Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets/NE Fowl | February 19, 2011

Poetry calendar: Feb. 20 through March 5

Take a look at all the events happening in the area.

**FEBRUARY 20 (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.

*4:30 – 6:00 PM
POETRY POTLUCK
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main Street, Middletown
$5 suggested donation
Hosted by Suzy Lamson and Edwina Trentham
Ongoing: monthly, third Sunday

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: The
Buttonwood Tree: 860-347-4957 thebuttonwoodtree@ gmail.com, http://www.buttonwood.org .

**FEBRUARY 21 (Monday) NOTE: Today is Presidents’ Day. **

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

Features: EILEEN ALBRIZIO and GRAY JACOBIK. 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 .

**FEBRUARY 22 (Tuesday)**

*4:30 PM
CT POETRY CIRCUIT – STUDENT WINNERS
Trinity College: Smith House
123 Vernon St., Hartford
FREE

Feature: STUDENT WINNERS of the CT POETRY CIRCUIT. More info: http://www.trincoll.edu
or call Tracy Quigley (860) 297-2568.

*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 23 (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: ZORK and LV. 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 24 (Thursday)**

*5:00-8:00 PM
BLUE MONDAY POETS’ SOCIETY
Downtown Gallery, First Floor, New Britain Artists’ Co-Op bldg.
66 West Main St., New Britain (Park on the street or in city garage 1/2 block
north of gallery on Washington St.–free after 5 PM.)
FREE. Host: Donald Weinman
Ongoing: every Thursday.

With the blessing of the New Britain Downtown District, Donald Weidman’s “Blue
Monday Poets’ Society” is being re-established. Though it will meet on
Thursdays, Weidman is quick to point out that the expression “Blue Monday” is
itself a poetic metaphor and no reason why the society should meet on a Monday.
As a matter of fact, Weinman believes Thursday is a better day. “It gives us
time to get over our blue Monday.” Weinman says he will impose no structure on
the group. He anticipates a variety of poets who will want become a part of the
communal sharing. All interested poets or those who just want to hear poetry
read and recited are welcome. (Description excerpted from The New Britain
Herald, 1/20/2011.)

*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 ofnon-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: NORAH POLLARD. 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.

**FEBRUARY 25 (Friday)**

**FEBRUARY 26 (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: KEN CORMIER. More info: http://www.riverwoodpoetry.org, or contact The
Buttonwood Tree: 860-347-4957 thebuttonwoodtree@ gmail.com, http://www.buttonwood.org.

**FEBRUARY 27 (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.

**FEBRUARY 28 (Monday)**

*4:00 PM

Crystal Room, Mercy Hall, Saint Joseph College
1678 Asylum Ave., West Hartford

DENNIS BARONE AND ADAM GOLASKI, two Saint Joseph College English Department
members, read from their newest works.

*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

**MARCH 1 (Tuesday)**

*7:00 PM
Broad Street Books
45 Broad Street, Middletown
FREE. Hosted by Brian Mitchard
Ongoing: monthly, first Tuesday, (no reading in January; September’s reading is
on the second Thursday). Open Mike after feature.

Feature: ANDREA BARTON Come help us welcome Andrea to the store and share some
of your own poetry too! And listen to a live interview with Andrea on J-Cherry’s
radio program before the reading at 6:30 PM on 88.1 WESU FM. More info:
wwww.firsttuesdaypoetry.com or 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

**MARCH 2 (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

Feature: JON ANDERSEN. 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).

*7:30 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: A WRITING WORKSHOP. Five writing exercises that will
get the creative juices flowing, followed by a fifteen minute writing period
where you take one of those quick starts and work on it. A share will follow.
Then we close out the evening with a poetry critique circle. Bring a finished
work, ten copies, for a round table discussion of what works and what may need
a bit of attention about your poem. You are welcome to sit in without bringing
a poem to share.

Faith Vicinanza will faciliate the writing program. Ms. Vicinanza she is a
widely published poet and has been facilitating writing programs for children
and adults for over fifteen years. More info: http://www.wedpoetry.wordpress.com

**MARCH 3 (Thursday)**

*5:00-8:00 PM
BLUE MONDAY POETS’ SOCIETY
Downtown Gallery, First Floor, New Britain Artists’ Co-Op bldg.
66 West Main St., New Britain (Park on the street or in city garage 1/2 block
north of gallery on Washington St.–free after 5 PM.)
FREE. Host: Donald Weinman
Ongoing: every Thursday.

With the blessing of the New Britain Downtown District, Donald Weidman’s “Blue
Monday Poets’ Society” is being re-established. Though it will meet on
Thursdays, Weidman is quick to point out that the expression “Blue Monday” is
itself a poetic metaphor and no reason why the society should meet on a Monday.
As a matter of fact, Weinman believes Thursday is a better day. “It gives us
time to get over our blue Monday.” Weinman says he will impose no structure on
the group. He anticipates a variety of poets who will want become a part of the
communal sharing. All interested poets or those who just want to hear poetry
read and recited are welcome. (Description excerpted from The New Britain
Herald, 1/20/2011.)

*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.

**MARCH 4 (Friday)**

**MARCH 5 (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!

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