Sunday, May 7
 

ANTRIM HOUSE EVENTS, AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
(alphabetical by author -- all events free and open to the public unless otherwise listed)


SUSAN ALLISON


 LAURA ALTSHUL

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 2:00 pm, Yale Bookstore, New Haven, CT: reading and book-signing.


 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/.


 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.


JEANNE WESTON COOK


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


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.


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

It is a great pleasure to announce that Nicholas Giosa's This Sliding Light of Day is 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


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

"Poetry & Growing Old," a presentation and discussion led by Jim Kelleher focused on poems addressing the joys and jolts of aging. Jim will lead participants in a discussion of about ten relevant poems. The event will occur on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Oliver Wolcott Library, 160 South St., Litchfield, CT. The program is free, but registration is required. Call the library at 860-567-8030.


ELIZABETH KINCAID-EHLERS


ALEX KOCHKIN


JUDY KRONENFELD

Upcoming readings for Judy Kronenfeld's Bird Flying through the Banquet (FutureCycle Press, 2017).


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


MARY LEONARD


SUZANNE LEONARD


GREGORY LESTAGE

 


SUZANNE LEVINE


REBECCA LILLY


TOM MALLOUK


SRINIVAS MANDAVILLI


LAURA MAZZA-DIXON

LUNCH FOR THE MIND WITH LAURA MAZZA-DIXON. Wednesday, November 15th, 12:15 pm - 2 pm, Granby Senior Center, 15C North Granby Road, Granby, CT: "Poetry in our Lives." Join Laura Mazza-Dixon, author of Forged by Joy, for a workshop on how our lives have been influenced by poetry, and how we can share poetry with others, whether we ourselves have written poetry or not. Ms. Mazza-Dixon will read from her own work, share some of her own experiences with writing poetry, and discuss ways to connect with the vibrant community of poets in Connecticut. Participants are invited to bring their favorite poems and/or poems they have written themselves to share with the group in the course of the workshop. Copies of Forged by Joy will be available for sale and signing. For more information call 860-844-5350.


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.

Saturday, May 26, 10:15 a.m., Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., Hartford, CT: presentation on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins as part of the Poets on Poetry series.


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.

Together We Rise 2017 Poetry Series will host its tenth reading on Sunday, November 12, from 2-4 PM at Two Wrasslin’ Cats in East Haddam, with a featured reader, as well as a read-in of poems exploring the high cost of war and our abiding desire for peace. The featured reader will be poet Nan Meneely, whose acclaimed book, Letter from Italy, 1944, based on letters from her father when he was serving in World War II, was the only book of poetry awarded in the Legacy Non-fiction category of the 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. It was noted by the Hartford Courant as one of thirteen important books published by Connecticut writers in 2013. In addition to the reading by Nan Meneely, there will be a selection of poetry about war and peace provided. Participants are invited to read from this selection, encouraged to bring poems on this topic to read, 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.


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

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

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

There will be a reading of selected poems from Close But Not Touching, by the late Jean Sands, performed by writer and Jean's longtime friend Nancy McMillan, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Harwinton Public Library, from 1:15 - 3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be offered, and books will be available for purchase. The event will be emceed by Jean's husband, Jack Sheedy.


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


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." will ride the UConn shuttle buses this coming academic year (2016-2017) as part of "Poetic Journeys."

Mon., Nov. 6, 7 p.m., UConn Barnes & Noble, 1 Royce Circle, Storrs, CT: reading in the ROAR series (with Ellen Meeropole and Sarah Gilligan).


KAREN SILK


GRETCHEN SCHAFER SKELLEY


LISA SORNBERGER


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.


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.

 

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.

October 13: Featured poet Jose B. Gonzalez; opening poet, Julia Paul; with music by The BeeKeepers

November 3: Poet Brenda Shaughnessy with opening poet Pegi Deitz Shea and music by JHunter Group

 

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.

November 16, 7 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. "An Evening of Wit and Poignancy" - Pegi Deitz Shea, widely published author of both children's books and poetry for adults, will present her poetry, and Martha Reingold, author of the book, Jewish Wry and Other Slices of Life, will read her poetry. Open mic follows. Hosted by Sherri Bedingfield.

December 21, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. "Two from the Faxon Poets" - June Sidran Mandelkern, a founder of the Faxon Poets, will read from her newest book, To the Far Country, and David Mello, another member, will read from his own recently published book, Finding My Way. Open mic follows. Hosted by Tom Nicotera.

