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


SUSAN ALLISON


 LAURA ALTSHUL

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


 VICTOR ALTSHUL

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

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

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

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


 INA ANDERSON


JAKE ANDERSON


 CAROL A. ARMSTRONG


 EMILY H. AXELROD

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


DON BARKIN


MARGE ROGERS BARRETT

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

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

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


AL BASILE


SHERRI BEDINGFIELD


POLLY BRODY

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


BOB BROOKS

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


MIRIAM BROOKS BUTTERWORTH


KATHARINE CARLE


MICHAEL CERVAS


GINNY LOWE CONNORS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JEANNE WESTON COOK

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


MELISSA CROGHAN

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

JANE D'ARISTA


KATHLEEN DALE


NANCY DALEY


BRAD DAVIS


CHERYL DELLA PELLE

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

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

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


ANNE MAGEE DICHELE


DANNY DOVER


JEFF DUTKO


CORA M. EKWURTZEL


PRISCILLA WEAR ELLSWORTH


CHARLES B. FERGUSON


KATE FETHERSTON


CAROL GABRIELSON FINE


STEVE FOLEY


HARPER FOLLANSBEE, JR.


ANNE CARROLL FOWLER


TOM GANNON

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

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

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


JEN GATES


BARBARA GERMIAT

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


JESSICA GIGOT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JONATHAN GILLMAN

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


SARAH GLAZ


NICHOLAS GIOSA

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


DICK GREENE


INGRID GRENON


LORENCE GUTTERMAN


NICK HARRIS


MARYE GAIL HARRISON


DORIS HENDERSON


LYNN HOFFMANN

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


JOAN HOFMANN

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

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


KEVIN HOGAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DEMING HOLLERAN


SARA INGRAM


BOB JACOB


BROOKE HERTER JAMES

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


CECELIA D. JOHNSON


JOEL F. JOHNSON

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

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


MARILYN E. JOHNSTON


ARLENE SWIFT JONES


JOAN KANTOR

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

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

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


LES KAY

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


PHYLLIS BECK KATZ


MARGARET KEANE - SISTER MARIE MICHAEL KEANE


JIM KELLEHER


ELIZABETH KINCAID-EHLERS


TRICIA KNOLL

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

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


ALEX KOCHKIN


JUDY KRONENFELD


JOAN KUNSCH


PAM LACKO


SUSANNAH LAWRENCE


KENNETH LEE

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


ANN MIRABILE LEES


DAVID K. LEFF

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

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


MARY LEONARD


SUZANNE LEONARD


GREGORY LESTAGE

 


SUZANNE LEVINE


REBECCA LILLY


TOM MALLOUK


SRINIVAS MANDAVILLI


LAURA MAZZA-DIXON


WILLIAM H. MATCHETT


LOIS MATHIEU


RENNIE McQUILKIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JAMES B. MELE


NANCY FITZ-HUGH MENEELY

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

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


SUSAN T. MOSS


VICTORIA T. MURPHY


MARILYN NELSON


PATRICIA HORN O'BRIEN


LANA ORPHANIDES


JIM PEARCE


PAUL PETRIE

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


GARRETT PHELAN


MOLLIE PILLING


PIT PINEGAR


CURT PLASKON


NORAH POLLARD


JOHN POPIELASKI


WANDA S. PRAISNER


BRUCE PRATT


DIANA M. RAAB


ELLEN RACHLIN

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

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

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


GERI RADACSI


JAROLD RAMSEY


KENTON WING ROBINSON


KENNETH S. ROBSON


CHIVAS SANDAGE

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

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

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

 


JEAN SANDS

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

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


PEGGY SAPPHIRE


MARIA SASSI

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


JANE SCHAPIRO

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


V. JANE SCHNEELOCH


ELIZABETH SCHULTZ

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


VERA SCHWARCZ

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


PAUL SCOLLAN

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


ALEXANDRINA SERGIO

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

 


