Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets/NE Fowl | January 18, 2012

Connecticut Poetry Events: Jan. 18 -28

Take a look at these events happening around the state:

**JANUARY 18 (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 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.

**JANUARY 19 (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 PM (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: GARY METRAS
and JIM BESCHTA of Adastra Press. Music: BLACK CADILLAC, acoustic roots trio of MCC professors ANDREW PATERNA, GRACE TALAGA, and PATRICK SULLIVAN. 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: JAMES FINNEGAN. 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 Thursday, Oct.-Apr.
FREE. Refreshments. Hosts: Marilyn Johnston, Tom Nicotera.
Feature: ZAKIAH BARKSDALE. An open mike follows the feature. More info: 860-242-0041,http://www.prosserlibrary.info/wintonbury_branch.htm .

*8:00  – 9:30 PM
BEAN & LEAF OPEN MIKE POETRY READING
Bean & Leaf Café
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.

**JANUARY 20 (Friday)**

*8:00 – 10:00 PM
NEW HAVEN REVIEW SUBSCRIPTION PARTY
The Young Men’s Institute Library
847 Chapel St., New Haven$20/person, payable at the door.

Drinks, music, books and journals flying everywhere! Admission includes a 1-year subscription to New Haven Review, beginning with issue #9, available at the party. Current subscribers may purchase the subscription as gifts for others. Please take a moment to let us know if you’ll be able to come.  We hope you will. RSVP and more info: Susan Ingraham: (203) 772-2002 ext. 100; susanc@rainmakerthinking.com

**JANUARY 21 (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.

**JANUARY 22 (Sunday)**

**JANUARY 23 (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
CALLING ALL POETS, MUSICIANS… The World’s a stage … the mic is OPEN! This Open Mic is for YOU – the budding artist. Showcase your talents, nurture them with this supportive group. Recite a poem, sing a song, dance, read some spoken word, the microphone is yours for the asking. Community spirit prevails. We have congas and a piano or BYO instrument. Ends around 9:30 – 10. Refreshments available. 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
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

**JANUARY 24 (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.

**JANUARY 25 (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.

*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.

**JANUARY 26 (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.

*6:00 PM
POETRY READING WITH JOHN ASHBURY
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main St., Hartford

In conjunction with the Wadsworth Atheneum’s special exhibition Patti Smith: Camera Solo (on view through February 19, 2012) Pulitzer Prize-winning poet JOHN ASHBURY will read from his 2011 translation of Arthur Rimbaud’s Illuminations. The nineteenth-century French poet Arthur Rimbaud served as one of Patti Smith’s greatest muses and is the inspiration behind an installation created specifically for the exhibition. More info:
http://www.thewadsworth.org/event/poetry-reading-with-john-ashbery/ .

*7:30 PM – 10:00 PM (starts promptly!)
A THEATRICAL NIGHT OF POETIC ELEGANCE
Casablanca Restaurant (fine Mediterranean cuisine at affordable prices)
834 Federal Rd., Brookfield
Ongoing: twice monthly, second and fourth Thursdays
Host: Ms. Tabú
PRICE: For a limited time, this event will only be charging you with indulging in affordable dinner/drink to support the venue and continuance of this show. Thank you in advance, for your courtesy and for enjoying yourselves 🙂 Dinner Menu: http://www.casablancact.com/dinner.htm
Eloquently seasoned in expressionism, Spoken Word Artist, Ms. Tabú will put her theatrical “Playhouse Poetess” skills into motion as she sets the night off with one of her special poetic “sets”. As the night proceeds, she will introduce a surprise guest feature to lace the atmosphere with artistry at its finest. Casablanca’s classy, intimate Italian environment specializes in absolutely delectable dishes & beverages, including an assortment of wine. Would you like some tasteful music and poetry with that delicious Italian dish? Just as anticipations of dessert arise, Ms. Tabú will further enchant the audience’s senses with a classic style open mic where tasteful artists will be granted the opportunity to win the heart of an audience with a sweet tooth for elegantly delivered passion! YOU MAY SIGN UP FOR THE OPEN MIC IN ADVANCE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT. SPACES WILL BE LIMITED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. More info: please contact Ms. Tabú.
Phone~203.903.4856; E-mail~BookingMsTabu@gmail.com; Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/MsTabu

*8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
BEAN & LEAF OPEN MIKE POETRY READING
Bean & Leaf Café
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.

**JANUARY 27 (Friday)**

*7:00 PM
WESTMINSTER SCHOOL GUND ROOM POETRY SERIES
Westminster School (Gund Room)
995 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury

JEFFREY HARRISON will read and will be joined by a student poet. More info: http://www.westminster-school.org/podium/default.aspx?t=105367 or Michael Cervas (mcervas@westminster-school.org).

**JANUARY  28 (Saturday)**

*10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
NEW HAVEN CHAPTER – CT POETRY SOCIETY
Hamden Library, Preview Room (main floor)
2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden
Ongoing: monthly, last Saturday (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
FREE: donations gratefully accepted. 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 Saturday, (Sept.-Nov. and Jan.-May)

Feature: ALICE-ANNE HARWOOD. 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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