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Connecticut Poetry Calendar through Sept. 23

Here’s some Connecticut area events…

**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)**

*7:00 PM
BREAD BOX FOLK SERIES
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
220 Valley St., Willimantic
Suggested donation $5.00 (for musicians and audience) or a comparable amount in
non-perishable food items.

Bread Box Folk Series, Artist’s Showcase (music and spoken word). Featured
spoken word artists: ELIZABETH THOMAS and RUSS DARLING. Light refreshments
served. More info: http://www.breadboxfolk.org.

*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

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

Feature: MARK MCGUIRE-SCHWARTZ. Poetry editing workshop at the end of the
evening each week. (HURRAY!) Bring 6 or so 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–sorry, no listings)**

**SEPTEMBER 18 (Saturday–sorry, no listings)**

**SEPTEMBER 19 (Sunday)**

*4:30 – 6:00 PM
POETRY POTLUCK
The Sanctuary at Shepardfields (in the yurt)
59 Bogel Road, East Haddam
$5 suggested donation
Hosted by Suzy Lamson and Edwina Trentham
Ongoing: monthly, third Sundays

Do you love poetry? Would you like to be part of an ongoing poetry discussion
group offering food for the mind and the heart? If so, come and join us at the
Sanctuary yurt to discuss poetry and build community. This is not about sharing
our own work but instead offers us a chance to share the work of poets we love,
so you don’t have to be a poet to be part of this group. Just come and bring
your love of poetry and a poem you would like to share. More info:
http://www.oursanctuary.org or (860) 319-1134.

**SEPTEMBER 20 (Monday)**

*7:30 PM (start) 7:00 PM (sign up)
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 21 (Tuesday)**

*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 22 (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

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

Feature: MARK MCGUIRE-SCHWARTZ. Poetry editing workshop at the end of the
evening each week. (HURRAY!) Bring 6 or so 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, second and fourth Wednesdays

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 23 (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 24 (Friday)**

*7:00 PM
POETRY AND PROSE READING
GAllery on the Green
Route 44, Canton

As part of the Canton Artists’ Guild show “Reuse and Recycle, Thinking Green,”
DAVID K. LEFF will read from both his prose and poems, taking the theme of the
show beyond the bounds of the waste stream to larger issues of recycling, reuse
and transformation in nature, history, culture and personal experience. Don’t
miss a bracing round of words to complement the intriguing works of visual art
on display at the Gallery. More info: http://www.galleryonthegreen.org, or contact the
Gallery at cantonartists@att.net.

**SEPTEMBER 25 (Saturday)**

*2:00 – 4:00 PM
WILTON CHAPTER, CT POETRY SOCIETY MEETING
Wilton Library (Room A; reference desk can direct you)
137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton
Ongoing: monthly, generally the third Saturday. Upcoming Fall, 2010, dates: Oct.

23, Nov. 20, Dec. 18.

Meeting format will be the structured workshop I have held for several prior
meetings. participants are expected to be members of (or to join) the
Connecticut Poetry Society. Bring one poem and copies of it for the other
participants. Poems should be no longer than 2 pages of Times Roman Font 12.
Please RSVP to poultney@optonline.net. –Sherman Poultney.

*3:00 PM
POETRY OPEN MIKE
Loft Artists Association (LAA)
845 Canal St., Stamford
Ongoing: one Sat. each month, June – November 2010

Calling all poets, slammers, lyricists and those interested in the voice of the
creative spirit! Would you like a place to share your poetry without the
background noise of espresso machines? Do you have an appreciation for the genre

of poetry? Would you like to connect on a creative level in a creative
environment? Would you like to experience the poetry of others? Well…the
community of Fairfield County poets along with the Loft Artists Association has
a venue for you! The LAA features poetry readings one Saturday each month. More
info: Lucinda Sands, pinkspiderpublications@yahoo.com.

*6:30 PM
RIVERWOOD POETRY SERIES presents SATURDAY NIGHT POETRY
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main Street,
 Middletown
$3 suggested donation. Donations of non-perishable foods will also be accepted
for the benefit of St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. Open mike follows the
feature.
Ongoing: monthly, last Saturdays, (Sept.-Nov. and Jan.-May)

Feature: FAITH VICINANZA. More info: http://www.riverwoodpoetry.org, or contact The
Buttonwood Tree: 860-347-4957 thebuttonwoodtree@gmail.com, http://www.buttonwood.org.

