make him until the end. If you want to send a message, you can reach Hester Brooks at hesterbrx@mac com.


MIRIAM BROOKS BUTTERWORTH


KATHARINE CARLE


MICHAEL CERVAS


GINNY LOWE CONNORS

For a witty, iconoclastic poem by Ginny on Your Daily Poem, visit http://www.yourdailypoem.com/listpoem.jsp?poem_id=2037.

Ginny's "In the Museum of Cold Ideas" is an Editor's Choice" in the Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge feature. To read this gem of a poem, visit http://www.rattle.com/in-the-museum-of-cold-ideas-by-ginny-lowe-cnnors/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rattle%2FCNOS+%28Rattle%3A+Poetry+for+the+21st+Century%29.

In addition, Ginny's poem "The Old Halfback" is a 2nd Runner-Up in the 2015 Crosswinds Annual Poetry Contest.

For Ginny Lowe Connors' engaging and illuminating review of Paul Mariani's The Whole Harmonium, a critical bioraphy of Wallace Stevens, visit http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/whole-harmonium.

See the seminar section of the Antrim House website (www.antrimhousebooks.com/seminar.html) for information on a Teacher’s Guide for Ginny Lowe Connors’ new book, Toward the Hanging Tree. Also included is a Reviewers’ Guide.

For an excellent article on Toward the Hanging Tree in West Hartford Life, visit https://view.publitas.com/p222-6222/whl_1116_layout1/page/24.

And for a Mass Poetry piece on the book, visit http://www.masspoetry.org/towardthehangingtree.

Visit http://www.versedaily.org/2016/bettyparrishearsonlyno.shtml for a Verse Daily poem selected from Toward the Hanging Tree.

The Grayson Books anthology Forgotten Women will be launched in the River Wood Poetry Series on March 9th. Connecticut contributors will be reading selections from it.

We are pleased to announce that Ginny Lowe Connors' Toward the Hanging Tree is a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award and also the da Vinci Eye Award of the Eric Hoffer competition.

Ginny's "The Wolf in Me" has won the New Millenium Writing's Monthly Muse award.You can read it at http://newmillenniumwritings.org/the-wolf-in-me/

March 22, 7 PM, RJ Julia in Middletown, CT, 413 Main St.: Poetry of Presence reading (mindfulness poems) with editors of Poetry of Presence (Grayson Books). Participants to include the two editors, who will also be available to answer questions: Phyllis Cole-Dai and Ruby R. Wilson as well as Ginny Connors, David Leff, Sheri Bedingfield, and Joan Hofmann.

April 9, 7 PM, RJ Julia in Madison, 768 Boston Post Rd., short reading of poems from the anthology Forgotten Women. Participants to include Ginny Connors, Laura Altshul, Victor Altshul, and others.

May 17, 7 pm, the Institute Library, 847 Chapel St., New Haven, CT: a brief talk on the poetry of four recently deceased poets. Julia Paul will talk about John Ashbury; Pat Mottola will present the poetry of Derek Walcott; Christine Beck will talk about Richard Wilbur; and Ginny Connors will present the poetry of C.D. Wright.


JEANNE WESTON COOK

POEM CITY MONTPELIER is a unique series of events going on through the month of April. In addition to the events listed, selected poems are posted in storefronts throughout the city for the month. Jeanne Cook will be involved in a reading, and will have two poems posted. See http://www.kellogghubbard.org/images/Events/PoemCity narrative schedule.pdf


MELISSA CROGHAN

Melissa was interviewed on WNPR (90.5 FM) in Hartford on Tues., Jan. 10, 2017 at 9 a.m., with a repeat at 7 p.m. She discussed her work with refugee children in Jordan and l read some of her poetry based on that work, much of which was published in The CT Poets Corner of The Hartford Courant in November, 2016 and can be found in the paper's online version (http://www.courant.com/entertainment/arts-theater/hc-connecticut-poet-melissa-croghan-20161121-story.html).

JANE D'ARISTA


KATHLEEN DALE


NANCY DALEY


BRAD DAVIS


CHERYL DELLA PELLE

ANNOUNCING POETRY READING @SPEAKEASY NOELKE GALLERY, WATER STREET, TORRINGTON

OPEN MIC & FEATURED READER CHERYL DELLA PELLE 6:30 - 9:00 P.M SUNDAY, APRIL 8TH

The Noelke Gallery is a beautiful storefront gallery on Water Street, just steps from the Five Points Gallery. Come support spoken word
and poetry. Hope to see some old and new friends there.


ANNE MAGEE DICHELE


DANNY DOVER


JEFF DUTKO


CORA M. EKWURTZEL


PRISCILLA WEAR ELLSWORTH


CHARLES B. FERGUSON


KATE FETHERSTON


CAROL GABRIELSON FINE


STEVE FOLEY


HARPER FOLLANSBEE, JR.


ANNE CARROLL FOWLER


TOM GANNON

For an enthusiastic review of Food for a Journey, see http://www.gonzomeetsthepress.com.

We are very pleased to announce that Tom Gannon's Food for a Journey has won the prestigious Book Excellence Award in Poetry.

Tom Gannon's March 16, 2016 reading is streamable on the Takoma Park (MD) local access television website.


JEN GATES


BARBARA GERMIAT

Thursday, May 22, 2018, 6:15 - 7:30 p.m., Caramel Crisp & Cafe, 200 City Center #D, Oshkosh WI: reading and book-signing.


JESSICA GIGOT

Jessica's Flood Patterns has been included in a list of new poetry from Gyroscope Review.

It is a great pleasure to announce that Jessica Gigot's Flood Patterns is a poetry finalist in the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award competition!

Jessica will be participating in the Tupelo Press 30/30 project (writing 30 poems in 30 days!).

Jessica's Tedx talk "The Poetics of Food" has been published! Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeXvRjNUsqI.

February 23rd, hosting a reading at the i.e. in Edison featuring Kevin Craft, Andrew Shelling and Georgia Johnson. Come join us for an amazing night of poetry. The event starts at 6 pm and light refreshments will be available. Books for sale too!

March 18th from 3-4:30 pm, Oak Harbor Public Library, with an open mic between sets.

Skagit River Poetry Foundation festival, May 17-20, 2018. Early Bird tickets are available until March 15th. Come up to La Conner to experience this incredible line-up of poets!


JONATHAN GILLMAN

The Chinese version of My Father Humming was published as a special section in the April, 2016 issue of the Chinese journal POETRY MONTHLY, edited by Wang Mingyun.


SARAH GLAZ


NICHOLAS GIOSA

Nick Giosa's This Sliding Light of Day was a poetry finalist in the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award competition!


DICK GREENE


INGRID GRENON


LORENCE GUTTERMAN


NICK HARRIS


MARYE GAIL HARRISON


DORIS HENDERSON


LYNN HOFFMANN

The Canadian on-line literary magazine, Bibliosofia/Canada, has translated Lynn’s anthologized poem, “The Gift,” into Italian; the poem appears in the magazine’s latest issue at http://www.bibliosofia.net/Il_dono_The_Gift_Hoffman__1_.pdf.


JOAN HOFMANN

POETRY BOOK LAUNCH AND PRINT POP-UP MINI-EXHIBITION. Sunday, March 25, 2:00 p.m., Canton Gallery on the Green, 5 Canton Green, Canton, CT (on the corner between Dowd Avenue and Route 44). Grayson Press has recently published Alive, a chapbook by Joan Hofmann, Poet Laureate of Canton, which contains artwork by Walter Kendra, artist and resident of Canton. Come listen to Ms. Hofmann read from her book and look at the Focus Series of oil monotypes created by Mr. Kendra which will be on exhibit. Prints from the Focus Series are both on the cover and inside of Alive. In addition, Connecticut poets John Surowiecki and Tony Fusco will read poems, and all are invited to view the gallery installations. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 20, 7:00 p.m., Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT: a reading by Joan Hofmann entitled "The Natural World, Poetically Speaking." There will also be an open mic focused on poems written and read by participants on related topics (e.g. natural world, climate change, conservation). $5 donation recommended.


KEVIN HOGAN

Kevin's latest Huffington Post article "How Does a Bi Marriage Really Work?" has attracted interest, and he was interviewed as part of HuffPostLive on Nov. 12, 2015 during the weekly 'Queer View' segment.

For a stellar review of My Riastrad, see http://foundcraftygreenart.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/my-riastrad-by-kevin-hogan.html.

Wednesday, Nov.18th, 9 pm-10:30 pm ET: interview on The Ann Walker Show with Scott Nevin (radio, Universal Broadcasting Network out of Hollywood, CA) as both a bi-sexual activist and a stigma expert.

The video/telecast from Kevin's appearance on The Ann Walker Show will be re-aired this coming Wednesday 11/25 from 9-10:30 pm EST. Or the audio-only podcast can be downloaded at http://ubnradio.com/randy-jones-and-kevin-hogan/. During this adult-themed 'tell it like it is' program, Ann gets Kevin to open up about a variety of timely topics, and even gets him to read "The Gender Bend" from his collection My Ríastrad.

Kevin will be a radio guest on Left of Str8 on Dec. 8th from 5-7 pm EST. It's a special show about stigma, trauma, and coping with depression before, during and after the holidays. How Kevin's writing, especially poetry, helps him stay positive and heal stigma will be discussed.

My Ríastrad will be reviewed in the upcoming Winter issue of the Journal Polymath (http://www.vraeydamedia.ca/polymath) out of Vancouver, BC.

Recently, one of Kevin's favorite poems from My Ríastrad ("A Lovelier World") was transformed into an animated video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_4bVYW01QY.

"Beginning Feb 18 at 5pm EST (and running 5pm-6pm on Thursdays Kevin Hogan will be the co-host of "Healing Stigma on Left" of Str8 Radio (www.healingstigmaradio.com) - a weekly national radio program via the Universal Broadcasting Network.

Kevin was recently interviewed by K-Town & Kim Style of "Same Sex Dialogue" out of Knoxville. They're one of the top 100 downloaded podcasts on iTunes: https://www.spreaker.com/user/samesexdialogue/nooo-im-bisexual-youre-confused-intervie. And here's the iTunes link for the show: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nooo-im-bisexual-youre-confused/id1069677478?i=363771460&mt=2.

MassPoetry.org is now listing My Ríastrad as a hot new read amongst recently published Massachusetts Poets. See http://www.masspoetry.org/newbooks/. Kevin was recently interviewed by MassPoetry, the results of which will go live around March 7th in the series "Getting to Know."

This just in: Kevin Hogan's My Ríastrad is a Lambda Literary Finalist!

On June 6, 2016, Kevin will attend the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, as My Ríastrad has been named a 2016 Lambda Finalist. The event celebrates literary achievements in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender writing for books published in 2015. The red carpet gala will be held at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

For a passionate Huffington Post article by Kevin (“We the People Make America Great: Viewpoint of an American Bisexual”), visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-hogan2/we-the-people-make-americ_b_9865388.html?utm_hp_ref=bisexual.

In the July-August 2016 number of The Gay & Lesbian Review you will find a guest editorial by Kevin Hogan on "Healing Stigma" as well as his poem "The Gender Bend." See http://www.glreview.org/article/healing-stigma-in-the-age-of-social%E2%80%88media/.

Kevin Hogan recently gave a poetry reading (“A Lovelier World” from My Ríastrad) as part of the White House Bisexual Community Briefing held at the White House on Monday, September 26th. To experience his reading, visit https://youtu.be/vNQ-UHFfen8?t=1h40m52s.

Kevin Hogan's newest blog concerns the vital necessity of reducing hate-crimes in these post-election times: http://www.healingstigma.com/single-post/2016/11/22/Healing-Stigma-and-Reducing-Hate-Crime-in-Post-Election-America.

Kevin Hogan's latest blog can be read at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/divided-we-fall_us_58c80125e4b03400023f4b4d.

Kevin Hogan's latest blog can be read at http://www.healingstigma.com/single-post/2017/08/10/Why-a-Stigmatizer-in-Chief-Benefits-No-Americans

On October 1, Kevin Hogan will be interviewed for an hour on the "Studio A" program of WKCR 89.9 FM New York. This is one of the longest running literary shows in the U.S.and emanates from Columbia University).

On Oct. 21, Kevin Hogan's most recent blog was published: "Reading Poetry and Healing Stigma on Columbia University’s WKCR Studio A.” For more information, see www.healingstigma.com.


DEMING HOLLERAN


SARA INGRAM


BOB JACOB


BROOKE HERTER JAMES

Brooke Herter James is part of a group that reads from 5:00 to 7:30 PM on the first Thursday of each month at The Mont Vert Cafe, 67 Central St, Woodstock, VT.


CECELIA D. JOHNSON


JOEL F. JOHNSON

Joel Johnson's poem, "An Idea She Got from Oprah" was featured on the Rattle website as a poem of the day: http://www.rattle.com/poetry/an-idea-she-got-from-oprah-by-joel-f-johnson/

An interview with Joel Johnson as been posted on "Geosi Reads": https://geosireads.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/interview-with-joel-f-johnson-author-of-a-map-of-what-matters/.


MARILYN E. JOHNSTON


ARLENE SWIFT JONES


JOAN KANTOR

Kirkus Reviews has issued a glowing review of Joan's newest book, Fading into Focus. Visit https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/joan-kantor/fading-focus/.

Joan Kantor's Fading into Focus has won First Place in the Poetry category for the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Kudos!

On February 27th, 2016, Joan's poem "In Between" was featured on "Your Daily Poem."


LES KAY

We have lost a great spirit. Les Kay passed away in late September, 2016 after a lingering illness. We will miss him. He has left behind his prose poetry memoir, Kilo Co, as a lasting legacy.


PHYLLIS BECK KATZ


MARGARET KEANE - SISTER MARIE MICHAEL KEANE


JIM KELLEHER


ELIZABETH KINCAID-EHLERS


TRICIA KNOLL

Saturday, April 28, 3 pm, I'll be reading garden-themed poetry at the Lan Su Chinese Garden, 220 NW Second Avenue, Portland, as part of the Garden's celebration of Poetry Month. I'll read for about 30 minutes or so.

Saturday, May 26, 3-5 pm Portland poet Emmett Wheatfall will join me to present poems about race at West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR. This will be the book launch for my new collection of poetry, How I Learned To Be White." Emmett has many years as a person working on behalf of diversity. He's a musician and fine poet. We will read for a while and then have coffee and conversation. There is a parking lot. I'm planning to move sometime this summer so I'm looking forward to what may be a final reading in Portland. You can read more about Emmett on his website -- I'm honored he will join me. The Racial Justice Committee at the Fellowship is sponsoring the reading.


ALEX KOCHKIN


JUDY KRONENFELD


JOAN KUNSCH


PAM LACKO


SUSANNAH LAWRENCE


KENNETH LEE

Self-Portrait with Hourglass, Kenneth Lee's fourth book is now available. Information can be found at krlee900@gmail.com.


ANN MIRABILE LEES


DAVID K. LEFF

Saturday, February 10, 4:00 p.m., House of Books, 10 North Main Street, Kent, Connecticut, a poetry reading with Lori Desrosiers, Patrick Donnelly and Karen Skolfield. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/804121989749536/?active_tab=about or call 80-927-4104.

Saturday, March 3, 3:00 to 5:30 p.m., Byrd’s Books, 126 Greenwoods Avenue, Bethel, Connecticut, a poetry reading with Laurel Peterson, Lisa Schwartz, Phillip Lu, and Sydney Eddison. For more information call 203-730-2973 or go to http://byrdsbooks.com/.


MARY LEONARD


SUZANNE LEONARD


GREGORY LESTAGE

 


SUZANNE LEVINE


REBECCA LILLY


TOM MALLOUK


SRINIVAS MANDAVILLI


LAURA MAZZA-DIXON


WILLIAM H. MATCHETT


LOIS MATHIEU


RENNIE McQUILKIN

For a WPKN discussion of CT Arts Day with other panelists, visit http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/138066/community-programming-the-cultural-alliance-of-farfield-county

For a television interview with guests Julia Morris Paul and Rennie McQuilkin, see https://youtu.be/rzvE9hLuxsc.

For a radio interview preceding Rennie's reading at the Institute Library in New Haven, see https://soundcloud.com/new-haven-independent/at-the-moment-connecticuts-poet-laureate.

To hear Rennie discuss his new book, A Quorum of Saints, visit http://www.healingstigmaradio.com/9-1-rennie-mcquilkin.

Monday, April 16, 2018, 2:20 p.m., Werner Theater, Westminster School: public reading

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7 p.m., two Antrim House readers in the Wintonbury Library Poetry Series, Bloomfield, CT.

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 7 pm: featured poet in Wintonbury Poetry Series, Bloomfield, CT.


JAMES B. MELE


NANCY FITZ-HUGH MENEELY

We are delighted to announce that Letter from Italy, 1944 has won honorable mention in the Legacy category of this year's Eric Hoffer competition, the only book of poetry recognized in that category.

Nancy is once again directing the Guilford Poetry Guild, whose monthly offerings are well worth a trip to the Guilford Free Library, where events occur. See the "Special Events" section below for listings.


SUSAN T. MOSS


VICTORIA T. MURPHY


MARILYN NELSON


PATRICIA HORN O'BRIEN


LANA ORPHANIDES


JIM PEARCE


PAUL PETRIE

It is a great pleasure to announce that Paul Petrie's COMPLETE POEMS has been named runner-up for the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award in poetry!


GARRETT PHELAN


MOLLIE PILLING


PIT PINEGAR


CURT PLASKON


NORAH POLLARD


JOHN POPIELASKI


WANDA S. PRAISNER


BRUCE PRATT


DIANA M. RAAB


ELLEN RACHLIN

March 23rd, 2018, 6 p.m., Cornelia St. Cafe, New York City: reading/book-signing

June 19, 7-9 p.m., Bryant Park Poetry Series, Bryant Park, New York City: reading/book-signing (with Rennie McQuilkin, Brad Davis, and Myra Shapiro)

Tuesday April 24, 6:30-7:30pm.,Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica, CA: reading and book-signing.


GERI RADACSI


JAROLD RAMSEY


KENTON WING ROBINSON


KENNETH S. ROBSON


CHIVAS SANDAGE

CHIVAS SANDAGE & WRITE LIKE A RIVER WORKSHOPS. Chivas offers women’s writing workshops on a regular basis in Collinsville, CT and Northampton, MA under the auspices of Write Like a River. She also offers services as an editor, writing consultant, and tutor. For more information, go to http://www.writelikeariver.com and contact her at writelikeariver@gmail.com.

Chivas is at work on Salt Wind Redemption: Love & Murder in South Texas, a narrative nonfiction book about the 2012 rape and double shooting of Kristene Chapa and Mollie Olgin, a young lesbian couple who were attacked while on a date in Portland, Texas. Salt Wind Redemption explores tragedy and a search for justice set against changing attitudes about sexual orientation and gender identity in the contemporary American South.

Ms. Magazine just republished Chivas' essay, "The Trouble with Confidence," on their blog at http://bit.ly/2zKwdTF.

 


JEAN SANDS

Selected poems from Gandy Dancing and Close But Not Touching, by the late Jean Sands, will be performed by her friend and fellow poet Sandra Bishop Ebner of Litchfield, at Licia & Mason Beekley Community Library, 10 Central Ave., New Hartford, Oct. 7, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. Jack Sheedy, Jean’s husband and author of the memoir Sting of the Heat Bug, will read selections from the memoir that pertain to Jean. The reading, on the eve of the first anniversary of Jean’s passing, will be part of the monthly National Beat Poetry Festival’s “Kerouac Café” and open mic. Books will be available for purchase. Refreshments. Donations requested.

For an alternative way of purchasing Jean Sands' posthumous poetry collection Clost But Not Touching, visit http://jacksheedy.homestead.com/jean-s-book-.html.


PEGGY SAPPHIRE


MARIA SASSI

Sadly, Maria Sassi’s husband Bill died on Friday, Feb. 24. We will miss Bill, who was a man of enormous good cheer. And we send our blessings to Maria, who cared for him so loyally and completely until the very end.


JANE SCHAPIRO

Click here for a podcast concerning the biking adventure that led to Jane Schapiro's Let the Wind Push Us Across.


V. JANE SCHNEELOCH


ELIZABETH SCHULTZ

In the anticipation of publishing an anthology of poems responding to Moby-Dick, Elizabeth Schultz would like to invite poetry submissions of one-to-five pages (this may include several poems or one long poem), totaling no more than 1400 words. Please send your submissions to Kylan Rice (b.kylan.rice@gmail.com ) and Elizabeth Schultz (eschultz@ku.edu) by July 1, 2016.


VERA SCHWARCZ

For a stellar review of Ancestral Intelligence, visit http://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/blog/words-have-no-word-words-are-not-true#.VJD6Mnuvw3M.


PAUL SCOLLAN

Paul Scollan's Unacounted For has won second place in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for poetry.


ALEXANDRINA SERGIO

Alexandrina Sergio is now editor for a monthly poetry column, “Poetry Here And Now” in the Glastonbury Citizen. The column will provide an opportunity for local poets at all levels to share their work. Current or former local residents, persons who work in town or have a regular connection with a Glastonbury organization, and students attending Glastonbury schools are invited to submit one to three poems of no more than 25 lines via E-mail to poet.laureate@glastonbury-ct.gov. Submissions must include name, phone number and a biographical line or two. Poems must have titles. Previously published work is allowed. If computer access is not available, poems may be sent or brought to the Welles Turner Memorial Library, addressed to the Glastonbury Poet Laureate.

 


MYRA SHAPIRO


RICHARD SHAW


JOAN SELIGER SIDNEY

Joan Seliger Sidney's poem "On Approaching Seventy" was read by Garrison Keillor on THE WRITER'S ALMANAC, Sunday, February 15, 2015.

Joan's Body of Diminishing Motion was a finalist in the Legacy Category of the 2015 Eric Hoffer Book Awards.

An excerpt from Joan's new poem "3 A.M." rode the UConn shuttle buses during the 2016-2017 academic year as part of "Poetic Journeys."


KAREN SILK


GRETCHEN SCHAFER SKELLEY


LISA SORNBERGER


LINDA SPOCK


JOHN L. STANIZZI


SETH STEINZOR


BERNITA WOODRUFF SUNDQUIST


JOANNE TAYLOR


ELIZABETH THOMAS


ANN ANDERSON STRANAHAN


PARKER TOWLE


EDWINA TRENTHAM


THERESA VARA


GERDA WALZ-MICHAELS


KIRSTEN WASSON


RHETT WATTS

Rhett Watts has a group of poems online in PoetryMagazine.com and one appearing in the November issue of Sojouners. N.B. Rhett is now living in Auburn, MA.


ALLEN C. WEST


MAME WILLEY


BARRY L. ZARET

Barry Zaret is now an invited blogger with the Huffington Press. For his blogs, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barry-l-zaret-md/a-doctorpatient-special-a_b_8221124.html. His first essay was posted in early October.

Dr. Zaret's most recent blog is a beautiful tribute to the life-saving power of writing. To read it, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barry-l-zaret-md/healing-and-curing_b_8758746.html.

Barry's latest Huffington Post blog can be read at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barry-l-zaret-md/a-patient-a-swastika-a-decision_b_9087738.html.

An even more recent blog by Barry is at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barry-l-zaret-md/i-will-still-be-your-doct_b_10116878.html.

February 22, 6 pm, Yale Bookstore, Broadway, New Haven, CT: reading and book signing

March 11, 10:00 am, Congregation Bnai Jacob, Rimmon Road, Woodbridge CT: reading/book-signing.


GERALDINE ZETZEL

Geraldine Zetzel has been posting a monthly poem on her website, www.geraldinezetzel.com. Check out the latest one; its full of zest.


 SPECIAL EVENTS

HILL-STEAD MUSEUM

The museum is located at 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington, CT. For information: www.hillstead.org and www.Sunkengardenpoetry.org. Or call 860-677-4787. (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE HILL-STEAD WEBSITE HAS BEEN ENTIRELY REDESIGNED. HAVE A LOOK.)

About Hill-Stead Museum
Hill-Stead is noted for its 1901 33,000-square-foot house filled with art and antiques. Pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle designed the grand house, set on 152 hilltop acres, to showcase the Impressionist masterpieces amassed by her father, Cleveland iron industrialist Alfred A. Pope. Hill-Stead is one of the nation’s few remaining representations of early-20th-century Country Place Estates. Collections include original furnishings, paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, James M. Whistler and Mary Cassatt, as well as numerous works on paper and Japanese woodblock prints. Stately trees, seasonal gardens, meadows, over three miles of stone walls and blazed hiking trails accent the grounds. A centerpiece of the property is the circa 1920 sunken garden designed by Beatrix Farrand, today the site of the renowned Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. The 1901 period rooms are open for tours Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm. The last tour of the day begins at 3 pm. Grounds are open daily 7:30 am-5:30 pm. For tour and program information, browse www.hillstead.org or call 860.677.4787.

A HILL-STEAD SALON: POETRY & SONG WITH POET STEVE STRAIGHT AND SOPRANO MARIAN MACCARONE, Thursday, March 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join us for an intimate evening of poetry and song to benefit the 2018 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival: 5:30 p.m., wine and hors d'oeuvres; 6:30 p.m., Poetry and Song in the Drawing Room among works by Monet, Degas, and Manet; 7:30 p.m., coffee and dessert. Tickets: $100 per person; $40 Educators/Museum Volunteers. Live Poets Society Members at the Enthusiasts Level and above receive two complimentary tickets to this event. To upgrade your Live Poets Society Membership, please contact Melanie DaCosta at 860.677.4787, ext. 180. To order tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/live-poets-society-poetry-and-music-by-steve-straight-marian-maccarone-tickets-41968260196

SUNKEN GARDEN POETRY FESTIVAL 2018

For information and tickets, visit https://www.hillstead.org/2018-poetry-festival/

Sunday, May 27: Irish Night with Eamon Grennan (Irish music, dance and poetry)

Wednesday, June 20: Molly Brown and Margaret Gibson

Wednesday, July 11: Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate

Wednesday, July 25: World Poetry with Javier Zamora and Solmaz Sharif

Sunday, August 5: Andrea Gibson and the Fresh Voices of high school competition winners

 

THE ARTS CAFE MYSTIC: Readings by well-known and emerging poets as well as musical performances are presented in a pleasant art gallery setting at 9 Water St., Mystic, CT. There is a $10 admission fee (students free). Events begin at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments available. Information: 860-912-2444, allynsally@sbcglobal.net.

March 23
Poet: Lisa Starr, with young poets from southeasern Connecticut
Music: Noah Feldman

April 20
Poet: Philip Schultz
Music: Nora Fox & Friends

May 11
Poet: Ocean Vuong
Music: Coco Beaux

 

WINTONBURY BRANCH POETRY SERIES

Each third Thursday event, October through April, begins at 7:00 p.m. and is followed by an open mike. Host: Tom Nicotera. Refreshments are always served, and notices of other area events are made available. Place: McMahon Wintonbury Library, 1015 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield, CT. Information is available at the Prosser Library website www.prosserlibrary.info ("Wintonbury Branch") and by calling 860-242-0041.

Thursday, March 15, 7:00 PM: Mary Elizabeth Lang and Tarn Granucci, “Poets from East of the River and West of the River”
Thursday, April 19, 7:00 PM: Albuquerque poet John Roche, “Poetry from the Land of Enchantment”

 

RIVERWOOD POETRY SERIES

Events occur on second Thursdays during the series season. The series' new location is the Universalist Church of West Hartford on 433 Fern St. in West Hartford, Connecticut. Please enter through the doors on the side of the building. The Program Center is up one flight of stairs, with an elevator available. For more information, see the Riverwood Poetry Series FaceBook page and http://www.riverwoodpoetry.org/. This year's series will focus on poems that deal with social issues and will lead to group discussion following the readings. An open mic will precede readings but not workshops. Admission is free, though donations are gratefully accepted. Non-perishable food items are accepted for the AHCC Crisis Food Support program. Doors open at 6:30 for refreshments and conversation. Events begin at 7 p.m.

March 8, 7-9 pm, Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 FernSt., W. Hartford, CT: a collaboration between students at American School for the Deaf and Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. The reading is sponsored by Riverwood Poetry Series.

 

GUILFORD POETS GUILD SECOND THURSDAY POETRY SERIES

Second Thursday Poetry Series, the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St., Guilford, CT. Events begin with an Open Mic from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m., followed by featured readings and refreshments afterwards. For more information, visit www.guilfordpoetsguild.org. Guilford Poets Guild's Holiday Round Table Poetry Reading on Thursday, December 14, featuring found poems by GPG members. The evening, presented by the Guild and the Guilford Free Library, will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the library. It begins with an Open Mic from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped children's book, new or gently used, to be donated to the Branford Community Dining Room.

 

WESTMINSTER SCHOOL. Westminster School (Gund Reading Room, Armour Academic Center, 995 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT ). Information at 860-408-3053.

 

MISHI-MAYA-GAT SPOKEN WORD & MUSIC SERIES (Manchester Community College)

All Mishi-maya-gat events, hosted by Stephen Campiglio, are free and open to the public on the 3rd Thursday of each month during the school year, 6:30-9:00 p.m. They are sponsored by the MCC Foundation Annual Fund Campaign. For more information and directions, visit www.manchestercc.edu/faculty/spoken.php or call (860) 512-2824.The series now occurs at a new location: the college’s downtown space, “MCC on Main Arts & Education Center,” 903 Main Street, Manchester. New: patrons may bring their own wine or beer (with ID check). Directions: take Exit 3 off Rt. 384; proceed to 903 Main Street, located across the street from Saint James Church. Free. Parking is also available either on-street or in the municipal parking lot adjacent to the Church reached by turning onto Park Street at light. For more information and directions: www.manchestercc.edu/mmg or call (860) 512-2824.

Thursday, March 15. 6:30 PM, Demistry D. Bellinger, poet/writer; 8:00 PM, Chat Noir, “gypsy jazz” quartet.

 

BUTTONWOOD TREE. The Buttonwood Tree, 608 Main St., Middletown, CT. For information on The Buttonwood, please visit www.buttonwood.org or call 860.347.4957. Next event TBA.

 

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY. The QU Dept. of Creative Writing has initiated the YAWP! Series, an "open dialogue on Creativity and the Arts." All events take place in the Student Center on QU's Mt. Carmel campus in Hamden, CT. Directions: http://www.quinnipiac.edu/about/visit-quinnipiac/directions-and-travel-information/.For information on the series, contact Ken Cormier: kennethcormier@gmail.com.

 

MANCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE POETRY SERIES. Community Commons, Great Path Academy, Manchester Community College. Free and open to the public. For information, contact Steve Straight, 860-512-2688 or sstraight@mcc.commnet.edu. Next event TBA.


CT CENTER FOR THE BOOK. For information: www.cthumanities.org/

 

EAST HILL WRITERS WORKSHOPS

Offerings this Spring from East Hill Writers’ Workshop
http://easthillwriters.com/ and info@easthillwriters.com and 860-559-8051

 

NOAH WEBSTER HOUSE

Noah Webster House, 227 South Main St., West Hartford, CT: readings hosted by Maria Sassi, West Hartford poet laureate emeritus. Events include an open mike as well as light refreshments and are free of charge, though donations will be gratefully accepted. Next up: TBA

 

YALE UNIVERSITY

Creative Writing Program of the English Department, Yale University, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St., New Haven, CT. More info: http://yalecreativewriting.yale.edu/ and richard.deming@yale.edu. Next TBA.

 

HARTFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY (Classroom 26, 1st floor), 500 Main St., Hartford, CT. POETS ON POETRY
Monthly talk and group discussion of a celebrated volume of poetry or poet. Last Saturday of the Month: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Free and open to the public. Books donated by CT Poetry Society. Hosted by Christine Beck, W. Hartford Poet Laureate emerita.

Dates 2018:
February 24—Wislawa Szymborska/Julia Paul
March 31—Claudia Rankine/ Kate Rushin
(Thursday evening April 26, 2018, Claudia Rankine presents on One Book)
April 28 Frank O’Hara (or tba)/David Cappella
May 26 TBA
June 30 Billy Collins/Maria Sassi

For further information, visit www.ctpoetry.net. To nominate a poet or volunteer as a moderator, email Christine Beck at ChristineBeck90@gmail.com 860-655-3263.

 

CANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY. 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton, CT. Next event TBA.

 

FAXON POETS. The Faxon Poets include: Robert Balay, JoAnne Bauer, Francis Cheng, Pamela Guinan, Cheryl Hale, Peter Herrmann, Andrew Hook, Jerome Howard, Camilla Donahue Hynes, Christopher Jay, Mairead Siobhan Lazarus, Marcia Lewis, June Sidran Mandelkern, David May, David Mello, Brittany Mishra, Steve Olechna, Thomas L. L. Hercules Strong, Andy Weil, and Anissa Zucker. Next event TBA.

 

MARK TWAIN HOUSE. Next event TBA.

 

EVENING OF THE SPOKEN WORD at Gallery on the Green, 5 Canton Green Rd., Canton, CT. Wine and snacks after the readings. Event are free but donations will be happily accepted. Next: TBA.

 

THE SPOKEN WORD AT 1249 WINEBAR Great food, wine and beer, great atmosphere, plenty of parking. 1249 Winebar,
1249 West Main St., Waterbury (easy on and off I-84 exit 18). Readings begin at 7 p.m. Call 203-756-1249 for information or email faithv2014@gmail.com. Next event: TBA.

 

CORTNEY DAVIS. For a fascinating two-part interview with Cortney Davis concerning her artwork in the most recent poetry collection she has released, see http://medhum.med.nyu.edu/blog/. Note that Part I follows Part II. And this just in: Cortney’s most recent book, When the Nurse Becomes a Patient: A Story in Words and Images, has been awarded an Independent Book Publishers Association Gold Medal in its 2016 Ben Franklin Awards series (category: "Mind, Body and Spirit").

 

POETRY IN THE PARKS. During the summer, visitors to Westmoor Park and Fernridge Park in West Hartford will find new ways to enjoy poetry and art each summer, as installations called Poetry Posts arrive in the parks. Each poetry post is a wooden structure that includes a poem written by a West Hartford resident or someone with West Harford connections, and artwork complementing the poem, done by a local artist. Past poet laureates of the town worked as a group to select the poems for this project. The poets and artists include young students, senior citizens, well-published poets, polished artists, and people of all ages who simply have an interest in the arts.

Poetry in the Parks is a project initiated by Ginny Lowe Connors, West Hartford’s Poet Laureate from 2013-2015, with the support of Riverwood Poetry, a group that also promotes the appreciation of poetry in the Hartford area. Donations, including funding from the Adolf and Virginia Dehn Foundation have enabled the project to go forward. Connors’ husband, Marty Connors, constructed each of the wooden installations. “Poetry, art, nature, and community involvement are among the strands woven together in the Poetry in the Parks nitiative,” Connors says, adding that “We hope people will be surprised and delighted by the confluence of art, poetry, and nature in some of our public parks.”

“I am delighted to have participated with Ginny Lowe Connors in this project,” says Christine Beck, West Hartford’s new Poet Laureate. “Bringing poetry outside the classroom and groups who already know and love poetry is my mission as West Hartford' s new Poet Laureate. Poetry in the Parks does exactly that.”

 

DICK ALLEN. It is a terrible sadness to tell you that Dick Allen died recently. He was our brother in poetry, an extraordinary poet who not only served as Connecticut’s Poet Laureate for five years but was a hugely generous advocate of poetry and poets. He made us all richer because of his life-long devotion. We will miss him dearly! When I know more about plans to celebrate his life, I will pass them on. If you would like to send condolences to Lori Allen, her address is 74 Fern Circle, Trumbull, CT 06611. Dick's obituatry can be found at http://www.courant.com/entertainment/arts-theater/hc-obit-dick-allen-poet-1228-story.html. In 2017 Dick performed his work as part of Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion when the show was performed at the Palace Theater in Torrington, CT . Tune in to http://www.bridgeport.edu/alumni-news/professor-emeritus-and-former-connecticut-poet-laureate-richard-allen-appears-on-prairie-home-companion/ and be ready to have your heart expanded, your love of country renewed, and your melancholy registered in ringing verse.

 

GRAY JACOBIK now has a short monthly poetry column, "Poets' Cove," in INK, a handsome magazine distributed along a part of the CT shoreline. She is looking for poems by writers living along the shoreline between New Haven and Stonington”--poems of approximately 20 lines, ones that "speak of the seasons, weathers, landscapes, flora and fauna, arts, persons and events common to the shoreline." Payment will be two complimentary copies. Please send work in pdf, docx, or pages format to gray@grayjacobik.com with "for INK" as the subject line.

 

ATTENTION ALL NURSES AND STUDENT NURSES: Cortney Davis and Jeanne Bryner are co-editing an anthology of poetry and prose by nurses about their student nurse days, the good, the bad, the humorous and the life changing. Please email up to three poems and / or two personal essays about your real life student experience(s) to cortneydav@yahoo.com. Include all contact information as well as mentioning where you received your nursing training. We are looking for well crafted, unsentimental, first-person writing. Send us your best!

 

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD. For information, contact Ben Grossberg: Grossberg@Hartford.edu or 1-860-768-4944. Next: TBA

 

GRAY JACOBIK'S NEW POETRY COLLECTION is out: The Banquet: New & Selected Poems, winner of the 2016 William Meredith Award for Poetry. This is a handsome and generous 440-page collection of the poet's work and contains some of the finest poems of this and the previous century.

 

CLINTON ART GALLERY'S SUNDAY POETRY SERIES. The Clinton Art Gallery presents poetry readings each month at the Clinton Art Gallery, 20 East Main Street in Clinton, CT. Refreshments are served, and attendees are encouraged to bring a poem to share at the open mic. Those who attend the readings will also have the chance to explore the work on display at the gallery, sample poetry books available for sale, and discover the variety of art and writing workshops offered at the gallery throughout the year. For more information, contact Pat Barone at pattonybarone@aol.com or 203-627-4148.


POETRY ON THE PATIO. Readings occur periodically during the summer at a Bishop's Corner patio outside Blue Plate Kitchen, 345 N. Main St. in West Hartford. Be sure to bring a lawn chair.

 

FLORENCE GRISWOLD MUSEUM, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT: periodic readings free with the price of admission to the museum. Next event TBA.

 

SUCH SAD NEWS. Lonnie Black is no longer with us. But in fact he will always be with us. We love him. He was in every sense of the word a gentle man.

 

CHIVAS SANDAGE & WRITE LIKE A RIVER WORKSHOPS. Chivas offers women’s writing workshops on a regular basis in Collinsville, CT and orthampton, MA under the auspices of Write Like a River. She also offers services as an editor, writing coach, and tutor. For more information, go to http://www.writelikeariver.com and contact her at writelikeariver@gmail.com.


UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT. Readings at the UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center under the auspices of UConn's Creative Writing Program. For information, contact Erica Buehler (rica.buehler@uconn.edu, 860-919-9875).

 

EASTERN CT STATE UNIVERSITY. Upcoming Readings TBA. For information, contact Dr. Daniel Donaghy, Professor of English, Eastern Connecticut State University, (860) 465-0208, donaghyd@easternct.edu.

 

WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, RUSSELL HOUSE, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT. Next event TBA.

 

YALE UNIVERSITY. Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street, Yale Campus, New Haven CT: Next TBA.

 

MELISSA CROGHAN was interviewed on WNPR (90.5 FM) in Hartford on Tues., Jan. 10 at 9 a.m., with a repeat at 7 p.m. and can be streamed at http://www.tinyurl.com/jh4cfr9 (beginning at about minute 23 of the show.) She discussed her work with refugee children in Jordan and read one of her poems based on that work, many others of which were published in The CT Poets Corner of The Hartford Courant in November, 2016 and can be found in the paper's online version (http://www.courant.com/entertainment/arts-theater/hc-connecticut-poet-melissa-croghan-20161121-story.html).


CORTNEY DAVIS' manuscript Thrilled has been selected byNaomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. The book (title still to be determined) will be published by Michigan State University Press in the spring of 2018. Kudos, Courtney.

 

CALLING ALL POETS, Silas Bronson Library, 267 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT (downstairs auditorium): Next event TBA.

 

UNIVERSITY OF ST. JOSEPH spring poetry readings, 2017, free and open to the public. Free parking. 1678 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, CT. For more information, contact Dr. Catherine E. Hoyser (choyser@usj.edu).

 

ARTS CENTER EAST, Vernon, has launched “Poetry Rocks,” a free quarterly poetry series. For more information, go to www.artscentereast.org, or email the series coordinator: Pegideitzshea@aol.com.

 

WESTPORT WRITERS WORKSHOP in Avon, Westport, and Ridgefield, CT: for information, call 203-227-3250 or email info@westportwriters.org.

 

ELIZABETH THOMAS. A short memoir piece by Elizabeth Thomas has just been published at http://www.fiftiness.com/

 

WESTPORT WRITERS WORKSHOP. To sign up for classes, call the WWW's office Monday through Friday between 9:30 and 1:30 p.m. (203-227-3250) or email the office at info@westportwriters.org.

 

NOAH WEBSTER HOUSE, 227 South Main St., West Hartford, CT.

 

2018 POETRY OUT LOUD! The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Connecticut Office of the Arts to support 2018 Poetry Out Loud, a free high school program which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This dynamic program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage, and compete for more than $100,000 in awards.

Each winner at the state level will receive:
• A $200 cash prize and an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC
• A $500 cash stipend for their school to purchase poetry materials
• An opportunity to compete at the 2018 National Finals for the title of National Champion and a $20,000 prize

In order to compete, schools must register by contacting Adriane Jefferson at the office of the Arts, adriane.jefferson@ct.gov. For more information, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.

 

CHIVAS SANDAGE. Naomi Shihab Nye has chosen Chivas Sandage's poem, “Chopping Onions,” as runner-up for the Southern Humanities Review 2017 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, which includes a cash award and publication. Another new poem by Chivas was a top 10 finalist for the annual Readers Digest poetry contest.

 

CHARTER OAK READING SERIES. Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT. All events are free and occur on Sundays, 3-5 pm, starting with an open mike. For information: http://charteroakreadings.blogspot.com/ or contact Jim Finnegan (jforjames@aol.com, 860-508-2810).

SPRING SERIES 2018

March 4: Faith Vicinanza and Timothy Cresswell

April 8: Tim Cole and Patricia Mottola

May 6: Donna Fleischer and Leslie McGrath

June 3: Joan Hofmann and John Surowiecki

 

BESSY REYNA was inducted into the Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at Central Connecticut State University (Heritage Hall). Congratulations, Bessy!

 

RHETT WATTS has a group of poems online in PoetryMagazine.com and one appearing in the November issue of Sojouners. She will read with poets from the Naugatuck River Review at the Great Falls Word Festival on October 15. Rhett facilitates AWA (Amherst Writers & Artists) and SoulCollage workshops in Auburn, MA where she now lives.

 

FOREWORD REVIEWS has issued a glowing review of Victor Altshul's newest book, Ode to My Autumn: https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/ode-to-my-autumn/.


JANE SCHAPIRO. Click here for a podcast concerning the biking adventure that led to Jane Schapiro's Let the Wind Push Us Across.


JONATHAN GILLMAN was honored at the Civil Rights Leaders and Legends Awards ceremony to be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 in the Old Judiciary Room of the State Capitol in Hartford, CT

 

POETRY BISTRO NIGHT, Storyteller's Cottage, 750 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, CT. Sip coffee at a dimly-lit cafe table and hear local writers read their poetry and short stories. First Fridays of each month, 8:00 - 9:30pm. $10 cover charge. Poets and writers who would like to participate, please email info@storytellerscottage.com.

 

SUMMER WRITING INSTITUTE. The Juniper Summer Writing Institute is pleased to announce the faculty and guest writers for our 15th annual summer institute, hosted by the UMass Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers. The 2018 institute is slated for June 17 – 24, 2018. Applications accepted from Jan. 1, 2018. Please visit the Amherst MFA website for details and application.

 

WRITING WORKSHOPS IN CT AND MA. Write Like a River: Women’s Writing Workshops with Chivas Sandage. "This room is like a laboratory for the triumph of the human spirit." (Nora Jamieson) Jumpstart, restart, and develop your writing in a supportive circle of women. Discover and generate new material, explore and diversify, or make progress on an ongoing project. Expect intriguing prompts, short and long writing periods, regular opportunities to read your work aloud and receive helpful, inspiring feedback. Near the end of each workshop, we read and discuss one participant’s work-in-progress. Participants will offer a spring reading at Studio 413 in the Eastworks Building in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Genres: nonfiction, fiction, poetry, plays, & more.

6-Week Winter Series / Easthampton, Massachusetts
When: all workshops will be held on Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00 pm.
January 31, February 7 & 28, March 14 & 28, April 11
Where: Studio 413, Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA

6-Week Winter Series / Collinsville, Connecticut
When: all workshops will be held on Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00 pm.
January 9 & 23, February 6 & 27, March 6 & 20
Where: TBA in Collinsville, CT

Sliding scale fee: $270-240-210 (per series)
Registration: Space is limited to 8 participants. First come; first serve. For more information & registration, use the contact form at https://www.writelikeariver.com.


DICK ALLEN. It is a terrible sadness to tell you that Dick Allen died recently. He was our brother in poetry, an extraordinary poet who not only served as Connecticut’s Poet Laureate for five years but was a hugely generous advocate of poetry and poets. He made us all richer because of his life-long devotion. We will miss him dearly! When plans to celebrate his life have been announced, you will be informed. If you would like to send condolences to Lori Allen, her address is 74 Fern Circle, Trumbull, CT 06611. Dick's obituatry can be found at http://www.courant.com/entertainment/arts-theater/hc-obit-dick-allen-poet-1228-story.html.

