Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | September 9, 2012

Connecticut poetry calendar for Sept. 2012

CT poetry calendar. Lots of great items on this one…*How to Rhyme Your Way to ‘Metaphor Poems’ by LELAND JAMIESON (CreateSpace 2012).  Today’s poetry reader-writer typically feels comfortable with free verse but awkward with contemporary formal poetry. The differences yawn like the Grand Canyon. Using a minimum of technical jargon, the strategy of this volume is to invite readers to leap across this canyon by “writing out loud on your lips, fingers, and ears.” It frees a poet to become at ease and creative composing contemporary formal poetry. It liberates a teacher to become at ease coaching students, including skeptics. It encourages long term creativity. See http://www.jamiesonspoetry.com.



***YOU’RE INVITED***

*Auditions for Plays and Poetry (see below under Submit Your Stuff). Friday, Sept. 14, 5:00 – 7:00 PM and Saturday, Sept. 15, 4:00 – 6:00 PM. The East Haddam Stage Company, celebrating our 10th anniversary season, is looking to cast 4 to 5 men and women ages 18-60 for various characters in 10-minute plays and memorized poetry for our fall production of Plays and Poetry. Flexibility and creativity are good traits to have. Rehearsals begin October 11th, show opens Nov 1st and runs for 6 performances only, through Nov 4th. Please prepare a short monologue of your choice, there will also be cold readings from scripts and poetry. Call 860-873-3521 to make an audition appointment. Stipend paid for the project. More info:www.EHSCO.org .

*Tthere will be Tellabration at the Dragon’s Egg on Nov. 11 at I think 4 pm,
and there will be our Holiday sale and Poetry reading on Dec. 9th –
poetry at 4 or 5.    Let me know if you are interested in being a part
of one or both of these Egg events! – namaste, marya. More info: email Marya at mybeasts@aol.com.

*Invitation to Voices of the Voiceless. From NGOMA HILL: I am putting
out a call to poets to see if you’d like to be a part of this effort to
create “Voices of the Voiceless.” It would be a group of poets that take poetry to the barricades and picket lines and places where peoples
struggle is on going. The idea is to take protest poetry and words of
encouragement for social change to the front lines of the struggle. If
this interests you, please get back to me and we’ll see if we can make
it happen. Please invite other poets that you think may be interested
too. Even if you don’t live in New York, you can
participate w/ur in town. Contact me at http://www.facebook.com/ngoma#!/groups/282460135116188/

***POETRY IN CONNECTICUT***

**SEPTEMBER 9 (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.

**SEPTEMBER 10 (Monday)**

*6:30 – 8:300 PM (Open mic begins the evening; sign up before 6:30) [SEPTEMBER ONLY!]
GOTPOETRY LIVE II
Cafemantic
948 Main Street, Willimantic
Suggested donation: $3.00
Ongoing: monthly, first Monday (second Monday in September; no poetry in January)

Feature: JOHN BASINGER.

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

Feature: . 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 Julie Choffel.

*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: DONNA MARIE MERRITT. Musical Talent: BRIAN and SHERALYN BARNES. Sponsored by Emerson Theater Collaborative. Co-producers: Camilla Ross and Lisa Giordanno. More info:http://www.emersontheatercollaborative.org/.

*7:15 PM
MONDAY NIGHT POETRY
Barnes & Noble Bookstore (Stamford Town Center)
100 Greyrock Place Suite H009, Stamford
Ongoing: monthly, second Monday

Feature: JEANNE DELARM-NERI. 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

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

*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. More info on the GotPoetryLive II-Willi Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/200853703275465?ap=1

**SEPTEMBER 11 (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

**SEPTEMBER 12 (Wednesday)**

*7:00 PM
INESCAPABLE RHYTHMS POETRY SERIES
Real Art Ways
56 Arbor St., Hartford
Host: Kristin Kostick
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.” 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 Julie Choffel.

*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 (Signups at 7:15)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT POETRY SERIES (Editor’s Note: Wednesday Night Poetry
Series now has two locations – some weeks they are at Starbucks in
Newtown and other weeks they are at Molten Java in Bethel. This week,
they are at the address below.)
Molten Java
213 Greenwood Ave., Bethel
Host: TBA.

I Write the Songs themed open mike. Featuring the songs of TORI AMOS. 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: 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.

