Congratulations to Poets' Salon member David Boston
on his wonderful new poetry book Passion Poems!
UPCOMING POETRY READINGS/WORKSHOPS
July 11 @ 5pm (Sunday) – The Arts Café Mystic presents Colin Channer, award winning Jamaican poet and novelist, with intro by Susannah Lawrence and musical guests Mixed Magic Theatre Gospel. Outdoors at the Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water Street. Admission $15 general, $5 student.
July 14 @ 6-7:30pm (Wednesday) – Poetry in the Garden at the Keefe Center Community Garden in Hamden. Join the Hamden Dept. of Arts and Culture for their second Open Mic Poetry Jam. Register to share your original poetry or just come and listen to the collective, lyrical genius of your friends and community members. Do not need to be a Hamden resident to register. Each speaker gets up to three minutes of mic time to share original, or favorite, works or poetry, lyric, spoken word, etc. (more if time allows). (Rain date Friday, July 16th.)
July 17 @ 1:30-2:30pm (Saturday) – Poetry in the Park, hosted by the Trumbull Library at 33 Quality Street, Trumbull. Art comes in many forms, one of which is poetry. The first meet up, where the group will discuss over the hour: your hopes and dreams for a monthly meet-up, special guests, open mic nights, and of course, poetry. Bring all your suggestions! No experience required. They will meet in the shade and respect social distancing rules, so please bring a chair or blanket and your mask. Light refreshments provided. Free to attend, registration required.
July 22 @ 5-7pm (Thursday) – Speaking My Truth: Poetry and Spoken Word Workshop at the Mattatuck Museum, 144 West Main Street, Waterbury. Learn to use poetry and spoken word to speak your truth. In this workshop, Poet Shanna T. Melton will lead participants through a step-by-step guide on how to create their own poems and spoken word pieces utilizing themes such as family, community, and identity. Whether you are a seasoned poet or just beginning your poetic journey, in this space everyone is an artist. Notebooks and pencils will be provided. $5 Members, $10 General.
July 25 @ 6:30-8pm (Sunday) – Poetry Reading, Storytelling & Entertainment with Manchester poet laureate Ryan Parker. Located in person at WORK_SPACE, 903 Main Street, Manchester. Open mic following the poet laureate’s reading – sign up to read one poem or up to one page of narrative that reflects on the year of COVID. Also bring copies of your work for possible inclusion in a book publication slated for 2022. Free to attend, bring your own beverages and snacks. Contact for questions/to sign up for open mic: Charles Margolis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 7 @ (Saturday) – Books on Pratt author street fair taking place on Pratt Street in Hartford. Over 30 local authors are participating this year, plus there will be live music and poetry readings. Bring your lunch and meet your favorite local authors on Pratt Street.
PLACES TO SUBMIT YOUR POETRY
Publisher: 3 Moon Magazine
Deadline: July 13, 2021
Submit up to 3 poems of no longer a total of 5 pages. No fee, no payment.
Publisher: Mom Egg Review
Deadline: July 15, 2021
They seek literary work related to mother archetypes; “Mother Figures” from history, religion, pop culture, fairy tales, ecology (Mother Earth), real life, etc. Simultaneous submissions okay. Submit up to 4 poems of no more than 6 pages total. No payment. $3 submission fee.
Publisher: Reservoir Road Literary Review
Deadline: July 31 or when submission cap is reached
Looking for “difficult” literary themes, not day-in-the-life ones. No genre writing. Poems 500 words or less, 1-2 poems. Simultaneous submissions okay. $5 payment per accepted submission.
Publisher: Springhouse Journal
Deadline: July 31, 2021
Submit up to 3 poems at a time. Simultaneous submissions okay. No fee, no payment.
Publisher: Porkbelly Press
Deadline: July 31, 2021
Currently open for submissions of micro chapbooks of 8-10 pages of poetry. Can submit 2 chapbooks per reading period in one category. Prefer free verse or prose poems, will also consider lyric and narrative. Simultaneous submissions okay. Payment in the form of 10 handsewn copies and a discount of 20-40% on additional author copies.
Publisher: Misery Tourism
Deadline: July 31, 2021
The magazine’s overarching theme is human misery, with added monthly themes to narrow the focus. For July, the theme is “’Sploitation.” No payment, no submission fee.
Publisher: Perennial Press
Deadline: August 7, 2021
Arthropod Anthology is looking for speculative poetry with monstrous, mythical, or mechanical arthropods. The call is open to original poetry and reprints up to 45 lines and 7,500 words respectively. Please submit no more than six poems. Simultaneous submissions permitted. It will be published in mid-to-late 2022. All selected poets will be paid a $20 flat rate.
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.