 

DAVID McKAIN. It is a great sadness to tell you that David McKain died on December 27, 2017. He was a magnificent writer and married to Margaret Gibson for 42 years. A private memorial service will be held later in the year. To read David's Boston Globe obituary, visit http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?pid=187673911. If you would like to write Margaret, her address is 154 Watson Rd., Preston, CT 06365.

 

JOAN KUNSCH. Sunday, March 4th, 6:00 p.m., Noelke Gallery, 17 Water Street, Torrington, CT: reading/book-signing, with open mic. $5.00 donation. Snacks provided, BYOB. Contact: Patricia Martin, chiefbab@capital.net.

 

JOAN HOFMANN EVENT RESCHEDULED:. Friday, April 20, 7:00 p.m., Connecticut Audubon Society, 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT: a reading by Joan Hofmann entitled "The Natural World, Poetically Speaking." There will also be an open mic focused on poems written and read by participants on related topics (e.g. natural world, climate change, conservation). $5 donation recommended.

 

POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP WITH GARRETT PHELAN. A poetry writing workshop entitled "leaping Imagination 2251," February 28 - May 9: 10 sessions meeting on Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hall High School, West Hartford, CT (Room C110). "We will experiment with writing poetry that leaps off the page with passion and fresh imagery. We will read and explore diverse poems. Using these models or poetry writing exercises, we will write at least one draft poem per session, share and discuss our work with each other in order to revise poems, and in the last session, present a poetry reading to fellow participants and friends, from poems developed in or around the workshop. All levels are welcome. Fees: $89.00 (class fee), discounts & other fees, $10 Resident Discount. For more detail, visit https://www.whlifelearn.org/CourseCatalog/ScheduleView.asp?ScheduleId=9968.

 

DOUG ANDERSON. April 7, 2 p.m., Stafford Library, Stafford, CT: reading and book-signing.

 

WORD-ART AT THE CANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY. This spring of 2018 we will offer Word-Art at the Canton Public Library at 40 Dyer Avenue in Collinsville, CT. The Concept for the “Word-Art” show is to explore the synergy between writing and the visual arts. The show may include paintings or other visual arts that are inspired by the written word or that incorporate text in the visual work itself. It may include written work inspired by visual arts or pieces of video art, theater or dance. There will be a visual exhibit on display in the library during April which is National Poetry Month and there will be an art opening and a reading of the written work from this year’s show. Word-Art is an open show. You do not need to be a library member, a member of the Gallery on the Green or have any formal training as a writer or an artist. You must just have the means to channel your inspiration into an appropriate piece for our exhibit and meet our deadlines. As a writer, you may ask a visual artist to collaborate with you and artists are encouraged to collaborate with fellow writers. It is acceptable to submit an appropriate piece of your own work, but this show is meant to demonstrate collaboration and creative play. Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm.
Schedule:
Show Dates: April 2-30, 2018 during regular library open hours.
March 17th Deadline for Written Work. Please submit via email for formatting and printing.
March 17th Drop off Visual art at the library. You may make an appointment to drop off work prior to this day during the open hours of the library.
Saturday April 7th at 2:00 pm Opening Reception for Word-Art 2018
Saturday, April 14th at 2:00 pm Reading of Written Work in Word-Art 2018
Visual work can be picked up by appointment during library open hours after April 30th.

Please contact Elizabeth Van Ness, Adult Services Librarian bvanness@libraryconnection.info
Canton Public Library
40 Dyer Avenue
Canton, CT 06019
860-693-5800

Please note that visual artists who choose a published piece of written work as an inspiration, must secure permission to use the written work in the show. Any writer using a visual artist’s work must also have permission from the artist or the person who holds rights to that work.

 

A CELEBRATION OF RICHARD WILBUR, POET FOR ALL SEASONS. Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7 pm, Wesleyan University’s Memorial Chapel, 221 High St, Middletown, CT. A remembrance of former U.S. Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur and a performance of his work, for which he received the National Book Award and two Pulitzer Prizes. It is most fitting that this celebration should take place at Wesleyan, where Richard Wilbur taught for twenty years (1957-1977) while living in Portland, CT. Among the speakers at the celebration will be Robert and Mary Bagg, authors of the recent Richard Wilbur biography; Suzanna Tamminen, editor of the Wesleyan University Press; former Wilbur student William Blakemore; former Connecticut poet laureate Marilyn Nelson; and Clare Rossini, award-winning poet. Rare video footage and photographs will be projected during the celebration, and a reception will follow. The event has been organized by CT Poet Laureate, Rennie McQuilkin, and Prof. Anne Greene, Director of the Wesleyan Writers Conference. For more information, contact either of them at agreene@wesleyan.edu or rmcquil@comcast.net.

 

DICK ALLEN'S beautiful tribute to the victims and families of Sandy Hook Elementary School is available at http://wnpr.org/post/simple-solemn-tribute-sandy-hook-victims. It is not to be missed!

 

POETRY BY THE SEA will take place May 22-25, 2018, at Mercy by the Sea in Madison, Connecticut. Rita Dove is the keynote speaker, and Don Share, editor of Poetry, is the Poetry by the Sea lecturer. Spotlight readings include Barbara Crooker, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Ishion Hutchinson, and Adrian Matejka. The conference is open to the public.Registration is available for any price point: workshops, day attendance, and evening readings. Please see the website: www.poetrybytheseaconference.org.


RJ JULIA BOOKSELLERS READING. Monday, April 9th, 7 pm, RJ Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT: reading/book-signing featuring Laura Altshul, Victor Altshul, Ginny Lowe Connors, Andrea Fry, and others.

 

JEAN SANDS REVIEW. For a stellar review of Jean Sands' posthumous poetry collection, Close But Not Touching, visit http://medhum.med.nyu.edu/view/17473.

 


ECSU READING, "Here in Windham: A Gathering of Local Poets" at Eastern Connecticut State University, Tuesday, February 27, at 5 pm in the ECSU Science Building 301, featuring readings by Jon Anderson, Denise Abercrombie, Edmond Chibeau, Ken Cormier, Daniel Donaghy, Sean Forbes, Pegi Deitz Shea, Joan Seliger Sidney, Brian Sneedan, John Stanizzi, John Surowiecki, John Wetmore, and others. For more information, contact Daniel Donaghy at (860) 465-0208 or donaghyd@easternct.edu.

 

SPEAKING OF POETRY. To view the 46th installment of the SCTV poetry series "Speaking of Poetry" (a reading by Gray Jacobik), visit https://simsburytv.org/tag/poetry.

 

BOOK RELEASE. We are pleased to announce publication of Alexandrina Sergio's Old Is Not a Four-Letter Word. To read about it and view sample poems, visit http://www.antrimhousebooks.com/sergio3.html

 

POETRY CELEBRATION AT ST. JOSEPH'S. The University of Saint Joseph is pleased to announce that the Annual Peter Brazeau Poetry Event will feature Danielle Pieratti, winner of the Connecticut Book Award for her first collection, Fugitives. March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Second Floor Reception Room, Carol Autorino Center. Free and open the public.

 

BIOBLITZ AT ST. JOSEPH'S. On April 20-21, the University of Saint Joseph will hold a Bioblitz ( a 24-hour census of all living organisms on campus). On April 21 at 10 a.m. a nature poetry workshop will occur, and from 12-1 there will be a poetry-share open mic. Musicians and artists will also be creating work throughout the day while the scientists search for, catalogue and count the life forms in the USJ ecosystem. You can be part of a team. Please share widely and stay tuned for more details. Contact: Dr Kirsten Martin, director of the Bioblitz for general information, (Kirstenmartin@usj.edu) and Dr Catherine Hoyser (choyser@usj.edu) for poetry information. Free. All are welcome.


EDWINA TRENTHAM WORKSHOP. Don’t Be Afraid of Its Plenty: Writing About Joy, a one-day workshop with Edwina Trentham. Sunday, March 18, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at 15 Annello Way, Middletown, CT. Participants should bring a potluck dish to share. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be provided. The workshop is limited to twelve participants, and the cost is $100.00. For more information or to sign up for the workshop, contact Edwina Trentham at 204 North Moodus Road, Moodus, CT 06469, trentham@comcast.net, or 860-873-1472.

 

POETRY BOOK LAUNCH AND PRINT POP-UP MINI-EXHIBITION. Sunday, March 25, 2:00 p.m., Canton Gallery on the Green, 5 Canton Green, Canton, CT (on the corner between Dowd Avenue and Route 44). Grayson Press has recently published Alive, a chapbook by Joan Hofmann, Poet Laureate of Canton, which contains artwork by Walter Kendra, artist and resident of Canton. Come listen to Ms. Hofmann read from her book and look at the Focus Series of oil monotypes created by Mr. Kendra which will be on exhibit. Prints from the Focus Series are both on the cover and inside of Alive. In addition, Connecticut poets John Surowiecki and Tony Fusco will read poems, and all are invited to view the gallery installations. The event is free and open to the public.

 

WALLACE STEVENS POETRY PROGRAM. The 55th Wallace Stevens Poetry Program: JOY HARJO. Wednesday, March 28 & Thursday, March 29--March 28: UConn, Konover Auditorium, 7:00 pm; March 29: Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, 1:30 pm. For more information: https://wallacestevens.uconn.edu/2017/11/29/joy-harjo-the-55th-annual-wallace-stevens-poet-to-visit-uconn-on-march-28-2018/wallace stevens poetry.


ROAR READING SERIES. On the first Monday of every month, 7 PM at the UConn B&N Bookstore at Storrs Center, hang out, listen to some riveting stories, and meet us for a drink at Geno's afterwards. March 5 Featured Readers: Claudia McGhee, Lisa C. Taylor, Emily Lyon.

YALE UNIVERSITY. Winner of the National Book Award for her collection Incarnadine, Mary Szybist will be the featured poet at the next Literature and Spirituality event on Thursday, February 22, 5:30 in the SML Lecture Hall on the campus of Yale University. For more information, visit https://ism.yale.edu/event/literature-spirituality-mary-szybist).

 

 

DICK ALLEN MEMORIAL TRIBUTE. March 8, 6:30 p.m., Guilford Free Library. Open mike, refreshments, and more.

 

SILAS BRONSON LIBRARY presents Calling All Poets/Spoken Word - Spring Season 2018. Host: Victoria Muñoz. First Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm, Open mike sign-up 6:20, 267 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT (downstairs auditorium), free.

March 7 – Please join us in celebrating Women’s History Month with Eddie Morales. POSTPONED.

April 4 - Annual Slam Competition with Waterbury’s own, and former CT Slam Champion,
Ernie Blue will MC this really fun event. Participants should have at least 3 pieces to recite
(read or memorized for family venue)). Pre-sign-up is recommended. To sign up: vicblu22@gmail.com

May 2 – Suzanne Gravel, writing teacher from the Waterbury School district will do a presentation
on teaching children to appreciate and write poetry.

June 6 - Poets, Luisa and Aaron Caycedo-Kimura husband and wife.

 

 

RJ JULIA BOOKSELLERS, Madison, CT. Laura and Victor Altshul will read on April 9 at 7 pm. There will also be readings from Forgotten Women, dited by Ginny Lowe Connors.

 

YALE UNIVERSITY. March 5, 5 p.m., LC317: reading by Carl Phillips.

 

TEA TIME AND POETRY. Come to read a poem or two, or come just to listen and enjoy afternoon tea. Tea Time & Poetry every 3rd Thursday 3:30-5 pm. Meets on the 15th in March. Informal and spontaneous. Enjoy a cup of tea of your choice from a selection of fine teas and homemade-style pastries or savories. No cover. Note new Location: “The Kitchen” cafe at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford. Parking available on the parking deck, enter from Arch Street, or on the street.

 

FROM NATURE TO MUSIC AND POETRY. Explore the myriad ways nature inspires art and creativity, including music and poetry. All levels of experience are welcome! Walk in Beauty: Celebrating the Gifts of the Earth will take place at Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT on Saturday April 21st, 2018, 9.30 AM to 3.00 PM. Here is a link to the workshop: https://wh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=101:2:10512941133384::::PROGRAM_ID:2684

 

INSTITUTE LIBRARY, New Haven, CT. Gemma Mathewson, Thursday, March 15, 2018.

JULIE CHOFFEL. April 4, 4 p.m., Hartford Public Library: poetry reading and book-signing.

 

JUNIPER LITERARY FESTIVAL on April 6 and 7, 2018, featuring readings by internationally known writers and UMass MFA alums as well as programming from current students who have invigorated the event with performative readings, inventively curated displays, and publications of their work. The festival will also include the regional and national literary community through its renowned journal and book fair. This year, we are offering community workshops by Edie Meidav and Ocean Vuong, faculty members in the UMass Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers, that are free and open to the community. Workshops will occur 1:00-2:30 on Saturday, April 7, 2018 in South College on the UMass Amherst campus. To enroll, write JuniperFestival@umass.edu with subject heading NOVEL or QUIET. Enrollment will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 15 people per workshop. You must be 18+. We will notify you of your acceptance into the workshop.

 

TWO WRASSLIN’ CATS COFFEE HOUSE, 374 Town Street, East Haddam, Connecticut: Sunday, March 25, 2.00-4.00 P.M.: Together We Rise: Building Bridges to Justice invites you to celebrate Women’s History Month with an open reading of poetry by women. Bring a favorite poem by a woman to read, read from the selection of works by women poets available at the Read-In, or just come and support this important event. The reading is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.


FAXON POETS READING from a new anthology: Sun., April 29,1:30 p.m., Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St., West Hartford, CT. The event will feature the Faxon poets and will be hosted by Tom Nicotera.

 

BEAN POETRY SERIES. Thursday, April 26, 7 - 9 pm, The Bean, 226 Broad St., Windsor, CT: readings by Tim Cresswell and Stanford Forresster, followed by open mic.

 

RISK A VERSE IN NEWTOWN. Newtown is hosting its third annual Risk A Verse event in honor of National Poetry Month. What does this involve? We invite a dozen or so random Newtown residents to read their favorite poem aloud. The event takes place in our beloved Meeting House on Main Street, a spectacular venue that’s ideally suited for recitation and reflection.
Date: Sunday, April 8th
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30
Place: Newtown Meeting House
31 Main Street (opposite the Flag Pole)
Newtown, CT

 

DOUG ANDERSON, reading on April 7, 2:00 P.M. at Stafford Library. Members' Art Show April 2-30 at the Stafford Library. Opening Reception to follow poetry reading on April 7.

 

GUILFORD POETS GUILD presents Award-Winning Poet Sarah Freligh. Please join the Guilford Poets Guild for its April Second Thursday Poetry Series reading featuring award-winning poet Sarah Freligh on Thursday, April 12 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library. Freligh is the author of Sad Math, winner of the 2014 Moon City Press Poetry Prize and the 2015 Whirling Prize from the University of Indianapolis. Her fiction and poetry work have appeared in Sun Magazine, Hotel Amerika, BOAAT Journal, diode, SmokeLong Quarterly, and in the forthcoming anthology New Microfiction: Exceptionally Short Stories (W.W. Norton, 2018). Among her awards are a 2009 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation in 2006.

Remember to bring your own poem to share during the Open Mic which is open to accomplished and aspiring poets of all ages wishing to present one original composition to a live audience. For more information, visit guilfordpoetsguild.org.

The Guilford Free Library is located at 67 Park Street in Guilford. This program is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Please register by phone, in person, or online (203) 453-8282, guilfordfreelibrary.org.

 


POEM CITY MONTPELIER is a unique series of events going on through the month of April. In addition to the events listed, selected poems are posted in storefronts throughout the city for the month. Jeanne Cook will be involved in a reading, and will have two poems posted. See http://www.kellogghubbard.org/images/Events/PoemCity narrative schedule.pdf


MARIA SASSI’S WORKSHOPS AT WINTONBURY BRANCH LIBRARY
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
FLYING WITH WORDS
Giving Free Verse more rhythm and flow by “seeding rhyme and off-rhyme among the lines” and keeping a poem from becoming PROSAIC…choose echoing words that will not deflect from the emotional core of the poem. We will work with prime examples and “word search exercise.” William Carlos Williams said “A poem is a small machine made of words.” True. Our goal is to give “the machine” some music.

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
EKPHRASIS POEM
Based on a work of art – painting, sculpture, picture – and we will write one, on the spot, in this workshop. Some paintings will be on site for you to work with. A good ekphrasis poem is more than only describing the art but contains the impact, the personal connection, it made with the poet. Its colors, lines, and forms may evoke a face, a rainy road you remember, an old love, or new philosophy. Something will pull you in. We will get there with prime examples and a simple exercise and with your talent too.

 

THE MISHA-MAYA-GAT Spoken Word & Music Series resumes on Thursday, April 19 from 6:30-9 p.m., in Manchester Community College’s downtown Dehn Gallery space, MCC on Main at WORK-SPACE, 903 Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040.

The Dwonztet, a jazz quartet, featuring Kris Allen, alto saxophone; Jen Allen, keyboards; Matt Dwonszyk, bass; and Curtis Torian, drums, will perform at 8:00 p.m. The evening will open with a reading at 6:30 p.m. by poets Peter Gizzi and Jon Ruseski.

All Mishi-maya-gat events are free and open to the public.

 

POETS @ TEATIME

“Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henry James

Come to read a poem or two, or come just to listen and enjoy afternoon tea. Poets@ Teatime every 3rd Thursday 3:30-5 pm. Meets on the 19th in April. Informal and spontaneous. Note new location: The Wallace Stevens Writing Room at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford. Parking available on the parking deck ( enter from Arch Street. ) Tea and other beverages, pastries and sandwiches available from “The Kitchen” cafe at the library and may be brought upstairs to the meeting.

 

THE CLINTON ART GALLERY 2018 Poetry Place Sunday Series Begins on Sunday, April 22

The opening reading in the Clinton Art Gallery’s 2018 Sunday Series poetry readings will take place on Sunday, April 22, with a reading by Connecticut poets Joan Hoffman, Suzy Lamson, and John Surowiecki. The reading, in the Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center at 20 East Main Street in the heart of Clinton, will begin at 2:00 PM and will include an open mic, which will give local poets the opportunity to share their work and also to discover the many classes, which include a variety of workshops in both art and writing, offered at the Clinton Art Gallery. Copies of the poets’ books will be on sale, and there will be a book-signing following the reading.

The reading is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Pat Barone at pattonybarone@aol.com or 203-627-4148.


THE MARLBOROUGH ARTS CENTER presents:

WHAT: Four short plays from the collection: Read My Shorts by Melanie Greenhouse
plus musical interludes by Horizon Blue
WHERE: At the Marlborough Arts Center, 231 North Main St./ Marlborough, CT
WHEN: Friday, April 27, 2018; Doors open at 7:00. Show begins at 7:30
HOW MUCH: $10/person
The plays will be performed as Reader's Theater & interspersed with live music by the acoustic sounds of Horizon Blue. The actors are members of the theater scene from Southeastern CT & include Michael Vernon Davis, Priscilla Moore, Nathan Rumney, & Suzanne McCormack

 

WALLY SWIST. Poetry Reading by Edward Bruce Bynum and Wally Swist, Pelham Library, 2 South Valley Road, Pelham, MA 01002; (413) 253-0657
Thursday, 19 April 2018, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


ROAR READING SERIES. Join us on the first Monday of every month at 7 PM at the UConn B&N Bookstore at Storrs Center. Hang out, listen to some riveting stories, and meet us for a drink at Geno's afterwards.
April 2: Special Event Reading! Ekphrastic Poetry and Prose. For the first time, ROAR readers will be responding to works of visual art, adding stories to paintings and transforming images into language. Monday night, they'll be tackling the famous works of Edward Hopper. You might know him for "Nighthawks"?


MERRILL HOUSE EVENTS

Sunday, April 8
5 pm
Spring Merrill Fellow
Suzanne Rivecca
reads from her work
Stonington Free Library
20 High Street
Stonington, CT

Suzanne Rivecca's first collection of stories, Death Is Not an Option (W.W. Norton 2010), won the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her short fiction has received two Pushcart Prizes and inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2013. She has been a National Endowment for the Arts fellow as well as a Stegner fellow at Stanford University and Creative Arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her current writing draws on her experience working in San Francisco's homeless-services sector.

Other Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 16
2017 Yale Younger Poet
Duy Doan
reads from his work
Details to be announced

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Guilford Poets Guild 20th Anniversary Anthology

Submissions are now being accepted for the Guilford Poets Guild 20th Anniversary Anthology to be published in the fall of 2019. The theme for the anthology is “Our Changing Environment” and is open to vast and varied interpretations (i.e. natural, world, national, local, personal). Poets of all ages from the shoreline community—Branford to Old Saybrook—are welcome to submit poems based on the Submission Guidelines listed below and on the Guilford Poet Guild’s website, www.guilfordpoetsguild.org. The deadline for submissions is September 5, 2018.

In addition to selected poems, the anthology will feature poems by members of the Guild as well as winners of the Guilford High School 2018 Poetry Contest, an annual event sponsored by the GPG each year.

The Guild is pleased to welcome editor Edwina Trentham who will select the poems for this new publication.

 

JEN PAYNE. On Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, Rock Garden in Branford will host author and naturalist Jen Payne for a spontaneous poetry reading and book signing featuring her book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind. From 12:30 to 3:30pm, the author will sign books and read poems upon request from this curious collection of poetry that Rita Kowats of Spirituality Without Borders called “Truth and beauty delivered in wide-eyed wonder by a heart passionately in love with nature.”

 

 

EASTERN CT STATE UNIVERSITY. Maria Mazziotti Gillan will read at ECSU on Thursday, 4/5/18, at 7 pm in the Science Building 301. Free and open to the public.

 

WISDOM HOUSE WORKSHOP. A workshop entitled "Walk in Beauty: Celebrating the Gifts of the Earth" will awaken your senses the the beauty of the Spring season as you recharge your creative spirit and rejuvenate in this experiential workshop. Come renew yourself this spring with an inspiring workshop that will awaken your senses to the beauty of the Earth with Thomasina Levy (musician/poet) and Leslie Johnson (writer) two award winning artists. Affirm your deep connection to the natural world through explorations in music and creative writing. We will also walk the outdoor labyrinth. To register go to: https://wh.retreatportal.com/events/f?p=EVENTS:2:::::PROGRAM_ID:2684.

 

THE INSTITUTE LIBRARY, NEW HAVEN. The next event will feature Marilyn Nelson, Thursday, April 19. Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of some twenty books of poetry. Her Carver: A Life in Poems (2001), described as “ground-breaking” in several Children’s Literature textbooks, won Newbery Honors, Coretta Scott King Honors, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award, and it appears almost in its entirety in The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature (2005). A Wreath for Emmett Till (2005), How I Discovered Poetry (2014), and My Seneca Village (2015) received similar acclaim. In 2017 she was awarded the NSK Neustadt Award and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry. Nelson held the office of Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006. At present she is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and Poet-in-Residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something to share.) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00.

Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

 

JANE SCHAPIRO READING. For anyone living in the Washington D.C. area, here is a link for Jane Schapiro's April 18, 2018 reading in Vienna VA:
https://www.facebook.com/events/143058313144858/

 

CALLING ALL POETS and Poetry lovers alike! Silas Bronson library invites you to participate or just come and listen to our annual Slam Competition featuring Emcee, former CT slam champion, Ernie BLUE ! Host : Victoria Muñoz. Slam poets participating should have at least three pieces they can read I recite by memory no longer than three minutes long. Arrive at least 15 minutes early. Open mic if time. To sign up ahead of time: vicblu22@gmail.com, or just show up. There is limited space but there is room for you! See you there! Silas Bronson library, 267 Grand St., Waterbury, Connecticut.
www.silasbronsonlibrary.org


MAD RIVER LITERARY FESTIVAL. Poets Daniel Donaghy and Margot Schilpp read on 4/11; Poets Kateri Kosek, Jim Kelleher and Jacqueline Welsh read with others on 4/10 at the 22nd annual Mad River Literary Festival, April 10 & 11, 6:30pm, Founders Hall Auditorium, NCCC, Winsted, CT

NATURE POETRY WORKSHOP. On April 21 at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, a nature poetry workshop led by Catherine Hoyser, Professor of English at USJ, and an open mic will be part of the arts and sciences events during a 24 hour Bioblitz. For the schedule and to register, go to this site: https://www.evensi.us/bioblitz-university-saint-joseph/254176922. Musical events and plein aire painting will be part of the day’s program as well as nature walks and cataloguing of living organisms found on the campus. If you are into bugs and slugs or birds or mammals or mushrooms or flowers, my goodness, you need to come to this fun program. I have attended 7 Bioblitz’s around the New England area and always come away with new knowledge and insight.

 


POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP for all skills and all ages
We each have a heart song. Learn simple steps to put your song on paper.
Poems and Prayers for the Earth
Saturday, June 9, 2018 9 AM – 4 PM
Wisdom House Conference & Retreat Center
229 E Litchfield Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759

Fee: $119 per person (includes vegetarian lunch). Scholarships available.
Sponsored by:
IREJN for the benefit of the upcoming book, Poems and Prayers for the Earth

Facilitators:
Jeanne C. Folks, DMin, LPC, Counselor and Poet Elisabeth Moss, Expressive Artist

Through intriguing, fun writing exercises and graduated, brief writing prompts, guided meditations, expressive arts, brief nature walks and Qigong, participants will be guided to find his or her voice in harmony with nature. Turn that voice into a flow of words on paper with effortless economy, wisdom and freedom. All will be invited to share their experiences and writing with the group. Some may choose to participate quietly.

The theme of our exploration and writing will be love of nature and stewardship of our planet Earth. Open to teens and adults of all ages and all faith traditions interested in bypassing overwhelm regarding the challenges faced by our planet. Enter a space of deeper knowing and empowered expression.

To register, go to Eventbrite.com (search Poems & Prayers for the Earth)
Questions? Special needs? Call Jeanne (860) 678-8779 or email drfolks@tappingprayerfully.comus

 

SUE ELLEN THOMPSON. Lecture on "Marriage, Metaphor, & Mortality: The Poetry of Jane Kenyon" at the LaGrua Center in Stonington at 6 p.m. on Wed., May 23. For more information, visit https://lagruacenter.org/event/detail/2018/5/23/6/00/pm/454-thompson_poetryhttps://lagruacenter.org/event/detail/2018/5/23/6/00/pm/454-thompson_poetry.

 

WESTPORT WRITERS WORKSHOP is offering many excellent workshops. For information, see info@westportwriters.org

 

TRACY K. SMITH National Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will appear atNorwalk Community College 6 PM on Thursday, May 3, for a conversation, reading, Q and A, and book-signing. (Her latest, Wade in the Water, is out shortly.). Contact Laurel Peterson (laurelpeterson@att.net).

 

BARNES AND NOBLE SPECTACULAR FOR POETRY MONTH. Word has it that the new B&N on Front Street in Hartford is staging a series of readings by almost 60 poets during the month of April. For information: SM8208@bncollege.com.

 

MERRILL HOUSE. Sunday, April 8, 5 pm, Spring Merrill Fellow Suzanne Rivecca reads from her work, Stonington Free Library, 20 High Street, Stonington, CT. Reception to follow

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD READING. Please come hear award-winning poet Maggie Anderson read from her work, as part of the Spring 2018 Cardin Reading Series. This poetry reading will take place THIS Thursday, April 12th, at 12:15 PM, in Mali 1/Dana 201 on the University of Hartford campus. Ms. Anderson’s most recent book is DEAR ALL (Four Way Books, 2017).


POETRY MONTH IN GLASTONBURY, April, 2018

Poetry Reading, Book Signing and Reception: Friday, April 20, 6-9p.m., South Congregational Church, 949 Main Street. ABC Alumnus Brandon (Madden) Alexander presents his new poetry collection “The Winter’s Cactus.” Free. Hosted by Glastonbury A Better Chance.

The Natural World, Poetically Speaking: Friday, April 20, 7 p.m., Audubon Center, 1361 Main Street. Poetry by Canton Poet Laureate Joan Hofmann, plus an open mike for original nature poetry. $5 suggested donation. Hosted by Glastonbury Audubon.

From Epic Poem To Epic Punk: Saturday, April 28, 2 p.m., Welles Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street. Featuring GHS Teacher Mark Dursin and Sheri Dursin, authors of YA novel “Labors Of An Epic Punk”; poetry performance by GHS Students Cindy Li, Nicole Nguyen, Ohm Patel; music by vocalist-guitarist Jim Henderschedt. Book signing. Refreshments. Free. Hosted by Glastonbury Poet Laureate Alexandrina Sergio.

Introduction To Modern American Poetry. Tuesdays, April 24 and May 1, 6:30 to 8:30, Glastonbury High School, Room B106. Poet-educator Mark Sheridan explores favorite twentieth-century American poets. Details and online registration at www.glastonburyus.org/adulted. $39. A Glastonbury Adult Education course.

Applications for the position of Glastonbury Poet Laureate (2018-2021) are being accepted throughout the month of April. See the Town of Glastonbury or Welles Turner Memorial Library web sites for details.

 

RIVERWOOD POETRY SERIES. Riverwood Poetry Series presents Kelly DuMar's workshop, "Your Pictures as Poetry: Writing from your Photo Stream". In this workshop, we'll write creatively from personal photos that capture our attention and unpack why they do. Writing from photos allows us to approach our pictures as works of art-- no matter the quality of the photo.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 7-9 PM, The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford. Doors open at 6:45 PM. FREE admission-- $5 Donation suggested for educational workshops, but not required. Bring a friend!

BRING 1-3 PHOTOS if possible. This is a generative workshop.

KELLY DuMAR is a Boston area playwright and poet who leads creative writing workshops across the US and Canada where her winning plays have been produced. She is the author of two poetry and prose chapbooks-- All These Curves and Tree of the Apple. She teaches writing online for the Transformative Arts Association and serves on the board and faculty of the International Women's Writing Guild.

 

HERE IN WINDHAM. A Celebration of Poetry featuring Doug Anderson, Alexandrina Sergio, Steve Straight, and Windham County high school poets and remembering poet and editor Alexander “Sandy” Taylor.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 7 pm
Windham Theater Guild
779 Main Street, Willimantic, CT
Tickets: $8/adults, $5/students
For information, please call 860-423-2245 or email windhamtheatre@aol.com

 

CONFLUENCE. You are invites to join others for a special night of poetry at the Confluencia event on Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 p.m. in the Playbox Theater at Naugatuck Valley Community College. In its ninth year, our Confluence/ Confluencia/ Confluenza series continues to inspire, enrich and introduce the power of poetry to our community and the generations within it. The night will open with refreshments and live music as well as the opportunity to participate in an open mic. We will close the evening listening to our featured poets read from their works.

 

CLINTON ART GALLERY. The 2018 Poetry Place Sunday Series Begins on Sunday, April 22. The opening reading in the Clinton Art Gallery’s 2018 Sunday Series poetry readings will take place on Sunday, April 22, with a reading by Connecticut poets Joan Hoffman, Suzy Lamson, and John Surowiecki. The reading, in the Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center at 20 East Main Street in the heart of Clinton, will begin at 2:00 PM and will include an open mic, which will give local poets the opportunity to share their work and also to discover the many classes, which include a variety of workshops in both art and writing, offered at the Clinton Art Gallery. The reading is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, and books by the poets will be for sale with a book-signing following the reading. For more information, contact Pat Barone at pattonybarone@aol.com or 203-627-4148.



POETRY ROCKS! FEATURES LAURA & VIC ALTSHUL AND YOUNG BANGLADESH IMMIGRANT. VERNON—Poetry Rocks!, the quarterly poetry series based at Arts Center East in Vernon, is featuring Laura Altshul and Victor Altshul of New Haven, on Sunday April 15, 3:00 p.m. The student poet will be Crystle Adhikary, an immigrant from Bangladesh, who attends Manchester High School. The featured readers will be followed by an open microphone for the first five poets to sign up. Arts Center East is located at 709 Hartford Turnpike. For more information, please call series director, Pegi Deitz Shea, at 860-878-7016, or email her at pegideitzshea@aol.com. Check www.artscentereast.org for events.


JIM AND J.D. SCRIMGEOUR, FATHER AND SON. a reading at the New Milford Library at 6:30 pm on Monday April 23. Please spread the word. Would love to see you there.


FROM EPIC POEM TO EPIC PUNK

Saturday, April 28
2-4 p.m.
Welles Turner Memorial Library
2407 Main Street, Glastonbury

Featuring

AUTHORS MARK AND SHERI DURSIN
With Highlights From Their Retold Classic Tale

“LABORS OF AN EPIC PUNK”
(a novel for young and not-so-young adults)

?• Poetry Performance by GHS Students
Cindy Li—Nicole Nguyen—Ohm Patel
• Music by Jim Henderschedt
Refreshments Book Signing

FREE—EVERYONE WELCOME

Presented by Glastonbury Poet Laureate Alexandrina Sergio

 

 

RIVERWOOD POETRY SERIES. On April 26, Riverwood will host a collaborative poetry performance with students from the American School for the Deaf and students from the Greater Hartford Academy of Arts. Doors open at 6:45 pm.

BILLY COLLINS. Just announced -West Hartford READS! acclaimed author for 2018 will be Billy Collins. West Hartford READS! encourages everyone in town to read the works of one notable author. This year, Billy Collins will visit us at Town Hall on Thursday evening, October 4 for a free event made possible by the Thomas F. Kilfoil Memorial Bequest, and the West Hartford Public Library Foundation.

 

CHARTER OAK POETRY SERIES. Sunday May 6, 3PM: Donna Fleischer and Leslie McGrath

Donna Fleischer’s poems are in many small independent press chapbooks, anthologies and journals worldwide. These include Ko, Modern Haiku, Otoliths, Peace Is a Haiku Song, Poetry at the End of the World, Spiral Orb, The Marsh Hawk Press Review, and The #Occupy Wall Street Anthology.

Leslie McGrath is the author of three collections of poetry, the most recent being Feminists Are Passing from Our Lives. Winner of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and the Gretchen Warren award from the New England Poetry Club, her poems and interviews have been published in Agni, Poetry magazine, The Academy of American Poets, The Writer’s Chronicle, and The Yale Review. McGrath teaches creative writing at Central CT State University and is series editor of The Tenth Gate, a poetry imprint of The Word Works Press. She lives in Essex.

Reading starts with an Open Mike.

Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

 

 

NORWICH ART CENTER. April is the Norwich Arts Center's African-American Arts Celebration month. We have a wonderful visual arts show ongoing in the gallery, and have already held some outstanding performances in our Donald L. Oat Theater.

But the best is yet to come: this week, NAC is thrilled to present The Root Woman, a play written and co-directed by one of the state's most prestigious playwrights, Michael Bradford. Bradford, a New London resident, is Head of UConn's Dramatic Arts Department and is the Artistic Director of the CT Repertory Theater. His plays have been performed in New York, Chicago, Louisville, London, and soon -- best of all! -- in Norwich. There will be four performances: this Thursday through Saturday at 7:30, and a matinee on Sunday at 2:00. There should be space for walk-ins, but call 860-887-2789 for reservations to be sure.

And then... on the following Saturday (April 28), we have planned a daylong celebration of African-American arts with free performances of drumming, dance, and spoken word in the afternoon, followed by a very exciting poetry event at 7:00 pm honoring former CT. State Poet Laureate Marilyn Nelson.

The evening will begin with a short musical performance by Girls in Jazz, a youth group from New London, to get everyone warmed up. Then the poetry begins with some of the state's and the region's finest poets --
Kate Rushin, prize-winning poet who has read at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival (the largest poetry event in North America) and the Smith College Poetry Center;
Charles Fort, winner of several noteworthy awards including from The Poetry Society of America, has poems that twice have been included in The Best American Poetry series as well as poems included in the Carnegie Mellon Anthology of Poetry;
New London Poet Laureate Rhonda Ward, has read her poetry throughout the Northeast and in England; Ms. Ward was selected by the prestigious Griffis Foundation/Orpheus Foundation artist exchange to live in Bulgaria for a month;
Norwich native son, the dynamic Frederick Douglass Knowles II, Associate Professor of English at Three River Community College and author of the poetry collection BlackRoseCity, which explores his interpersonal and social-political experiences while growing up in Norwich.

The event, the day, and the month-long celebration of African-American arts and artists culminates with Marilyn Nelson reading a selection of poems from her more than twenty books of poetry. Nelson, whose reading voice is pure enchantment, is professor emeritus at UConn and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Her poetry is accessible, relevant, and highly interesting. Her honors include the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, a Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Nelson was also awarded the 2017 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, given in recognition of a “storied literary career exploring history, race relations, and feminism in America.” She is one of this country's treasures.

The Norwich Arts Center is privileged and honored to have all these outstanding artists on our stage.

I hope you'll join us in this celebration of the arts. Please visit the NAC website norwicharts.org for more information. Flyers for the programs are attached.


HARTFORD POET LAUREATE SEARCH. Hartford is actively searching for a poet laureate to represent our capital city. They have put up a very informative website for potential candidates and others who may be interested in their process. It is: hartfordpoetlaureate.org. Please pass this information on to Hartford residents who may be viable candidates.

 

EDWINA TRENTHAM WORKSHOP. IF YOU GET THERE BEFORE I DO: LOVE, DEATH, AND POETRY
Thursday July 5 to Thursday August 9, 2018
What can we say about love, about death, that has not already been said? How can we find a new language to explore how love sustains us while death awaits us, and how we manage to hold these two realities in our minds and hearts throughout our lives? Dick Allen does all this and more in his beautiful, richly sensual poem, “If You Get There Before I Do.” Exploring the afterlife as a familiar house in the country, he offers one who has preceded him—an unnamed “you”—some advice on how to feel at home and also to prepare the house for when he arrives: “Air out the linens, unlatch the shutters on the Eastern Side / and maybe find that deck of Bicycle cards / lost near the sofa.” As an aside, he describes what not to expect in this unnamed destination—“no Chinese takeout,”—and also what will be there “one weary gas pump / along with all those Esso cans from decades ago,” adding “if you’re somewhat confused, think Vermont, / that state where people are folded into the mountains / like berries in batter.” Having set the scene with sly and engaging details, he describes his own desires on arrival: “a few hundred years to sit around and concentrate / on one thing at a time” and ends by saying “if there’s a place for me that love has kept protected, / I’ll be coming, I’ll be coming too.” In addition to Allen’s vivid and appealing approach, we will take a look at a variety of poets who have taken on love and death with similar originality and imagination. For example, Lucille Clifton, who, in eight startling lines, takes on the voice of her dead husband describing his grieving wife who, “wakes up, having forgotten” then sees the empty closet, and “weeps / toward my space in the bed, ‘Darling, / someone has stolen your wonderful / shirts and ties.’” In a very different voice, T.J. Jarrett uses a short prose poem, “At the Repast,” to capture the pain of a young woman after a funeral, as she folds a “a fist full of paper napkins . . .into birds,” before tossing them into the fire. When asked years later “what she meant,” she simply responds “The worst has already happened . . . What good is metaphor to us now?” And Ruth Stone tells a richly detailed story about her current life in “Curtains”—“Listen, last night / I am on a crying jag / with my landlord” because no cats are allowed in the apartment where she eats “cold borscht alone in a bare kitchen”—then ends the poem by saying to her husband, “See what you miss by being dead?” Finally, Kathleen Sheeder Bonnano takes on the topic of death in her startling poem, “Death Barged In,” showing very convincingly how, at a certain point, death controls our pens, our imagination: “he stands behind me . . . / bends down / and whispers to my neck, / From now on, / you write about me.”
In this intensive workshop, we will read and discuss the work of a variety of poets, to assist us in finding new ways to capture the complexities of these essential topics. Among the poets we will read, in addition to Dick Allen and those listed above, are Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, Jack Gilbert, Jane Hirshfield, Yusef Komunyakaa, William Merwin, Claudia Rankine, Wislawa Szymborska, and Brian Turner.
Participants will write and revise twelve poems—including out of class assignments and in-class exercises—and will work closely with each other and with the workshop leader, both during the workshop and in individual conferences, on writing and revision, so that at the end of a six-week period everyone should have the beginning of a chapbook. Suggestions of other poets/poems to add to the list of works we will read are encouraged and welcomed. We will also explore the use of form in considerable detail. We will do a public reading of our work on the afternoon of Sunday, August 5, at Two Wrasslin’ Cats Coffee House in East Haddam.

The workshop will be held on Thursdays from 6.00 until 9.00 PM, July 5 through August 9 2018 at 204 North Moodus Road, Moodus, Connecticut. The workshop is limited to ten people, and the cost is $350.00 for the six-week period. For more information or to sign up for the workshop contact Edwina Trentham at trentham@comcast.net. This workshop is sponsored by HeartStone Labyrinths llc.
Edwina Trentham taught English and creative writing for twenty-seven years at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut, where she also founded the poetry journal, Freshwater, which she edited for fifteen years. She was a Visiting Instructor in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Wesleyan University from 1988 through 2005. She has been teaching a summer workshop for thirteen years, as well as a variety of workshops over the past twenty-five years at different venues, including the Clinton Art Gallery, the HillStead Museum, Wintonbury Library, The Mark Twain House, Manchester and Quinebaug Community Colleges, and many other libraries, high schools, and colleges throughout Connecticut. She has been a fellow at Yaddo and has published her work in a number of periodicals, including The American Scholar, The American Voice, The Connecticut Review, The Massachusetts Review, The New Virginia Review, Prairie Schooner, The Sun, Yankee, and Calyx. Her work is included in five anthologies—The 1997 Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry; The American Voice: Anthology of Poetry; At Our Core: Women Writing About Power; Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age; and Sunken Garden Poetry: 1992-2011. Her poetry has won many awards, including The Yeats Award and an honorable mention in the 2004 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival National Competition, and she has given readings throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. A collection of her poetry, Stumbling into the Light, was published by Antrim House in 2004, and she was a featured reader at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in June 2005. She was awarded a 2010 Solo Writer’s Fellowship from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Her chapbook, written with the Solo Fellowship’s support, won honorable mention in the 2011 Comstock Review Chapbook Contest and was a semi-finalist in the Quills Edge Press 2015-2016 Chapbook Contest. For additional information go to www.edwinatrentham.com or www.antrimhousebooks.com/trentham.

SUE ELLEN THOMPSON. Lecture: Sue Ellen Thompson on Poet Jane Kenyon
Marriage, Metaphor, & Mortality: The Poetry of Jane Kenyon: May 23, 2018, 6:00 PM
Jane Kenyon only published four collections of poetry, but her reputation and influence, especially following her death from leukemia at the age of 47 in 1995, have continued to grow. Today she is widely recognized as one of America’s premier lyric poets. Sue Ellen Thompson will explore the impact that Kenyon's lifelong struggle with depression and her marriage to a future U.S. Poet Laureate had on her work. Several of her poems will be read and discussed, with particular attention paid to their plainspoken diction and use of metaphors from the natural world. Open to the public.

Suggested donation $5.
La Grua Center,
32 Water St., P.O. Box 342,
Stonington, CT 06378
phone: 860-535-2300

 

CPS PARTY. Don’t Miss this year’s CPS annual Poetry Blast –Saturday May 19th, Blast Time 1 to 4 pm -
Location- same as last year-Work_Space formerly MCC on Main -903 Main Street, Manchester CT -
in the rear and on the street-Catered refreshments-
Mini POP Presentations: Ginny Lowe Connors on Jane Hirshfield, Julia Paul on Wilslawa Szymborska, and Mark Sheridan on William Carlos Williams
as well as the ever popular Open Microphone-
Bring your Poetry Book to sell or purchase a book-
Renew your CPS Membership in person
This event is Free and Open to the Public
We hope to see you there!

 

B&N POETRY IN HARTFORD. Subject: Poetry at the Barnes and Noble in Hartford April 30th
Poetry at the UCONN Barnes and Noble in April: Rogue Recitations

The five poets reading at 5:30 pm on Monday, April 30th on the Rogue Recitations Series will be Joe Adomavicia, Olusanya Bey, Regina Dyton, Laura Mazza-Dixon and Barbara Boss Powell.

The address of the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at UCONN in Hartford is 18 Front Street, Hartford, CT 06103. 860-263-2260. See more about Poetry Month at the bookstore - https://www.facebook.com/UConnGreaterHartford/

 

 

PEGI DEITZ SHEA. Exhibit opening, "Photography from a Poet's Eye: Pictures and Poems", Friday, May 4, from 6-8:00 pm, at the Tolland Arts Center. Please come enjoy beer, wine, soft drinks and finger foods while seeing how one inspiration often nourishes two different artistic expressions.

 

 

POETS ON POETRY. Saturday, April 28, David Capella will present the poetry of Maxine Kumin. 10:15am to 12:15. Sponsored by The Connecticut Poetry Society. Hartford Public Library.

 

 

MISHI-MAYA-GAT Spoken Word & Music Series resumes on Thursday, May 17 from 6:30-9 p.m., in Manchester Community College’s Dehn Gallery at WORK-SPACE, 903 Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040. 6:30 PM – Poets JOAN HOFMANN and ELAINE ZIMMERMAN
• Joan Hofmann is Poet Laureate of Canton, CT, and her poems have been published in many journals and anthologies, as well as two chapbooks: Coming Back (2014, Antrim House) and Alive (Grayson Books, 2017). For more information on her new book, please visit: www.graysonbooks.com.
• Elaine Zimmerman’s journal publications include Lascaux Review, Coal Hill Review, New Millennium, The New Guard Literary Review, and Cyclamens and Swords, and several anthologies, including Forgotten Women and Worlds in Our Words: Contemporary American Women Writers.

