UPCOMING POETRY READINGS/WORKSHOPS
April 11 @ 5pm (Sunday) – Reading from the anthology Waking Up to the Earth: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Climate Crisis is sponsored by the Stonington Public Library. The poets include Christie Max Williams, Mary Guitar, Clare Rossini, Susan Kinsolving, Jose B. Gonzalez, Dan Donaghy, Edwina Trentham and Jeanne Le Vasseur. The anthology, edited with an introduction by Margaret Gibson, is recently published by Grayson Books in Hartford. Free virtual event, but registration required.
April 13 @ 1-2pm (Tuesday) – Poetry Workshop: an online workshop exploring personal and political poetry with Jaswinder Bolina. Poets around the world have long used their art as a means of engaging in social justice causes and political action. In this class, attendees will study how to write politically engaged poetry that doesn’t lose its sense of self, poetry that feels earnest and individual even as it looks outward in hopes of affecting change in the world. Free to attend, but registration is required.
April 14 @ 12-1pm (Wednesday) – Poetry Workshop: an online workshop exploring prose poetry with Frances Kai-Hwa Wang exploring finding one’s authentic voice in poetry, and writing prose poetry. Free to attend, but registration is required.
April 14 @ 6pm (Wednesday) – Online Art Discussion: Jayne Cortez and Melvin Edwards. Join a discussion about lyricism and social activism in the poetry of Jayne Cortez as well as her work with her husband, artist Melvin Edwards, to advance the Black Arts Movement. The discussion will be led by Tobias Wofford, professor of art history at Virginia Commonwealth University. Free. Co-sponsored with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.
April 15 @ 7pm (Sunday) – Free online poetry reading by CT State Poet Laureate, Margaret Gibson, hosted by the Bloomfield Public Library’s Wintonbury Poetry Series. Open Mic follows the featured poets. Sign up during registration or email Tom Nicotera (firstname.lastname@example.org).
April 19 @ 7pm (Monday) – The Cardin Reading Series Presents: a reading by UHart Creative Writing Faculty Christine Beck (former Poet Laureate of West Hartford), Sarah Pemberton Strong, and David Epstein. Following the reading will be a Q&A. Event is free, but registration is required (link HERE).
April 24 @ 4-5:30pm (Saturday) – Poetry for a Green World: celebrating Earth Day. In this intensive all-day workshop, participants will read and discuss work by poets who have explored this essential topic and explore different ways of writing poetry of witness with passion and persuasiveness. The major part of the workshop will be devoted to workshopping the poems written by participants and submitted ahead of time. Writing prompts focused on the topic of healing and witness for the earth will be provided.
April 29 @ 6:30-9pm (Thursday) – Quinebaug Valley Community College will hold its 14th Annual Julius Sokenu Poetry Prize Celebration. The event, organized by the QVCC Cultural Programming Committee, will feature a reading and performance by The Cornelius Eady Trio and award-winning student poets. National Book Award winner and Pulitzer prize nominated poet Cornelius Eady has set his poetry to song with the Cornelius Eady Trio. Eady's songs tell the story of passing time, the Black American experience, and the blues in the style of folk & Americana music. Free to stream online.
Every Monday at 6pm for the month of April – Hartford Poets: Past & Present. On each Monday evening in April, a Hartford-based poet will recite a poem from a Hartford poet who is no longer with us and whose work is part of the Hartford History Center’s collection. They will also read a poem they wrote inspired by the poet they read. Contemporary Hartford poets featured: Alycia Jenkins aka Lady Abstract, Sadejah Blake, Cameron Wood, and Daniel Diaz-Villafane. Historical Hartford poets featured: Ann Plato, Lucy Cooper Summers, James Overton Rogers, and Juan Fuentes Vizcarrondo.
PLACES TO SUBMIT YOUR POETRY
Deadline: April 29, 2021
Submit up to 5 poems, with up to 3 pages per poem. Looking for works that take risks, and they enjoy all formats and genres, including speculative and experimental. $10 submission fee for 1 entry, $12 for 3 entries. First prize receives $300 and publication – up to 5 finalists will also be considered for publication.
Publisher: CT Center for the Book
Deadline: April 30, 2021 (5pm EST)
The CT Book Award is open to authors and illustrators currently residing in Connecticut, who must have lived in the state at least three consecutive years or have been born in the state. Alternatively, the work may be substantially set in Connecticut. Titles must have been published for the first time between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 or have a copyright within 2020. Categories include poetry. Entry fee of $40-$100, depending on print run.
Publisher: Last Girls Club
Deadline: May 1, 2021
The Last Girls Club Magazine is a quarterly feminist horror magazine that publishes international short stories and poems from the female gaze. It is an homage to the scary comics and zines of the late 20th century. Submit up to 3 poems of 200 words or less for each poem. $10 upon acceptance. Theme is “Bees: Mad Queens.”
Publisher: Kissing Dynamite
Deadline: Open 5/1/2021-5/7/2021 (1st week of each month)
Open to new & established writers. They are an inclusive space open to all voices. No fee to submit; no payment.
Publisher: Bennington Review
Deadline: May 8, 2021
They publish new & established writers. Free to submit. Send 3-5 poems per submission. Payment is $20 per poem.
Publisher: Shabd Aaweg
Deadline: Open submissions
Submit no more than 5 pages of poetry. They’re looking for all forms of poetry, and especially enjoy philosophical poems and word-play. No fee to submit; no payment.
Deadline: Open submissions
Submit no more than 10 poems at a time. No fee to submit; no payment.
Publisher: Gingerbread House Literary Magazine
Deadline: Open submissions
Looking for poems with a magical/folkloric/fairytale element. Enjoy retellings, as long as they’re told in an original way. Submit up to five poems at a time. No fee to submit; no payment.
The Poets' Salon is an all-inclusive group that gets together the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m in the Memorial Room at the Fairfield Public Library. We read our poetry aloud, politely critique each others' work (upon request), highlight publishing opportunities, and also talk about local poetry readings.