Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | January 27, 2013

Connecticut Poetry Events: Jan. 28 – Feb. 9

Check out these great poetry events in Connecticut in the coming weeks.  Don’t forget our Feb. 5 Open Mic Night. I hope you are all spreading the word!

**JANUARY 28 (Monday)**

*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.

**JANUARY 29 (Tuesday)**

*1:15 PM
THE VILLAGE GATE POETS READ
The Barney Library, Hoppin Gallery
71 Main Street, Farmington

THE VILLAGE GATE POETS, a group of seniors under the direction of Poet/Teacher ANDY WEIL, will share their work and life perspectives in a program that will touch chords with everyone. Hope to see you there! Registration: http://www.farmingtonlibraries.org .

*7:00 PM
POETRY READING
Andover Library
355 Rt. 6, Andover

LISA C. TAYLOR, with JACQUELINE LORING and PRESTON HOOD. Lisa C. Taylor
is a Connecticut poet, who is launching her latest collection of poetry,
Necessary Silence (Arlen House / Syracuse University Press-available
February 15, 2013). Jacqueline Loring is the author of  The History of
Bearing Children which won the Doire International Poetry Prize this
year.  She lives in New Mexico.  Preston Hood is the author of The
Hallelujah of Listening which won the Maine Literary Award for 2012.  He
lives in Maine. More info: (860) 742-7428.

*7:30 PM
POEMALLEY
Curley’s Diner
62 West Park Place, Stamford
Ongoing: every Tuesday

Read poetry, discuss writing and other topics of interest. More info: (203) 327-3716; ayarmal@earthlink.net.

**JANUARY 30 (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.

**JANUARY 31 (Thursday)**

*5:15 PM
YALE LITERATURE AND SPIRITUALITY SERIES
Marquand Chapel, Yale Divinity School
409 Prospect Street, New Haven

BRAD DAVIS reads his poems, followed by a book-signing and reception. More info:  203.432.5180.

*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 1 (Friday)**

**FEBRUARY 2 (Saturday)**

*1:00 PM
READING, BOOK-SIGNING, RECEPTION, OPEN MIKE
The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main St., Middletown
FREE.

A reading and book-signing by The Meeting House Poets: CASSANDRA ANGELO,
RICHARD DAIGLE, JIM GOVONI, CLARE MAZUR, ESTHER MCCUNE, PATRICIA
MULDOON, KATHLEEN MCELROY, ALEXANDRINA SERGIO, ISABELLE SMITH, and ANDY
WEATHERWAX. The poets will be accompanied by WALTER MAYO, bass, and
DAVID SERGIO, piano, with additional music by MINTA WHITE, flute. There
will also be a reception and open mike. Produced by The Free Poets
Collective. More info: (860) 347-4957.

*2:00 PM
READING AND BOOK-SIGNING
Books and Boos
514 Westchester St., Colchester

Feature: JOHN STANIZZI.

*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.

*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.

**FEBRUARY 3 (Sunday)**

*2:00 – 4:00 PM
POETRY READING FOR THEODATE POPE’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Hill-Stead Museum

Celebrate the 146th birthday of Hill-Stead’s architect and founder, Theodate Pope with a reading by RENNIE MCQUILKIN, co-founder and former director of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. Along with poetry, hear love-themed Madrigals by The Greenwood Singers (with festival director Mimi Madden). At 3:00 pm, savor a slice of birthday cake and join in a birthday song to one of the era’s truly unsung heroines! Free to members or with museum admission. The reading is part of an afternoon of fun for everyone. Before the reading,  enjoy self-guided museum tours, a 1:00 PM Gallery Talk on Sculpture in Hill-Stead’s Collection, children’s activities from 1-2 PM. More info: call Marcie Jackson, Director of Education, 860-677-4787 ext 142, or jacksonm@hillstead.org.

**FEBRUARY 4 (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.

*8:00 PM
GET TO THE POINT!
Café 9
250 State St., New Haven
No cover. Hosted by Christopher Arnott.
Ongoing: monthly, first Monday

GET TO THE POINT! Cafe Nine’s plot-rocking, word-spouting, tale-spinning storytelling series. Hosted by CHRISTOPHER ARNOTT (writer for the Daily Nutmeg and the New Haven Advocate). Volume Three performers TBA, but CTPoetNews happens to know that TERRI KLEIN will be among them. To be considered for this or future Get to the Point! performances, contact Chris Arnott at chris@scribblers.us .

