Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | July 17, 2011

Other peotry events for the week of July 24

Check out these local events…

**JULY 17 (Sunday)**

*4:30 – 6:00 PM
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@, .

*5:00 – 7:00 PM
Yoga Center of Collinsville
10 Front St., Ste. 102, Collinsville
Ongoing: monthly, third Sunday

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.
**JULY 18 (Monday)**

*5:00 – 7:00 PM
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

*8:00 PM (start) 7:30 PM (sign up)
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; (860) 347-4957.

*8:00 – 10:00 PM (end time is approximate)
Las Vetas Lounge
1462 Post Road, Fairfield
Ongoing: every Monday

More info: (203) 255-1958.

*9:00 PM
Café 9
250 State Street, New Haven
No Cover. Hosted
by Ed Leonard.
Ongoing: every Monday

Music and poetry every Monday night. More info: (203) 789-8281.

*9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
The Russell
103 Pratt Street, Hartford
$5 Cover starting at 7:30 PM; Live DJ
Hosted by Darlene
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:

**JULY 19 (Tuesday)**

*7:00 – 9:00 PM
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 or (203) 245-7365.

*7:30 PM
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;

**JULY 20 (Wednesday)**

*6:30 PM (Doors open at 4:30 PM; free “Poetry Preludes” discussion 5:00-5:45, music at 6:30, then poetry)
Hill-Stead Museum, in the Sunken Garden (tented in case of rain)
35 Mountain Road, Farmington
Admission: FREE. Parking: $10.
Ongoing: every other Wednesday, June 8 – August 3

Features: PATRICIA SMITH and “FRESH VOICES” high school student poets SIARNA KINNEY, TERENCE LEE, CAROLYN OROSZ, DANILO MACHADO, and LAURA SALVATORE. Music by ERIC BIBB. New this year! “Poetry Preludes,” free
pre-performance mini-lecture/discussions in the Makeshift Theater focusing on the work of the presenting poet. Join the conversation and experience each poetry reading at a deeper level of understanding. More info:

*7:00 PM
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:
*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. 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)
“The Garage” (Newtown Teen Center)
53 Church Hill Road, Newtown
$3 suggested donation.
Ongoing: every Wednesday

Feature: KATHRYN KELLY and CHRISTINE BECK. 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:

**JULY 21 (Thursday)**

*12:30-2:00 PM
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.

*5:00 – 8:00 PM
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.

Although Donald Weidman’s “Blue Monday Poets’ Society” meets 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 imposes no structure on the group. He
anticipates a variety of poets who 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.

*7:00 (Doors open at 6:30)
The Young Men’s Institute Library
847 Chapel St., New Haven
Ongoing: monthly, third Thursday.
Feature: ELI CLEARY, “Interactive Poetry”. 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:

*7:30 – 9:00 PM
Borders Bookstore
1041 High Ridge Road (near Merritt Pkwy. exit 35), Stamford
Ongoing: monthly, third Thursday.

More info: 203-968-9700.

*8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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: or (860) 701-0000.

*9:00 PM – 1:00 AM (Doors open at 8:30 PM)
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.

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 or call (203) 903-4856. More info:
**JULY 22 (Friday)**

**JULY 23 (Saturday)**

*1:00 – 4:00 PM
Fort Hill Farms & Gardens
260 Quaddick Road, Thompson

FREE POETS COLLECTIVE will be there complete with a show tent, banner, tees… you know, the works! Stop by, say hi, and learn more about us. More info: or  .


**The web site that hosts the calendar version of this newsletter also hosts
poetry calendars for several other states. Check it out!

**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

**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

**Summer poetry programs at THE FROST PLACE, Franconia, NH:

Editor’s note: Workshops which are part of one-day poetry events are listed with the rest of the poetry events, above.

**JULY 11 (Monday)

*6:30 – 8:00 PM

Wallingford Library, Charlotte Collins Meeting Room
200 North Main St., Wallingford

This workshop, led by EILEEN ALBRIZIO, will focus on using concrete imagery and other rhetorical devices such as metaphor, repetition, alliteration, etc., to create vibrant, accessible poetry. She will also talk briefly about publishing and how to recognize quality in your poetry and the poetry of others. More info: or

**JULY 17 (See more dates below!)

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 $75 for the day, or $65 each if you sign up for 4 or more Sundays. Check out my web site, for 
more details and testimonials by former participants.

ADDITIONAL DATES for 2011 are 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).


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:


**Hill-Stead Museum, home of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is pleased to announce THEODATE, a seasonal on-line poetry journal. On-line submissions are now being accepted for
the inaugural issue: Fall/Winter 2011-12. THEODATE accepts only on-line submissions of unpublished poetry for its New Works section and The Daily Ekphrasis. More info: email Brad Davis, editor, at

**CADUCEUS. Deadline: July 30, 2011.

Caduceus, a collection of poetry, is accepting submissions. The collection is sponsored by the Yale Medical Group and Art Place, and its publication has been celebrated with readings at the Yale Physician’s Building, the Yale Bookstore and other local venues. The anthology will be available to patients visiting the Physician’s building in the reception areas. The collection will have a medical emphasis, however all types and styles of work are sought.

Guidelines and more info:

**COMMON GROUND REVIEW Fall/Winter issue.
Deadline: August 31, 2011.

Submit up to three poems. We will also showcase a short work of creative
non-fiction in the Fall/Winter issue. Submit only one per issue. We look for
well-crafted poems under 61 lines. Poems should be single-spaced indicating
stanza breaks. If other than single spacing is integral to the poem, please
indicate where breaks occur. Creative non-fiction must be no more than 12 pages,
double-spaced. Manuscripts must bear the author’s name, address, email
and phone number. A brief biography and SASE must also be included. We will
accept simultaneous submissions, but we do not accept previously published work.
If you intend to submit work simultaneously, tell us so in your submission cover
letter. However, once we have notified you of an acceptance, it will be
published as a first time publication. All rights revert back to the author
after publication. We do not accept responsibility for incorrect
guidelines obtained from other websites or outdated sources.

Send all work to Janet Bowdan,
Editor, E-5309
Western New England College
1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA 01119

More info: Questions? Mail to

CONTEST . Deadline: September 1, 2011.

First prize is $1000 and publication in NRR. 
Second prize $250 and publication in NRR
. Third prize of  $100 and publication in NRR
. All entrants will receive one issue of Naugatuck River Review. Judge for 2011 Contest:  Patrick Donnelly. Close friends and students (current or past) of Patrick Donnelly are ineligible. All poems will be considered for publication. Three poems per submission. 
Limited to 50 lines per poem. 
Do not put your name anywhere on the file submitted. There is a place for all your information when you register with Submission Manager.
 Please pay the contest fee of $20 first through PAYPAL or credit card, then go back to the submission manager.
 Submission fee includes a copy of the journal.
 Electronic submissions ONLY will be accepted through our Submission Manager program at the following link:
More info:


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