**SEPTEMBER 13 (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 (Doors open) 7:00 (Feature)
RIVERWOOD POETRY SERIES
Asylum Hill Congregational Church
814 Asylum Ave., Hartford. Free onsite parking.
FREE: donations gratefully accepted. Donations of non-perishable foods will also be accepted for the benefit of Amazing Grace Food Pantry, Middletown.
Refreshments. Q & A with feature and Open Mike follow the featured reading.
Ongoing: monthly, second Thursday  (Sept.-Nov. and Feb.-May.)

Feature: CHARLES RAFFERTY. More info: http://www.riverwoodpoetry.org or http://www.facebook.com/riverwoodpoetry

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

Feature: JEANNE MARIE BEAUMONT. More info: 203-453-2036, 203-453-8836,
http://guilfordpoetsguild.wordpress.com/

*7:00 – 8:30 PM
WOMEN’S VOICES
Bank Street Coffee House
56 Bank Street, New Milford
Women’s Voices, an evening of readings by JOAN KANTOR, SUSAN TUZ, MAR WALKER, and ROBIN SAMPSON.

*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  – 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.

**SEPTEMBER 14 (Friday)**

*7:00 – 10:00 PM
MCC on Main “Live on Main” Series
903 Main Street, Manchester
$5 suggested donation

Feature: STEPHEN CAMPIGLIO, spoken word, with GASLIGHT ARKESTRA, featuring JAY WOOD, drums, MATTHEW BLISTER, piano, DAVE PARSONS, guitar, DENNIS MARTINEZ, bass, and TREK CULBREATH, tenor saxophone. Campiglio’s spoken word, accompanied by Gaslight Arkestra, will provide an opening set, with the instrumental Arkestra performing a second set. “MCC on Main” is Manchester Community College’s new downtown storefront space, with an art gallery, café, conference room, and classroom space. More info: http://www.mcc.commnet.edu/faculty/spoken.php

*7:30 PM
POETRY READING with MUSIC
The Arts Café Mystic
9 Water St., Mystic
$8 ($6 seniors, $4 students). Refreshments available.

Feature: TRACY K. SMITH, with music by PHRED MILESKI and her combo. Readings by well-known and emerging poets as well as musical performances are presented in a pleasant art gallery setting. More info: http://www.theartscafemystic.org . 860-912-2444 or allynsally@sbcglobal.net
.

**SEPTEMBER 15 (Saturday)**

*12:00 – 2:00 PM
LIVE GREEN CONNECTICUT
Taylor Farm Park
Norwalk, CT

Feature: DONNA MARIE MERRITT. Donna will be signing and selling her poetry books as well as her books for children (some in rhyme!). Look for her in the Cool Kids’ Zone Tent. This is just part of a two-day event with lots of fabulous happenings. Check it out at http://livegreenct.com

*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 16  (Sunday)**

*4:00 – 6:00 PM
HIDDEN TREASURES POETRY SERIES
Courtyard Art Gallery
12 Water St., Mystic
FREE.
Host: Joanie DiMartino

Greetings! The Courtyard Art Gallery, in collaboration with the William Meredith Foundation and poet Joanie DiMartino cordially invite you to enjoy a  lovely autumn afternoon of poetry and fine art at the Hidden Treasures Poetry Series, a new tri-monthly poetry event in downtown Mystic. Fine local poets GRAY JACOBIK and RAVI SHANKAR will share their latest work, with book signings to follow, at the Courtyard Art Gallery: Mystic’s Hidden Treasure. The reading is free and  open to the public.Please join us to savor a Sunday in September surrounded by  the creativity of art and poetry, along with light refreshments and a little wine. More info:(860) 536-5059 or http://www.courtyardgallerymystic.com .

*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 .

**SEPTEMBER 17 (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

**SEPTEMBER 18 (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.

**SEPTEMBER 19 (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.

*7:30 – 10:00 PM
WEDNESDAY NIGHT POETRY SERIES (Editor’s Note: Wednesday Night Poetry
Series now has two locations – some weeks they are at Starbucks in
Newtown and other weeks they are at Molten Java in Bethel. This week,
they are at the address below.)
Starbucks
34 Church Hill Rd., Newtown
Host: Faith.

Poetry Workshop: WE ALL HAVE A STORY. More info:  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: 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.

**SEPTEMBER 20 (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, year-round.

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.)

Features: MARILYN NELSON and MICHAEL PALMA. Music: KALEIDOS, with YOVIANNA GARCIA, classical guitar, and multi-percussionist, SAYUN CHANG. 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: JONAS ZDANYS. 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.

*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.