8:00 PM – CUATRO PUNTOS, string quartet


THE CLINTON ART GALLERY'S 2018 Poetry Place Sunday Series Continues on Sunday, May 20. The second reading in the Clinton Art Gallery’s 2018 Sunday Series poetry readings will take place on Sunday, May 20, with a reading by Connecticut poets Jamie Crepeau, Pit Pinegar, and Brie Quartin. The reading, in the Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center at 20 East Main Street in the heart of Clinton, will begin at 2:00 PM and will include an open mic, which will give local poets the opportunity to share their work and also to discover the many classes, which include a variety of workshops in both art and writing, offered at the Clinton Art Gallery. The reading is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Pat Barone at pattonybarone@aol.com or 203-627-4148

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2018 ROSE GARDEN READING.
Saturday, June 16, 1PM
Two Connecticut Poets: Danielle Pieratti & Reginald Flood
Under the Tent in Elizabeth Park, Hartford CT

This annual poetry reading features two Connecticut-based poets—

Danielle Pieratti's poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Boston Review, Sixth Finch, Rhino, and other journals, and she received The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Connors Prize for Poetry in 2004. Her first book, Fugitives (2016, Lost Horse Press), won the 2016 Idaho Prize and the 2017 Connecticut Book Award for Poetry. She is the author of two chapbooks: “By the Dog Star," the 2005 winner of the Edda Chapbook Competition for Women, and “The Post, the Cage, the Palisade," published by Dancing Girl Press in 2015. Danielle holds an MFA from Columbia University and is a teacher-consultant for the National Writing Project. She currently teaches high-school English in Connecticut, and runs regular writing workshops and retreats for teacher-writers through the Connecticut Writing Project at the University of Connecticut. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two young children.

Reginald Flood is a native of south central Los Angeles who now lives in a small town in southeastern Connecticut with his family. He is the author of Coffle (Willow Books 2012) and Refugeed (Willow Books 2018) and has been awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry and a National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Fellowship. He is an associate professor of English and Coordinator of African American Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he teaches African American literature, creative writing, and composition. He is a Cave Canem Fellow.

The reading is sponsored by the Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens (stevenspoetry.org),
with the generous assistance of the Elizabeth Park Conservancy (elizabethparkct.org).

For more information, contact:

Jim Finnegan
JforJames@aol.com
860-508-2810

 

 

WORKSHOP. NYWW's Writing from Inception to Publication with Ravi Shankar
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3364133
Writing from Inception to Publication: A Six-Week crash course with Pushcart Prize-winning poet Ravi Shankar. In this online writing workshop, open to all genres and levels of writers, we will move from drafting a piece of writing to revising it until it is ready to send out for publication. We will look intently at the mechanics of what we hope to accomplish in our writing, using a modified workshop model to help with our revisions. We will supplement our investigation by a discussion of different editing techniques and advice from writers running the gamut from ancient India to the New York School. We will look closely at what various kinds of editors are looking for and how to craft a successful query letter, taking into view the large landscape of the contemporary publishing world. Our goal will not be airy and abstract, but very pragmatic: by the end of our time together, we will generate and have something ready to publish.

Ravi Shankar is the author most recently of Durable Transit: New and Selected Poems (Poetrywala, 2018), and co-translator with Priya Sarukkai Chabria, of the award-winning Autobiography of a Goddess (Zubaan Books/University of Chicago Press, 2016). His other books include Deepening Groove (The National Poetry Review Press, 2011), What Else Could It Be: Ekphrastics and Collaborations (Carolina Wren Press, 2015), and, as co-editor with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond (Norton, 2008). He founded and edited one of the oldest electronic arts journals on the web, the legendary Drunken Boat. He is a celebrated speaker and educator on several continents, including Asia, Australia, and the US.

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3364133


CALLING ALL POETS (and Poetry Lovers) presents Suzanne Gravel

as the featured poet in the Bronson poetry program

WATERBURY- Suzanne Gravel, writing/ language arts instructor at
Rotella Magnet School, will do a poetry presentation/experiential
Wednesday, May 2nd at the Calling All Poets ( . . . and poetry
lovers) program in the basement auditorium at the Silas Bronson
Library, 267 Grand St. at 6:30 pm. The program is part of a monthly
series founded and hosted by poet, musician, music therapist and
educator, Victoria Muñoz.
Ms. Gravel inspires her students to both write and share their
poetry. Several of them have already achieved recognition in the
library’s annual poetry contest as well as UCONN’s Writer's Project.
Ms. Gravel has also given several presentations to groups of
teachers from around the country on techniques for teaching writing to
young children.
Wednesday’s program will include an open mike session, sign-up
6:20. The program and evening parking in the library parking lot are
both free.


POLLY BRODY is featured for "Author Night"
Thursday, May 3, 2018
7 PM
The Storytellers Cottage, 750 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT
Polly will read from three of her collections: Stirring Shadows,
Other Nations,
and Lore.
Author signing and reception with light refreshments after reading.

 

POETRY OF JEAN SANDS

Join Jack Sheedy and Patricia Martin at House of Books in Kent on June 9 at 4 p.m. as they discuss and read poetry from two books by the late Jean Sands.

Jean Sands of Harwinton was author of two books of poetry, "Gandy Dancing" (2009) and the posthumous "Close But Not Touching" (2017), both by Antrim House Books. Her poetry is stark and revealing. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. "Gandy Dancing" won a Legacy Award from Eric Hoffer in 2014.

Jack Sheedy of Harwinton was married to Jean Sands for 27 years until her death in 2016. He is a journalist and author. He will discuss Jean's work and summarize the story behind the publishing of "Close But Not Touching."

Patricia Martin is a poet, author, copywriter, actor and media consultant living in Torrington. She never met Jean Sands but was touched by her brave poetry. Because the poetry speaks to women, Patricia will read it aloud from a woman's perspective, allowing Jean's words to resonate with other women.

Both "Gandy Dancing" and "Close But Not Touching" will be available for purchase from House of Books before, during and after the event.

Venue:
House of Books
10 N Main st.
Kent , CT 06057
(860) 927-4104
info@hobooks.com
http://www.houseofbooksct.com/contact/

Schedule:
06/09/2018
Saturday: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pricing:
Event Cost: FREE
Presenter:
Jack Sheedy
(860) 309-5479
jacksheedy@sbcglobal.net
www.jacksheedy.com

For information, contact:
House of Books
(860) 927-4104
info@hobooks.com
http://www.houseofbooksct.com/contact


DAVID K. LEFF will be the featured reader on Sunday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at SpeakEasy, a spoken word series at the Nolke Gallery in Torrington hosted by writer Patricia Martin. There will be an open mic offering five minutes each for those who would like to present poems, memoirs, monologues, and other spoken word. Sign-up starts at 6:30. All ages are welcome. Snacks and beverages will be available.
For more about David go to www.davidkleff.com For more about host Patricia Martin go to www.patriciamartin.com The Nolke Gallery is at 15 Water Street, Torrington, Connecticut https://www.noelkegallery.com/

 

 

POETRY INSTITUTE, NEW HAVEN
featuring A Discussion of Major Poets
with Pat Mottola, Ginny Lowe Connors, Christine Beck,
and Julia Morris Paul, moderated by Victor Altshul

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Poetry Institute will present a program consisting of four short presentations about Derek Walcott, C.D. Wright, Richard Wilbur, John Ashberry, all major poets who died in 2017:
Pat Mottola will be discussing Derek Walcott. She teaches Creative Writing at Southern Connecticut State University. She also teaches both art and poetry to Senior Citizens throughout Connecticut. Pat is co-president of the CT Poetry Society and is the author of two full-length collections: Under the Red Dress, and After Hours.

Ginny Lowe Connors will be discussing C.D. Wright. She is the author of three full-length poetry collections, Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village. Her chapbook, Under the Porch, won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. Connors has also edited several poetry anthologies. She is the editor of Connecticut River Review, a national journal sponsored by the Connecticut Poetry Society. Connors runs a small poetry press, Grayson Books.

Christine Beck is discussing Richard Wilbur. She has an MFA from Southern Connecticut State University. Her publications include Blinding Light, and two chapbooks – I’m Dating Myself and Stirred Not Shaken. She teaches literature at the University of Hartford and is active in the Connecticut Poetry Society where she sponsors a monthly poetry series called Poets on Poetry. Christine Beck is a former Poet Laureate of West Hartford.
Julia Morris Paul is discussing John Ashberry. She serves as Manchester, Connecticut’s first Poet Laureate. She is President of the Riverwood Poetry Series Board of Directors, serves on the boards of the Connecticut Poetry Society and the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate. In addition to publication in numerous literary journals, both national and international, as well as anthologies, several of her poems have been performed in stage productions. She was the featured poet in the Hartford Courant’s CT Poet’s Corner, July 2017. Julia’s first book is Shook. She is an elder law attorney, in Manchester.

Victor Altshul will serve as moderator. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Medical School, has been practicing psychiatry in New Haven for more than fifty years. He has published three books of poetry: 'Stumblings', 'Singing With Starlings', and 'Ode to My Autumn', as well as individual poems in various journals. He is vice-president or the Connecticut Poetry Society. He also serves as part-time muse for his wife, the poet Laura Altshul.


On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something to share.) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

Great Poetry!

In a Warm, Friendly Environment

 

JUNIPER Summer Writing Institute
https://www.umass.edu/juniperinstitute/#/

June 17-24, 2018
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Arthur Flowers
Terrance Hayes
Noy Holland
Mitchell S. Jackson
Stephen Graham Jones
Dorothea Lasky
Rickey Laurentiis
Paul Lisicky
Eileen Myles
Lisa Olstein
Camille Rankine
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Evie Shockley
Safiya Sinclair
Bianca Stone
Dara Wier
Joy Williams
Matthew Zapruder
Leni Zumas




ROAR READING SERIES. Join us on the first Monday of every month at 7 PM at the UConn B&N Bookstore at Storrs Center. Hang out, listen to some riveting stories, and meet us for a drink at Geno's afterwards.
May 7 Featured Readers:
Aimee Pozorski, Gerda Walz-Michaels, Daniel Donaghy

 

 

WINTONBURY POETRY Workshops by Maria Sassi

May 10 and 17, 2018, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
McMahon-Wintonbury Library Children's Room
1015 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield
Register at 860-242-0041 or at www.prosserlibrary.info

Thursday, May 10, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
FLYING WITH WORDS
Giving Free Verse more rhythm and flow by “seeding rhyme and off-rhyme among the lines” and keeping a poem from becoming PROSAIC…choose echoing words that will not deflect from the emotional core of the poem. We will work with prime examples and “word search exercise.” William Carlos Williams said “A poem is a small machine made of words.” True. Our goal is to give “the machine” some music.
Thursday, May 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
EKPHRASIS POEM
Based on a work of art – painting, sculpture, picture – and we will write one, on the spot, in this workshop. Some paintings will be on site for you to work with. A good ekphrasis poem is more than only describing the art but contains the impact, the personal connection, it made with the poet. Its colors, lines, and forms may evoke a face, a rainy road you remember, an old love, or new philosophy. Something will pull you in. We will get there with prime examples and a simple exercise and with your talent too.

 

RIVERWOOD POETRY SERIES invites you to Labor, Love, and Long-Term Illness-- Suturing Words, a Poetry Performance and Discussion with Sean Thomas Dougherty on Thursday, May 10, 7-9 PM, at The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford.

Doors open at 6:45 PM. An open mic precedes the reading. Free of Charge with donations gratefully accepted. All are welcome! Bring a friend!

Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author of The Second O of Sorrow, All you Ask for is Longing: Poems, 1994-2014, and Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line which was a finalist for Binghamton University's Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award. His work has also appeared in Best American Poetry 2014.

He joins us straight from the Massachusetts Poetry Festival where he ran workshops and held readings to great applause and appreciation! Not to be missed!

 

THE BEAN POETRY SERIES
Featuring: Pegi Deitz Shea & Peter Newton
Followed by an open mic & book signing!
MAY 24 (Thursday) • 7-9pm

Location: The Bean is in Windsor center on Broad St. (Ample parking.)
Time: 7-9 PM
Date: 5/24 (Thurs.)
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Please find attached a pdf of the flyer. Please feel to post the flyer and/or forward it to any interesting parties.

The inaugural reading in April was a big hit. The Bean offers a beautiful atmosphere for a poetry reading, not to mention the best coffee in the area--my humble opinion.

Wishing you all the best,
Stanford
Stanford M. Forrester, Poetry Series Host & Coordinator

 

NOAH WEBSTER HOUSE. Poetry Read-In
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 2-5 p.m.

On Sunday, May 20, 2018, at 2 p.m. the public is invited to hear poets Kate Rushin, Christine Beck, and Maria Sassi as they lead an afternoon of poetry at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.

Kate Rushin is the author of The Black Back-Ups (Firebrand Books). Her “The Bridge Poem” appears in This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, a ground-breaking feminist anthology.

Christine Beck was Poet Laureate of the town of West Hartford from 2015-17 and is the author of Blinding Light ( 2013), I’m Dating Myself (2015), and Stirred, Not Shaken (2016).

Maria Sassi is a prize-winning poet and playwright and served as the first Poet Laureate of West Hartford. Her book of poems, Rooted in Stars, is in its second edition, the first is in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Poets are encouraged to read their own works during the open mic portion of the afternoon. Sign-up sheets will be available at 1:45 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free to the public, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

 

 

MARIA SASSI will lead two free poetry workshops at the Wintonbury Library, Bloomfield. Thursday, May 10, 6:30pm "Flying with Words;" and Thursday May 17, 6:30 "Ekphrastic Poetry."

 

BILLY COLLINS will be West Hartford's WH READS! author this year, and he will visit the West Hartford Library (Town Hall) on Thursday, Oct. 4 for a reading/Q&A/signing.... http://bit.ly/billycollins4oct

 

 

JAMES B NICOLA

Please join me in Rhode Island if you can in
Coventry on May 19
and/or
Westerly on May 22
for poetry performances
where you will also be able to purchase signed copies of
Wind in the Cave, Manhattan Plaza, Stage to Page, and Playing the Audience

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 7-10 p.m.
Coventry, RI
I'll be one of two featured poets
along with my friend Lénore Rhéaume
hosted by D. R. Perry
at the Bean Barn, 599 Tiogue Ave.
free: no cover, no minimum; open mic
(401) 615-2662

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Westerly, RI
I'll be the featured author at
Literary Salon- Books & Brews
at the Malted Barley
42 High Street
Westerly, RI
401-315-2184
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POETRY PLACE. On Sunday May 20, The Clinton Art Gallery’s second reading in its 2018 Poetry Place Sunday Series will feature Connecticut poets Jamie Crepeau, Pit Pinegar, and Brie Quartin. The reading, beginning at 2:00 PM, is free and open to the public, and includes an open mic, so that local poets have the opportunity to share their work. Refreshments will be served.

The Poetry Place Sunday Series, which is in its third season, has grown enormously in popularity since it began, and this year’s first reading in April, by poets Joan Hoffman, Suzy Lamson, and John Surowiecki, drew a standing room only crowd of enthusiastic lovers of poetry, many of whom participated in the open mic. During the break for wine, cheese, and sweets, poets and listeners had the opportunity to wander the gallery, exploring the fascinating and diverse displays of art and crafts, and discovering the variety of art and writing workshops offered at the gallery throughout the year.

The three poets reading on May 20 will no doubt draw an equally large crowd, so audience members are encouraged to arrive early to participate in the open mic and enjoy a reading by the three talented featured poets.

Jamie Crepeau is a writer who works full time as an aerospace gear machinist in Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Hartford in 2007. He has been writing poetry for several years, and his inventive and imaginative poems have been published in a variety of magazines such as Freshwater, Broad River Review, and Crab Creek Review. He has also participated in a number of poetry readings throughout the state. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, drawing, and taking walks.
Pit Pinegar is the author of three books of poetry, The Possibilities of Empty Space and Nine Years Between Two Poems (Andrew Mountain Press) and The Physics of Transmigration (Antrim House). She has been nominated six times for a Pushcart Prize. Two collections of her short fiction were finalists in the 2010 Iron Horse Review's Single Author Competition; her collection, MESS: Stories about Women with Messy Lives (Selwa Press) was published as an e-book in the fall of 2011. Her work has appeared in The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival’s 20th Anniversary Anthology (Wesleyan University Press), Visions, Voices and Verses, ekphrastic poetry from the collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art (Exiles Press), and Gathered Light: The Poetry of Joni Mitchell’s Songs (Three O’Clock Press). Pinegar was a Surdna Foundation fellow (2005), a writing resident at Footpaths to Creativity in the Azores (2006), and a fellow at the Helene V. Wurlitzer Foundation in 2009. She is a recipient of the Governor’s Distinguished Advocate of the Arts Award (CT). Creative Writing Department Chair, she teaches fiction at The Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University. A photographer, as well as a writer, her portfolio includes a number of literary luminaries, including Kurt Vonnegut, Lucille Clifton, Stanley Kunitz, James Merrill, Mark Doty, Marilyn Nelson, Li Young Lee, Richard Wilbur, and Larry Kramer.
Brie Quartin’s poetry has appeared most recently in the East Coast Literary Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Burningword Literary Journal, and Freshwater. She is a big fan of foreign currency, oxford shirts, a well-organized home and sarcasm. Her first poem, “Me, a Tree and a Skinned Knee” written at age eight went on to receive high acclaim from her mother and virtually no one else. She is currently laboring through her first chapbook

For more information contact Pat Barone at pattonybarone@aol.com or 203-627-4148.


EQUINE WORKSHOP.

Writing Amid Horses: A Weekend Writing Workshop Using Horses As Inspiration and Metaphor

When: Saturday July 28, 2018, 10:00-4:00 through Sunday July 29, 10:00-5:00

Where: Haywire Farm, West Granby, CT

Who: Beginning Writers to Advanced Writers—Anyone is welcome!

What: Maureen O’Brien and Amy Goodusky present a writing workshop using horses as creative inspiration in a serene setting. Learn about horses in art, as symbolic characters in literature and poetry; observe the horses at close range and interact with them if you choose. All genres encouraged.

Cost: $195 (includes lunch, high tea and snacks).

Maureen O’Brien is a published poet and novelist who teaches writing at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. She is currently at work on a memoir. Amy Goodusky is a former columnist for the Connecticut Law Tribune, and caregiver to rescued horses.

Registration closes July 1, 2018. Weekend limited to 8 participants.

 

 

2018 ROSE GARDEN READING
Saturday, June 16, 1PM
Two Connecticut Poets: Danielle Pieratti & Reginald Flood
Under the Tent in Elizabeth Park, Hartford CT

This annual poetry reading features two Connecticut-based poets—

Danielle Pieratti's poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Boston Review, Sixth Finch, Rhino, and other journals, and she received The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Connors Prize for Poetry in 2004. Her first book, Fugitives (2016, Lost Horse Press), won the 2016 Idaho Prize and the 2017 Connecticut Book Award for Poetry. She is the author of two chapbooks: “By the Dog Star," the 2005 winner of the Edda Chapbook Competition for Women, and “The Post, the Cage, the Palisade," published by Dancing Girl Press in 2015. Danielle holds an MFA from Columbia University and is a teacher-consultant for the National Writing Project. She currently teaches high-school English in Connecticut, and runs regular writing workshops and retreats for teacher-writers through the Connecticut Writing Project at the University of Connecticut. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two young children.

Reginald Flood is a native of south central Los Angeles who now lives in a small town in southeastern Connecticut with his family. He is the author of Coffle (Willow Books 2012) and Refugeed (Willow Books 2018) and has been awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry and a National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Fellowship. He is an associate professor of English and Coordinator of African American Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he teaches African American literature, creative writing, and composition. He is a Cave Canem Fellow.

Anita Durkin will give the introductions.

The reading is sponsored by the Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens (stevenspoetry.org),
with the generous assistance of the Elizabeth Park Conservancy (elizabethparkct.org).

For more information, contact:

Jim Finnegan
JforJames@aol.com
860-508-2810

 

 

CHARTER OAK READINGS
Sunday June 3, 3PM: Joan Hofmann and John Surowiecki

Joan Hofmann is Professor Emerita at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut, where she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Education for many years, with a special interest in creative writing and students with disabilities. She directed the Academy for Young Writers with students from local public schools for over fifteen years. Joan received Masters degrees in English from the University of New Hampshire and Trinity College in Hartford. Her poetry has been published in journals and anthologized in books. She serves on the Boards of the Riverwood Poetry and the Connecticut Poetry Society, is a member of the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate and is the Poet Laureate of Canton, CT (2015-2019). Antrim House Books published her collection of poetry, Coming Back, in 2014, and more recently Grayson Books published Alive, a collection of poems (2017). When she isn’t traveling, she is often found walking and hiking along the Farmington River near her home in the historic district of Collinsville, CT.

John Surowiecki is the author of seven chapbooks and five full poetry collections, the most recent being Martha Playing Wiffle Ball in Her Wedding Dress and Other Poems, published by Encircle Publications. He has also won the Poetry Foundation Pegasus Award, the Pablo Neruda Award, the Washington Prize, the White Pine Prize, a Sunken Garden National Competition prize and other awards, including the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel for his book, Pie Man. His work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Aurorean, Carolina Review, Mississippi Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, West Branch and many other journals. He lives in Hebron, CT.

Reading starts with an Open Mike.

Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Free event.

http://charteroakreadings.blogspot.com/

For more information, contact:
Jim
JforJames@aol.com
860-508-2810

 

 

GINNY CONNORS has been named the 2018 Passager Poet. She will receive a large cash award and be featured in the upcoming issue of Passager. Kudos, Ginny.


SAD NEWS. It is a great sadness to tell you that Middletown’s Poet Laureate, Susan Allison, lost her long, brave battle with cancer on Tuesday, May 15. She died at home, peacefully in her sleep. Through her whole ordeal, she continued to host poetry events, and support the arts with whatever energy she could spare. In so many waysm Susan Allison was an inspiration. We will miss her! A celebration of her life will be held on June 16 at Middletown's Community Health Center, which is located at the corner of Grand and Main Streets, near The Buttonwood Tree, which Susan founded and made a major center for the arts. The memorial service is scheduled for 5:30 - 9 p.m. Steve Allison invites us all to send thoughts on what Susan meant to us and to the world she so enriched. Please email those thoughts to stephan.allison@gmail.com.



SARAH GLAZ. We are pleased to report that Sarah's recent poetry collection, Ode to Numbers, is a 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist. This will be posted on their website http://indiebookawards.com/ at the end of May.

 

 

GULFORD POETS GUILD
395 Nut Plains Road
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 453-5213
www.guilfordpoetsguild.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2017

Guilford Poets Guild: Dick Allen Memorial Tribute

Dick Allen, essayist, educator, and former Connecticut Poet Laureate (2010-2015), was scheduled to read at the Guilford Poets Guild’s March Second Thursday Poetry Series reading. Sadly, he suffered a fatal heart attack on Christmas Day 2017 at the age of 78. In the spirit of gratitude and celebration of his life and his poetry, the Guild is planning a reading of his poetry on Thursday, June 14 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library. Each member of the Guilford Poets Guild will read his/her favorite Dick Allen poem.

Also, in that spirit, there will be three door prizes of one of his poetry books: Present Vanishing; The Day Before; Ode to the Cold War. Guilford Poets Guild has had a long history with Allen, including featuring him at past readings and inviting him to facilitate a poetry workshop for its members. He will be sorely missed.

For more information, visit guilfordpoetsguild.org.

Remember to bring your own poem to share during the Open Mic which is open to accomplished and aspiring poets of all ages wishing to present one original composition to a live audience.

This program was originally scheduled in March. The Guilford Free Library is located at 67 Park Street in Guilford. This program is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Please register by phone, in person, or online (203) 453-8282, guilfordfreelibrary.org.


MARGARET PLAGANIS. Margaret Plaganis Art Exhibition at Duncaster, Bloomfield, CT. Reception: June 3rd, 4PM.

 

 

CORTNEY DAVIS. I hope you might stop by the wonderful Hickory Stick Bookshop on Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. when I'll be reading from my new poetry collection, "Taking Care of Time." Join me to celebrate poetry (and homemade chocolate chip cookies)!

Thank you for spreading the word to others who might be interested in poetry on an almost-summer afternoon.

Hope to see you there!

Cortney Davis

 

 

CELEBRATE BLOOMFIELD. 2018 "Celebrate Bloomfield" poetry reading on June 2nd, 1-4 pm, at Prosser Library. The lineup:

1. Tom Nicotera 1:00-1:10
2. Jelani Burrell 1:10-1:20
3. Norma Bursack 1:20-1:30
4. Iris Arenson-Fuller 1:30-1:40
5. Katharine Carle 1:40-1:50
6. Aaron Caycedo-Kimura 1:50-2:00
7. Luisa Caycedo-Kimura 2:00-2:10
8. Carl Dean 2:10-2:20
9. Carol G. Fine 2:20-2:30
10. Donna Fleischer 2:30-2:40
11. Marilyn Johnston 2:40-2:50
12. Broderick May 2:50-3:00
13. Melissa McEwen 3:00-3:10
14. Michelle McEwen 3:10-3:20
15. Garrett Phelan 3:20-3:30
16. Martha Reingold 3:30-3:40
17. Andy Weil 3:40-3:50
BREAK 3:50-4:00
OPEN MIC 4:00-4:15ish (may run past 4:15)

 

 

PEGI DEITZ SHEA will be reading Thursday, 7pm, at the Bean Cafe in Windsor, and there's an open mike. Also her exhibit of photographs and accompanying poems has its last showing this week from 2-5pm on Wednesday, and 10-2 this Saturday, at the Tolland Arts Center, 22 Tolland Green, just off I-84.

 

POP EVENT POSTPONED. Due to some unexpected conflicts, the POP scheduled for May 26 on Gerard Manley Hopkins has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled in the fall. Have a good Memorial Day weekend. Christine Beck.

 

 

TOGETHER WE RISE: Building Bridges for Justice, LGBTQIA+ Poetry Read-In, Saturday, June 2, 3:30 to 5:00 PM
Together We Rise: Building Bridges for Justice will host a read-in of poetry by LGBTQIA+ poets on Saturday, June 2nd, from 3.30 to 5:00 PM in the community room at Two Wrasslin’ Cats Coffee House, 374 Town Street, East Haddam. This event, which is the third in the Together We Rise 2018 Poetry Series celebrating diversity, is free and open to everyone. Participants are invited to read from their own private collections, read from a selection of work by LGBTQIA+ poets to be provided, or simply come to listen and enjoy. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Janine Broe at Jrfreeland1@yahoo.com, Edwina Trentham at 860-873-1472, or go to togetherwerisect.com. NOTE NEW DAY AND TIME FOR READ-IN.

Note: The LGBTQIA+ Read-In is part of the Together We Rise Gay Pride Day, which will include a vigil with music and speakers on Saturday June 2 from 10 AM to 12 PM\

 

 

CALLING ALL POETS (and Poetry Lovers…), hosted by Victoria Muñoz
Presents POEM CRAZY
Wednesday, June 6, 6:30pm-7:45 FREE
Silas Bronson Library, 267 Grand Street Waterbury, CT
Downstairs Auditorium
This will be the last reading of the season. For the OPEN MIKE,
bring a favorite poem or two to share, of any style! If you have
wanted to try out your poetry/prose, or listen to poetry,
THIS is the time!
The theme for the event but not limited, will be Family.
There will be 3 great feature poets and YOU.
Open mike sign up: 6:20 and/or come early to get ready to go POEM CRAZY!
Ash Green, one of our new voices for this season. In her spare time, she collects notebooks, poetry books, and pens. A graduate of Wolcott High School, has also studied at the college level. She is a regular and at Calling All Poets Series at the Silas Bronson Library and has acted as co-host. She has also featured her work at the Oxford Arts Festival Poetry Salon and the Newtown Arts Festival. Her publications can be found in journals such as The Blue Nib edited by Dave Kavanagh and Shirley Bell, and Dale Bruning's Circus of Indie Artist, Nevermore Edition. She lives in a small Connecticut town with her mother and sister.
AND
Poets, Luisa and Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, husband and wife will present poetry from and artists eye and about family.
Luisa Caycedo-Kimura is a writer, translator, and educator. She was the 2014 John K. Walsh Residency Fellow at the Anderson Center at Tower View, the 2014 Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Fellow at Ragdale, and in 2013 she traveled to Spain as a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow in Poetry. Luisa holds an MFA from Boston University. Born in Colombia and raised in New York City, Luisa left the legal profession to pursue her passion for writing. She has received numerous awards for her poetry and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Sunken Garden Poetry 1992-2011, Mid-American Review, Nashville Review, Jelly Bucket, PALABRA, FRIGG Magazine, Ellipses… Literature and Art, Connecticut Review, San Pedro River Review, Crack the Spine, Pilgrimage, Pith, and elsewhere.
Aaron Caycedo-Kimura is a poet and visual artist. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in Poet Lore, Off the Coast, San Pedro River Review, Connecticut River Review, Crack the Spine, Rust + Moth, Gravel, Tule Review, and elsewhere. His paintings have appeared in galleries throughout Connecticut, including the John Slade Ely House in New Haven, the Westport Arts Center in Westport, and City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport. Aaron is also the author and illustrator of Text, Don’t Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life (TarcherPerigee).

 

YALE YOUNGER POET Duy Doan to read as part of the Merrill House Series: Monday, June 4, 5-7 p.m., Jealous Monk Social Hall and Beer Garden, Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT. Also Thursday, July 12th, 6:30 pm, former Merrill Fellow Caoilinn Hughes reads from her work at Bank Square Books, 53 West Main Street, Mystic, CT. Reception to follow.

 

 

JEAN SANDS. A posthumous reading at House of Books, a beautiful independent bookstore in Kent, on Saturday, June 9, at 4 p.m., when Patricia Martin and Jack SheedyI present “The Poetry of Jean Sands.” Jean’s two books of poetry, Gandy Dancing and Close But Not Touching, have touched thousands of readers, but the two books have never before been featured together in the same event. Come hear the story of how the books came to be, and listen to professional voiceover artist Patricia Martin bring Jean’s stark and revealing poetry to life.


CORTNEY DAVIS will be reading from her just-published, third full-length poetry book, Taking Care of Time, and other collections at Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot on June 10th at 2 p.m.

 

 

SARAH GLAZ has been named a finalist for the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award in Poetry. Kudos! Rennie McQuilkin's North of Eden is the winner in that category.

 

 

MARILYN JOHNSTON: CREATIVE PATHWAY, WATERCOLORS AND PASTELS, June & July, 2018, Prosser Public Library 1 Tunxis Ave., Bloomfield, CT, Mon-Thurs: 10 AM - 8 PM, Fri: 10 AM - 6 PM Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM. www.prosserlibrary.info

 

SUNKEN GARDEN POETRY FESTIVAL 2018

For information and tickets, visit https://www.hillstead.org/2018-poetry-festival/

Sunday, May 27: Irish Night with Eamon Grennan (Irish music, dance and poetry)

Wednesday, June 20: Molly Brown and Margaret Gibson

Wednesday, July 11: Tracy K. Smith, U.S. Poet Laureate

Wednesday, July 25: World Poetry with Javier Zamora and Solmaz Sharif

Sunday, August 5: Andrea Gibson and the Fresh Voices of high school competition winners

 

 

DAVID K. LEFF. June 9, 2018, Poetry at Riverfront Music Revival, Shelton, CT: reading and book-signing, "Piece of Mind: Poetry and Words." 2:30 p.m., at Veteran's Memorial Park in Shelton, Connecticut for a poetry reading. David will be one of many readers participating as part of the Riverfront Music Revival. It's a wild Saturday and Sunday celebration of poetry, music, great local food, beer, wine & specialty drinks, a handmade Vendor Village and a large family fun zone with activities for all ages. There will also be a Rejuvenate and Relaxation Wellness Area. The Festival is rooted in a desire to provide music that encompasses many genres. Come for some spoken word and stay to enjoy a vibrant afternoon that also includes food and good sounds. Veteran's Memorial Park is at 38 Canal Street, Shelton, Connecticut on the banks of the beautiful Housatonic River. For tickets and more information go to: https://www.riverfrontmusicrevival.com/


POETRY INSTITUTE, NEW HAVEN, featuring Pamela Garvey, Thursday, June 21, 2018

Pamela Garvey is the author of the collection of poetry Seven Miles Deep (Five Oaks, 2017). Her poetry, fiction and book reviews have appeared in Esquire, Missouri Review, Margie, Spoon River Poetry Review, The North American Review and many other journals. Honors include being a semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/The Nation prize. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Things Impossible to Swallow, and Fear, a finalist for the New Women’s Voices Competition. Garvey is professor of English at St. Louis Community College and was co-founder and chair of Words on Purpose, a committee of socially concerned writers who organized a benefit literary reading series.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something to share.) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

Great Poetry!

In a Warm, Friendly Environment

poetryinstitute@gmail.com
Our new website:
poetryatpi.wordpress.com
(Functioning, but still under construction)

 

 

POETRY IN THE PARK will take place on Sat. June 16
as part of Elizabeth Park's Rose Weekend.
Please come to enjoy the poetry and the gardens...

Saturday June 16, 2018
POETRY IN THE PARK
Under the Tent on the Rose Garden Lawn
Elizabeth Park, Hartford, Connecticut.

11:30 - Noon
West Hartford Poet Laureate Julie Choffel

12 - 1 pm
Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate (ctpoetlaureates.com)
Christine Beck, Kathy Carle, Julia Paul, Ginny Connors, Maria Sassi

1 - 2:30 pm
Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens (stevenspoetry.org)
2018 Rose Garden Reading
Featuring two Connecticut poets--
Danielle Pieratti and Reginald Flood


GUILFORD POETS GUILD, Second Thursday Poetry Series

A Memorial Tribute

Poetry of Dick Allen, Connecticut Poet Laureate, 2010 – 2015

Dick Allen of Trumbull, a poet, essayist, and educator was scheduled to read at the March Second Thursday Poetry Series reading. Sadly, he suffered a fatal heart attack on Christmas day at the age of 78.

In the spirit of gratitude and celebration of his life and his poetry, we are planning a reading of his poetry, with each member of the Guilford Poets Guild reading his/her favorite poems.

Also, in that spirit, we are offering to attendees three door prizes of one of his poetry books: Present Vanishing; The Day Before; Ode to the Cold War

Guilford Poets Guild has had a long history with Dick Allen, including featuring him at past readings and inviting him to facilitate a poetry workshop for its members. He will be sorely missed.

Open mic session at 6:30 pm. Refreshments served.

Please register.


CITY OF HARTFORD POET LAUREATE. The city of Hartford has extended the deadline for its poet laureate applications to June 18. If you are interested, visit https://www.hartfordpoetlaureate.org/ Our capitol city, which was on the brink of bankruptcy until recently, is actually paying a one grand stipend per year. Visit.http://www.courant.com/entertainment/arts-theater/hc-fea-hartford-poet-laureate-deadline-20180606-story.html.The position is open to Hartford residents at least 18 years old who have had original works of poetry in at least one regionally recognized publication. Applicants must be available to serve a 3-year term. The position will come with a stipend of $1,000 per term year. The creation of the post is an initiative of the city’s Commission on Cultural Affairs.
More details at hartfordpoetlaureate.org.


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THE CLINTON ART GALLERY'S 2018 Poetry Place Sunday Series Continues on Sunday, June 17

The third reading in the Clinton Art Gallery’s 2018 Sunday Series poetry readings will take place on Sunday, June 17, with a reading by Connecticut poets Zelia Abbot, Carol Altieri, and Kathleen McIntosh. The reading, in the Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center at 20 East Main Street in the heart of Clinton, will begin at 2:00 PM and will include an open mic, which will give local poets the opportunity to share their work and also offer the audience a chance to discover the many classes, which include a variety of workshops in both art and writing, offered at the Clinton Art Gallery.

The reading is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Pat Barone at pattonybarone@aol.com or 203-627-4148.

 

WORKSHOP. Moods for Moderns: Diverse Voices in Contemporary Poetry, A Seminar/Workshop
Register here: http://bit.ly/moods28july Or, call West Hartford Libraries at 860-561-6990
WEST HARTFORD LIBRARIES - SATURDAY JULY 28, 10:30 a.m. - Author/Professor Brent Terry will conduct two consecutive Saturday morning poetry sessions.

Poetry, despite rumors to the contrary, is alive and thriving. Today's poets are writing a stunning array of original and breathtaking work in a wide range of styles, each of which add a vibrant thread to the tapestry of contemporary poetry. In the seminar section of the program Brent Terry will share five or six contemporary poems, each of which comes from a distinctive angle, each of which attempts something different from the others. He will discuss each poem briefly, then take questions or comments on that poem.

At the end of the first session you will be given some ideas on how to write your own poem, then how to revise it into a masterpiece. That will be your homework!

In PART TWO (Saturday, August 4) poems will be discussed and read to the group.
Brent Terry's Bio
Brent Terry’s poems, stories, essays and reviews have appeared in dozens of magazines and journals. He is the author of the poetry collections yesnomaybe (Main Street Rag, 2002) and Wicked, Excellently (Word Tech, 2007). His new collection, Troubadour Logic,will be published by Main Street Rag this October, and his novel, The Body Electric, is forthcoming in 2019 from Unsolicited Press. He is the winner of the 2017 Connecticut Poetry Prize from the Connecticut Poetry Society, and has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the CT Council of Arts and Tourism. Terry lives in Willimantic, where he teaches creative writing at Eastern Connecticut State university.
PARKING: There is ample library event parking in the nearby Isham Garage. Please bypass the garage kiosks and come directly to the Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, where you may validate your parking with your license plate number.
This program - in support of “West Hartford Reads!” - is made possible by the Thomas F. Kilfoil Memorial Bequest, West Hartford Public Library Foundation.


DAVID K. LEFF. Thursday June 21, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Storyteller's Cottage in Simsbury, Connecticut: an evening of readings from his wilderness adventure memoir Canoeing Maine's Legendary Allagash: Thoreau, Romance and Survival of the Wild. David will also read a few poems and discuss the concept of "deep travel," a means of heightened awareness that injects the commonplace with awe and wonder. It'll be a relaxing evening of spoken word, conversation and discussion. Allagash recently won the silver medal in the Nautilus Book Awards (memoir category) and a silver medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (Regional Non-fiction). Books will be available for sale and signing. The Storyteller's Cottage is a unique venue in a delightful Victorian house in the heart of historic Simsbury. It's an amazing place with vintage decor and literary-themed spaces that in itself is well worth a visit. The reading is set in the Jules Verne Steampunk Library with a light reception afterward in followed by a light reception in the adjacent English Country Kitchen. The Storyteller's Cottage is at 750 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury Connecticut. The event is free and open to the public. For more go to: https://www.storytellerscottage.com/author-night-with-david-leff For more about the author go to: http://davidkleff.typepad.com/

 

POETRY IN THE PARK. On Thursday June 28 Daniel Donaghy, Hugh Blumenfeld and Doug Anderson will read in the Julia de Burgos Park on Poets Corner in Willimantic as part of the annual Poetry in the Park series hosted by the Curbstone Foundation. (The park is located at the corner of Jackson Street and Terry Avenue.) The reading is free and open to the public. Please join us and sit in the small stone amphitheater or bring a chair or blanket. Relax and enjoy the poetry.

Daniel Donaghy - Thursday, June 28, 6:30 pm
Daniel Donaghy is the first Poet Laureate of Windham County and a Professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University. He is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Somerset. His previous collection, Start with the Trouble, won the Paterson Prize for Literary Excellence and was a Finalist for the Connecticut Book Award and the Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award and Runner-Up for the Academy of American Poets' James Laughlin Award. His first poetry collection, Streetfighting, was a Finalist for the Paterson Prize. He lives in Willington.

Hugh Blumenfeld - Thursday, July 26, 6:30 pm
Hugh Blumenfeld is a poet, singer, songwriter, musician and physician. The Boston Globe described his work as "words and music full of passion and poetry" while DJ/columnist Ed McKeon calls him "as sharp a political and social satirist as any songwriter writing today." He has served as the Connecticut State Troubadour, was active in the Greenwich Village folk music scene in the 80’s, spent a decade touring the US and Europe, has taught English on the college level, and currently practices family medicine in Hartford while continuing to perform. He has released numerous CD’s including most recently Dad from Waterbug Records and was included in the second edition of the Curbstone Anthology Poetry Like Bread.

Doug Anderson - Thursday, August 23, 6:30 pm
Doug Anderson is a poet, memoirist, fiction writer and photographer. His books include Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery; Blues for Unemployed Secret Police; The Moon Reflected Fire; Bamboo Bridge, and most recently Horse Medicine. His awards include a grant from the Eric Mathieu King Fund of the Academy of American Poets, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize. Anderson served in the Marine Corp in Vietnam and has taught at the University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut University, and at William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Its Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

 

 

WEST HARTFORD READS! The author for 2018 is Billy Collins. West Hartford READS! is a town-wide initiative encouraging everyone to read the works of one notable author. On Thursday, October 4, 7:00pm, Billy Collins visits West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium (3rd floor), 50 South Main Street, for a Reading/Q&A/Book Signing. Event length: 60-75 minutes. Free. There is no advance registration for this Town Hall event; first come, first seated.

Enjoy four book discussions leading up to October 4. Discussion are on Thursdays at 7:15pm and are led by four previous West Hartford poets laureate, as well as the current poet laureate, Julie Choffel. Each discussion will focus on one of Billy Collins' books. Register by clicking on each date below:
• June 21 “The Art of Drowning” with Ginny Lowe Connors
• July 19 “Questions About Angels” with Christine Beck & Maria Sassi
• Aug. 16 “Picnic, Lightning” with Julie Choffel
• Sept. 6 “Nine Horses” with Jim Finnegan
In addition, there will be a discussion of his work at the Hartford Public Library, led by Maria Sassi, on June 30th 10 a.m.


DONALD HALL has passed away. We mourn a great man of letters. To view his obituary, visit https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/24/obituaries/donald-hall-a-poet-laureate-of-the-rural-life-is-dead-at-89.html.


DANIEL DONAGHY AND FRIENDS: Poetry Reading, Thursday, June 28, 6:30 pm. Rain update: instead of Julia de Burgos Park, Poets' Corner,
Temple Bnai Israel Library (basement), 345 Jackson St., Willimantic, CT

Daniel Donaghy is the first Poet Laureate of Windham County and a Professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University. He is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Somerset. His previous collection, Start with the Trouble, won the Paterson Prize for Literary Excellence and was a Finalist for the Connecticut Book Award and the Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award and Runner-Up for the Academy of American Poets' James Laughlin Award. His first poetry collection, Streetfighting, was a Finalist for the Paterson Prize. He lives in Willington.

His reading will be followed by readings by Joan Seliger Sidney, John L. Stanizzi, Denise Abercrombie, Jon Anderson, Brent Terry, and John Wetmore.

All are invited to share work in the open reading that will follow these readings.

 


WALLACE STEVENS BIRTHDAY BASH
Saturday, November 3, 2018, 2:00pm
Center for Contemporary Culture
Hartford Public Library

Featuring guest speaker—
COLE SWENSEN
“Walking and Poetry”

Cole Swensen (www.coleswensen.com) is the author of seventeen collections of poetry, most recently On Walking On (Nightboat, 2017), Gave (Omnidawn, 2017), and Landscapes on a Train (Nightboat 2015), and a volume of critical essays. Her poetic collections often turn around specific research projects, including ones on public parks, visual art, illuminated manuscripts, and ghosts. Her work has won the National Poetry Series, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, and the PEN USA Award in Literary Translation. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, she is the co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid and the founding editor of La Presse Poetry (www.lapressepoetry.com). She teaches at Brown University.

This festive and illuminating event will begin with a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by Cole Swenson’s presentation, and will conclude with a book signing, birthday cake and champagne!

Suggested donation $10* per person to benefit…

Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

RSVP—
Jim Finnegan
jforjames@aol.com
860-508-2810

*Completely optional; no one turned away.

This event is presented by Hartford Public Library (hplct.org)
and the Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens (stevenspoetry.org).

 

 

PAT HALE AND JOHN JEFFREY. On July 5th, poets John Jeffrey and Pat Hale will be reading at Silk City Coffee (763 Main Street, Manchester). The reading starts at 6 PM and is followed by an open mic.

 

THE POETS' SALON meets the second Saturday morning of every month at the main library, 1080 Old Post Rd. in Fairfield, CT from 10-12. For July that's the 14th. Beginning and experienced poets are encouraged to bring a poem to read and receive creative feedback and suggestions on publication possibilities. Details are listed at the library schedule, and on Meetup. We'll start by talking about publishing opportunities and local readings in the coming month. Then the floor opens up to for poets who'd like to read their work. (It's not mandatory). if you'd like feedback, please bring copies so other members can jot down their thoughts and give the copies back to you. Please RSVP if you'd like to read. Feel free to write a poem along the theme of "veterans/soldiers." Our submission suggestion this month is the Corvus Review - http://www.corev.ink/submit-issue-release-dates.html - they publish a variety of literary and mainstream fiction and poetry. Contact Ed at Salmonier@aol.com or Alison at amcbain@gmail.com with any questions. Coffee and nibbles will be provided..

