Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets/NE Fowl | March 9, 2010

CT poetry calendar

Be advised the text of this post is long. It’s the calendar of poetry events in the state. So, it’s good that there’s a lot going on… bad on the eyes, perhaps. I get this sent to me via email because I signed up on a mailing list. Posting it here in hopes that someone will check one of these out and report back. We’ve got a listing on this too…

**MARCH 10 (Wednesday)* *

*8:30 PM (Open mic precedes feature: 7:30 PM)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT POETRY SERIES
Blue Z Coffeehouse
127 South Main Street (Route 25) Newtown
FREE. This week’s host: Ernie
Ongoing: every Wednesday

Feature: DICK ALLEN, whose popular readings are
combinations of humorous and serious poetry, with Zen floated into the mix.
Allen is a Pushcart Prize winner, and a recipient of both an NEA and an Ingram
Merrill Poetry Writing Fellowship. His new poems have appeared recently in or
are forthcoming in The New Criterion, Crab Orchard Review, Ploughshares,
American Scholar, The Georgia Review, The Yale Review, Poetry, Stone Boat,
Gettysburg Review, The New York Quarterly, and The Hudson Review. Hundreds of
other poems of his have appeared over the years in such magazines as The New
Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Agni, The New England Review,
and in over 40 national poetry anthologies. His poems have been in five
editions of The Best American Poetry and another one will be in the 2010
edition. Allen’s poems and short essays have often been featured on Poetry
Daily, as well as read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. In
January-February, 2010, he was the featured poet on the Tricycle/Rattle Poetry
website. His seventh collection of poetry, the Zen-Buddhist influenced Present
Vanishing, was published by Sarabande Books in October, 2008. This last
September, it received the 2009 Connecticut Book Award for Poetry. Allen’s
previous two collections, The Day Before: New Poems and Ode to the Cold War:
Poems New and Selected, also were published by Sarabande Books. Dick Allen and
his wife, poet L. N. Allen, live near the shores of Thrushwood Lake, in
Trumbull, Connecticut, with music—Bach and Bluegrass. More info: http://wedpoetry. wordpress. com/.

*9:00 PM
POETZ REALM
Bridgeport Innovation Center – Gallery 1212
955 Connecticut Ave.,
Bridgeport
$5.00 for regular patrons and $3.00 for whomever signs up
for the open mike. Hosted by Ernel Grant.
Ongoing: monthly, 2nd and 4th Wednesday

Feature: T. MONET, a 20-year-old writer (poetry, novels,
songs, short stories) who has been writing for almost 11 years. She has been
performing spoken word since her 10th grade in high school at Central Magnet
High School in Bridgeport, CT. She’s performed at many different venues and is
coming out of a recent two year break with lots of new material as a result of
a redefining of her values, thoughts, and beliefs. Through her words she
introduces life as she knows and sees it. Poetz Realm is not just a physical
location where artists can get together and share in their artistry. Poetz
Realm also provides web services such as a social networking community which
allows its members to network, upload videos, pictures, music, chat, post
poetry, written work and much more. Whether it be in the form of spoken word,
poetry, and emceeing, singing or simply verbal expression, Poetz Realm is the
place to be.
There is a feature for each show. Features have included: Ngoma,
Fredrick Douglas, Mo Jarvis, Baub Bidon, E da Storyteller, Shanna Melton, Kamal
Imani, Influence, Ainsley Burrows, and many others. “Let Your Voice Be
Heard!”
More info:
www.poetzrealm. com.

**MARCH 11 (Thursday)**

*5:30 – 7:30 PM
ROARING BROOK NATURE CENTER BENEFIT READING
Pia Sjolin Gallery, The Shoppes at Farmington Valley
110 Albany Turnpike, Route 44, Canton
$40 suggested donation—all proceeds to Roaring Brook
Nature Center. Musical entertainment and hors d’ouevres.

