The Shoreline Cluster Poets is a group for writers (primarily of poetry and short stories) based in Madison, CT. Originally started in late 2001 as an adult education course in Clinton, CT, the group got its official start in 2002 when it found a home in the Memorial Town Hall in Madison. In 2009, the group relocated to the Scranton Library in Madison.

The group meets twice a month, on the first and third Tuesday. When the group was started, organizer Rudy Sturk wanted to create an atmosphere for local writers where they could come to share their work and receive feedback in a constructive manner. Finding no groups in the immediate area that did this and met in the evenings, he decided to start one. The group has been going strong even since and has even held a few public readers which doubled as food drives for the local food bank.

By creating this blog, Rudy hopes to help his fellow writers stay in communication between meetings and allow those who cannot attend to still be part of the community. Additionally, he hopes to encourage other local writers to join in and share their creativity on Tuesdays, while expanding the group’s contact with poets beyond their little “cluster” of shoreline towns.


  1. Well done Rudy!
    I hope people who are interested in writing poetry will attend a session. It has been insightful, fun and helpful to me to have been in this group for almost four years. I look forward to meetings, hearing a wonderful diversity of new works, works in progress, ideas relating to the creative process, and all the attention given to the editing process – practical, grammatical, stylistic. philosophical. etc.

    Thanks for listing my poetry website
    “The Museum of Rain” at gemop.wordpress.com.

    • Sure wish I lived closer so I could be apart of this!

      • I’m sure to be sharing links to your posts along the way, which will make you a part of this! Thanks for posting and following.

  2. After our first 2010 meeting, I’ll have been attending for a year (minus a few summer meetings and while I was away of course!). As an almost-not-newb, I can vouch for the fact that the community has been absolutely delightful and inspiring.

    I used to write poetry a lot when I was a kid, but then I stopped for awhile, until Jan. 2009 when I joined this community. While I don’t know if I’ll ever come close to considering myself a professional poet, poetry does provide a nice way to stretch those writing muscles.

    Thanks Rudy and everyone, for being so marvelously welcoming (and tolerating my frequent mentionings/poems revolving around zombie horror). I’m looking forward to another great year–no pressure–and to kicking off 2010 properly on Jan. 5th!


  3. Hi Everyone,

    I first met Rudy in late 2001, when he taught an adult education course in Poetry writing, in Clinton. Together, we landed the Madison Memorial Town Hall as our meeting place, after several brief tries at other locations. I continued in the group for over 6 years, until writing started becoming a chore….and then it all but disappeared altogether. I haven’t been to a meeting in probably nearly a year.
    After Rudy emailed about the blog he had set up for the group….I finally decided to check it out. I immediately felt inspired to write again.
    I want to tell everyone that Rudy is a great poetry writer; I’ve watched his style evolve over the years since I first met him. He has been, and continues to be, very dedicated to this group…as well as to all he persues in life. Thanks, Rudy…for setting up this blog.
    Sue Lopath

  4. Rudy,

    Burr — we are having freezing temps here in Naples. My new web site is under development.

    Again, many thanks for setting this blog up. I’m trying to figure out how they work.


    • Yes, I know about that weird weather. I spent the past few days on beautiful Marco Island… very chilly…

    • Hi Rudy, Just happened to find my previous comment. Here’s my web site that was under construction at the time of my first note above: http://www.deanieblank,com
      See you all this spring when return from sunny Naples. Deanie

  5. A very nice site, Rudy. Thanks for sharing. Even though I don’t write poetry — and admittedly don’t read much verse either — it’s always a good thing when writers come together for encouragement and support.

    I especially liked your post about your submissions in 2009. You may have discovered this site already, but Duotrope Digest is an excellent resource for rustling up new submission markets, and they do have a section for poetry.

    • Thanks for checking it out, Pat.

      Funny thing… I was on duotrope yesterday. Figured since I was “snowed in” I send out some work. It is a great site.

  6. Rudy and the gang, I just had to share what I consider to be a simultaneous example of (1) how poetry can be exhilarated by being read aloud or set to music and (2) sheer genius.

    Natalie Merchant took long dead poetry and brought it to life in unique vocal arrangements. As poets, we should all be so fortunate to have someone 100 years hence treat our words with such reverence and infuse them with the vitality of song.