 

 

E Z MEMORIAL POETRY FEST. In memory of Ed Zagorski and his annual summer poetry fest, lets gather to sing and celebrate his poems, read poems by his favorite poets (Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, e.e. cummings, Dylan Thomas, Lawrence Ferlinghetti), share your own poetry or listen and enjoy the day.

JULY 22ND SUNDAY
1 PM – 4 PM RAIN OR SHINE
HOLCOMB FARM
(THE WORKSHOP PAVILLION)
Stunning view of mountains and meadows, parking, patio, kitchen
WEST GRANBY CT
Directions: see attachment

Wraps and beverages provided
Side dishes or desserts will be appreciated.

PLEASE RSVP BY JULY 14th

ED CENTENO 860 817 1016 cell/txt
centeno_005@hotmail.com

KEN SMITH 860 653 3791 home 860 817 1017 cell

Directions to Holcomb Farm, West Granby, CT

From the South (Avon, Simsbury)

Take route 10/202 North to the center of Granby (2nd light), intersection of 10/202 and route 20.
Turn left onto route 20 west. (Keep left at fork of route 189 to stay on 20 west).
At the top of the hill turn left onto Day Street South. Approx. 2.32 mi.
At the bottom of the hill at stop sign look straight across street (Fire Town Road) and you will see Holcomb Farm. Approx. 1.02 Mi.
Drive into the farm and drive over to the building to your left labeled WORK SHOP. There is lots of parking either on this side of the Work Shop or on the other side of the barn.

From the East (Route 91, East Granby)

Take route 20 West to Granby center. Approx. 13.82 mi. from route 91 to route 10/202 in center of Granby.
Continue on route 20 West. (Keep left at fork of route 189 to stay on 20 west).
At the top of the hill turn left onto Day Street South. Approx. 2.32 mi.
At the bottom of the hill at stop sign look straight across street (Fire Town Road) and you will see Holcomb Farm. Approx. 1.02 mi.
Drive into the farm and drive over to the building to your left labeled WORK SHOP. There is lots of parking either on this side of the Work Shop or on the other side of

 


NEW POETRY SERIES.
OPEN MIC in Waterbury, every 2nd Thursday
Temptations Sports Bar
379 East Main St. Waterbury ct
This event is for a muture crowd to enjoy the arts....
Poetry, Art, music and much more.
This is where poetry and R&B tastefully meets Jazz!!!
All forms of art is welcomed.
On July 12th we will have 2 features. Brace yourselves for the one and only naturally beautiful & sophisticated and talented lady. She is a full time entrepreneur with a book and her own venue in Mass. Nbs Malay has a voice that will touch your soul and a personality to match. And also This month we will have the talented a saxophone player by the name of Corey Staggers give us a true soulful Jazzy calab experience!!
You don't wanna miss this!!!
We will have Live painting by the lovely talented Miss Carin Bernard
Host: Mufasa Bastet
DJ: Pharaoh Byron Dinero
??: Letif B. Photo
it's an open mic so come spit your truth or just listen it's up to you.
$7 COVER CHARGE at the door
$10 after 10pm
18 & older for females
21 & older for males.
please bring change thank you.
sign ups at 7pm
Open Mic at 8pm
list will close at 10pm
PLEASE BE ON TIME
any questions please contact
Darlene (203)4658880
No cash no problem
You can send money here
Try Cash App using my code and we’ll each get $5! WCVNCHL
https://cash.me/app/WCVNCHL

 

VIETNAM RESIDENCY. Humans in the Environment: a writing and research residency, January 1 – 9, 2019.

Join writers and scientists in the forest of the central highlands of Vietnam for writing workshops, presentations, and explorations toward transformative ecological thought.

River River Writers Circle is proud to present this residency opportunity in collaboration with researchers in climate science at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. We welcome participants in all disciplines and at all stages of their writing careers.

Writers will join in discussions comparing and contrasting scientific methods with aesthetic methods of inquiry, will present short talks on environmental writing and landscape-oriented literature, and will gain insight into writing about travel experiences. We will spend a few days in the inspirational central highlands landscape of Bidoup Nui Ba National Park, near Dalat, Vietnam. Bookending the trip will be our arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), where we will take excursions to museums and other sites along with our generative writing workshops, and at the end of the residency two days in Dalat, exploring the cultural heritage of this former French colonial hill station and surrounding region.

More details: http://riverriver.org/vietnam-residency/

Interview with A. Anupama, which features additional info: https://nyacknewsandviews.com/2018/07/river-river-writers-circle/

 

 

WOMEN'S CREATIVE WRITING RETREAT
led by Jen Sage-Robison
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Saturday, July 28
$2oo

Do flashes of inspiration come into your mind as you’re sitting in traffic, fixing dinner, dropping the kids at school, falling asleep at night?
Do you find yourself unable to recapture those same ideas when you sit down to write?
Do you wish you had time to write but find it impossible to make time?
Do you have a writing project but feel stuck?

We will write together in short bursts and also indulge in longer, more thoughtful writing in a safe, trusting environment. We will share our work with each other in a supportive way using the Amherst Writers & Artists method. This allows for a focus on what is strong and already working in participants’ writing. I will instruct on the craft of writing using this same method when appropriate.
No matter what your interest – fiction, memoir, poetry, humor, short story, fantasy, essay, flash—I will provide varied and deeply evocative prompts that will invite your creative self to come out to play. While everyone will be given multiple opportunities to share their writing, no one is ever pressured to do so.
No writing experience is necessary. Both emerging and practiced writers benefit profoundly from this practice. The only requirement is the desire to write and a willingness to listen carefully and to support others’ writing.

You will leave with a notebook full of scenes, poems, stories and a renewed belief in your own unique writing voice.

Bring a brown bag lunch. (Yes, like you’re going to school for the day. You are).

Limited to 7 Women

 

WORKSHOP. Intro to Poetry, Prose Poems & Flash Fiction 2 Spots Left
with Charles Rafferty
10am to 1pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
July 30 - August 1
$295

All levels are welcome! We’ll explore ways to access our creative spark and to hone our craft.

We’ll take some time at the start of each class to discuss a poem, prose poem or work of flash fiction that can serve as a model of excellence.

The bulk of our class time, though, will be devoted to the students’ own writing. We’ll concentrate on a variety of topics — simile/metaphor, image, lineation, the distinctions between these genres, diction, voice, etc. What we talk about really depends on the works that students bring to the table. Each week, students will submit a poem, prose poem or work of flash fiction for class discussion. We’ll read them together and talk about what’s working well, and we’ll suggest strategies for revision. Depending on student needs, we may end up trying some in-class exercises as well. Come join us and share your work!

Limited to 7 participants

 

 

THE CLINTON ART GALLELRY'S 2018 Poetry Place Sunday Series Continues on Sunday, July 22.

The fourth reading in the Clinton Art Gallery’s 2018 Sunday Series poetry readings will take place on Sunday, July 22, with a reading by Connecticut poets D. Walsh Gilbert and John Stanizzi. The reading, in the Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center at 20 East Main Street in the heart of Clinton, will begin at 2:00 PM and will include an open mic, which will give local poets the opportunity to share their work. Before and after the reading and during the break, the audience will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful art work and crafts on display and also discover the many classes, which include a variety of workshops in both art and writing, offered at the Clinton Art Gallery.

The reading is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, and the poets’ books will be on sale for a book-signing following the reading. For more information, contact Pat Barone at pattonybarone@aol.com or 203-627-4148.

 

 

IF YOU GET THERE BEFORE I DO:
LOVE, DEATH, AND POETRY

A Poetry Reading
at
Two Wrasslin’ Cats Coffee House
374 Town Street, East Haddam, Connecticut.

Sunday, August 5, 2018
3:00 to 5:00 PM

Readers:

Pat Barone
Barbara Batt
Ariana Buckley
Suellyn Callaghan
Carol Chaput
Pat O’Brien
Lana Orphanides
Steve Parlato
Elizabeth Possidente
Edwina Trentham
Allison Zaczynski

The Reading is free and open to the public

Refreshments will be served,
ice cream and coffee are on sale by the Coffee House,
and copies of poets’ books will also be available for purchase and signing.

For more information: Contact Edwina Trentham at 860-873-1472/trentham@comcast.net
or Mark Thiede at Two Wrasslin’ Cats 860-891-8446.
Two Wrasslin’ Cats is at the junction
of Rte. 82 and Rte. 151 (Town Street) in East Haddam

 

 

DAVID K. LEFF. July 28, 2018, Nature Poetry Writing Workshop, Simsbury, CT

 

GREGG LE STAGE'S Hope Is a Small Barn has been selected as a Boston Authors Club Honored Title. Kudos.

 

MERRILL HOUSE

Friday, September 28
6 pm
Annual Merrill Lecture:
Poet Jorie Graham
La Grua Center
32 Water Street
Stonington, CT

Saturday, September 29
3-5 pm
Merrill Apartment Open House
107 Water Street
3rd & 4th floors (stair access only)
Stonington, CT

Saturday, October 20
5 pm
September-October Merrill Fellow
Christa Romanosky
reads from her work
Stonington Free Library
20 High Street
Stonington, CT

 

CPS FROM TONY FUSCO. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, for me it is just zipping by. One big event is coming up quickly, our annual Connecticut Poetry Society picnic. Once again it is being held at the beach house of Vivian Shipley and Ed Harris. The date is Sunday August 5th and the time from 1 to 4 pm. It is free and open to CPS members and their guests as well as persons considering joining. It is a good time to meet, celebrate and share poetry. NO RSVP is needed.

The address is 28 Morgan Terrace, East Haven, CT 06512


Please bring something to eat and share with other guests as well as any special beverage you may enjoy. We will provide paper goods, snacks, ice and soft drinks, and a poetry loving audience.

Directions: from I-95 North Take the WOODWARD AVE exit, EXIT 50, toward LIGHTHOUSE PT, merge on to Main Street; turn right on to Townsend Ave (RT 337) all the way to South End (3 miles) Take right on South end which becomes South Street which becomes Morgan Terrace (.5 miles). Parking on street only.
From I-95 South—Exit 51 to Forbes Ave. Turn left on to Townshend Ave (RT 337) follow above.
Or use your GPS

Bring your poems to share/ Time available for reading will depend on the numbers who sign up.


Our annual publication the Connecticut River Review is due from the printers and I expect it will be available in time and free to members who are in attendance and up to date on their annual dues. Copies can also be purchased there saving the cost of shipping and handling. Members who do not attend will receive their copy in the mail. Persons can join and or pay dues at the meeting.
If there is any question as to your membership status, I will be sending a second email shortly to those who are not up to date. If you have any questions you can email me at tfusco357@gmail.com.
I hope to see you there at picnic.
Tony Fusco

 

 

Moods of the Moderns workshop https://westhartford.librarymarket.com/events/moods-moderns-diverse-voices-contemporary-poetry-seminarworkshop-part-i-nwl

• July 28 / August 4 Saturday, 10:30am - "Moods for Moderns: Diverse Voices in Contemporary Poetry: Seminar/Workshop" - Poetry, despite rumors to the contrary, is alive and thriving. Author/Professor Brent Terry will conduct Saturday morning poetry classes. (two-part series - Noah Webster Library)

 

 

Julia Paul and Julie Choffel. along with an amazing high school poet, will be giving a reading on August 2 at Silk City Coffee in Manchester. The “Julie, Julia & Julia” reading starts around 6:30. We hope some of you can make it! The coffee and homemade treats are the best!

 

 

James B. Nicola

Wednesday, August 1, Westerly, RI, 7:00

will be one of the featured performers at the new

Poets Corner
(a new Literary Salon)

hosted by

Tapped Apple Cidery & Winery

37 High St., Westerly RI

with fellow poets
Linda Norton & Jake Bannon

no cover charge
a wonderful menu for the thirsty or hungry



SYLLABLE READING SERIES.
As a part of the Syllable Reading Series — A reading series in Hartford, Connecticut, for readers, writers, and lovers of literature — Donna Fleischer will read with other feature writers and poets Tess Scriptunas, Danielle Bonanno, Andrew Altamirano, and alexandria hicks, with music by Lake Geneva, on Sunday, August 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Hope to see you at Little River Restoratives!
Little River Restoratives
405 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT
(860) 403-0340
lrrhartford.com

 

 

Five-star review of Ellen Rachlin's "Permeable Divide" from a Kindle reviewer at Amazon:

Permeable Divide Ellen Rachlin
The human condition in thirty-eight poems of loss and insight.
five stars
A star count is only one person’s rating of a work. So, as always, do not let my star count override your judgement of content. More on the stars, counting, and my rating challenges later. Let’s get to the good stuff.
Rachlin will catch your attention in the very first poem, Possessions, where we find this: “He leans in to gather tissues marked with tears, /containers unburdened of their freight, /loved but fallen stroller toys, tickets slipped from shallow pockets, /and.....”
Rachlin is moored in the real world, as we find in Supernovae: “ Theory cannot be tangible fact /like driving on I-95 to get to a lecture...”
For nostalgia, turn to Preserve. This short poem can’t be conveyed in a simple quote.
For a personal intergenerational experience, turn to The Car Argument: “with only her intent firm...”
Rachlin captures the interpersonal in The Trouble With Advice: “But how long do we have until we uncover / the risk of losing one another....”
While I am allergic to writing about writing, Rachlin has given us a fine exception in Business Page, which ends thus: “And the price is no different /for a bad poem than /for a great one, unlike meals, /although the cost may be higher.”
The human condition (for females at least) is captured in Myself, where we find these two quotes: “When I look /right away I adjust my hair /which doesn’t stay still,” and “I cannot see myself /for all these interruptions.”
For a fascinating insight into some women ‘friends’ turn to The Group. It’s too tough to give you the feel for this in a small quote. Buy the book and turn to this page.
For a final heartbreak, turn to the title poem, Permeable Divide. This poem will reward rereading.
Now for my star count boilerplate. My personal guidelines, when doing an ‘official’ KBR review, are as follows: five stars means, roughly equal to best in genre. Rarely given. Four stars means, extremely good. Three stars means, definitely recommendable. I am a tough reviewer. I try hard to be consistent. Five stars feels just right to this reviewer. Extremely recommended.
Kindle Book Review Team member.
(Note: this reviewer received a free copy of this book for an independent review. He is not associated with the author or Amazon.)

 

 

Merrill HouseUpcoming Events

Friday, September 28
6 pm
Annual Merrill Lecture:
Poet Jorie Graham
La Grua Center
32 Water Street
Stonington, CT

Saturday, September 29
3-5 pm
Merrill Apartment Open House
107 Water Street
3rd & 4th floors (stair access only)
Stonington, CT

Saturday, October 20
5 pm
September-October Merrill Fellow
Christa Romanosky
reads from her work
Stonington Free Library
20 High Street
Stonington, CT

Saturday, December 8
5 pm
November-December Merrill Fellow
Jordan Jacks
reads from his work
Stonington Free Library
20 High Street
Stonington, CT

 

SARAH GLAZ has received an excellent review of Ode to Nunbers in Mathematical Reviews (MathSciNet).

 

 

PEGI DEITZ SHEA. Photography and art exhibit now showing through September at Prosser Library
1 Tunxis Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002
860-243-9721
Hours: M-Th, 10-8; Fri, 10-6; Sat, 10-5 (Aug, 10-2)
Artist Reception: Friday, Sept. 7, 4:00 pm

Pegi Deitz Shea
27 Fox Hill Drive
Rockville, CT 06066
860-878-7016

 

 

PAUL MARIANA'S biography, The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens, has been called, “incandescent….redefining biography of a major poet whose reputation continues to ascend” (Booklist, starred review). Professor Mariani will visit the West Hartford Public Library, 20 South Main Street, on September 13, Thursday, at 7:00pm to read from and discuss his acclaimed biography on Wallace Stevens. The event is free; registration is required.

 

POETRY INSTITUTE, NEW HAVEN

featuring

Nausheen Eusuf

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Nausheen Eusuf is a PhD candidate in English at Boston University and a graduate of the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. Her poetry has appeared in The American Scholar, Poetry Daily, Salmagundi, Southwest Review, PN Review, Smartish Pace, and World Literature Today, and has been selected for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2018. Her first full-length collection Not Elegy, But Eros was recently published by NYQ Books (US) and Bengal Lights Books (Bangladesh).

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something to share.) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

Great Poetry!

In a Warm, Friendly Environment

poetryinstitute@gmail.com
Our new website:
poetryatpi.wordpress.com
(Functioning, but still under construction)



CLINTON ART GALLERY'S 2018 Poetry Place Sunday Series will feature Poets Marilyn Nelson and Barbara Batt on Sunday, August 19

The fifth reading in the Clinton Art Gallery’s 2018 Sunday Series poetry readings will take place on Sunday, August 19, and will feature Connecticut poets Marilyn Nelson and Barbara Batt. The reading, in the Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center at 20 East Main Street in the heart of Clinton, will begin at 2:00 PM and will include an open mic, giving local poets the opportunity to share their work. Before and after the reading and during the break, the audience will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful art work and crafts on display and also discover the many classes, which include a variety of workshops in both art and writing, offered at the Clinton Art Gallery.

The reading is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, and books will be on sale for a book-signing following the reading. For more information, contact Pat Barone at pattonybarone@aol.com or 203-627-4148.


JONATHAN ANDERSON. Please consider joining us at the book launch for Augur (Red Dragonfly Press, 2018), recipient of the 2017 David Martinson Meadowhawk Prize! The reading is free and open to the public.
Saturday September 22, 7:00 p.m.
Buchanan Auditorium
Mansfield Public Library
54 Warrenville Road (Route 89)
Mansfield Center, CT 06250

Augur
Poems by Jonathan Andersen
ISBN: 9781945063206
$16.00
Red Dragonfly Press Northfield, Minnesota www.reddragonflypress.org
*******************************
Jonathan Andersen is also the author of Stomp and Sing (Curbstone/ Northwestern University Press, 2005) and the editor of Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U.S.A. (Smokestack Books, 2008). He is a professor of English at Quinebaug Valley Community College and lives in Storrs with his wife, fellow educator and writer Denise Abercrombie. They have two sons, Kit and Miles.

 

 

THE CHARTER OAK READINGS
Sunday September 9, 3pm— Found It!

A reading to celebrate the publication of Unlocking the Word: An Anthology of Found Poetry (Lamar University Literary Press, 2018)
https://www.lamar.edu/literary-press/poetry/unlocking-the-word.html

Featuring editor Jonas Zdanys (jonaszdanys.org) and various contributors doing short readings.

Readers include Vivian Shipley, David Leff, Laura Altshul, Thomasina Levy, Jennifer Glick, Sherri Bedingfield, Sharon Chace, Pamela Guinan, James Finnegan, and others.

Reading starts with an Open Mike. Note: Theme of the open mike is Found Poetry, but other work may be read.

Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Free event.

http://charteroakreadings.blogspot.com/

For more information, contact:
Jim
JforJames@aol.com
860-508-2810

Up Next=>
Sunday October 14, 3pm: Aaron Caycedo-Kimura and Leslie Johnson

Jim Finnegan
860-508-2810


RIVERWOOD POETRY SERIES @ RAW

Tuesday, September 11 | 7 PM 6:45 PM sign up for Open Mic
The Riverwood Poetry Series at Real Art Ways kicks off
with Leslie McGrath, author of three collections of poetry,
her most recent being “Feminists Are Passing from Our Lives.”

Join us on the second Tuesday of the month, from September 2018 through May 2019. Each night begins with an open mic, followed by a poetry reading featuring regionally or nationally-known poets.
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PAT O'BRIEN. Laughing Rabbit book talk by Pat O'Brien and Richard Manders: 9/6/18 Guilford Library … Registration Required.

On Mother’s Day of 2017, Richard Manders asked his mother, Patricia O’Brien, if she’d like to collaborate with him in writing a book about their journey through adoption, separation, reunion, and the years that followed. Thanks to that invitation, the book, The Laughing Rabbit: A Mother, A Son, And the Ties that Bind was written. Through its collection of chapters, by Richard, Pat, and three family members central to their story, the book narrates a tale that started in 1962 with chaos and heartache that turned a momentous corner in 1982 with a reunion … a story that continues today with love and healing and ongoing wonder.
Pat, a resident of Old Saybrook, is the town’s Poet Laureate. Pat is a long-time activist for adoption reform, including for open records. Rich, a lifelong entrepreneur, resides in Cambridge MA.
Books will be available for sale and signing.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. This program is free and open to all. Please register online, or call (203)453-8522 or in person at the reference desk. Guilford Free Library ~ 67 Park Street, Guilford ~ (203) 453-8282 ~ www.guilfordfreelibrary.org


DOUG ANDERSON. Doug Anderson will read in the Julia de Burgos Park on Poets Corner in Willimantic as part of the annual Poetry in the Park series hosted by the Curbstone Foundation. (The park is located at the corner of Jackson Street and Terry Avenue.) The reading is free and open to the public. Please join us and sit in the small stone amphitheater or bring a chair or blanket. Relax and enjoy the poetry. Thursday, August 23, 6:30 pm.
Doug Anderson is a poet, memoirist, fiction writer and photographer. His books include Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery; Blues for Unemployed Secret Police; The Moon Reflected Fire; Bamboo Bridge, and most recently Horse Medicine. His awards include a grant from the Eric Mathieu King Fund of the Academy of American Poets, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize. Anderson served in the Marine Corp in Vietnam and has taught at the University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut University, and at William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Its Social Consequences at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

 

 

MERRILL HOUSE. Christa Romanosky will read Tues, Sept. 4 from 5-7 p.m. at Noah's Restaurant, 113 Water St., Stonington, CT. Sheis a native of northern Appalachia and a 2017-18 Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center fellow in fiction. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia and is a recipient of a Barbara Deming grant in fiction. Her writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, Missouri Review,The Massachusetts Review, The Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere.

Other Upcoming Events

Friday, August 31
6 pm
Merrill House presents
Karin Roffman & Willard Spiegelman
on the work and life of John Ashbery
La Grua Center
32 Water Street
Stonington, Connecticut

Friday, September 28
6 pm
Annual Merrill Lecture with
Jorie Graham
La Grua Center
32 Water Street
Stonington, Connecticut

Saturday, September 29
3-5 pm
Open House
Merrill Apartment
107 Water Street
Stonington, Connecticut
3rd & 4th floors
(stair access only)

 


GINNY CONNORS. Three of Ginny's poems are currently featured online at
http://www.writersresist.com/2018/08/23/two-poems-by-ginny-lowe-connors/

and at Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge
https://www.rattle.com/relic-by-ginny-lowe-connors/

Don't miss them.

 

 

LESLIE McGRATH. Poet Leslie McGrath will give a free poetry reading at 7 p.m. Sept. 6, at the Essex Library, 33 West Avenue, with a focus on poems from her new collection. RSVP by calling 860-767-1560.

 

 

MARGARET GIBSON. LSU has just brought out NOT HEARING THE WOOD THRUSH, Margaret Gibson's 12th book of poems, and it's available now. There's ordering information online, and a code for a 20% discount. Margaret will read from the book at the season's opening reading for the Mystic Arts Cafe on September 21, 7 p.m., at The Mystic Art Museum, Mystic CT.

 

 

THE ARTS CAFE MYSTIC

SEPTEMBER 21
MAGARET GIBSON THE SEA THE SEA EDWINA TRENTHAM

Margaret Gibson will debut her new book Not Hearing the Wood Thrush, which Stephen Dunn calls "a great book... by one of our best poets." Here are poems of deep wisdom and feeling - great, indeed. The Sea The Sea returns to us with a superb new album From the Light, which features the fine songwriting and brilliant close harmonies for which the duo is known. Our program will open with the inspiring CT-based poet Edwina Trentham. This show is not to be missed!

OCTOBER 12
EILEEN MYLES PHRED MILESKI

Eileen Myles is the legendary poet The New Yorker has called "a kick-ass counter-cultural icon" and The Boston Globe described as "that rare creature, a rock star of poet", and who in 1991-92 ran for President of the United States! Myles has authored 20 books, including acclaimed poetry and novels. We catch them at the beginning of a tour of a new volume of their poems called Evolution. Eileen Myles is like no other poet you've ever encountered. Musical wit and sparkle will be served up by beloved jazz chanteuse Phred Mileski and her band. This will be fun!

NOVEMBER 9
PATRICIA SMITH LARA HERSCOVITCH

Patricia Smith returns to The Arts Café with a new book called Incendiary Art, which has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the NAACP Image Award, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for this year's Pulitzer Prize. As many of you know, Patricia Smith is a powerful and funny performer of her poems. Lara Herscovitch returns to us with a strong new album Wingspan, which features her usual muscular songwriting and bell-like voice. As Colin McEnroe said on his NPR program, "Lara reminds us that music can be heroic when it springs from a strong heart." This will be good!

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As always, our shows will take place at the Mystic Museum of Art. Show time is 7:30, with doors opening at 7:00.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students. Yes, this represents a rise in the price of our tickets. With rising costs for poet and musician fees and for renting the Museum, we have had no choice. I hope you will agree that the new ticket price is still a bargain for high calibre cultural entertainment.

 


PAT MOTTOLA and TONY FUSCO. joint “Book Launch Party” on Sunday, September 23, at 1:00 p.m. at the oceanfront home of Vivian Shipley and Ed Harris, 28 Morgan Terrace, East Haven, CT.

 

 

GUILFORD POETS GUILD Presents Award-Winning Poet Monica Ong. Please join the Guilford Poets Guild for its September Second Thursday Poetry Series reading featuring award-winning poet Monica Ong on Thursday, September 13 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library. Ong is the author of Silent Anatomies (2015), selected by Joy Harjo as winner of the Kore Press First Book Award in poetry. Remember to bring your own poem to share during the Open Mic (6:30 p.m.) which is open to accomplished and aspiring poets of all ages wishing to present one original composition to a live audience. The Guilford Free Library is located at 67 Park Street, Guilford, (203) 453-8282, guilfordfreelibrary.org. This program is free and open to all. Refreshments served. For more information, visit www.guilfordpoetsguild.org.

ART SPEAKS. POETRY ANSWERS.
Saturday, September 8, 2:00 p.m.
“Got Poetry” Tent at the
On The Green Art and Craft Show
Hubbard Street Green
(“Got Poetry” Tent Will Be At East End of Green)
Corner of Main and Hubbard Streets, Glastonbury.
Nine poets will perform original poems inspired by paintings created by Glastonbury Arts Member Artists.
Poets
Cassandra Angelo, Jim Govoni, Michael Lepore, Ellie Maher,
Clare Mazur, Esther McCune, Kathleen McElroy,
Alexandrina Sergio, Isabelle Smith

Artists
Susan Bosworth, Linda Gotta, Carol Jeffries, Lynda Regina,
Cecilia Roehl, Kathleen Simmons, Diane Stone,
Debbie Temple, Pat Trapp

FREE!


 

BILLY COLLINS. West Hartford READS! author for 2018 is Billy Collins. West Hartford READS! is a town-wide initiative encouraging everyone to read the works of one notable author. On Thursday, October 4, 7:00pm, Billy Collins visits West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium (3rd floor), 50 South Main Street, for a Reading/Q&A/Book Signing. Event length: 60-75 minutes. Free.

Enjoy book discussions leading up to October 4 event. Discussions are on Thursdays at 7:15pm and are led by four previous West Hartford poets laureate, as well as the current poet laureate, Julie Choffel. Each discussion will focus on one of Billy Collins' books.

For more info and to register click on each date below:
• July 19 "Questions About Angels" with Christine Beck & Maria Sassi
• August 16 "Picnic, Lightning" with Julie Choffel
• September 6 "Nine Horses" with Jim Finnegan
More events leading up to the Billy Collins visit:
For more info (and to register) click on each date below:
• July 28 / August 4 Saturday, 10:30am - "Moods for Moderns: Diverse Voices in Contemporary Poetry: Seminar/Workshop" - Poetry, despite rumors to the contrary, is alive and thriving. Author/Professor Brent Terry will conduct Saturday morning poetry classes. (two-part series - Noah Webster Library)
• August 2 Thursday, 7:00pm "Who's Afraid of Wallace Stevens? - Confronting Stevens's difficulty head-on, reading through a few poems from his late period, when he arguably wrote his best and thorniest work. Presented by David Rosen, Professor of English at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. (Noah Webster Library)
• September 13 Thursday, 7:00pm "Author Visit: Paul Mariani: The Life of Wallace Stevens" - Author Paul Mariani's biography, The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens, has been called, “incandescent….redefining biography of a major poet whose reputation continues to ascend” (Booklist, starred review). (Noah Webster Library - registration required)
• September 25 Tuesday, 7:00pm "The Poetry Challenge with Julie Choffel" - This summer, West Hartford's Poet Laureate, Julie Choffel, is writing a poem based on the words you submit in the WORD DROP boxes at West Hartford Libraries. It's The Poetry Challenge! Click for more info!

“West Hartford READS!" is made possible by the Thomas F. Kilfoil Memorial Bequest, West Hartford Public Library Foundation.

 


ROAR READING SERIES. Join us on the first Monday of every month at 7 PM at the UConn B&N Bookstore at Storrs Center. Hang out, listen to some riveting stories, and meet us for a drink at Geno's afterwards. September 10 Featured Readers: Mika Taylor, Ken Cormier, Meghan Evans.

 

 

Daniel Donaghy and Brent Terry will be the featured poets at SILK CITY COFFEE, 763 Main Street, Manchester on Thursday, September 6, 2018. The reading begins at 6:30 and is followed by an open mic.

Daniel Donaghy is the first Poet Laureate of Windham County and a Professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University. He is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Somerset. His previous collection, Start with the Trouble, won the Paterson Prize for Literary Excellence and was a Finalist for the Connecticut Book Award and the Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award and Runner-Up for the Academy of American Poets' James Laughlin Award. His first poetry collection, Streetfighting, was a Finalist for the Paterson Prize. He lives in Willington.

Brent Terry’s poems, stories, essays and reviews have appeared in dozens of magazines and journals. He is the author of the poetry collections yesnomaybe (Main Street Rag, 2002) and Wicked, Excellently (Word Tech, 2007). His new collection, Troubadour Logic, will be published by Main Street Rag this October, and his novel, The Body Electric, is forthcoming in 2019 from Unsolicited Press. He is the winner of the 2017 Connecticut Poetry Prize from the ConnecticutPoetry Society, and has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the CT Council of Arts and Tourism. Terry lives in Willimantic, where he teaches creative writing at Eastern Connecticut State university.


Poetry Institute, New Haven

featuring

Ginny Lowe Connors

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Ginny Lowe Connors is the author of several poetry collections, including Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village. Her chapbook, Under the Porch, won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, and she has earned numerous awards for individual poems. She is the 2018 featured poet in the literary journal Passager. Connors has also edited a number of poetry anthologies, including Forgotten Women: A Tribute in Poetry, and Laureates of Connecticut. She is the editor of Connecticut River Review. Connors runs a small poetry press, Grayson Books.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free.
Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something to share.) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

Great Poetry!

In a Warm, Friendly Environment

poetryinstitute@gmail.com
Our new website:
poetryatpi.wordpress.com
(Functioning, but still under construction)


NOAH WEBSTER HOUSE. On Sunday, October 7 at 2 p.m., the public is invited to hear poets David Capella, Dennis Barone, Tony Fusco, and Maria Sassi as they lead an afternoon of poetry at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, 227 South Main Street, West Hartford.

In what has become an October tradition, the museum welcomes...

David Cappella, Professor Emeritus of English and 2017/18 Poet-in-Residence at Central Connecticut State University, has co-authored two widely used poetry textbooks, Teaching the Art of Poetry: The Moves and A Surge of Language: Teaching Poetry Day to Day. His chapbook, Gobbo: A Solitaire’s Opera, won the Bright Hill Press Poetry Chapbook Competition in 2006. The entire manuscript has been accepted for publication by Cervena Barva Press. He recently published a novel, Kindling. Currently, he is co-translating Tracce di un’anima, the poems of Italian poet Germana Santangelo. Visit his university website: http://webcapp.ccsu.edu.

Dennis Barone served as the second Poet Laureate of West Hartford. He is the author of seven books of short fiction, including Second Thoughts (Bordighera Press, 2017). He is also the author of a collection of prose poems, The Walls of Circumstance (Avec Books, 2004). Bordighera Press published his study of Italian-American narrative America/Trattabili in 2011. Barone is editor of New Hungers for Old: One-Hundred Years of Italian-American Poetry (Star Cloud Press, 2011). He is also the editor of Garnet Poems: An Anthology of Connecticut Poetry Since 1776 (Wesleyan University Press, 2012). In 2016 the SUNY Press published his study Beyond Memory: Italian Protestants in Italy and America. In 2017 he received the inaugural Sister Mary Ellen Murphy Faculty Scholarship Award, University of Saint Joseph.

Tony Fusco is Co-President of the CT Poetry Society. He has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Southern Connecticut State University. He was the editor of Caduceus, the anthology of the Yale Medical Group Art Place and past editor of The Connecticut River Review. His work has appeared in many publications. Tony is the owner proprietor of Flying Horse Press, which is currently publishing books of poetry. His latest books are Java Scripture (2014), Droplines (2009), and Jessie’s Garden (2003), which includes serious and humorous poems about his youth in West Haven, Savin Rock, and Allingtown.

Maria Sassi will host this afternoon of poetry. Maria Sassi is a prize-winning poet and playwright and served as the first Poet Laureate of West Hartford. Her book of poems, Rooted in Stars, is in its second edition, the first is in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Her work has been published in numerous poetry journals. She taught poetry at the University of Hartford’s Hartford College for Women for over ten years. For more than ten years, Maria has welcomed the public to enjoy afternoons of poetry at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society through its Poetry Read-In series. Most recently, she has received grants from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the Connecticut Commission for the Arts for her poetry.

Poets are encouraged to read their own works during the open mic portion of the afternoon. Sign-up sheets will be available at 1:45 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free to the public, but donations will be gratefully accepted. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited.

 

MERRILL HOUSE

Friday, September 28
6 pm
Annual James Merrill Lecture:
Jorie Graham
reads and speaks
about her work
La Grua Center
32 Water Street, Stonington
A reception and book sale will follow the talk

Jorie Graham is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including The End of Beauty, Sea Change, and The Dream of the Unified Field (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry). One of the most celebrated writers of the American post-war generation, in the words of The New York Times "[Graham] is to post-1980 poetry what Bob Dylan is to post-1960 rock: she changed her art form, moved it forward, made it able to absorb and express more than it could before. It permanently bears her mark." Her honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the 2017 Wallace Stevens Award. She is the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric at Harvard and the first woman to hold a chair that goes back to John Quincy Adams. Her latest collection, Fast, was published last year.

Other Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 29
3-5 pm
Merrill Apartment
Open House
107 Water Street, Stonington, CT
3rd & 4th floors
(stair access only)

Saturday, October 20
5 pm
September-October Merrill Fellow
Christa Romanosky
reads from her work
Stonington Free Library
20 High Street
Stonington, CT

Saturday, December 8
5 pm
November-December Merrill Fellow
Jordan Jacks
reads from his work
Stonington Free Library
20 High Street
Stonington, CT

 

JONATHAN ANDERSEN. Book launch reading for Jonathan Andersen's Augur (Red Dragonfly Press, 2018), recipient of the 2017 David Martinson Meadowhawk Prize. The reading is free and open to the public.
Saturday September 22, 7:00 p.m.
Buchanan Auditorium
Mansfield Public Library
54 Warrenville Road (Route 89)
Mansfield Center, CT 06250

 

 

The Twenty-Third Annual
WALLACE STEVENS BIRTHDAY BASH
Saturday, November 3, 2018, 2:00pm
Center for Contemporary Culture
Hartford Public Library

Featuring guest speaker—
COLE SWENSEN
“Perhaps the Truth Depends”

Cole Swensen (www.coleswensen.com) is the author of seventeen collections of poetry, most recently On Walking On (Nightboat, 2017), Gave (Omnidawn, 2017), and Landscapes on a Train (Nightboat 2015), and a volume of critical essays. Her poetic collections often turn around specific research projects, including ones on public parks, visual art, illuminated manuscripts, and ghosts. Her work has won the National Poetry Series, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, and the PEN USA Award in Literary Translation. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, she is the co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid and the founding editor of La Presse Poetry (www.lapressepoetry.com). She teaches at Brown University.

This festive and illuminating event will begin with a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by Cole Swensen’s presentation, and will conclude with a book signing, birthday cake and champagne!

Suggested donation $10* per person to benefit…

Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

RSVP—
Jim Finnegan
jforjames@aol.com
860-508-2810

*Completely optional; no one turned away.

This event is presented by Hartford Public Library (hplct.org)
and the Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens (stevenspoetry.org).


 

This just in from JESSICA GIGOT: "I am hosting a reading at the ie in Edison this Friday, Sept 21 at 6:30 pm with Gayle Kaune, Kathryn Hunt & Susan Rich. The work of Allen Moe will be featured and you will not want to miss it! Free and light refreshments available. Books for sale.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2203141009915424/

"Susan will also be having a poetry workshop at the farm on Saturday, Sept 22 from 11-2 pm. Please join us, there are a few spaces left!
https://harmonyfields.com/event/the-poetry-of-travel-how-to-write-of-the-extraordinary/

"Finally, I have the chance to read some new work at Pelican Bay on October 26th. Save the date! The reading is hosted by Empty Bowl Press."

 

 

 

Yawp! An Open Dialogue on Creativity and the Arts: FALL 2018
Quinnipiac University, 275 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518

These events are free and open to the public.

Event Details

Fiction Writer: Mika Taylor
Tuesday, October 23, 12:30pm
Carl Hansen Student Center, SC 120

Mika Taylor‘s short stories have appeared in Granta, Ninth Letter, The Kenyon Review, Tin House, Open Bar, and others. She was the 2015-2016 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin and earned an MFA from the University of Arizona. Find more of her work at mikataylor.com.

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Poet: Javier Zamora
Thursday, November 1, 3:30pm
Carl Hansen Student Center, SC 120

Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US when he was nine. He is a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, the Lannan Foundation, MacDowell, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, Stanford University, and Yaddo. Zamora’s poems appear in Granta, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon, 2017) is his first collection.

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Poets: Kyle Liang and Jason Koo
Tuesday, November 27, 6:30pm
Carl Hansen Student Center, SC 120

Kyle Liang is a 23-year-old, first-generation-born, Chinese American poet from Norwich, Connecticut. His first full-length collection of poetry, How To Build a House, will be published in the fall of 2018. His work has appeared in a number of journals including Stirring, Apogee, Crab Fat Magazine, Entropy, and Hobart, and his poems have been nominated for Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and Bettering American Poetry. Kyle’s family is originally from Taiwan and Malaysia. He currently lives in Hamden, CT, where he is completing an MHS in Physician Assistant at Quinnipiac University.

Named one of the "100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture" by Brooklyn Magazine, Jason Koo is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: More Than Mere Light, America's Favorite Poem and Man on Extremely Small Island. He is also the author of the chapbook Sunset Park and coeditor of the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. He has published his poetry and prose in the American Scholar, Missouri Review, Village Voice and Yale Review, among others, and won fellowships for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and New York State Writers Institute. An associate teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University, Koo is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and creator of the Bridge (poetsbridge.org).


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Ken Cormier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Director of Creative Writing
Quinnipiac University
275 Mount Carmel Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518-1908
203-582-8383
www.kencormier.com

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Ken Cormier, PhD
Associate Professor of English
Director of Creative Writing
Quinnipiac University
www.kencormier.com

 

 

 

MICHAEL O'SIADHAIL. Please join us for the launch and poetry reading of The Five Quintets by Micheal O'Siadhail, Thursday, October 25, 7:00-8:30 in the Lecture Hall at Sterling Memorial Library (flyer below).
Renowned Irish poet Micheal O’Siadhail’s forthcoming magnum opus explores human culture through the arts, economics, politics, science, and philosophy and theology. The Five Quintets offers a sustained reflection on modernity—people and movements—in poetic meter. Just as Dante, in his Divine Comedy, summed up the Middle Ages on the cusp of modernity, The Five Quintets takes stock of a late modern world on the cusp of the first-ever global century.

O’Siadhail structures his Quintets to echo the Comedy. Where Dante had a tripartite structure (Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso), O’Siadhail has a five-part structure, with each quintet devoted to a discipline. Each quintet is also marked by a different form: sonnets interspersed by haikus (“saikus”), iambic pentameter, terza rima, and two other invented forms.

The Five Quintets captivates even as it instructs, exploring the ever-changing flow of ideas and the individuals whose contributions elicited change and reflected their times. The artists, economists, politicians, scientists, and philosophers O’Siadhail features lived complex lives, often full of contradictions. Others, though deeply rooted in their context, transcended their time and place and pointed beyond themselves—even to us and to a time after modernity’s reign.

MICHEAL O’SIADHAIL is an internationally acclaimed poet whose works include Collected Poems and One Crimson Thread. He is Distinguished Poet in Residence at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he lives.

 

 


WINTONBURY POETRY SERIES & OPEN MIC
FALL 2018

Held at P.Faith McMahon Wintonbury Branch Library
1015 Blue Hills Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002
860-242-0041

 

Thursday, October 18, 7:00 PM
Featuring Garrett Phelan and Denys Candy

Zen Suite, a Meditation in Poetry and Song Denys and Garrett have been practicing Zen Meditation in the Plum Village tradition for over 20 years. They were ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh as lay members of the Tiep Hein Order. Denys and Garrett met through the practice of Zen meditation and discovered that their artistic passions complemented each other. They experienced their songs and poems as a kind of call and response, which led to the collaboration that became Zen Suite, a Meditation in Poetry and Song. An earlier version of Zen Suite was presented at the Smith College Poetry Center in 2016.
Garrett Phelan is the author of the poetry book Outlaw Odes (Antrim House, 2015), and micro-chapbooks Unfixed Marks (Origami Poetry Project, 2014) and Standing where I am (Origami Poetry Project, 2016). His poems have appeared in a variety of publications including English Journal, Potomac Review, Word Riot, Off the Coast and the Ekphrastic Review. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and recently was selected third place for 2018 Nutmeg Award judged by Ocean Vuong. Garrett is a Teaching Artist who presently teaches poetry in West Hartford’s LifeLearn Continuing Education program and in one of Connecticut’s maximum security prisons.
Denys Candy is Director of the Jandon Center for Community Engagement at Smith College. He views artistic practice as an essential part of his career working to bring about beautiful and equitable communities. His recorded work includes Six Song Suite (2005), and Dharma Rain (2007). In addition to working as a solo artist he has recorded and performed across the Northeast with the bands Inish, Loch Gill and Ploughman’s Lunch. Along with Zen practice Denys’ songwriting reflects his exploration of home and the migrant experience. A native of Ireland, he was born in Sligo town and grew up in Dublin.


Thursday, November 15, 7:00 PM
Featuring Eileen Albrizio and Leslie McGrath

“Two Women Poets of Diverse Talents“

Eileen Albrizio is a former ABC and NPR radio news host and journalist. During her tenure, she earned numerous first-prize honors for her news and features from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. She’s a graduate of the CT School of Broadcasting and has earned a BFA in Theatre and an MA in English. She is the author of numerous volumes of short literature, which include poetry, plays, and short stories. Her debut novel, The Windsome Tree: A Ghost Story, has received much critical acclaim. Her book of shorts, The Box Under the Bed, won the 2015 Paranormal Poetry and Prose Prize. She’s a two-time recipient of the Greater Hartford Arts Council fellowship for poetry. A freelance creative writing teacher, she’s taught at conferences and institutions across the Northeast, including at the York Correctional Institute, CT’s maximum-security prison for women. She will be teaching an eight-week novel-writing class as part of the Wethersfield Adult Education Program, beginning in September. She and her husband Wayne Horgan have owned and operated Heroes & Hitters, a comic book store in Rocky Hill, CT, since 1989. For more about Eileen, visit EileenAlbrizio.com or her Facebook page.
Leslie McGrath has been called “an oral historian of the alienated” by critic Grace Cavalieri. An Essex resident, many of her poems are set in Connecticut and are often concerned with the lives of women and the dignity of the mentally ill. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage and Out from the Pleiades, and two chapbooks. McGrath’s third collection, Feminists Are Passing from Our Lives, has recently been published. Winner of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and the Gretchen Warren award from the New England Poetry Club, her poems and interviews have been published in Agni, Poetry magazine, The Academy of American Poets, The Writer’s Chronicle, and The Yale Review. She has been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook and the Vermont Studio Center, as well as funding from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation. McGrath teaches creative writing at Central CT State University and is series editor of The Tenth Gate, a poetry imprint of The Word Works Press.