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

** SEPTEMBER 12 (Today!)**

*4:00 PM
SUNDAY READINGS BY THE RIVER
Millrace Books
40 Mill Lane, Farmington

Theme for September: The Miracle Power of Animals. Feature: Janice Anderson, a
director of MANES & MOTION will present its healing work. An open mike will
accompany the event. There is a $10 admission fee, but the event is free for
open-mikers and those who buy a book. Refreshments served. For information:
860-677-9662 or http://frlac.org/.

**SEPTEMBER 14 (Tuesday)**

*6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
ALLAN JOHNSON will discuss his new novel, The First Thing and the Last (2010,
Plain View Press), an inspiring story of healing and redemption in the aftermath

of domestic violence. Part of what makes this novel compelling is what it took

to overcome the publishing industry’s resistance to bringing it into print.
Please join this interesting discussion of one of the most important issues
facing women and families today.

**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.

*7:00 PM (music); 8:00 PM (reading)
MISHI-MAYA-GAT SPOKEN WORD & MUSIC SERIES
Great Path Academy, Community Commons (Use Parking Lot B)
Manchester Community College, Manchester
Sponsored by MCC Foundation Annual Fund Campaign / Hosted by Stephen Campiglio
Free and Open to the Public
Ongoing: 3rd Thursday of each month; 7-9 PM (Sept. – May, except Dec.)

“Celebrate the Blues.” Feature: Mary Lou Sullivan, reading and signing Raisin’
Cain: The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter. Music: Chris D’Amato (aka
Smokin’ Opey), blues guitarist. More info on the event:
http://www.mcc.commnet.edu/faculty/spoken.php or call (860) 512-2824. More info on
Sullivan and the book: http://www.johnnywinterbook.com. More info on D’Amato:
http://www.chrisdamato.net.

**SEPTEMBER 19 (Sunday)**

*4:00 PM
SUNDAY READINGS BY THE RIVER
Millrace Books
40 Mill Lane, Farmington

Theme for September: The Miracle Power of Animals. Feature: SUSAN RICHARDS,
author of Chosen by a Horse, will present her new book, Saddled. An open mike
will accompany the event. There is a $10 admission fee, but the event is free
for open-mikers and those who buy a book. Refreshments served. For information:

860-677-9662 or http://frlac.org/.

**SEPTEMBER 21 (Tuesday)**

*7:00 PM
ORDINARY EVENING READING SERIES
Anchor Bar and Restaurant (Mermaid Room)
272 College St., New Haven

Features: CARYL PHILLIPS and MATT DEBENHAM. The Ordinary Evening Reading Series
schedule for Fall 2010 includes readings by poets, novelists, and non-fiction
writers. We welcome drinkers and teetotalers alike and hope you can join us for
what the New Haven Independent called “one of those unofficial civic ventures
that make New Haven such a vibrant place.” More info:
http://ordinaryevening.blogspot.com/.

***EVENTS OVER THE BORDER***

**SEPTEMBER 17 (Friday)**

*7:00 PM
POETRY READING
in the “imagine/Northampton” gathering space above Sweetie’s candy store in
downtown Northampton, MA.

Feature: BRAD DAVIS, NANCY DENIG, and JENDI REITER will be reading in the
kickoff event for the “imagine/ART” downtown performance series. More info:
413-585-5830.

**SEPTEMBER 21 (Tuesday)**

*7:00 PM
READING AND BOOK SIGNING
Broadside Books
247 Main St., Northampton, MA

Feature: DICK GREENE. For information: 413-586-2170.

**SEPTEMBER 23 (Thursday)**

7:00-8:00 PM
READING AND BOOK SIGNING
Yoga at Duck Pond in Stone Ridge, NY

Feature: MARY LEONARD. Duck Pond is about ten miles south on 209 from the
Roundabout and one mile north of Davenport Farms, directly on Duck Pond Road.
Please bring something to read, about a minute long. Tea will be served. More
info: mleonar45@gmail.com, 845-853-5270.

*The web site that hosts the calendar version of this newsletter also hosts
poetry calendars for several other states. Check it out!
http://poetz.com/calendars-galore.

*Lori Desrosiers lists events in Western Massachusetts, as well as some CT
events, every week in her newsletter, “The Poetry News.” Check it out at:
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-28879-Western-Massachusetts-Poetry-Examiner%7Ey2010m3d4-Poet.

*Dan Wilcox covers the Albany poetry scene and emails events to members of the
Poetry Motel Foundation Google group. Check out and/or subscribe to the group at

http://groups.google.com/group/poetry-motel-foundation?h1=en.

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