Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | November 7, 2011

Poetry events through November 16

Take a look at the poetry calendar…

**NOVEMBER  9 (Wednesday)**

*7:00 PM
INESCAPABLE RHYTHMS POETRY SERIES
Real Art Ways
56 Arbor St., Hartford
Host: Kristin Kostick
Ongoing: monthly, second Wednesday

Feature: JASON LABBE and ERIC AMLING. 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.” Real Art Ways serves wine, beer, and snacks during the reading. Come early to
enjoy the art and meet the poets. The open mike draws high school students, established poets, and everyone in between. More info: http://www.realartways.org/events or contact Kristin Kostick at kristin.kostick@gmail.com.

*7:30 PM
GOOD COMPANY with Howard Abhay Banow
Studio 59
59 Barber St., 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:  RAVI
SHANKAR. 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

**NOVEMBER 10 (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.

*6:30 PM
BOOK LAUNCH
UCONN Co-Op
2075 Hillside Rd., Storrs Mansfield

Feature: DONALD HALL is considered one of the major poets of his generation. He was the poet laureate of the United States from 2006 to 2007. His honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry and the Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America. He is a member of the American
Academy of Arts and Letters and is a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, awarded by the president at the White House. The Back Chamber, published this fall by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is his first full-length book of poems in a decade. Hall has written a dozen children’s books illustrated by top artists, almost twenty-two books of poetry, plus essays and memoirs.

*7:00 PM (Open mike) 7:30 PM (Feature)
THE GUILFORD POETS GUILD SECOND THURSDAY POETRY SERIES
The Greene Art Gallery (Red barn behind Whitfield’s Café)
29 Whitfield St., Guilford
FREE. Refreshments.
Ongoing: monthly, second Thursday, Sept. – May. (except Jan. and Feb.)

Feature: JULIANA
HARRIS and KAREN GRONBACK JOHNSON. More info: 203-453-2036, 203-453-8836, http://guilfordpoetsguild.wordpress.com/

*7:00 PM
YALE GRAD POETS READING SERIES
Linsley-Chittenden 317
63 High St., New Haven

Feature: CLAUDIA RANKINE. More info: sarah.stone@yale.edujustin.sider@yale.edu

*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.

**NOVEMBER 11 (Friday)**

*11:45 AM
LUNCH WITH AWARD WINNING POET DONALD HALL
Connecticut Museum of Natural History
2019 Hillside Rd., Storrs
$25.00. Tickets include a signed copy of The Black Chamber and
lunch.

Feature: DONALD HALL is considered one of the major poets of his generation. He was the poet laureate of the United States from 2006 to 2007. His honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry and the Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, awarded by the president at the White House. The Back Chamber, published this fall by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is his first full-length book of poems in a decade. Hall has written a dozen children’s books illustrated by top artists, almost twenty-two books of poetry, plus essays and memoirs. Call 860-486-5027 to reserve. Seating is limited.

**NOVEMBER 12 (Saturday)**

*1:00 – 3:00 PM
BOOK RELEASE PARTY AND CELEBRATION OF VETERANS DAY
Christopher Martins Restaurant & Pub
860 State St, New Haven

Feature: award-winning poet LISA L. SIEDLARZ will read from her new book, What We Sign Up For. Veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan will also share their poetry and stories. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. In 2008, Lisa facilitated a 16-week writing workshop with Vietnam veterans at the V.A. Hospital in West Haven, CT, and edited an anthology of their writing
called A Season of Now. Since then, she has become active in veterans’ causes by participating in public service announcements for Post Traumatic Stress Outreach programs and organizing annual Stockings for Soldiers drives. She facilitates a bi-monthly creative writing workshop with combat veterans and their families at the New Haven Vet Center. The workshop meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month and is open to combat veterans and immediate families of combat veterans. For more information, contact Lisa at: (203) 623-0857; SiedlarzL1@southernct.edu Or check the Web site at:
http://library.stmarytx.edu/pgpress/authors/lisa_siedlarz/index.html

*2:00 – 4:00 PM
POETRY LECTURE “METAPHOR AND POETIC GENIUS”
Hamden Public Library (Friends of the Library Room)
2901 Dixwell St., Hamden
FREE for Connecticut Poetry Society members; nonmembers $10 (can be applied to CPS membership fee of $25)

Feature: GRAY JACOBIK is a widely published poet and University Professor Emeritus of the Connecticut State University System. She
is a literary critic, mentor, and painter, as well as a deeply committed advocate of the literary arts.  Her latest book is “Little Boy Blue,” published by CavanKerry Press. More info: contact: Christine Beck, connpoetry@comcast.net.

**NOVEMBER 13 (Sunday)

*2:00 PM
FAIRFIELD AREA POETS
Barnes and Noble Booksellers
1076 Post Road East, Westport (Post Plaza Shopping Center)
Ongoing: monthly, second Sunday

New poets of all ages are welcome to this family-friendly open mic with the
Fairfield Area Poets. More info: contact Frank at frankjchambers@yahoo.com, or call Barnes and Noble: 203-221-7955.

*4:00 PM
SUNDAY READINGS BY THE RIVER
Farmington River Literary Arts Center (Millrace Books)
40 Mill Lane, Farmington
FREE. Refreshments.

Feature: BRAD DAVIS. (Second of 3 Sundays focusing on his book “Opening King David: Poems in Conversation with the Psalms.”) Reading and Book signing followed by open mike. More info: http://www.frlac.org or 860-677-9662.

