Sunday, May 7

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


SUSAN ALLISON


 LAURA ALTSHUL


 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."

Saturday, April 8, 2:00 PM, The Yale Bookstore (Barnes & Noble), 77 Broadway, New Haven, CT: inaugural reading from Ode to My Autumn and book-signing.


 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

May 23, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Poetry by the Sea, Mercy Center, Madison, CT: panel discussion of Bob Dylan’s work

June 7, 10:00-11:30 a.m., West Chester University, West Chester, PA: panel discussion, “The Great American Songbook I”


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.

May, 2017, Chester County Chapter of PA Guild of Craftsmen, Lanncaster, PA: display of a specially commissioned ekphrastic poem.


BOB BROOKS

We are sad to report that Bob died on Friday, December 18. 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

Sunday, April 2, 2:30 p.m., Heritage Hall at Seabury Life, 200 Seabury Dr. (off Wintonbury Ave.): inaugural reading from Lull Before the Storm. Book-signing and reception to follow.


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.

April 4, 7 p.m., West Hartford Senior Center, 15 Starkel Rd., West Hartford, CT: Ginny Lowe Connors will be part of a reading by West Hartford poets laureate, past and present, along with Christine Beck, Jim Finnegan, Dennis Barone, and Maria Sassi.

April 26, 6:30 pm, New Milford Library, 24 Main St. New Milford, CT: reading as part of a celebration of An Anthology of Connecticut Laureates, with Jim Scrimgeour, Susan Allison, Kathy Carle, Allan Garry, & Tarn Granucci.

April 27, 6:30-7:30 pm, Watertown Library, 470 Main St., Watertown, CT: reading and book-signing (with Donna Marie Merritt and Joan Kantor)

May 5-7, Mass Poetry Festival in Salem, MA: part of two panels a) Channeling the Witches” with Sherri Bedingford (writing poetry based on historical events); b) a panel on CT laureates featuring An Antology of Connecticut Laureates. May 6th, MassPoetry Festival in Salem Mass. (The festival takes place 05/05/17-05/07/17—these events are both on Saturday the 6th)
I’ll be participating in two programs:
11 am at Hawthorne Hotel / “Channeling the Witches: Giving Voice to Historical Figures through Poetry”
with Sherri Bedingfield
12:15 at Peabody Essex Museum / “A Rising Role: Connecticut Poets Laureate”
with Joan Hofmann, Jim Scrimgeour, Julia Paul, and Christine Beck

May 19th: 7:30 pm at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street in Hartford. Book launch for CT Laureate anthology, with several other laureates (Tarn Granucci, Joan Hofmann, Charlie Margolis, Christine Beck, and Rennie McQuilkin).

May 21st, 2 pm at R.J. Julia’s, 768 Boston Post Rd. in Madison: book launch for CT Laureate anthology, with several other laureates (Tarn Granucci, Gordy Whiteman, Joan Hofmann, Allan Garry, Mick Theebs, Kathy Carle, Hugo DeSarro).


JEANNE WESTON COOK


MELISSA CROGHAN

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

JANE D'ARISTA


KATHLEEN DALE


NANCY DALEY


BRAD DAVIS


CHERYL DELLA PELLE


ANNE MAGEE DICHELE


DANNY DOVER


JEFF DUTKO


CORA M. EKWURTZEL


PRISCILLA WEAR ELLSWORTH


CHARLES B. FERGUSON


KATE FETHERSTON


CAROL GABRIELSON FINE


STEVE FOLEY


HARPER FOLLANSBEE, JR.


ANNE CARROLL FOWLER


TOM GANNON

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

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

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


JEN GATES


BARBARA GERMIAT

"Poetry Ride," May 13, 2:30 p.m., Appleton Public Library. Bicyclists will listen, then go out and ride. Non-riders welcome too.

Monday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m., reading at The Draw, 800 S. Lawe St., Appleton WI.


JESSICA GIGOT

Jennifer'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!

As part of the Mount Vernon (WA) Library's Poetry in Nature installation, Jessica's poem "Indian Plum" was placed in a stand of Indian Plum along the Little Mountain Nature Trail for the month of May.

April 6, 6 pm: poetry reading and open mic, Tulalip Hibulb Cultural Center, Tulalip, WA

April 9, 5 pm: National Poetry Month Group Reading, i.e.gallery, Edison, WA

Jennifer 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. AND she reports that a birth is in the offing. Congratulations!


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.


NICHOLAS GIOSA

It is a great pleasure to announce that Nicholas Giosa's This Sliding Light of Day is a poetry finalist in the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award competition!


DICK GREENE


INGRID GRENON


LORENCE GUTTERMAN


NICK HARRIS


MARYE GAIL HARRISON


DORIS HENDERSON


LYNN HOFFMANN

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


JOAN HOFMANN

IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL POETRY MONTH:
CANTON'S SECOND ANNUAL EVENING OF FAVORITE POEMS

When: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00-9:00
Where: Canton Town Hall Auditorium
Collinsville, CT
What: Bring your favorite poem to share!
A favorite poem is:
-Not too long
-Not written by you
-Old, new, or new to you
(…and doesn’t have to rhyme)
Who: You!
Joan Hofmann, Canton Poet Laureate, host


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.


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


ALEX KOCHKIN


JUDY KRONENFELD

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

Tuesday, April 25th, 1-3 P.M., Featured Reader, Laguna Woods Village Community Center, 24351 El Toro Rd., Laguna Woods, CA 92637. Light refreshments. Contact: Thea Iberall, thea@iberall.com
Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7 P.M., Featured Reader with two other poets, TBA. Chevalier Books, 126 N Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA , 90004. Contact: Elizabeth Newstat, lnewstat@ca.rr.com
Sunday, May 14, 2017, 3 P.M., Featured Reader with Karen Greenbaum-Maya, Gatsby Books, 5535 E Spring St, Long Beach, CA 90808: Contact: Sean Moor, Gatsby Books, 562-208-5862, or <gatsbybooks@hotmail.com>
Thursday, June 1, 2017, 7 P.M. Featured Reader with Karen Greenbaum-Maya, Literature on the Lawn, sponsored by the Inlandia Institute, Riverside Public Library, 3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501. Contact: Cati Porter, Cati Porter cati.porter@inlandiainstitute.org
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 2 P.M. Featured Reader with one other poet TBA, Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library, 208 Harvard Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711. Light refreshments. Contact: https://www.facebook.com/fourthsundayspoetry/
Sunday, October 15, 4 P.M. Featured Reader, with Phil Taggart, Moonday Poetry Series, Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, CA 91011. Contact: Alice Pero pero@earthlink.net


