Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | October 21, 2012

Connecticut Poetry Calendar (October 21 – November 14)

Lots of poetry events, readings and opportunities to submit your work.

***YOU’RE INVITED***

*There 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.

*You are invited to join the 3rd WOMAN SCREAM INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL by Women Poets International Movement (MPI). This festival aims to bring together men and women poets in various countries, to pay a fitting tribute to women and to contribute with messages against violence. Musicians, actors, and other artists are welcome to contribute in the events to work together in favor of the cause. Woman Scream it’s made from 1st. to the 31st of each month of March every year. Woman Scream events are planned by our Goodwill Ambassadors and followers worldwide, and eventually, we invite other poetry groups and organizations to join the cause. People who want to take part must ask for the Woman’ Scream 2013’s written terms and must be 100% committed with the purpose and assume this important role as an act of solidarity in favor of necessary cause. The last festival in March 2012 was attended by 30 countries and 95 events were planned worldwide in
several languages and cities. We invite you to join the cause in a serious committed way, and to help us spread this message to those who can support and join this cause. We extent this new calling to join, and ask for the help of all of you, to make this message be heard to people interested in becoming part of what we do. Our mail for applications to join this cause and to receive the written terms of this calling is mujerespoetasinternacional@gmail.com . Learn about our previous festival in other countries and see pictures of previous events in our official Woman Scream blog in English: http://womanscream.blogspot.com to learn about all the events in the world, visit our blog: http://elgritodemujer.blogspot.com . Our Facebook webpage in English is: http://facebook.com/womenpoetsinternational . Note: Only people who make the commitment to comply with the guidelines of the “Woman Scream 2013” accepting the terms and conditions and the responsibility
of making an event, will be accepted to organize the event on our behalf. Once requested he/she should read the terms of the calling and respond according to our mail. Thanks for supporting this cause.

*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***

**OCTOBER 21 (Sunday)**

*10:00 AM
POETRY READING
Congregation Bnai Jacob
75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge

Feature: BARRY L. ZARET. More info: http://www.antrimhousebooks.com

*2:00 – 4:30 PM
FROM OUR HANDS TO YOUR EARS
Danbury Library
170 Main St., Danbury
FREE.

Features: poets and writers from Danbury and surrounding towns,
including accomplished authors and students from area public and private
high schools. Also, theater students at Western Connecticut State
University will read poetry submitted by inmates at Garner Correctional
Institute in Newtown, CT. Among the readers will be GEORGIA MONAGHAN and
LISA SCHWARTZ (Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor, respectively, of The
Newtowner, a fine literary magazine out of Newtown, CT). More info:
http://www.danburylibrary.org or silbneil@gmail.com.

*2:00 PM
READING AND BOOK-SIGNING
Acton Library
60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook
FREE. Refreshments.

Feature: PATRICIA HORN O’BRIEN. More info: (860) 395-3184.

*4:00 – 5:30 PM
POETRY POTLUCK
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main Street, Middletown
$5 suggested donation
Hosted by Suzy Lamson
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 .

*5:00 PM
BOOK LAUNCH
LaGrua Center
32 Water St., Stonington

DENNIS BARONE, MARGARET GIBSON, J. D. MCCLATCHY, and VIVIAN SHIPLEY read
from Garnet Poems and discuss Connecticut Poetry. Co-sponsored by Bank
Square Books.

**OCTOBER 22 (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 – 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.

**OCTOBER 23 (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.

**OCTOBER 24 (Wednesday)**

*5:30 – 7:30 PM
CONFLUENCE/CONFLUENCIA/CONFLUENZA
Naugatuck Valley Community College – Playbox Theater
750 Chase Pkwy., Waterbury
Hosted by: Marianela Medrano
FREE. Reservations requested. Call 203-575-8044/8083 to reserve your seat.

Confluence/Confluencia/Confluenza
is a way to honor talented writers and all they have achieved in their
life’s work and a way to share their personal experiences with others.
Features: BREENA CLARKE, CHERYL CLARKE, CHERYL PANOSIAN, and NEIL
SILBERBLATT. The literal meaning of the title — a coming or flowing
together, meeting or gathering at one point — describes what we
envision when representatives of Connecticut’s literary community become
part of the excitement on our campus. More info: http://www.nv.edu OR https://www.facebook.com/events/362321170520293/?ref=ts&fref=ts .