Thursday, December 20, 7:00 PM
Featuring Tony Fusco and Elizabeth Kincaid-Ehlers

“Poems of the Heart, Poems of the Mind”
Tony Fusco is Co-President of the CT Poetry Society. He has a Master Degree in Creative Writing from Southern Connecticut State University. He was the editor of Caduceus, the anthology of the Yale Medical Group Art Place and past editor of The Connecticut River Review. His work has appeared in many publications and journals including Encore, Theodate, the Patterson Literary Review, the Red Rock Review, the Southern Review, Louisiana Literature, the South Carolina Review and the Connecticut Review. Tony is the owner proprietor of Flying Horse Press which is currently publishing books of poetry. His latest book is Extinction, 2018, His others are Java Scripture, 2014, Droplines, 2009, which is together with Jessie’s Garden, 2003, both serious and humorous, it features poems about his youth, West Haven, Savin Rock and Allingtown Connecticut. His major influences and favorite poets are Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Carl Sandberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Robert Frost.
Elizabeth Kincaid-Ehlers moved to Connecticut in 1979 to be Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College for one year. She came to like living in Connecticut so much during an extension of her contract that, when it ended, she went back to school and retrained as a psychotherapist in order to stay in the state. During her years of additional studies, she taught at the Hartford branch of the University of Connecticut and participated in the state’s Writer- in-the-Schools Program. Elizabeth was born in Michigan and, after spending part of her growing-up years in Georgia, came back north to earn her B.A. at the University of Michigan in 1955. Throughout the following years, because of her husband’s peregrinations, Elizabeth began many M.A. programs, only to have to abandon credits and move on. At last the family, which, by then, included two sons, stayed still long enough for her to earn an M.A. at the University of Illinois. After a move to Rochester, New York, and the birth of two more sons, the marriage ended. Elizabeth then went on to earn a Ph.D. at the University of Rochester in 1978. Since the mid-1980s, Elizabeth has maintained a private practice as a psychotherapist, all the while writing, giving poetry readings, and, occasionally, teaching. Three sons and their families live in the area, along with seven grandchildren. For them, she is constantly grateful. Furthermore, for love of them, she intends to stay put.

 

 

BRUCE WEIGL. ECSU, Student Center Theater, 3 pm, Oct. 3; poetry reading with Q&A.

 

 

MARJORIE PERLOFF

Sadie D. Patek Professor of Humanities Emerita at Stanford University
& Florence Scott Professor Emerita of English at the University of Southern California

“’The Malady of the Quotidian’: From Wallace Stevens’s The Rock to Susan Howe’s The Quarry”

Wednesday, October 10
3:00 p.m.
Center for Contemporary Culture
Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street, Hartford, CT

Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Philosophical Society of America, Marjorie Perloff is the author of many books and articles, including The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage (1981), The Futurist Moment (1986), Wittgenstein’s Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary (1996), 21st Century Modernism (2002), and her memoir The Vienna Paradox (2004). Her latest publication, Circling the Canon: The Collected Book Reviews of Marjorie Perloff, 1969-2016, will be published in two volumes by the University of New Mexico Press in 2019.

We often think of Wallace Stevens’s poetry as being abstract and
difficult, but, as another great Connecticut poet teaches us in her
recent prose poem The Quarry, Stevens has an uncanny sense of
the everyday—especially the everyday of weather and seasonal
change—of the bleak light and bare boughs of winter that, in this
poet’s imagination, take on a special magic and unique perspective.
Howe’s own poem builds on citations and images from the late
Stevens to create an equally imaginative—but also very different—
personal landscape of memory and desire. His “Vacancy in the Park”
becomes her “Vagrancy in the Park”—a delicate and compelling
transformation that makes us see Hartford’s Elizabeth Park and
related sites anew.

Co-Sponsored by the UConn-Hartford campus, UConn Humanities
Institute, Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS), the
CLAS Dean’s Office, the Department of English, and the Aetna Chair
of Writing.

This event is free and open to the public.
If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact glen.macleod@uconn.edu by Friday, October 5.

 

 

 

WORCESTER POET-ARTIST COLLABORATIVE. "4 Squared" a presentation by the Worcester 4X4 Poet-Artist Collaborative will take place at the Worcester Jewish Community Center at 633 Salisbury St. Worcester, MA 01609 on October 7, 2018 at 4:30. The artists are: Carrie Crane, Laura Cahalane, Dorothy Magadieu, and Susan Sedwick. The Poets: Susan Roney-O'Brien, Clair Dugutis, Susan Roney O'Brien, Patricia Youngblood, Rhett Watts and songwriter-performer Susan Ursprung.

 

 

HILL-STEAD MUSEUM, SUNKEN GARDEN POETRY FESTIVAL. Preparing for 2019

With your support, Hill-Stead can continue this nationally-acclaimed program and engage with diverse audiences. We are already preparing for the 2019 season and you can help make it happen with a contribution today!

We hope you will answer this call to to help us keep the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival alive and well in 2019. Donors who give $100 or more are welcomed into the Live Poets Society and enjoy numerous benefits, including reserved priority seating and opportunities to meet the headlining poets!


 

JAY WRIGHT, Poetry Reading
Monday, October 1, 5:00 PM
Linsley-Chittenden Hall, room 317
63 Hight St
New Haven, CT
The John Christophe Schlesinger Visiting Writer Series
of the Department of English
Contact: richard.deming@yale.edu

 

 

 

JOSE GONZALEZ. Riverwood Poetry Series, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 7 PM, Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut.


CAROL MUSKE-DUKES. Thurs., Nov. 8, 4:30 pm, Smith House, Reese Room, Trinity College, Hartford, CT: reading and book-signing.

 

 

MANCHETER COMMUNITY COLLEGE. Noon Institute.

Connecticut in the Poems of Wallace Stevens


We know that Stevens walked to work through the streets of Hartford but there is a lot of Hartford—
and Connecticut—in his poems, too. We’ll look at “The River of Rivers in Connecticut,"
“Of Hartford in a Purple Light" and "An Ordinary Evening in New Haven" as well as other
poems that have some unexpected, local flavor.

CRN 31313 | Fee: $6
Friday, October 5
Noon-1:30 pm
AST Room E202
Instructor: John Surowiecki

To register
(with a credit card)
call (860) 512-3232
Monday–Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


Calling All Poets Fall Season 2018
Silas Bronson Library
267 Grand Street
Waterbury, CT
hosted by Victoria Muñoz,
is a spoken word series that invites poets and writers to share
their material in the open mic, a critique workshop and to listen
to voices of experience as they present their work on each first
Wednesday of the month.
Feature poets:

October 3, Pat Mottola
Award winning poet, Pushcart Nominee, served as editor of Connecticut River Review 2012-2017, and is currently Co-President of Connecticut Poetry Society
author of two collections of poetry, Under the Red Dress (Five Oaks Press) and
After Hours (Five Oaks Press). In addition to working with students at S.C.S.U.,
she also teaches both art and poetry to Senior Citizens through-out CT.

November 7, Andy Weil- Award winning, known for his humor, is also founder
and facilitator of Senior Voices, “Expressing Yourself Through Poetry,” Virginia to CT. Long time member of the Faxon Poets (West Hartford), performs and teaches poetry
in libraries and schools, and retirement communities. Won a National Award from the Assisted Federation of America for Senior Voices.

Silas Bronson Library, 267 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT. This event is free and
open to the public, runs 6:30-7:45pm in the downstairs auditorium. Open mic
sign-up 6:20. Parking is free.

 

RIVERWOOD POETRY is delighted to announce that Jose B. Gonzalez will read on Tuesday, October 9th, at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford.

Jose B. Gonzalez is the author of “Toys Made of Rock” and “When Love Was Reels”. He has been anthologized in the Norton Introduction to Literature and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States.

His work has appeared in publications such as Callaloo, Calabash, the Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Quercus Review, and Palabra. He has been a contributor to NPR, and has presented at numerous colleges and venues throughout the country and abroad. He has been the NEATE Poet of the Year, and is a Fulbright Scholar. He currently teaches at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.

Please note that The Riverwood Poetry Series now meets on the second Tuesday of the month from September, 2018 through May, 2019. The poetry readings will kick off with an open mic. Come at 6:45 PM to sign up for the open mic. The readings or poetry writing workshops, both featuring regionally- or nationally-known poets, begin at 7 PM. No open mic will precede workshops.

Ample off-street parking is available in the parking lot in the rear of the building at the main entrance of Real Art Ways.

Both Riverwood Poetry and Real Art Ways are committed to art, ideas, and the community. The collaboration promises an exciting meeting place for people to come together, connect, and converse. More information about both organizations can be found at:
www.Facebook.com/RiverwoodPoetry
www.RealArtWays.org.

The events are free of charge (donations accepted) and everyone is welcome. We look forward to meeting you at our newest events—Something to Say, Poets and Conversations on Topics that Challenge.



DAVID K. LEFF. Gathering Poets on Henry David Thoreau, October 11 at 7 PM, The Walden Woods Project in Lincoln, Massachusetts

 

AN AFTERNOON OF POETRY AND MUSIC
“In Praise of Autumn”
At The Friends Room
Of the Welles Turner Memorial Library
Saturday, October 20, 2018
2:00 to 4:00 pm
A Production of Glastonbury Poet Laureate, Michael F. Lepore

Featured Poets
Laura and Victor Altshul
Award Winning Poets
And
Mark Sheridan
An Introduction to Interactive Poetry

Special Guest Poet
Alexandrina Sergio
Glastonbury’s First Poet Laureate

Renowned Musical Group
3magneatos
Jimmy Walz, Paul Weisser and Ron Dayton

Refreshments Provided By
Kevin Lepore, Executive Chef
A Cardinal House, Glastonbury

Admission Free

 

 

TERRANCE HAYES, Poetry Reading
Thursday, October 11, 5:00 PM
Linsley-Chittenden Hall, room 317, 63 High Street, Yale University
The John Christophe Schlesinger Visiting Writer Series
of the Department of English
Contact: margaret.katz@yale.edu
Free and open to the public

One of the most compelling voices in American poetry, Terrance Hayes is the author of six poetry collections, including American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin, How to Be Drawn, which received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry and Lighthead, which won the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry. Other honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship.


POETRY ROCKS! FEATURES MCC’s JOHN STANIZZI & OPEN MIC OF SPOOKY POETRY

VERNON—Poetry Rocks!, the quarterly poetry series based at Arts Center East in Vernon, is featuring MCC Professor John Stanizzi, Cynthia Peck, and RHS poet Venecia Fultz on Sunday Oct. 21, 7:00 p.m. The featured readers will be followed by an extended open microphone session, with participants encouraged to write “Edgar Allen Poe-try,” spooky poems inspired by Poe’s works. Arts Center East is located at 709 Hartford Turnpike. For more information, please call series director, Pegi Deitz Shea, at 860-878-7016, or email her at pegideitzshea@aol.com. Check www.artscentereast.org for events.

 

 

WALLACE STEVENS LECTURE. The Malady of the Quotidian
From Wallace Steven's The Rock to Susan Howe's The Quarry

Wednesday, October 10, 3:00 p.m.

Center for Contemporary Culture
Hartford Public Library, 1st Floor
500 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103

Come hear Marjorie Perloff, Professor Emerita, Stanford University, speak on the "malady of the quotidian.".
We often think of Wallace Steven’s poetry as being abstract and difficult, but, as another great Connecticut poet teaches us in her recent prose poem, The Quarry, Stevens has an uncanny sense of the everyday – especially the everyday of weather and seasonal change – of the bleak light and bare boughs of winter, that, in this poet’s imagination, take on a special magic and unique perspective. Howe’s own poem builds on citations and images from the late Stevens to create an equally imaginative – but also very different – personal landscape of memory and desire. His “Vacancy in the Park” becomes her “Vagrancy in the Park” – a delicate and compelling transformation that makes us see Hartford’s Elizabeth Park and related sites anew.

This event is co-sponsored by UConn Hartford; the UConn Humanities Institute; the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Program; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Department of English; the Aetna Chair of Writing; and the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library.

 

 

MARK SHERIDAN ON RUMI in the Poets on Poetry series at Hartford Public Lilbrary 10 am, Sat., Oct. 27.

 

 

DAVID K. LEFF. Join David K. Leff on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at The Walden Woods Project in Lincoln, Massachusetts for a discussion, conversation and reading of poets who have been moved to write about Henry David Thoreau. Perhaps no other individual has generated so many poems by such a variety of authors. From Louisa May Alcott’s “Thoreau’s Flute” to Walden by Haiku and beyond, poets have put the life, philosophy, and inspiring words of Henry David Thoreau into poetry. What would an anthology of poems about Thoreau tell us about the meaning of his work and our aspirations for a better world?
Part of the Concord Festival of Authors, doors open at 7 p.m. for a wine and cheese reception with the presentation beginning promptly at 7:30. Seating is free and open to the public, but is limited. RSVP at 781-259-4707 or online at www.walden,org/registration. The Walden Woods Project is at 44 Baker Farm Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts. For more about David go to www.davidkleff.com

 

ELEANOR WILNER. Poet Eleanor Wilner will read on October 24 @ 7:00 as The Gregory Stockmal Reader in Curtis Hall at Assumption College 500 Salisbury St. Worcester MA. She teaches at Warren Wilson in the MFA program and has received National Endowment for the Arts and MacArthur Foundation fellowships. Wilner's books of poetry include: Sarah's Choice, Reversing the Spell, The Girl with Bees in her Hair and other book of poetry as well as Gathering the Winds: Visionary Imagination and Radical Transformation of Self and Society.

 

The Twenty-Third Annual
WALLACE STEVENS BIRTHDAY BASH
Saturday, November 3, 2018, 2:00pm
Center for Contemporary Culture
Hartford Public Library

Featuring guest speaker—
COLE SWENSEN
“Perhaps the Truth Depends”

Cole Swensen considers the age-old question of the relationship between writing and walking, finding no new answers but a few new avenues of pursuit through close—though flighty—readings of some of Stevens references to walking.

Cole Swensen (www.coleswensen.com) is the author of seventeen collections of poetry, most recently On Walking On (Nightboat, 2017), Gave (Omnidawn, 2017), and Landscapes on a Train (Nightboat 2015), and a volume of critical essays. Her poetic collections often turn around specific research projects, including ones on public parks, visual art, illuminated manuscripts, and ghosts. Her work has won the National Poetry Series, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, and the PEN USA Award in Literary Translation. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, she is the co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid and the founding editor of La Presse Poetry (www.lapressepoetry.com). She teaches at Brown University.

This festive and illuminating event will begin with a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by Cole Swensen’s presentation, and will conclude with a book signing, birthday cake and champagne!

Suggested donation $10* per person to benefit…

Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

RSVP—
Jim Finnegan
jforjames@aol.com
860-508-2810

 

POETS ON POETRY Lineup for Sept 2018-June 2019

Below are poets and facilitators who have volunteered to present.

Poet Moderator
Rumi Mark Sheridan October 27
Frederico Garcia Lorca Kathleen McIntosh November 17
Jane Kenyon Christine Beck January 26
Rainer Maria Rilke Joe Senno Feb 23
Nemir Matos-Cintron Joseph Brockway March 30
Louise Gluck Luisa Caycedo Kimura April 27
Frank O’Hara John Surowiecki May 25
Rita Dove Maria Sassi June 29

 

 

POETRY INSTITUTE Poetry Reading Series

Featuring
Our 10th Annual Favorite Poem Event
With Our
Blue-Ribbon Panel
Including
Tony Fusco and Alden Mead
Moderated by
Gemma Mathewson

Thursday, October 18, 2017

For Favorite Poem Night, Open Mic readers are encouraged to bring a favorite poem from a favorite poet (although reading your own poem is still acceptable).

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something to share.) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to theTattooParlor

Doors Open at 6:30.Reading starts at 7:00.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

Great Poetry!

In a Warm, Friendly Environment

poetryinstitute@gmail.com
https://poetryatpi.wordpress.com/

 

 

BEAT POETRY FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 13, 2018
3:30pm-5:00pm

Beekley Community Library
http://www.beekleylibrary.org/
10 Central Ave.
New Hartford, CT 06057

National Beat Poetry Festival. Beat poets & musicians reading and playing their own creations, works from the original Beats and an open mic for all who would like to read their own.

Featuring Lori Desrosiers and Tommy Twilight with music guest Robert C. Fullerton. Saturday, October 13th, 3:30pm.


ODE TO NUMBERS by Sarah Glaz was a finalist for Book Ecellence and Indies awards, and it has received a number of very favorable reviews, including those in The AMS Mathematical Review and The Journal of Mathematics and the Arts.

 

 

CPS. “Save the Date” The Connecticut Poetry Society Annual Holiday Party and Poetry Celebration :12-16-18 at the Middlesex Community College and time 1-4 in the Chapman Hall . More information will follow. This is a new location for this event. Free and open to the public.

 

CLINTON ART GALLERY.

Local Poets Launch New Collection at Clinton Art Gallery on Thursday October 18

A group of fourteen local poets are celebrating a decade together by launching a new collection of poetry titled Where the River Bends on Thursday, October 18. The reading will be at 6.30 p.m. in the Clinton Art Gallery’s Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center at 20 East Main Street.

The monthly meetings of the Connecticut River Poets at Two Wrasslin’ Cats in East Haddam gives these poets a chance to share and critique each other’s work, and each piece in the book has been polished by the process. Printed at Perennial Designs in Lyme, the book includes a letterpress embossed cover; the poems are printed on archival paper, and the book is dedicated to Rennie McQuilkin, former Connecticut Poet Laureate and Founder/Editor of Antrim House.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, and copies of Where the River Bends will be available for purchase. Space is limited, so audience members are encouraged to arrive early to reserve a seat and explore the original art work and crafts available for sale.

 

The Clinton Art Gallery’s Poetry Place Sunday Series October 21 Reading will feature
Poets Margaret Gibson and Elizabeth Possidente

The seventh reading in the Clinton Art Gallery’s 2018 Sunday Series poetry readings will take place on Sunday, October 21, and will feature Connecticut poets Elizabeth Possidente and Margaret Gibson. The reading, in the Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center at 20 East Main Street in the heart of Clinton, will begin at 2:00 PM and will include the Sunday Series popular open mic, which offers local poets the opportunity to share their work with a highly appreciative audience. Before and after the reading and during the break, the audience will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful art work and crafts on display and also discover the many classes, which include a variety of workshops in both art and writing, offered at the Clinton Art Gallery.
The reading is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, and books will be on sale for a book-signing following the reading.

For more information on both events, contact Pat Barone at pattonybarone@aol.com or 203-627-4148.

 

 

POETS LAUREATE READING. A local laureates reading is set for April 28 at the South Windsor Library, from 2-4 pm. It will be in celebration of National Poetry Month.



MERRILL HOUSE

Saturday, October 20
5 pm
September-October Merrill Fellow
Christa Romanosky
reads from her work
Stonington Free Library
20 High Street
Stonington, CT

Christa Romanosky is a native of northern Appalachia and holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia. Her writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Massachusetts Reveiew, Missouri Review, The Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. A 2017-2018 Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellow in fiction, and recipient of a Barbara Deming grant in fiction, she has taught STEM and creative writing courses to K-4 students through Carnegie Mellon University's Gelfand Center.

Reception to follow
______________________________________

Other Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 8
5 pm
November-December Merrill Fellow
Jordan Jacks
reads from his work
Stonington Free Library
20 High Street
Stonington, CT

Saturday, January 19, 2019
5 pm
December-January Fellow
Sigrid Nunez
reads from her work
Stonington Free Library
20 High Street
Stonington, CT

 

James Merrill House

James Merrill came to Stonington in 1954. Village life and the third-floor apartment at 107 Water Street, where he lived with his partner David Jackson, inspired some of his most important work, including The Changing Light at Sandover. After Merrill's death in 1995, the Stonington Village Improvement Association (SVIA) became the unexpected beneficiary of the entire building. Since then, the apartment has been offered to writers and scholars as a place to live and write for periods of one to four months. The Merrill House was recently designated a National Historic Landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


 

TRICIA KNOLL'S How I Learned To Be White received the Gold Medal for for Motivational Poetry in the 2018 Human Relations Indie Book Awards series.


JOHN STANIZZI. Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 2 PM, 1McDonough Place Middletown, Connecticut: reading (with others).

 

 

MARGE BARRETT'S Called: The Making & Unmaking of a Nun is a finalist for the 2018 Global Book Excellence Award; was featured
in the 2018 Best Book Awards (see Autobiography / Biography at AmericanBookFest.com); and received a Five Star review as part of the Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews and Award Contest: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/called. Kudos!

 

 

NORAH POLLARD will be the "opening voice" at the Arts Cafe Mysstic on Friday, Nov. 9. She will be followed by Patricia Smith.


 

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD. Please come hear Award-winning poet Patricia Spears Jones read from her work, the first event in the Fall 2018 Cardin Reading Series at the University of Hartford.

This poetry reading will take place on Thursday, October 25th, at 12:15 PM, in Mali 2/Dana 202 on the University of Hartford campus.

Ms. Jones' most recent book of poetry, A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press Distinguished Poets series) features her 2016 Pushcart Prize winning poem, “Etta James at the Audubon Ballroom.”

Patricia Spears Jones is the eleventh winner of The Jackson Poetry Prize. She is author of the poetry collections: Painkiller and Femme du Monde from Tia Chucha Press and The Weather That Kills from Coffee House Press and five chapbooks including Living in the Love Economy.

For more information, you can check out Ms. Jones' website: http://psjones.com/

The reading will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

Please come hear Ms. Jones read from her work!

Questions? Contact Grossberg@Hartford.edu or call Ben Grossberg at 860-768-4944.


 

CLARE GALLERY
Artist Talk:
Thursday, October 25, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Webs We Weave on display September 17 to October 31, 2018

Don't miss the upcoming artist talk for The Webs We Weave, an exhibition of paintings by international artist, Amy Hannum, and poems from members of the Connecticut Poetry Society.

The poets included in the exhibition are: Joe Adomavicia, Eileen Albrizio, Steve Balkun, Tarringo T. Basile-Vaughan, Joanie DiMartino, Brent Terry, and Rhonda Ward.

(During the artist talk Ms. Hannum might just share her secret method of transferring a web to her canvas.)

 

 

 

SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY READING from Unlocking the Word: An Anthology of Found Poetry, Thursday, October 25, at 5 p.m., Sacred Heart University, McMahon Commons Presentation Room. For information: Prof. Jonas Zdanys <zdanysj@sacredheart.edu.



GUILFORD POETS GUILD. A Guilford Poets Guild Trio: Juliana Harris, Jane Muir, Gordy Whiteman.

Please join the Guilford Poets Guild for a special reading by three of its members: Juliana Harris, Jane Muir, and Guilford Poet Laureate Gordy Whiteman. This special Second Thursday Poetry Series reading will be held on Thursday, November 8 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library.
Juliana Harris has contributed poetry to The New York Times, The Mid-America Poetry Review, The Best Times, Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Kansas City Star, among other publications. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, she has lived in Guilford since 1979 where she is a member of the Guilford Poets Guild. She has recently published a collection of her poems entitled Portraits. She is the author of two novels and is currently at work on her first mystery.

Poet Jane Muir says, “I was born six weeks before the Great Depression. It’s been all uphill since then, financially at least. I’ve seen the world change immensely. In my childhood, whenever a plane flew overhead the whole family would run outside to see it. Now astronauts have been to the moon. I graduated from what was then Connecticut College for Women; now it's co-ed. I worked in publishing and advertising in New York City and after marriage was, as most women in those days, a stay-at-home mom. Don’t think that wasn’t work! Then I went to work at a local paper, a job I really loved. I moved to Guilford in the mid-nineties, took courses in poetry at Southern Connecticut State University, and joined the Guilford Poets Guild, where currently I’m the oldest member. In age, that is.” Muir’s new book, Bulletin from Suburbia, is due out before Christmas.

Gordy Whiteman was born to Guilford in 1929. He is a member of the Guilford Poets Guild and serves as its co-president with Jane Muir. He is the author of Whitfield Crossing, and Home Town Guilford. Whiteman is a founding member of the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate and serves as Guilford’s first Poet Laureate.

Remember to bring your own poem to share during the Open Mic which is open to accomplished and aspiring poets of all ages wishing to present one original composition to a live audience.

The Guild’s Holiday Roundtable is scheduled for Thursday, December 13. For more information, visit www.guilfordpoetsguild.org.
The Guilford Free Library is located at 67 Park Street in Guilford. This program is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Please register by phone, in person, or online (203) 453-8282, www.guilfordfreelibrary.org.

 

MERRILL HOUSE.

Monday, November 5
5-7 pm
Meet & Greet
November-December Fellow
Jordan Jacks
Noah's Restaurant
113 Water Street
Stonington, CT

Other Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 8
5 pm
November-December Fellow
Jordan Jacks
reads from his work
Stonington Free Library
20 High Street
Stonington, CT
Reception to follow

Saturday, January 19, 2019
5 pm
December-January Fellow
Sigrid Nunez
reads from her work
Stonington Free Library
20 High Street
Stonington, CT
Reception to follow

James Merrill House

James Merrill came to Stonington in 1954. Village life and the third-floor apartment at 107 Water Street, where he lived with his partner David Jackson, inspired some of his most important work, including The Changing Light at Sandover. After Merrill's death in 1995, the Stonington Village Improvement Association (SVIA) became the unexpected beneficiary of the entire building. Since then, the apartment has been offered to writers and scholars as a place to live and write for periods of one to four months. The Merrill House was recently designated a National Historic Landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

 

TWO WRASSLIN' CATS AND CLINTON ART GALLERY EVENTS

1. The Together We Rise 2018 Poetry Series will host its final event for this year, Poetry for Peace, on Saturday, November 10, from 3.30-5.00 PM at Two Wrasslin’ Cats, 374 Town Street, East Haddam. The event will feature a reading by Essex poet Nan Meneely, together with East Haddam poets Greg Coleman and Edwina Trentham, who will join Meneely in reading from her acclaimed collection of poetry, Letter from Italy, 1944.

After the reading from Letter from Italy, 1944, there will be a read-in, with audience members invited to read poems exploring the painful costs of war and our abiding desire for peace. A selection of poems on this topic will be provided, and participants are invited to read from this selection, or bring poems on this topic to read, or simply come to listen and enjoy. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information contact Janine Broe at Jrfreeland1@yahoo.com or Edwina Trentham at trentham@comcast.net/860-872-1472


2.The Clinton Art Gallery’s Poetry Place will conclude Its 2018 Sunday Series on November 18 with a Reading
by poets Patricia Barone, Greg Coleman, and Edwina Trentham

The eighth and final reading in the Clinton Art Gallery’s 2018 Sunday Series poetry readings will take place on Sunday, November 18, and will feature Connecticut poets Patricia Barone, Greg Coleman, and Edwina Trentham. The reading, in the Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center at 20 East Main Street in the heart of Clinton, will begin at 2:00 PM and will as usual feature energetic and engaging readings by local poets at the very popular Sunday Series open mic. Before and after the reading and open mic, and during the break, the audience will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful art work and crafts on display, as well as a rich selection of poetry books, and also discover the many classes, which include a variety of workshops in both art and writing, offered at the Clinton Art Gallery. The 2019 Sunday Series will begin in April 2019.

The readings are free and open to the public, andrefreshments will be served. For more information, contact Pat Barone at pattonybarone@aol.com or 203-627-4148.

 

CORTNEY DAVIS. Many of you know that Cortney Davis has been selected to be Bethel’s first poet laureate for a two year term. Byrd’s Books is hosting a celebratory reading November 10 at 6:30 p.m., featuring the competition’s finalists and Cortney. She will be bringing homemade cookies, just in case poetry and a great bookstore aren’t inducement enough! As poet laureate, Cortney's“duties” include finding new ways to bring poetry to the town—She’ll briefly mention a few ideas at the reading.

 

POEMS INSPIRED BY WALLACE STEVENS
On Wednesday, October 31, at 3:00 p.m. at the UConn Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 18 Front Street, Hartford, Dennis Barone and James Finnegan will read from their anthology, Visiting Wallace: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Wallace Stevens.
Dennis Barone is Professor of English at the University of Saint Joseph. James Finnegan is President of the Hartford Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens. Their edited anthology, Visiting Wallace, collects an astonishing variety of poems inspired by Stevens, including poems by such well known figures as Marianne Moore and William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg and Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery and Susan Howe.
This is event is part of the series “UConn Celebrates Wallace Stevens in Hartford.” The next event in the series will be on November 14th when Glen MacLeod, Professor of English at UConn, will talk about “Stevens and Surrealism” at 3:00 p.m. in Room 145 of the Hartford Times Building.
Wallace Stevens is the greatest poet to come from Connecticut. He lived in Hartford from 1916 until his death in 1955, at age 75. He was a Vice President of the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company. His poetry won him numerous awards including the Bollingen Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and two National Book Awards. He is now recognized internationally as a great American poet and an important modernist.

Contact: Glen MacLeod
glen.macleod@uconn.edu
(860)-521-5949

 

The Twenty-Third Annual
WALLACE STEVENS BIRTHDAY BASH
Saturday, November 3, 2018, 2:00pm
Center for Contemporary Culture
Hartford Public Library

Featuring guest speaker—
COLE SWENSEN
“Perhaps the Truth Depends”

Cole Swensen considers the age-old question of the relationship between writing and walking, finding no new answers but a few new avenues of pursuit through close—though flighty—readings of some of Stevens references to walking.

Cole Swensen (www.coleswensen.com) is the author of seventeen collections of poetry, most recently On Walking On (Nightboat, 2017), Gave (Omnidawn, 2017), and Landscapes on a Train (Nightboat 2015), and a volume of critical essays. Her poetic collections often turn around specific research projects, including ones on public parks, visual art, illuminated manuscripts, and ghosts. Her work has won the National Poetry Series, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, and the PEN USA Award in Literary Translation. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, she is the co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid and the founding editor of La Presse Poetry (www.lapressepoetry.com). She teaches at Brown University.

This festive and illuminating event will begin with a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by Cole Swensen’s presentation, and will conclude with a book signing, birthday cake and champagne!

Suggested donation $10* per person to benefit…

Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

RSVP—
Jim Finnegan
jforjames@aol.com
860-508-2810

*Completely optional; no one turned away.

This event is presented by Hartford Public Library (hplct.org)
and the Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens (stevenspoetry.org).

 

 

THE POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN

Featuring
Gardner McFall
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Gardner McFall's poems have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Southwest Review, The Sewanee Review, The New Yorker, The Nation, Poet Lore, and The Hopkins Review, among other journals. She is the author of Russian Tortoise, The Pilot's Daughter, and Amelia (libretto). Her chapbook On the Line will be published by Finishing Line Press later this fall. Three poems from the chapbook appear in Norton’s 2018 anthology, Poetry and Prose by Vietnam Veterans and Refugees, edited by Laren McClung, with a preface by Yusef Komunyakaa.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something to share.) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30.Reading starts at 7:00.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

Great Poetry!

In a Warm, Friendly Environment

poetryinstitute@gmail.com
https://poetryatpi.wordpress.com/

 

 

MERRILL HOUSE

Monday, November 5
5-7 pm
Meet & Greet
November-December Fellow
Jordan Jacks
Noah's Restaurant

113 Water Street
Stonington, CT

Other Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 8
5 pm
November-December Fellow
Jordan Jacks
reads from his work
Stonington Free Library
20 High Street
Stonington, CT
Reception to follow

Saturday, January 19, 2019
5 pm
December-January Fellow
Sigrid Nunez
reads from her work
Stonington Free Library
20 High Street
Stonington, CT
Reception to follow

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD. Please come hear poet Ines Rivera and novelist T Stores read from their work in the Fall 2018 Cardin Reading Series at the University of Hartford.

The reading will take place this Thursday, November 8th @ 12:15 PM in The Greenberg Center in the Harry Jack Gray complex on the University of Hartford campus.

In addition to her work as a UHart professor, Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi is the author of the poetry collection, Love Letter to an Afterlife (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Her work has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Cold Mountain Review, Kweli, Nimrod, Poet Lore, and Puerto de Sol. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Maryland and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University.

In addition to her work as a UHart Associate Dean, T Stores is the author of three novels and a new collection of short fiction, Frost Heaves, from Green Writers’ Press. Her work has appeared in Sinister Wisdom, Out Magazine, Blithe House, Bloom, and, Fourth Genre, among others. She is a graduate of the M.F.A. program at Emerson College.

The reading will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

Please come hear these writers share their new work!

Questions? Contact Grossberg@Hartford.edu or call Ben Grossberg at 860-768-4944.


WINTONBURY POETRY SERIES.
Thursday, 11/15/2018
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
McMahon Wintonbury Library
Children's Room
"Two Women Poets of Diverse Talents" -- Eileen Albrizio and Leslie McGrath.
Wethersfield poet Eileen Albrizio, former ABC and NPR radio news host and journalist and co-owner of a comic book store in Rocky Hill, writes novels, short stories, plays and poetry, and tonight will read from her poetry collections.
Essex poet Leslie McGrath has been called "an oral historian of the alienated." A creative writing teacher at Central CT State Univ., Leslie has published 3 poetry collections and 2 chapbooks and has won the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.
Open mic follows program. Sherri Bedingfield hosts.
For information, Tom Nicotera at Prosser Library,
(860) 243-9721, or tnicotera@libraryconnection.info


GREGG LESTAGE'S Hope Is A Small Barn was recently awarded second place by the Boston Author's Club for The Best Collection of Poems Written in 2018.

 

WALLY SWIST and others will read at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 at Shanti Arts, 193 Hillside Rd., Brunswick, ME. For information: 207-837-5760.

 

 

MONDAY NIGHT POETRY at Barnes & Noble
Stamford Town Center Featuring

PAT ST. PIERRE

Pat St. Pierre is a freelance writer and amateur photographer who has been writing poetry since her high school days. Her first poem was published during college and from then on she was captivated by the written word. She has had adult and children’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in a variety of online and including various magazines. Some publications are: Flutter Poetry Journal, Lutheran Parenting, Boston Literary Review, The Ephrastic Review, Leaves of Ink, The Metaworker, Poppy Road Review, etc. Pat’s specialty is trying to capture small vignettes of life and turn them into poems. Many times photos will accompany the poems. Her topics vary from simple ordinary events to traveling down dark journeys. She has had three chapbooks published by various publishers. Her first Reality of Life was published by Foothills Publishing, her second Theater of Life was published by Finishing Line Press, and her third Full Circle was published by Kelsay Books. All three are available on Amazon.com.
Monday, November 12th at 7.15pm

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We meet the second Monday of each month at
Barnes & Noble Booksellers / Stamford Town Center

Please come and listen to local poets, bring a favorite poem, read your own poems too.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Stamford Town Center
100 Greyrock Place
Stamford, CT 06901
203-323-1248


 

RIVERWOOD POETRY

Imagining Otherwise
Riverwood Poetry is delighted to announce that Claire Schwartz will read on Tuesday, November 13th, at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford.

Claire Schwartz, the author of “bound” (from Button Poetry in 2018), is a Ph.D. candidate in African American Studies, American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. Her integrated reading and discussion will focus on witness and transformation. Questions to be explored will include:
• How can poets both question the violence of still-present histories while mapping better futures?
• Amidst all else that is true, how can poetry make more space for tenderness?


Please note that The Riverwood Poetry Series now meets on the second Tuesday of the month from September, 2018 through May, 2019. Come at 6:45 PM to sign up for the evening's open mic. The reading will begin at 7 PM. Wine, craft beers, and other refreshments are available for purchase.

Ample off-street free parking is available in the parking lot in the rear of the building at the main entrance of Real Art Ways.

Both Riverwood Poetry and Real Art Ways are committed to art, ideas, and the community. The collaboration promises an exciting meeting place for people to come together, connect, and converse. More information about both organizations can be found at:
www.Facebook.com/RiverwoodPoetry
www.RealArtWays.org.

The events are free of charge (donations accepted) and everyone is welcome. Bring a friend! We look forward to meeting you at our newest events—Something to Say, Poets and Conversations on Topics that Challenge.

 

 

DAVID K LEFF. November 10, 2018, Nature Poetry Writing Workshop, Simsbury, CT
Join David K. Leff, New England National Scenic Trail poet-in-residence 2016-2017, on Saturday November 10 from noon to 5:00 p.m. for an invigorating nature poetry writing workshop at The Storyteller's Cottage in Simsbury, Connecticut. There will be lively readings, discussion, a walk outdoors with a stress on acute observing, and a writing assignment with feedback. Participants can expect an emphasis on sharpening all senses to better perceive the world around them and more readily translate that experience into words. Come dressed to go outdoors for a period of time regardless of the weather, and bring lunch or a snack to munch on during the session. Beginners and well published authors are equally welcome for a supportive learning experience.
This workshop has met with great success at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in Farmington, Connecticut, the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts and elsewhere.
The Storyteller's Cottage is a unique venue in a delightful Victorian house in the heart of historic Simsbury. It's an amazing place with vintage decor and literary-themed spaces that in itself is well worth a visit. The Storyteller's Cottage is at 750 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury Connecticut. The workshop cost is $100. For more and to register go to: https://www.storytellerscottage.com/book-online/nature-poetry-11-10
ACT NOW: Registration closes at noon on Thursday (November 8).


TRACY K. SMITH will read at Yale (Linsly Chittenden Hall, rm 317, 63 High St., New Haven, CT) on Thursday, Nov. 8.

 

 

 

AN EVENING OF DOCUMENTARY POETRY: Monday, November 12.
WCSU will present "An Evening of Documentary Poetry with Dr. Robert Strong" at 7 p.m. in the Kathwari Honors House on the university's Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Strong is a poet, writer, and scholar widely recognized for his innovative work combining archival research and literary production. His most recent work, Bright Advent, is a hybrid-genre narrative that incorporates verse lines, prose, and archival material from the 1600s. The reading will be free and open to the public; a question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

 

 

WATERFORD LIBRARY.
Saturday, November 24, 3:00 pm
Poetry: Penultimate Human Constellation: Benjamin and Steven Ostrowski. Join us for an afternoon of poetry. A conversation with poetry between a father and son who also happen to be the co-authors of Penultimate Human Constellation. Back and forth across states, oceans, and galaxies, they explore themselves, their connections, and their futures. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

 

WESTPORT WRITERS' WORKSHOP. Winter workshops begin the week of January 7 and run through mid March. Google for more information and registration.

 

 

JAMES R. SCRIMGEOUR POETRY READING, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 2 PM. 11 Railroad St, New Milford, CT.

 

 

DAVID K. LEFF. David Leff returns to Byrd's Books with Terranexus on Friday, November 30, 2018 at 7 PM in Bethel, CT.

 

 

WALLY SWIST -- A POSTPONEMENT. The reading of Shanti Arts authors in the Woodbury Room at the Jones Library Thursday night, the 15th of November, at 7:00 p.m. has been postponed due to the rain, snow, and icy conditions forecast for late Thursday night and early Friday morning. A date in the spring will be announced sometime in early 2019.


THE INSTITUTE READING IN NEW HAVEN SCHEDULED FOR 11.15.18 HAS BEEN CANCELED.

 

 

JAMES MERRILL HOUSE

Saturday, December 8
5 pm
November-December Fellow
Jordan Jacks
reads from his work
Stonington Free Library
20 High Street
Stonington, CT
Reception to follow

Other Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 12
5 pm
December-January Fellow and
and 2018 National Book Award winner
Sigrid Nunez
reads from her work
La Grua Center
32 Water Street
Stonington, CT
Reception and book-signing to follow

 

 

CPS: the annual Connecticut Poetry Society Holiday party is scheduled for Sunday, December 16th

1:00 pm to 4 pm
Co-sponsored with Middlesex Community College in Chapman Hall
100 Training Hill Road, Middletown CT 06457 https://mxcc.edu/community/directions/

The Connecticut Poetry Society will honor recently-deceased nationally-known Poets Lucie Brock-Broido, Donald Hall, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, JD McClatchy, Tony Hoagland and Tom Clark with brief readings acknowledging their work
Open Microphone
Free Admission
Light Refreshments
Free Door Prizes


JAMES BLACK, bestselling author, features at the Manchester Community Centre this Friday November 30th. All are welcome. Best selling author James Black is noted for ‘Waldo and the Ramblings on man’ a beautiful blend of poetry and prose, ‘ Black, White and the in Between’ a masterful collection of poems and ‘The Power of the Valley’, a collection of gems aimed at empowering any whom may feel the contrary.

 

 

ROAR READING SERIES. Monday, December 3 at 7 PM at the UConn B&N at Storrs Center: the final ROAR Reading of the season! Hang out, listen to some riveting stories, and meet us for a drink at Geno's afterwards. December 3 Featured Readers: PR Griffis, Paul Beckman, Mary Collins.

 

 

THE CHARTER OAK READINGS

Sunday December 2, 3pm—Hendree Milward and Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi

Hendree Milward is professor of mathematics at Tunxis Community College and lives in West Hartford, CT. His interests include tennis, coding, and of course poetry.

Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi is the author of the poetry collection, Love Letter to an Afterlife (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Her work has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Cold Mountain Review, Kweli, Nimrod, Poet Lore, and Puerto de Sol. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Maryland and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University.

Reading starts with an Open Mike.

Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Free event.

http://charteroakreadings.blogspot.com/

For more information, contact:
Jim
JforJames@aol.com
860-508-2810

Up Next=>
Series restarts in February 2019


POETS ON POETRY, Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., Hartford, CT, 10 am -12 noon. Presentations/discussions of leading poets:

Jan. 26: Christine Beck on Jane Kenyon

Feb. 23: Joe Senno on Rainer Maria Rilke

 

RIVERWOOD POETRY

Align Your Story
Riverwood Poetry is delighted to host a writing workshop with Nadia Colburn on Tuesday, December 11th, at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford. Bring your notebook and pen and enjoy generating your own new poetry!

In this workshop, we'll look closely at poems from different spiritual traditions (Rumi, Hopkins, Oliver, Gay) and discuss poetry as a contemplative practice. We'll also take some time to meditate together, to write poetry, and to share our work.

In a world so often out of alignment, poetry can help us come back to our center, speak the truth, and expand our perspective. We will explore the way poetry asks us to listen deeply, step into the silence, slow down, acknowledge both our not-knowing and our deeper knowing, and come back to a state of reverence.

Nadia Colburn is the founder of Align Your Story featuring holistic writing classes and coaching. She holds a PhD in English from Columbia University, is a student of Thich Nhat Hanh, a yoga teacher, mother, and environmental and social justice activist. Her poetry has been published in more than 50 publications including The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Harvard Review. Her poetry collection, The High Shelf, will be published in 2019. Visit www.NadiaColburn.com

Please note that The Riverwood Poetry Series now meets on the second Tuesday of the month from September, 2018 through May, 2019. The workshop will begin at 7 PM. Wine, craft beers, and other refreshments are available for purchase.

Ample off-street free parking is available in the parking lot in the rear of the building at the main entrance of Real Art Ways.

Both Riverwood Poetry and Real Art Ways are committed to art, ideas, and the community. The collaboration promises an exciting meeting place for people to come together, connect, and converse. More information about both organizations can be found at:
www.Facebook.com/RiverwoodPoetry
www.RealArtWays.org.

The events are free of charge (donations accepted) and everyone is welcome. Bring a friend! We look forward to meeting you at our newest events—Something to Say, Poets and Conversations on Topics that Challenge.

 

POETRY INSTSITUTE, NEW HAVEN
featuring

Gian Lombardo

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Gian Lombardo has published six collections of prose poetry, the latest of which are Machines We Have Built (Quale Press, 2014), Aid & A_Bet (BlazeVOX ebook, 2008) and Who Lets Go First (Swamp Press, 2010). His translation of the first half of Aloysius Bertrand’s Gaspard de la nuit was published in 2000, and a translation of Eugène Savitzkaya’s Rules of Solitude in 2004, as well as translations of Archestratos’s Gastrology (2009), and Michel Delville’s Third Body (2009) and Anything & Everything (2016). He teaches book and magazine publishing at Emerson College. He also directs Quale Press.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something to share.) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

Great Poetry!

In a Warm, Friendly Environment

poetryinstitute@gmail.com
Our website:
poetryatpi.wordpress.com
(Functioning, but quite out of date)

 

 

#BEAT LIT. #BeatLit illustrates an interactive, creative writing campaign designed to amalgamate the literary and performing art of poetry. #BeatLit combines the element of active reading with generative creative writing exercises to compose literary and/or performance poetry to improve the competency and confidence of young aspiring writers.