MYRA SHAPIRO


JOAN SELIGER SIDNEY

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

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

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


KAREN SILK


GRETCHEN SCHAFER SKELLEY


LISA SORNBERGER


JOHN L. STANIZZI


SETH STEINZOR


BERNITA WOODRUFF SUNDQUIST


JOANNE TAYLOR


ELIZABETH THOMAS


ANN ANDERSON STRANAHAN


PARKER TOWLE


EDWINA TRENTHAM


THERESA VARA


GERDA WALZ-MICHAELS


KIRSTEN WASSON


RHETT WATTS

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


ALLEN C. WEST


MAME WILLEY


BARRY L. ZARET

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

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

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

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

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

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


GERALDINE ZETZEL

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


 SPECIAL EVENTS

HILL-STEAD MUSEUM

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

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

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

SUNKEN GARDEN POETRY FESTIVAL 2018

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

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

Wednesday, June 20: Molly Brown and Margaret Gibson

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

May 11
Poet: Ocean Vuong
Music: Coco Beaux

 

WINTONBURY BRANCH POETRY SERIES

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

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

 

RIVERWOOD POETRY SERIES

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

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

 

GUILFORD POETS GUILD SECOND THURSDAY POETRY SERIES

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

EAST HILL WRITERS WORKSHOPS

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

 

NOAH WEBSTER HOUSE

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

 

YALE UNIVERSITY

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

MARK TWAIN HOUSE. Next event TBA.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

SPRING SERIES 2018

March 4: Faith Vicinanza and Timothy Cresswell

April 8: Tim Cole and Patricia Mottola

May 6: Donna Fleischer and Leslie McGrath

June 3: Joan Hofmann and John Surowiecki

 

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

 

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

 

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


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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


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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 


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


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

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

 

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

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

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

 

POETS @ TEATIME

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

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

 

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

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

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


THE MARLBOROUGH ARTS CENTER presents:

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

 

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


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


MERRILL HOUSE EVENTS

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

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

Other Upcoming Events

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

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Guilford Poets Guild 20th Anniversary Anthology

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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


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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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


POETRY MONTH IN GLASTONBURY, April, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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



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


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


FROM EPIC POEM TO EPIC PUNK

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

Featuring

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

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

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

FREE—EVERYONE WELCOME

Presented by Glastonbury Poet Laureate Alexandrina Sergio

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

Reading starts with an Open Mike.

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

8:00 PM – CUATRO PUNTOS, string quartet


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

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

This annual poetry reading features two Connecticut-based poets—

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

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

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

For more information, contact:

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

 

 

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

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

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


CALLING ALL POETS (and Poetry Lovers) presents Suzanne Gravel

as the featured poet in the Bronson poetry program

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


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

 

POETRY OF JEAN SANDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

 

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

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Great Poetry!

In a Warm, Friendly Environment

 

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

June 17-24, 2018
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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




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

 

 

WINTONBURY POETRY Workshops by Maria Sassi

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

JAMES B NICOLA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


EQUINE WORKSHOP.

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

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

Where: Haywire Farm, West Granby, CT

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

This annual poetry reading features two Connecticut-based poets—

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

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

Anita Durkin will give the introductions.

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

For more information, contact:

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

 

 

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

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

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

Reading starts with an Open Mike.

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

Free event.

http://charteroakreadings.blogspot.com/

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

 

 

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


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



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

 

 

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2017

Guilford Poets Guild: Dick Allen Memorial Tribute

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

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

For more information, visit guilfordpoetsguild.org.

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

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


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

 

 

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

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

Hope to see you there!

Cortney Davis

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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


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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

SUNKEN GARDEN POETRY FESTIVAL 2018

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

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

Wednesday, June 20: Molly Brown and Margaret Gibson

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

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

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

 

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

Great Poetry!

In a Warm, Friendly Environment

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

 

 

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

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

11:30 - Noon
West Hartford Poet Laureate Julie Choffel

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

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


GUILFORD POETS GUILD, Second Thursday Poetry Series

A Memorial Tribute

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please register.


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


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

 


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

Featuring guest speaker—
COLE SWENSEN
“Walking and Poetry”

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

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

Suggested donation $10* per person to benefit…

Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

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

*Completely optional; no one turned away.

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

PLEASE RSVP BY JULY 14th

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

KEN SMITH 860 653 3791 home 860 817 1017 cell

Directions to Holcomb Farm, West Granby, CT

From the South (Avon, Simsbury)

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

From the East (Route 91, East Granby)

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

 


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Limited to 7 Women

 

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

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

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

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

Limited to 7 participants

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

Readers:

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

The Reading is free and open to the public

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

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

 

 

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


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