Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | March 19, 2011

Connecticut Poetry Calendar: March 20 – April 2

Connecticut is alive with poetry as spring starts. Take a look at all these area events!

***YOU’RE INVITED: POETRY PARTY AT HILL-STEAD***

APRIL 17 (Sunday)
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Rd., Farmington
FREE (bring some potluck food to share). RSVP by April 8 to Mimi Madden,
Artistic Director, at poetry@hillstead.org.

Come to Hill-Stead, home of the acclaimed Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, to
party with Connecticut poets, educators, and members of poetry organizations &
writers’ groups…

• Eat – Potluck, so bring something delicious to share
• Hang out with other poets – ah, bliss!
• Tell about your group/organization (60-second limit) – and read one poem by a
member
• Share – Bring flyers, anthologies, chapbooks to share/sell (provide your own
volunteer)
• Brainstorm – What can Hill-Stead do for CT poetry?
• Find out where Hill-Stead is going with Sunken Garden Poetry – closing in on
the 20th anniversary!

Music by Ed Fast and Conga Bop!

Hill-Stead’s Poetry Party is a chance to share food and conversation
and to make new connections – the first of what may become an annual celebration

of the vitality of the practice of poetry in our state.Food for thought: With
its wonderful Makeshift Theater for workshops and meetings, the garden, of
course, ample parking, beautiful natural surroundings, and talented and
enthusiastic staff and volunteers, Hill-Stead Museum sits in the geographic
center of the state, and might, we imagine, serve as a poetry hub – a kind of
“Poetry Central” in Connecticut. Please think about what Hill-Stead might do for

Connecticut poets and poetry. We’d love to hear your thoughts on April 17.

RSVP by April 8 to Mimi Madden, Artistic Director, at poetry@hillstead.org
(NOTE: Please let us know how many will be attending, whether you want a
one-minute slot, and if you would like space at the table for your material.)
More info about poetry at Hill-Stead Museum:
http://www.hillstead.org/activities/poetry.html

**MARCH 20 (Sunday)**

*12:30 – 4:00 PM
WORDS AND JAZZ: A JAZZ AND SPOKEN WORD EVENT
James Hillhouse High School
480 Sherman Parkway, New Haven
Donation: Adults $10; Students $5. Light refreshments will be served.

Feature: Marshall McDonald Trio, Saxophonist of the Count Basie Orchestra, and
Spoken Word Poets. This event is also a fundraiser for the Page to Stage Drama
Club of James Hillhouse High School. More info: email Marshall MacDonald at
doctorsax@earthlink.net

* 2:00 PM (poetry) 3:00 PM (tea)
POETRY ON THE LINE
Windsor Art Center (old Freight House at the Windsor depot)
40 Mechanic St., Windsor
FREE. Refreshments.

“Something Green” reading/book-signing featuring DORIS HENDERSON and
ALEXANDRINA SERGIO. Music by bagpiper KENNETH BAIN. A reception will follow
the reading. More info: 860-217-0023 or http://www.windsorartcenter.org

*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 .

*5:00 – 7:00 PM
POTLUCK POETRY
Yoga Center of Collinsville
10 Front St., Ste. 102, Collinsville

Potluck Poetry is a monthly gathering of local (and not so local) writers who
come together to share their work and listen to others. Original work preferred
but not required. Please bring a small donation or dish to share and an open
spirit to our beautiful space. More info: (860) 693-9642.

**MARCH 21 (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.

*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 22 (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.

**MARCH 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 JACKIE SHEELER. 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

*8:00 PM
THE RUSSELL HOUSE SERIES
Wesleyan University, Russell House

Feature: WAYNE KOESTENBAUM. More info:
http://www.wesleyan.edu/writing/distinguished_writers/ .

*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 .

**MARCH 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 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 to
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.)