Feature: DAVID LEFF. Mr. Leff is a freelance writer from
Collinsville, Connecticut. His essays and fiction have appeared in newspapers
and magazines, and his non-fiction work, The Last Undiscovered Place, a
Connecticut Book Award finalist, was published by the University of Virginia
Press in 2004. A second book, Deep Travel, was published by the University of
Iowa Press in 2009. He is a member of the Hartford Courant Place Board of
Contributors and a columnist for Imprint Newspapers. A graduate of the
University Of Connecticut School of Law, Leff was a Deputy Commissioner with
the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection until his retirement in
2006. Earlier, he worked as a researcher and legal advisor for the Connecticut
General Assembly’s Environment Committee. He currently serves on the boards of
the Connecticut Forest & Park Association and Audubon Connecticut. Leff is
chairman of the Collinsville Historic District Commission and a veteran
volunteer firefighter. He is a maple sugar maker and has served on the board of
directors of the Connecticut Maple Syrup Producer’s Association. He is also a
volunteer high school tutor and a Boy Scout merit badge counselor. In addition
to being an avid hiker, canoeist, and fisherman, Leff enjoys hunting,
gardening, and cross-country skiing. He is the father of two teenagers too
quickly on their way to adulthood. More info: contact Robin DeBerry at
860-231-2830 x23 or rdeberry@TheChildre nsMuseumCT. org.

*7:30 PM (Open mic precedes feature: 7:00 PM)
GUILFORD POETS GUILD
Greene Art Gallery
29 Whitfield Street, Guilford (behind Whitfield’s Cafe)
Refreshments.
Ongoing: spring series monthly, second Thursdays

Feature: Guilford poet CHARLOTTE CURRIER. Ms. Currier
taught a course on the craft of poetry from 1989 to 2002 at Wesleyan
University’s Graduate Liberal Studies
Program. A collection of her work, “Shadow and Light:
A Retrospective, ” a Trefoil Arts imprint, appeared in 2008. More info: 203-453-2036 or http://guilfordpoet sguild.wordpress .com.

*8:00 PM
MISHI-MAYA-GAT POETRY SERIES
Manchester Community College
FREE.

National Women’s Month
reading. Features: SUSAN ALLISON and KATE RUSHIN. SUSAN ALLISON lives in
Middletown, Connecticut with her family. Born in Derby, CT and raised in
Louisville, Kentucky, she calls poetry and wanderlust the two main constants in
her life. After mountain-climbing and hitch-hiking through East Africa, she
returned to Wesleyan University to earn a BA in African Studies in 1985.
Shortly after graduation, she discovered used and rare bookstores, which became
new destination points for her wanderlust, until she opened her own, Ibis Books
& Gallery, in 1989. The bookstore was transformed in 1991 into NEAR,
Inc./The Buttonwood Tree, an arts and cultural performance space on Main Street
in Middletown. Antrim House Books (Tariffville, CT) has released Allison’s
second book, Down by the Riverside Way. More information on this book, to order
a copy, and to read samples from the book, can be found at: http://www.antrimhousebook s.com.
KATE RUSHIN is the author of The Black Back-Ups, from Firebrand Books. Her
poem, “The Bridge Poem,” appears in This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by
Radical Women of Color, a ground-breaking feminist anthology, edited by Cherríe
Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa. A recipient of the Rose Low Rome Memorial Poetry
Prize and the Grolier Poetry Prize, her work is widely anthologized and has
been published in such journals as Callaloo. A Connecticut resident, Kate
currently teaches creative writing at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.
Previously, she taught at Wesleyan University, where she served asAdjunct
Assistant Professor and Visiting Writer in African American Studies. She has
read at Hill-Stead Museum’s Sunken
Garden Poetry Festival, the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival,
and Smith College Poetry Center, among many other places, and has led workshops
for the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and Cave Canem Foundation. She has served as
a judge for the Connecticut State University-IMPAC Young Writers Award, the
Connecticut Poetry Circuit Student Poetry Contest, and the NEA’s/Poetry
Foundation’s Poetry
Out Loud. 

Kate received her B.A. from Oberlin College and
her M.F.A. from Brown University. She is a former Fellow of The Fine Arts Work
Center in Provincetown and a graduate fellow of Cave Canem Foundation. For more
information, please visit her website at: http://www.katerushin. com.
**MARCH 14 (Sunday)**

*2:00 – 4:00 PM
BEAN & LEAF OPEN MIKE POETRY READING
Bean & Leaf Cafe
13 Washington St.,
New London
Hosted by Tom Weigel.
Ongoing: every Sunday

Old poets read, new voices heard in a new venue with “a
killer sound system and lots of delicious teas and coffee and pastries.” More
info: 
www.bean-leaf. com
or
860-701-0000.

*2:00 PM
POETRY ON THE LINE SERIES
Windsor Art Center, 40 Mechanic St., Windsor
FREE. Refreshments. Snow date: Sunday, March 21.

