ANTRIM HOUSE EVENTS, AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

(All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise listed.)


SUSAN ALLISON


 LAURA ALTSHUL

Laura Altshul's poem "Afterwards" has been awarded Honorable Mention for The Robbie Award from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.

 


 VICTOR ALTSHUL

 


 INA ANDERSON


JAKE ANDERSON


 CAROL A. ARMSTRONG


 EMILY H. AXELROD

 


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


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


ROBERT CLAPS


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.

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/

Poets on Poetry. The Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., Hartford. BY ZOOM.
Saturdays, 10am-noon, Classroom 139. Saturday, October 17, 2020, 10 am: Naomi Shihab Nye, presented VIA ZOOM by Ginny Connors. : POP on
Zoom https://zoom.us/j/98901595751
Passcode: 249895

In November, the Guilford Poets Guild welcomes poet Ginny Lowe Connors for its Second Thursday Poetry Reading. The reading will take place via Zoom on Thursday, November 12 at 7PM, hosted by the Guilford Free Library. Please register on the Library's website, www.guilfordfreelibrary.org. A Zoom link will be sent to you directly.


JEANNE WESTON COOK


MELISSA CROGHAN


JANE D'ARISTA


KATHLEEN DALE


NANCY DALEY


BRAD DAVIS


CORTNEY DAVIS

Please join Cortney Davis and Wilton Library moderator Judson Scruton on October 7th at 5 p.m. as we discuss poetry and the poetic process and celebrate my new book, “I Hear Their Voices Singing: Poems New & Selected,” a casual session with time for Q&A and conversation. Registration is required.

If folks tuned in to my reading from Wilton Library, I will be reading different poems this time, and discussing various aspects of the poetic process with Judson--shaping a "new & Selected" collection, writing during a pandemic, and whatever else comes up! And there will be time for Q&A from the zoom audience.
Please join us on NOVEMBER 12, from 5-6 p.m. for a special poetry program as local poet – and nurse – Cortney Davis reads a selection of poems from her newest book I Hear Their Voices Singing. Judson Scruton will moderate the ZOOM program with commentary and Q&A.
Cortney Davis, the Poet Laureate of Bethel, is a nurse practitioner and award-winning poet whose work, including poetry, essays, book reviews and narrative non-fiction, has been published in many books, anthologies, and literary and medical journals. She’s been a Visiting Writer and seminar leader at numerous colleges and universities and has given poetry readings and workshops throughout the United States. She has read her poetry at BPL many times over the years, and her work is especially relevant today.
Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He was an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University.
A poetry reading packet will be sent to each participant. Online registration is required in order to receive the ZOOM invitation link and the readings packet.
Signed copies of Cortney’s new book also will be available for purchase in advance of the program. Please contact Amy Davenport, Programming/Outreach Librarian, for details at adavenport@bethellibrary.org. Copies are also available at Byrd's Books.
From Cortney's bio: “An early and prolonged separation from my parents and the various childhood experiences it informed gave rise to what poet Stanley Kunitz called “key images.” These recurrent ideas and themes from childhood often surface in creative writing, especially in poems. Perhaps my key images--the fear of separation from loved ones--also played a role in my choice of a caregiving profession. For me, nursing and poetry eventually merged: poems became a perfect place in which the act of caring could offer a way of keeping, and the mysteries of our world might be revealed in the sensual and vulnerable reality of physical detail.”

CONTACT: Adult Services Department 203-794-8756 adult@bethellibrary.org


CHERYL DELLA PELLE


ANNE MAGEE DICHELE


DANNY DOVER


JEFF DUTKO


CORA M. EKWURTZEL


PRISCILLA WEAR ELLSWORTH

Priscilla Ellsworth, will read selected poems via Zoom as part of the Guilford Poets Guild reading series on Thursday, September 10 at 7PM.


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


ANN MARIE GEAREN


JOHN GEAREN


BARBARA GERMIAT


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.

My second book of poetry, Feeding Hour, is being published this fall by Trail to Table Press, an imprint of Wandering Aengus Press. I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity and everyone involved. I will keep you posted on availability, future readings, and events. Stay tuned!

My essay "Resettling of the Mind" is a finalist for the Sacred Essays Contest hosted by the Center for Interfaith Relations.

It's almost here! My second poetry collection Feeding Hour will be available this fall (11/20/2020) through Trail to Table Press, an imprint of Wandering Aengus Press! I am so grateful to everyone that has helped me bring this book into the world and many thanks to Margaret Davidson for her beautiful artwork. I will have more information soon on my winter book launch event, upcoming readings, and where to purchase. Also, I still have space in my fall Hugo House class. Join me and let's write together!