*5:30 PM
WRITERS WHO EDIT/EDITORS WHO WRITE
UConn Co-op
2075 Hillside Rd, Storrs

DAVID BAKER is the author of many collections of poetry, including Never-Ending
Birds (2009) and Midwest Eclogue (2005), both published by W.W. Norton. He has
also published three books of criticism, including Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric

Poetry (2007). Among his honors are fellowships and prizes from the Guggenheim
Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pushcart Foundation.
Baker serves as Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review, one of the preeminent
literary journals in the country. He will read from his poetry, followed by a
discussion about careers in editing and how to balance life as a writer with
editing work. Audience members are invited to come with questions about writing,

editing, and publishing. More info: Phone
860-486-3537http://creativewriting.uconn.edu/events.html

*7:30 PM
OPEN MIC NIGHT
The Westport Writers’ Workshop
3 Sylvan Road South, Westport

Come share your talent by reading a 10-minute selection of your work to an
audience of interested listeners. Or just come to listen and be inspired.
Advance sign-up required by calling 203-227-3250 to receive a time slot. Free
for WWW members, $10 for non-members or for guests of writers reading their
work. Register at http://www.westportwritersworkshop.com or call 203-227-3250.

*8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
BEAN & LEAF OPEN MIKE POETRY READING
Bean & Leaf Cafe
13 Washington St., New London
Hosted by Ray Cruz or Guest Host
Ongoing: every Thursday

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 25 (Friday)**

*7:30-9:00 PM (Also on Saturday, March 26, same time)
BRIDGING THE GAP
The Wilton Public Library
137 Old Ridgefield Rd, Wilton
Tickets: $5.

Poetry in Motion-Bridging the Gap is a two-performance, poetry and arts event
created by teens in grades 7 through 12, centered on examining and understanding
differences and ways to bring them together. Topics focus on age, gender,
socio-economic, technological, religious, cultural, ethnicity and more.
Receptions follow each evening’s performance. Books will be available for
purchase. More info: (203) 762-3950.

**MARCH 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)

Features: ELI CLEARY and ELIZABETH KINCAID-EHLERS. More info:
http://www.riverwoodpoetry.org, or contact The Buttonwood Tree: 860-347-4957
thebuttonwoodtree@ gmail.com, http://www.buttonwood.org.

*7:30-9:00 PM (Also on Friday, March 25, same time)
BRIDGING THE GAP
The Wilton Public Library
137 Old Ridgefield Rd, Wilton
Tickets: $5.

Poetry in Motion-Bridging the Gap is a two-performance, poetry and arts event
created by teens in grades 7 through 12, centered on examining and
understanding differences and ways to bring them together. Topics focus on age,
gender, socio-economic, technological, religious, cultural, ethnicity and more.
Receptions follow each evening’s performance. Books will be available for
purchase. More info: (203) 762-3950.

**MARCH 27 (Sunday)**

*2:00 PM
“SOUTH WINDSOR VOICES” BOOK LAUNCH
South Windsor Library, Friends Room
1550 Sullivan Ave., South Windsor

South Windsor Voices, a collection of poetry by South Windsor residents, is
being launched with a reception open to the public. Join residents, town
officials, sponsors and many of the poets who contributed to the project’s
success in a celebration of South Windsor talent, creativity and culture. The
book launch will feature readings of 14 of the poems. Music will be provided by
local talent and refreshments will be served. More info:
http://southwindsorlibrary.org

*4:00 PM
WORD-ART READING and BOOK SIGNING
Gallery on the Green (along Rte. 44), Canton

DAVID K. LEFF will be reading from and signing his book, Depth of Field, as part

of Word-Art 2011, the biennial event of exhibitions and readings where works of

visual art are paired with the written word. Photos from Depth of Field will be
featured in a small section of the Gallery. This 19th century schoolhouse which
is home to Connecticut ‘s longest running local art guild is well worth a
visit. More info: 860-693-4102 or http://galleryonthegreen.org/

**MARCH 28 (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

**MARCH 29 (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

**MARCH 30 (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: GLEN RIVER. 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

**MARCH 31 (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 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.)