*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
WEEKLY WORDSHOP
Molten Java
213 Greenwood Ave., Bethel
Host: Derek and Lisa Marie.
Ongoing: Weekly through the end of November, 2012 (NO meeting Oct. 17 and Nov. 21).

Weekly open mics and poetry workshops. If anyone has an idea for a workshop, please email Lisa Marie lisa.marie.ackerly@gmail.com or Derek at piotrmain@gmail.com. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: http://twitter.com/weeklywordshop. VIEW OUR SCHEDULE: http://weeklywordshop.wordpress.com/schedule/ . for additional inquiries: weeklywordshop@gmail.com .

*8:00 PM
WRITING AT WESLEYAN
Russell House
350 High St., Middletown

Acclaimed poet, DOUGLAS KEARNEY, will read from his recent work. Reception and book signing to follow the reading. More info: 860.685.3448 or http://www.wesleyan.edu/writing/community/writing-events.html .

*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.

**OCTOBER 25 (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.

*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.

**OCTOBER 26 (Friday)**

*12:00 – 1:30 PM
NOON INSTITUTE
Manchester Community College, MCC Building, AST E202
Great Path, Manchester 06040 (use parking lot C)
$5. Registration required.

STEPHEN CAMPIGLIO will read from his new book, Cross-Fluence and discuss
some of its sources. Q & A and book signing afterwards.
Registration and more info: http://www.manchestercc.edu/students/resources/catalog.php . (The course listing is on page 48 in the Noon Institute section.)

**OCTOBER 27 (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 .

**OCTOBER 28  (Sunday)**

*4:00 PM
POETRY READING
Duncaster Retirement Community (The Cafe)
40 Loeffler Rd. , Bloomfield

KATHARINE CARLE reading with refreshments and book-signing. For information, call 860-726-2000.

**OCTOBER 29 (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

**OCTOBER 30 (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.

**OCTOBER 31 (Wednesday)**

*6:00 – 8:25 PM
POETRY CRITIQUE GROUP
Russell Library (usually room 3, but check at information desk)
123 Broad St., Middletown
Ongoing: monthly, last Wednesday (all year)

The Middletown chapter of Connecticut Poetry Society (CPS) meets for a poetry critique session. All welcome: poets of all levels of experience; members and non-members of CPS alike. Bring 8 copies of your poem. More info: Pamela Guinan pamela.cps@hotmail.com or 860-563-5761.

*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.

**NOVEMBER 1 (Thursday)**

*4:30 – 6:30 P.M.
BOOK LAUNCH
Connecticut College, Charles E. Shain Library, CHARLES CHU ROOM
270 Mohegan Ave., New London

DENNIS BARONE, SOPHIE CABOT BLACK, and CHARLES HARTMAN read from Garnet Poems and discuss Connecticut Poetry. More info: http://linden.conncoll.edu/MasterCalendar/MasterCalendar.aspx#

*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 – 9:00 PM
FIRST THURSDAY POETRY
Hygienic Gallery
79 Bank Street, New London
Ongoing: monthly, first Thursday

Feature: DAVID MORSE. More info: contact the Hygienic Gallery
at 860-443-8001 or http://hygienic.ning.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.

*8:00 – 9:30 PM
PLAYS AND POETRY
East Haddam Historical Society
264 Town St., East Haddam
$20 adult; $15 student & senior (under 16 and over 65).

Play runs Thursday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 4. (See listings Nov. 2 & 3 below; Nov. 4 next week.) Actors portray various characters in 10-minute plays from national authors and perform poems by CT poets. Poetry from: FRED KNOWLES, JACQUE DEVLIN, DEANIE ROWAN BLANK, PAT HALE, ALEXANDRINA SERGIO, HOLLEY EGLOFF, JOAN LAROSE, LINDA YUHAS, RICHARD RISINIT, LARA ST. THOMAS, JUDY M. JOYCE, DEB FARROW, REGGIE MARRA, MARK MCGUIRE-SCHWARTZ, RENEE BARBER, KAAREN WHITNEY, GINNY LOWE CONNORS, BONNIE THOMSPON ENES, and SHERRI BEDINGFIELD. More info: http://www.EHSCO.org .