 

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 theough 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.

7 p.m., Nov. 9: poet Maria Luisa Arroyo will present a workshop on a poetic form she calls the "American Ghazal." Maria will introduce participants to features of this form, after which they will be invited to write their own Ghazals.

 

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.

Thursday, November 9: Allen Garry, Poet Laureate of the Veterans Arts Foundation, will read in celebration of Veterans Day.

 

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, October 19, 6:30 p.m., poet Heather Treseler; 8 p.m., Kinetiscope String Trio with special guest Melanie Chirignan on flute

 

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.

Proposed Dates and Poets/Presenters, 2017-2018

2017:
November 18 –William Blake/Mark Sheridan

2018:
January 27 Gertrude Stein/Julie Jones and Mark Sheridan
February 24—Wislawa Szymborska/Julia Paul
March 31—Claudia Rankine/ TBA
(Thursday evening April 26, 2018, Claudia Rankine presents on One Book)
April 28 Frank O’Hara (orTBA)/David Cappella
May 26 Gerard Manley Hopkins/Rennie McQuilkin
June 30 TBA

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.”

 

WEST END POETRY SERIES: POETRY AT THE METRO. The series, organized by Katie Irish, will present its final Saturday event on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Place: the Metro Café, 580 Farmington Ave. (turn onto Tremont to enter), Hartford, CT. Earlier readings in the series were televised and are available on the Hartford Public Access television website. For more information, call Katie Irish at 860.965.8800 or email her (poetryontheporch@gmail.com). Facebook: West End Poetry Society; Twitter #WEPSHftd.
Saturday, Nov 18, 2 p.m. – John L. Stanizzi with Kate Rushin and guitaring by Jim Mercik

 

DICK ALLEN, CT Poet Laureate from 2010-2015 recently 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.

November 19, 2017
2:00-4:00 pm featuring: Gwen Gunn
Norman Marshall


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.

 

TRINITY COLLEGE ALLAN K. SMITH READING SERIES. Next: TBA

 

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT. Readings at the UConn Bookstore, 1 Royce Circle, Storrs Center, Storrs, CT. For information, contact Erica Buehler (rica.buehler@uconn.edu, 860-919-9875). Next: 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. Starting this Wedmesday, July 5, a 3-day intensive workshop in poetry, prose poem and flash fiction modes with Charles Rafferty, 9:30-12:30 p.m. ($295).

 

NOAH WEBSTER HOUSE, 227 South Main St., West Hartford, CT, Sunday, October 8, 2-5 pm: reading by Italian-American poets moderated by Maria Sassi. The event will include an open mike. The readers will be Dennis Barone, David Cappella, Geri Radacsi, Tom Nicotera, Tony Fusco, Maria Frank, and Maria Sassi.

 

WALLY SWIST. Please help celebrate 30 years of writing by Wally Swist on Thursday, Nov. 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst, MA. Henry Lyman will introduce Wally, and he will read from his work.

 

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.

 

POETRY WORKSHOP. Sunday, November 5, 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., Union Street Tavern, 20 Union St., Windsor, CT (free parking): a workshop on Senryu ("Japanese human haiku") with Stanford M. Forrester. Registration deadline: Oct. 26th. $85.00 (includes workshop materials). Mail checks to: Stanford M. Forrester, P.O.Box 189, Windsor, CT 06095. Contact Stanford M. Forrester with any questions at: bottlerockets_99@yahoo.com.

 

WALLACE STEVENS BIRTHDAY BASH, Saturday, November 4, 2017, 2:00 pm, Center for Contemporary Culture, Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., Hartford, CT, featuring guest speaker Paul Mariani delivering an address entitled “Wallace Stevens: Facets of the Human Face Behind the Marble Edifice.” The event will begin with a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by Paul Mariani’s presentation, and will conclude with a book signing, birthday cake and champagne! Suggested donation $10* per person.

 

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). Sunday December 3, 3PM: Julie Choffel and Sarah Nichols

 

BESSY REYNA will be inducted into the Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 4, 5:30 p.m., at Central Connecticut State University (Heritage Hall). Congratulations, Bessy!


UCONN. The University of Connecticut's Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce that Tara Betts will be reading her poetry at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Storrs Center. For more information, visit the Creative Writing Program’s website at www.creativewriting.uconn.edu.This event is a benefit for the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic, Connecticut. Audience members are invited to make a monetary donation after the reading. Those who are unable to attend but still wish to contribute are welcome to leave a cash or check donation in the mailbox of Professor Sean Forbes in room 208 of the Austin Building.