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

Sunday, April 2, 3 - 5 p.m., Byrd's Books in Bethel, CT: reading (with Gail Carson Levine, Lisa Schwartz, Sydney Eddison, and Brian Clements along with Western Connecticut State University MFA alumna Kateri Kosek and WCSU MFA student Ben Chase). Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday April 4 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Wallingford Public Library, 200 North Main Street, Wallingford, Connecticut: "Hiking by Poetry Along the New England Trail from Tidewater to the Hanging Hills and Beyond." This reading will feature a series of trail haibun (a mix of prose and haiku). For more information, call 203-265-6754 or go to http://www.wallingford.lioninc.org/.

April 22 (rain date April 23), 10 a.m., poetry trail hike in Penwood State Forest with poets David Leff, Amy Nawrocki, and Virginia Shreve. Bring a brown bag lunch and a poem to read. If doubtful about the weather check the CFPA website. A decision will be made by 7:30 a.m. the day of the hike. For more information and registration call 860-346-TREE or go tohttp://ctwoodlands.org/ More information about the park is at http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=325248

Saturday, April 29 between 2 and 4 p.m., Welles Turner Memorial Library, 2407 Main Street, Glastonbury, Connecticut: "Words from the Wild," an afternoon of nature poetry and music. David K. Leff will take you on a journey along the New England Trail with a series of haibun, a form that combines prose and haiku. There will also be a celebration of the work of the late Hugh Ogden, a great poet and teacher whose poems of the outdoors will be read by family and friends. There will be music by "Wait for It," an a capella gospel-folk jazz quartet. Refreshments will be served. "Words from the Wild" is a presentation of the Glastonbury Land Heritage Coalition and Glastonbury Poet Laureate Alexandria Sergio. For more information, call 860-652-7719 or visit http://www.wtmlib.com/about/index.shtml.

June 25, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., poetry workshop with walking tour of Hill-Stead Museum nature trails, Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington, CT. Bring writing materials and a lunch. To register call, 860-677-4787, X111.


MARY LEONARD


SUZANNE LEONARD


GREGORY LESTAGE

 


SUZANNE LEVINE

Sunday, April 23rd, 9:30 a.m., Chester, CT Synagogue: reading and book-signing in the Books and Bagels series

April 19, 6-8 pm, Institute Library, New Haven, CT: participation on a panel, members of which will discuss writing techniques and writing workshops (including a writing workshop organized by Suzanne Levine and Lary Bloom in Italy the last two years). There will also be readings, including one by Suzanne Levine from her new book.


REBECCA LILLY


TOM MALLOUK


SRINIVAS MANDAVILLI


LAURA MAZZA-DIXON

Thursday, April 13, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, "Lunch and Lit(erature)" -- Schlow Centre Region Library, State College, PA -- a moderated author series for the lunch crowd! Bring a bagged lunch and join the discussion moderated by Mary Rohrer-Dann. Book sales and signings of FORGED BY JOY to follow. For more information: 814-237-6236, mburchill@schlowlibrary.org.

LAURA MAZZA-DIXON. Wed, April 19, 7 pm, The Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford, CT: "Poetry for the People: Readings for Better or Verse" -- a Favorite Poem event (read a favorite poem of your own or someone else), with featured poet/musician Laura Mazza-Dixon reading from her new book of poetry, Forged by Joy. More info at 860-379-7235.

Saturday, April 29, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at The Spirit Wind Center in the old Velvet Mill, suites 130-131 (2nd floor, elevator available), 22 Bayview Avenue, Stonington, CT: reading, Celtic music, and book-signing. For information: 203-216-4779.

Sunday, May 7, 3:00 to 5:00 pm (starting with an open mic), Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT; reading and book-signing (with Maria Sassi) in the new Charter Oak Reading Series. For information: 860-508-2810, http://charteroakreadings.blogspot.com/.

Thurs., July 20, 4 pm Laura Mazza-Dixon's new book, Forged by Joy, will be featured in the Meet the Author Series at Peabody Memorial Library in Jonesport, Maine. Harpist Ann Carter-Cox will provide music for the program and refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. The space is wheelchair accessible. Books will be available for sale and signing. For more information contact the library at 207-497-3003.


WILLIAM H. MATCHETT


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.

Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m., Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St, Guilford, CT: "Seasonal Uprisings,"a reading from A Quorum of Saints and other works.

Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m., Wintonbury Library, 1015 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield, CT: reading in the Wintonbury Poetry Series (with Maria Sassi).

Saturday, May 6, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Hawthorne Hotel (Sophia's Room): reading and discussion with the other New England poets laureate.

Sunday, May 7, 2 p.m., Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT: reading and book-signing (with Joan Seliger Sidney). For information call 860-871-8222 or Pegi Deitz Shea at 860-878-7016.

Wed., June 21, 6 p.m., Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington, CT: reading in Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. For information, call 860-677-4787, X111.


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.

On May 4 at 7:30 p.m., the much-acclaimed oratorio based on Nancy Fitz-Hugh's Meneely's Letter from Italy, 1944 will be performed in Mortensen Hall of the Bushnell Theater in Hartford, CT. It will be performed by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and two renowned choral groups: the Hartford Chorale and the Greater Middletown Chorale. For tickets, visit https://bushnell.org/events/letter-italy-1944. Leading up to that gala, showings of the PBS documentary concerning the oratorio will occur, along with conversations and performances of the original book version,with the author and composer in attendance. The list of events is as follows:

•Sunday, March 12, 2017 – Documentary Screening: “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio.” Open to the public 
free of charge. Little Theater of Manchester, Cheney Hall, Manchester, 3:00 – 4:30 PM. 

