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.


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


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 (








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













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.






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

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







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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

Other Upcoming Events

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



Guilford Poets Guild 20th Anniversary Anthology

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

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

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


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



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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


SUE ELLEN THOMPSON. Lecture on "Marriage, Metaphor, & Mortality: The Poetry of Jane Kenyon" at the LaGrua Center in Stonington at 6 p.m. on Wed., May 23. For more information, visit


WESTPORT WRITERS WORKSHOP is offering many excellent workshops. For information, see


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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


With Highlights From Their Retold Classic Tale

(a novel for young and not-so-young adults)

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


Presented by Glastonbury Poet Laureate Alexandrina Sergio



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

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


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

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

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

Reading starts with an Open Mike.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

b richard.deming@yale.eduGreg Coleman at