Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | November 27, 2010

Connecticut Poetry calendar through December 12

Here’s the list of all the area poetry events…

**NOVEMBER 28 (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.

**NOVEMBER 29 (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 30 (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.

**DECEMBER 1 (Wednesday)**

*6:30 – 8:00 PM sharp (Open Mike sign up at 6:20 PM)
CALLING ALL POETS (AND POETRY LOVERS)

Silas Bronson Library
267 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT
FREE. Hosted by Victoria Munoz
Ongoing: monthly, first Wednesdays, Sept. – Dec.; Jan. – May

This month’s feature is “New Voices of Waterbury,” selected from this season’s
open mike participants: DENISE WHELAN AND THOMAS MCDADE. Denise Whelan began her
studies at State University of New York. She holds a B.S. from UConn and an M.S.
in Education. She has been a contributing writer for a local newspaper for many
years, a teacher and a storyteller at local schools, libraries, and charity
events. Her first book, In the Land of Six and Seven, was recently published.
Thomas McDade is 65 years old, lives in Monroe, CT and is married (no kids or
pets). He is a computer programmer in Meriden, where he writes and maintains
software used in the wholesale/retail house plumbing industry. He served two
hitches in the U. S. Navy and graduated from Fairfield University. He is the

author of three chapbooks: E Pluribus Aluminum, Liquid Paper Press, Austin, TX;
OurWounds, Pitchfork Press, also Austin, and Thrill and Swill, Kendra Steiner

Editions, San Antonio, TX. Open mike follows feature.

*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.

*8:00 PM
WESLEYAN UNIV. WRITING PROGRAMS PRESENT A NIGHT OF POETRY AND MUSIC
Wesleyan University, CFA Hall (Old Cinema)
283 Washington Terrace, Middletown

Features: SUSAN HOWE (poetry) and DAVID GRUBBS (guitar). More info:
http://www.wesleyan.edu/writing/distinguished_writers/.

*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: DAVID VINCENTI. 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.

**DECEMBER 2 (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.

**DECEMBER 3 (Friday)–sorry, no listings**

**DECEMBER 4 (Saturday)**

*2:00 – 4:00 PM
POETRY SLAM
New Britain Public Library
50 Main St., New Britain
Ongoing: monthly, first Saturdays

Hello all writing compadres! Looking for something hip and exciting in the area
for writers to meet up and share poetry? Look no further… Every first Saturday
of the month the New Britain Poets meet for our monthly Poetry Slam. Come along
and join us! Fresh faces are always welcome, whether you would like to share or
just listen. So bring a friend, and come check us out! Sincerely, Anissa Pesce

**DECEMBER 5 (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.

**DECEMBER 6 (Monday)**

*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 (no poetry in September and January)

Feature: Sean Conlon More info:
http://www.facebook.com/Cafemantic?v=app_2344061033#!/event.php?eid=142799219097343&index=1

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

Features: DENIS BARONE and CHARLIE CHASE. Plus OPEN MIKE. More info:
http://wfreadings.blogspot.com/.

*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.

**DECEMBER 7 (Tuesday)**

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

Feature: JOAN KANTOR. Joan B. Kantor was born and raised in New York City, whose
cultural richness has been a great source of inspiration. She graduated from
Queens College with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Education and then went
on to live and teach in Europe for seven years, where she traveled extensively.
After receiving her Master’s Degree from Antioch University, Joan became a
learning disability specialist and counselor at Manchester Community College,
where she continues to work. Married to her high school sweetheart, she has
three grown children and a granddaughter. She currently lives on the Farmington
River in Collinsville, Connecticut. Joan’s passions for people, nature,
traveling and the arts merge in the poetry that she has been writing for most of
her life. She has been published in ByLine, Chadder, and Namaste. Come help us
welcome JOAN KANTOR to the store 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.

*7:00 – 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.

**DECEMBER 8 (Wednesday)**

*7:00 PM
INESCAPABLE RHYTHMS POETRY SERIES
Real Art Ways
56 Arbor St., Hartford
Ongoing: monthly, second Wednesdays

Feature: TBA. Series format: a featured poet gives a half hour reading (7:00pm)
followed by an open mike (7:30pm), in which members of the audience are invited
to share their work. The series takes its title fromthe Wallace Stevens poem,
“Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” Stevens, a major American Modernist
poet, was a Hartford resident. More info: Contact Andrea Henchey at
ahenchey@hotmail.com.