**NOVEMBER 14 (Monday)**

*7:00 PM (sign up starts at 6:00 PM)
OPEN MIC
Huntington Street Cafe
90 Huntington St., Shelton
Ongoing: monthly, second Monday

Hello! My name is Dorothy and I am the owner of Written Words Bookstore in Shelton, CT. We recently partnered with the Huntington Street Cafe in Huntington to offer a location for published and closet poets to gather and share their passion of poetry with open mic readings. Everyone is welcome! Please help spread the word! More info: Dorothy Sim-Broder, Written Words Bookstore, Tel: 203-944-0400; http://www.writtenwordsbookstore.com. Huntington St. Cafe: 203-925-9064; http://huntingtonstreetcafe.com.

*7:00 – 9:00 PM
POETIC MONDAYS
The RiverWalk Restaurant
14 Holmes St., Mystic
Suggested donation: $10. Host: Kate Rushin
Ongoing: monthly, second Monday

Features: TBA. Sponsored by Emerson Theater Collaborative. Co-producers: Camilla Ross and Lisa Giordanno. More info: http://www.emersontheatercollaborative.org/.

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

Features: SUSAN ALLISON, POLLY BRODY, and JOAN KANTOR. Plus OPEN MIKE. More info: http://wfreadings.blogspot.com/.
*7:15 PMMONDAY NIGHT POETRY
Barnes & Noble Bookstore (Stamford Town Center)
100 Greyrock Place Suite H009, Stamford
Ongoing: monthly, second Monday

Please come and listen to local poets, bring a favorite poem, or read your own at the Open Mike. More info: 203-323-1248.
*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

**NOVEMBER 15 (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 atscpoets@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.

**NOVEMBER 16 (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.

*7:00 PM
LITERARY COFFEEHOUSE
Bethlehem Public Library
32 Main St. South, Bethlehem

Feature: POLLY BRODY will read from her book, Stirring Shadows. Other area readers also will participate. Light refreshments offered. More info: Dot Adamson 203-266-7251 or Gail Ouimet 860-484-4070.

*7:00 PM
WINTONBURY BRANCH POETRY SERIES & OPEN MIKE
Wintonbury Branch Library
1015 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield
Ongoing: monthly, third Thursdays, Oct.-Apr.
FREE. Refreshments. Hosts: Marilyn Johnston, Tom Nicotera.

Feature: SHERRI BEDDINGFIELD. An open mike follows the feature. More info: 860-242-0041, http://www.prosserlibrary.info/wintonbury_branch.htm .

*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: REMEMBERING DAN DEROSA – a wonderful, larger-than-life, funny, caring, outrageous poet who was a long-time host of Wedpoetry and a member of the 2008 White Plains National Slam Team. Oh and King of Haiku. 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
WRITING AT WESLEYAN PRESENTS THE RUSSELL HOUSE SERIES
Russell House
350 High St., Middletown
FREE

Celebrated author TRACIE MORRIS is an interdisciplinary poet who has worked extensively as a sound artist, writer, and multimedia performer. Reception and book signing to follow the reading. More info: 860.685.3448 or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/writing/community/writing-events.html.
**NOVEMBER 17 (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 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.

*7:00 (music); 8:00 – 9:00 PM (reading)
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.).

Feature: DAVID CAPPELLA and MARIA ESPOSITO FRANK. Music: BROTHERS OF THE LOW END (JUSTIN MIGLIORISI, guitar; DENNIS MARTINEZ, bass; and JAY WOOD, drums). 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: TBA. 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.

*7:00 PM
WINTONBURY BRANCH POETRY SERIES & OPEN MIKE
Wintonbury Branch Library
1015 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield
Ongoing: monthly, third Thursdays, Oct.-Apr.
FREE. Refreshments. Hosts: Marilyn Johnston, Tom Nicotera.

Feature: SHERRI BEDDINGFIELD. An open mike follows the feature. More info: 860-242-0041, http://www.prosserlibrary.info/wintonbury_branch.htm .

*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.

**NOVEMBER 18 (Friday)**

*7:30 PM
Connecticut Association of Jungian Psychology Lecture Series: POEMS AND THEIR GROUNDS (Part 2)
ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH
1018 Farmington Ave., West Hartford (on the corner of Walden St. and Farmington Ave.)
Admission: $15 (Students $8)

Speaker: JOHN PECK. If you have noticed that a compulsion neurosis is more taxing than most physical illnesses, then already you know that psychology is an urgent matter. If you have noticed that you also go back to certain poetry regardless of the sentimentality, fashion, and mediocrity which prevail at any time, then you know that poetics — generally, not just in “poems” — points to reality. I shall take up a tale from Apuleius, on Psyche, and Goethe’s poem “Mignon” from his novel Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre, as twin points of departure into what modernity might be — a phase more perilous than we might acknowledge, in which the whole human psyche moves irreversibly towards sponsorship by a new psychic dominant, even in Late Antiquity. The Father’s role proves to be surprising. A clutch of Romantic-to-contemporary poems will come in for close commentary. John Peck, Ph.D & Dipl. C.G. Jung Institute Zurich, has published eight books of
poetry, and is co-translator of Jung’s Red Book (Norton 2009). His most recent book, Red Strawberry Leaf (U. of Chicago, 2005) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has taught literature at several colleges and universities and practices in Higganum, Connecticut. More info: info@jungct.org, Jim Govoni, Administrator.
**NOVEMBER  19 (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.

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