Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | February 8, 2011

Poetry events through Feb. 19

Take a look at these events if you plan to brave the unpredictable February weather…

**FEBRUARY 9 (Wednesday)**

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

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 from the 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. 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

EXOTIC, NEUROTIC, EROTIC OPEN MYK NIGHT. One of WNPS’s longing running theme
nights. Purely an open mike night, bring your love poems, your lust poems,
your trashy novel excerpts, you wicked songs. As always, we remind you this is

not meant to be pornographic, it is meant to be wildy delightful, fun, a
celebration of the part of us we have a forever chaotic relationship with.
Bring your Boa, put on your sexy stockings, celebrate the pending Valentine’s
Day with a little decadence – chocolate to be provided, of course. 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.

**FEBRUARY 10 (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 (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 PM
GRADUATE POETS’ READING SERIES
Location TBA at Yale University, New Haven

Feature: CHRISTIAN HAWKEY is the author of Petitions for an Alien Relative (a
chapbook by hand held editions, 2010), Ventrakl (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010),
Citizen Of (Wave Books, 2007), Hour, Hour, a chapbook which includes drawings by

the artist Ryan Mrowzowski (Delirium Press, 2006), and The Book of Funnels
(Verse Press, 2004), winner of the 2006 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. In 2006 he
was given a Creative Capital Innovative Literature Award and he has also
received awards from the Poetry Fund and the Academy of American Poets. He
teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. More info:
http://english.commons.yale.edu/events/

**FEBRUARY 11 (Friday)**

*4:00-5:30 PM
The University of Hartford, Wilde Auditorium

Feature: MIRIAM BROOKS BUTTERWORTH. Book party with a reading, book-signing, and
reception. to celebrate publication of the long-awaited memoir Just Say Yes,
which recounts the author’s richly involved humanitarian, political, and
personal life. Though the consort of Oliver Butterworth, author of The Enormous
Egg, “Mims” Butterworth has been very much her own person and one of the most
exciting personalities of the Hartford area. Don’t miss this gala event. Eugene
Gaddis will be the moderator for the evening. You can read about the event at
https://www.anchoronline.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=515. For more information and to
register for the event, please contact the University of Hartford Office of
Alumni Relations at 860.768.2409.

**FEBRUARY 12 (Saturday)**

*3:00 – 5:00 PM
POWERFUL POETRY – AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main St., Middletown
FREE

Hear Chris Doucot, just back from the Occupied West Bank, and Remi Kanazi,
Palestinian American Poet. More info: http://www.buttonwood.org. Sponsored by The
Middle East Crisis Committee http://www.TheStruggle.org 203-934-2761.

**FEBRUARY 13 (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 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
The Windsor Art Center
40 Mechanic St., Windsor

Third reading in the Poetry on the Line series. Theme: : “Love-Love.” Features:
POLLY BRODY and BRAD DAVIS. Music by flutist MINTA WHITE. A reception will
follow the reading. More info: 860-217-0023 or http://www.windsorartcenter.org.

**FEBRUARY 14 (Monday)**

*5:00 – 7:00 PM
DANBURY CHAPTER, CT POETRY SOCIETY
Danbury Library, 2nd floor Conference Room
170 Main Street, Danbury
Ongoing monthly, third Mondays (January and February dates fluctuate due to
holidays; no meeting in December)

The Connecticut Poetry Society sponsors a monthly writing workshop at Danbury
Library. Bring samples of your work (1 or 2 poems, with 5 or 6 copies to share)
for discussion and critique in an informal, supportive setting. Or just come to
listen and respond. Newcomers welcome! More info or to receive a monthly e-mail
reminder, contact Doris at dmh2000@sbcglobal.net.

*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 welcome! Please help
spread the word! 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.

*7:15 PM
MONDAY NIGHT POETRY
Barnes & Noble Bookstore (Stamford Town Center)
100 Greyrock Place Suite H009, Stamford
Ongoing: monthly, second Monday

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

**FEBRUARY 15 (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

**FEBRUARY 16 (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 Wednesday, Sept. – Dec.; Feb. – May.

(Rescheduled from Feb. 2nd due to snow.) Feature: CYNTHIA ZAKIAH BARKSDALE. Open
mike follows feature. More info: http://bronsonlibrary.org/ (For featured poet
info, click on the picture of a lady writing beneath the event description).

*7:00 PM
BREAD BOX FOLK SERIES
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
220 Valley St., Willimantic
Suggested donation $5.00 (for musicians and audience). Hosted by Bruce John.
Ongoing: monthly, third Wednesday

Bread Box Folk Series, Acoustic Artist Showcase (music and spoken word). 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 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.

*7:30 PM
Manchester Community College, Fireside Commons in the Library Resource Center

NORAH POLLARD will read new work and poems from her three books, all of which
have been nominated for the Connecticut Book Award in poetry and the Pushcart
Prize. More info: Contact Steve Straight at sstraight@mcc.commnet.edu or call
860-512-2688.

*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: BRIAN CLEMENTS. 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.

**FEBRUARY 17 (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: RAFAEL OSES. Music: THOMAS SCHUTTENHELM (classical guitar and composer)
and SARAH HERSH (soprano). More info on the event:
http://www.mcc.commnet.edu/faculty/spoken.php or call (860) 512-2824. More info on
Thomas Schuttenhelm: http://www.thomasschuttenhelm.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: TBA. 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: the Faxon Poets, a group of talented poets based in the Faxon Branch
Library of West Hartford, led by poet and librarian, Marcia Lewis. The group
will read from their fourth chapbook, Perspectives IV. 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.
Host: Ms. Tabu
Ongoing: monthly, third Thursday.

This month’s featured Guest Stars: TAI ALLEN, PROVERBS, LIFE STAR, GRIFFIN THE
POET, SPEAKERS OF THE HOUSE, FRANCISCO-LUIS WHITE, and ELIJAH BROWN. DJ SPADE
spinning!! 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.

**FEBRUARY 18 (Friday)**

**FEBRUARY 19 (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 Spring, 2011, dates: 19
March, 16 Apr., 21 May, 18 June.

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.

*7:30 – 9:30 PM
A MYRIAD OF VOICES – JAZZ AND POETRY
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main St., Middletown
$10 / $8 student

Feature: THE MARY ELLEN LONERGAN TRIO. More info: http://www.buttonwood.org.

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