• Thursdays, March 23, 30 & April 6, 2017 –Lecture Series: “Transforming the Silence,” President’s College, University of Hartford. Open to the public; cost for series: $80; Fellows $65. Register at http://library.hartford.edu/presidentscollege/. All lectures in KF Room, Mortensen Library,
University of Hartford, on Thursdays, 2:00 – 3:30 PM. Events are as follows:
1) Thursday, March 23: Documentary Screening: “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio” & Post-screening Conversation with Director and Filmmaker Karyl Evans.
2) Thursday, March 30: Poetry Reading of Letter from Italy: Nancy Meneely presents her poetry with slide
projections and music; Sarah Meneely-Kyder, composer, joins her sister for conversation with the audience.
3) Thursday, April 6: Lecture: “Looking at PTSD,” Dr. Jason DeViva, Clinical Psychologist with VA
Connecticut Healthcare’s PTSD and Anxiety Disorders Program; he is an Assistant Professor in the Yale School of Medicine.

• April 1 – May 30, 2017 – Exhibition:  “Letter from Italy, 1944: Original Sources,” photos, letters, 10th  Mountain Division 
artifacts, poetry and scores used in the oratorio’s creation, from the Meneely Collection. Open to the public free of charge.                                                                                                                            
West Hartford Public Library – ongoing .     
 
•  April 20, 2017 – Presentation: “Letter from Italy, 1944: a Musical Moment” by Jack Anthony Pott, tenor lead soloist and 
Joseph D’Eugenio, Production Director, as part of the morning program, Musical Club of Hartford. Open to the public free of 
charge. Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Hartford, 10:00 – 11:30 AM. 

• April 20, 2017 – Documentary Screening: “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio” & Post-screening 
Conversation with Dr. James Marinchak, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PTSD Clinical Team Leader, VA Connecticut 
Healthcare System, Newington Campus. Open to the public free of charge.  Noah Webster Room, West Hartford Public Library, 7:00 – 8:45 PM.


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


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.

FORTHCOMING CHIVAS SANDAGE WORKSHOPS. All workshops are held on Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 pm: March 2, 16, 30; April 13, 27; May 11, 25; June 8, 15. (In case of cancellations due to weather, the 15th is a makeup day). Place: Chivas’ home,12 Collins Road, Collinsville, CT (there is always plenty of parking in her long driveway). Sliding scale fee: $45-40-35 (per workshop) or $360-320-280 (for 8-week series). Please pay middle to high on this sliding scale so that I can continue to offer the low rate and thereby keep our circle inclusive. Space is limited; first come, first served. Your registration is a commitment to pay for the series. To register, reply directly to Chivas saying “Please reserve a spot for me. I intend to pay $_____ per session (or) at our first workshop.” Send your payment to Chivas Sandage at 12 Collins Road, Collinsville, CT, 06019. If there is a waiting list and someone can take your place, there will be no cost to you. Cancellation Policy: You are responsible for your reservation; this is standard policy for writing workshops. Emergencies happen and if you cannot attend for any reason, please contact Chivas ASAP. For further information, contact Chivas at chivas.sandage@gmail.com.


JEAN SANDS

We are sad to report that Jean Sands died on October 8 after a long and courageous battle against illness. We will miss her! There will be a memorial service after Christmas. In the meantime, you can reach Jean's husband, Jack Sheedy, at 336 Scoville Hill Road, Harwinton, CT 06791. His email is jacksheedy@sbcglobal.net.

A celebration of the life of Jean Sands will be held at the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Rd. (Rt. 202), Litchfield, on the afternoon of April 23, from 1:30 – 5 p.m. A “Jean Sands Memorial Celebration” page has been created, as well as a Facebook events page.. There will be food and beverage, a display of some of the highlights of Jean’s life and career, and words spoken by men and women who knew Jean at various times of her life. Please go to the Jean Sands Facebook page to indicate whether or not you will attend, or contact Jack Sheedy directly: jacksheedy@sbcglobal.net.


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. Calling hours will be held at Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, 136 South Main St., West Hartford, CT on Monday 2/27 from 4 pm to 8 pm and Tuesday, 2/28 from 8 am to 9:30 am prior to the Funeral, which will occur at 10 am on Tuesday 2/28 at St. Peter Claver Church, 47 Pleasant St., W. Hartford, CT. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, CT.

Sunday, May 7, 3:00 to 5:00 pm (starting with an open mic), Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT; reading and book-signing (with Laura Mazza-Dixon) in the new Charter Oak Reading Series. For information: 860-508-2810, http://charteroakreadings.blogspot.com/.


JANE SCHAPIRO


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


ALEXANDRINA SERGIO

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

 


MYRA SHAPIRO


JOAN SELIGER SIDNEY

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

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

An excerpt from Joan's new poem "3 A.M." will ride the UConn shuttle buses this coming academic year (2016-2017) as part of "Poetic Journeys."

Sunday, May 7, 2 p.m., Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT: reading and book-signing (with Rennie McQuilkin). For information call 860-871-8222 or Pegi Deitz Shea at 860-878-7016.


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

CLINTON ART GALLERY WORKSHOP WITH EDWINA TRENTHAM, 20 East Main Street, Clinton, CT. For information, contact Edwina Trentham at trentham@comcast.net or 860-873-1472. Sunday, April 2: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM: "Losing Heart, Finding Voice: Writing in Response to Despair" AND Sunday, May 7: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM: "Isn't It Always the Heart: Writing About Love."


THERESA VARA


GERDA WALZ-MICHAELS

Monday, April 3, 7 pm, UConn B&N Bookstore, Storrs Center, Storrs, CT: reading (with John Surowiecki and Melissa Wyse) in the ROAR series.


KIRSTEN WASSON


RHETT WATTS


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 poem of the month on her website. Her latest, a strong one, can be found at www.geraldinezetzel.com.


 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.

SPECIAL BENEFIT DINNER WITH BILLLY COLLINS ON JUNE 20. Hill-Stead Museum will sponsor Dinner with Billy Collins on Tuesday, June 20, in conjunction with the opening of a book art exhibition.
5:30 Cocktail Reception & Opening for "Boundless: Altered Books in Contemporary Art" in Hill-Stead’s Board Room; 6:30 Dinner;7:15 Discussion with Billy Collins; 7:30 Q&A and dessert
Tickets are $150. Reserve your seats today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dinner-with-billy-collins-tickets-32699212224. Contact Lisa Lappe at lappel@hillstead.org or 860.677.4787 x111 for assistance.