A GUINNESS OF VERSE in celebration of everything green
(shamrocks, frogs, and all the rest). Features: JIM KELLEHER and GINNY
CONNORS. Celtic music by the Village Fair Duo (Laura Mazza-Dixon, viola da
gamba, and Carrie Crompton, hammered dulcimer). More info: 860-688-2528 or info@windsorartcent er.org.

**MARCH 15 (Monday)**

*7:00 PM sign up; 7:30 PM start
ANYTHING GOES!
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main Street,
Middletown
$3.00-5.00 suggested donation.
Ongoing: every Monday

An open mike with J-Cherry

Hosted by J-Cherry this warm
group encourages personal development – come play with us! You’ll find Phill is
available to drum along if you like. We have a piano and congas or BYO
instrument, poem, dance or whatever artistic piece of yourself you’d like to
share. We’re all in this together – let’s have some fun and create ourselves
anew! More info: thebuttonwoodtree@ gmail.com, 
www.buttonwood. org;
860-347-4957
.

*7:00 PM
WORDFORGE READING SERIES
The Studio @ Billings Forge
563 Broad Street, Hartford (Park next to Firebox
restaurant or along Broad Street.)

Features: RIVER’S EDGE POETS. DAVID HOLDT has published in Connecticut River Review,
Blueline, Amelia, Spitball, and Cimarron Review, and in anthologies including I
Name Myself Daughter and River of Dreams. He has been writer in residence at
St. Lawrence University and Watkinson School and he has been teaching writing
at the University of Hartford for 15 years. ELIZABETH KINCAID-EHLERS has taught
literature and creative writing at various colleges and universities, including
the University of Rochester, where she earned her Ph.D. in 1978. In 1979 she
came to Connecticut as visiting writer-in-residence at Trinity College. In
1982, after a year at Cambridge University in England, she returned to start
the River’s Edge poetry group and a private practice in psychotherapy in West
Hartford. DREW SANBORN is the director of publications at Trinity College and
has served in similar positions at Wesleyan University and the University of
New Hampshire. He has been a member of the River’s Edge Poets since 1994. PLUS
OPEN MIKE. More info: http://wfreadings. blogspot. com/ or contact Jim Finnegan,
jforjames@aol. com, 860-508-2810.

*7:30 – 9:00 PM
POETRY BEAT POETRY OPEN MIKE AT LAS VETAS LOUNGE
Las Vetas Lounge
1462 Post Road,
Fairfield

More info: 203-255-1958.

*9:00 PM
BEATNIK 2000
Cafe 9
250 State Street,
New Haven
No Cover.

Hosted by Ed Leonard.
Ongoing: every Monday

Music and poetry every Monday night. More info: http://www.cafenine. com/schedule. html;
203-789-8281.

*9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
THE LOVE JONES EXPERIENCE
The Russell
103 Pratt Street,
Hartford
Hosted by Darlene Brandon-Scott
$5 Cover starting @ 7:30 PM. Live DJ.
Ongoing: every Monday

Poetry & Jam Session. Bring your poems and instruments
to our spoken word and song event. All poets welcome. Amateurs welcome and
encouraged to perform. More info: http://www.therusse llct.com/ events.php.

**MARCH 16 (Tuesday)**

*7:00 – 9:00 PM
SHORELINE CLUSTER POETS
Scranton Library
801 Boston Post Road,
Madison

Shoreline Cluster Poets meets first and third Tuesday of
each month at Scranton Library. For more information, please contact Rudy Sturk
at scpoets@yahoo. com or
203-245-7365.

*7:30 PM
POEMALLEY
Curley’s Diner
62 West Park Place,
Stamford
Ongoing: every Tuesday

Read poetry, discuss writing and other topics of
interest.
More info: 203-327-3716;
ayarmal@earthlink. net.