**NOVEMBER 2 (Friday)**

*12:00 – 1:30 PM
NOON INSTITUTE
Manchester Community College, MCC Building, AST E202
Great Path, Manchester 06040 (use parking lot C)
$5. Registration required.

JOHN SUROWIECKI will read from his new book, Flies and discuss the poetics of dark and black comedy. Q  & A and book signing afterwards.
Registration and more info: http://www.manchestercc.edu/students/resources/catalog.php . (The course listing is on page 48 in the Noon Institute section of the Credit Free Catalog.)

*6:00 – 9:00 PM
POETRY SLAM
Churrascaria Braza (formerly Circa), upstairs
92 Bank Street, Waterbury
Host: Albertrina Muaremi
Ongoing: monthly, first Friday

More info: http://www.escapeink.webs.com

*8:00 – 9:30 PM
PLAYS AND POETRY
East Haddam Historical Society
264 Town St., East Haddam
$20 adult; $15 student & senior (under 16 and over 65).

Play runs Thursday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 4. (See listings Nov. 1 & 3 above and below; Nov. 4 next week.) Actors portray various characters in 10-minute plays from national authors and perform poems by CT poets. Poetry from: FRED KNOWLES, JACQUE DEVLIN, DEANIE ROWAN BLANK, PAT HALE, ALEXANDRINA SERGIO, HOLLEY EGLOFF, JOAN LAROSE, LINDA YUHAS, RICHARD RISINIT, LARA ST. THOMAS, JUDY M. JOYCE, DEB FARROW, REGGIE MARRA, MARK MCGUIRE-SCHWARTZ, RENEE BARBER, KAAREN WHITNEY, GINNY LOWE CONNORS, BONNIE THOMSPON ENES, and SHERRI BEDINGFIELD. More info: http://www.EHSCO.org .

**NOVEMBER 3 (Saturday)**

*2:00 – 4:00 PM
OPEN MIKE POETRY READING
New Britain Public Library, Community Room (Trinity-on-Main in July and August)
20 High St., New Britain (69 Main St., New Britain, in July and August)
Host: The Poet Amin
Ongoing: monthly, first Saturday

Open to poets ages 16 – 100! Bring at least 2 poems to read! More info: 860-224-3155, ext. 125.

*3:00 – 4:30 PM (evening performance at 8:00 PM–see below)
PLAYS AND POETRY
East Haddam Historical Society
264 Town St., East Haddam
$20 adult; $15 student & senior (under 16 and over 65).

Play runs Thursday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 4. (See listings Nov. 1 & 2 above; Nov. 4 next week.) Actors portray various characters in 10-minute plays from national authors and perform poems by CT poets. Poetry from: FRED KNOWLES, JACQUE DEVLIN, DEANIE ROWAN BLANK, PAT HALE, ALEXANDRINA SERGIO, HOLLEY EGLOFF, JOAN LAROSE, LINDA YUHAS, RICHARD RISINIT, LARA ST. THOMAS, JUDY M. JOYCE, DEB FARROW, REGGIE MARRA, MARK MCGUIRE-SCHWARTZ, RENEE BARBER, KAAREN WHITNEY, GINNY LOWE CONNORS, BONNIE THOMSPON ENES, and SHERRI BEDINGFIELD. More info: http://www.EHSCO.org .

*4:00 – 6:00 PM
OPEN MIKE
Southern Connecticut State Univ., Engleman Hall, English Common Room, D253
501 Crescent St., New Haven
Ongoing: monthly, first Saturday

Jointly
sponsored by Connecticut Poetry Society and the MFA Program in Creative
Writing at SCSU. Please plan to read up to 3 poems or 3 pages,
whichever is longer. After party: Delaney’s Restaurant: 882 Whalley
Ave., New Haven. Join us for food, drink and conversation (RSVP to
connpoetry@comcast.net so we know what size table to reserve.)
Directions: From the New Haven Green: take Broadway north to
intersection past bookstore; take Goff north, then right turn on
Crescent, then right into lot 12. From Hartford: Wilbur Cross Parkway,
Exit 60 at Dixwell Avenue. Head south on Dixwell Avenue to Arch Street.
Turn right at Arch Street and left at Fitch Street, which bisects the
campus. Directions to parking lot 12 on Crescent Street: As you exit the
lot, you will see a building under construction on your right. The next
building on the right is Engleman Hall. Enter the first door, go up 2
flights of stairs and down the hallway. Turn right at the first hallway
you see. Follow that hallway to the Common Room.