WALKING TOUR AND POETRY WORKSHOP with New England Trails poet-in-residence David Leff: June 25, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Bring writing materials and a lunch. $45 museum members, $60 non-members. To register call, 860-677-4787, X111.

2017 SUNKEN GARDEN POETRY FESTIVAL. The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event located on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington. On June 21, the festival will present the first of five performances, scheduled for three Wednesday and two Sunday evenings throughout the summer. Adding to the humanities-rich content of the festival, Hill-Stead offers poetry writing workshops prior to mostl performances, as well as Preludes (conversations with the poets). The community cherishes this series ofpoetryreadings and musical performances concerts in the informal outdoor setting of the Hill-Stead estate. Visitors can come early to tour the museum’s world-class Impressionist art collection, walk the trails, and attend the pre-performance Prelude conversations with the headlining poets.

Admission: $12 advance on-line purchase, $15 at the gate, ages 18 and under free. (For the first event only, tickets are $20 online and $25 at the gate.) Parking is free. Tickets will soon be available at www.hillstead.org. Seating: Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating in and around the garden, or join Hill-Stead’s Live Poets Society to receive premier reserved seating. To join Live Poets Society, contact Kirsten Fuchs at 860-677-4787, x181, or visit www.hillstead.org. Al fresco dining is allowed on the grounds. Festival attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic suppers or purchase food, wine and other beverages on site from gourmet food vendors.

Prelude conversations with the poets will occur at 5:00 p..m. (4:30 p.m. for the July 9 event). Featured poetry and music will always begin at 6 p.m. in the Sunken Garden.

2017 Festival Schedule:

Wed., June 21: Billy Collins, Rennie McQuilkin, and music by Plywood Cowboy (w/ Colin McEnroe introdoucing Billy Collins, and prelude conversation at 5 p.m.)

Sun., July 9: Jamaal May, Tarfia Faizullah, with a spoken word performance by Tang Sauce and DJ Stealth. (The evening's prelude will be a "jam and conversation" session at 4:30 p.m.)

Wed., July 19: Cornelius Eady and his band Rough Magic, with a preliminary reading by the winner of the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize (chosen and published by Tupelo Press)

Sun., Aug. 6: Mark Doty, Eileen Myles, and music by The Girls from Ruby Falls. Prelude at 5:00 p.m., w Chion Wolf as discussion leader.

Wed., Aug. 16: Ocean Vuong, high school winners of Hill-Stead's Fresh Voices Poetry Competition. Prelude at 5 p.m. will be a reading by young poets.

 

 

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.

April 21: Katha Pollitt, Mike Casey Trio
May 19: Richard Blanco, Olive Tiger

 

WINTONBURY BRANCH POETRY SERIES

Each third Thursday event, October through April, begins at 7:00 p.m. and is followed by an open mike. Hosts: Marilyn Johnston and 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, April 20: Maria Sassi, Rennie McQuilkin

 

 

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. 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. Poetry begins at 7 p.m., beginning with an open mike.

April 6, 2017: "Righteous Rage," featuring Mahogany Browne
May 11, 2017: Reginald Betts, "Imprisonment and Justice"
June 25, 2017: Bessy Reyna, "Immigration" and discussion with immigration attorney Carolina Guiral

October __? 2017 Margaret Gibson, "In Sickness and in Health"

 

 

GUILFORD POETS GUILD SECOND THURSDAY POETRY SERIES

Ongoing monthly readings, second Thursday, Sept.-May. (except Jan. and Feb.). More info: 301-335-8656 and http://guilfordpoetsguild.wordpress.com/. 6:30 p.m. open mike, 7:00 p.m. featured poet. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. All events (with the exception of the Holiday Roundtable) are held at the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park Avenue, Guilford, CT. (NOTE CHANGE IN TIMING.)

Upcoming: Oct. 11, reading by a group of town poets laureate representing The Coalition of Poets Laureate.

 

 

WESTMINSTER SCHOOL. Westminster School (Gund Reading Room, Armour Academic Center, 995 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT ). Special event in Werner Centennial Center: Marilyn Nelson (Monday April 17, 2:30 PM. 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, May 18: poets David Giannini and Jayne Benjulian read at 6:30 p.m., followed at 8:00 by a performance by “new music” jazz trio Jason Kao Hwang / Human Rites (Andrew Drury, drum set, Ken Filiano, string bass, and Jason Kao Hwang, violin/viola/composer).

 

THE POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN. On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. Outstanding featured readers in a casual setting. Open to all. Open mic precedes feature. Doors Open at 6:30. Poetry starts at 7:00. Arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the open mic. More info: http://thepoetryinstitute.com. The Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT

Thursday, April 20: Our Blue Ribbon Panel Discussion on The Role of the Poet in Difficult Times with Poets Kate Rushin and Laura Manuelidis and Visual Artist Corina S. Alvarezdelugo

 

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. Wednesday, April 5, 8 p.m: Tim Seibles.


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 (Hartford History Center, 3rd flr., unless otherwise posted), 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: 10:15 am to 12:15 pm. Free and open to the public. Books donated by CT Poetry Society. Hosted by Christine Beck, W. Hartford Poet Laureate.

April 29, 2017 Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop Part II by John Stanizzi
May 20, 2017 Poetry of Walt Whitman presented by Victor Altshul
June 24, 2017 Poetry of William Carlos Williams presented by Mark Sheridan

For further information, visit www.ctpoetry.net.

To nominate a poet or volunteer as a moderator, email Christine Beck at ChristineBeck90@gmail.com 860-655-3263.

 

 

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

 

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

 

MARK TWAIN HOUSE. Next event TBA.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

WEST END POETRY SERIES: POETRY AT THE METRO. The series, organized by Katie Irish, presents Saturday events once a month. They begin at 2:30 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN TIMING) with half an hour of music by Pawel Kostyk and John Johnson, conversation, and a snack at the cafe before the 3 p.m. readings. Place: the Metro Cafe, 580 Farmington Ave. (turn onto Tremont to enter), Hartford, CT. Rennie McQuilkin, CT Poet Laureate, often reads a poem or two before the featured readings, and John Stanizzi introduces special guests and provides an excellent sound system. Earlier readings in the series were televised and are available on the Hartford Public Access television website. To view earlier readings in the series, visit http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T04967&video=275527 and enter "West End Poetry" in the search box. A more direct link to the April 8 Kate Rushin/Nat Reeves event is http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T04967&video=308985F and a direct link to the MS benefit reading of April 15 is http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T04967&video=309600. For more information, call Katie Irish at 860.965.8800 or email her (poetryontheporch@gmail.com). Facebook: West End Poetry Society; Twitter #WEPSHftd.