*8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
BEAN & LEAF OPEN MIKE POETRY READING
Bean & Leaf Cafe
13 Washington St., New London
Hosted by Ray Cruz or Guest Host
Ongoing: every Thursday

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.

*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.)

Features: SHERRI BEDINGFIELD and JOAN KANTOR. More info: http://www.riverwoodpoetry.org

or Wood Memorial Library http://www.woodmemoriallibrary.org or 860-289-1783.

**APRIL 1 (Friday)**

**APRIL 2 (Saturday)**

*7:00 PM
Irish Heritage Society of Milford
Lauralton Hall
200 High St. Milford

American Poet Lisa C. Taylor and Irish Poet Geraldine Mills will read from their

new international collection, The Other Side of Longing (Arlen House, Syracuse
Univ. Press). More info: http://www.lisactaylor.com or email Lisa at
imagine22@earthlink.net

***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.***

**MARCH 15, 22, and 29; APRIL 5, 12, and 19 (6 Tuesdays)
POETRY CLASS
Quinebaug College,Room C127
Danielson, CT
FREE.

Instructor: LARRY ZIMMERMAN. Topics will include: prose vs. poetry; how to
evaluate a poem; words of poetry; type, styles and forms of poetry; meter and
rhyme; fundamentals of writing poetry; lyrical poetry; metaphors in poetry;
evolution of poetry; modern poetry; poetry in the movies; the future of poetry.
Although the class has already started, you may still join by calling or
e-mailing Larry Zimmerman at lezim@comcast.net or 860-228-7825.

** MARCH 23 (Wednesday)
5:30 – 9:00 PM
EKPHRASTIC POETRY WITH RENNIE MCQUILKIN
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road, Farmington
$25. Space is limited. Prior registration required.

Come explore Hill-Stead’s rich collection and learn about writing poetry based
on art. The evening includes a guided tour of the museum, a presentation about
exphrasis, discussion, readings, and a writing assignment with feedback. Space
is limited. Register by emailing: poetry@hillstead.org. Sponsored by Hill-Stead
Museum and Antrim House Books. More info: http://www.hillstead.org, 860-677-4787 or
antrimhousebooks.com, 860-217-0023.

** March 26, April 2, 9, 16 and 30 (Saturdays)
POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP: “LOVE, LONGING AND LAUGHTER”
Hartford Public Library
500 Main ST, Hartford (Parking deck available on Arch St. adjacent to the
library)
FREE. For adults aged 55 and over; pre-registration required.

Offered by poet BESSY REYNA, this program is part of the Library’s Art and
Archives series: Master Classes in the Arts and Humanities for Older Adults.
Saturday mornings from 10 to 12:30. To register and more info: bmiller@hplct.org

or call Hartford History Center 860-695-6347.

**MARCH 28 and APRIL 4 (Two Mondays)
1:30-3:30 PM
POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP
Farmington River Literary Arts Center, Millrace Books
40 Mill Lane, Farmington
$100.

Geri Radacsi, published poet, journalist and creative writing teacher. Turn your

memories into poetry. Perspectives of self, voice, narrative and place will be
discussed as your memories take poetic form.

**APRIL 9, 2011 (Saturday)
8:00 AM – 7:30 PM
UNICORN WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
Saint Clements Castle
1931 Portland-Cobalt Road, Portland
$220.00.

Unicorn Writers’ Conference is uniquely designed to arm visionary writers with
the practical know-how they need to get their manuscripts through – or around –
the gatekeepers to the publishing world. The Conference will offer dozens of
workshops involving the inside world of book publishing from the perspectives of

various departments within a publishing company. In addition to holding
workshops on publishing essentials like writing and editing, Unicorn Writers’
Conference will bring together industry insiders to offer rare tutorials on what

publishers really care about — including how to market a book, how to generate
publicity, how to select artwork, and how to negotiate a book deal. Not only
will you make industry connections with established agents and editors and get
one-on-one feedback from published writers of fiction, nonfiction, screenplay,
mystery, and children’s books, you will also meet leading publicists, marketers,

and executives who will tell you exactly what they expect before they buy a
manuscript. Leading filmmakers and bloggers will give tutorials on how to take
advantage of cutting-edge technologies and social media services like YouTube

videos, blogs, and podcasts. The evening concludes with a fabulous networking
party. Cost: $220.00. Registration and more info:
http://www.unicornwritersconference.com .

