HOUSE EVENTS, AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 2:00 pm, Yale Bookstore, New Haven, CT: reading and book-signing.
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/.
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 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.
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 http://www.yourdailypoem.com/listpoem.jsp?poem_id=2037.
Ginny's "In the Museum of Cold Ideas" is an Editor's Choice" in the Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge feature. To read this gem of a poem, visit http://www.rattle.com/in-the-museum-of-cold-ideas-by-ginny-lowe-cnnors/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rattle%2FCNOS+%28Rattle%3A+Poetry+for+the+21st+Century%29.
In addition, Ginny's poem "The Old Halfback" is a 2nd Runner-Up in the 2015 Crosswinds Annual Poetry Contest.
For Ginny Lowe Connors' engaging and illuminating review of Paul Mariani's The Whole Harmonium, a critical bioraphy of Wallace Stevens, visit http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/whole-harmonium.
See the seminar section of the Antrim House website (www.antrimhousebooks.com/seminar.html) for information on a Teacher’s Guide for Ginny Lowe Connors’ new book, Toward the Hanging Tree. Also included is a Reviewers’ Guide.
For an excellent article on Toward the Hanging Tree in West Hartford Life, visit https://view.publitas.com/p222-6222/whl_1116_layout1/page/24.
And for a Mass Poetry piece on the book, visit http://www.masspoetry.org/towardthehangingtree.
Visit http://www.versedaily.org/2016/bettyparrishearsonlyno.shtml for a Verse Daily poem selected from Toward the Hanging Tree.
The Grayson Books anthology Forgotten Women will be launched in the River Wood Poetry Series on March 9th. Connecticut contributors will be reading selections from it.
We are pleased to announce that Ginny Lowe Connors' Toward the Hanging Tree is a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award and also the da Vinci Eye Award of the Eric Hoffer competition.
Ginny's "The Wolf in Me" has won the New Millenium Writing's Monthly Muse award.You can read it at http://newmillenniumwritings.org/the-wolf-in-me/
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).
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.
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeXvRjNUsqI.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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: 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
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."
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.
Upcoming readings for Judy Kronenfeld's Bird Flying through the Banquet (FutureCycle Press, 2017).
Self-Portrait with Hourglass, Kenneth Lee's fourth book is now available. Information can be found at email@example.com.
Saturday, December 9, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Byrd's Books, 126 Greenwoods Avenue, Bethel, Connecticut: reading and book-signing with Phillip Lu, Lisa Schwartz, Sydney Eddison, Courtney Davis, Jerry Brooker, and Emily Carney. For more information call 203-730-2973 or go to http://byrdsbooks.com/.
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.
Thursday, April 5, time TBA, Rockville High school reading.
Monday, April 16, 2018, 2:20 p.m., Werner Theater, Westminster School: public reading
Saturday, May 26, 2018, 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.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018, Bryant Park, NYC, 7 p.m. reading/book-signing (with Ellen Rachlin, Brad Davis, Myra Shapiro, and Kate Gale).
Thursday, November 15, 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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 (email@example.com ) and Elizabeth Schultz (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 1, 2016.
For a stellar review of Ancestral Intelligence, visit http://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/blog/words-have-no-word-words-are-not-true#.VJD6Mnuvw3M.
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 email@example.com. 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." will ride the UConn shuttle buses this coming academic year (2016-2017) as part of "Poetic Journeys."
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.
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 has been posting a monthly poem on her website, www.geraldinezetzel.com. Check out the latest one; its full of zest.
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 through the doors on the side of the building. The Program Center is up one flight of stairs, with an elevator available. For more information, see the Riverwood Poetry Series FaceBook page and http://www.riverwoodpoetry.org/. This year's series will focus on poems that deal with social issues and will lead to group discussion following the readings. An open mic will precede readings but not workshops. Admission is free, though donations are gratefully accepted. Non-perishable food items are accepted for the AHCC Crisis Food Support program. Doors open at 6:30 for refreshments and conversation. Events begin at 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 14th: poet Amy King.
GUILFORD POETS GUILD SECOND THURSDAY POETRY SERIES
Second Thursday Poetry Series, the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St., Guilford, CT. Events begin with an Open Mic from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m., followed by featured readings and refreshments afterwards. For more information, visit www.guilfordpoetsguild.org. Guilford Poets Guild's Holiday Round Table Poetry Reading on Thursday, December 14, featuring found poems by GPG members. The evening, presented by the Guild and the Guilford Free Library, will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the library. It begins with an Open Mic from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped children's book, new or gently used, to be donated to the Branford Community Dining Room.
WESTMINSTER SCHOOL. Westminster School (Gund Reading Room, Armour Academic Center, 995 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT ). Information at 860-408-3053. Poet Philip Metres will read on December 8 at 7:00 PM.
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.
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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Next event TBA.
