UPCOMING POETRY READINGS/WORKSHOPS
September 7th-November 18th - Modern & Contemporary American Poetry ("ModPo") @ coursera.org. ModPo is a fast-paced introduction to modern and contemporary U.S. poetry, with an emphasis on experimental verse, from Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman to the present. Participants will learn how to read poems that are supposedly "difficult." ModPo is open all year, so you can enroll now, or any time. Each year they host a lively, interactive 10-week session, in which students move together through the ten-week syllabus. ModPo is hosted by—and is housed at—the Kelly Writers House at 3805 Locust Walk on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia USA. All ModPo'ers are welcome to visit the Writers House when they are in the area. ModPo live webcasts take place in the "Arts Cafe" of the House. To find out what's going on at the Writers House any time, just dial 215-746-POEM.
September 26-28th (Thursday-Saturday) all day – Saugatuck StoryFest @ The Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport. Featuring a wide array of writers, this FREE writer’s conference hosted by the Westport Library has a number of panels on subjects ranging from horror to nonfiction, mystery to memoir. Includes 2 panels with Edward Ahern and Alison McBain – Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Some events require (free) tickets, so check out the full schedule on their website.
September 26th (Thursday) @ 8-10pm – WCSU Coffeehouse featuring open mic and poetry readings @ Western Connecticut State University Midtown Campus, 181 White Street, Danbury. WCSU will present the Midtown Coffeehouse in the Colonial Corner in the Student Center on the university’s Midtown campus. The coffeehouse will feature an open mic, followed by Poetry Night. Admission is free and the public is invited. Donations to sustain the Coffeehouse will be accepted. Call (203) 837-9700 or visit www.wcsu.edu/coffeehouse/for more information.
October 3rd (Thursday) @ 7-9pm – Hygenic Art @ 79 Bank St, New London, CT. “Arm Your Voice” is a monthly poetry series, coordinated by Hygienic’s Gallery Associate Juanita Austin. It features talented spoken word artists, an open mic, and an opportunity for the community to come together. Featured poets will engage a diverse audience with an impactful and entertaining performance.
October 8th (Tuesday) @ 3-4:30pm – “Understanding Poetry” class @ Yale Alumni College, Association of Yale Alumni, New Haven. This class, taught by Professor Traugott Lawler '66 PhD, is a foray into poetry under the guidance of the classic book by Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren, Understanding Poetry. Brooks and Warren developed their ideas when they were young English teachers at Louisiana State University in the 1930s; they published the first edition of Understanding Poetry in 1938. A second edition appeared in 1950, a third in 1960, and a fourth in 1976--the last two emanating from the Yale English department, which Brooks joined in 1947 and Warren in 1950: for about fifty years it was probably the most popular poetry textbook in American colleges. $450 for the course
PLACES TO SUBMIT YOUR POETRY
Publisher: The New Guard
Deadline: September 27th
KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: Final Judge is Richard Blanco. $1,500 and publication for an exceptional poem in any form. Up to three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. Please submit all three poems in a single document. $22 entry fee.
Publisher: Ailment: Chronicles of Illness Narratives
Deadline: September 30th
Theme: “When I look in the mirror I see…”
3 submissions per submitter per reading period (twice a year). Up to 2 pages per poem. Non-profit magazine that donates any proceeds to “organizations that further the betterment of those of us who suffer from chronic illness.” No submission fee, blind read.
Publisher: Open Country Press
Deadline: September 30th
Open Country Poetry Chapbook Contest. Open to any poet writing in English. Please submit a chapbook of original poems, 20-30 pages. Submissions will be read blind. The final five chapbooks will be forwarded to the contest judge, Amy Ratto Parks. Open Country is looking for fresh, artfully constructed chapbooks. Please check out our books at opencountrypress.org before you submit. The winner will receive $500 and 10 author copies.
Publisher: The Passed Note
Submit up to three previously unpublished poems. Submission fee is $0-$3. Published work paid $10.
Publisher: Unstamatic: a micro lit mag
Poetry of 10 lines or fewer. Especially interested in experimental pieces. $2.50 submission fee online, $10 payment upon publication.
Deadline: Tuesday (every week), also ongoing submissions (no deadline)
Poetry Tuesdays. VERY fast response time – 1 day, with publication the next. Also, receive a personal response by the editor. $4.77 online submission fee.
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.