Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | September 4, 2010

Connecticut Poetry events and calendar listings

Check out some early to mid-September events in the area.**SEPTEMBER 5 (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 Thursday evening (7:00 – 10:00 PM) and Sunday afternoon (2:00 –
4:00 PM).

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

**SEPTEMBER 6 (Monday–Note: Today is Labor Day; check listings’ “more info”
contacts to make sure they haven’t been canceled or rescheduled)**

*7:00 – 9:00 PM (Open mic sign up begins at 6:30 PM)
GOTPOETRY LIVE II
Cafemantic
948 Main Street, Willimantic
Suggested donation: $3.00
Ongoing: monthly, first Monday

This event is not happening this month, because of Labor Day. Resumes Monday,
October 4. More info:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131932173504331&index=1

*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

This open mike, hosted by J-Cherry, is a warm group that 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; http://www.buttonwood.org; (860) 347-4957.

*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
$5 Cover starting at 7:30 PM; Live DJ
Hosted by Darlene Brandon-Scott
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.therussellct.com/events.php.

**SEPTEMBER 7 (Tuesday)**

Note: The series at BROAD STREET BOOKS (Middletown) that would normally appear
here has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Sept. 14 this month. (See listing below.)
The event will resume on its normal first-Tuesday-of-the-month in October.

*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. More info: 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.

**SEPTEMBER 8 (Wednesday)**

*7:00 PM
Beekley Public Library
10 Central Avenue, New Hartford

ARLENE SWIFT JONES in the inaugural reading of her new book God, Put
Out One of Their Eyes. A reception and book-signing will follow the
reading. More info: 860-379-7235.

*8:45 PM (Open Myk precedes feature: sign up 7:30 PM, open read starts 7:45 PM)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT POETRY SERIES
“The Garage” (Newtown Teen Center)
53 Church Hill Road, Newtown
$3 suggested donation.
Ongoing: every Wednesday

Note: Series has recently relocated to the address listed above. Feature: TBD.
Poetry editing workshop at the end of the evening each week. (HURRAY!) Bring
copies of poems you’d like to work on… More info:
http://www.wedpoetry.wordpress.com.

*9:00 PM
POETZ REALM IN BRIDGEPORT
Bridgeport Innovation Center
Gallery 1212
955 Connecticut Avenue, Bridgeport
Admission is $5 for regular patrons and $3 to rock the open mike.
Hosted by Ernel Grant, Founder/CEO.
Ongoing: monthly, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday

Feature: TBA. 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, and music; chat; post poetry and written work; and much
more. whether it be in the form of spoken word, poetry, emceeing, singing, or
simply verbal expression, Poetz Realm is the place to be. More info:
http://www.poetzrealm.com.

**SEPTEMBER 9 (Thursday)**

*7:00 – 10:00 PM
BEAN & LEAF OPEN MIKE POETRY READING
Bean & Leaf Cafe
13 Washington St., New London
Hosted by Tom Weigel.
Ongoing: every Thursday evening (7:00 – 10:00 PM) and Sunday afternoon (2:00 –
4:00 PM).

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

**SEPTEMBER 10 (Friday–sorry, no listings)**

**SEPTEMBER 11 (Saturday)**

*4:00 PM
WEST HARTFORD ART LEAGUE READING

Features: GINNY CONNORS, PAT HALE, and SANDRA BISHOP EBNER. Early information
indicates that the event will occur “under a large tent” somewhere near the
confluence of LaSalle and Arapahoe Roads in West Hartford. Sounds adventurous.
More info: contact Lonnie Black at 860-953-6280.

**SEPTEMBER 12 (Sunday)**

*7:00 – 10:00 PM
BEAN & LEAF OPEN MIKE POETRY READING
Bean & Leaf Cafe
13 Washington St., New London
Hosted by Tom Weigel.
Ongoing: every Thursday evening (7:00 – 10:00 PM) and Sunday afternoon (2:00 –
4:00 PM).

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

**SEPTEMBER 13 (Monday)**

*7:00 PM (sign up starts at 6:00 PM)
OPEN MIC
Huntington Street Cafe
90 Huntington Street, Shelton
Ongoing: monthly, second Monday

Hello! My name is Dorothy and I am the owner of Written Words Bookstore in
Shelton, CT. We recently partnered with the Huntington Street Cafe in Huntington
to offer a location for published and closet poets to gather and share their
passion of poetry with open mic readings. Everyone is welocme! Please help
spread the word! The Huntington Street Cafe is located at 90 Huntington Street,
Shelton, CT 06484. More info: Dorothy Sim-Broder, Written Words Bookstore, Tel:
203-944-0400; http://www.writtenwordsbookstore.com. Huntington St. Cafe: 203-925-9064;
http://huntingtonstreetcafe.com.

*7:00 PM
WORDFORGE READING SERIES
The Studio @ Billings Forge
563 Broad Street, Hartford

Features: NANCY KUHL and RAVI SHANKAR. Plus OPEN MIKE. More info:
http://wfreadings.blogspot.com/.

*7:15 PM
MONDAY NIGHT POETRY

Barnes & Noble Bookstore (Stamford Town Center)
100 Greyrock Place Suite H009, Stamford
Ongoing: monthly, second Mondays

Please come and listen to local poets, bring a favorite poem, or read your own
at the Open Mike. More info: 203-323-1248.

*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

This open mike, hosted by J-Cherry, is a warm group that 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; http://www.buttonwood.org; (860) 347-4957.

*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
$5 Cover starting at 7:30 PM; Live DJ
Hosted by Darlene Brandon-Scott
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.therussellct.com/events.php.