**MARCH 17 (Wednesday)* *

*8:30 PM (Open mic precedes feature: 7:30 PM; tonight’s
theme: St. Patty’s Day)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT POETRY SERIES
Blue Z Coffeehouse
127 South Main Street (Route 25) Newtown
FREE. This week’s host: Faith
Ongoing: every Wednesday

Feature: Peace poet, personal journey facilitator, all
around good-guy, REGGIE MARRA is a poet, author, and educator with over 33
years of experience in elementary, middle, secondary, and higher education.He
is a Master Teaching Artist with the Arts Division of the Connecticut Commission
on Culture and Tourism, and he works with organizations and individuals who are
committed to ongoing growth and development. His Integral Journeys™ workshops
provide safe, challenging spaces within which to explore identity, perspective,
voice and purpose—your authentic place in the world—through the transformative
power of language as it manifests in poetry, story, council, humor &
nature. Visit his website at IntegralJourneys. com.
He is author of four books: This Open Eye: Seeing What We Do, Living Poems,
Writing Lives: Spirit, Self and the Art of Poetry, Who Lives Better Than We Do?
and The Quality of Effort.
His poems have appeared in The Underwood Review,
Many Waters, Let the Poets Speak, The Fairfield Review, Concepts, The Journal
of Pastoral Counseling, “Story, Silence and Spirit: The Crisis of the
First-Person Pronouns,” “Transformation or Stagnation: the Resilience Dilemma,”
and “What Do You Mean, Spirituality?” Prior to developing the Integral Journeys
programs, he spent twenty-one years as a teacher, coach, and administrator in
secondary and higher education. He currently lives in Connecticut with his
family. His wife Marianela Medrano-Marra is our featured poet the following
Wednesday. They are very different and quite complementary! More info: http://wedpoetry. wordpress. com/.

**MARCH 18 (Thursday)**

*7:00 PM (Doors open for open mic sign-up at 6:30 PM.)
THE POETRY INSTITUTE-NEW HAVEN MONTHLY OPEN MIC (formerly
“Word of Mouth”)
The Young Men’s Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street, New
Haven
FREE. Refreshments.
Ongoing: monthly, third Thursdays

Feature: GARDNER MCFALL,
author of two books of poems, two children’s books, and an opera libretto. The
opera, “Amelia,” with music by Daron Hagen, will premiere May 8, 2010, at
Seattle Opera. Ms. McFall teaches at Hunter College in New York City and her
poems have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, The Nation,
Ploughshares, Southwest Review and elsewhere. Her new book is called
Russian Tortoise. The Poetry Institute-New Haven Monthly Open Mic celebrates an
eclectic mix of poetic voices at Connecticut’ s oldest living literary
institution. For more information, contact poetryinstitute@ gmail.com or visit our
website http://thepoetryins titute.com/ .
*7:00 PM
WINTONBURY BRANCH POETRY SERIES & OPEN MIKE
Wintonbury Branch Library, 1015 Blue Hills Ave.,
Bloomfield
FREE. Hosts: Marilyn Johnston, Tom Nicotera. Refreshments.
Ongoing: spring and fall, monthly, third Thursdays

Feature: The popular local poetry group, PARTNERS IN
POETRY. This long-time group consists of eight talented, diverse poets, two
with published collections to their credit: CHRISTINE BECK, SHERRI BEDINGFIELD,
GINNY CONNORS, TERE FOLEY, PAT HALE, BOB JACOB, NANCY KERRIGAN, and ELAINE
ZIMMERMAN. For more information contact the library: 860-242-0041 or http://www.prosserlibrary. info (see “Wintonbury
Branch”).

**MARCH 20 (Saturday)**

*2:00 PM
CADUCEUS READING
Yale Book Store (Barnes and Noble)
77 Broadway, New Haven
FREE.

ALEXANDRINA SERGIO is reading as part of the group of
poets whose work appears in the 2009 edition of Caduceus, an annual poetry
anthology published by the Yale Medical Group. More info: anthony.fusco@ yale.edu.

*2:00 – 4:00 PM
WILTON CHAPTER (FORMERLY SAUGATUCK CHAPTER) OF CT POETRY
SOCIETY
Wilton Library, Room A
137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton
Ongoing: monthly

Meeting format will be the structured workshop I have held
for several prior meetings. Bring one poem and copies of it for the other
participants. Please RSVP. Reference desk can direct you to Room A. Poems
should be no longer than 2 pages of Times Roman Font 12. More info: Wilton
Library 203-762-3950 – Sherman.

**MARCH 21 (Sunday)**

*2:00pm – 4:00 PM
BEAN & LEAF OPEN MIKE POETRY READING
Bean & Leaf Cafe
13 Washington St.,
New London
Hosted by Tom Weigel.
Ongoing: every Sunday

Old poets read, new voices heard in a new venue with “a
killer sound system and lots of delicious teas and coffee and pastries.” More
info: 
www.bean-leaf. com
or
860-701-0000.