CT CENTER FOR THE BOOK. For information: www.cthumanities.org/
EAST HILL WRITERS WORKSHOPS
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
Creative Writing Program of the English Department, Yale University,
Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St., New Haven, CT. More info: http://yalecreativewriting.yale.edu/
HARTFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY (Classroom 26, 1st floor), 500
Main St., Hartford, CT. POETS ON POETRY
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,
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.”
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT. Readings at the UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center under the auspices of UConn's Creative Writing Program. For information, contact Erica Buehler (email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, RUSSELL HOUSE, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT. Next event TBA.
YALE UNIVERSITY. Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street, Yale Campus, New Haven CT: Next TBA.
MELISSA CROGHAN was interviewed on WNPR (90.5 FM) in Hartford on Tues., Jan. 10 at 9 a.m., with a repeat at 7 p.m. and can be streamed at http://www.tinyurl.com/jh4cfr9 (beginning at about minute 23 of the show.) She discussed her work with refugee children in Jordan and read one of her poems based on that work, many others of which were published in The CT Poets Corner of The Hartford Courant in November, 2016 and can be found in the paper's online version (http://www.courant.com/entertainment/arts-theater/hc-connecticut-poet-melissa-croghan-20161121-story.html).
CORTNEY DAVIS' manuscript Thrilled has been selected byNaomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. The book (title still to be determined) will be published by Michigan State University Press in the spring of 2018. Kudos, Courtney.
CALLING ALL POETS, Silas Bronson Library, 267 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT (downstairs auditorium): Next event TBA.
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT. Readings at the UConn Bookstore, 1 Royce Circle, Storrs Center, Storrs, CT. For information, contact Erica Buehler (email@example.com, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
WESTPORT WRITERS WORKSHOP in Avon, Westport, and Ridgefield, CT: for information, call 203-227-3250 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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:
CHIVAS SANDAGE. Naomi Shihab Nye has chosen Chivas Sandage's poem, “Chopping Onions,” as runner-up for the Southern Humanities Review 2017 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, which includes a cash award and publication. Another new poem by Chivas was a top 10 finalist for the annual Readers Digest poetry contest.
CHARTER OAK READING SERIES. Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT. All events are free and occur on Sundays, 3-5 pm, starting with an open mike. For information: http://charteroakreadings.blogspot.com/ or contact Jim Finnegan (email@example.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!
RHETT WATTS has a group of poems online in PoetryMagazine.com and one appearing in the November issue of Sojouners. She will read with poets from the Naugatuck River Review at the Great Falls Word Festival on October 15. Rhett facilitates AWA (Amherst Writers & Artists) and SoulCollage workshops in Auburn, MA where she now lives.
FOREWORD REVIEWS has issued a glowing review of Victor Altshul's newest book, Ode to My Autumn: https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/ode-to-my-autumn/.
JANE SCHAPIRO. Click here for a podcast concerning the biking adventure that led to Jane Schapiro's Let the Wind Push Us Across.
JONATHAN GILLMAN 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
CLINTON ART GALLERY READING by poets from workshops
led by Edwina Trentham and Greg Coleman, Thursday, December 7th, 6:00-8:00
PM. The Clinton Art Gallery is in the Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center at
20 East Main Street in the heart of Clinton, CT. The reading is free and
open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The event, entitled "Love,
Loss, and Taking Chances," will feature Carol Altieri, Pat Barone,
Suellyn Callaghan, Carol Chaput, Greg Coleman, Nancy Correa, Silvia Ducach,
Thomasina Levy, Lorraine Reiss, and Barbara Stuart. For more information,
contact Edwina Trentham (email@example.com or 860-873-1472).
POETRY ROCKS! a new quarterly poetry series East of the River, will finish its inaugural year with a reading by award-winning poet, Kate Rushin. The event, hosted by Arts Center East, will take place Sunday, Dec. 3, 2:00 p.m., at 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon. The event is open to the public, and also features UConn’s Mollie Kervick and Rockville High School’s Tanner Bosse. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.artscentereast.org.
ECSU READING, Thursday at 7 pm in Eastern Connecticut State University's Science 301, 83 Windham Street, Willimantic, CT: reading by poet José B, Gonzalez. For information, call Daniel Donaghy at 860-465-0208.
TRINITY COLLEGE ALLAN K. SMITH READING SERIES. Thursday, Dec. 7, 4:30 pm, Reese Room in Smith House, 300 Summit St., on the campus of Trinity College, Hartford CT: free reading by Cave Canem "Elder," Afaa Michael Weaver. The reading will be followed by a light reception. For information, call 860-297-2036.
JEN PAYNE. December 16, 12-3 pm, Rock Garden, 17 South
Main Street, Branford, CT: book signing for Evidence of Flossing
with Author/Naturalist Jen Payne. Refreshments will be served.