Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | November 14, 2010

November poetry events in Connecticut

See below for the calendar of events from Nov. 15 through 27**DECEMBER 11 (Saturday)**

*4:00 PM
POETRY AT THE EGG
Dragon’s Egg Studio
401 Shewville Road, Ledyard

Celebrate the Egg with a Holiday 10th Year Birthday Party. Holiday Sale 1 –
5:30. Poetry Reading 4 – 5. Dance and silent auction 7 – 10. Clean up Sunday
morning – if you would like to be a part of the family of volunteer worker
bees–floors, mirrors, and biscotti and coffee! We shall have a holiday sale of
crafts and art (do be in touch if you would like to do this! – you bring a
cloth and set up in the Egg studio space – it went well last year- each seller
gives the Egg $5 for the space) during the afternoon, with a poetry reading
toward the end of the afternoon. (These times are still a bit fluid and do
please let me know your thoughts.) I am looking for poets – original work only,
for this reading – each offering will be brief – 5 minute maximum, and the
medium can be not only poetry of the word, but also could be in the form of
dance, music, etc. Let me know if you might be interested in this! Then, that
evening, there will be a dance!!! with a silent auction: we shall decorate –
lots of lights and pillows and costumes for play – and have a silent auction,
and a cavorting playful joyful dance that evening from 7 – 10, with minimal
nibbles. And if you would like to participate in a more active way, do be in
touch with me. Let me know by November 28 if you are interested. Namaste, Marya.
Send inquiries to Marya at mybeasts@aol.com. More info:
http://www.dragonseggstudio.org.

***WRITER’S FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE***

Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center announces that applications are
available online for a new fellowship program for low-income writers from the

Greater Hartford area to attend the retreat center in Litchfield. Applicants
must be at least 21 years old. Application and more info:
http://www.wisdomhouse.org/writersProgram.html.

***FLOG YOUR BOOK***

**Got a book out? Got a website? Featured on a website or in a YouTube video?
Flog it here! Send in a short description (over 100 words will be edited to 100
words). For books, be sure to include the author’s name, publisher, date, and
how people can get the book. For webflogs, be sure to include the link.**

*Vietnam war veterans are honored in Michael F. Lepore’s book FORGOTTEN HEROES:
POEMS FOR AND ABOUT VETERANS OF THE VIETNAM WAR (Grayson Books), which
portrays individual soldiers from the Vietnam War era, and the families they
left behind. The progress of the war is illuminated by short news accounts,
each followed by a poem focusing on the experiences of a young soldier, a
soldier’s loved ones, or a veteran of the war. Lepore gives their stories the

attention they deserve in his first book of poetry. Available for through
amazon.com or graysonbooks.com. “Reading this book sent chills up my spine.”
–Chris Lemmon

*The poems in Lisa Sornberger’s RETURNING LIGHT (Antrim House, 2009) will leave
you a different person when they have entered your blood and bones. In their
“stone of sadness and lightness of flight,” they enter “the chamber where
suffering dwells” and then leave it behind, reminding us that “our birthright /
is to delight, to shine, / to be unafraid of being flesh.” So many contraries
revel in this bountiful book that it is, like Sornberger’s gentian sky, “a hand
/ palm up, fingers opening, / giving us everything.” Order via
http://antrimhousebooks.com/sornberger.html or
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0981788319/mybestbook02-20.

**NOVEMBER 14 (Sunday)**

*2:00 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.

*2:00 PM
FAIRFIELD AREA POETS
Barnes and Noble Booksellers
1076 Post Road East, Westport (Post Plaza Shopping Center)
Ongoing: monthly, second Sunday

New poets of all ages are welcome to this family-friendly open mic with the
Fairfield Area Poets. More info: contact Frank at frankjchambers@yahoo.com, or

call Barnes and Noble: 203-221-7955.

*2:00 PM
POETRY ON THE LINE
Windsor Art Center
40 Mechanic St., Windsor, CT (in the old railroad Freight House, corner of
Central and Mechanic Streets. Parking: turn left just beyond the railroad
tracks, or turn right onto Mechanic Street to the lot just beyond the Art
Center).
FREE. Tea after the reading.

Feautres: SUSAAN ALLISON and DAVID K. LEFF. Guitar music by JOSH JONES.
Reception and stirring conversation after the reading. Don’t miss an
opportunity to enjoy words and music in this beautifully restored trackside
building with the occasional train rumbling past. More info:
http://www.windsorartcenter.org/upcoming_program.html, 860-688-2528, or
info@windsorartcenter.org.

**NOVEMBER 15 (Monday)**

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

FALL HARVEST OPEN MIKE. A benefit Open Mike reading for a local food pantry.
Local poets are invited to gather to read poetry and to give to a good cause.

Free event but Suggested Admission: A canned good or non-perishable food item or
cash donation. All items and proceeds will be donated to Loaves & Fishes. 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

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

*8:00 PM (start) 7:30 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.

**NOVEMBER 16 (Tuesday)**

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

Features: Mark Wunderlich (poetry) and Paul Beckman (short stories).More info:
http://ordinaryevening.blogspot.com/.

*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.

**NOVEMBER 17 (Wednesday)**

*4:30 PM
Yale University, Hall of Graduate Studies (HGS) Room 401
320 York St., New Haven
A reception with wine and cheese will follow.