**APRIL 16 (Saturday)
9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
EXPLORING, UNDERSTANDING, & COMPOSING HAIKU
Lynch Hall/Room #125
Saint Joseph College, West Hartford
$60 (cash or check at door. FREE for Saint Joseph College students). Space
limited – register soon.

Conducted by STANFORD M. FORRESTER. There will be a lunch break. Attendees can
either bring lunch or buy lunch on campus. A percentage of the proceeds of the
workshop will be donated to a local food kitchen. Register by e-mail to Stanford

M. Forrester: bottlerockets_99@yahoo.com

**APRIL 16-17 (Saturday-Sunday) (See more dates below!)
SUNDAY WRITING RETREATS WITH SHARON CHARDE

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 sharoncharde@gmail.com. $75 for the day, or $65 each if you sign
up for 4 or more Sundays. Check out my web site, http://www.SharonCharde.com for

more details and testimonials by former participants.

ADDITIONAL DATES FOR 2011 are May 15, June 12, July 17, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4, as
well as a four day weekend in Block Island (Sep. 30-Oct. 3), and an ongoing
ten-week Tue. session from 5-7:30. All retreats are held at my Lakeville home
(except Block Island).

**APRIL 23 (Saturday)
2:00 – 5:30 PM
NATURE POETRY WITH DAVID K. LEFF
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road, Farmington
$25. Space is limited. Prior registration required.

Discover the other side of Hill-Stead–the beautiful 152-acre estate. Join David

Leff for a guided field-and-wood nature walk on the museum’s grounds, readings,
discussion, and a writing assignment with feedback. Space is limited. Register
by emailing: poetry@hillstead.org. Sponsored by Hill-Stead Museum and Antrim
House Books. More info: http://www.hillstead.org, 860-677-4787 or
antrimhousebooks.com, 860-217-0023.

**JUNE 2 – 5, 2011 (Thursday night through Sunday afternoon)
WRITERS CIRCLE RETREAT
Wisdom House, Litchfield
(See below for COSTS)

Dear Writers: You’re invited to apply to attend the 2011 retreat, which is
open to writers in all genres and of all experience levels, and has been held
annually for nearly 20 years. While the group’s organizers are still fleshing
out the 2011 agenda, the schedule typically balances optional group activities
(critique sessions, workshops) with plenty of free time for writing. The venue
offers clean, simple rooms and good food in a serene wooded environment.

COSTS It’s official! Rates are the same for 2011 as they were for 2010 (and
actually lower than they were in 2008 and 2009)
Three-night retreat (Thursday-Saturday nights), single room: $324; shared room:
$264 per person
Two-night retreat (Friday-Saturday nights), single room: $217; shared room: $177

per person
Day guest (Friday or Saturday): $75.
The fee covers your room, all activities and all meals except Thursday dinner
for three-night attendees (you can either pick up something on your own or join

the group at a nearby restaurant).

TO REGISTER Space is limited, so if you’re interested, please register soon!
Please fill out the online application at http://www.thewriterscircle.org so that we
have your correct contact information, room requests and meal preferences. A
$100 deposit is required to hold your place. Once you’ve filled out the online
application, send a check for your deposit to

Susan Lamson, P.O. Box 109, Waterford, CT 06385.

Make checks to Susan Lamson, NOT to Wisdom House. At this time, we are unable
to take electronic payments—only personal or bank checks. Once we’ve received
your deposit, we’ll provide you with a username and password so that you can
access the private 2011 retreat Web site. Your balance will be due by May 1,
2011 (don’t worry; we’ll remind you well in advance). For more details on the
retreat, visit our Web site at http://www.thewriterscircle.org. For details on the
venue, visit http://www.wisdomhouse.org .