*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: So You Want to Be In Printone hour discussion on getting published,
self publishing, keeping track of submissions, submission guidelines,
contests, and all the little puzzle pieces in between. No fee, no early
registration required. You would easily pay $75 for a program of this nature
at a writers’ convention. As you nestle in for the winter and staying at home
with our computer, your thoughts, your creativity, here is an opportunity to
organize your thoughts around being a published poet. 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.

**DECEMBER 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.

*7:00 PM (Open mike) 7:30 PM (Feature)
THE GUILFORD POETS GUILD SECOND THURSDAY POETRY SERIES
The Greene Art Gallery (Red barn behind Whitfield’s Cafe)
29 Whitfield St., Guilford
FREE. Refreshments.
Ongoing: monthly, 2nd Thursday, Sept. – May

Feature: HOLIDAY ROUNDTABLE. Shoreline poets are invited to share poetry in
appreciation of the feeling of community that underlies the various celebrations
of this season. More info: 203-453-2036, 203-453-8836,
http://guilfordpoetsguild.wordpress.com/about/.

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

**DECEMBER 11 (Saturday)–sorry, no listings**

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

**NOVEMBER 28 (Sunday)**

*4:00 PM
READING & OPEN MIC
Farmington River Literary Arts Center, Millrace Books
40 Mill Lane, Farmington
$10 (admission fee can be applied toward a book and is forgiven for those
reading in the open mic event that follows the reading)

Feature: ROBERTA TANSMAN, FRLAC teacher of the Prize-winning author’s series,
will present MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING by Victor Frankel. Open mic follows.
Refreshments will be served. More info: (860) 677-9662.

**DECEMBER 1 (Wednesday)**

*7:00 PM
Farmington Public Library
6 Montieth Drive, Farmington

Feature: ARLENE SWIFT JONES. Lecture and reading entitled Paradise Lost on
Cyprus: A Report by the Spy’s Wife. More info: http://www.farmingtonlibraries.org or

860-673-6791.

**DECEMBER 9 (Thursday)**

*6:30-8:45 PM (6:45 sign up; reading begins at 7:00 PM)
WRITERS OUT LOUD
Performance Studio
Green Street Arts Center
51 Green Street, Middletown
Admission: $5 non-members; $3 members

Writers Out Loud is always open to the public, not just to writers. We’re not a
stuffy bunch, you know. All are invited to come and listen, and if you care to,
sign up to read. Bring your visions, your voice and your vocalizations. It’s
always a delightful time. Snacks and soda will be abundant. Bring a friend.
Heck, bring an enemy. (You know, keep them closer….) Peace. Al Bower. More
info: 860-685-7871.

***EVENTS OVER THE BORDER***

**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.poetrynewscalendar.com/.

**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.

***WORKSHOPS, WRITING PROGRAMS, ETC.***

**DECEMBER 7 (Tuesday)**

*6:00-7:30 PM
WRITERS: LOOKING FOR A HOME FOR YOUR WORK?
New Haven Free Public Library
133 Elm St., New Haven
FREE. Advance registration required.

Submitting fiction, poetry and non-fiction articles for publication in magazines
and websites may seem daunting to the new, unseasoned writer. This seminar is
designed to provide a few guideposts as you start your journey into publishing,
no matter what format, including: preparation of work, researching markets,
techniques/processes of submissions, and the role of feedback/critiques.
Registration and more info:
http://scalisi.eventbrite.com/?ref=eivte&invite=NTYyMDUxL2N0cG9ldG5ld3NAeWFob28uY29tLzA%3D%0A&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=invite&utm_term=respondhere.

**DECEMBER 12 (Sunday)**

SUNDAY WRITING RETREATS WITH SHARON CHARDE. $75 for the day. If you are longing
for some space and time to write, to connect with a powerful, ongoing writing
community of great women, to withdraw from your busy life for the better part of
a Sunday, to eat delicious food in a comfortable and relaxed setting, please
register for one of my Sunday writing retreats in Lakeville, CT, by calling
(860) 435-0110 or emailing me at sharchar@sbcglobal.net. Check out my web site,
http://www.SharonCharde.com for more details. – Sharon Charde.

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