Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | February 15, 2012

Poetry Events in Connecticut: Feb. 16 – ?

Poetry events in the Connecticut area, starting Feb. 16.

**FEBRUARY 16 (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 (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.)

Features: CLARE ROSSINI and CIARAN BERRY. Music: 016 NEW MUSIC ENSMBLE. 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: JULIA MORRIS PAUL. 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
POETRY READING
UCONN, Konover Auditorium
Storrs Heights Rd., Storrs
Feature: SHARA MCCALLUM, Aetna Writer-in-Residence, is the author of four books of poetry, The Face of Water: New & Selected Poems, This Strange Land, Song of Thieves, and The Water Between Us. She is the recipient of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, individual artist grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission and other awards. She is Associate Professor of English at Bucknell University, and the Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry. Co-sponsored with the Aetna Chair of Writing. More info: http://creativewriting.uconn.edu/events.html

*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: JEAN SANDS and JOHN STANIZZI. 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.

**FEBRUARY 17 (Friday)**

**FEBRUARY 18 (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.

**FEBRUARY 19 (Sunday)**

*1:00  – 4:00 PM (Doors open at 12:30 PM)
OneWord CT / CT YOUTH SLAM TEAM TRIALS – FINALS
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts (Seaverns Room)
166 Capitol Ave., Hartford
FREE.

Winners of previous slam team trials compete for a spent on the CT Youth Slam Team, which will be heading to the San Francisco Bay Area this spring for the 15th Annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. More info: www.upwordspoetry.com.

*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 .

**FEBRUARY 20 (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.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

**FEBRUARY 21 (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.

**FEBRUARY 22 (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: twice 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.

**FEBRUARY 23 (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.

*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.

**FEBRUARY 24 (Friday)**

**FEBRUARY  25 (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: NGOMA HILL. More info: http://www.riverwoodpoetry.org, or contact The Buttonwood Tree: 860-347-4957 thebuttonwoodtree@ gmail.com, http://www.buttonwood.org.
***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

**Dear poets, Allow me to introduce myself.  I am a web designer from Brooklyn and I run the world’s largest open mic website. If you are looking for poetry open mics in NYC, you can now find them here – http://badslava.com/nyc-poetry-mics.htm   Please take one minute to check out my website and let me know what you think. Your main man, Slava

***WORKSHOPS, WRITING PROGRAMS, ETC.***
Editor’s note: Workshops which are part of one-day poetry events and do not require prior registration are listed under “Poetry in Connecticut,” above.

*FEBRUARY 15 (Wednesday)
6:00 – 7:30 PM
New Haven Free Public Library, Main Branch
133 Elm St., New Haven
FREE. Space limited – registration recommended. Free parking available.

Bring your ideas and poems!  Get inspired! Get polished! Workshop is offered in conjunction with the 4th annual New Haven Free Public Library Poetry Contest (Editor’s note: more info on that under “Submit Your Stuff” below.) With GREG SANTOS, author of Tweet Tweet Tweet (Corrupt Press, 2011) and The Emperor’s Sofa (DC Books, 2010). He holds an MFA from The New School. His work has been featured in many literary journals and blogs,  He is the poetry editor of the literary journal pax americana. Greg has taught the art of writing to students of all ages. He was the first Critical Writing Teacher for the Fellowship Program of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. He has served as “Catch the Creativity” Writing Teacher in partnership with Coop High School, Coop Center for Creativity, Inc., and Dwight Hall at Yale. He has volunteered as a tutor at New Haven Reads since 2007, organizing  weekly creative writing classes for children and teenagers.
More info: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2794515471/?ref=enivtefor&utm_source=eb_email&utm_media=email&utm_compaign=invitefor&utm_term=readmore&invite=MTYwNzgwOS9jdHBvZXRuZXdzQHlhaG9vLmNvbS8w

*MARCH 18 (Sunday) – see more dates in description below
SUNDAY WRITING RETREATS WITH SHARON CHARDE
Lakeville, CT
$75 for the day.

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, 860-307-3523 or emailing me atsharoncharde@gmail.com.  Check out my web site, http://www.SharonCharde.com for more details and testimonials by former participants.
More dates for 2012: May 6, September 9, November 4 and December 9. There is a four day weekend in Block Island from September 28-Oct. 1 with three openings. In addition, there is an ongoing ten-week Tuesday session from 5-7:30, new session beginning on March 6. All retreats are held at my Lakeville home with the exception of Block Island.