 

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.

 

MERRILL HOUSE EVENTS

Saturday, November 18
5 pm
November Merrill Fellow
Maxim Loskutoff
reads from his work
Stonington Free Library
20 High St
Stonington CT


POETRY WORKSHOP on Senryu with Stanford M. Forrester, Sunday, November 5, 10:30 a.m.— 4 p.m., Union Street Tavern, 20 Union St.
Windsor, CT (free parking). Price: $85.00 (includes workshop materials). Contact Stanford M. Forrester with any questions at: bottlerockets_99@yahoo.com. Registration deadline: Oct. 26th.

 

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.


JEAN SANDS. There will be a reading of selected poems from Close But Not Touching, by the late Jean Sands, performed by writer and Jean's longtime friend Nancy McMillan, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Harwinton Public Library, from 1:15 - 3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be offered, and books will be available for purchase. The event will be emceed by Jean's husband, Jack Sheedy.

 

ARTEMIS RISING READING at Wethersfield Library, 515 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, CT, on Thursday, November 16th from 6:30 to 8 PM. Eileen Albrizio and other members of Artemis Rising (Priscilla Tennant Herrington, Suzy Lamson, Mary Elizabeth Lang, Suzanne Niedzielska, Paula Panzarella, Victoria Rivas, and Linda Yuhas) will read selections from their work, including poems from Albrizios book The Box Under the Bed. Artemis Rising is a group of eight women writers who have been regularly meeting once a month for 20 years, sharing and critiquing each other's poetry and sharing lives as friends. The event is free, and there's plenty of parking. There will be music by Frank Panzarella to open the show, and Shelly Weinberg will warm up the crowd with his funny and poignant poetry, both being loving and supportive spouses of Artemis members. There will also be light refreshments and an open mic at the end of the program."

 

IT IS A GREAT SADNESS to report than Robert Cording's son has died. All of us who know Bob are stricken. If you want to reach him, his address is 100 Shields Rd., Woodstock, CT 06281.

 

JONATHAN GILLMAN will be honored at the Civil Rights Leaders and Legends Awards ceremony to be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 4:00-6:00, in the Old Judiciary Room of the State Capitol in Hartford, CT

 

BARRY ZARET will have a group oil paintings entitled "Galapagos and Other Journeys" hanging at the DaSilva Gallery in New Haven, CT from Nov. 9 - December 2, 2017, with an opening reception on Nov. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

POETS LAUREATE READING. A free poetry reading including the Connecticut State Poet Laureate, Rennie McQuilkin, together with various Connecticut town poets laureate, including Julia Paul, Manchester; Alexandrina Sergio, Glastonbury; Davyne Verstanding, Washington; Rhonda Ward, New London; Julie Choffel, West Hartford; Dr. Daniel Donaghy, Windham County; Tarn Granucci, Wallingford; Joan Hofmann, Canton, Charles Margolis, South Windsor; Katharine Carle, Seabury Life; Virginia Connors and Christine Beck, West Hartford (emeriti), will take place on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m. at historic Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester. The event is sponsored by the Manchester Arts Commission and the CT Coalition of Poets Laureates. Refreshments will be available. For further information contact Julia Paul at julia.paul@cox.net.

 

GREG COLEMAN WORKSHOP. "Sailing Beyond The Limits of One Page: The Adventure of Writing The Long Poem" with Greg Coleman. The workshop will consist of two consecutive Thursday evenings. The cost: $150.00. The place: The Clinton Art Gallery 20 E Main St, Clinton, CT. Dates: Thursday evenings, Nov. 9th and Nov. 16th. Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. with tea, cookies etc. during the break. If you have questions or would like to register, email, text, or call me: Greg Coleman, 203-668-7885, heartstonelabyrinths@comcast.net.



THE VIRGINIA MONOLOGUES at the Guilford Free Library, November 6 at 4 PM, directed by Gwen Gunn, written and performed by Norman Thomas Marshall. The theatrical presentation is set in post WW II “Jim Crow” rural Virginia. It examines, in comic and racially charged language,
the predicament of poor white people of that era. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more info: 610 428 4852.

 

JEN PAYNE will read from and sign copies of her new poetry collection Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind on Saturday, November 18 from 11am - 2pm at Rock Garden, 17 South Main Street, Branford, CT. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

 

JOAN SELIGER SIDNEY. Mon., Nov. 6, 7 p.m., UConn Barnes & Noble, 1 Royce Circle, Storrs, CT: reading in the ROAR series (with Ellen Meeropole and Sarah Gilligan).