*6:30 PM
17th ANNUAL WALLACE STEVENS BIRTHDAY BASH
Hartford Public Library
500 Main St., Hartford

$50. (Make checks payable to Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., Hartford 06103 or order online at:  http://wallacestevens.eventbrite.com. To reserve tickets at the door, contact Mary Crean, Hartford Public Library, mcrean@hplct.org or 860-695-6360. If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation to support Hartford Public Library. )

Featuring novelist and poet JAY PARINI, Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College in Vermont. His six novels include THE LAST STATION, based on Leo Tolstoy’s final days and adapted to film in 2009, starring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, and Paul Giamatti, the film received multiple Golden Globe & Academy Award nominations. His volumes of poetry include THE ART OF SUBTRACTION: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS. In addition to biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, and William Faulkner, he has written a volume of essays on literature and politics as well as THE ART OF TEACHING. He edited the OXFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN LITERATURE and THE COLUMBIA ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN POETRY. His latest novel, THE PASSAGES OF H.M., is a stirring novel about the adventurous life and tragic literary career of Herman Melville (Doubleday, 2010). In 2008, Yale University Press published his treatise WHY POETRY MATTERS. This festive and illuminating event will begin
with a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by Mr. Parini’s presentation, and conclude with a book signing, birthday cake and champagne! This event is presented by Hartford Public Library and the Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens. More info: Contact Jim Finnegan, stevenspoetry.org or jforjames@aol.com or 860-508-2810.

*8:00 – 9:30 PM (matinee performance at 3:00 PM–see above)
PLAYS AND POETRY
East Haddam Historical Society
264 Town St., East Haddam
$20 adult; $15 student & senior (under 16 and over 65).

Actors portray various characters in 10-minute plays from national authors and perform poems by CT poets. Poetry from: FRED KNOWLES, JACQUE DEVLIN, DEANIE ROWAN BLANK, PAT HALE, ALEXANDRINA SERGIO, HOLLEY EGLOFF, JOAN LAROSE, LINDA YUHAS, RICHARD RISINIT, LARA ST. THOMAS, JUDY M. JOYCE, DEB FARROW, REGGIE MARRA, MARK MCGUIRE-SCHWARTZ, RENEE BARBER, KAAREN WHITNEY, GINNY LOWE CONNORS, BONNIE THOMSPON ENES, and SHERRI BEDINGFIELD. More info: http://www.EHSCO.org .

***EVENTS OVER THE BORDER***

**NOVEMBER 10 (Saturday)

*9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
POETRY WORKSHOP
Smith College, Poetry Center, Wright Hall
Northampton, MA
FREE. Limited to 30 participants; registration required. Please call 973-408-3110 to register.

Led by: ARACELIS GIRMAY, JOAN LARKIN, and ELLEN DORE WATSON. Writers and
lovers of poetry are encouraged to join us for an informal, open, and
shared writing experience, as well as an information session on Drew’s
MFA program. Individuals needing special assistance should contact
Jennifer Blackburn at 413-585-4891 at least five working days prior to
the event to ensure appropriate arrangements. More info: http://www.drew.edu/graduate/academics/poetry-mfa/drew-on-the-road

**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.

*OCTOBER 11 – NOVEMBER 15, 2012, 7:00 – 9:00 PM (six Thursday evenings)
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP WITH DAVID PONTRELLI
St. James Episcopal Church
19 Walden St., West Hartford
Cost: A sliding scale is available.

All genres, all skill levels. More info: Call Dave Pontrelli, 860-231-1712.

