Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets/NE Fowl | May 1, 2010

Part of the May poetry calendar for CT

**MAY 1 (Saturday—TODAY!)**

*2:00-3:00 PM
New Haven Free Public Library
133 Elm St., New Haven
FREE.

Meet the Author: JAN LATOUR, author of Sisters in the
Brotherhoods: working women organizing for equality in New York City. Fascinating examination of sexism in union culture
as women fight to break gender barriers to obtain blue-collar jobs in various
trades. Books available for sale/signing. More info: 203-946-8835.

**MAY 2 (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.

**MAY 3 (Monday)**

*2:00 PM
Duncaster Retirement Community
Loeffler Rd., Bloomfield

POLLY BRODY reads from all three of her books, with a
book-signing to follow. Polly Brody received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from
Mount Holyoke College, and after returning to school in mid-life, earned a
Masters Degree in Biology from Southern Connecticut State University. A
resident of Southbury, Connecticut, she has traveled widely in Europe, East
Africa, Australia and South America. As a biologist and experienced field
ornithologist, she lectures on animal behavior and has been an active advocate
for the environment. Polly Brody is the author of two earlier collections: Other
Nations (poetry) and The Burning Bush (essays with poetry). She has been
published in many literary journals and has received numerous awards for her
writing. She has been a presenting poet in the New England Foundation for the
Humanities series, “After Frost: Poetry in New England,” and has read widely
throughout Connecticut and New York. More info: JLamenzo@duncaster. org.

*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 – 9:00 PM (Open mic sign up begins at 6:30)
GOTPOETRY LIVE
Cafemantic
948 Main Street, Willimantic
Suggested donation: $3.00
Ongoing: monthly, first Monday

Feature: DUENDE is the poetry and music project of TONY
BROWN, veteran performance poet and writer, and STEVE CAFARO, virtuoso electric
bass player and guitarist. Formed in 2006, they have released two CDs and
chapbooks (“Jim’s Fall” and
“americanized” ) on their own Loyal Weasel label/press,
and have performed in
poetry and music venues up and down the East Coast. The
recipient of three Pushcart Prize nominations and the title of “Legend of
Slam” as awarded in 2006 at the National Poetry Slam in Austin, TX, TONY
BROWN is self-employed as a training consultant and writer, and is a lifelong
resident of Southern New England, currently residing in Worcester. STEVEN
CAFARO is an in-demand musician with many irons in the fire, including as an
instructor, a guitar technician, a session player and solo artist, and as the
bass player for popular New England funk-rock band, Five
Flavor Discount.
Together as Duende, they have created a sound that adds
elements of funk, rock,
jazz, flamenco, and folk music to poems on topics from
aging and love to social
justice and questions of identity in a multicultural world.
Bring a poem, bring a friend!

*8:00 – 10:00 PM (end time is approximate)
BEAT POETRY OPEN MIKE AT LAS VETAS LOUNGE
Las Vetas Lounge
1462 Post Road,
Fairfield
Ongoing: every Monday

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.

**MAY 4 (Tuesday)**

*7:00 PM
Broad Street Books
45 Broad Street, Middletown
FREE. Hosted by Brian Mitchard
Ongoing: monthly, first Tuesdays

Feature: LESLIE MCGRATH received her MFA in literature and
poetry from the Bennington Writing Seminars after receiving an MA in psychology
from Wesleyan University. Her poems have appeared frequently online and in
print, and have been anthologized both in the US and India. McGrath was awarded
a 2004 Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, a 2007 Artist Fellowship
from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism and has served on the
judges’ panels for the Connecticut Book Award in Poetry, the Rhode Island State
Council on the Arts, and the Maine Arts Commission. Her literary interviews
have been published frequently in The Writer’s Chronicle and have
also been aired on public radio. She is the managing editor
of Drunken Boat, an online journal of the arts as well as the author of
the collection Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage (2009), and the
chapbook Toward Anguish, which won the 2007 Philbrick Poetry Award. In
addition, she also edited and published (through Drunken Boat Press, 2010) the posthumous
poetry collection of Reetika Vazirani, Radha Says. Open mic follows
feature. All are welcome to come and read, recite, perform their work. Tune in
to J-Cherry Presents every Tuesday night at 6:30 PM on 88.1 FM WESU in
Middletown to hear from local artists from across all genres. On the first
Tuesday of every month, J-Cherry hosts our featured poet on the show!! More
info, call Brian at Broad Street Books: (860) 685-7323.