**WRITER’S FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE (ongoing)

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

***SUBMIT YOUR STUFF***

**CHARTER OAK POETRY CHALLENGE. Deadline: ASAP!

What rhymes with ‘epi-center of cool’? Charter Oak Cultural Center needs your
help! We’re entering a nonprofit mission poetry contest and need your creative
input, as we create a poem about us! Once submitted, Charter oak will be in the
running to win $10,000; money which will be of tremendous help as we expand our
programming for Hartford youth. To remind yourself of all we do, and who we are,

please visit our website: http://www.charteroakcenter.org . And remember our mission:
Charter Oak Cultural Center, a beautiful historic landmark and vibrant arts
center, contributes to the revitalization of Hartford by bringing the community
together through open and equal access to the arts, with a deep commitment to
social justice. Send us your ideas, big and small!
Katie.hanley@charteroakcenter.org

**POETRY SALON 2011: “ON THE BUTTON” POETRY CONTEST. Deadline: Postmarked by
April 30, 2011.
Open to: Connecticut poets ages 16 and up.
Three cash prizes will be awarded: $75, $50, $25. Prize winners will also read
their poems as part of and receive free admission to Poetry Salon 2011: On the
Button, July 9, 2011, at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT.
Entry fee: $5 per poem; 3-poem limit per entrant.
Judge: Dana Sonnenschein, author of four books of poetry and professor at
Southern Connecticut State University, where she’s been teaching writing and
literature (from folklore through Shakespeare) since 1994.

Theme: On the Button.
Mundane yet fascinating fasteners, buttons have been part of our lives and our
language for centuries—and part of Waterbury’s heritage for over 200 years. They

are miniature works of art—the jewelry of the poor—as well as chroniclers of
history and politics, and even tokens of love. The Mattatuck Museum, which is
hosting Poetry Salon 2011: On the Button, has a collection of 10,000 historical
buttons to inspire you, either in person or via the web at
http://www.Mattatuckmuseum.org/buttons. Alternatively, you may find a muse among your
own collection of curious or historical buttons.

Additional Rules:
Poems may be any style, but must be original and unpublished, and no more than
40 lines long. All poems must have a title. Please submit one poem per letter
size page. Participants should send 2 copies of each poem, one with author’s
name, address, and phone number/email address in the upper right hand corner,
and the other without. Please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope for
notification only. Poems will not be returned. Notifications and prizes will be
sent out by June 1, 2011.

Mail Poems and check (made out to Poetry Salon) to:
Poetry Salon c/o Mattatuck Museum
144 West Main Street,
Waterbury, CT 06702

**SPRING 2011 WRITING CONTEST sponsored by Farmington River Literary Arts Center

(FRLAC). Deadline: postmarked by May 31, 2011.

Theme: waterways. Our first writing contest for adults is inspired by the
beautiful fiver that flows by the old Grist Mill where the Literary Arts Center
is located. Bring out your inner muse by submitting unpublished work that
touches on the waterways that nourish our bodies, souls, and minds. Poetry: 40
line maximum per poem. Fiction and Creative Non-fiction: 4,000 word maximum.
Entry fee: $5 per poem; $15 for short fiction and memoir. First place winners in

each category will have their work published on the FRLAC website. First,
second, and third place winners, as well as honorable mention winners, will

receive a certificate of recognition. Entry forms to download and more info at
http://www.frlac.org.

CTPoetNews Editor’s Note: FRLAC’s “Sunday Readings by the River” (Sundays at 4
PM, Millrace Books, 40 Mill Lane, Farmington) for the month of March are all
about the Farmington River. Although none of March’s readings are poetry, any or

all would make good fodder for poems, and there is an open mike after each
reading, in which you may read poetry. More info: http://www.frlac.org .

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