**MARCH 22 (Monday)**

*7:00 PM sign up; 7:30 PM start
ANYTHING GOES!
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main Street,
Middletown
$3.00-5.00 suggested donation.
Ongoing: every Monday

An open mike with J-Cherry

Hosted by J-Cherry this warm
group encourages personal development – come play with us! You’ll find Phill is
available to drum along if you like. We have a piano and congas or BYO
instrument, poem, dance or whatever artistic piece of yourself you’d like to share.
We’re all in this together – let’s have some fun and create ourselves anew!
More info: thebuttonwoodtree@ gmail.com, 
www.buttonwood. org;
860-347-4957
.

*7:30pm – 9:00pm
POETRY BEAT POETRY OPEN MIKE AT LAS VETAS LOUNGE
Las Vetas Lounge
1462 Post Road,
Fairfield

More info: 203-255-1958.

*9:00 PM
BEATNIK 2000
Cafe 9
250 State Street,
New Haven
No Cover.

Hosted by Ed Leonard.
Ongoing: every Monday

Music and poetry every Monday night. More info: http://www.cafenine. com/schedule. html;
203-789-8281.

*9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
THE LOVE JONES EXPERIENCE
The Russell
103 Pratt Street,
Hartford
Hosted by Darlene Brandon-Scott
$5 Cover starting @ 7:30 PM. Live DJ.
Ongoing: every Monday

Poetry & Jam Session. Bring your poems and instruments
to our spoken word and song event. All poets welcome. Amateurs welcome and
encouraged to perform. More info: http://www.therusse llct.com/ events.php.

**MARCH 23 (Tuesday)**

*7:30 PM
POEMALLEY
Curley’s Diner
62 West Park Place,
Stamford
Ongoing: every Tuesday

Read poetry, discuss writing and other topics of
interest.
More info: 203-327-3716;
ayarmal@earthlink. net.

**MARCH 24 (Wednesday)* *

*8:30 PM (Open mic precedes feature: 7:30 PM; theme
tonight: Spring)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT POETRY SERIES
Blue Z Coffeehouse
127 South Main Street (Route 25) Newtown
FREE. This week’s host: Lisa
Ongoing: every Wednesday

Feature: MARIANELA MEDRANO-MARRA was born and raised in
the Dominican Republic, and has lived in Connecticut since 1990. A poet and a
writer of non-fiction and fiction, she holds a PhD in psychology, a
professional counselor’s license and certification as a poetry therapist.
Medrano offers workshops and readings in various venues in Connecticut, New
York and other parts of the country. Her poetry, rich with imagery and
metaphor, often deals with women’s issues. In her workshops, she combines
literature, psychology and spirituality to help others find new ways of knowing
the wholeness of human beings. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies
and magazines in Latin America, Europe and the United States. The following are
her individual publications: Oficio de Vivir (1986). Santo Domingo: Editorial
Buho, Los Alegres Ojos de la Tristeza/Happy Eyes of Sadness (1987). Santo
Domingo: Editorial Buho. Regando Esencias/ The Scent of Waiting (1998). New
York: Alcance, Curada de Espantos/One Who Has Seen It All (2002). Madrid,
Spain: Ediciones Torremozas. More info: http://wedpoetry. wordpress. com/.

*9:00 PM
POETZ REALM
Bridgeport Innovation Center – Gallery 1212
955 Connecticut Ave.,
Bridgeport
$5.00 for regular patrons and $3.00 for whomever signs up
for the open mike. Hosted by Ernel Grant.
Ongoing: monthly, 2nd and 4th Wednesday

Feature: DOPE DAVE is a Poet, DJ, and lover of the arts.
He is a radio personality who has his soul embedded in Hip-Hop…this talented
artist will be in the house to inspire, teach and learn…dont miss out on a
special feature…Poetz Realm is not just a physical location where artists can
get together and share in their artistry. Poetz Realm also provides web
services such as a social networking community which allows its members to
network, upload videos, pictures, music, chat, post poetry, written work and
much more. Whether it be in the form of spoken word, poetry, and emceeing,
singing or simply verbal expression, Poetz Realm is the place to be.
There is a
feature for each show. Features have included: Ngoma, Fredrick Douglas, Mo
Jarvis, Baub Bidon, E da Storyteller, Shanna Melton, Kamal Imani, Influence,
Ainsley Burrows, and many others. “Let Your Voice Be Heard!”
More info:
www.poetzrealm. com.

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