*MARCH 18 (Sunday)
1:30 – 5:00 PM
TELL ME A SECRET: WRITING YOUR MEMOIR
Hill-Stead Museum (in the Makeshift Theater building)
35 Mountain Rd., Farmington
$20 for members, $25 for members-to-be.

 (Free community potluck dinner at 5:30; free evening program at 7:00)

With BESSY REYNA. Have you been thinking about writing your memoir and wondering, Where do I start?! This one-session workshop will provide you with the tools to answer that question. It will also serve to complement previous work done by participants in Rennie McQuilkin’s “Childhood Reminiscence” workshop. Join us and find new ways to mine the richness of the stories in your life. Handouts will be mailed to participants prior to the session.. REGISTER EARLY! Space is limited. Call 860.677.4787 ext 134 or email poetry@hillstead.org.

*MAY 19 (Sunday)
1:30 – 5:00 PM
AN HOMAGE TO THE HOMAGE: WHAT CLOSE MODELING CAN TEACH US ABOUT WRITING POEMS
Hill-Stead Museum (in the Makeshift Theater building)
35 Mountain Rd., Farmington
$20 for members, $25 for members-to-be.

 (Free community potluck dinner at 5:30; free evening program at 7:00)

WIth STEVE STRAIGHT. In this workshop participants will work from published poems to produce their own new work.  Examples
will be provided, but those attending are encouraged to bring one or two short poems by other poets they admire. REGISTER EARLY! Space is
limited. Call 860.677.4787 ext 134 or email poetry@hillstead.org.

*JUNE 2 (Saturday)
9:00-11:30 AM
SUNKEN GARDEN POETRY FESTIVAL WORKSHOP
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Rd., Farmington

Workshop#1: with B. YUNG – For young writers, Assorted Expression; Workshop #2: with LISA TAYLOR – Teacher workshop

*JUNE  3 (Saturday)
9:00-11:30 AM
SUNKEN GARDEN POETRY FESTIVAL WORKSHOP
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Rd., Farmington

Workshop #1: with MINTON SPARKS – Create Your Story; Workshop #2: with DAVID LEFF – Poetry, Nature, and Seeing What’s Hidden in Plain Sight.

*JUNE 14-17 (Thursday-Sunday)
WESLEYAN WRITERS CONFERENCE
Cost: See website, http://www.wesleyan.edu/writers
Register now at http://www.wesleyan.edu/writers. Apply now for a fellowship or scholarship, register online to reserve your manuscript consultation, or check our website for a list of faculty.

Join us at this summer’s program: The Novel, Short Story, Poetry, Nonfiction, Memoir,  Journalism, New Media, Writing for TV. Special Sessions: Writing about Science and Medicine, Writing about Food and Travel, Selecting an MFA Program, Preparing Your Work for Publication.

Work with a faculty of distinguished writers, editors and agents. They offer careful attention to your work and useful publishing advice. Both established and new writers are welcome. The conference also features a rich program of seminars, workshops, lectures, readings and panel discussions. More info: http://www.wesleyan.edu/writers

*JULY 30–AUGUST 1 (Monday–Wednesday)
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
FIVE POWERS OF POETRY: READING WRITING, AND TEACHING CONTEMPORARY POETRY
Hill-Stead Museum (in the Makeshift Theater building)
35 Mountain Rd., Farmington
$300 for this three-day workshop. Includes admission to Tony Hoagland’s Sunken Garden poetry reading 8/1/2012
This workshop, for teachers and other interested, serious writers, takes place during the course of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. To find out more, visit http://www.fivepowerspoetry.com/thefivepowers.html. Space is limited – reserve your spot today! Register by emailing wadsworths@hillstead.org.

*OCTOBER 21 (Sunday)
1:30 – 5:00 PM
“THE LIBERATING VILLANELLE: Freedom through Form”
Hill-Stead Museum (in the Makeshift Theater building)
35 Mountain Rd., Farmington
$20 for members, $25 for members-to-be.

With JOHN STANIZZI. In this workshop participants will read and discuss two of the most powerful and well-known villanelles – Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and Elizabeth Bishop’s One Art – and then write stanzas using the Villanelle form. The purpose is that writers might experience the sense of creative freedom that can emerge from studying and working within the “confines” of traditional forms. RSVP and more info: Sarah Wadsworth at 860.677.4787 ext 134 or wadsworths@hillstead.org. Workshops fill fast – reserve your spot today

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