Sunday, May 7

(alphabetical by author -- all events free and open to the public unless otherwise listed)



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


For a stellar Kirkus Reviews commentary on Singing with Starlings, see

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:

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





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



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

For a stellar review of Called: the Making and Unmaking of a Nun, see




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.


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.





For a witty, iconoclastic poem by Ginny on Your Daily Poem, visit

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

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

See the seminar section of the Antrim House website ( 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

And for a Mass Poetry piece on the book, visit

Visit 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

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.



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 (


















For an enthusiastic review of Food for a Journey, see

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.



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


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

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!


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.



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








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


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'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

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 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 ( out of Vancouver, BC.

Recently, one of Kevin's favorite poems from My Ríastrad ("A Lovelier World") was transformed into an animated video:

"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 ( - 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: And here's the iTunes link for the show: is now listing My Ríastrad as a hot new read amongst recently published Massachusetts Poets. See 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

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

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

Kevin Hogan's newest blog concerns the vital necessity of reducing hate-crimes in these post-election times:

Kevin Hogan's latest blog can be read at

Kevin Hogan's latest blog can be read at

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





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.



Joel Johnson's poem, "An Idea She Got from Oprah" was featured on the Rattle website as a poem of the day:

An interview with Joel Johnson as been posted on "Geosi Reads":




Kirkus Reviews has issued a glowing review of Joan's newest book, Fading into Focus. Visit

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."


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.












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



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 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













For a WPKN discussion of CT Arts Day with other panelists, visit

For a television interview with guests Julia Morris Paul and Rennie McQuilkin, see

For a radio interview preceding Rennie's reading at the Institute Library in New Haven, see

To hear Rennie discuss his new book, A Quorum of Saints, visit

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

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, Bryant Park, NYC, 7 p.m. reading/book-signing (with Ellen Rachlin, Brad Davis, Myra Shapiro, and Kate Gale).

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.



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.








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!











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.






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 and contact her at

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



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



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.


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



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 ( ) and Elizabeth Schultz ( by July 1, 2016.


For a stellar review of Ancestral Intelligence, visit


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


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 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.




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."
















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




Barry Zaret is now an invited blogger with the Huffington Press. For his blogs, visit 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

Barry's latest Huffington Post blog can be read at

An even more recent blog by Barry is at

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



The museum is located at 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington, CT. For information: and 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 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


For information and tickets, visit

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,

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



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 ("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”



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 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.



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 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 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: 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 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: information on the series, contact Ken Cormier:


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 Next event TBA.

CT CENTER FOR THE BOOK. For information:



Offerings this Spring from East Hill Writers’ Workshop and and 860-559-8051



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



Creative Writing Program of the English Department, Yale University, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St., New Haven, CT. More info: and 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 To nominate a poet or volunteer as a moderator, email Christine Beck at 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.




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 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 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 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 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 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 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: 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 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 and contact her at

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT. Readings at the UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center under the auspices of UConn's Creative Writing Program. For information, contact Erica Buehler (, 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,


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 (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 (

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 (


ARTS CENTER EAST, Vernon, has launched “Poetry Rocks,” a free quarterly poetry series. For more information, go to, or email the series coordinator:


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


ELIZABETH THOMAS. A short memoir piece by Elizabeth Thomas has just been published at


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


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, For more information, visit


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: or contact Jim Finnegan (, 860-508-2810).


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 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:

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


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

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


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 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,


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


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.
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
Canton Public Library
40 Dyer Avenue
Canton, CT 06019

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 or


DICK ALLEN'S beautiful tribute to the victims and families of Sandy Hook Elementary School is available at 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:

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


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


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


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


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, ( and Dr Catherine Hoyser ( 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,, 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: 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



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:

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:


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 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

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