*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 5 (Tuesday)**

*2:00 PM
MARILYN NELSON AT QUINNIPIAC
Quinnipiac University (Mount Carmel Campus) QU Student Center, Room 119
275 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden

MARILYN NELSON is a former CT Poet Laureate (2001-6), winner of the 2012 Robert Frost Medal, author of fifteen books, and a National Book Award finalist. Her brand new book, Faster than Light: New and Selected Poems, will be available for purchase and signing. Sponsored by the QU Bookstore, QU Creative writing, and CT Poetry Circuit. Directions:  http://www.quinnipiac.edu/about/visit-quinnipiac/directions-travel-information/ . More info about Marilyn Nelson: http://www.blueflowerarts.com/marilyn-nelson . More info: Ken Cormier, Ph.D., Assistant Prof. of English, QU: 203-582-8383.

*7:00 – 9:00 PM
POETRY OPEN MIC NIGHT
Scranton Library
801 Boston Post Road, Madison
Ongoing: monthly, first Tuesdays

Bring your own works or a piece by a favorite writer. Readers should sign up in advance. Sponsored by Shoreline Cluster Poets. More info: http://www.shorelineclusterpoets.wordpress.com .

*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 6 (Wednesday)**

*6:30 – 8:00 PM sharp (Open Mike sign up at 6:20 PM)
CALLING ALL POETS (AND POETRY LOVERS)
Silas Bronson Library (Downstairs Auditorium)
267 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT
FREE. Hosted by Victoria Muñoz.
Ongoing: monthly, first Wednesday, Sept. – Dec.; Feb. – June

The Silas Bronson’s Poetry Series begins its Spring Season and Black History Month with the great JIMMIE WILSON of the Five Satins. Jimmie will be featuring his poetry influenced and inspired by a lifetime of music and our changing times. Open mike follows feature. More info: http://bronsonlibrary.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.

**FEBRUARY 7 (Thursday)**

*5:30 PM
READING AND BOOK-SIGNING
Lyric Hall
827 Whalley Ave., New Haven (in the Westville section of New Haven)

DON BARKIN features in an inaugural reading from his new book, The Persistent. Reception. More info: http://www.lyrichallnewhaven.com/events/poetry-reading-and-book-signing-by-don-barkin/ .

*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 8 (Friday)**

**FEBRUARY 9  (Saturday)**

*2:00 – 4:00 PM (12:00 – 2:00 PM June – August)
POETRY WORKSHOP
Danbury Library, 2nd floor Conference Room
170 Main Street, Danbury
Ongoing: monthly, second Saturday

Come join the workshop of the Connecticut Poetry Society, Danbury Chapter! Newcomers are always welcome. Share your creative work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Hone your writing and analytical skills with poets at all levels. We are a mutually supportive group. Discover new approaches, exchange ideas —get published! Bring samples of your work — 1 or 2 poems, with 5 or 6 copies to share. Or just come to listen and respond. More info: email Doris at dmh2000@sbcglobal.net.

*6:00 – 8:00 PM
VOICES OF POETRY – WORDS OF LOVE
Bank Street Coffee House
56 Bank St., New Milford

In honor of St. Valentine, join us for an evening devoted to poems & songs on the topic of love (in all its infinite varieties). The poetry will be provided by the following fine poets: SANDRA BISHOP EBNER, JOAN KANTOR, DAVID K. LEFF, DIMITRI RIMSKY, NEIL SILBERBLATT, KAREN SILK, MAR WALKER. The song will be provided by the one and only DON LOWE. The delicious beverages & baked goods will be provided – at reasonable rates – by the good people at Bank Street Coffee House. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/378768938880264/

*7:00 – 9:00 PM
HYGIENIC POETS (open mic followed by slam)
Hygienic Art Galleries

Hosted by RHONDA WARD, all poets are invited to join an evening of open mic poetry followed by the Hygienic Poetry Slam.  Cash prizes awarded to the top three poets of the evening with jurors picked from the audience in attendance. More info: http://hygienic.ning.com/events/hygienic-poets-1 .

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