*7:00 – 9:00 PM
SHORELINE CLUSTER POETS
Scranton Library
801 Boston Post Road,
Madison
Ongoing: monthly, first and third Tuesdays

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.

**MAY 5 (Wednesday)* *

*6:30 – 8:00 PM sharp
CALLING ALL POETS (AND POETRY LOVERS)
Silas Bronson Library
267 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT
FREE. Hosted by Victoria Munoz
Ongoing: monthly, first Wednesdays

Themed Open Mike: “Given that I am going to die, what do I
want to do with the rest of my life?” Read your original poem based on this
year’s Big Read selection, A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines.
This program is presented in conjunction with the citywide Big Read project,
and is a National Endowment of the Arts BIG READ EVENT. Don’t miss this
amazing opportunity.

*7:00 PM
New Hartford Library (The Licia & Mason Beekley
Community Library)
10 Central Avenue, New Hartford

Reading & book-signing. Feature: JEAN SANDS’s poetry has
been published in literary journals, anthologized, and nominated for a
Pushcart Prize. She is also a journalist, reviewer, and correspondent
whose interviews, essays, and feature articles appear in regional and
national publications as well as online. Jean has served as a poet in the
schools and has taught poetry and creative writing to adults throughout
northwest Connecticut for over twenty years. In addition, she edits novels and
non-fiction books for private clients and occasionally offers writing
tutorials. More info: (860) 379-7235 or staff@beekleylibrar y.org.

*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: Faith
Ongoing: every Wednesday

Themed open myk instead of feature: PEACE,
MOTHER EARTH, and SOCIAL JUSTICE
. Praise one, praise them all, send out your
message to the Blue Z audience and the planet for a kinder world, for a
sustainable future, get on your soap box about pollution, war, injustice, speak
the change you want to see in the world, bring the rebirthing energy of spring
to your desire for global kindness, compassion, partnership, kinship. Let us
make a joyful noise and send our message into the ether and move the dream from
hope to certainty with every word and action we take in the name of peace.

**MAY 6 (Thursday)**

*7:00 – 10:00 PM
BEAN & LEAF OPEN MIKE POETRY READING
Bean & Leaf Cafe
13 Washington St.,
New London
Ongoing: every Thursday

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.

**MAY 7 (Friday)**

*7.00 PM
ELEVENTH ANNUAL FRESHWATER POETRY FESTIVAL
Asnuntuck Community College
170 Elm Street, Enfield
(Festival continues May 8.)

Feature: Winners of the Eighteenth Annual Asnuntuck Student
Poetry Contest. For more information, call Edwina Trentham 860-253-3105 or go
to http://www.acc.commnet. edu/freshwater. htm.

**MAY 8 (Saturday)**

10:00 AM (poetry workshops)
1:00 PM (poetry workshops)
3:00 – 4:00 PM (poetry reading)

ELEVENTH ANNUAL FRESHWATER POETRY FESTIVAL
Asnuntuck Community College
170 Elm Street, Enfield
(Festival continued from May 7.)

Writing workshops will be offered by Edwina Trentham, Greg
Coleman, and Elizabeth Szewczyk at 10.00 AM and Robert Cording, Corrine De
Winter, and John Stanizzi at 1.00 PM. Cording, De Winter, and Stanizzi will
give a reading from 3.00 to 4.00 PM. Workshops $15.00 each, $10.00 each for
students. For more information, call Edwina Trentham 860-253-3105 or go to http://www.acc.commnet. edu/freshwater. htm.

**MAY 9 (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.

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