**SEPTEMBER 21 (Friday)**

**SEPTEMBER 22 (Saturday)**

*3:30-4:30 PM
POETRY READING
Noah Webster Library (Meeting Room A)
20 South Main St., West Hartford

An afternoon of poetry with West Hartford’s Poet Laureate JAMES FINNEGAN. (Presented in conjunction with a poetry workshop, Noon-3:30 PM–Workshop enrollment deadline: September 15. More info below under WORKSHOPS.) Poetry reading is open to all; workshop participants are encouraged to read in the open mike. More info: contact Jim Finnegan,JforJames@aol.com or 860-508-2810.

***EVENTS OVER THE BORDER***

**SEPTEMBER 15**

*7:00 PM
READING AND BOOK SIGNING
A.P.E. (Available Potential Enterprises) Gallery
126 Main St., Northampton , MA

FREE.

Feature: CHIVAS SANDAGE. For information, see http://www.apearts.org.

**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.

*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.

*SEPTEMBER 22 (Saturday)
Noon-3:30 PM (Poetry Reading by James Finnegan and an open mike afterwards, 3:30-4:30 PM)
POETRY WORKSHOP
Noah Webster Library (Meeting Room A)
20 South Main St., West Hartford

An afternoon of poetry with West Hartford’s Poet Laureate JAMES
FINNEGAN. Enrollment required for the workshop. To enroll, send an email
with 2 poems attached to JforJames@aol.com. Enrollment deadline: September 15. (Enrollment limited. Poetry reading
is open to all; workshop participants are encouraged to read in the open mike.) More info: contact Jim Finnegan,JforJames@aol.com or 860-508-2810.

*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

**WRITER’S FELLOWSHIPS AVAILABLE (ongoing)

Wisdom House Retreat and
Conference Center announces that applications are  available online for a
new fellowship program for
low-income writers from the Greater Hartford
area to attend the retreat center in Litchfield. Applicants must be
at
least 21 years old. Application and more info:http://www.wisdomhouse.org/writersProgram.html

***SUBMIT YOUR STUFF***

**PLAYS AND POETRY. Deadline: September 15.

Hello! It is that time of year again, our biannual Plays and Poetry
production goes up the first weekend in November. Here is the info for
your submissions, and please pass on the info to any and all
writer/poets of your acquaintance! – Kandie Carle, Artistic Director, East Haddam Stage Company.

Plays and Poetry is a 90 minute production, a juicy verbal cabaret, consisting of 10 minute plays from all over the world and poetry
exclusively by CT poets. We are looking for submissions of three poems from any/all CT poets or writers. Themes can be on any topic. The chosen poems will be performed by actors in the cast, and should not be longer than 90 seconds (1 1/2 minutes) when read aloud. Submissions can be electronically submitted to Kandie@ehsco.org or snail mailed to EHSCO PO Box 176 East Haddam CT 06423. Selection will be completed by the end of September.Plays and Poetry will open on November 1st for 6 performances through November 4th at the East Haddam Historical Society, 264 Town Street, East Haddam CT.
Any questions, please feel free to call or email.

**CONNECTICUT MUSE Fall Issue. Deadline: September 20.

Published quarterly by Patricia F. D’Ascoli, Connecticut Muse
includes book reviews, a calendar of literary events, information about
new releases by CT authors, and original essays, poetry and short
fiction written by Connecticut authors. If you are a Connecticut author
who has recently published a book, please email Patricia D’Ascoli about
your book for the “New Releases” section of the newsletter.  Summer
issue available on line now: http://www.connecticutmuse.com/

Thank you for your interest! – Patricia F. D’Ascoli, Publisher: pfdasc@aol.com
Connecticut Muse
4 Autumn Lane
New Milford, CT 06776
203-417-9857

** CONNECTICUT RIVER REVIEW POETRY CONTEST. Deadline: Postmarked by September 30, 2012.

Prizes of $400, $200, and $100. Send up to 3 unpublished poems, any
form, 80 line limit each. Include two copies of each poem: one with
complete contact info and one with NO contact info. Both copies should
be marked CRR Contest. Include SASE for results only (no poems will be
returned). Send fee of $15 for up to three poems; make check out to
Connecticut Poetry Society or CPS.

Send submissions to CRR Poetry Contest, CPS, PO Box 270554, West Hartford, CT 06127.