I am so grateful to bring this book into the world. You can purchase at your local book store or through my publisher's website. I am also very excited to share my new website which includes info on writing, readings, and classes. Scroll down below for some exciting upcoming events! I know these are strange times, but I appreciate the opportunity to share this work with you. Thank you for your support and be well! Jessica https://jessicagigot.com/


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


SUSAN K. HAGEN

FROM MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW, by Diane Donovan

https://www.amazon.com/Shall-We-Dance-Desire-Meditation/dp/1943826838

Shall We Dance? Poems of Desire and Meditation comes from a poet who has 40 years of teaching medieval literature. This background allows her to craft especially artistic reflections strongly rooted in poetic tradition and form: something the typical free-verse presentation too often eschews.

Many of these reflections stem from literary experience, as in "After Reading Hafiz." Many of these poems will benefit from a literature-savvy reader: "Herbert tried. And Donne knew the body/was kin to the spirit,/but prayed to be battered rather than beloved."

But one needs no literary background in order to appreciate the reflections on desire and gratitude embedded in many of these pieces: "In the gray of morning just before the/orange-red rising of the sun,/I put a flame to incense,/breathe gently on the ember glow,/watch bluish smoke rise,/a spiraling image of gratefulness/and supplication,/dispersing into air."

As environment, desire, and life themes coalesce, Hagen ultimately celebrates the spirit reflected in nature with lyrical works that sometimes contain a surprise twist, as in "True Subjunctive."

Each poem reflects "the difference between tourist and pilgrim." The fine lines explored here traverse human nature and contemplate interactions with the natural world.

Hagen's works also reflect her professional familiarity with the works of Rumi and Hafiz's mystical poetic styles of observation. This will especially appeal to readers already familiar with these poets and their special blend of spiritual and nature observation.

Poetry collections seeking modern works rooted in literary approaches of the past will find Shall We Dance? a fine celebratory collection.

 

READINGS

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Birmingham, AL, Red Door Arts Schedule for Fall: Sunday, September 19 at 3:00 p.m. in the church - Kicking off the season is a reading and book signing by parishioner Susan Hagen from her new book, Shall We Dance? – subtitled Poems of Desire and Meditation. Irish poet Joan McBreen likened Hagen’s work to themes of Mary Oliver, while her publisher at Antrim House Books called the poems “a treat for the heart and the mind . . . as lush as they are philosophical.” Her reading will feature the poems as well as their backgrounds, and signed copies will be available for $17.00. A reception will follow in St. Joseph's House.

 


NICK HARRIS


MARYE GAIL HARRISON

Book launch of Emerging Views in the Seabury Library reading series, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.


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

Sunday, October 11 at 2:00 pm, at The Mystic Museum of Art for a Green Poetry Cafe featuring Connecticut Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson, who will be joined by poets Joan Hofmann and Steve Straight, and cellist Theodore Mook.


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.


BETSY HUGHES


DOUGLAS HYDE


SARA INGRAM

Sara Ingram is performing with The Hygienic Egg Company in a theatre piece based on Emily Dickinson on March 8, 2020 at 12:30 pm. The Hygienic Galleries, Bank Street, New London.


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

Feb. 27, East Hartford Public Library (with John Stanizzi), time TBA.

Thurs., Oct. 15, 7 pm reading with a few others in the Wintonbury Poetry Series.


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


SUSAN DEBORAH KING


NANCY MATTOON KLINE


TRICIA KNOLL


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

Poetry for a Greener World ~ Celebrating Earth Day

As part of an all day virtual poetry program sponsored by Connecticut Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson in celebration of Earth Day (more on that soon), there will be a live workshop via Zoom as follows.

Writing Workshop: “There Will Be No One To Remember Us: Writing Poetry of Healing and Witness for the Earth”

with Edwina Trentham

Today, one of the gravest threats facing us is the desecration of our beautiful earth, the heedless greed and irreversible damage for the sake of profit that is destroying our planet. Faced with this horror, how can we as poets draw attention to this destruction, and what can we hope to achieve? In this intensive workshop, we will read and discuss work by poets who have explored this essential topic and explore different ways of writing poetry of witness with passion and persuasiveness. The major part of the workshop will be devoted to workshopping the poems written by participants and submitted ahead of time. Writing prompts focused on the topic of healing and witness for the earth will be provided.

12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., ZOOM and Facebook Live. Please follow the directions below to register as a participant in the workshop or as a viewer.

Sign-up Instructions for Poets: Register by April 1, 2021 with David K. Leff at onktaadn@comcast.net Please send postal address for receipt of materials and briefly state your experience writing nature poetry, if any. A Zoom link will be sent to you along with any further instructions prior to the workshop. Space is limited to ten.

