Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | September 13, 2011

Poetry Calendar: Sept. 14 – 24

Take a look at these area events.

**SEPTEMBER 14 (Wednesday)**

*4:00 PM
YALE COLLECTION OF AMERICAN LITERATURE READING
SERIES
Beinecke Library
121 Wall St., New Haven

Feature: RAE ARMANTROUT. More info: http://beineckepoetry.library.yale.edu/ or contact Nancy Kuhl at nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

*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.

*7:00 PM (see also DONALD HALL CELEBRATION, Sept. 16, 7:00 PM, below)
YALE DEAN DISCUSSES THE POETRY OF DONALD HALL
Hamden Public Library (Friends Room, Miller Memorial Library Complex)
2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden
FREE. Registration required.

In a program designed to give readers an opportunity to familiarize themselves with Mr. Hall’s work, MARK SCHENKER, Assistant Dean of Students and
Lecturer at Yale University, will take
participants through several pre-selected poems
that will be made available to all those who register for the program. To register, call 203 287-2680. More info: http://www.hamdenlibrary.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. 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: BILL MACMILLAN. 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)
350 High St.,
Middletown
FREE. Reception and book signing
afterwards.

Celebrated poet and essayist CHARLES BERNSTEIN will read from his recent work.
More info: http://www.wesleyan.edu/writing/community/writing-events.html or 860.685.3448.

*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

**SEPTEMBER 15 (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.

*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.

*7:00 (poetry); 8:00 – 9:00 PM (music)
MISHI-MAYA-GAT SPOKEN WORD & MUSIC SEIRES
Great Path Academy, Community Commons (Use Parking Lot B)
Manchester Community College
Great Path (161 Hillstown
Road), Manchester
Sponsored by MCC Foundation Annual Fund Campaign. Hosted by Stephen Campiglio.
FREE.
Ongoing: monthly, third Thursday (Sept. – May, except Dec.).
Features: JOHN L. STANIZZI and JOAN JOFFE HALL. Music: 41 PROSPECT. More info: http://www.mcc.commnet.edu/faculty/spoken.php or call (860) 512-2824.

*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: CYNTHIA ZARIN. 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.

*7:30 – 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.

*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.

**SEPTEMBER 16 (Friday)**

*7:00 PM (see also YALE DEAN DISCUSSES THE POETRY OF DONALD HALL, Sept. 14, 7:00 PM, above)
DONALD HALL CELEBRATION
Hamden Public Library (Thornton Wilder Hall, Miller Memorial Library complex)
2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden

Led by Connecticut Poet Laureate DICK ALLEN, the evening will include a presentation by historian ERIC LEHMAN, author of Hamden: Tales from the Sleeping Giant, readings by the CONNECTICUT POETRY SOCIETY and a special presentation by MAYOR SCOTT JACKSON. No registration needed.More info: http://www.hamdenlibrary.org/ or call 203 287-2680.

**SEPTEMBER 17 (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, except July and August.

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.

**SEPTEMBER 18 (Sunday)**

*4:00 PM
READING AND LECTURE
Duncaster Retirement Community (Meeting Room – park near the main bldg.)
40 Loefler Rd., Bloomfield

Feature: ARLENE SWIFT JONES and her book God, Put Out One of My Eyes. Wine and cheese reception follows program. More info: 860-726-2013.
*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 .
**SEPTEMBER 19 (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.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

**SEPTEMBER 20 (Tuesday)**

*2:00 – 5:00 PM
PLACE AND POSSIBILITY: a 3 hour workshop in “Narrative Orienteering”
Farmington River Literary Arts Center (Millrace Books)
40 Mill Lane, Farmington
$50.

Instructor: BRAD DAVIS, published poet, editor of “Theodate” and experienced workshop teacher. More info and registration: http://www.frlac.org/

*7:00 PM
BOOK LAUNCH
Westminster School (Gund Room of the Cole Library)
995 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury

Feature: MICHAEL CERVAS inaugural reading from his book Captivated. Books and refreshments will be available. More info: mcervas@westminster-school.org

*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.

**SEPEMBER 21 (Wednesday)**

*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. 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: ???.
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./

**SEPTEMBER 22 (Thursday)**

TIME: TBA
SCHLESINGER VISITING WRITERS SERIES
Branford College Common Room
80 High St., New Haven
Feature: ADAM GOPNIK, Reading and Conversation. More info: contact clare.schlegel@yale.edu

*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.

**SEPTEMBER 23 (Friday)**

*7:00 PM
MUSIC AND POETRY AT MOLTEN JAVA
Molten Java
102 Greenwood Ave., Bethel

Join international poet, LAURA JAN SHORE, as she reads from her newest collection of work, Water over Stone, with musical interludes by local musicians, DAN BRODAX and NANCY HERSHATTER, playing a combination of original works as well as favorite oldies from their band “PRISM”. Laura, who grew up in the US, moved to Australia to be close to her grandchildren in 1996. Water over Stone, the winner of the coveted IP PICKS Best Poetry 2011 award from Brisbane publisher, Interactive Press, has just been published in the US and will be launched in Australia in November.  Laura’s poetry has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in the US, New Zealand, Italy and Australia over 30 years. More info: http://moltenjavaevents.com/default.aspx.

**SPETEMBER 24 (Saturday)**

*10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
NEW HAVEN CHAPTER – CT POETRY SOCIETY
Hamden Library, Preview Room (main floor)
2901 Diswell Av., Hamden
Ongoing: Monthly, last Saturdays (meeting time and day changes during the summer)

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

*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)

HOME/HOMELESSNESS, NUTRITION/HUNGER. A BENEFIT FOR ST. VINCENT DE PAUL. Features: JIM KELLEHER, TOM NICOTERA, REV. COCOMO ROCK, AND MORE! Part of the international event “100,000 Poets for Change.” More info: http://www.riverwoodpoetry.org, or contact The Buttonwood Tree: 860-347-4957 thebuttonwoodtree@ gmail.com, http://www.buttonwood.org.

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