Winning poems must be submitted electronically following notification.
Prize winning poems will be published in Connecticut River Review. Poets
who won a prize in one of the contests sponsored by CPS last year are
not eligible this year. This year’s judge is JEFF MOCK, who teaches in
the MFA program at Southern Connecticut State University. He is the
author of Ruthless.  His poems have appeared in many literary reviews
such as The Atlantic Monthly, The North American Review, The Georgia
Review, and others. More info: http://www.ct-poetry-society.org or 860-233-7852
.

**CADUCEUS 2013. Deadline: October 1, 2012

Thanks to the continued support of the Yale Medical Group, the poetry
anthology Caduceus will once more be published in January 2013 and is
accepting submissions for its 10th edition.

The collection is sponsored by the Yale Medical Group and Art Place, and
its publication will be celebrated with at least one poetry reading.
The anthology will be available to patients visiting the Yale
Physician’s building in the reception areas, and to Yale Medical Group
faculty and staff. The collection will have a medical emphasis, however
all types and styles of work are sought.

Guidelines: (also available at http://www.tfuscomedia.com/caduceus.html). Send up to 5 poems, preferred one poem per page and no more than five pages
all together typed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Author’s name, address and
telephone number should appear on the top right of each page. All poems
must be the original work of the submitting author -no translations;
simultaneous submissions allowed with notification of acceptance
elsewhere, previously published work considered with permission for
reprinting. Send a cover sheet with the title of poems submitted,
contact information and a short biography.

Email submissions preferred and accepted as attachments to email cover letter, please convert Apple files to PC readable.

Include SASE with mailed in submissions for notification only. No poems
will be returned. All submissions must contain a return address on the
outside envelope or they will not be opened.

Authors whose work is accepted will be asked to sign a publication
agreement and to send a proofed copy electronically via email.Authors
will receive one copy.

Send to Caduceus Tony Fusco, Editor
caduceus@tfuscomedia.com
US Mail:
311 Shingle Hill Road
West Haven, CT 06516

**POETRY OUT LOUD. Deadline: approx. Dec. 1, 2012

Poetry Out Loud is looking for collections of poetic works
to include in gift bags to the finalists and teachers participating in the
2012-2013 Poetry Out Loud Program. (visit
http://www.facebook.com/l/_AQHNvUZ6AQG9NYCcWvSeiRCixLbp9dHRb8cE1SQCrIL2PA/www.poetryoutloud.org
for more info about the program). Collections should be high school appropriate
(minimal vulgarity and sexual content) and can be sent to the address below.
They can be your work or the work of writers you admire! The more books that
are donated, the more funds we can focus on getting teaching artists into the
classroom to work with students and teachers! Thank you!! Alice-Anne Harwood, Coordinator,
Poetry Out Loud, 75 Hobson Ave., Hamden, CT 06514. 203.512.7614.ctpoetryoutloud@gmail.com

**Hill-Stead Museum is developing a new Sunken Garden Poetry website. A
new feature, which we are calling Well-Versed, will present poems that
have had an impact on our readers’ lives. To submit, please email poetry@hillstead.org with the poem (we will need permission for it to be on the site) and a brief story (200 words max) about what it has meant to you. In addition, we
would like to read an original haiku before each festival reading that
has been selected from audience submissions. Please email poetry@hillstead.org.

**Directory of CT Authors & Literary Venues, 2012
If you would like to receive a pdf of the Directory,  email PatriciaD’Ascoliatpfdasc@aol.com.  The directory is a work in progress which will be updated on a monthly basis. To be listed in the directory, please email your NAME, GENRE you write in, TITLES of 3 published books, 50-word BIO, EMAIL address, and
WEBSITE address. A listing is $10 and can be paid via PayPal or by mail
at the above address.

** Hello, The ‘Occupy Poetry’ page and site on Facebook is actually the
poets’ front taking action for change and poetry readers and fans of all
kinds who support this quiet revolution. Please publish your poems and
like it.  https://www.facebook.com/Poets.poems . Your support can change something in the poetry publishing life. Your
poems and comments are welcome. Best Regards, Margie Bensson. More
info: https://www.facebook.com/Poets.poems

**Hill-Stead Museum, home of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is
pleased to announce THEODATE, a seasonal on-line poetry journal. On-line
submissions are now being accepted for the inaugural issue: Fall/Winter
2011-12. THEODATE accepts only on-line submissions of unpublished
poetry for its New Works 
section and The Daily Ekphrasis. More info:
email Brad Davis, editor, at theodate@hillstead.org

**THREE VOICES: 191914 Ministries, Inc. accepting submissions for online
publication “Three Voices”: Creative, Spiritual,  and Recovery – check
website for details. http://www.191914.com/submissns.html .


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