Registration Instructions for the Public: Register at www.whitememorialcc.org. if you would like to observe via ZOOM. A link will be emailed to you the day before the workshop OR watch live on White Memorial’s Facebook Fan Page.


MARY LEONARD


SUZANNE LEONARD


MICHAEL LEPORE


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.


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.

Nancy's book Simple Absence has been named runner-up in the 2020 Eric Hoffer contest. Praise from a Hoffer Contest judge, in response to Simple Absence being named a runner-up for the 2020 Hoffer Award in poetry: These are intensely resonant and important poems. The sound is gorgeous, with liquid language that is never overdone. The soaring music of her work is stunning. Every word seems self-invented. Descriptions are precise, crisp, and specific. Love of poetic form is apparent and skillfully done. Every poem is like a whetstone, honing the reader. She's not afraid to start a poem with a brutal, unadorned truth and does not shrink from the absolute worst moments of being a human, then transforms them into something vital and useful. She can take a small, interior moment and build it into a masterpiece. This is a poet who is paying the most attention.

The book is also a Finalist in the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA).


SUSAN T. MOSS


FRANK MUNDO

Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Eleven Sundry Flowers by Frank Mundo is both a picture book and an inspirational book of love poems. Though relatively short, an enormous amount of artwork and thoughts about life, love, and how the writer truly enjoys his existence fill the pages. The artwork and writing are so intertwined it is nearly impossible to separate the two. First of all, the illustrations are like nothing I have ever seen before. Each page is a carefully arranged collection of minutely detailed beautiful images. There are ancient gods, cherubs, the sun, the moon, and a myriad of planets, to name a few. It’s plain to see that a lot of work has gone into the fashioning of each page to bring about a story almost of itself. But those artful pictures do need the words, or the book becomes difficult to understand. The poems are of romance, dotted with old English, and filled with nuances, deep meanings, and bold expressions of affection. It’s clearly apparent this man is in love with his Nancy, and the carefully chosen words of closeness and desire offer a bright and positive perspective on life itself. The poetry strongly shows how falling in love with someone can completely change a person’s perspective and their enjoyment of everyday living. Eleven Sundry Flowers by Frank Mundo is a profound piece of work that expresses intensely personal thoughts of love and yet is universal. It's such a fresh and positive presentation of love that it leaves me blown away! I highly recommend this extraordinary book.


JOHN MURO

John has just had a poem ("Aubade") published in the journal Clementine Unbound and will soon have other poems in Freshwater. His work has also appeared recently in Amethyst Review and Plum Tree Tavern, and "Winter Light" was just published in the Trouvaille Review.


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


GERI RADACSI

Photo of John Radacsi Rowing for BU


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

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

POP Lineup for Sept 2019-Dec 2019

The Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., Hartford
Saturdays, 10am-noon, Classroom 139

Poet Moderator Date
John Keats Mark Sheridan Sept 28
Emanuel Carnevali Dennis Barone Oct 26
Jack Gilbert Matthew Mercure Nov 23

Southington Public Library, 255 Main Street, Southington
Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm

Rumi Mark Sheridan Oct 7
Hirshfield Ginny Connors Nov 4
Neruda Luisa Caycedo-Kimura Dec 2


Avon Public Library
Thursdays, 2-4 pm
Jane Hirschfield Ginny Connors Sept 12
William Carlos Williams Mark Sheridan Oct 10
Rita Dove Maria Sassi Nov 14
Jane Kenyon Christine Beck Dec 12

Russell Library, Middletown
Thursdays, 6:30-8, 123 Broad St., Middletown, Roland Duprey

Rumi Mark Sheridan Oct 17
Gwendolyn Brooks Christine Beck Nov 7

Wallingford Public Library, Julie Rio
Wednesdays 6:30-8

Sylvia Plath Mark Sheridan Oct 16
Pablo Neruda Luisa Caycedo-Kimura Nov 13


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


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.


JACK T. SCULLY

ADDITIONAL REVIEWS

Jack T. Scully is going to sit you down in the easy chair of your mind. With metric simplicity and an uncanny choice of evocative words, Scully will take you to Mianus Village—a real place for sure, and the setting for many autobiographical tales, but also a place that is emblematic of the commonalities within all of us … For those of an age, there is a universality and nostalgia to the tapestry he weaves. Whether it is fretting over the fear of “lockjaw” when you first heard about it at age six, or pounding a baseball to pieces until it trails threads like a jellyfish, Scully hits his own home run in Mianus Village, while taking us on a leisurely jog around its bases.
—Peter Shea, Outdoor writer and cartographer, author of Long Trail Trout, Collateral Trout, and the award-winning guidebook, Access America: An Atlas and Guide to the National Parks for Visitors With Disabilities.