May 20 – Bruce Cohen
Lynn Houston

June 24 – Tony Fusco
Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

July 15 – Oliver de la Paz

Aug 19 – poets TBD

Sept 16 – David Capella and Ines Rivera

Oct 14 WH Poet Emeriti reading, hosted by current WH Poet Laureate Christine Beck and featuring Maria Sassi, Ginny Lowe, Jim Finnegan

Nov 18 poets TBD

 

DICK ALLEN, CT Poet Laureate from 2010-2015 recently performed his work as part of Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion when the show was performed at the Palace Theater in Torrington, CT . Tune in to http://www.bridgeport.edu/alumni-news/professor-emeritus-and-former-connecticut-poet-laureate-richard-allen-appears-on-prairie-home-companion/ and be ready to have your heart expanded, your love of country renewed, and your melancholy registered in ringing verse.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

April 23, 2017
2:00-4:00 pm featuring: Margaret Gibson
Greg Coleman
Brie Quartin

May 28, 2017
2:00-4:00 pm featuring: Edwina Trentham
Pit Pinegar
Jamie Crepeau

June 25, 2017
2:00-4:00 pm featuring: Gray Jacobik
Steve Parlato
Nancy Meneely

July 16, 2017
2:00-4:00 pm featuring: Jay Thumar
Lana Orphanides
Pat O’Brien

August 20, 2017
2:00-4:00 pm featuring: Jan Blencowe
Mary Volk

September 17, 2017
2:00-4:00 pm featuring: Marilyn Nelson
John Stanizzi
Srini Mandavilli

October 15, 2017
2:00-4:00 pm featuring: Karen Torop
Zelia Abbott

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 


NORWICH ARTS CENTER, 60 Broadway, Norwich, CT: next TBA

 

ANOTHER LOSS. We are sad to report that Jean Sands died on October 8 after a long and courageous battle against illness. We will miss her! There will be a memorial service after Christmas. In the meantime, you can reach Jean's husband, Jack Sheedy, at 336 Scoville Hill Road, Harwinton, CT 06791. His email is jacksheedy@sbcglobal.net.

 

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.

MERRILL HOUSE EVENTS. Next: TBA.

 

TWO WRASSLIN' CATS OPEN MIKE, 374 Town Street, East Haddam, Connecticut. For information contact Mark at Two Wrasslin’ Cats Coffee House 860-891-8446 or Edwina Trentham at 860-873-1472. Next event: A Women's poetry read-in to celebrate Women's History Month, Sunday March 19, 2-4 p.m. Bring a poem to read, choose one provided by "the management," or just listen. Refreshments will be served. Information at http://www.togetherwerisect.com. [NO OPEN MIKE ON APRIL 28.]

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

 

NORWICH ARTS CENTER, 2nd Wednesday at the Donald L. Oat Theater. The NAC open mic event offers an audience-friendly environment; all skill levels are encouraged to participate. This event is free and open to all. Bring your own or buy at the concession. The Donald L. Oat Theater is on the third floor of the Norwich Arts Center at 62 Broadway, Norwich. Handicap entrance from the rear on Church St.

Next: TBA

 

WRITERS WORKSHOPS AT FARMINGTON VALLEY ARTS CENTER. The Wesport Writers' Workshop is offering a variety of writing workshops at the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT. For information, call 203-227-3250.

 

THE POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. Outstanding featured readers in a casual setting. Open to all. Open mic precedes feature. Doors Open at 6:30. Poetry starts at 7:00. Arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the open mic. More info: http://thepoetryinstitute.com. The Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT.

April 19, 6-8 pm, Institute Library, New Haven, CT: Suzanne Levine, Lary Bloom, and others will discuss writing techniques and writing workshops (including a writing workshop organized by Suzanne Levine and Lary Bloom in Italy the last two years). There will also be readings, including one by Suzanne Levine from her new book.

 

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.

 

CHIVAS SANDAGE WORKSHOPS. All workshops are held on Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 pm: March 2, 16, 30; April 13, 27; May 11, 25; June 8, 15. (In case of cancellations due to weather, the 15th is a makeup day). Place: Chivas’ home,12 Collins Road, Collinsville, CT (there is always plenty of parking in her long driveway). Sliding scale fee: $45-40-35 (per workshop) or $360-320-280 (for 8-week series). Please pay middle to high on this sliding scale so that I can continue to offer the low rate and thereby keep our circle inclusive. Space is limited; first come, first served. Your registration is a commitment to pay for the series. To register, reply directly to Chivas saying “Please reserve a spot for me. I intend to pay $_____ per session (or) at our first workshop.” Send your payment to Chivas Sandage at 12 Collins Road, Collinsville, CT, 06019. If there is a waiting list and someone can take your place, there will be no cost to you. Cancellation Policy: You are responsible for your reservation; this is standard policy for writing workshops. Emergencies happen and if you cannot attend for any reason, please contact Chivas ASAP. For further information, contact Chivas at chivas.sandage@gmail.com.

 

JEAN SANDS CELEBRATION. A celebration of the life of Jean Sands will be held at the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Rd. (Rt. 202), Litchfield, CT on the afternoon of April 23, from 1:30 – 5 p.m. A “Jean Sands Memorial Celebration” page has been created, as well as a Facebook events page.. There will be food and beverage, a display of some of the highlights of Jean’s life and career, and words spoken by men and women who knew Jean at various times of her life. Please go to the Jean Sands Facebook page to indicate whether or not you will attend, or contact Jack Sheedy directly: jacksheedy@sbcglobal.net.

