Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | June 12, 2012

Connecticut Poetry Events: June 14 – 22

Look at all these poetry events!

**JUNE 14 (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 – 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.

*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

**JUNE 15 (Friday)**

**JUNE 16 (Saturday)**

**JUNE 17, 2012 (Sunday)**

*4:00 – 5:30 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 .
**JUNE 18 (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 – 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

**JUNE 19 (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

**JUNE 20 (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.

*7:30 – 10:00 PM
WEDNESDAY NIGHT POETRY SERIES
Starbucks
34 Church Hill Rd., Newtown

Writing workshop: PRIMING THE PUMP, with FAITH VICINANZA. Inspiration, Creation, Perspiration, Publication. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/185960561515902/ .

**JUNE 21 (Thursday)**

*12:00 PM (48 hour event – ends 12:00 PM Saturday, June 23)
OPEN MIKE MOSAIC
Call 203-843-2121 for location and more information.

All are welcome to sign up just contact Hannah Huwitz at 203-843-2121 looking for visual artist performing artist anyone who can give a hand.

*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 (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: ADAM GOLASKI. 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 – 9:00 PM
RIVERWOOD POETRY FESTIVAL 2012: DAY 1 OF 4
POETRY: THE NEXT GENERATION!
The Studio at Billings Forge
563 Broad St., Hartford
FREE. Donations gratefully accepted. Donations of non-perishable food also accepted for Amazing Grace Food Pantry, Middletown.

Hot and fresh! The latest WORD from up-and-coming young poets! Featuring: GIGI BELLETIERRE, LANIESHA BROWN, DEREK CROFUT, SOPHIE DILLON, MAGGIE KEARNEY, EVAN KNOLL, ERIN MCELHONE, and JAMEL NEJAIME. More info: http://www.riverwoodpoetry.org

*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.

**JUNE 22 (Friday)**

*7:00 PM
POETRY READING
Artists’ Path (art and craft gallery)
583 Bantam Rd., Litchfield

Reading and book signing by JOAN KANTOR. Theme: ekphrastic poetry. Refreshments will be served. Information: 860-307-0741.

*7:00 – 9:00 PM
RIVERWOOD POETRY FESTIVAL 2012: DAY 2 OF 4
A NIGHT OF NEW ENGLAND POETS LAUREATE
Wadsworth Atheneum
600 Main St., Hartford
FREE. Donations gratefully accepted. Donations of non-perishable food also accepted for Amazing Grace Food Pantry, Middletown.

Four count ’em four POETS LAUREATE! We’re excited! We’re ecstatic! And, given the art-museum venue, we’re downright EKPHRASTIC, too! Featuring Connecticut’s own DICK ALLEN, New Hampshire’s WALTER BUTTS, Rhode Island’s LISA STARR, and Vermont’s SYDNEY LEA. More info: http://www.riverwoodpoetry.org

**JUNE 23 (Saturday)**

*12:00 PM
2012 ROSE GARDEN READING
Saturday June 23, Noon
Pond House
Elizabeth Park, Hartford
FREE.
Featuring: LONNIE BLACK and PETER GIZZI. Part of the Rose Festival at Elizabeth Park in Hartford. This event bought to you by the Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens. More info:  http://www.stevenspoetry.org or contact JforJames@aol.com; 860-508-2810

*2:00 – 4:30 PM
RIVERWOOD POETRY FESTIVAL 2012: DAY 3 OF 4 (event 1 of 2)
POETRY JOURNAL EDITORS PANEL
Connecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford
FREE. Donations gratefully accepted. Donations of non-perishable food also accepted for Amazing Grace Food Pantry, Middletown.

Editors of Connecticut poetry journals tell you what they want, what they really, really want … read you some great examples from their publications … and answer your questions. Featuring: JANET BOWDAN of Common Ground Review, TONY FUSCO of Caduceus, SONYA HUBER of Dogwood, PATRICIA MOTTOLA of Connecticut River Review, RAVI SHANKAR of Drunken Boat, and  LISA SIEDLARZ of Connecticut Review. More info: http://www.riverwoodpoetry.org

*11:00 AM – Sunday June 24, 2012, 5:00 PM
FREE POETS COLLECTIVE AT THE LAVENDER FESTIVAL
Fort Hill Farms
260 Quaddick Road, Thompson

Come visit FREE POETS COLLECTIVE in our Poetry Tent at this working organic farm. The Lavender Maze is the largest in New England and is set in a lavish sunken garden filled with several tons of sea shells hand laid over many years by Kristin Orr. Fort Hill Farms is the official home of Free Poets Collective, as well as a venue for our friends The Connecticut Story Tellers. The farm features the Dairy products of Farmers Cow and like the farm is entirely organic. Free Poets Collective will have all of our products for sale as well as our community partners, such as The Conduit, and CD’s by local musicians. This is the best place in New England to experience a quintessential garden and working farm as you wander amid lush blooming lavender. More info: http://freepoetscollective.webs.com

*7:00 – 9:00 PM
RIVERWOOD POETRY FESTIVAL 2012: DAY 3 OF 4 (event 2 of 2)
NICK FLYNN!
Asylum Hill Congregational Church
814 Asylum Ave., Hartford
FREE. Donations gratefully accepted. Donations of non-perishable food also accepted for Amazing Grace Food Pantry, Middletown.

Spend an unforgettable evening with poet, memoirist, and playwright NICK FLYNN at the historic Asylum Hill Congregational Church (Mark Twain’s home congregation and a stop on the Wallace Stevens Walk). COLIN MCENROE will be honored for his support of poetry in Connecticut at this event, unless it rains the night before (Friday), in which case he will be honored tomorrow (Sunday) at the 2:00 PM event (Speaking for Others: Poetry on Social Justice at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center). More info: http://www.riverwoodpoetry.org
***EVENTS OVER THE BORDER***

**JUNE 9 & 10 (Saturday and Sunday)**
POETRY READINGS
Authors’ Tent
Boston Irish Festival
Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton, MA 02021

Readings by Poet DAVID R. SURETTE. Saturday 3:00-3:30 & 5:30-6:00; Sunday 4:00-4:30. For complete schedule of author readings: http://www.icclibrary.info/author%20series.htm .
For complete schedule of festival: http://www.bostonirishfestival.info .
**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.

*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.

Award-winning writers Amy Bloom, Roxana Robinson, Wells Tower, Paul LaFarge, and
William Finnegan will join more than 20 writers, editors, and agents at the 56th annual
Wesleyan Writers Conference, which will be held from June 14 to June 17.
In addition, a one-day festival will be held on Saturday, June 16.

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.

*SEPTEBMER 9 (Sunday) (additional dates for 2012 are Nov. 4 and Dec. 9)
SUNDAY WRITING RETREATS WITH SHARON CHARDE
68 Reservoir Rd., Lakeville
$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 at sharoncharde@gmail.com. Additional dates for 2012 are November 4 and December 9. There is a four day weekend in Block Island from September 28-Oct. 1 with a waiting list only. In addition, there is an ongoing ten-week Tuesday session from 5-7:30. (The session began on March 6, but you can join any time.) All retreats are held at my Lakeville home with the exception of Block Island. More info: http://www.SharonCharde.com.

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