Vision Statement:
#BeatLit establishes working relationships with local schools, libraries, community organizations and institutions, as well as, artistic venues throughout the city of Hartford to encourage young writers to achieve their literary dreams.
Events:
1. 12/7/18. Hip-Hop For The Homeless 5. 8pm. Oasis Pub. New London, CT
2. 12/14/18. Hip-Hop For The Homeless 5. 8pm. Chango Rosa. Hartford, CT
3. 12/17/18. Collective Artist Gathering/ Reading. 7pm. Curioporium. Hartford, CT
4 12/21/18. Career Day. 9am. West Side Middle School. Groton, CT.
5.12/21/18 Reading: Solstice Cheer & Potluck. 6pm. Hartford, CT.
6. 12/27/18. Youth Creative Writing Workshop: The Young Poetry of Tupac Shakur
Grades 4-8;12-2pm and Grades 9-15; 2:30-4:30pm. Mark Twain House. Hartford, CT.
7. 2/16/19 Group Reading: Poet Laureate Connect. 2-4pm. UCONN Bookstore:
Barnes and Noble. Hartford, CT
8. 3/16/19 Group Reading: Poet Laureate Connect. 2-4pm. UCONN Bookstore: Barnes and Noble. Hartford, CT
9. 4/9/19 Featured Artist: Riverwood Reading Series. Hartford, CT.
10. 4/13/19 Group Reading: Poet Laureate Connect. 2-4pm. UCONN Bookstore: Barnes and Noble. Hartford, CT
11. 4/28/19 Featured Artist. South Windsor Poetry Day. 2-4pm. South Windsor Public Library. South Windsor, CT
12. 5/11/19 Group Reading: Poet Laureate Connect. 2-4pm. UCONN Bookstore: Barnes and Noble. Hartford, CT
13. 5/18/19 Hartford Book Festival. Hartford, CT.
14. 6/15/19 Group Reading: Poet Laureate Connect. 2-4pm. UCONN Bookstore: Barnes and Noble. Hartford, CT
15. 11/21/19 Wintonbury Poetry Series. Wintonbury Branch Library. Bloomfield, CT




AN EVENING OF POETRY AND NATURE
“Celebrating Our Place in Nature”
At The
CT Audubon Center of Glastonbury
1361 Main Street
Friday, December 21, 2018 (The Winter Solstice)
6:30 to 8:00 pm
A Production of Glastonbury Poet Laureate, Michael F. Lepore

Featured Poets
Julia Morris Paul
Poet Laureate of Manchester
And
Michael F. Lepore
Poet Laureate of Glastonbury

Special Guest Poets
Clare Mazur and Richard Daigle
Meeting House Poets

Musical Element Provided By
Stephen Nystrup
Emmy Award Winning Guitarist and Composer

Light Refreshments Provided By
CT Audubon Center

*Preregistration Required, Contact www.ctaudubon.org

 

 

MERRILL HOUSE

Thursday, December 27
5-7 pm
Meet & Greet
December-January Fellow &
2018 National Book Award Winner
Sigrid Nunez
Water Street Cafe (upstairs)
143 Water Street
Stonington, CT

Saturday, January 12
5 pm
December-January Fellow
Sigrid Nunez
reads from her work
La Grua Center
32 Water Street
Stonington, CT
Reception and book signing to follow

 


WINTONBURY POETRY SERIES & OPEN MIC
FALL 2018
Held at P.Faith McMahon Wintonbury Branch Library
1015 Blue Hills Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002
860-242-0041

Thursday, December 20, 7:00 PM
Featuring Tony Fusco and Elizabeth Kincaid-Ehlers

“Poems of the Heart, Poems of the Mind”
Tony Fusco is Co-President of the CT Poetry Society. He has a Master Degree in Creative Writing from Southern Connecticut State University. He was the editor of Caduceus, the anthology of the Yale Medical Group Art Place and past editor of The Connecticut River Review. His work has appeared in many publications and journals including Encore, Theodate, the Patterson Literary Review, the Red Rock Review, the Southern Review, Louisiana Literature, the South Carolina Review and the Connecticut Review. Tony is the owner proprietor of Flying Horse Press which is currently publishing books of poetry. His latest book is Extinction, 2018, His others are Java Scripture, 2014, Droplines, 2009, which is together with Jessie’s Garden, 2003, both serious and humorous, it features poems about his youth, West Haven, Savin Rock and Allingtown Connecticut. His major influences and favorite poets are Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Carl Sandberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Robert Frost.

Elizabeth Kincaid-Ehlers moved to Connecticut in 1979 to be Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College for one year. She came to like living in Connecticut so much during an extension of her contract that, when it ended, she went back to school and retrained as a psychotherapist in order to stay in the state. During her years of additional studies, she taught at the Hartford branch of the University of Connecticut and participated in the state’s Writer- in-the-Schools Program. Elizabeth was born in Michigan and, after spending part of her growing-up years in Georgia, came back north to earn her B.A. at the University of Michigan in 1955. Throughout the following years, because of her husband’s peregrinations, Elizabeth began many M.A. programs, only to have to abandon credits and move on. At last the family, which, by then, included two sons, stayed still long enough for her to earn an M.A. at the University of Illinois. After a move to Rochester, New York, and the birth of two more sons, the marriage ended. Elizabeth then went on to earn a Ph.D. at the University of Rochester in 1978. Since the mid-1980s, Elizabeth has maintained a private practice as a psychotherapist, all the while writing, giving poetry readings, and, occasionally, teaching. Three sons and their families live in the area, along with seven grandchildren. For them, she is constantly grateful. Furthermore, for love of them, she intends to stay put.

 

WESTPORT WRITERS WORKSHOPS. Winter workshops begin the week of January 7 and run through mid-March. Register soon.

 

 

FREDERICK DOUGLASS KNOWLES II is the City of Hartford's first poet laureate. To meet him, please visit

https://www.courant.com/ctnow/arts-theater/hc-fea-hartford-poet-laureate-1216-story.html

 

MERRILL HOUSE.

Saturday, January 12, 2019
5 pm
December-January Fellow and
2018 National Book Award Winner
Sigrid Nunez
reads from her work
La Grua Center
32 Water Street
Stonington, CT
Reception and book-signing to follow

 


JULIE CHOFFEL. Join Julie Choffel, West Hartford's Poet Laureate, in reading and conversation about poems that speak to our lives today. Each time we will discuss a different handful of poems from a range of contemporary poets. Participants will gain new approaches to reading poetry of all kinds and leave with a related writing prompt to try on their own.
Poetry Now! meets every other month at the Noah Webster Library Board Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford - no registration is necessary.
Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7PM
Thursday, March 21 at 7PM
Thursday, May 23 at 7PM
Julie Choffel teaches creative writing at UConn and is the author of The Hello Delay, a book of poems.
http://www.westhartfordlibrary.org/

 

 

KATE RUSHIN.

Riverwood Poetry Series Hosts a Reading with Kate Rushin
Thomas Jefferson’s Cook and Other Concoctions (a poetry reading)

Riverwood Poetry is delighted to host a reading with Kate Rushin on Tuesday, January 8th, at 7 PM, at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford.

Warm Hats, Mittens, Gloves, and other small winter items will be collected for donation during this cold season. Thank you for your generosity!

Kate Rushin is the author of “The Bridge Poem” and The Black Back-Ups. She received a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University as well as fellowships from the Artists Foundation, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and The Cave Canem Foundation. Her work is widely anthologized and has been published in Callaloo, Stone Canoe and The Cape Cod Poetry Review. She has read her work at many colleges and festivals and has received commissions from The International Festival of Arts and Ideas and The Hartford Public Library. Kate has taught at Wesleyan University and has led workshops for Poets House, The Mark Twain House and the Connecticut Office of the Arts. She currently teaches for Hartford Youth Scholars. Kate can be heard on “The Nose,” the arts and culture panel of The Colin McEnroe Show, on WNPR. She performs her poetry with Nat Reeves State of Emergency. Kate is proud to be a recipient of a 2018 Really Award from Real Art Ways.

Please note that The Riverwood Poetry Series now meets on the second Tuesday of the month from September, 2018 through May, 2019. The reading will begin at 7 PM. Wine, craft beers, and other refreshments are available for purchase.

Ample off-street free parking is available in the parking lot in the rear of the building at the main entrance of Real Art Ways.

Both Riverwood Poetry and Real Art Ways are committed to art, ideas, and the community. The collaboration promises an exciting meeting place for people to come together, connect, and converse. More information about both organizations can be found at:
www.Facebook.com/RiverwoodPoetry
www.RealArtWays.org.

The events are free of charge (donations accepted) and everyone is welcome. Bring a friend! We look forward to meeting you at our newest events—Something to Say, Poets and Conversations on Topics that Challenge.


ADA LIMON AT TRINITY. Ada Limon is the Hugh Ogden Poet for 2019. She is the author of five books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, the Kingsley Tufts Award, and the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as being named one of the top ten poetry books of the year by The New York Times. Her latest collection, The Carrying, which was published earlier this year, has been called "her best yet" by NPR, "remarkable" by The New York Times, and "exquisite" by the Washington Post. The reading will occur at Trinity College (Hartford, CT) on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 7 PM.


WINTONBURY POETRY SERIES & OPEN MIC
Held at P. Faith McMahon Wintonbury Branch Library
1015 Blue Hills Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002
860-242-0041

Winter/Spring 2019 Schedule

Thursday, January 17, 7:00 PM
“Two Poets of Profound Impact”
featuring Pat Mottola and memorial readings of Susan Allison’s poetry

Pat Mottola, an award-winning poet and Pushcart Prize nominee, currently teaches Creative Writing at Southern Connecticut State University, where she earned both an M.S. in Art Education and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. In addition to working with students at S.C.S.U., she is thrilled to teach both art and poetry to senior citizens throughout Connecticut. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including War, Literature & the Arts, Connecticut Review, Main Street Rag, San Pedro River Review, VietNow Magazine, and Paterson Literary Review, among others. She has studied with major poets across the country, and has served as Keynote Speaker for the IMPAC-Young Writers Awards as well as judged Connecticut High School Poetry Out Loud competitions. Pat is co-president of the Connecticut Poetry Society, and co-editor of Connecticut River Review. She is the author of Under the Red Dress. She is most proud of her latest endeavor – mentoring Afghan women through the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

Susan Allison (June 12, 1961 – May 15, 2018) is the first Poet Laureate of Middletown, CT. Born in Derby, CT and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, she returned to Wesleyan University to earn a BA in African Studies in 1985 after mountain climbing and traveling through East Africa. Shortly after graduation, she opened an old and rare bookshop, Ibis Books & Gallery, on Rapallo Avenue in Middletown’s North End. The shop was transformed in 1991 into NEAR, Inc./The Buttonwood Tree, an arts and cultural performance space originally on Rapallo but moved to Main Street which continues to be a hub of artistic and cultural activity. Susan’s second book of poetry was published by Antrim House Books in 2009. She has read from her work in libraries and other many other venue across Connecticut and New York. She recently opened for Richard Bianco, the 2012 Inaugural Poet. Annie Dillard calls her second book of poetry, Down by the Riverside Ways, “…the work of a talented poet.” Rennie McQuilken, Connecticut’s Poet Laureate and publisher, says, “Susan Allison has done for Middletown, Connecticut, what Williams did for Paterson, New Jersey: she has seen past its pedestrian surface to its mythical underpinnings. She has written a book whose passion, honesty, and visceral style make it an important contribution to the world of poetry.” Susan’s latest book, Middletown Poet Laureate Proclaimed and Provoked was published posthumously on June 12, 2018. Susan lived in Middletown with her husband, Stephan, and son, John.

Thursday, February 21, 7:00 PM
“Poetry at Work, Poetry at Play”
Featuring Iris Arenson-Fuller and Steve Olechna

Iris Arenson-Fuller has been a poet/writer almost her entire life. She was presented with a poetry award by Langston Hughes a few years before his death and promised him that she would never stop writing. She was published in various anthologies and magazines as a teenager and young woman. Then family care giving and directing the adoption agency she founded and ran for decades, caused her to take a detour until the last couple of years. She kept her promise to Mr. Hughes and continued to write, but never as much as she wanted to do during those years. Iris is also a Life and Loss Transformation/Life Reinvention Coach. She is a parent by birth and adoption and a grandmother. Her poetry has appeared in Story Bleed Magazine, Esme, Compass Magazine, Omen, a Feminist Anthology, Jewish Literary Journal, Into the Void, Issues, An Online Compendium by Bob Vance of Pearlfire Press, and others. She has written many articles for a variety of adoption-related and professional coaching magazines, and on line publications, including Felicity Huffman’s, What the Flicka. Her poetry will soon be appearing in Scottie Tails Magazine. She enjoys doing poetry readings as well.
Steve Olechna incorporates performance art and storytelling into his poetry. His signature poem, Juggling Four Kids, is performed while juggling four balls. His Poetry in Motion presentation, rich with audience participation, is popular with elementary schools and senior groups. He has published anthologies for these groups as well as having served as editor and publisher of the Faxon Poets Perspectives I – XI annual anthologies. In addition to his job in Technology, he is president and owner of Supertivity®, LLC., a start-up side business focused on publishing, brand entertainment and promotion, and creative risk management. He has published sci-fi and superhero comic books, had his risk management sculptures displayed at DaDa art exhibits in Hartford, CT, performed as a game show host for his customized Match Game gameshow and performed as an Elvis impersonator, in full white Vegas jumpsuit, at Hartford’s Infinity Hall (search on “Elvis Olechna” on YouTube).

Thursday, March 21, 7:00 PM
Featuring John P. Kneal and Joan Hofmann
John P. Kneal, pen name for John A. Willoughby, has had over 75 poems published in poetry journals, anthologies, company newsletters, and public web sites. His first book of poetry, Everyday Poems, was published in late 2017. Samples of his work are also available for your viewing and listening pleasure at www.JohnPKneal.com. Besides poems, John also writes novels and wisdom tidbits. He is an avid bridge player, tickles the ivory, pumps iron, and regularly takes the body for walks, swims, or cross-country skis. He has worked for many years with various large insurance companies. He and his wife have three grown children and a granddaughter, and reside in Suffield, CT.

Joan Hofmann serves on the Executive Boards of Riverwood Poetry and the Connecticut Poetry Society and is the Poet Laureate of Canton, Connecticut. Her poems have been or will be published in various journals and anthologies, including Rumble Fish Quarterly, Juniper, Bird’s Thumb, Spaces, Interpretations, Caduceus and Freshwater, and in two chapbooks: Coming Back(Antrim House, 2014) and Alive (Grayson Press, 2017).


Thursday, April 18, 7:00 PM
Featuring Rennie McQuilkin

Rennie McQuilkin served as CT Poet Laureate from 2015-2018. He co-founded the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, which he directed for 9 years. His poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The American Scholar, The Southern Review, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, and other publications. The author of several poetry collections, he has received a number of awards, including fellowships from the NEA and the CT Commission on the Arts, the CT Center for the Book’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and its 2010 poetry award. He lives in Bloomfield, CT.

 

 

CORTNEY DAVIS. Cortney Davis, who was named Bethel’s first poet laureate earlier this year, has won first place in the American Journal of Nursing’s 2018 Book of the Year Awards. Visit https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Bethel-s-poet-laureate-earns-award-13500511.php


POETRY, THE VISUAL ARTS, AND WALLACE STEVENS

"The Tongue is an Eye":

Connecticut poets mine the collection of the Art Museum for works that capture the spirit of poems by Wallace Stevens.
JANUARY 11 – MARCH 17, 2019

LECTURE
January 30, 7:00 p.m.
Painting Poetry: Contemporary Artists Interpret Wallace Stevens
Glen MacLeod, Ph.D., University of Connecticut

POETRY READING
March 6, 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition Curators Dennis Barone, James Finnegan
and other participating poets

HOURS T, W, F, Sat 11:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.;
Th 11:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m.; Sun 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
860.231.5399 • www.usj.edu/artmuseum

https://www.usj.edu/arts/art-museum/exhibition/upcoming/tongue-is-an-eye/

 

 

THE CHARTER OAK READINGS

Sunday February 3, 3pm—Julie Choffel and Ciaran Berry

Ciaran Berry’s most recent book is Liner Notes, published by The Gallery Press in October, 2018. He is also the author of The Dead Zoo, which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and The Sphere of Birds, winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. Originally from the West of Ireland, he lives in West Hartford and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Trinity College.

Julie Choffel grew up in Austin, Texas, where she studied geography, ecology, and writing. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst and author of The Hello Delay. She teaches writing at UConn and Tunxis Community College, and was recently named Poet Laureate of West Hartford, where she lives with her husband and their three children.

Reading starts with an Open Mike.

Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Free event.

http://charteroakreadings.blogspot.com/

For more information, contact:
Jim
JforJames@aol.com
860-508-2810

Up Next=>
Sunday March 3, 3PM…
Antoinette Brim
Jonathan Anderson

 

 

CALLING ALL POETS!
OPEN MIC POETRY SERIES.
JANUARY 10TH 2019

Where: River Bend Bookshop
2217 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033
(860)-430-6608

Host: Meghan Hayden, owner of River Bend Bookshop

Time: 5-6pm
(For people traveling from work/school, no worries we will begin around 5:15/5:20)

WHAT TO BRING: Poems you want to share with others! Light refreshments will be served.

 

 

THE SUNKEN GARDEN POETRY FESTIVAL - 27TH SEASON, 2019

Hill-Stead Museum’s renowned Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event that takes place on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington. The community cherishes this five-event series of readings and music performances in the tranquil and historic Sunken Garden. Visitors can arrive early to tour the museum’s world-class Impressionist art collection, walk the trails, or attend the Prelude Interviews with headlining poets. Admission is $15 in advance; $20 at the gate; FREE for children under 18; and FREE for partnership patrons. Parking is FREE.

Poetry patrons also use the festival as an opportunity to relax and enjoy al-fresco food, drink, and like-minded company. Picnics are welcome and gourmet food and wine can be purchased from festival vendors. Guests bring their own chairs and blankets and claim a spot among the flower beds in the historic Sunken Garden, surrounded by 8-foot stone walls and the sounds of nature. Inspired by the surroundings, many attendees take the opportunity to write their own poetry and prose, lingering after dusk to finish their poems and conversations.

2019 LINEUP AND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
June 19 – Opening Night: Claudia Rankine
TBD Poetry Writing Workshop
5:00 Prelude Interview
6:00 Emily Skillings opens
6:30 Jazz by Jeff Barnhart Duo
7:00 Claudia Rankin
8:00 Book Signing
July 10 – Terrance Hayes
12pm Poetry Writing Workshop
5:00 Prelude Interview
6:00 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize Winner opens
6:30 Music by Jeff Burnham and the Insiders
7:15 Terrance Hayes
8:00 Book Signing
July 21 – Celebration of Indian Poetry and Culture: Rajiv Mohabir and Aimee Nezhukumatathil
2:00 Writing Workshop
5:00 Prelude Interview
6:00 Rajiv Mohabir
6:30 Indian Music
7:00 Aimee Nezhukumatathil
8:00 Book Signing July 31 – Poetry of Our World: Chris Abani and Mai Der Vang
12pm Poetry Writing Workshop
5:00 Prelude Interview
6:00 Mai Der Vang
6:30 World music by Criollo Clasico Trio
7:15 Chris Abani
8:00 Book Signing August 11 – Young Poets Day: Elizabeth Acevedo
2:00 Student Writing Workshop
5:00 Prelude Interview
6:00 Fresh Voices Student Poetry Contest Winners Perform
6:30 Music by Merritt Gibson
7:00 Elizabeth Acevedo
8:00 Book Signing

June 19 – Opening Night: Claudia Rankine
Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Rankine has won numerous awards for Citizen, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee. Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

July 10 – Terrance Hayes
Terrance Hayes is the author of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassins, a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry; To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight; How to Be Drawn; Lighthead, which won the 2010 National Book Award for poetry; Muscular Music, which won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; Hip Logic, winner of the 2001 National Poetry Series, and Wind in a Box. Artist-in-residence at New York University, Hayes currently resides in New York City.


July 21 – Celebration of Indian Poetry and Culture: Rajiv Mohabir and Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Rajiv Mohabir is an Indo-Caribbean American author of two acclaimed poetry collections — The Taxidermist’s Cut and Cowherd’s Son — and four chapbooks. He is winner of the 2015 Kundiman Prize, a 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, a finalist for the 2017 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry, and has received fellowships from Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, Kundiman, The Home School, and the American Institute of Indian Studies language program. He received his MFA in Poetry and Translation from Queens College, CUNY and his PhD in English from the University of Hawai`i. Rajiv is current on staff at Auburn University in Alabama, GA.
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of four books of poetry: Oceanic; Lucky Fish, winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano; and Miracle Fruit. With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems (Organic Weapon Arts). She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares and Tin House. Awards for her writing include an NEA Fellowship in poetry and the Pushcart Prize. She is professor of English and creative writing in the MFA program of the University of Mississippi.
July 31 – Poetry of Our World: Chris Abani and Mai Der Vang
Chris Abani’s books of fiction include The Secret History of Las Vegas, Song for Night, The Virgin of Flames, Becoming Abigail, Graceland, and Masters of the Board. His poetry collections are Sanctificum, There Are No Names for Red, Feed Me the Sun: Collected Long Poems, Hands Washing Water, Dog Woman, Daphne’s Lot and Kalakuta Republic. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the Hurston Wright Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many honors. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, German, Swedish, Romanian, Hebrew, Macedonian, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Dutch, Bosnian and Serbian.

Mai Der Vang is the author of Afterland (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in Poetry, and a finalist for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She was also the co-editor of the anthology How Do I Begin? A Hmong American Literary Anthology (Heyday, 2011). In Fall 2019, she will teach in the Creative Writing MFA Program at Fresno State University.


August 11 – Young Poets Day: Elizabeth Acevedo
Elizabeth Acevedo is the New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning novel, The Poet X. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. She has graced stages nationally and internationally including renowned venues such as The Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, South Africa’s State Theatre, The Bozar in Brussels, and the National Library of Kosovo. Acevedo is a National Slam Champion and her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry, Puerto Del Sol, Callaloo, The Notre Dame Review and others. Acevedo is a Cave Canem Fellow, Cantomundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop.



MERRILL HOUSE. Sigrid Nunez will read on Jan. 12, 5 pm at the La Grua Center, 32 Water St. in Stonoington, CT. She has published seven novels, including The Friend, which won the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2018. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Her honors include a Whiting Writers' Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship, among others. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, several Pushcart Prize volumes, and four anthologies of Asian-American literature. She has taught at Columbia, Princeton, Boston University, and the New School, and been a visiting writer at Amherst, Smith, Baruch, Vassar, and the University of California, Irvine. In spring 2019 she will be visiting writer at Syracuse University. She lives in New York City.

Other Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 2
5 pm
"James Merrill at Home"
A Talk by Architectural Historian
Rachel Carley
La Grua Center
32 Water Street
Stonington, CT

 

 

EMILY DICKINSON DRAMA. A new play titled“Shut UP, Emily Dickinson!” aims to ground the famous wordsmith as the imperfect and oftentimes difficult, reclusive person she was during her lifetime. Part comedy roast, and part celebration of Dickinson and her work, the comedic play is heading to Northampton’s Academy of Music Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 19. Visit https://www.gazettenet.com/Shut-UP-Emily-Dickinson!-22647753

 

 

POETRY INSTITUTE, NEW HAVEN

featuring Liam Pezzano and Mark McGuire-Schwartz

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Liam Pezzano was raised in New Jersey, went to school at St. John's University in Queens, New York. He has been published in Step Away Magazine, Food4Thought, The Black Hole Review, Infinite Science Fiction, The Odd Magazine, and the esteemed Blink Ink. He has been nominated for the Best Small Fiction Anthology and for a Pushcart Prize.

Mark McGuire-Schwartz sometimes imagines that he was raised by bears, and it shows. He is the originator of a new poetic form, called the 17. Mark’s books of poetry include Loss and Laughs, Love and Fauna and 289, a book of 17s. His book Attic Chest, finding my parents in a dusty box, will be published later this year. Mark has published poetry and prose in many journals, including Carte Blanche, Blink Ink, Fairfield Review, Connecticut Law Journal, and on the bottoms of rocks. Mark is Co-Director of the Pi-NH Poetry Series. He teaches at Housatonic Community College.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something to share.) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

Our website: poetryatpi.wordpress.com (Functioning, but quite out of date)

 

 

WESPORT WRITERS WORKSHOP is celebrating the literary success of writers Mike Belanger, Heather Frimmer, Diane Lowman and Jacque Masumian with an evening of readings from their recent publications followed by a Q &A session.

The public is cordially invited to this event.

Event Details:
Location: Music Theatre of Connecticut
509 Westport Avenue, Norwalk, CT
(Route 1, behind the former Nine West Outlet) Ample parking available.
Date: Tuesday January 15, 7- 9 pm
Cost: $10, at the door (Admission fee includes 1 beverage of your choice)
Additional drinks and snacks are available for purchase at MTC
Books will be available for purchase.



EVENING OF POETRY. Hello to friends of poetry — I want to invite you to join us again, this Thursday January 17, at 6:30 at the Quaker Meeting House in Westerly, for an evening of poetry. Bring a poem or two to read, or just come and enjoy the poetry. Bring refreshments for yourself, if you’d like. The meeting house is at 57 Elm Street, and lots of parking is available on nearby Crescent Street. I hope you can join us. With gratitude, Hamilton Salsich (Ham)


 

MERRILL HOUSE.

Saturday, February 2
5 pm
JAMES MERRILL AT HOME
A Talk by Architectural Historian
Rachel Carley
La Grua Center
32 Water Street
Stonington
Reception to follow

 

 

HILL-STEAD POETRY WORKSHOP
Wednesdays
January 30 through February 27

A new offering for adult learners who want to enter the world of poetry

Timeless Voices is a five-week exploration of appreciating, experimenting and writing poetry. The book-lined walls of Hill-Stead Museum’s libraries will inspire beginning poets, who will receive expert instruction from teaching poet Jan Brennan.

During this course, students will learn to appreciate and understand poetry through a variety of techniques. They will learn about poetic devices and various approaches to reading for maximum understanding. Participants will build the skills necessary to experience poetry as an expressive and insightful means of interpreting the world. They will also write poetry, first by imitating various styles of master poets, then they will find their own style.

Classes will be held at Hill-Stead Museum in the historic house’s libraries and the boardroom.

https://www.hillstead.org/event/timeless-voices-poetry/

 

 

JEN PAYNE. On Saturday, January 26 , the New Haven Bioregional Group will host author and naturalist Jen Payne for a poetry reading and book signing featuring her book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind . The event, held at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of New Haven (608 Whitney Avenue, New Haven), begins with a potluck supper at 6PM, followed by the reading at 7PM.

Come listen to a selection of poems that are, at their heart, love poems to the something greater within all of us. Inspired by Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, and Mary Oliver, they explore the human condition juxtaposed to the natural world and the possibility of divine connection.

 

 

POETS ON POETRY

Christine Beck will moderate a Poets on Poetry program on the poet Jane Kenyon Saturday, January 26. BONUS: All Connecticut Poetry Society members in attendance will be entered in a raffle to win a book of Kenyon's collected poems. You may join Saturday if you wish to be included in the raffle.

The raffle, as well as another copy of the book to be donated to the Hartford Public Library is funded by CPS.The remainder of our spring schedule is attached.

I will be discussing Kenyon's well-known poems, "Otherwise," and "Let Evening Come." I will bring some others that present another side of this poet, including "Trouble with Math in a One-Room Country School."

HPL. 10-noon. Room 139.

 



JIM FINNEGAN IN THE HARTFORD COURANT. To read a generous selection of Jim Finnegan's poems, visit https://www.courant.com/ctnow/arts-theater/hc-ctnow-jan-poet-jim-finnegan-20190116-tosfnsv7qrfmxbdc45esaxwlle-story.html

 

 

POETRY CONVERSATIONS AND MORE. https://westhartford.librarymarket.com/node/12870
Join Julie Choffel, West Hartford's Poet Laureate, in reading and conversation about poems that speak to our lives today. Each time we will discuss a different handful of poems from a range of contemporary poets. Participants will gain new approaches to reading poetry of all kinds and leave with a related writing prompt to try on their own. Poetry Now! meets every other month at the Noah Webster Library Board Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford - no registration is necessary.
Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7PM
Thursday, March 21 at 7PM
Thursday, May 23 at 7PM
Julie Choffel teaches creative writing at UConn and is the author of The Hello Delay, a book of poems.
http://www.westhartfordlibrary.org/

 

 

THE CHARTER OAK READINGS

Sunday February 3, 3pm—Julie Choffel and Ciaran Berry

Ciaran Berry’s most recent book is Liner Notes, published by The Gallery Press in October, 2018. He is also the author of The Dead Zoo, which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and The Sphere of Birds, winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. Originally from the West of Ireland, he lives in West Hartford and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Trinity College.

Julie Choffel grew up in Austin, Texas, where she studied geography, ecology, and writing. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst and author of The Hello Delay. She teaches writing at UConn and Tunxis Community College, and was recently named Poet Laureate of West Hartford, where she lives with her husband and their three children.

Reading starts with an Open Mike.

Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Free event.

http://charteroakreadings.blogspot.com/

For more information, contact:
Jim
JforJames@aol.com
860-508-2810

Up Next=>
Sunday March 3, 3PM…
Antoinette Brim
Jonathan Anderson

 

 

 

CHAPBOOK CONTEST.

If you have a short collection of poems just right for a chapbook, consider entering the Grayson Books Chapbook Contest.

Deadline: January 31, 2019
Prize: $500, publication of chapbook and 50 gorgeous copies
Reading fee: $20
Submit: 16-32 pages of poetry

Electronic submissions only. Submit here!

Simultaneous submissions are permissible if we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Multiple submissions are also permitted; a fee must accompany each entry.

This year's judge, Leslie McGrath, is the author of two chapbooks and three full-length poetry collections, most recently Feminists Are Passing from Our Lives. McGrath teaches creative writing at Central Connecticut State University and is series editor of The Tenth Gate, a poetry imprint of The Word Works Press.

Grayson Books
contact: gconnors@graysonbooks.com
Visit our website!

 

POETS ON POETRY

Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street, Hartford
Classroom 139, first floor from front door, on left past restrooms
Made possible by The Connecticut Poetry Society and The Hartford Public Library. CPS donates a book of poetry by the poet under discussion to the Hartford Public Library.

Poet Moderator

Jane Kenyon-- Christine Beck, January 26, 2019
Rainer Maria Rilke--Joe Senno, February 23
Nemir Matos-Cintron--Joseph Brockway, March 30
Louise Gluck-- Luisa Caycedo Kimura, April 27
Frank O’Hara--John Surowiecki, May 25
Rita Dove--Maria Sassi, June 29
Saturday 1-26-2019 is the date of the next POP program at the Hartford Public Library, see the complete list below. It features Jane Kenyon-- Christine Beck as moderator. Also big news, Christine has expanded the POP Program to the Southington Public Library. Thanks to Christine Beck who has pioneered the Poets on Poetry Program, and to all the volunteer presenters. The Program is free and open to the public.

Southington Public Library, Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

March 27 - Jane Kenyon moderated by Christine Beck
April 10- Louise Gluck moderated by Luisa Caycedo-Kimura
May 22 - Gwendolyn Brooks moderated by Kate Rushin

 

 


UNIVERSITY OF ST. JOSEPH

Art Museum-University of St. Joseph presents
as part of the exhibit
"The Tongue is an Eye":
Poetry, the Visual Arts, and Wallace Stevens

January 30, 7:00 p.m.
A talk by Glen MacLeod: "Painting Poetry: Contemporary Artists Interpret Wallace Stevens"

Glen MacLeod, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
https://english.uconn.edu/glen-macleod/

University of St. Joseph
Bruyette Athenaeum
1678 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117

UPCOMING EVENT>>>
Gallery Poetry Reading
Wed. March 6, 7:00 p.m.
Short readings by Dennis Barone (co-curator), David Cappella, Brian Clements, Jim Finnegan (co-curator), Margaret Gibson, Ben Grossberg, Danielle Pieratti,...


 

POETRY READING
Winterfest Poets
Poetry Reading, February 3rd at 1 PM "Free"
Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke, MA
Phone: 413.437.0754
https://www.gatewaycitylive.org/news/poetry-reading/

 

 

ALEXANDRINA SERGIO

An Afternoon of
WORDS AND MUSIC
AT THE BOOKSHOP
with
Alexandrina Sergio
reading from her latest poetry collection
“Old Is Not A Four-Letter Word”
and
Robert Cassarino
Classical Guitarist

Saturday, February 9
3:00 p.m.

River Bend Bookshop
2177 Main Street, Glastonbury

Refreshments! Book Signing! Free!

 

ST. JOSEPH UNIVERSITY. Glen MacLeod, a professor of English at the University of Connecticut and an expert on Wallace Stevens, will present "Painting Poetry: Contemporary Artists Interpret Wallace Stevens" on Wed., Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Bruyette Athenaeum Reception Room at St. Joseph University. Please join us following the lecture for a reception in the Coleman Lobby.

 

 

HARTFORD POET LAUREATE EVENTS

Please check below and the website for the 2019 Tour dates. www.frederickdouglassknowles.com #BeatLit

February 1 Host. NLX Fashion in the Ballroom. 8pm. The Crocker House. New London, CT

February 6 Facilitator. Tupac Shakur: Social
Responsibility in Hip-Hop. 4:30-5:30pm. Urban League of Greater Hartford. Hartford, CT.

February 8 Facilitator. The Young Poetry of Tupac Shakur. 7am-1pm. William H. Hall High School. West Hartford, CT.

February 8 Performance. The Poets Cafe. 7pm. Hygienic Art Gallery. New London, CT

February 16 Group Reading: Poet Laureate Connect. 2- 4pm. UCONN Bookstore: Barnes and Noble. Hartford, CT

February 26 Host. Soul Jazz Cafe. 7pm. Three Rivers Community College. Norwich, CT

February 27 Reading. Poetry Night. 5pm CO:LAB. Hartford, CT

March 8 Guest Artist. Poetry of Immigrants TV Show (filming). 2pm. Westbrook, CT

March 10 Reading/Guest Speaker. 1pm. Center Church. Hartford, CT

March 11 Performance. Poetic Vibes. 8pm. Troy Kitchen. Troy, NY.

March 15 Facilitator. The Young Poetry of Tupac Shakur. 2pm. East Hartford Public Library. East Hartford, CT

March 16 Group Reading: Poet Laureate Connect. 2- 4pm. UCONN Bookstore: Barnes and Noble. Hartford, CT

March 25 Reading. Lifelong Learners. 1pm. Three Rivers Community College. Norwich, CT

April 9 Reading. Riverwood Reading Series. 7pm. Real Artways. Hartford, CT.

April 13 Group Reading: Poet Laureate Connect. 2- 4pm. UCONN Bookstore: Barnes and Noble. Hartford, CT

April 17 Reading. Mad River Literary Festival. 6:30 pm. Northwestern Community College. Winsted, CT

April 26. Host. 5th Annual InFusion Literary Series. 7pm Expressiones Cultural Center. New London, CT

April 28 Reading. South Windsor Poetry Day. 2-4pm. South Windsor Public Library. South Windsor, CT

May 11 Group Reading: Poet Laureate Connect. 2- 4pm. UCONN Bookstore: Barnes and Noble. Hartford, CT

May 18 Hartford Book Festival. Hartford Public Library. 10am-4pm. Hartford, CT.

June 15 Reading. Rose Weekend Literary Festival.
11 am. Elizabeth Park. Hartford, CT

November 21 Reading. Wintonbury Poetry Series. 7pm. Wintonbury Branch Library. Bloomfield, CT

Mission:

#BeatLit illustrates an interactive, creative writing campaign designed to amalgamate the literary and performing art of poetry. #BeatLit combines the element of active reading with generative creative writing exercises to compose literary and/or performance poetry in order to improve the competency and confidence of aspiring writers.

Vision:
#BeatLit establishes working relationships with local schools, libraries, community organizations and institutions, as well as, artistic venues throughout Greater Hartford to encourage young writers to achieve their literary dreams.
--
Frederick-Douglass Knowles II
City of Hartford Poet Laureate
Associate Professor of English
Three Rivers Community College
www.FrederickDouglassKnowles.com
#BeatLit

 

 

GUILFORD POETS GUILD

A Celebration of the Poetry of Charlotte Currier
Presented by the Guilford Poets Guild, in collaboration with the Friends of the Library

The Guilford Poets Guild, in collaboration with the Friends of the Library, presents A Celebration of the Poetry of Charlotte Currier. This special Valentine's Day poetry reading will be held on Thursday, February 14 at the Guilford Free Library, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Students, friends, and associates are encouraged to come and read aloud a poem from her books of published poetry which we will have on display at this event. For more information, visit guilfordpoetsguild.org. The Guilford Free Library is located at 67 Park Street, Guilford, (203) 453-8282, guilfordfreelibrary.org. This program is free and open to all. Refreshments served.

 

 

POETRY BY THE SEA. Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference, will take place from 12 p.m. Tuesday May 21 to 3 p.m. Friday May 24th 2019 at The Mercy by the Sea Center, Madison, Connecticut.

http://www.poetrybytheseaconference.org/schedule.htm

 

 

ROAR READING SERIES. Join us on the first Monday of every month at 7 PM at the UConn B&N in Downtown Storrs to hang out, listen to some riveting stories, and meet us for a drink at Geno's afterwards. We've got a roster packed with tremendous writers both new and old this spring, four new One-Sentence Story Contest winners to crown, and great stories to tell!


WESTMINSTER SCHOOL READING.

Award-winning writer Ocean Vuong will give a reading at Westminster School Feb. 22 as part of the school’s Friday Nights at Westminster series. The student reader will be Meg Cournoyer ’19, the winner of this year’s This I Believe Essay Contest.

Vuong is the author of the debut novel “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” and the critically acclaimed poetry collection “Night Sky with Exit Wounds,” a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

Vuong’s writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Born in Vietnam, he serves as an assistant professor in the Master of Fine Arts program for poets and writers at UMass Amherst.

Vuong’s Westminster reading is free and open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Gund Reading Room of Armour Academic Center. Ample parking will be available in the parking lot adjacent to Armour Academic Center.

The event is made possible by generous grants from the Ford-Goldfarb English Department Enrichment Fund and the Marina Rust Connor Fund.

https://www.westminster-school.org/page/News-Detail?pk=1065179

 


AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY READ-IN
to CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019
2.00-4.00 P.M.
at TWO WRASSLIN’ CATS COFFEE HOUSE
374 Town Street, East Haddam, Connecticut.

Together We Rise: Building Bridges for Justice invites you to celebrate Black History Month with an open reading
of poetry by African American poets as part of the National African American Read-In sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Bring a favorite poem by an African American poet to read, read from the selection of works by African American poets
available at the Read-In, or just come and support this important event.

The reading is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

For more information: contact Mark at Two Wrasslin’ Cats 860-891-8446,
Janine Broe at jrfreeland1@yahoo.com, or Edwina Trentham at trentham@comcast.net/860-873-1472.

 

 

 

CLAUDIA RANKINE to Feature in the 56th Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program at UConn and the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School

Claudia Rankine, a MacArthur “Genius” and National Book Critics Circle Award winner, will read from her work at UConn’s main campus in Storrs and at the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School on March 13, 2019.

She will appear at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 13 at the at the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School, 85 Woodland St, Hartford. She will offer a second reading at 7 p.m. that night at the Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Center, 405 Babbidge Road on the UConn Storrs campus. Both readings are free and open to the public.

Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf 2008) and the bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf 2014), which uses poetry, essay, cultural criticism, and visual images to explore what it means to be an American citizen in a “post-racial” society. As the Judges Citation for the Jackson Prize notes, “The moral vision of Claudia Rankine’s poetry is astounding. In a body of work that pushes the boundaries of the contemporary lyric, Rankine has managed to make space for meditation and vigorous debate upon some of the most relevant and troubling social themes of the 20th and 21st centuries.” Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the NAACP Image Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the LA Times Book Award for poetry as well as fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts.

The Wallace Stevens Poetry Program began in 1964 with funding from The Hartford to honor modernist master poet Wallace Stevens, a former vice president of The Hartford. In the last half century, the program has brought a roster of the most important national and international poets to Connecticut. This year’s program is sponsored by The Hartford, with additional support from UConn’s African American Cultural Center and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ English Department, Humanities Institute, and Creative Writing Program. For more information, please visit our website at http://wallacestevens.uconn.edu/

 

 

EILEEN ALBRIZIO. A Reading and Conversation with Author Eileen Albrizio
Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 6:30 PM, Wethersfield Library in Wethersfield, Connecticut




RIVERWOOD POETRY SERIES -- 2.12.19 EVENT CANCELED BECAUSE OF WEATHER

In Good Time: Incarcerated Voices
On Tuesday, February 12th, at 7 PM, at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, Riverwood Poetry will host a reading of poetry written by the inmates of the maximum security MacDougall Correctional Facility in Suffield, Connecticut. The poems will be introduced and read by Garrett Phelan. Rarely are these poets' voices heard beyond the locked classroom door in the prison.

Garrett Phelan has facilitated the poetry workshops at MacDougall Correctional Facility for many months. He has been a Teaching Artist under the auspices of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington National Opera, the Capitol Arts Workshop and other arts and educational organizations. He has published poems in The Mindfulness Bell, Potomac Review, Word Riot, Off the Coast, and the Ekphrastic Review. A Pushcart Prize nominee, he was recently awarded third place for the 2018 Nutmeg Award, judged by Ocean Vuong. His book, Ode to Outlaws, will be available to purchase.

Please note that The Riverwood Poetry Series now meets on the second Tuesday of the month from September, 2018 through May, 2019. The reading will begin at 7 PM. Wine, craft beers, and other refreshments are available for purchase.

Ample off-street free parking is available in the parking lot in the rear of the building at the main entrance of Real Art Ways.

Both Riverwood Poetry and Real Art Ways are committed to art, ideas, and the community. The collaboration promises an exciting meeting place for people to come together, connect, and converse. More information about both organizations can be found at:
www.Facebook.com/RiverwoodPoetry
www.RealArtWays.org.

The events are free of charge (donations accepted) and everyone is welcome. Bring a friend! We look forward to meeting you at our newest events—Something to Say, Poets and Conversations on Topics that Challenge.

 

 

THE POETRY CENTER AT SMITH COLLEGE

CHEN CHEN’S debut collection When I Grow Up I Want to
Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017) was the winner
of the A. Poulin, Jr. Prize, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry,
selected as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry,
and longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award. Chen’s visionary
poems address youth, family and love playfully and tenderly,
navigating the intersections of queer, Asian-American and immigrant
identities. Poets & Writers named Chen in their Inspiration Issue as
one of “Ten Poets Who Will Change the World” and The Atlantic
featured him in the article “How Poetry Came to Matter Again.” He
studied Pacific/Asian/American Studies at Hampshire College and
earned his MFA from Syracuse University and his PhD from Texas Tech University.
Supported by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

In her poem “38,” LAYLI LONG SOLDIER notes that
“‘Real’ poems do not ‘really’ require words,” even as her work shows us
the vitality, resonance and adaptability of well-chosen language. Her
tremendous first book WHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2017) interrogates
and demands justice for the past, present and future of Native
people in America. WHEREAS, a finalist for the 2017 National Book
Award, won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and
the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. Long Soldier is also a recipient of a

Lannan Literary Award and a Whiting Award, as well as a National
Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
Supported by the Smith College Lecture Committee, CEEDS (the Center for the
Environment, Ecological Design & Sustainability), the Department of English
Language & Literature, the Department of Government, the Program in American Studies

Judge of the 13th Annual Poetry Prize for High School Girls, JENNY
GEORGE employs deceptively inviting and delicate language
to reveal vivid, multi-layered narrative and descriptive worlds. She
crafts elaborate, intimate dreamscapes, writing about touch in
“The Miniature Bed” as “opening the dark, / like a match, the
sun’s flaring.” She is the author of The Dream of Reason (Copper
Canyon, 2018) and has received fellowships from the Dorothy
Sargent Rosenberg Fund, the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf
Writers’ Conference and Yaddo. Studying human ecology before
earning her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, George’s poetry
demonstrates a vivid understanding of human beings and their
surrounding worlds. Living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, George helps
run the Hidden Leaf Foundation, a Buddhist-based social justice organization.
Deliberate and masterful in their craft,

JANE HIRSHFIELD’S
poems invite readers to contemplate the many facets of being. Of
Hirshfield's books, Laura Donnelly writes, “[T]hey waken us through
their travels in the elemental; or rather, they waken us to the ways the
elemental travels through us.” Hirshfield is the author of ten books
of poetry, the most recent of which is 2015’s The Beauty: Poems. She is
also the author of two books of essays, and she's served as the editor
of four poetry anthologies. She has received countless awards for her
poetry, among them fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation
and the National Endowment for the Arts, and from the Academy of
American Poets for distinguished poetic achievement.
Presented as part of the 2018-19 Putting Pen to Palm Leaf series, supported by the Buddhist Studies
Program, Poetry Center, Ada Howe Kent Fund, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Department of
English Language & Literature, Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Department of Religion, Amherst College,
Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Five Colleges, Inc.

Director’s Note
My first semester as the Director of the Poetry Center has been a whirlwind thrill. It’s
been a true honor and an utter pleasure to teach poetry to the Smith College students, to
meet new colleagues, community members, and Smith College alums, and to oversee this past
fall’s poetry readings, which were all exhilarating and robustly attended.
This upcoming season will also afford a wonderful line-up of poets. Hampshire
College graduate and acclaimed poet Chen Chen will inaugurate the Spring 2019 reading
series, followed by Layli Long Soldier, author of the collection WHEREAS, a book of poetry
which strikes me as utterly essential reading. And two superb writers will arrive on campus
during National Poetry Month: debut poet and Amherst-native Jenny George, and poetry
legend Jane Hirshfield.
Meanwhile, I’m delighted to announce two additional events that will take place
this coming spring. On February 28th, the Irish poet Eamon Grennan will participate in an
afternoon salon focused on the poetry of place, and on April 2nd, Zeina Hashem Beck, a
Lebanese poet based in Dubai, will be reading from work that interweaves lines written in
English and Arabic. I hope you can join us for these exciting events!
As always, I want to thank all of our donors for their ongoing support. We’re so grateful
for the generous gifts that allow us to bring these stellar poets to the Smith College campus!
Matt Donovan


Spring 2019
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Weinstein Auditorium
CHEN CHEN
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Weinstein Auditorium
LAYLI LONG SOLDIER
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Alumnae House Conference Hall
JENNY GEORGE and
High School Prize Winners
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Weinstein Auditorium
JANE HIRSHFIELD

Assisted listening devices for
Weinstein Auditorium are
available by request. To ask,
please email Jen Blackburn at
jblackbu@smith.edu. For further
disability accommodations,
please contact the Office of
Disability Services at least 10
days prior to an event at
ods@smith.edu.

 

 

POETRY INSTITUTE, NEW HAVEN

featuring

Kimberly Kruge

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Kimberly Kruge is a poet and translator based in Mexico and the author of Ordinary Chaos (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2019) and High-Land Sub-Tropic (Center for Book Arts, 2017; bilingual edition, Impronta, 2019), which won the 2017 Center for Book Arts Prize. Her work has appeared widely in journals, including in Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, RHINO, Copper Nickel, and The Missouri Review, and she has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes. She founded and organizes Comala Haven, a retreat and workshop in Mexico for women writers. KimberlyKruge.com.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something to share.) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

Great Poetry!