 

NEW: CHARTER OAK READING SERIES. Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT. All events 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).
March 5: Benjamin Woodard & Brian Clements
April 9: Pegi Deitz-Shea & Jeff Mock
May 7: Laura Mazza-Dixon and Maria Sassi
June: date and venue TBA

 

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

 

THE POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN

On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. Outstanding featured readers in a casual setting. Open to all. Open mic precedes feature. Doors Open at 6:30. Poetry starts at 7:00. Arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the open mic. More info: http://thepoetryinstitute.com. The Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT

 

POETRY SALON. Please save the date for the next Poetry Salon! Sunday, May 21, Oxford Grange Hall, Oxford, CT. We are calling for participants interested in taking part in sharing their spoken word and/or music! Have you got something different, something interesting, something experimental you'd like to try out or share? This is the place! This is the "Reflecting Pool." The event will take place 10:30 PM till 5 PM, including a panel discussion, a featured spoken word set a music feature and YOU! We're looking for a panel of Poets to meet 10:30 to 11:30 AM for a workshops and discussion on style and form. For details, contact Victoria Muñoz by email (vicblu22@gmail.com). All are welcome. Pre-sign up strongly encouraged.

 

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT. Readings at the UConn Bookstore, 1 Royce Circle, Storrs Center, Storrs, CT. For information, contact Erica Buehler (rica.buehler@uconn.edu, 860-919-9875). Next: TBA.

 

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

April 6 Martha Collins, 7 p.m. Second Floor Reception Room, Bruyette Athenaeum.

 

ARTS CENTER EAST, Vernon, has launched “Poetry Rocks,” a free quarterly poetry series. CT Poet Laureate, Rennie McQuilkin will read on May 7 with Joan Seliger Sidney. For more information, go to www.artscentereast.org, or email the series coordinator: Pegideitzshea@aol.com.

 

CT POETRY SOCIETY annual bash, open to the general public, will occur from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 29th at MCC on Main in Manchester as it did last year.


TWO WRASSLIN' CATS OPEN MIKE, 374 Town Street, East Haddam, Connecticut. For information contact Mark at Two Wrasslin’ Cats Coffee House 860-891-8446 or Edwina Trentham at 860-873-1472. The Poetry Open Mic begins at 7.00 PM and runs until 8.30 PM. Come before 7:30, when Two Wrasslin’ Cats will close, so we can all relax and enjoy poetry! Coffee and cookies will be served throughout the evening. The event is free and open to the public. The Fourth Friday Poetry Open Mic will take place every month, so mark your calendars.

 

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

 

NORWICH ARTS CENTER, 2nd Wednesday at the Donald L. Oat Theater. The NAC open mic event offers an audience-friendly environment; all skill levels are encouraged to participate. This event is free and open to all. Bring your own or buy at the concession. The Donald L. Oat Theater is on the third floor of the Norwich Arts Center at 62 Broadway, Norwich. Handicap entrance from the rear on Church St. Next: TBA.

 

BOOK LAUNCH FOR CT COALITION OF POETS LAUREATE ANTHOLOGY. Wednesday April 26, 6:30 P.M., New Milford Library, 24 Main St., New Milford, CT. The poet laureate readers will be Susan Allison, Kathy Carle, Ginny Connors, Allan Garry, Tarn Granucci, and Jim Scrimgeour.

 

CLINTON ART GALLERY WORKSHOP WITH EDWINA TRENTHAM, 20 East Main Street, Clinton, CT. For information, contact Edwina Trentham at trentham@comcast.net or 860-873-1472. Sunday, April 2: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM: "Losing Heart, Finding Voice: Writing in Response to Despair."

 

THE POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN. On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. Outstanding featured readers in a casual setting. Open to all. Open mic precedes feature. Doors Open at 6:30. Poetry starts at 7:00. Arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the open mic. More info: http://thepoetryinstitute.com. The Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT

 

DEPTH OF FIELD: PHOTOGRAPHY & FABRICS. This is a free exhibit featuring the fabric collage art of West Hartford poet Margaret Plaganis and photography by Vernon poet Pegi Deitz Shea at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Drew Hall, from March 2 to March 31. A free reception with the artists will be held Sunday, March 12, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. The exhibit can be seen Sundays, between 11 am and 12:30 pm, and during church office business hours during the week. To contact the artists, please email pegideitzshea@aol.com or call 860-878-7016, and margaretplaganis@gmail.com or call 860-232-9966. The number for AHCC is 860-525-5696.

 

WOOD/WORD, an exhibit of wood sculpture and the written word by sculptor Michael Sweeney and poet Raphael Oses, March 17 - April 30 at Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., Hartford, CT.

 

TWO WRASSLIN' CATS OPEN MIKE, 374 Town Street, East Haddam, Connecticut. For information contact Mark at Two Wrasslin’ Cats Coffee House 860-891-8446 or Edwina Trentham at 860-873-1472. Next event: a Women's poetry read-in to celebrate Women's History Month, Sunday March 19, 2-4 p.m. Bring a poem to read, choose one provided by "the management," or just listen. Refreshments will be served. Information at http://www.togetherwerisect.com. Then on Friday, March 24 come and celebrate spring, poetry and community at the Fourth Friday Poetry Open Mic Series at Two Wrasslin’ Cats. Bring poems of your own to read at the Open Mic, bring some poems by a poet you admire and read them, read poems from books available at Two Wrasslin’ Cats, or just come and have fun listening to some fine poetry and building community. As ever, the Poetry Open Mic will begin at 7.00 PM and will run until 8.30 PM. Come before 7:30, when Two Wrasslin’ Cats will close, so we can all relax and enjoy poetry! Coffee and cookies will be served throughout the evening. The event is free and open to the public. The Fourth Friday Poetry Open Mic will take place every month, so mark your calendars.

 

CELEBRATE THE ART OF THE APHORISM with James Geary, Alfred Corn, Sharon Dolin, and George Murray on Saturday April 1, 2017, 10 am to 4:30 pm at Hartford History Center, Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford CT. Presentations will explore the witty power of aphorisms in literature and daily life through the lively juggling of words & ideas. At 1:45 James Geary will lead an interactive workshop on the writing of aphorisms, and at 3:30 workshop participants will have a chance to read the aphorisms generated in the workshop. RSVP to Jim Finnegan, forjames@aol.com, 860-508-2810.

KEVIN HOGAN'S latest blog can be read at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/divided-we-fall_us_58c80125e4b03400023f4b4d.



DAVYNE VERSTANDIG. Saturday, April 8, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, 1 Green Hill, Washington Depot, CT: reading and book-signing. Free and open to the public.

