Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets/NE Fowl | July 24, 2011

Connecticut Poetry events through Aug. 6

Take a look at all of these area events in the next weeks.

**JULY 24 (Sunday)**

*3:00 – 5:00 PM
“The Frozen Sea Within Us”
A Poetry Reading at The Clayhouse
665 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook (near HomeGoods in
the Old Saybrook Shopping Center)
FREE.

Featured Readers: CAROL ALTIERI, EVELYN ATREYA, PAT BARONE, BARBARA BATT, LOUISE BLALOCK, LAUREN FISK, GWEN GUNN, JOAN HOFMANN, GAYNELL MEIJ, PAT O’BRIEN, EDWINA TRENTHAM, MARY VOLK. Reading co-sponsored by The Clayhouse and Gallery One. More info: contact Edwina Trentham 860-873-1472 or The Clayhouse 860-388-0907.

**JULY 25 (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.comhttp://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
Café 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

**JULY 26 (Tuesday)**

*6:45 – 8:45 PM
NEW HAVEN CHAPTER – CT POETRY SOCIETY
Hamden Library, Preview Room (main floor)
Ongoing: Last Tuesday of the month (next meeting:
August 30)

Poets’ critique group. More info: email Christine Beck at lissitzyn@comcast.net

*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.

**JULY 27 (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. 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: 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: 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.

**JULY 28 (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.

Although Donald Weinman’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.

*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.

**JULY 29
(Friday)**

**JULY 30 (Saturday)**

**JULY 31 (Sunday)**

**AUGUST  1 (Monday)**

*7:00 – 11:00 PM (Open mic sign up begins at 6:30 PM) Editor’s note: This event is being extended this month beyond its regular end time of 9:00 PM
GOTPOETRY LIVE II
Cafémantic
948 Main Street, Willimantic
Suggested donation: $3.00
Ongoing: monthly, first Monday (no poetry in September or January)
Feature: EXILES OF POETRY. Come hear the group of possibly hungover outcasts of New England poetry! More info: http://www.freepoetscollective.webs.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.comhttp://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
Café 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

**AUGUST 2 (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

**AUGUST 3 (Wednesday)**

*6:30 PM (Doors open at 4:30 PM; free “Poetry Preludes” discussion 5:00-5:45, music at 6:30, then poetry)
SUNKEN GARDEN POETRY FESTIVAL
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: MARK DOTY and Sunken Garden Poetry
Prize Second Place Winner DR. DAVID WATTS. Music by the CHRIS CASEY ENSEMBLE. 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: http://www.hillstead.org/activities/poetry.html

*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)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT POETRY SERIES
“The Garage” (Newtown Teen Center)
53 Church Hill Road, Newtown
$3 suggested donation.
Ongoing: every Wednesday

NO FEATURE: ALL OPEN MYK. 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/

**AUGUST 4 (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.

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.

*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.

**AUGUST 5 (Friday)**

**AUGUST 6 (Saturday)**

***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

**Summer poetry programs at THE FROST PLACE, Franconia, NH: http://www.frostplace.org.

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

**SEP. 30-OCT. 3 (Friday – Monday retreat on Block Island– See more Sunday workshop 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 Nov. 6 and Dec. 4, as well as an ongoing ten-week Tue. session from 5-7:30. All retreats are held at my Lakeville home (except Block Island).

**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***

**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 theodate@hillstead.org

**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:
http://www.yalemedicalgroup.org/artplace/Mainartplace.html

**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
address 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: http://cgreview.org Questions? Mail to editors@cgreview.org/

**NAUGATUCK RIVER REVIEW’S 3rd ANNUAL NARRATIVE POETRY
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:
http://naugatuckriverreviewsubmissions.com/
  .
More info: http://www.facebook.com/l/tAQD5qOX_AQBLvdMrYzZuQPF5p_4CMOvFq1AUsIJJ4BZ8GA/naugatuckriverreview.com/contest

**2011 DIRECTORY OF CT AUTHORS AND LITERARY VENUES. Call for submissions. Deadline: September 30, 2011.

From Datricia D’Ascoli, Publisher, Connecticut Muse:
Four years ago, with the help of a grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, I published a directory of Connecticut Authors and Literary Venues.  A new directory is long overdue, and I invite all authors
and “literary venues” to submit listings for the updated directory. This directory will be published as an E-Book only and can be downloaded free of charge at the Connecticut Muse website.  It will also be emailed as a pdf to anyone who requests a copy.  The cost for a listing is $10 (via PayPal) and will include the following information:
Name
Contact Info
Genre
The names of 3 most recently published books
50 word bio (include info about ability to conduct workshops, etc.)
Website address

More info: http://www.connecticutmuse.com/

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