  7. I would love it if you visited my blog and read some of my stuff. I only have a few things up, but response from the world would be inspiration to post more of my work.
    Have a good one
    – Fly

    p.s. I don’t know if my previous comment was posted because, well because I can’t see it and I’m new to this site and not sure how it all works. So sorry for the pair πŸ™‚

  8. Hello,
    I am new, as a blogger and a writer. I would love for you to check out my stuff and giv eme feed back, also response from others would inspire me to go on, I’m sure.
    Have a good day

    • Fly,
      I checked out your blog. Keep up the good work… write what you know, write what you feel and never apologize for where the words take you. It seems you’ve got a nice stream of consciousness style.

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  10. Thank you for appreciating my Serpents and HoneyBees. You appear to have an innovative group dynamic here and as an activist for the poor, you had my heart when you mentioned food drives for the local food bank. πŸ™‚ This is what art is all about.

  11. 500 Main Street
    Hartford, CT 06103
    860 695-6300

    You are cordially invited to
    The Sixteenth Annual
    Wallace Stevens Birthday Bash

    Saturday, November 5, 6:30 p.m.

    Hartford Public Library
    500 Main Street


    Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of
    the United States, and author of the recently published
    Selected Poems, will read from Wallace Stevens’ oeuvre
    as well as from his own work.

    A reception serving wine and hors d’oeuvres begins at
    6:30 p.m. Following Mr. Pinsky’s presentation there will
    be a book signing, birthday cake and champagne!

    Tickets are $50 per person
    Purchase tickets online at http://wallacestevens.eventbrite.com/
    Info: 860-508-2810

    This event is presented by
    Connecticut Center for the Book at Hartford Public Library
    and the Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens

  12. A CT resident. Love Madison, beautiful place. Keep me updated about events.


  13. Greetings, was curious who you were since you visited my blog, so I dropped in to have a look-see. Lots to explore here so I will be returning again. My only regret is a wonderful group like this is SO far away … nothing like it here in my neck of the woods.

  14. Thank you for visiting my blog and “liking” my poem “Mum”

    Your visit is much appreciated


  15. Hi! I just wanted to connect with you because you wrote on our Edible Schoolyard blog so I clicked to see where you were from and I couldn’t believe that you are from madison! I’m from Guilford (graduated high school in 2005) and grew up just past the guilford/madison line on route one. It’s a small world!
    Thanks for reading our post and Happy Holidays!
    -Kat Siladi

    • Thanks Kat. Our group meets in Madison, but many of us (including myself are current and long-time Guilford residents). Thanks for visiting!

  16. I’m definitely tied up this week, Rudy. Please count me among the group for the 2012 though. I’m not quite sure what you mean by a head count. If you’re looking for a contact roster …

    Mark Brown
    147 Myrtle St, Apt 1
    Shelton, CT 06484

    I’m working on new material for our future gatherings and wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

  17. If you email a request for submission guidelines to: travellingpoetssociety@gmail.com, they will send you their guidelines for submission to be included in a service for people having a wedding… If your poem is selected to be included in their service, you will receive $1 each time your poem is selected by a client to be used in their wedding… interesting service…

  18. Hello,

    I think it’s a great idea that you guys collaborate to create this blog. I myself certainly feel that it is necessary to connect with others with similar passion and interest to mine to be self-fulfilled. So keep doing what you guys are doing. Keep penning and inspiring! πŸ™‚

    And I also would like thank you for following my blog. I do hope that you guys have a joyful ride in each of your visits to my blog. πŸ™‚

    Thank you again, and have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

    Subhan Zein

  19. Thank you for visiting CorneaCopia. And by the way, how is it that CT manages to produce so many talented people? πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for visiting. Well, CT has to produce something good, to offset our high taxes!

  20. Does the Madison writers group meet during the day or in the evening?

    • We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m. in the Scranton Library. Our reading at Cafe Nine in New Haven will start at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2 (in place of our normal meeting).

  21. Hi,
    I just came across this group online while looking at a Connecticut poetry calendar. I was wondering if I could drop in, just to observe? I’m 16, an incoming senior in high school, and spoken word writer. I’ve just gotten back from a poetry intensive in Minnesota where I was taught by poets such as Sierra DeMulder and Neil Hilborn, and one of their requests was for me to find a space to work with other poets- which you know is kind of tricky in Connecticut. My work is all very new and in its early stages of development, but I would love to listen to what goes on in your group. Thank you for your time,

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