OUR STORIES / NUESTRAS HISTORIAS, HONORING BESSY REYNA, Saturday, April 29, Norwich Arts Center, 62 Broadway, Norwich, CT. 3:30-6 pm, Peruvian Heritage Dancers, and a time to share stories of Arriving, Surviving, and Thriving in America. 6-7 pm, hors d’oeuvres reception. 7 pm readings by Award-Winning Latino Authors Bessy Reyna, Jose B. Gonzalez, Carlos Hernandez, and Luisa Caycedo-Kimura. A donation is requested for the reading. Post-event gathering at Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant, 252 Main Street, Norwich. Tickets & info: 860.887.2789, www.norwicharts.org.

 

WRITERS RESIST event on Thursday, April 27 from 4-7 pm at Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT. For information, contact Laurel Peterson (laurelpeterson@att.net).

 

POETS RESISTING IN MIDDLETOWN. Middletown poet laureate Susan Allison is the guiding spirit behind a monthly poetry reading in the Hubbard room of Russell Library in Middletown, CT. She welcomes all to the next installment at 1 p.m. on April 21, POETS:RESIST.


VICTOR ALTSHUL. Saturday, April 8, 2:00 PM, The Yale Bookstore (Barnes & Noble), 77 Broadway, New Haven, CT: inaugural reading from Ode to My Autumn and book-signing.

 

DAVID K. LEFF. Sunday, April 2, 3-5 p.m., Byrd's Books in Bethel, CT: reading (with Gail Carson Levine, Lisa Schwartz, Sydney Eddison, and Brian Clements along with Western Connecticut State University MFA alumna Kateri Kosek and WCSU MFA student Ben Chase). Light refreshments will be served.

 

MIRIAM BROOKS BUTTERWORTH. Sunday, April 2, 2:30 p.m., Heritage Hall at Seabury Life, 200 Seabury Dr. (off Wintonbury Ave.): inaugural reading from Lull Before the Storm. Book-signing and reception to follow.

 

WEST HARTFORD POETS LAUREATE READ on Tuesday, April 4, 7 p.m., West Hatford Senior Center, 15 Starkel Rd., West Hartford, CT: Ginny Lowe Connors, Christine Beck, Jim Finnegan, Dennis Barone, and Maria Sassi. Refreshments will be served.

 

IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL POETRY MONTH:
CANTON'S SECOND ANNUAL EVENING OF FAVORITE POEMS


When: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00-9:00
Where: Canton Town Hall Auditorium
Collinsville, CT
What: Bring your favorite poem to share!
A favorite poem is:
-Not too long
-Not written by you
-Old, new, or new to you
(…and doesn’t have to rhyme)
Who: You!
Joan Hofmann, Canton Poet Laureate, host

 

POETRY OF THE GREAT WAR. Monday, April 24, 3 p.m., Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT: "Poetry of the Great War (World War I)," presented by Lawrence Court, Head of the English Dept. at Westminster School, particularly focusing on the work of Wilfred Owen. Registration suggested. Call 860-658-7663.

 

MERRILL HOUSE READING. Sunday, April 9th, 5 pm: Spring Merrill House Fellow Mark Wunderlich will read from his work at the Stonington Free Libary, 20 High Street, Stonington, CT.




WESTPORT WRITERS' WORKSHOP READING by winter workshop students, Thursday, April 6, 7 PM, Prospect Cafe, 345 Prospect Ave., West Hartford, CT. Christine Kalafus will emcee. RSVP via communications@westportwriters.org.

 

POETRY IN THE PARK. Saturday, June 17 from 11 am to 3 pm. as part of Elizabeth Park's Rose Weekend in West Hartford, CT. The schedule: 12 noon-1 p.m., readings by poets laureate from the state and towns of CT; 1-2:30 p.m., Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens reading; 2:30-3 p.m., readings sponsored by Christine Beck, West Hartford Poet Laureate.

 

CONNECTICUT POETRY SOCIETY annual spring Poetry Blast will take place on April 29th from 1-4 pm at MCC on Main, 903 Main Street in Manchester. As usual, there will be an open mic, refreshments, book sales, and other featured events. Special for this year: Reading from Forgotten Women Poets, Writers Resist Panel with Brent Terry and some especially outstanding snacks from Kevin Lepore.

 

WATERTOWN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION will host Three Connecticut Poets. On April 27th from 6:30-7:30 pm, poets Donna Marie Merritt, Joan Kantor, and Ginny Lowe Connors will share some of their poetry at the Watertown Library, 470 Main Street in Watertown, CT. Contact Dona Rintelman to RSVP or to get more information: 860-945-5360.


HARTFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY (3rd floor), 500 Main St., Hartford, CT. On Tuesday, April 11, the library will host an ArtWalk group poetry reading and open mic event. B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Poem) -- either your own work or that of a poet you enjoy. The event will feature Zulynette Morales, with drumming by Cassie Songstres. Refreshments at 5:30 pm, program at 6 pm.

 

BELDEN LBRARY EVENT. 3rd Annual Poetry Reading and Open Mic Night at the Cora J. Belden Library, 33 Church Street, Rocky Hill, CT on Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 pm. Please join Charles Chase, Pamela Guinan, Suzy Lamson, Cynthia Peck, Garrett Phelan, Margaret Plaganis, Shelly Weinberg, Claudia McGhee, William Moorhead, Mr. Sebastian and Victoria Ventura for an evening full of original contemporary poetry. The evening will conclude with an open mic, reception and book signing. Please preregister for this event by contacting Library staff at (860) 258-7621 or visiting the Library’s website, www.rockyhillct.gov/library.

 

"A GATHERING OF POETS" will take place on Monday, April 3, 7:15 p.m. in Heritage Hall at Seabury Life, 200 Seabury Dr. (off Wintonbury Ave.) in Bloomfield, CT. Reading will be poets celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Wintonbury Poetry Series. Marilyn Johnston and Tom Nicotera, co-hosts of the series, will be among the readers, who will also include Sherri Bedingfield and Garrett Phelan. For more information call Kathy Carle at 860-906-1372.

 

COALITION OF CT POETS LAUREATE READINGS on Friday, May 19, 7:30 p.m. at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor St., Hartford, CT and Sunday, May 21, 2 p.m. at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT.