 

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.

 

CPS HOLIDAY PARTY. Sunday, December 10, 2017, The Connecticut Poetry Society will honor four nationally-known poets , recently deceased, with a reading of their poems at its annual holiday party. The poets are John Ashbery, Derek Walcott, Richard Wilbur, and C. D. Wright. There will also be an open mic, complimentary refreshments provided and a wrapped poetry book gift swap. The event takes place from 2-5pm. Butterworth Hall, University of Hartford, 1265 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT. Free and open to the public. For more information, see www.CtPoetry.Net or call 860-655-3263.

 

WEST END POETRY SERIES: POETRY AT THE METRO. The series, organized by Katie Irish, will present its final Saturday event on Nov. 18. Music by Jim Mercik at 1p.m. followed by readings from John L. Stanizzi and Kate Rushin. Place: the Metro Café, 580 Farmington Ave. (turn onto Tremont to enter), Hartford, CT. Earlier readings in the series were televised and are available on the Hartford Public Access television website. For more information, call Katie Irish at 860.965.8800 or email her (poetryontheporch@gmail.com). Facebook: West End Poetry Society; Twitter #WEPSHftd.

 

SUNKEN GARDEN POETRY FESTIVAL. Please help save the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at Hill-Stead Museum. In order to hear the likes of Eamon Grennan and Tracy K, Smith (the current U.S. Poet Laureate), please help overcome the serious financial shortfall at Hill-Stead. To contribute, go to the museum's website www.hillstead.org or call 860-677-4787, x111. To ensure that your contribution (tax deductible) goes directly to poetry, specify the Live Poets Society. Thanks.


LAURA MAZZA-DIXON WORKSHOP/READING UPDATE. Wednesday, November 15th from 12:15 - 2 pm. Poetry in Our Lives Workshop at the Granby Senior Center, 15C North Granby Road, Granby, CT. Bring favorite poems or poems of your own to share. Laura Mazza-Dixon, author of Forged by Joy, will read from her own work and discuss ways to connect with the vibrant community of poets in Connecticut. Meet and talk with other poetry lovers about how our lives have been influenced by poetry and how we can share our love for poetry with our community. Bring your own lunch, beverages will be provided. $5 fee for the workshop. Registration is requested at 860-844-5350. This event is sponsored by the Granby Civic Engagement Team's "Lunch for the Mind" series.

 

POETS LAUREATE READING. A free poetry reading including the Connecticut State Poet Laureate, Rennie McQuilkin, together with various Connecticut town poets laureate, including Julia Paul, Manchester; Alexandrina Sergio, Glastonbury; Davyne Verstanding, Washington; Rhonda Ward, New London; Julie Choffel, West Hartford; Dr. Daniel Donaghy, Windham County; Tarn Granucci, Wallingford; Joan Hofmann, Canton, Charles Margolis, South Windsor; Katharine Carle, Seabury Life; Virginia Connors and Christine Beck, West Hartford (emeriti), will take place on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m. at historic Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester. The event is sponsored by the Manchester Arts Commission and the CT Coalition of Poets Laureates. Refreshments will be available. For further information contact Julia Paul at julia.paul@cox.net.

 

ART SPACE EVENT. Ekphrasis: Poetry, Music & Dance Inspired by Visual Art , ArtSpace Hartford, 555 Asylum Street, Saturday, November 18th from 3-5pm. The show will be followed by an After Party & Art Reception. For information: http://openstudiohartford.com/ekphrasis. Donations are accepted.

 

THE POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN. On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. Outstanding featured readers in a casual setting. Open to all. Open mic precedes feature. Doors Open at 6:30. Poetry starts at 7:00. Arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the open mic. More info: http://thepoetryinstitute.com. The Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. Thursday, November 16, 8th Annual Blue-Ribbon Favorite Poem Paneln Including Elaine Nadal, Karl Traichel, and Gemma Mathewson,
moderated by Mark McGuire-Schwartz

 

A.K. SMITH READING SERIES. Tuesday, November 14, 4:30 PM, Reese Room, Smith House, Trinity College, 123 Vernon Street, Hartford, CT: reading and book-signing by Phillis Levin

 

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

 
b richard.deming@yale.eduGreg Coleman at Greg@heartstonelabyrinths.com