In Mianus Village, Jack T. Scully takes us Back to the Future of his¬¬ growing-up-days, as a kid in the for-real Mianus Village—an enclave of government housing. Forty low-to-middle class “matchbox” houses; each one populated by returning GI’s, wives, children, dogs, cats, and brimming with behind-closed-doors tales. Scully has intimate knowledge of the secrets behind these doors. Young friends, it appears, have no trouble “airing laundry”— be it clean or dirty. Almost every verse conjures a vivid, new image in this well-told remembrance of the way we were in the 50s and 60s.
—J. Chris Davala, Long-time Greenwich, CT Radio Talk Show Host; President of Smart Talk Inc.

 

Mianus Village by Jack Scully

This manuscript and it’s author, Jack Scully, takes the reader on an insightful journey into a place in time that was his world inside the affluent town of Greenwich, Connecticut in the 1950’s and 1960’s. His recall of people, places, and events sheds a fascinating and colorful retrospective on a time of life that was not only formative for him, but speaks to a more simplistic period, especially measured by today’s standards. Mr. Scully’s insights into the formative years of our lives, the trials and trepidations of youth and the anxieties we all encountered, in some form, with a flair for the lighter side of those events that so unceremoniously influenced who we are as adults. His slight of the written word and tongue-in-cheek recall of his formative years, lessons learned, friendships engaged and nurtured, all contribute to a delightful and memorable read we all can easily identify with. I’ve read it several times and each time provokes a new perspective on my personal experiences of those times. An intuitive work I can highly recommend. David Fox, Retired Aflac Insurance Executive and New Hampshire Court-Appointed Child’s Advocate

 


As a scientist, I have never understood poetry. But I sure understand what Jack T Scully is saying in his melancholic woebegone memoir of life as a blue collar child in Riverside , Connecticut, on the lazy dangerous shore of the Mianus slough...in a bittersweet spot of post-war Purgatory, and which is now one of the wealthiest burgs of this country. Jack as a child appears to have missed the good fortune of this latter day capital wealth. But he clearly developed a different and deeper wealth, which he has gifted us in his moving collection of poems. For forty years, I have cried ten times. At the time mark of his penultimate lyric passage, the eleventh washed over me. Thanks, Jack Scully. —James Fallon, Emeritus Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

 

Jack T. Scully has written one of the best books of poetry I have ever encountered, and I’m an editor, so I encounter a lot! This gem of a book is like sharing life with a friend, rewarding, warm, revealing, funny, insightful. Scully’s imagery and detail are easy to read, accessible, and yet surprising and “just the right way” to get his point across. He has a knack for telling a story [the book is a series of narrative poems about growing up in this river-side town in Connecticut some few years ago], and then he drops in a little surprise here and there, not so much about what happened, but in the way he experienced it. Delightful! For instance, talking about watching Dwight Eisenhower’s inaugural address on TV when Scully was about four-years-old [his mother wanted him to experience history], he writes: “Ike, as mother called him, / was bald and serious / and talked long enough / for me to eat a box / of animal crackers / and fall asleep.” Through the entire wonderful poem, I did not expect that, but it was perfect — I remember boxes of animal crackers and how slowly Ike spoke, and I knew immediately what that moment was like for Jack Scully. The book is full of little bits and surprises like that, some just the right word, some the image, some the long story coming to a fruitful end. Read about the neighborhood changing … you will feel something. Better yet, read the whole book.

—Pat Goudey O'Brien, a former president of the League of Vermont Writers, is a consulting editor and author.

 

 

UPCOMING READINGS

Presentation Title: Mianus Village in History and Literature
Venue: Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich (RMA)
Link: https://greenwichrma.org/speakers/future-speakers-3/
Date: October 6, 2021 at 11 AM
Place: First Presbyterian Church Hall
Location: 1 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830
Co-Sponsors: Greenwich Library and Greenwich Historical Society



 



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


RICHARD SHAW


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.


KAREN SILK


GRETCHEN SCHAFER SKELLEY


LISA SORNBERGER


LINDA SPOCK


JOHN L. STANIZZI

Feb. 27, East Hartford Public Library (with Marilyn Johnston), time TBA.


SETH STEINZOR


MARY SULLIVAN


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.

7 pm, Nov. 19 virtual reading with Michael Lepore in the Wintonbury Poetry Series. Register for a Zoom link at www.bpl.org.


ALLEN C. WEST


MAME WILLEY


BARRY L. ZARET

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

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

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

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


GERALDINE ZETZEL

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


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