In a Warm, Friendly Environment

poetryinstitute@gmail.com

Our website:

poetryatpi.wordpress.com

(Functioning, but quite out of date)

 

 

 

THE CHARTER OAK READINGS
Sunday March 3, 3pm—Jonathan Andersen and Antoinette Brim

Antoinette Brim, author of These Women You Gave Me, Icarus in Love and Psalm of the Sunflower, is a Cave Canem Foundation fellow, a recipient of the Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry, memoir, and critical work has appeared in various journals and magazines, as well as, in anthologies including Villanelles, Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, Critical Insights: Alice Walker, Not A Muse, Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta, and The Whiskey of Our Discontent: an anthology of essays commemorating Ms. Gwendolyn Brooks. A printmaker and collage artist, Brim recently exhibited both poetry and monoprints in Jazz: An exhibition of Poetry, Prints, and Photography at the Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery in New Haven. A sought-after speaker, editor, educator, and consultant, Brim is an Associate Professor of English at Capital Community College.

Jonathan Andersen is the author of Augur (Red Dragonfly Press, 2018), awarded the David Martinson-Meadowhawk Poetry Prize. Other books include Stomp and Sing (Curbstone Press/Northwestern University Press, 2005), and, as editor, Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U.S.A. (Smokestack Books, 2008). His poems have appeared in many publications, including Freshwater, Here, North American Review, The Progressive, Rattle, and The Worcester Review. For 12 years he was a high school English and special education teacher, and since 2008 has been a professor of English at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson and Willimantic. He and his wife, fellow writer and educator Denise Abercrombie, have two sons, Kit and Miles. www.jonathanandersenpoet.com

Reading starts with an Open Mike.

Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Free event.

http://charteroakreadings.blogspot.com/

For more information, contact:
Jim
JforJames@aol.com
860-508-2810

Up Next=> Sunday April 7: Brian Sneeden and David Leff
--
For list questions, please email Jim Finnegan
jforjames@aol.com



 

POET LAUREATE CONNECT SERIES. At Barnes & Noble, 18 Front St., Hartford, CT on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m., four current and past town and city laureates will read their work: Frederick-Doublass Knowles, Julie Choffels, Christine Beck, and Maria Sassi.

 

 

HARTFORT POET LAUREATE
New dates have been added to the tour calendar. Please check the website: www.frederickdouglassknowles.com for details. Thank you for your support.

February 16 Group Reading: Poet Laureate Connect. 2-4pm. UCONN Bookstore: Barnes and Noble. Hartford, CT
February 16 Reading. #The People Creative Platform. 6pm. Artspace. Hartford, CT
February 20 Reading. Night Wit Knowles. 6pm. Three Rivers Community College. Norwich, CT
February 23 Reading. The People's Poetry. 6pm. Artspace. Hartford, CT.
February 25 Host. "Page to Poet" Artist Talk featuring Jose B. Gonzalez. 6pm Three Rivers Community College. Norwich, CT.
February 26 Host. Soul Jazz Cafe. 7pm. Three Rivers Community College. Norwich, CT
February 27 Reading. "Green Drinks" Reading Series. Hanging Hills Brewery. Hartford, CT
March 7 Host. "Soul Cafe" featuring Charmagne Tripp Trio. 5:30 pm Three Rivers Community College
March 8 Guest Artist. Poetry of Immigrants TV Show (filming). 2pm. Westbrook, CT
March 10 Reading/Guest Speaker. 1pm. Center Church. Hartford, CT
March 11 Performance. Poetic Vibes. 8pm. Troy Kitchen. Troy, NY.
March 13 Reading. "Bring It Home" Reading Series. CO: LAB. Hartford, CT.
March 15 Facilitator. The Young Poetry of Tupac Shakur. 2pm. East Hartford Public Library. East Hartford, CT
March 16 Group Reading: Poet Laureate Connect. 2-4pm. UCONN Bookstore: Barnes and Noble. Hartford, CT
March 25 Reading. Lifelong Learners. 1pm. Three Rivers Community College. Norwich, CT
March 27 Reading/ Workshop. 11 am. Hartford Job Corps Academy. Hartford, CT
April 9 Reading. Riverwood Reading Series. 7pm. Real Artways. Hartford, CT.
April 13 Group Reading: Poet Laureate Connect. 2-4pm. UCONN Bookstore: Barnes and Noble. Hartford, CT
April 17 Reading. Mad River Literary Festival. 6:30 pm. Northwestern Community College. Winsted, CT
April 26. Host. 5th Annual InFusion Literary Series. 7pm Expressiones Cultural Center. New London, CT
April 28 Reading. South Windsor Poetry Day. 2-4pm. South Windsor Public Library. South Windsor, CT
May 11 Group Reading: Poet Laureate Connect. 2-4pm. UCONN Bookstore: Barnes and Noble. Hartford, CT
May 18 Hartford Book Festival. Hartford Public Library. 10am-4pm. Hartford, CT.
June 15 Reading. Rose Weekend Literary Festival. 11 am. Elizabeth Park. Hartford, CT
November 21 Reading. Wintonbury Poetry Series. 7pm. Wintonbury Branch Library. Bloomfield, CT
--
Frederick-Douglass Knowles II
City of Hartford Poet Laureate
Associate Professor of English
Three Rivers Community College
www.FrederickDouglassKnowles.com
#BeatLit



DAVID K. LEFF. Join me on Sunday March 3, 2019 from 7:00 to 8:30 at the Nolke Gallery in Torrington, Connecticut as I celebrate The Breach: Voices Haunting a New England Mill Town, my new novel in verse.

 

 

GUILFORD POETS GUILD Poetry Reading in Conjunction
with Guilford Art Center’s Faculty Exhibit
Sunday, March 3, 2:00-4:00pm at Guilford Art Center Gallery

Join members of the Guilford Poets Guild as they present original poems inspired by selected works of art in Guilford Art Center’s 2019 Faculty Exhibition. The reading will take place Sunday, March 3 from 2:00-4:00pm, and is free and open to the public. (Snow date, Sunday, March 10)

Ekphrastic poetry takes a painting, sculpture, or other artwork as its inspiration. For this event, members of the GPG will read their poems in response to selected art that is part of GAC’s Faculty Exhibition, which includes works in a wide variety of media by its teaching artists. This interdisciplinary celebration of art should bring a fascinating perspective to the works on view.

The Guilford Poets Guild is a group of poets from Guilford and the shoreline area who meet regularly to share and critique poems and promote a general appreciation of poetry in the community. Throughout the year the GPG hosts a number of poetry readings, including art and poetry events. The Guild’s 20th Anniversary Anthology featuring poets from along the shoreline will be published this fall. For more information, visit www.guilfordpoetsguild.org.

Guilford Art Center’s Faculty Exhibition is on view February 1-March 10, with an opening reception on Friday, February 1, 5-7pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public. GAC is located at 411 Church Street in Guilford. For more information, visit www.guilfordartcenter.org

 

 

IF YOU GET THERE BEFORE I DO: LOVE, DEATH, AND POETRY
A One-Day Workshop with Edwina Trentham
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
at 15 Annello Way, Middletown, CT

What can we say about love, about death, that has not already been said? How can we find a new language to explore how love sustains us while death awaits us, and how we manage to hold these two realities in our minds and hearts throughout the years of our lives. Dick Allen does all this and more in his beautiful, richly sensual, and wildly original poem, “If You Get There Before I Do.” Exploring the afterlife as a familiar house in the country, he offers the visitor who has preceded him—an unnamed “you”—some advice on how to feel at home and also to prepare the house for when he arrives: “Air out the linens, unlatch the shutters on the Eastern Side / and maybe find that deck of Bicycle cards / lost near the sofa.” As an aside, he advises the visitor what not to expect in this unnamed destination—“no Chinese takeout,”—and also what will be there “one weary gas pump / along with all those Esso cans from decades ago,” adding “if you’re somewhat confused, think Vermont, / that state where people are folded into the mountains / like berries in batter.” Having set the scene with sly and engaging details, he describes his own desires on arrival: “a few hundred years to sit around and concentrate / on one thing at a time” which includes “radiators,” “Meister Eckhardt,” and “why so few people turn their lives around . . . . never knowing what it’s like to risk last minute failure,” After offering suggestions about the sensory delights of the place, a “creaky” gate, “little snippets of gospel music,” he focuses on how the visitor should prepare for his arrival: “when you think I am on my way, / the long middle passage done, / fill the pantry with cereal, curry, and blue and white boxes of macaroni,” ending with a promise: “if there’s a place for me that love has kept protected, / I’ll be coming, I’ll be coming too.” This unique and appealing approach to the afterlife is one way to approach writing about love and death, but of course there are many other ways, and in this workshop we will take a look at a variety of poets in order to explore this fascinating topic.

Participants will receive a handout of poems and a writing prompt two weeks before the workshop, so that they can read some examples of poetry on the topics of love and death and then write their own poem in response to the prompt or their own ideas about the topic. Each of us will bring the poem we wrote to the workshop with 13 copies, so we can read and give feedback on each other’s work. During the workshop, we will read and discuss poems from the handout, and also respond to a series of writing exercises.

Participants will bring a potluck dish to share. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be provided. The workshop is limited to twelve participants, and the cost for the workshop is $100.00.

Edwina Trentham is a Professor Emerita of English at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut, where she founded the poetry journal, Freshwater, which celebrated its Fifteenth Anniversary in May 2014. She was also a Visiting Instructor in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Wesleyan University from 1988 through 2005. She has been a fellow at Yaddo and has published her work in a number of periodicals and anthologies. Her poetry has won many awards, including honorable mention in the 2004 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival National Competition, and she has given readings and workshops throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. A collection of her poetry, Stumbling into the Light, was published by Antrim House in 2004, and she was a featured reader at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in June 2005. She won a 2010 Solo Writers Fellowship awarded by the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and her chapbook, Still on This Earth, written with the Solo Fellowship’s support, won honorable mention in the 2011 Comstock Review Chapbook Contest and was a semi-finalist in the QuillsEdge Press 2015-2016 chapbook competition. For additional information go to her PoetsKiss website edwinatrentham.com or www.antrimhousebooks.com.

For more information or to sign up for the workshop, contact Edwina Trentham at 204 North Moodus Road, Moodus, CT 06469, trentham@comcast.net, or 860-873-1472.

 

 

CT STUDENT POETS and Open Mic at QVCC Tues Feb 19 6:30.

 

 

WINTONBURY POETRY SERIES & OPEN MIC
Held at P. Faith McMahon Wintonbury Branch Library
1015 Blue Hills Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002
860-242-0041

Thursday, February 21, 7:00 PM

“Poetry at Work, Poetry at Play”

Featuring Iris Arenson-Fuller and Steve Olechna

Iris Arenson-Fuller has been a poet/writer almost her entire life. She was presented with a poetry award by Langston Hughes a few years before his death and promised him that she would never stop writing. She was published in various anthologies and magazines as a teenager and young woman. Then family care giving and directing the adoption agency she founded and ran for decades, caused her to take a detour until the last couple of years. She kept her promise to Mr. Hughes and continued to write, but never as much as she wanted to do during those years. Iris is also a Life and Loss Transformation/Life Reinvention Coach. She is a parent by birth and adoption and a grandmother. Her poetry has appeared in Story Bleed Magazine, Esme, Compass Magazine, Omen, a Feminist Anthology, Jewish Literary Journal, Into the Void, Issues, An Online Compendium by Bob Vance of Pearlfire Press, and others. She has written many articles for a variety of adoption-related and professional coaching magazines, and on line publications, including Felicity Huffman’s, What the Flicka. Her poetry will soon be appearing in Scottie Tails Magazine. She enjoys doing poetry readings as well.
Steve Olechna incorporates performance art and storytelling into his poetry. His signature poem, Juggling Four Kids, is performed while juggling four balls. His Poetry in Motion presentation, rich with audience participation, is popular with elementary schools and senior groups. He has published anthologies for these groups as well as having served as editor and publisher of the Faxon Poets Perspectives I– XI annual anthologies. In addition to his job in Technology, he is president and owner of Supertivity®, LLC., a start-up side business focused on publishing, brand entertainment and promotion, and creative risk management. He has published sci-fi and superhero comic books, had his risk management sculptures displayed at DaDa art exhibits in Hartford, CT, performed as a game show host for his customized Match Game gameshow and performed as an Elvis impersonator, in full white Vegas jumpsuit, at Hartford’s Infinity Hall (search on “Elvis Olechna” on YouTube).

 

SOUTH WINDSOR POETRY DAY

April 28 / Sunday / 2:00 PM

South Windsor Public Library

1550 Sullivan Ave.

We have planned a wonderful program, that will include readings by 9 poets laureate, music provided by Hungerland, and an ice cream social.

 

 

LAURA MAZZA-DIXON. On Monday, April 29, 2019 at 7 pm, Laura Mazza-Dixon will be reading from Forged by Joy as part of a local author event at the Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore, 413 Main Street, Middletown, CT, 06457. More info at 860-685-3939.

 

 

POETRY IN WESTERLY, RI.

Dear friends of poetry, Delycia and I want to invite you to join us again at the Westerly Quaker meeting house, this Thursday at 6:30, for another evening of poetry. Come and share a poem or two of your own, or the work of other poets … or just come and listen and be inspired. Feel free to bring refreshments to enjoy as we share poems in the cozy lower room of our meeting house. The meeting house is located at 57 Elm Street. There is limited parking behind the house, but ample parking can be found one block away on Crescent Street. Please enter by the lower door at the back of the house.
We hope you can join us.

With thanks …
Hamilton (Ham)
and Delycia Salsich

 

 

HAIBUN WORKSHOP.

New all day haibun workshop is planned for May 4th, 2019 in Hartford, CT. (Location to come.) Time 9:30-4:30. $75.00 Paid in advance. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided for attendees. 1-hour optional break for lunch and schmoozing. Stanford M. Forrester, editor of bottle rockets press, will conduct a workshop where attendees will learn about haibun (a form that contains both prose and haiku). Designed for all levels of poets and prose writers. Journaling, travel writing, short stories, and longer fiction will be covered. Attendees will be encouraged to bring their own work that they would like to be work shopped. Note: bottle rockets press, like all established haiku presses, will not be using 5-7-5 when discussing the haiku component of haibun.
To register: Please send note and check for $75.00 to:

Stanford M. Forrester
bottle rockets press
po box 189
windsor, ct 06095 usa
e-mail: bottlerockets_99@yahoo.com
www.bottlerocketspress.com

Deadline for registering: April 20, 2019


We reserve the right to cancel the workshop at any time, if there aren’t enough sign-ups. Partial refunds (95%) will be given only if requested before April 20th. After April 20th, no refund can be given due to contract logistics with the workshop space renters.
Workshop limited to 15 attendees.

What to bring:
laptop computer, pen, paper, notebook, ideas you’d like to work on, & most of all yourself!

 


UCONN READING

Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write Series: author Aimee Nezhukumatathil
The University of Connecticut's Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce that author Aimee Nezhukumatathil will read from her work for all who are interested.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019. The reading will take place at 6:00 pm in the UConn Bookstore in Storrs Center.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil was born to a Filipino mother and Malayali Indian father, and is the author of four books of poetry: Oceanic (2018), Lucky Fish (2011), winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-in Volcano (2007), and Miracle Fruit (2003). Her collection of nature essays World of Wonder is forthcoming. With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite (2014), a chapbook of nature poems. In 2014, she became one of the country's youngest poets to achieve the rank of full Professor of English. She teaches environmental literature and poetry writing in the MFAprogram at the University of Mississippi.Aimee Nezhukumatathil also serves as the poetry editor for Orion magazine. The Creative Writing Program aims to introduce and engage both undergraduate and graduate students in various writing courses including fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, drama, screenwriting, and more. These courses are offered to students of all majors in order to engage and include all that are interested in joining this growing creative writing community at the University of Connecticut. The reading, sponsored by the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, the English Speaker's Fund, the Creative Writing Program, and the UConn Bookstore, is open to the public.

 

 

 

RIVER BEND BOOKSHOP.

Join us for a book launch celebration for local professor and poet, Brent Terry - on his birthday, no less!

Brent Terry is the author of three collections of poetry, the latest being Troubadour Logic, forthcoming in February 2014 from National Poetry Review Press. Originally from Colorado, he now spends as many hours as possible running the roads and trails of New England, then refueling on burritos and Dr. Pepper, ever questing to create, as Tony Hoagland put it, this thing made out of experience/ but to which experience will never measure up. Terry teaches creative writing and literature at Eastern Connecticut State University.
Event date:
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

Brent Terry - Troubadour Logic book launch party
02/28/2019 - 7:00pm, River Bend Bookshop, 2217 Main Street, Glastonbury, Connecticut

860.430.6608

 


POETS ON POETRY

Please join us for our monthly POP poetry discussion at Hartford Public Library. On Saturday Feb. 23, at 10am, Joe Senno will moderate a discussion of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. He will present Rilke’s First and Ninth Elegies and some selections from the Book of Hours and Sonnets to Orpheus. Members of Connecticut Poetry Society can WIN a free copy of a book of Rilke’s poetry. There is no charge for the raffle. Information: Christine Beck. 860-655-3263.

 

 

THE ARTS CAFE MYSTIC

March 22: 'Youth Will Be Served' - Celebrating Young Artists
• Featured Poet: Lisa Starr - Award-winning poet and writer; two-time State Poet Laureate of Rhode Island.
• Opening Voices: The Poets Laureate of the region's high schools.

April 12: Celebrating Poetry Month
• Featured Poet: Mark Doty - Winner of the National Book Award and the UK's T.S. Eliot Prize. Simply, one of America's greatest living poets.
• Music: Andrew Willis -- The national and internationally heralded pianist will perform Bach's great Partita in G on a replica Florentine Piano c.1736.

May 10: Celebrating 25 Years of The Arts Café
• Featured Poet: Marilyn Nelson - Winner of the Poets' Prize and three-time finalist of the National Book Award. Former State Poet Laureate of Connecticut.
• Music: Nora Fox & J.Y. Lee - The glorious, if improbable, vocalist/cello duo. Nora from Broadway and many other stages; J.Y. from international classical and jazz concert venues.


BRUCE PRATT AT ROARING BROOK

Bruce Pratt will include some poems in the concert he will be giving on April 27 at Roaring Brook Nature Center (70 Gracey Road, Canton CT) with his fellow songwriter/musicians, Cormac McCarthy, Stan Sullivan and Jim Mercik. Show starts at 7:30 PM and reservations and information are available at 860 693-0263.

 

 

STEVE STRAIGHT AT SEABURY. On Monday, Feb. 25 at 7:15 in the Chapel, Steve Straight will read from his several books at Seabury Life, 200 Seabury Drive (off Wintonbury), Bloomfield, CT. The event is free and open to the public. The chapel is best approached from the main lobby. For information call Kathy Crle at 860-217-0023 or Rennie McQuilkin 860-217-0023.

 

 

POETRY ROCKS CELEBRATES WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
On March 3, 3:00 p.m. at Arts Center East in Vernon, Poetry Rocks is featuring: Ginny Lowe Connors, author of several books, publisher of Grayson Books which published the anthology Forgotten Women, and editor of the Connecticut River Review; Ines P. Rivera Prosdocimi, author of Love Letter to an Afterlife, and professor at UHAR; and Abigail Tyrrell, a Rockville High School STEM & Humanities Scholar, who won a national silver medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Readers in the Open Mic are encouraged to read about inspirational women in their lives or about historic women. Donation of $5 is appreciated. For more information, email pegideitzshea@aol.com. Arts Center East is located at 709 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon.

 

 

ADA LIMON, 2019 Hugh Ogden Poet in Residence
Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Admissions Grand Room, Trinity College, Hartford, CT.
Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a finalist for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her new collection, The Carrying, was released by Milkweed Editions in August of 2018.

https://www.trincoll.edu/Academics/MajorsAndMinors/English/AKSmith/

 

 

EDWINA TRENTHAM was recently featured in The CT Poets Corner of The Hartford Courant: The poems of Edwina Trentham: A declaration of what matters, HARTFORD COURANT, FEB 14, 2019

https://www.courant.com/ctnow/arts-theater/hc-ctnow-feb-poets-corner-edwina-trentham-0217-20190214-s4rx6hcyfvc4jcjdusxcboysae-story.html --


DAVID K LEFF. Book Launch at SpeakEasy, March 3, 2019, Torrington, Connecticut. POSTPONED TO MAY 5 BECAUSE OF WEATHER.

Beat winter’s blues and come out on Sunday March 3, 2019 from 7:00 to 8:30 to the Nolke Gallery in Torrington , Connecticut and celebrate The Breach: Voices Haunting a New England Mill Town, a new novel in verse by David K. Leff. It's also opening night for another extraordinary season of the SpeakEasy spoken word series hosted by Patricia Martin.

David K. Leff's new novel in verse, The Breach, asks you to imagine that walls could actually talk as a New England factory community faces closure of its signature mill due to environmental contamination and foreign competition. It's a story of politics, family life, competing redevelopment schemes, gossiping locals, and a mother fiercely protecting her children as told in the voices of common objects-from the church steeple clock to a Bridgeport milling machine to an umbrella. They witness a bit of drinking, sex, a suicide, and the hopes and dreams of the human beings around them.
How did these everyday things find their voice? You may never again look at the ordinary objects around you the same.

David will read poems from the book and ask volunteers from the audience to read others. Each reader will get a poem with the image of the object on it, and will be asked to read the poem as if they were that object. It promises to be a fun evening of many voices where the ordinary stuff around us comes alive.

Come at 6:30 to sign up for the open mic. Delicious snacks will be available. A $5 donation is appreciated. Special thanks to John Nolke for hosting the series. The Nolke Gallery is located at 15 Water Street in downtown Torrington . For more about the Gallery go to: https://www.noelkegallery.com/ For more about The Breach go to: https://davidkleff.typepad.com/home/2018/11/explore-the-mysteries-of-the-breach.html

 

 

 

RICHARD SHAW. Richard Shaw will be reading from his new collection, The Orchard House (Antrim House, 2019)
Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
A.P.E. Gallery
126 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

 

 

EDWINA TRENTHAM, along with Barbara Batt, Gwen Gunn, Pat O'Brien, Lana Orphanides, and Mary Volk, will read as part of “MOVE! 2”–A Cultural Arts Event at The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street Old Saybrook, Connecticut on Sunday March 3rd at 2:00p.m. “MOVE!” is back for a second year, and our line-up of local artists promises a great afternoon of exposure to dance, movement, visual art, poetry, and music. As a command the word “Move!” compels action; purposeful action to proceed, progress and advance. As a Cultural Arts Program, MOVE! evolved out of a purposeful effort to engage artists in the Old Saybrook community and bring their work into full view for all to enjoy. Interaction with cultural experiences and the arts make Old Saybrook interesting and celebrates the artistic talents of community members. Understanding this relationship and its impact on economic development, Old Saybrook’s Economic Development Office encouraged event organizer, the Fred Astaire Dance Studio, to bring this program back for a second year. Tickets are $27, plus a $2 ticket fee and are on sale at The Kate online or at the box office the day of the show.
Admission covers the cost of renting The Kate. Any proceeds will provide scholarships in the arts at participating organizations.
Poems by Jane D'Arista and Lorraine Reiss will also be read as part of this exciting event. POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER.

 

 

GALLERY POETRY READING.

As part of the exhibit "The Tongue is an Eye": Poetry, the Visual Arts, and Wallace Stevens
https://www.usj.edu/arts/art-museum/exhibition/upcoming/tongue-is-an-eye/

Wed. March 6, 7:00 p.m.
A Gallery Poetry Reading

Short readings by David Cappella, Brian Clements, Jim Finnegan (co-curator), Margaret Gibson, Ben Grossberg, Danielle Pieratti, Dan Schnaidt and in absentia Dennis Barone (co-curator).

Reception to follow.

University of St. Joseph - Art Museum
Bruyette Athenaeum
1678 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117

 

THE CHARTER OAK READINGS

Sunday March 3, 3pm—Jonathan Andersen and Antoinette Brim

Antoinette Brim, author of These Women You Gave Me, Icarus in Love and Psalm of the Sunflower, is a Cave Canem Foundation fellow, a recipient of the Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry, memoir, and critical work has appeared in various journals and magazines, as well as, in anthologies including Villanelles, Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, Critical Insights: Alice Walker, Not A Muse, Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta, and The Whiskey of Our Discontent: an anthology of essays commemorating Ms. Gwendolyn Brooks. A printmaker and collage artist, Brim recently exhibited both poetry and monoprints in Jazz: An exhibition of Poetry, Prints, and Photography at the Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery in New Haven. A sought-after speaker, editor, educator, and consultant, Brim is an Associate Professor of English at Capital Community College.

Jonathan Andersen is the author of Augur (Red Dragonfly Press, 2018), awarded the David Martinson-Meadowhawk Poetry Prize. Other books include Stomp and Sing (Curbstone Press/Northwestern University Press, 2005), and, as editor, Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U.S.A. (Smokestack Books, 2008). His poems have appeared in many publications, including Freshwater, Here, North American Review, The Progressive, Rattle, and The Worcester Review. For 12 years he was a high school English and special education teacher, and since 2008 has been a professor of English at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson and Willimantic. He and his wife, fellow writer and educator Denise Abercrombie, have two sons, Kit and Miles. www.jonathanandersenpoet.com

Reading starts with an Open Mike.

Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Free event.

http://charteroakreadings.blogspot.com/

For more information, contact:
Jim
JforJames@aol.com
860-508-2810

Up Next=> Sunday April 7: Brian Sneeden and David Leff

 

 

HILL-STEAD MUSEUM. Frost Season: The Poetry of Robert Frost in Story and Song Wednesday, March 13 | 5:30pm

A lecture, love story, poetry reading and song-pairing at Hill-Stead Museum. In Frost Season, State Historian Walt Woodward and the musical group The Band of Steady Habits present a unique opportunity to enjoy the works of American poet Robert Frost paired with songs that reflect and amplify the power of New England’s most beloved poet’s words.

Live Poets Society (Enthusiast+) | Free
Non-members | $25

 

 

THE ARTS CAFE MYSTIC, 9 Water St., Mystic, CT: Lisa Starr will read at 7:30 p.m on Friday, March 22 as part of a celebration of young poets.

 

 

VICTOR ALTSHUL will read from his new book, Strange Birds, at Best Video, 1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT, on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 PM.

 

 

WALLACE STEVENS POETRY PROGRAM

Acclaimed Author Claudia Rankine to Feature in the 56th Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program at UConn and the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School

Claudia Rankine, a MacArthur “Genius” and National Book Critics Circle Award winner, will read from her work at UConn’s main campus in Storrs and at the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School on March 13, 2019.

She will appear at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 13 at the at the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School, 85 Woodland St, Hartford. She will offer a second reading at 7 p.m. that night at the Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Center, 405 Babbidge Road on the UConn Storrs campus. Both readings are free and open to the public.

Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf 2008) and the bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf 2014), which uses poetry, essay, cultural criticism, and visual images to explore what it means to be an American citizen in a “post-racial” society. As the Judges Citation for the Jackson Prize notes, “The moral vision of Claudia Rankine’s poetry is astounding. In a body of work that pushes the boundaries of the contemporary lyric, Rankine has managed to make space for meditation and vigorous debate upon some of the most relevant and troubling social themes of the 20th and 21st centuries.” Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the NAACP Image Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the LA Times Book Award for poetry as well as fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts.

The Wallace Stevens Poetry Program began in 1964 with funding from The Hartford to honor modernist master poet Wallace Stevens, a former vice president of The Hartford. In the last half century, the program has brought a roster of the most important national and international poets to Connecticut. This year’s program is sponsored by The Hartford, with additional support from UConn’s African American Cultural Center and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ English Department, Humanities Institute, and Creative Writing Program. For more information, please visit our website at http://wallacestevens.uconn.edu/

 

 

DAVID K LEFF. Book Launch at SpeakEasy, March 3, 2019, Torrington, Connecticut. POSTPONED TO MAY 5 BECAUSE OF WEATHER.

 

 

WALLACE STEVENS EXHIBIT READING. In conjunction with the exhibit "The Tongue Is an Eye" at the art museum of The University of St. Joseph, Dennis Barone and James Finnegan, along with other poets, will give a free reading on March 6 at 7 p.m.

 

 

RIVERWOOD POETRY SERIES.

On Tuesday, March 12th, at 7 PM, at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, Riverwood Poetry will host The American School for the Deaf and The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. The students will read or sign their poetry. Some poems are based on art exhibits at Real Art Ways. Some poems will be voiced while others will be performed in American Sign Language (ASL). ASL interpreters will be present.

About this Collaboration
In 2014, as part of Riverwood Poetry Series’ Connecticut Poetry Festival, students from the American School for the Deaf and Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts presented their poetry. They performed separately that night; however, the students and their teachers were excited about seeing other students from very different cultural worlds present their poetry. The experiment was very successful. The collaboration has continued every school year since, and the students have created a body of voiced and ASL poetry.

Please note that The Riverwood Poetry Series now meets on the second Tuesday of the month from September, 2018 through May, 2019. The reading will begin at 7 PM. Wine, craft beers, and other refreshments are available for purchase.

Ample off-street free parking is available in the parking lot in the rear of the building at the main entrance of Real Art Ways.

Both Riverwood Poetry and Real Art Ways are committed to art, ideas, and the community. The collaboration promises an exciting meeting place for people to come together, connect, and converse. More information about both organizations can be found at:
www.Facebook.com/RiverwoodPoetry
www.RealArtWays.org.

 

 

GUILFORD POETS GUILD


Guilford Poets Guild Welcomes Rattle
Poetry Prize Winner Rayon Lennon
Thursday, March 14, 6:30-8:30pm at Guilford Free Library

The Guilford Poets Guild is pleased to welcome poet Rayon Lennon for its March Second Thursday poetry reading to be held on Thursday, March 14 at the Guilford Free Library, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Rayon Lennon was born in rural Jamaica; he moved to New Haven County when he was 13. He currently resides in New Haven. He holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Southern Connecticut State University. He holds a master’s degree in Social Work and works as an Adolescent Psychotherapist. His work has been published widely in various literary magazines, including, The Main Street Rag, StepAway Magazine, Folio, The Connecticut River Review, The African American Review, Noctua Review, Indianapolis Review, The Connecticut Review, Callaloo and Rattle. His poems have won numerous poetry awards, including the ($10,000) 2017 Rattle Poetry Prize contest for his poem “Heard” (the poem was chosen out of 15,000 contest entries and nominated for a Pushcart Prize); His poem, “Heaven Tree,” was nominated for Best of the Net by the Indianapolis Review in 2018. He won the Folio Poetry Contest for three consecutive years—2007, 2008, and 2009. He won the Noctua Review Poetry Contest in 2014 and 2015. He also won Rattle’s Poets Respond contest in 2015. His first book of poems, Barrel Children, was released in March 2016, by Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Barrel Children was a finalist for the 2017 Connecticut Book Award for best poetry book. Rayon is close to completing his new poetry book—Homeless at Home; he is also working on a verse novel—Four Paths.

Remember to bring your own poem to share during the Open Mic which is open to accomplished and aspiring poets of all ages wishing to present one original composition to a live audience.

The Guilford Free Library is located at 67 Park Street in Guilford. This program is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Please register by phone, in person, or online (203) 453-8282, guilfordfreelibrary.org.

UPCOMING SECOND THURSDAY
POETRY READINGS

April 11
Margaret Gibson

May 9
Guilford High School Poetry Contest Winners

September 12
Norman Thomas Marshall & Gemma Mathewson

October 10
Elizabeth Possidente & David Cundy

November 14
Readings from the
GPG 20th Anniversary Anthology

December 12
Holiday Roundtable

 



BESSY REYNA
will lead "Two for One: a Poetry and Memoir Worshop" from 1 - 3 p.m.on three consecutive Saturdays, April 6, 13, and 20, 2019 at Hartford Public Library, Hartford, CT. Space is limited. To register, contact Liz Castle, lcastle@hplct.org, or call 860-659-6320.

 

 

MERRILL HOUSE READINGS. D.M. Aderibigbe will read on Thurs., March 7 at Bank Sq Books, 53 W. Main, Mystic, CT.

Other Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 14
5 pm
Spring 2019 Merrill Fellows
James Longenbach & Joanna Scott
read from their work
Stonington Free Library
20 High Street
Reception & book signing to follow

 


POETRY INSTITUTE, NEW HAVEN

featuring

Elaine Nadal

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Elaine Nadal is a writer and educator. She holds a master’s degree in liberal studies from Wesleyan University. She also has degrees in Spanish secondary education and fine arts (music). A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, she has been published in several journals, including Pilgrimage Magazine, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Arsenic Lobster, and Haunted Waters Press. Lastly, her first poetry chapbook Sweat, Dance, Sing, Cut. was published by Finishing Line Press this year.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something to share.) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

Great Poetry!

In a Warm, Friendly Environment

poetryinstitute@gmail.com

Our website:

poetryatpi.wordpress.com

(Functioning, but quite out of date)

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF ST. JOSEPH. The University of Saint Joseph will host a performance of The Mercy Suite by Tomás Donker and Pulitzer prize winning Yusef Komunyakaa on Friday, Mar. 29, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Hoffman Auditorium at the University's West Hartford Campus, 1678 Asylum Ave.

https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwdance/article/The-University-Of-Saint-Joseph-Hosts-THE-MERCY-SUITE-By-Toms-Donker-and-Yusef-Komunyakaa-20190307

 

 

OPEN MIC. You are cordially invited to Fire on the Bloom, an “open mic”, local to Bloomfield. This will be the 5th installment of the event. There will be music, philosophy, poetry and refreshment. The eclectic mix, passion infused with poetry, will offer as many questions as answers. Come out and join in rich atmosphere as we lighten our life load and enlighten our minds with hearts in tow. Warm regards, James Black.



THE MERCY SUITE: A MUSICAL PORTRAIT OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE
WITH PULITZER PRIZE WINNING POET YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (March 3, 2019) –


The University of Saint Joseph will host a performance of The Mercy Suite by Tomás Donker and Pulitzer prize winning Yusef Komunyakaa on Friday, Mar. 29, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Hoffman Auditorium at the University’s West Hartford Campus, 1678 Asylum Ave.

The Mercy Suite is a musical performance spearheaded poet Yusef Komunyakaa and musician Tomás Doncker. Originally brought to life in late 2007, the duo has returned to The Mercy Suite’s collection of moving, deeply emotional songs in our tumultuous era. The songs paint heart-wrenching images of the working-class experience, the horrors of war, and loneliness. At its core, The Mercy Suite is a melodic expression of human empathy and optimism in the face of adversity. Komunyakaa’s touching words, Donker’s heartfelt musical arrangement and vocals, as well as the powerful rhythms of the musical backing group, True Groove All-Stars, gorgeously intertwine with one another, reminding us of the beauty of collaboration even in the darkest of times.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa uses personal experiences, jazz-inspired rhythms, and casual language as the basis of his poetic vision. His narratives boldly illustrate his childhood memories in the South and juxtapose nature and war. His 1988 book Dien Cai Dau is a multifaceted account of his time as an African-American solider in Vietnam. Yusef won the 2011 Wallace Stevens award for his poetry and was the New York State Poet Laureate from 2014 to 2016.

“To be in the same room with Yusef and Tomás is a life-changing, soul-rocking experience and we could not be more honored to share this work with the Hartford region,” says Autorino Center director Steven Raider Ginsburg.

Tomás Doncker is a musician and the CEO of New York City-based True Groove Records. CNN has credited him as the creator of the “Global Soul” genre. Getting his start as a guitarist in New York’s chaotic No Wave scene, Donker has become a world-renowned veteran of the R&B, blues, and rock genres. As a studio producer and songwriter, he has collaborated with artists including Bootsy Collins and Yoko Ono.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for children/students with valid ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Frances Driscoll Box Office: 860.231.5555 or online at tickets.usj.edu.



SAVOY BOOK SHOP & CAFE PRESENTS
A POETRY READING WITH PUBLISHING HOUSE
POETS CHOICE

TOM KIRLIN, RICHARD HARTEIS, MARK PATNODE, AND SERENA BATES

B OO K S H O P
&
CA F E

SAVOY BOOK SHOP & CAFE
10 CANA L STREET W ESTE LY R I
401- 213 - 3901
SAVOYBOOKSHOPCAFE.CO M

 

 

MANCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
presents a poetry reading by
Margaret Gibson
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
8 p.m.
Free

Community Commons
Great Path Academy wing, second floor

Sponsored by the
Cultural Programs Committee

Margaret Gibson was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She earned her BA from Hollins College and MA from the University of Virginia. Her numerous collections of poetry include Signs (1979); Long Walks in the Afternoon (1982), which was a Lamont Poetry Selection; The Vigil (1993), a finalist for the National Book Award; Earth Elegy: New and Selected Poems (1997); One Body (2007), which won the Connecticut Center for the Book Award in Poetry; Second Nature (2010); and Broken Cup (2014). Her most recent collection is Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (2018). Gibson has described her poetry as both meditation and observation. Poetry is “an act of taking things that come to you” whether “a scarlet tanager or an act of war,” Gibson told The Day newspaper, “whatever takes your attention, you study it for yourself, but you also take it into that part of yourself where you test things. You look out and you look in.” Gibson is also the author of the memoir The Prodigal Daughter: Reclaiming an Unfinished Childhood (2008), which was a finalist for the Connecticut Center for the Book Award in Non-fiction.

Gibson’s honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant, Connecticut Commission on the Arts grants, a Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Teaching Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and residencies at Yaddo. She is the recipient of a Melville Kane Award from the Poetry Society of America, a James Boatwright III Prize for Poetry, and two Pushcart Prizes. Gibson has taught and held writer-in-residence positions at many universities and colleges, including American University, Elon College, Trinity College, and Reed University. She is professor emerita at the University of Connecticut and for more than forty years has lived in Preston, Connecticut. Her husband of exactly 42 years to the day, David McKain, a gifted writer and teacher himself, died in 2017.


ARTS CAFE MYSTIC. Next Friday night, March 22nd, Lisa Starr returns to The Arts Cafe as the Featured Poet for our festive 'Youth Will Be Served' program.

Date: March 22
Time: 7:30
Place: Mystic Museum of Art

 


JULIE CHOFFEL. Join Julie Choffel, West Hartford's Poet Laureate, in reading and conversation about poems that speak to our lives today. Each time we will discuss a different handful of poems from a range of contemporary poets. Participants will gain new approaches to reading poetry of all kinds and leave with a related writing prompt to try on their own.
Poetry Now! meets every other month at the Noah Webster Library Board Room, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford - no registration is necessary.
Upcoming meetings:
Thursday, March 21 at 7PM
Thursday, May 23 at 7PM
Julie Choffel teaches creative writing at UConn and is the author of The Hello Delay, a book of poems.
http://www.westhartfordlibrary.org/

 

 


WINTONBURY POETRY SERIES & OPEN MIC
Held at P.Faith McMahon Wintonbury Branch Library
1015 Blue Hills Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002
860-242-0041
Thursday, March 21, 7:00 PM
Featuring John P. Kneal and Marilyn Johnston
John P. Kneal, pen name for John A. Willoughby, has had over 75 poems published in poetry journals, anthologies, company newsletters, and public web sites. His first book of poetry, Everyday Poems, was published in late 2017. Samples of his work are also available for your viewing and listening pleasure at www.JohnPKneal.com. Besides poems, John also writes novels and wisdom tidbits. He is an avid bridge player, tickles the ivory, pumps iron, and regularly takes the body for walks, swims, or cross-country skis. He has worked for many years with various large insurance companies. He and his wife have three grown children and a granddaughter, and reside in Suffield.

Marilyn Johnston is the author of two full collections of poetry, Silk Fist Songs and Weight of the Angel published by Antrim House Books.Her chapbook, Against Disappearance was published by Redgreene Press, Pittsburgh. Her work has garnered six Pushcart Prize nominations and has appeared in numerous journals, including South Carolina Review, Worcester Review, Rattle, bottle rockets, and Poet Lore. Marilyn is co-founder of the popular Wintonbury Poetry Reading Series in the Bloomfield Libraries, a series she directed for twenty years and which is still ongoing under the capable hands of Tom Nicotera. Marilyn retired from the library in 2017. Six of her poems will soon appear in an anthology entitled, Shadows From Unfinished Things, forthcoming from QTR Books.


CORTNEY DAVIS

Join Bethel poet laureate Cortney Davis on Sunday, April 7 from 2-4 p.m. at Bethel Library in Bethel, CT for a discussion of Mary Oliver's life and poetry. All are invited.

A packet of Oliver's poems will be available at the library front desk. We will discuss Oliver's life and work and listen to selections from a CD of Mary herself reading some of the poems under consideration.

There will be cookies!

Come and add your voice to the poetic conversation!

Cortney Davis
www.cortneydavis.com

 

 

FREDERICK-DOUGLAS KNOWLES

March 20 Night With Knowles. 6pm. Three Rivers Community College
March 25 Lifelong Learners. 1pm. Three Rivers Community College
March 27 #BeatLit Workshop. 11am. Hartford Job Corps Academy
March 28. Opioid Panel discussion. 7pm. Three Rivers Community College
March 29 #BeatLit Workshop/ Opener for Yusef Komunyakka. 6pm.
St. Joseph's University. West Hartford, CT

 

 

THE ALTSHULS

On Tuesday, March 26 at 7:00 pm

Best Video Film and Cultural Center
1842 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT
and
The New Haven Chapter
of the Connecticut Poetry Society

will sponsor an Evening of Poetry with Laura and Victor Altshul

A retired educator, Laura Altshul tutors and serves on non-profit boards focused on providing educational and arts experiences for New Haven's children whose families don't ordinarily have access to these opportunities. Her two books of poetry are Searching for the Northern Lights and Bodies Passing. Her poems have won prizes from The Connecticut Poetry Society, The Hamden Arts Commission, The New York Poetry Society, and The Tennessee Poetry Society. She was the featured poet in Speaking of Poetry Episode 36.

Victor Altshul is a psychiatrist in private practice affiliated with Yale Medical School. His four published poetry books are: Stumblings, Singing with Starlings, Ode to My Autumn, and the most recent Strange Birds. His poems have been published in numerous journals and he was the featured poet in the half-hour public television program Speaking of Poetry Episode 43. He and his wife Laura have given numerous readings in Connecticut and together they co-lead the New Haven Chapter of the Connecticut Poetry Society.

 

 

MARGARET GIBSON will read at Seabury Retirement Community, 200 Seabury Dr., Bloomfield, CT. The reading will occur at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 in the Chapel, which can be reached via the main entrance. Inquire at the desk.

 

JIM DANIELS will read in Miller Auditorium at Quinnebaug Valley Community College on Thurs., April 25 at 6 pm. Hors'd'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

 

 

CHERYL ANN HALE, poet laureate of Middletown, will read on Thursday, April 4, 7-8:30 pm in the Hubbard Room of Middleown's Russell Library, 123 Broad St., Middletown, CT.

 

 

YUSEF KOMUNAKAA , , ,

Here’s a reminder to share with friends and students and for you to get your tickets to see Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet – Yusef Komunyakaa at the University of Saint Joseph March 29th, Bryette Aud., 7:30 PM.

This will be the 10 year anniversary of the release of the album, The Mercy Suite, Yusef’s words to Tomas Doncker’s music.

Tickets: $17, $10 students. Discounts available online.



THE CHARTER OAK READINGS

Sunday April 7, 3PM: Brian Sneeden and David Leff

Brian Sneeden is the author of the poetry collection Last City (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2018). A 2018 PEN/Heim recipient, his poems and translations have appeared in Asymptote, Beloit Poetry Journal, Harvard Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications, and translations of his poems have been published in international magazines in Greek, Italian, Albanian, and Serbian. His translation of Phoebe Giannisi’s poetry collection, Homerica (World Poetry Books, 2017) was selected by Anne Carson as a favorite book of 2017 in The Paris Review. Brian received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he held a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in creative writing and served as poetry editor for Meridian. He is the senior editor of New Poetry in Translation.

David K. Leff is an essayist, Pushcart Prize nominated poet and former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He is the author of six nonfiction books, three volumes of poetry and two novels in verse. His 2016 travel adventure, Canoeing Maine ’s Legendary Allagash: Thoreau, Romance and Survival of the Wild won a silver medal in the Nautilus Book Awards for memoir and a silver medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards for regional nonfiction. Recently published, The Breach: Voices Haunting a New England Mill Town is a novel in verse whose story of betrayal and redemption is told in the voices of common objects, from a milling machine on the factory floor to the church steeple clock. In 2016-2017 the National Park Service appointed him poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET). His work is available at www.davidkleff.com

Reading starts with an Open Mike.

Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Free event.

http://charteroakreadings.blogspot.com/

For more information, contact:
Jim
JforJames@aol.com
860-508-2810

Up Next=> Sunday May 5: Megan Collins and Brian Johnson

 

 

JIM KELLEHER

l. open poetry mike, Beardsley Library, Winsted, April 2, 6:30 - 8:30

2. discussion of Mary Oliver’s poems, Scoville Library, Lakeville, April 6, 11 a.m.
led by Jim Kelleher

3. discussion of Mary Oliver’s poems, Bethel Library, Sunday, April 7, 2 - 4 p.m.