DOLORES HAYDEN, Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and American Studies will
give a reading from her new collection of poems, Nymph, Dun, and Spinner. A
noted scholar as well as a poet with an enduring interest in the shape of time,
Hayden maps American landscapes from the paint colors on Kiowa tipis to the
right angle grids of Shaker towns. Whether she conveys the exotic mimicry of
fishing tackle or the banal calculations behind a shopping mall, her poems
illuminate the natural and built worlds with exceptional inventiveness. Hayden
is the recipient of awards from the Poetry Society of America and the New
England Poetry Club. Her first collection, American Yard, was published in
2004, and she gave the Yale Phi Beta Kappa poem in 2008. Her poems have appeared
in The Yale Review, Southwest Review, Slate, Raritan, The American Scholar, The
Best American Poetry 2009, and many other journals and anthologies.

*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.
Ongoing: Third Wednesday

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

*7:00 PM
Essex Library
33 West Ave., Essex

Poet SUZANNE LEVINE reads from The Haberdasher’s Daughter, her new collection
of poems. More info: http://www.essexlib.org/services-adult.html.

*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 and relax
in the Good Company of HOWARD ABHAY BANOW, who brings his own songs and poems,
guitar and drums, favorite lines of others’ mystical poetry, and wealth of
experience as a teacher of meditation to this gathering. He invites you to bring
your voices and ears, so we can create together the atmosphere of satsangha –
good company. 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 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. 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: LORI ALLEN. 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.

**NOVEMBER 18 (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.

*6:30 – 9:30 PM
RIVERWOOD POETRY SERIES presents The UNDERWOOD CAFE
Wood Memorial Library
783 Main Street,
 South Windsor
FREE: donations gratefully accepted. Donations of non-perishable foods will also
be accepted for the benefit of St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.
Refreshments. Open mike follows the feature.
Ongoing: monthly, last Thursdays (Sept.-Nov. and Jan.-May; note: Nov. reading
is on the third Thursday.)

Feature: CLARE ROSSINI. More info: http://www.riverwoodpoetry.org or Wood Memorial
Library http://www.woodmemoriallibrary.org or 860-289-1783.

*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 PM (music); 8:00 PM (reading)
MISHI-MAYA-GAT SPOKEN WORD & MUSIC SEIRES
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.)

Feature: Poets from CADUCEUS,the award-winning anthology of Yale Medical
Group/Art Place,featuring TONY FUSCO, JULIA MORRIS PAUL, GINNY LOWE CONNORS, and
SHERRI BEDINGFIELD. Music: TEMPO DEL FUOCO, WITH NICK CUTRONEO, classical
guitar, and SARAH LARSEN, violin. More info on the event:
http://www.mcc.commnet.edu/faculty/spoken.php or call (860) 512-2824. More info on
Caduceus, http://www.med.yale.edu/yfp/artplace.More info on Nick Cutroneo,
http://www.nickcutroneo.com More info on Sarah Larsen,
http://www.myspace.com/sarahlarsenviolin.

*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: BESSY REYNA. 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.

*7:00 PM
WINTONBURY BRANCH POETRY SERIES & OPEN MIKE
Wintonbury Branch Library
1015 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield
Ongoing: monthly, third Thursdays, Oct.-Apr.
FREE. Refreshments. Hosts: Marilyn Johnston, Tom Nicotera.

Feature: JOAN KUNSCH, whose poetry reflects a long career in classical ballet.
As associate director of Connecticut’s Nutmeg Conservatory, teaching and
choreography have taken her around the world, from North America to Norway. She
will read from her first book, Playing with Gravity, a collection of her poems

that includes original translations of contemporary Norway poets which she will
read in both languages. An open mike follows the feature. More info:
860-242-0041, http://www.prosserlibrary. info (see “Wintonbury Branch”).

*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.

**NOVEMBER 19 (Friday)**

**NOVEMBER 20 (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.

**NOVEMBER 21 (Sunday)**

*2:00 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.

*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.

**NOVEMBER 22 (Monday)**

*8:00 PM (start) 7:30 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.

**NOVEMBER 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.

**NOVEMBER 24 (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 and relax
in the Good Company of HOWARD ABHAY BANOW, who brings his own songs and poems,
guitar and drums, favorite lines of others’ mystical poetry, and wealth of
experience as a teacher of meditation to this gathering. He invites you to bring
your voices and ears, so we can create together the atmosphere of satsangha –
good company. 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 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. 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

NO FEATURE. “Giving Thanks Open Myk.” 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.

**NOVEMBER 25 (Thursday. NOTE: Today is Thanksgiving. You may want to check the
“More info” contact for listed events to make sure they are happening on the
holiday.)**

*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.

**NOVEMBER 26 (Friday)**

**NOVEMBER 27 (Saturday)**

*3:00 PM
POETRY OPEN MIKE
Loft Artists Association (LAA)
845 Canal St., Stamford
Ongoing: monthly, fourth Saturdays.

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: ROBIN SAMPSON and CHERYL PANOSIAN-HADDAD. More info:
http://www.riverwoodpoetry.org, or contact The Buttonwood Tree: 860-347-4957,
thebuttonwoodtree@ gmail.com, or http://www.buttonwood.org.

*7:00 PM
Canton Public Library
40 Dyer Ave., Canton

JOAN KANTOR reading and book-signing. Refreshments served. More info:
860-693-5800.

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