 

DONNA MARIE MERRITT. Saturday, May 6, 3 p.m., Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington, CT: poetry reading and book-signing.


GERI RADACSI. Tuesday, April 18, 2 pm, the Barney Library, 71 Main Street, Farmington: a spring reading from a recent chapbook, Soul and All That Jazz, along with recorded jazz standards. For information, call the Barney Library at 860 673-6791.


CLINTON ART GALLERY WORKSHOP WITH EDWINA TRENTHAM, 20 East Main Street, Clinton, CT. For information, contact Edwina Trentham at trentham@comcast.net or 860-873-1472. "Isn't It Always the Heart: Writing About Love": May 7 Workshop with Edwina Trentham.


LAURA MAZZA-DIXON. Wed, April 19, 7 pm, The Beekley Library, 10 Central Avenue, New Hartford, CT: "Poetry for the People: Readings for Better or Verse" -- a Favorite Poem event (read a favorite poem of your own or someone else), with featured poet/musician Laura Mazza-Dixon reading from her new book of poetry, Forged by Joy. More info at 860-379-7235.

 

WANDA S. PRAISNER. Monday, April 17, 7 PM, The Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ. Free and open to the public. For information: (609) 924-9529; AND Tuesday, April 18, 7 PM, County College of Morris, Davidson Room. 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph, NJ. Free and open to the public. For information: (973) 328-5463.

MAD RIVER LITRARY FESTIVAL. Wed., April 12, 6:30 p.m., Founders Hall Auditorium, Northwestern CT Community College, Park Place East, Winsted, CT: poets Antoinette Brim and Jose Gonzalez will read their work. For information: www.nwcc.edu, 860.738.6300, jtreat@nwcc.edu.

 

V PENELOPE PELIZZON will read from her work on Thursday, April 13th, at 12:15 PM, in Mali 1/Dana 201, on the University of Hartford campus. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and book- signing. This event is free and open to the public. For directions, visit http://www.hartford.edu/visitingcampus/files/pdf/university-hartford-campus-map.pdf.

 

HARTFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY (Hartford History Center, 3rd flr., unless otherwise posted), 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: 10:15 am to 12:15 pm. Free and open to the public. Books donated by CT Poetry Society. Hosted by Christine Beck, W. Hartford Poet Laureate.

April 29, 2017: Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop Part II by John Stanizzi (NOTE CHANGE OF TOPIC AND PRESENTER)

 

POETRY BY THE SEA, a Global Conference, will be held for the third time, May 23-26, 2017, at the Mercy Center in Madison, Connecticut. The keynote speaker is Kevin Young, and the Poetry by the Sea lecturer is Meena Alexander. Other speakers include Mahogany Browne, Tom Cable, Rafael Campo, Dick Davis, Anna Evans, Annie Finch, Alice Friman, Natalie Gerber, Dolores Hayden, Tyehimba Jess, Allison Joseph, Joshua Mehigan, Molly Peacock, Penelope Pelizzon, John Poch, Clare Rossini, Timothy Steele, Marilyn Taylor, and Afaa Michael Weaver. The poet-in-residence is Jehanne Dubrow, and the artist-in-residence is Alice Mizrachi. It is possible to sign up for a day rate, an evening rate, or a full workshop experience. The website is www.poetrybytheseaconference.org.

 

BESSY REYNA WORKSHOP, "Poetry as Memoir," designed for adults 18 and older, at the Goodwin Branch of Hartford Public Library, 460 New Britain Ave., Hartford, CT. The workshop will be held on Wed., May 24 and will run from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Pre-registration is required (860-695-7480). For any special needs, call at least two weeks before the event (860-695-6320).

 

THE POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN. On the third Thursday of each month, The Poetry Institute Poetry Series celebrates an eclectic mix of poetic voices. Free. Refreshments. Outstanding featured readers in a casual setting. Open to all. Open mic precedes feature. Doors Open at 6:30. Poetry starts at 7:00. Arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the open mic. More info: http://thepoetryinstitute.com. The Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. Next: TBA

 

MARILYN NELSON & BENJAMIN GROSSBERG will read their work at a Poetry Read-In to be held at the Noah Webster House, 227 South Main St., West Hartford, on May 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. Maria Sassi, West Hartford poet laureate emeritus, will host the afternoon’s festivities, which will include an open mic portion.

 

CHARLES RAFFERTY. May 3, 5:15 p.m., Albertus Magnus College: poetry reading/talk feauring selections from Rafferty's upcoming collection of prose poems.


YOUTH POETRY SLAM TEAM. Connetic Word / CT National Youth Poetry Slam Team 2017 - Last qualifier will be held on April 25th @ 7pm. at WHUS Radio, 2110 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT (the radio station is part of the Student Union. Participants should be between the ages of 13 and 19 to slam. Bring at least 2 original poems and compete for a spot on the 2017 team. And we need audience as well as poets! Come on out and support these talented young people. The finals will be held on April 30th at The Bushnell in Hartford and will start at 3pm. Free and open to any and all.


CPS MIDDLETOWN CHAPTER. On Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm The Middletown Chapter of the Connecticut Poetry Society will present the 3rd Annual Poetry Reading and Open Mic Night at the Cora J. Belden Library, 33 Church Street, Rocky Hill, CT. Featured poets will include Charles Chase, Pamela Guinan, Suzy Lamson, Claudia McGhee, William Moorhead, Cynthia Peck, Garrett Phelan, Margaret Plaganis, Mr. Sebastian, Victoria Ventura and Shelly Weinberg. An Open Mic, reception and book signing will follow. Please preregister for this event by contacting the Library at (860) 258-7621 or visiting the Library’s website at www.rockyhillct.gov/library.


BESSY REYNA has been selected as one of ten people to be honored this year by the CT Immigrant & Refugee Coalition.

 


WALLACE STEVENS TALK. David Rosen, Professor of English at Trinity College, will discuss the life and poetry of Wallace Stevens at the Noah Webster Library on Tuesday, May 2, at 7 p.m.

 

THE BACKWATERS BUNCH, Charles Fort, Carole Stone, and John J. Ronan will read at Cornelia St. Cafe, 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY on Wednesday, May 3 at 6:00 PM.Call for Reservations: 212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com.


 
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