 

 

POETS ON POETRY. On Saturday March 30, Joseph Brockway, a Spanish professor working on a Ph.D. in Translation Studies, will present a POP on the poetry of the Puerto Rican poet Nemir Matos-Cintron, whose poetry he is translating. You will get the opportunity to try your hand at translation! CPS members can also enter to win a book of Matos-Cintron’s poetry. March 30, 2019, 10am-noon. Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., Hartford, Room 139.

 

 

JULIA PAUL

Free Poetry Workshop April 4th 6 p.m.
Work_Space, 903 Main Street, Manchester(Second floor)

"If Photographs Could Talk: Giving Voice to Captured Moments through Poetry."
In this workshop we will examine a photograph of the participant’s choice and let it whisper secrets, shout an emotional truth or simply tell its story. Poetry, with its ability to say so much with a few words, can “open up” our photographs in new, imaginative ways. The photo can be anything from a family heirloom to something on our phone. It can be your own photo or one from a book; a landscape, portrait, still-life or abstract. Be inspired! The workshop will be guided by Manchester Poet Laureate, Julia Paul, a nationally published, award winning poet.
Following the workshop there will be a dulcimer concert at approximately 7:30 in the main gallery.
Register by email to info@imaginemainstreet.com no later than April 1st.

 

 

YALE UNIVERSITY

The John Christophe Schlesinger Creative Writers Reading Series
And the John Hersey Fund present:

Jennifer Egan

Wednesday, March 27, 5:00pm
Linsly-Chittenden 101

Jennifer Egan is the author of A Visit From the Goon Squad, The Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus, and the story collection Emerald City. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope, All-Story, and Ploughshares, and her nonfiction appears frequently in The New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn. Her newest novel, Manhattan Beach, was published in October 2017 and was a New York Times bestseller.

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POETS ON POETRY

If you missed the POP on Jane Kenyon at HPL, why not join me at Southington Public Library Wednesday May 27 at 6:30pm for a repeat?

255 Main Street, Southington

Just email me so I'm sure to have enough copies of handouts.

warm wishes,
Christine Beck

 

 

MCC

Manchester Community College
presents a poetry reading by Edgar Kunz
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 8 p.m.
Free
Community Commons
Great Path Academy wing, 2nd floor
Sponsored by the Cultural Program Committee

Edgar Kunz

Edgar Kunz is the author of the poetry collection Tap Out (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His work has been supported by fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Vanderbilt University, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. Raised in Manchester and a former student at Manchester Community College, he now lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he teaches at Goucher College and in the MFA program at Salve Regina University.

 

 

NEWTOWN POETRY EVENT. Newtown will be celebrating its fourth annual Risk A Verse poetry event in celebration of National Poetry month. As you may have heard, that community has experienced yet another tragic event this week related to the 2012 school shooting in Sandy Hook. Not surprisingly, the reverberations are devastating. The organizers of the event considered cancelling the event but reading poetry to one another seems like exactly what's needed.

Risk A Verse is a structured event where we invite 15-20 "everyday Newtown residents" to recite their favorite poem. We make a point of inviting people who may not otherwise associate with poetry, or are self-professed reluctant readers. This is what makes the event quirky;; it's friends and neighbors willing to take a risk with verse. Tarn Granucci attended last year and got a rousing round of applause from the Risk A Verse audience.

The event is Sunday, April 7th, 2:00 p.m. at our historic Meeting House, 31 Main Street, Newtown, CT. If you decide to attend, please let me know so I can give you a shout out. It's free and open to the public, so bring your friends if you're so inclined!

Thank you all and may the verse be with you.
Lisa Schwartz
Newtown Poet Laureate

 

 

ROAR READING SERIES. Join us this Monday - and the first Monday of every month - at 7 PM at the UConn B&N in Downtown Storrs to hang out, lis-ten to some riv-eting sto-ries, and meet us for a drink af-terwards.
We've got a roster packed with tremendous writers both new and old, One-Sentence Story Contest winners to crown, and great stories to tell! And this month, we're welcoming:
• Megan Collins, whose debut literary thriller The Winter Sister has been called "suspenseful, atmospheric, and completely riveting" by New York Times bestselling author Megan Miranda!
• Eileen Albrizio, whose forthcoming debut novel The Windsome Tree has been called "[a] suspenseful ride that will grab you by the heart!"
• Ron Farina, whose short fiction has just been published in the well-received anthology The Odds Are Against Us: An Anthology of Military Fiction!
See who's still yet to come for yourself be-low!



RHETT WATTS has a new book of poems out with Kelsay Books called The Braiding (available on both Amazon and Kelsay Books). She will be reading from it at the Thirsty Lab in Princeton, MA on Tues. April 30th at 7:00 and at Waterbury's Silas Bronson Library on Wed. June 5th at 6:30 pm.

 

 

ARTS CAFE MYSTIC, 9 Water St., Mystic, CT. Friday, April 12, 7:30 p,m.: Mark Doty, preceded by John L. Stanizzi. Music by Andrew Willis. Adults $15, students $5.

 

 

MERRIILL HOUSE. Sunday, April 14, 5 pm, Stonington Free Library, 20 High St., Stonington, CT : readings by James Longenbach and Joanna Scott. Longenbach has published five poetry collections, the most recent of which, Earthling, was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award. His numerous critical works include How Poems Get Made (2018) and his poems and essays appear regularly in The New Yorker, Poetry, and The New York Times Book Review. The recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is the Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English at the University of Rochester.

Joanna Scott is the author of twelve books, including the novels Arrogance, The Manikin, and Follow Me, and two collections of short fiction, Various Antidotes and Everybody Loves Somebody. Her most recent novel is Careers for Women, published in 2017. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her books have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN-Faulkner, and the LA Book Award. She teaches at the University of Rochester.

Reception & book signing to follow
Event is free & all are welcome


FREDERICK-DOUGLAS KNOWLES.

Be sure to catch the #BeatLit Tour during April's National Poetry Month. Check the website for further details. www.frederickdouglassknowles.com
#BeatLit Tour April Dates:
April 1 Reading. Grace Academy High School. 8am. Hartford, CT
April 3 Guest Speaker. Colt CT Poetry Contest. 4pm. Manchester High School. Manchester, CT
April 9 Reading. Riverwood Series. 7pm. Real Artways. Hartford, CT.
April 13 Group Reading: Poet Laureate Connect. 2-4pm. UCONN Bookstore: Barnes and Noble. Hartford, CT
April 17 Reading. Mad River Literary Festival. 6:30 pm. Northwestern Community College. Winsted, CT
April 24 Reading. Week of Word!. 12pm. Capitol Community College. Hartford, CT
April 26 #BeatLit Workshop. Hartford Magnet School. 8am. Hartford, CT
April 28 Reading. South Windsor Poetry Day. 2-4pm. South Windsor Public Library. South Windsor, CT--
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Frederick-Douglass Knowles II
City of Hartford Poet Laureate

 

SOUTH WINDSOR POETRY DAY

A SUNDAE of Poetry
with 9 Connecticut Poet Laureates

South Windsor Poetry Day
Sunday April 28, 2019
Town Library: 2:00 PM

Music: by Hungrytown
Refreshments: Make You Own Ice Cream Sundae


 

HAIBUN WORKSHOP. New all day haibun workshop is planned for May 4th, 2019 in Hartford, CT. (Location to come.) Time 9:30-4:30. $75.00 Paid in advance. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided for attendees. 1-hour optional break for lunch and schmoozing. Stanford M. Forrester, editor of bottle rockets press, will conduct a workshop where attendees will learn about haibun (a form that contains both prose and haiku). Designed for all levels of poets and prose writers. Journaling, travel writing, short stories, and longer fiction will be covered. Attendees will be encouraged to bring their own work that they would like to be work shopped. Note: bottle rockets press, like all established haiku presses, will not be using 5-7-5 when discussing the haiku component of haibun.
To register: Please send note and check for $75.00 to:

Stanford M. Forrester
bottle rockets press
po box 189
windsor, ct 06095 usa
e-mail: bottlerockets_99@yahoo.com
www.bottlerocketspress.com

Deadline for registering: April 20, 2019

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop at any time, if there aren’t enough sign-ups. Partial refunds (95%) will be given only if requested before April 20th. After April 20th, no refund can be given due to contract logistics with the workshop space renters.
Workshop limited to 15 attendees.

What to bring:
laptop computer, pen, paper, notebook, ideas you’d like to work on, & most of all yourself!

 

 


MEET THE POETS LAUREATE

On Tuesday, April 9th, at 7 PM, at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, Riverwood Poetry will host a reading of the poetry of Frederick-Douglass Knowles II and Daniel Donaghy.

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, The City of Hartford’s First Poet Laureate
Frederick-Douglass Knowles II is a poet, educator and activist involved in community education. He is the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Hartford. His collection of poetry, BlackRoseCity was featured at the 2018 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP). His works have been featured in the Connecticut River Review; Sinkhole Magazine; Poems on the Road to Peace: A Collective Tribute to Dr. King Volume 2 by Yale University Press; Lefoko magazine, and Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora by Third World Press. His poem “Mason Freeman Cuts Jenkins Down,” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His sonnet "Sunday School in the 90's (the way I understood it)" won the 2019 Nutmeg Poetry Award. Frederick-Douglass is an Associate Professor of English at Three Rivers Community College.


Daniel Donaghy, the first Poet Laureate of Windham County
Daniel Donaghy is a Professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University. He is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Somerset, co-winner of the 2019 Paterson Poetry Prize. His previous collection, Start with the Trouble, won the Paterson Prize for Literary Excellence and was a Finalist for the Connecticut Book Award and the Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award and Runner-Up for the Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award. His first poetry collection, Streetfighting, was a Finalist for the Paterson Prize. He lives in Willington.

PLEASE NOTE: Garrett Phelan's reading of poetry by incarcerated men which was canceled due to weather has been RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, June 4th, 7 PM, at Real Art Ways.

The Riverwood Poetry Series meets on the second Tuesday of the month. The reading will begin at 7 PM. Wine, craft beers, and other refreshments are available for purchase.

Ample off-street free parking is available in the parking lot in the rear of the building at the main entrance of Real Art Ways.


POETRY READ-IN
at Noah Webster House
Sunday, April 28
1pm to 4pm

Featured Readers: Julie Choffel and Tom Nicotera

Open mic following their readings.

Hosted by Maria Sassi, Poet Laureate Emeritus.

Free event. (Donations to Noah Webster House appreciated). Light refreshments will be served.

https://noahwebsterhouse.org/
Noah Webster House
227 South Main Street
West Hartford CT

 

 

WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT MARGARET GIBSON IS THE NEW CT POET LAUREATE!

 

 

 

AN EVENING OF MODERN HAIKU
Featuring Stanford M. Forrester, Rise Daniels, & Marita Gargiulo
Followed by an Open Mic

Reading/Open Mic/Book Signing
Thursday, April 25, 6:00PM
Barnes & Noble UConn Hartford Bookstore
18 Front St., Hartford, CT 06103-2833

Bios:

Stanford M. Forrester is a past president of the Haiku Society of America and editor of the poetry magazine; bottle rockets:a collection of short verse, which is celebrating its 20th year in print.

Rise Daniels is an artist and writer with a focus on Haiku, Haibun, and Haiga. In 2010 she won Honorable Mention in the US category of the Vancouver Haiku Invitational. She has been published in multiple journals and online.

Marita Gargiulo has been a guest editor of the Haiku Foundation and has organized many poetry events. Her haiku have been published in bottle rockets, Frogpond, Wales Haiku Journal (UK), Akitsu Quarterly, Modern Haiku, Cattails, and Presence (UK).
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For list questions, please email Jim Finnegan
jforjames@aol.com

 

 

JULIE CHOFFEL.

Art After Dark: Artistic License
Featuring readings by Julie Choffel and Trinity's Iron Poets

Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 5 PM – 8 PM
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

It's College Night at the Wadsworth. Current students and all who would love to re-live the spirit of their college years come together to celebrate the exhibition "Sean Scully: Landline." The night includes a poetry reading with Julie Choffel, Adjunct Professor at UConn Storrs, Trinity's Iron Poets, a running poem activity inspired by Sean Scully’s work, music by DJ Fire, an Art Quest, Body Art by Joy, art making, museum tour, free food, and cash bar. Come creatively dressed as your favorite color for a chance to win a prize.

Free for students and members w/ ID.
$5 general admission.

 

 

POETRY BY THE SEA. http://www.poetrybytheseaconference.org/

Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference, will take place from 12 p.m. Tuesday May 21 to 3 p.m. Friday May 24th 2019 at The Mercy by the Sea Center, Madison, Connecticut.

You will find workshops, seminars, and panels in areas such as craft, subject/topic, and global issues.

 

 

BANK SQUARE BOOKS. Connecticut Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson and Jonathan Andersen Read April 17 Bank Square Books Mystic

Event date:
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address:
Bank Square Books
53 West Main Street
Mystic, CT 06355
BSB: POETRY READING WITH JONATHAN ANDERSEN AND MARGARET GIBSON
Bank Square Books presents a poetry reading with local poets Jonathan Andersen (Augur) and Margaret Gibson (Not Hearing the Wood Thrush). This event is free and open to the public.
About Jonathan Andersen

Jonathan Andersen was born in New London and grew up in East Lyme with his fraternal twin brother Phillip in an old farmhouse that had been in the family for a number of generations. Andersen is the author of Augur (Red Dragonfly Press, 2018), awarded the David Martinson-Meadowhawk Poetry Prize. Other books include Stomp and Sing (Curbstone Press/Northwestern University Press, 2005) and, as editor, Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U.S.A. (Smokestack Books, 2008).
He has been a featured reader in venues in the eastern United States, and in Europe, including the Ledbury Poetry Festival, the 49th International Festival of Literature in Belgrade, and the 42nd Smederevo Poetry Autumn. His poems have appeared in many print and online publications, such as The Café Review, Connecticut Review, Counterpunch, Freshwater, Here, North American Review, The Progressive, Rattle, and The Worcester Review, among others.
For twelve years he was a high school English and special education teacher, and since 2008 he has been a professor of English at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson and Willimantic. He and his wife, fellow poet and educator Denise Abercrombie, live in Storrs, and have two sons, Kit and Miles.
About Augur
Poetry. The augurs of ancient Rome were charged with studying natural phenomena, such as the flight habits of birds, in order to look for propitious or unfavorable omens. The poems in AUGUR are attempts, in prescribed and open forms, to "decode" the signs of a world in the midst of tremendous and often bewildering upheaval. Written from the interlocking perspectives of father, husband, son, brother, educator, and citizen, the poetry in AUGUR seeks to engage life with clarity. Many of the poems are charged with the energies of the natural world, including the patterns of bird flight the augurs once looked to, not as an escape, but as a source of information and insight. Ultimately, we must inscribe the signs with meaning and reject the small priesthoods and corrupt officials who claim all vision (and power).
About Margaret Gibson
Margaret Gibson is the author of twelve collections of poems and one prose memoir. A native of Virginia, now a resident of Preston, Connecticut, she has received numerous honors, including the Lamont Selection, Connecticut Book Award, and Melville Kane Award. Her collection The Vigil was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry.

About Not Hearing the Wood Thrush
“I look about and find whatever I see / unfinished,” Margaret Gibson writes in these powerful and moving poems, which investigate a late-life genesis. Not Hearing the Wood Thrush grapples with the existential questions that come after experiencing a great personal loss. A number of poems meditate on loneliness and fear; others speak to “No one”?a name richer than prayer or vow.” In this transformative new collection, Gibson moves inward, taking surprising, mercurial turns of the imagination, guided by an original and probative intelligence. With a clear eye and an open heart, Gibson writes, “How stark it is to be alive”?and also how glorious, how curious, how intimate.




GUILFORD POETS GUILD

Connecticut's New Poet Laureate
Margaret Gibson Featured at
April Second Thursday Poetry Reading
Thursday, April 11, 6:30-8:30pm at Guilford Free Library

The Guilford Poets Guild is honored to welcome Connecticut's new Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson for its April Second Thursday poetry reading to be held on Thursday, April 11 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Guilford Free Library.

Gibson, just announced as CT Poet Laureate, was a featured poet at the 2018 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in Farmington, is the author of 13 books of poetry and prose, including Not Hearing the Wood Thrush (LSU Press, 2018) and Broken Cup (LSU, 2014). She has received numerous honors, including the Lamont Selection, Connecticut Book Award, and Melville Kane Award. Her collection The Vigil was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. Gibson is a resident of Preston, Connecticut.

Remember to bring your own poem to share during the Open Mic which is open to accomplished and aspiring poets of all ages wishing to present one original composition to a live audience.

Refreshments will be served after the reading, and Gibson’s books will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. The Guilford Free Library is located at 67 Park Street in Guilford. This program is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Please register by phone, in person, or online (203) 453-8282, guilfordfreelibrary.org.

UPCOMING POETRY READINGS

April 27
Sharon Olson

May 9
Guilford High School Poetry Contest Winners


www.guilfordpoetsguild.org

 

 

 

THE CHARTER OAK READINGS

Sunday April 7, 3PM: Brian Sneeden and David Leff

Brian Sneeden is the author of the poetry collection Last City (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2018). A 2018 PEN/Heim recipient, his poems and translations have appeared in Asymptote, Beloit Poetry Journal, Harvard Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications, and translations of his poems have been published in international magazines in Greek, Italian, Albanian, and Serbian. His translation of Phoebe Giannisi’s poetry collection, Homerica (World Poetry Books, 2017) was selected by Anne Carson as a favorite book of 2017 in The Paris Review. Brian received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he held a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in creative writing and served as poetry editor for Meridian. He is the senior editor of New Poetry in Translation.

David K. Leff is an essayist, Pushcart Prize nominated poet and former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He is the author of six nonfiction books, three volumes of poetry and two novels in verse. His 2016 travel adventure, Canoeing Maine ’s Legendary Allagash: Thoreau, Romance and Survival of the Wild won a silver medal in the Nautilus Book Awards for memoir and a silver medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards for regional nonfiction. Recently published, The Breach: Voices Haunting a New England Mill Town is a novel in verse whose story of betrayal and redemption is told in the voices of common objects, from a milling machine on the factory floor to the church steeple clock. In 2016-2017 the National Park Service appointed him poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET). His work is available at www.davidkleff.com

Reading starts with an Open Mike.

Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Free event.

http://charteroakreadings.blogspot.com/

For more information, contact:
Jim
JforJames@aol.com
860-508-2810

Up Next=> Sunday May 5: Megan Collins and Brian Johnson

 

 

 

SUE ELLEN THOMPSON

Welcome to Delmarva Public Radio’s celebration of National Poetry Month featuring “Literary Biographies with Sue Ellen Thompson.” I’m your host Harold Wilson. In this series, Sue Ellen Thompson discusses the life and work of three eminent American poets: Robert Frost, Jane Kenyon, and Jack Gilbert. Today’s lecture is the first in the series and is titled “Robert Frost, Wild Man.”

https://www.delmarvapublicradio.net/post/literary-biographies-sue-ellen-thompson-1-robert-frost-wild-man



WRITING WORKSHOPS WITH JIM FINNEGAN. Poetry Writing Workshops (Free)
Led by James Finnegan

Thursday, May 9, 6:30-8:00 PM
Ten-Thousand Things is how the ancient Chinese defined the universe. In this workshop we attempt to make a poem from one thing, one object, one physical form in the universe.

Thursday, May 16, 6:30-8:00 PM
Since the advent of photography and then film, for better or for worse, the image has become a central feature of modernist poetics. In this workshop we attempt to make a poem centered on one stunning image, the “telling detail.”

WINTONBURY POETRY SERIES & OPEN MIC
Held at P. Faith McMahon Wintonbury Branch Library
1015 Blue Hills Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002
860-242-0041

Please register in advance:
You may contact Tom Nicotera to register for the workshops at tnicotera@libraryconnection.info. Or you can go to the Prosser Library website, Calendar of Events, and register directly...
http://prosserlibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar
Note: You must register for each workshop separately.


BEYOND CONNECTICUT. "A Moveable Feast," a reading by poets from the Savoy Bookstore Poetry Salon takes place April 13, 4-6 p.m. at Music 'n' More at Lily Pads, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, 27 North Rd., Peace Dale. The event is FREE, with donations gratefully accepted.
The poets who will participate in this Moveable Feast regularly gather to read their original work at the Savoy Bookstore and at the Quaker Meeting House in Westerly. Many are published poets; some are not. They enjoy hearing each other's words and thoughts, as will anyone who comes to listen.
These poets come from across southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut. They include former Rhode Island poet laureate Lisa Starr; the director of the Arts Cafe Mystic, Christie Williams; and others who continue at day jobs or pursue busy retirement lives, even as they write insightful and delightful poems: Cynthia Davidson, Anita Dees, Catherine Denunzio, Lou Gabordi, James Geary, Jude Rittenhouse, Hamilton Salsich and Sara Sprague.
For more information, contact Johnnie Rodriguez, at 401-789-0651.

 

 

CHARLES SIMIC

Charles Simic, Poetry Reading CANCELED
Thursday, April 11, 4:00 PM
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 121 Wall Street
Mark Strand Memorial Reading
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

JOIN US for a reading by poet Charles Simic. Simic is a Serbian-American poet and former co-poetry editor of the Paris Review. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 for The World Doesn’t End, and was a finalist of the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for Selected Poems, 1963-1983 and in 1987 for Unending Blues . In 2007 he was appointed the 15th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (read more: Charles Simic).
Examples of Charles Simic’s work can be found online:
Charles Simic at the Poetry Foundation
Charles Simic at the Academy of American Poets
READ more about the Mark Strand Memorial Reading at Beinecke Library

Nancy Kuhl
Curator of Poetry, Yale Collection of American Literature
The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

 

 

ZEN SUITE: A Meditation in Poetry and Song
Featuring Garrett Phelan and Denys Candy
Wednesday April 17th at 7pm
Smith College Poetry Center.
Wright Hall, Smith College
Northampton, MA
Free Admission

Please join us for a wonderful hour of poetry and song at The Poetry Center at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Wednesday April 17that 7pm. It’s free.
Directions: https://www.smith.edu/poetrycenter/wp/readings/directions/
Come early and enjoy an early dinner, tea or coffee in Northampton, MA

 

 

 

OPEN MIC. The Written Word Writer's Group in Milford is running on 4/18.

It's an open mic running from 7-9pm at the MAC building in Milford, CT..

$5 cover and BYOB.

 


BURGUNDY BOOKS. Celebrate National Poetry Month at Burgundy Books, an award winning bookseller located on the Connecticut shoreline. Join award-winning Himalayan poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma, internationally renowned poet, editor and translator Ravi Shankar, and Connecticut author and Eastern professor Brent Terry as they perform from their new books. Free and open to the public with refreshments and book signings on Easter Saturday.

Saturday, April 20th, 2 PM
Burgundy Books
1391 Boston Post Rd
Westbrook, CT 06498

Yuyutsu Sharma is a recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is a distinguished poet and translator. He has published nine poetry collections including, A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems (Nirala, 2016), Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, (Nirala, 2016), Milarepa’s Bones, 33 New Poems, (Nirala, 2012), Nepal Trilogy, Photographs and Poetry on Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang (www.Nepal-Trilogy.de, Epsilonmedia, Karlsruhe, 2010), a 900-page book with renowned German photographer, Andreas Stimm, Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America, (2009, Indian reprint 2014) and Annapurna Poems, 2008, Reprint, 2012).

Ravi Shankar has published or edited over a dozen books, including the Muse India award-winning Tamil translations of 9th century poet/saint, Andal, 'The Autobiography of a Goddess,' the 2011 National Poetry Review Prize winner, 'Deepening Groove' and the 2005 Finalist for the Connecticut Book Awards, 'Instrumentality.' Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he edited W.W. Norton’s 'Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond,' called “a beautiful achievement for world literature” by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. He has won a Pushcart Prize and a Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner, been featured in such venues as The New York Times, The Paris Review and the Chronicle of Higher Education, appeared as a commentator on the BBC, the PBS Newshour and National Public Radio, received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Corporation of Yaddo, and has taught around the world, including at Columbia University and City University of Hong Kong. Founding editor of Drunken Boat, one of the world's oldest online journals, he holds a research fellowship from the University of Sydney and his 'Many Uses of Mint: New and Selected Poems 1997-2017' was published by Recent Works Press in 2018.

Brent Terry’s poems, stories, essays and reviews have appeared in dozens of magazines and journals. He is the author of the poetry collections yesnomaybe (Main Street Rag, 2002) and Wicked, Excellently (Word Tech, 2007). His new collection, Troubadour Logic, will be published by Main Street Rag this October, and his novel, The Body Electric, is forthcoming in 2019 from Unsolicited Press. He is the winner of the 2017 Connecticut Poetry Prize from the ConnecticutPoetry Society, and has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the CT Council of Arts and Tourism. Terry lives in Willimantic, where he teaches creative writing at Eastern Connecticut State university.


 

POETS ON POETRY EXPANSION.

The CT Poetry Society is pleased to announce that it is expanding its "POP" (Poets on Poetry) program to include a partnership with the New Haven Free Public Library. The first New Haven POP – featuring a guided close reading of the poetry of Sylvia Plath – will be held this Saturday, 13 April, from 10:30–12:30 in the café space at the main library, 133 Elm Street. Future New Haven POPs will include the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks (11 May) and Pablo Neruda (8 June).

 

 

WESLEYAN WRITERS CONFERENCE
A Tradition of Excellence Since 1956
https://www.wesleyan.edu/writing/conference/index.html

Full Conference: June 12–16, 2019

One-Day Festival: June 15, 2019

"I've ended up winning the Pulitzer Prize, and in so many ways that began at Wesleyan...where I realized the power of story." - Tom Hallman, Jr.

The Wesleyan Writers Conference welcomes experienced writers, new writers, and everyone interested in the writer’s craft. Our faculty of distinguished writers are generous teachers, offering careful manuscript readings and practical advice to writers at any stage of a project. The daily schedule is flexible. Arrange your day in the way that suits you best: attend every event or reserve part of each day for writing. Find your own quiet space in the dorms, in the libraries, or on Wesleyan's rolling lawns.

 

 

 

MERRIILL HOUSE. Sunday, April 14, 5 pm, Stonington Free Library, 20 High St., Stonington, CT : readings by James Longenbach and Joanna Scott. Longenbach has published five poetry collections, the most recent of which, Earthling, was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award. His numerous critical works include How Poems Get Made (2018) and his poems and essays appear regularly in The New Yorker, Poetry, and The New York Times Book Review. The recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is the Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English at the University of Rochester.

Joanna Scott is the author of twelve books, including the novels Arrogance, The Manikin, and Follow Me, and two collections of short fiction, Various Antidotes and Everybody Loves Somebody. Her most recent novel is Careers for Women, published in 2017. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her books have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN-Faulkner, and the LA Book Award. She teaches at the University of Rochester.

Reception & book signing to follow
Event is free & all are welcome



ARTEMIS RISING.. In honor or National Poetry Month, come celebrate poetry with the women of Artemis Rising on Wednesday, April 24th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Cora J. Belden Library in Rocky Hill, CT. Artemis Rising is a group or renowned published poets who have been meeting monthly and participating in public readings together for over 20 years! They are Eileen Albrizio, Priscilla Herrington, Suzy Lamson, Mary Elizabeth Lang, Suzanne Niedzielska, Paula Panzarella, Victoria Rivas, and Linda Yuhas. You are welcome to bring poetry of your own to share at the open mike following the reading. This is free and open to the public. There is ample free parking and light refreshments will be served.

https://www.rockyhillct.gov/library/

 

 

RENNIE McQUILKIN
WINTONBURY POETRY SERIES & OPEN MIC
Held at P.Faith McMahon Wintonbury Branch Library
1015 Blue Hills Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002
860-242-0041

Thursday, April 18, 7:00 PM
“A Connecticut State Poet Laureate”
Featuring Rennie McQuilkin
Followed by Open Mic
Rennie McQuilkin served as CT Poet Laureate from 2015-2018. He co-founded the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, which he directed for 9 years. His poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The American Scholar, The Southern Review, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, and other publications. The author of several poetry collections, he has received a number of awards, including fellowships from the NEA and the CT Commission on the Arts, the CT Center for the Book’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and its 2010 poetry award. He lives in Bloomfield, CT.

 

 

WESLEYAN RJ JULIA BOOKSTORE
Monday, April 29, 2019, 7:00 PM
413 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457

Local author night with four poets
Lois Mathieu, Snow Raining on Glass
Johnes Ruta, Fires Eternal Morning
Laura Mazza-Dixon, Forged by Joy
Dr. Timothy Mercado, Muses of a Small Town Man

Please register for this Free Event at this Link
https://eaglet.wesleyan.edu/MasterCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?EventDetailId=88215
or call 860-685-3939

More on the poets ....
Lois Mathieu, Snow Raining on Glass

Snow Raining on Glass is a book of 26 poems-joyful, melancholy, feminist, angry and hopeful, replete with images that sweep through the mystery of life’s table of sorrows and take to a playing field where abundant joy and sorrow are shed of illusion. The author expresses such feeling, some deep and others whimsical, throughout her poetry.

Lois Mathieu writes poetry and fiction. She earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Syracuse University and an M.A. in English from Trinity College. Lois’s poems have been issued by such journals as Calyx, Connecticut River Review, Connecticut Poets at Work, Embers and Portland Review. They have also appeared in several anthologies. Her poem “Counting Sheep by Night” won the Joseph E. Brodine Award given by the Connecticut Poet Society. Lois lives with her writer husband, William L. Newell, in Connecticut. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Johnes Ruta, Fires Eternal Morning

Fires Eternal Morning is a prose-poetry dream narrative and exploration of human unconscious. Set in Paradise Green, in Stratford, CT, during the events and consequences of an imaginary nuclear war in the 1960s, Fires tells the story of John Hauberc as he finds his way back from the precipice of loss in a world torn apart.


Johnes Ruta is an independent curator and historical art theorist/writer. He began writing in 1972 as a theatre critic and managing editor of an arts newspaper called “The Entertainer”. He has also consulted as a database developer and web designer. Since 1988, he organizes monthly international art exhibits in New Haven and New York City. Additionally, he organizes periodic forums presenting experts on philosophy, mythology, geometry and ancient architecture.

Laura Mazza-Dixon, Forged by Joy

The question “Can joy weigh more than grief?” appears in “The Brilliant Assault,” a poem found at the heart of Forged by Joy.

That question informs many of the poems in the book; poems written throughout the course of the author’s life and dedicated to her mother and to the generations of women who came before and after her. Select poems from Forged by Joy have been featured in the “Poet’s Corner” section of the Hartford Courant as well as on the Simsbury Community Television program “Speaking of Poetry.”

Laura Mazza-Dixon lives in Connecticut where, in addition to creating poetry, she both plays and teaches guitar and viola da gamba. She is the guiding spirit behind the Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series and the Granby Family Dance Series in Granby, CT. She has also organized the Courageous Conversations on Race poetry workshops. Laura also enjoys gardening and hiking the Connecticut woods.

Small Town Man, Muses of a Small Town Man

Muses of a Small Town Man is a book of poetry written in an unencrypted and plain spoken style. All aspects of life are set to poetry. The book includes pages of humorous limericks and some homespun personal observations.

Dr. Timothy Mercado had 2 poems published in his junior high school yearbook in 1959. He didn’t write another poem until 2013. After his tour of duty in Vietnam, in which he was severely wounded and received the Purple Heart, Tim attended CCNY and graduated with a B.S. in biology. He went on to graduate from the Columbia School of Dental and Oral Surgery and practiced dentistry for 35 years. Tim lives in the small shoreline town of Clinton, CT, with Colette, his wife of 39 years. He writes under the pseudonym of Small Town Man.

 

 

POETRY INSTITUTE, NEW HAVEN

featuring

Steven Ostrowski

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Steven Ostrowski is a poet, fiction writer, painter and songwriter. His latest work is a full-length book of poems called Penultimate Human Constellation (Tolsun Books) written with his son, Ben Ostrowski. In 2009, he won Harpur Palate’s Milton Kessler Award for a single poem. In 2017, he won The Atlantic Road Prize for his long poem, After the Tate Modern, which was first published as a chapbook by Island Verse Editions in 2018. He has published a total of five chapbooks, and his poems, stories, paintings and songs appear widely in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. He teaches in the English Department at Central Connecticut State University.

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. (And participants are invited to bring something to share.) Open mic. Outstanding featured readers. In a casual setting. Open to all members of the public (and even others).

The Institute Library
847 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
right next door to the Tattoo Parlor

Doors Open at 6:30. Reading starts at 7:00.
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the reading.

Great Poetry!

In a Warm, Friendly Environment

poetryinstitute@gmail.com

Our website:

poetryatpi.wordpress.com

(Functioning, but quite out of date)

 

 

 

THE CHARTER OAK READINGS

Sunday May 5, 3PM: Megan Collins and Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson is the author of Self-Portrait, a chapbook; Torch Lake and Other Poems, a finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award, and Site Visits, a collaborative work with the German painter Burghard Müller-Dannhausen. He is the recipient of two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowships and an Academy of American Poets Prize, and former editor of Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics. He has taught at Providence College and Yale University, and currently teaches composition, creative writing, and modern literature at Southern Connecticut State University, where he has also served as President of the Faculty Senate.

Megan Collins is the author of The Winter Sister (Atria/Simon & Schuster). She received her B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and she holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University, where she was a teaching fellow. She has taught creative writing at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Central Connecticut State University, and she is Managing Editor of 3Elements Review. A Pushcart Prize and two-time Best of the Net nominee, her work has appeared in many print and online journals, including Compose, Linebreak, Off the Coast, Spillway, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Rattle. She lives in Connecticut.

Reading starts with an Open Mike.

Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Free event.

http://charteroakreadings.blogspot.com/

For more information, contact:
Jim
JforJames@aol.com
860-508-2810

Up Next=> Sunday June 2: Steve & Benjamin Ostrowski and Andrea Barton
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For list questions, please email Jim Finnegan
jforjames@aol.com

 

 

LITERARY FESTIVAL

https://www.nwcc.edu/events/mad-river-lit-fest-23/
23rd Annual Literary Festival

Tuesday, April 16th & Wednesday, April 17th
6:30 p.m.
Founders Hall Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
Tuesday, April 16th
6:30 p.m.Mad River Writers: NCCC students and community members with faculty poets Kateri Kosek and Jim Kelleher.
Wednesday, April 17th
6:30 p.m. Poets Frederick-Douglass Knowles and Jennifer Gill O’Neil read.
Reception follows. Books will be available for purchase and signing.




SOUTH WINDSOR POETRY DAY
April 28, 2019
2:00PM/ Town Library
SUNDAE with CT’s Poet Laureates

MUSIC: Hungrytown
Welcome & Introduction:
(2-2:10 PM)
10 mins. Charlie Margolis, So Windsor Poet Laureate
Mary Etter, Library Director

Poets: 7 mins. Rennie McQuilkin, CT State Poet Laureate, Emeritus
(2:10-2:50 PM) (1 min. between readers)
7 mins. Joan Hoffman, Poet Laureate Emeritus, Canton, CT

7 mins. Jim Scrimgeour, Poet Laureate, New Milford, CT

7 mins. Alexandrina Sergio, Poet Laureate Emeritus, Glastonbury, CT

7 mins.Tarn Granucci, Poet Laureate, Wallingford, CT

Intermission:
(2:50-3: 05 PM)
15 mins, HUNGRYTOWN
Poets:
(3:05-3:37 PM)
7 mins. Kathy Carle, Poet Laureate, Seabury, Bloomfield, CT
(1 min between readers)
7 mins. Frederick Knowles, Poet Laureate Hartford, CT

7 mins. Ginny Connors, Poet Laureate Emeritus, West Hartford, CT

7 mins. Davyne Verstandig, Poet Laureate, Washington, CT

Music: HUNGRYTOWN

Closing (3:37-4:45PM)

Refreshments: “Make Your Own” Sundae




NAUGATUCK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

I invite you to join us for a special night of poetry at our Confluencia event on Monday, April 22, 5:30 p.m. in the Playbox Theater at Naugatuck Valley Community College. In its tenth year, our Confluence/ Confluencia/ Confluenza series continues to inspire, enrich and introduce the power of poetry to our community and the generations within it.

The night will open with refreshments and live music as well as the opportunity to participate in an open mic. We will close the evening listening to our featured poets read from their works.

We are honored to have the following poets share their talents with us:

María Luisa Arroyo, M.F.A., M.A.
Born in Manatí, Puerto Rico & raised in Springfield, Massachusettes, María Luisa Arroyo was educated at Colby (BA), Tufts (MA) & Harvard (ABD) in German, her third language. Her poems appear in many journals such as The Common, Calyx, and CHEST: An American Journal for Chest Physicians. Destierro Means More than Exile, her latest chapbook, is her homage to 32 women poets who inspire her as a poet and educator.

Edwina Trentham
Edwina Trentham is an award winning poet who taught English and creative writing for twenty-seven years at Asnuntuck Community College, where she also founded the poetry journal, Freshwater. In addition she has taught at Wesleyan and many different venues throughout CT. Her work is published in numerous periodicals, and is included in five anthologies. She was awarded a 2010 Solo Writer’s Fellowship from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. For additional information go to www.edwinatrentham.com

Sean Frederick Forbes
Sean Frederick Forbes is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence of English and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Connecticut. Providencia, his first book of poetry, was published in 2013. He serves as the poetry editor for New Square, the official publication of The Sancho Panza Literary Society for which he is a founding member. In 2017, he received first place in the Nutmeg Poetry Contest from the Connecticut Poetry Society.

Steve Parlato
The evening’s moderator will be NVCC Professor of English Steve Parlato, faculty advisor to the school's award-winning newspaper, The Tamarack; and recipient of the Board of Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching, a Presidential Medal of Honor, and two time winner of the NISOD teaching award. Parlato’s poetry appears in numerous journals including Freshwater, Borderlands, and Peregrine. His debut novel, The Namesake (2013), won a 2011 Tassy Walden Award while in manuscript form. His second book, The Precious Dreadful, was published in February by Simon and Schuster. Inspired by his students, Steve is grateful for support from his wonderful wife, Janet, and his children, Ben and Jillian.

Although the program is offered free of charge, reservations are required. Please call 203-575-8044 or email jhernandez@nv.edu to reserve your seat by Thursday, April 18, at noon.

I look forward to visiting with you and sharing as participants in Confluence/ Confluencia/ Confluenza, an initiative that will continue during each semester at Naugatuck Valley Community College.

With warmest regards,
Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.
President

 

 

EARTH DAY READING

WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU DOING ON APRIL 27?

WHY NOT CELEBRATE MOTHER EARTH BY READING POETRY PRAISING HER BEAUTY
AND CRYING OUT AGAINST THE DESECRATION OF THE EARTH?

Together We Rise:
Building Bridges for Justice
Invites you to
AN EARTH MONTH POETRY READ-IN
SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019
4.00-5.30 P.M.
TWO WRASSLIN’ CATS COFFEE HOUSE
374 Town Street, East Haddam, Connecticut.

Read one of your own poems praising the earth or exploring the many threats to our beautiful planet. You may also choose to bring a favorite earth poem, read from the selection of poetry about the earth that will be available at the Read-In, or just come and listen and support this important event.

The reading is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Janine Broe at Jrfreeland1@yahoo.com,
Edwina Trentham at 860-873-1472/trentham@comcast.net




J.J.ABBOT

“Chicken Licken Pickin’”
Poetics-Based Reasoning and Research as an
Antidote to the Binary Mindset That’s Harming Our World

A Reading
The author will read from his work, discuss some of its
key ideas, and respond to questions from the audience.
Refreshments will be served .
Wed., 4/24
1 p.m. & 4 p.m.
@ The Tunxis Library

Abbot (J.I. Abbot) is Professor of English and Philosophy at Tunxis Community College in
Farmington, CT. A poet, singer-songwriter, comic, essayist, and translator with a focus on
the links connecting the philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, and poetics, Abbot
completed an MFA in Literary Arts at Brown University and a BA in Languages and Literature at
Bard College. His collection of poems, An Argument of Dreams, will be published in 2019 by La
Bohème, an affiliate of the literary and political journal Peripheral Surveys (PS+). His writings
have appeared in Abstract magazine, o•blek, The Jerusalem Post, Modern Poems on the Bible,
Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Parabola, and Philosophy and Breaking Bad (Palgrave, 2016)

 


RIVERWOOD POETRY SERIES

Tues., May 14, 7 pm. Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford, CT: reading by Erica Funkhouser.

 

 

EDWINA TENTHAM WORKSHOP: There Will Be No One To Remember Us: Writing Poetry of Healing and Witness

A Summer Workshop by Edwina Trentham
Thursday June 27 to Thursday August 8, 2019
(No meeting on July 4)

Over the centuries, poets have been drawn to the poetry of witness, to cry out against the horrors of war, genocide, racism, and all forms of inequality and violence, both public and private. Today, one of the gravest threats facing us is the desecration of our beautiful earth, the heedless greed and irreversible damage for the sake of profit that is destroying our planet. Faced with this horror, how can we as poets draw attention to this destruction, and what can we hope to achieve? Terrence Des Pres, in his 1988 groundbreaking book Praises and Dispraises: Poetry and Politics, the 20th Century, asserts that, faced with the “daily atrocities” we encounter in life and in the media, poets have two options—"evasion or engagement.” Des Pres believed that “poetry that evades our being-in-the-world affords no happy fortitude, no language to live by, gifts that have always been the poet’s job.” He goes on to caution and encourage us in his stirring final assertion: “I do not mean . . . that through poetry we may expect a general change of heart. Power listens to none but itself . . . What I mean to say is that the right language can help us . . . with our private struggles to keep whole, can be a stay against confusion, can start the healing fountains. And whatever helps us repossess our humanity, able again to take our place and speak forth, frees us for work in the world. This is imagination’s special task . . . Shall imagination confront, or shall it evade. I think that it must confront—that poetry can no longer turn away from political torment.”

So how can we as poets successfully approach the difficult but necessary work of writing about our endangered planet? We must, of course, be passionate about the topic, but also remember, as Martin Espada said, that “Anger must be transformed into art; commitment must combine with craft,” a belief echoed by Denise Levertov who advised poets “to remember poetry’s roots in song, magic, and the high craft that makes itself felt as exhilarating beauty even when the content voices rage or utters a grim warning.” Keeping in mind the necessity of writing powerfully and specifically, rather than ranting, one way of crying out for change is simply to show what we are losing as the earth is being destroyed, to bring that most horrifying loss to life, so that it can no longer be denied. In his beautiful and heartbreaking poem, “After the Dragonflies,” W. S. Merwin tells us “the dragonfly’s wings / were made of light / the veins in the leaves knew them . . . they took their light with them when they went / there will be no one to remember us”;Aimee Nezhukumatathil, in “Hummingbird Abecedarian” describes hummingbirds ”Arriving with throats like nipped roses, like a tiny / bloom fastened to each neck, nothing else / cuts the air quite like this thrum”; and Tim Seibles rejoices in the arrival of spring in “Fearless”: “the weeds . . . naked, unhumble, unrequitedly green— / growing as if they would be trees.” Another possible approach is to simply imagine our future, as Allison Hawthorne Deming does in her poem “Human Habitat,” after “the failure message said / massive problem of oxygen”: “By then we were too weak for daily chores: / feeding chickens, hoeing yams, / calibrating pH this and N2 that . . . / felt like halfway summiting Everest . . . // We didn’t expect the honeybees to die. Glass blocked the long-wave / light that guides them.”

In this intensive workshop, we will read a variety of poets, to help us explore this essential topic and find ways to write poetry of witness with passion and persuasiveness. Some poets we will read in addition to those listed include Wendell Berry, Camille Dungy, Jane Hirschfield, Stanley Kunitz, Dorianne Laux, Mary Oliver, and James Wright . Participants will write and revise twelve poems—including out of class assignments and in-class exercises—and will work closely with each other and with the workshop leader, both during the workshop and in individual conferences, on writing and revision, so that at the end of a six-week period everyone should have the beginning of a chapbook. Participants are encouraged to suggest other poets’ work to add to the list of poems we will read and discuss. We will also explore the use of form. We will do a public reading of our work on Sunday, August 4, from 2 to 4 pm, at Two Wrasslin’ Cats Coffee House in East Haddam. The workshop will be held Thursdays from 6.00 until 9.00 PM, June 27 through August 8, 2019 (no meeting July 4) at 204 North Moodus Road, Moodus, Connecticut, and is limited to ten people. The cost is $350.00 for the six-week period. To sign up for the workshop contact Edwina at trentham@comcast.net. This workshop is sponsored by HeartStone Labyrinths LLC.

Edwina Trentham taught English and creative writing for twenty-seven years at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut, where she founded the poetry journal, Freshwater.. She was a Visiting Instructor in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Wesleyan University from 1988 through 2005. She has been teaching a summer workshop for twelve years, as well as a variety of workshops over the past twenty-five years at different venues, including the Clinton Art Gallery, the HillStead Museum, Wintonbury Library, and The Mark Twain House. She has been a fellow at Yaddo and has published her work in a number of periodicals, including The American Scholar, The American Voice, The Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, and Calyx. Her work is included in five anthologies—The 1997 Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry; The American Voice: Anthology of Poetry; At Our Core: Women Writing About Power; Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age; and Sunken Garden Poetry: 1992-2011. nnHer poetry has won many awards, including honorable mention in the 2004 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival National Competition, and she has given readings throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. A collection of her poetry, Stumbling into the Light, was published by Antrim House in 2004, and she was a featured reader at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in June 2005. She was awarded a 2010 Solo Writer’s Fellowship from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. For additional information go to www.edwinatrentham.com.


 
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