*OCTOBER 20 (Saturday)
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
POETIC FORM AND FREEDOM WRITING WORKSHOP
Kitchen Meeting Room, 2nd Floor
Hartford Public Library
500 Main St., Hartford
FREE. Space is limited: registration required.

Drawing from Marilyn Nelson’s A Wreath for Emmitt Till and other poems,
we will explore traditional poetic form as a means to express
challenging subject matter, to celebrate literary tradition and to
contribute to the progress of formalism.  Poets of all levels are
welcome. Workshop leader ANTOINETTE BRIM, author of Icarus in Love and
Psalm of the Sunflower, is a Cave Canem Foundation fellow, and a
Pushcart Prize nominee.  A sought after speaker, she teaches at Capital
Community College. Registration and more info: 860-695-6295 or go to the
events calendar at http://www.hplct.org.

*OCTOBER 20 (Saturday)
Moodus (contact Edwina Trentham for address: Trentham@comcast.net or 860-873-1472)
$100. Limited to 12 participants.

A one-day workshop offered by EDWINA TRENTHAM: “Don’t Be Afraid of Its
Plenty–Writing About Joy.” The workshop will also be offered in
Madison, CT, on Saturday, Nov. 10  (see listing below). More info:
Contact Edwina Trentham, Trentham@comcast.net or 860-873-1472.

*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

*NOVEMBER 4 (Sunday) (additional date for 2012 is 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 date for 2012 is 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.

*NOVEMBER 10 (Saturday)
Madison (contact Edwina Trentham for address: Trentham@comcast.net or 860-873-1472)
$100. Limited to 12 participants.

A one-day workshop offered by EDWINA TRENTHAM: “Don’t Be Afraid of Its
Plenty–Writing About Joy.” The workshop will also be offered in Moodus,
CT, on Saturday, October 20 (see listing above). More info: Contact Edwina
Trentham, Trentham@comcast.net or 860-873-1472.

**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***

**MASON’S ROAD. Deadline: November 1, 2012

“Time” is the theme for the upcoming Issue No. 6 of Mason’s Road. We are
looking for work in which the author handles the passage of time with
skill, in a way that enhances the story, essay, play or poem. We’d love
to read your best craft essays on time management in literature. And
we’d love to read work in which the passage of time plays a key role–a
story where memory is unreliable, or an essay about how dreams change as
decades pass, or a poem in which the past and the present commingle and
cohabit, for instance. Full guidelines for submission at
http://www.masonsroad.com/about-2/submission-guidelines/ .

**30 POEMS IN NOVEMBER. Deadline: Not listed, but probably November 1, 2012

30 Poems in November is a celebration of literacy to benefit family literacy at Center for New Americans (42 Gothic Street, Northampton, MA). Lori Desrosiers, editor of Naugatuck River Review, is chairing this program.

Here’s how to participate:
Write one poem each day in November. Recruit family and friends as sponsors. Ask them to pledge an amount per poem.
Consider reading a sample of your work at our READING and CELEBRATION Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at 7:00 PM, Stoddard Hall, Smith College, Northampton. Reception to follow at the Poetry Center.
Contribute a poem to our annual Anthology publication.

Instructions for registering: To register as a poet, please visit CNA’s website: http://www.cnam.org. Click on the 30 Poems! link. Once on the 30 Poems! page, follow the directions leading to CNA’s secure account with Firstgiving.com. Use the templatte to create your own personal page and email it to sponsors. For sponsors who do not wish to register online (although it is safe and confidential), please ask them to send checks directly to you, but to make them out to Center for New Americans. More info: call Laurie 413-587-0084 or email laurie@cnam.org.

**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

**CT Authors and Publishers Association (CAPA) 2012-2013 WRITING COMPETITION. Deadline: Dec.  24, 2012

Cash prizes. Peer recognition. Enhanced credibility. Award presentation
at our annual banquet. Media coverage in The Authority newsletter. Join
us in the 2012-2013 Annual Writing Competition. Essays – Children’s
Stories – Short Story – Poetry. Entry form, contest rules, more info: http://www.aboutcapa.com/ writing_contest.htm . Writers are welcome to attend CAPA Meetings,
which are held monthly in Avon, Shelton & Groton. More info: http://www.aboutcapa.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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