Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | January 18, 2011

January CT poetry events calendar

Many interesting events on the horizon in the CT area this month. Check it out…

**JANUARY 20 (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 Thursday.

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 (8:00 – 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 (music); 8:00 – 9:00 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.
Ongoing: monthly, third Thursday (Sept. – May, except Dec.).

Feature: “Spotlight on Antrim House Books,” with poets JOAN KANTOR, ALEXANDRINA
SERGIO, and BRUCE PRATT. Music: DANIEL HARTINGTON, classical guitar. More info
on the event: http://www.mcc.commnet.edu/faculty/spoken.php or call (860) 512-2824.
More info on the poets: http://www.antrimhousebooks.com . More info on the musician:

http://www.danielhartington.com .

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

Feature: RANDALL HORTON. 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: KEN CORMIER, a high-energy, imaginative author of the book, Balance
Act. Mr. Cormier, Assistant Professor of English at Quinnipiac University, is
also long-time editor and producer of “The Lumberyard,” a WHUS 91.7 FM radio
magazine. 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 Thursday.

More info: 203-968-9700.

*9:00 PM – 1:00 AM (Doors open at 8:30 PM)
MIC2SOUL
NuRevealed Photography and Creative Studio
1211 Main St., Bridgeport
Audience fee: $5 in advance on the list or $7 at the door.
Ongoing: monthly, third Thursday.

Featured Guest Stars: BLACK PANTHRESS, ITSREALIGHT, SOSOON, SHIFT 11:38, C.IVAN
OSBORN, UNIVITED MAINE. Mic2Soul™ is a live spoken word show hosted/produced by
Ms Tabu. The beginning of the show sets off with an open mic where all are
welcome to step up on the stage and reveal the windows to their souls. Dress
attire: classy. Age: grown and sexy. The open mic leads to the featured Guest
Stars of the night consisting of Poets, Dancers, Emcees, Singers, Comedians,
etc. Each month Ms Tabu will be choosing new talent to feature for the next
show. Although the focal point of Mic2Soul is in fact Poetry, Ms Tabu is
welcoming all varieties of artistry in the lineup! Should you be interested in
featuring on a future date, please send your inquiries to Mic2Soul@gmail.com or
call (203) 903-4856. More info: http://www.facebook.com/MsTabu.

**JANUARY 21 (Friday)–sorry, no listings**

**JANUARY 22 (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.

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.

**JANUARY 23 (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 (8:00 – 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 – 3:00 PM
HOMELESS SOULS
Hartford Public Library
500 Main ST, Hartford (Parking deck available on Arch St. adjacent to the
library)

A winter afternoon reception for a new exhibition of photographs, drawings and
writings by and about the homeless. The show, entitled “Homeless Souls,” will be
introduced with a talk by RENNIE MCQUILKIN, co-founder of the Sunken Garden
Poetry Festival and Antrim House publisher. A slam poetry performance by poet
ERNIE BLUE will follow. The reception will be followed by a jazz performance in
the library’s atrium from 3:00-4:00 p.m. The show “Homeless Souls” will be on
view during the library’s public hours through March 6, 2011. The book Homeless
Souls, on which the show is based, will be available at the reception. Half of
all proceeds from book sales will benefit the library in its work with the
homeless. More info: call the Hartford History Center at 860-695-6347 or email
bmiller@hplct.org. For a fuller description of the event, visit
http://www.hplct.org/hhc/wordpress/ .

*4:00 PM
POETRY LECTURE AND 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)

Former West Hartford Poet Laureate MARIA SASSI, using “Fluid Poetics” by Minerva
Neiditz and Ronald Mallory, will show how language, melding with visual art,
may create an ekphrasic poem. Refreshments will be served. More info: (860)
677-9662.

**JANUARY 24 (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 .

**JANUARY 25 (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.

**JANUARY 26 (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. 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.

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

Feature: PRIMING THE PUMP WRITING WORKSHOP AND POETRY CRITIQUE. 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.

**JANUARY 27 (Thursday)**

*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 Amazing Grace Food
Pantry, Middletown.
Refreshments. Open mike follows the feature.
Ongoing: monthly, last Thursdays (Sept.-Nov. and Jan.-May; note: Nov. reading
is on the third Thursday.)

Feature: DAVID K. LEFF. 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 (8:00 – 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.

**JANUARY 28 (Friday)–sorry, no listings**

**JANUARY 29, 2011 (Saturday)**

*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 Amazing Grace Food Pantry, Middletown. Open mike follows the
feature.
Ongoing: monthly, last Saturdays, (Sept.-Nov. and Jan.-May)

Feature: MARIANELA MEDRANO 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***

**JANUARY 20 (Thursday)**

*6:30-8:45 PM (6:45 sign up; reading begins at 7:00 PM)
WRITERS OUT LOUD
1st Floor–New room TBA; ask at the front desk as you enter
Green Street Arts Center
51 Green Street, Middletown
Admission: $5 non-members; $3 members
Ongoing: Second Thursdays

NOTE: This event usually takes place on second Thursdays of the month, but was
rescheduled to the 3rd Thursday for January. (February’s event will be on the
regular night: Thursday, Feb. 10.)

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/

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