**SEPTEMBER 14 (Tuesday)**

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

Note: This event will resume on its normal first-Tuesday-of-the-month in
October. Feature: DON BARKIN, of New Haven, CT, is the author of two poetry
chapbooks and has twice been awarded grants by the State of Connecticut. He has
been widely published in quality literary journals. In Don Barkin’s first
full-length poetry collection, That Dark Lake, there is terror and despair but
also underlying faith and hope, as in the work of Robert Frost. And like
Frost’s, Barkin’s verse has a fierce formality that connects it to the very
tradition with which its fresh and modern voice does battle. In the words of
poet and critic Margaret Gibson: “Don Barkin’s poems are memorable, unsettling,
and welcome. They offer us ‘an ancient shadowed ache’ and a canny clarity; they
offer straightforward honesty and deft, surprising turns of insight and image.”
A former newspaper reporter with a Harvard College and Cambridge University
education, Barkin is currently a high school English teacher. He has also
taught writing seminars at Yale and Wesleyan Universities, and on-line for a
consortium of Oxford, Yale, and Stanford Universities.. Come help us welcome Don
Barkin to the store on September 14th and share some of your own poetry too!
Tune in to J-Cherry Presents every Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. 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.

*7:30 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.

**SEPTEMBER 15 (Wednesday)**

*7:30 PM
“GOOD COMPANY” with Howard Abhay Banow
Studio 59
59 Barber Street, Torrington
Admission: $15 at the door; $12 prepaid (4 for $45)
Ongoing: every Wednesday

Premiering today! Meditation Relaxation Sessions sun meditation. Take time out
to unwind, get comfortable and relax in the Good Company of HOWARD ABHAY BANOW,
who will bring his original songs and poems, guitar and drums, favorite lines of
others’ mystical poetry, and wealth of experience as a teacher of meditation to
this gathering. His is a different kind of “soul music”. He invites you, in
turn, to bring your voices and ears. Please come so we can play together this
game, this song, this dance of life. During his years as administrator at the
Jain Meditation International Center in New York City, Howard taught meditation,
Hatha Yoga, and shared his music. He was also private secretary to the Center’s
founder, Shree Chitrabhanu. From 1988 to 1995 he created and ran the
Canton-based Evergreen Center for Stress Management. Now, mature in years but
still young at heart, he is reaching out to share a unique “open way” based on
teachings Eastern and Native American. Let go and tune in to a deeper part of
your inner Self. Whatever your spiritual Path, you are welcome. Help create
together the atmosphere of satsangha – good company. RSVP and more info:
860-482-6801.

*8:45 PM (Open Myk precedes feature: sign up 7:30 PM, open read starts 7:45 PM)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT POETRY SERIES
“The Garage” (Newtown Teen Center)
53 Church Hill Road, Newtown
$3 suggested donation.
Ongoing: every Wednesday

Note: Series has recently relocated to the address listed above.

Feature: MONICA YOUN. Poetry editing workshop at the end of the evening each
week. (HURRAY!) Bring copies of poems you’d like to work on… More info:
http://www.wedpoetry.wordpress.com.

**SEPTEMBER 16 (Thursday)**

*12:30-2:00 PM

TIME OUT FOR POETRY
Scranton Library, Local History Room
801 Boston Post Road, Madison
FREE. Host: Susannah Graedel.
Ongoing: monthly, third Thursdays

Ogden Nash, Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, Dr. Seuss, Emily Dickinson and
maybe even the Burma Shave verses will live again, as Madison area residents are
invited to share their favorite poems. This informal gathering welcomes those
who wish to share two or three short poems, or simply to listen. “Time Out for
Poetry” will provide, as Robert Frost defined poetry, “a momentary stay against
confusion.” This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Scranton Library.
More info: call Susannah Graedel at 203-421-1961.

*7:00 – 10:00 PM
BEAN & LEAF OPEN MIKE POETRY READING
Bean & Leaf Cafe
13 Washington St., New London
Hosted by Tom Weigel.
Ongoing: every Thursday evening (7:00 – 10:00 PM) and Sunday afternoon (2:00 –
4:00 PM).

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

*7:00 (Doors open at 6:30)
THE POETRY INSTITUTE – NEW HAVEN
The Young Men’s Institute Library
847 Chapel Street, New Haven
FREE.
Ongoing: monthly, third Thursdays

Feature: SANDRA BISHOP EBNER. Great Poetry in a warm, friendly environment. Open
mic precedes feature. Arrive a few minutes early to sign up for the open mic.
More info: http://thepoetryinstitute.com.

*7:30 – 9:00 PM
OPEN MIC
Borders Bookstore
1041 High Ridge Road (near Merritt Pkwy. exit 35), Stamford
Ongoing: monthly, third Thursdays

More info: 203-968-9700.

**SEPTEMBER 17 (Friday)**

**SEPTEMBER 18 (Saturday)**

***OTHER SPOKEN WORD AND LITERARY EVENTS IN CONNECTICUT***

**SEPTEMBER 16 (Thursday)**

*6:30-8:45 PM
WRITERS OUT LOUD
Performance Studio
Green Street Arts Center
51 Green Street, Middletown
Admission: $5 non-members; $3 members

Hi all…New month. We missed WOL in August, partly do to the lateness in July
of “Cream of the Crop,” I was delighted to participate rather than host. What
an audience! I can’t express how proud I am to be involved with our venue. I
hope to never leave it. As we all nurtured WOL it grew beyond viable to
irreplacable. “Cream of the Crop” illustrated the value of having non-writers
with us. After all, we write for people, and WOL transcends the writers
workshop format; it’s also an entertainment venue. SO invite family and friends
to share your reading. When that’s happened before, it’s added to our positive
buzz. My thanks to all–of course. Hope to see as many of you as
possible. Peace. -Al Bower.

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