UPCOMING POETRY READINGS/WORKSHOPS
October 17th (Thursday) @ 3:30-5pm – Tea Time & Poetry in West Hartford @ Arugula Bistro, 953 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford. Come to read a poem or two, or come just to listen and enjoy afternoon tea at Arugula. Informal and spontaneous. All-inclusive cover of $15 for a pot of tea of your choice from an extensive selection of fine teas and delectable sweets and savories made by Christiane, chef/owner at Arugula.
October 22nd (Tuesday) or October 28th (Monday) @ 6-8pm – Edgar Allan Poe Lives @ Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington. A live re-enactment in Hill-Stead’s Drawing Room after dark of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Raven.” Revel in the written work of the dark genius who still inspires...this is a Poe like he has never been experienced before. See the master of mystery and the macabre come to life inside the historic house after dark. Hear the haunting Raven and Tell-Tale Heart recited live by actor Campbell Harmon. Includes Wine & Cheese reception and tour of the museum’s display of Poe’s published work. Suitable for older children, Limited Capacity seating. Tickets $30-$35.
October 28th (Monday) @ 6:30-8:30pm – Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop @ Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Avenue, Norwalk. Norwalk Poet Laureate Bill Hayden will be leading an Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop at the Rowayton Arts Center, on Monday, October 28, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Arts Center will have its juried all-media show entitled “Autumn” on exhibit for workshop participants to view. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible by emailing Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ekphrasis is the Greek word for description. An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning. Poets and lovers of poetry are invited to use RAC’s “Autumn” exhibit as inspiration to create ekphrastic poetry.
November 2nd (Saturday) all day – From Pages to Publication: A Writer’s Conference @ The Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield. Featuring a wide array of writers, this FREE writer’s conference hosted by the Fairfield Library has a number of panels on subjects ranging from finding an agent to publishing short stories. There are 2 poetry panels – from 1-2pm is our panel: “Poetry: Writing, Readings and Getting Published,” featuring Edward Ahern, Alison McBain, Jack Powers, paul Bluestein, and David Boston. Jack Powers will also lead a “Memoir Writing in Verse” right afterwards, from 2-3pm. FREE to attend, but registration is required, since space is limited.
PLACES TO SUBMIT YOUR POETRY
Contest: Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling ScholarshipDeadline: October 15th
The American poet Amy Lowell’s will established an annual scholarship to support travel abroad for a gifted American-born poet. Submit up to 40 pages of poetry plus an application (online). NO ENTRY FEE.
Publisher: Lucky Jefferson
Deadline: October 31st
They are seeking submissions for pieces that scream a testament, encourage a belief, and reinforce identity in the rapidly transforming world. They are interested in unpublished poetry, especially prose and free verse poems. There is a $5 entry fee per submission, which is waived for students. They especially encourage unpublished writers. Send no more than 3 poems per submission.
Publisher: Sunspot Literary Journal
Deadline: October 31st
Contest: Inception: $250 for the Best Opening
Sunspot Literary Journal wants your best fiction, nonfiction, or poetry opening. No restrictions on theme, category, or length of the piece from which the beginning is excerpted.
Length for the entry: Up to 25 words for poetry. First place winner and finalists will be published. Submission fee of $8.50, cash award of $250 for the winner.
Publisher: Gold Wake Press
Deadline: No deadline for journal; October 31st for full length manuscripts
Both a journal (Gold Wake Live) and a book publisher (Gold Wake Press), they accept submissions year-round, with 2 reading periods. For the journal, they accept 5 poems per submission. For the press, they accept manuscripts of all genres, including poetry. $2 submission fee for the journal, and for the manuscripts there is no submission fee, but they require the submitter to buy a book to be considered.
Publisher: Sport Literate
Deadline: No deadline for journal; October 31st for the contest
Sport Literate remains the nation’s lone literary journal focused primarily on the creative nonfiction exploration of sports. To submit to the magazine, there’s a $3 entry fee. For the contest, to celebrate their upcoming 25th anniversary (in 2020), they'll award two prizes of $250 to a poet and an essayist. Poets can send up to three poems for the $15 entry fee. Writers should enter one essay at a time. https://thepassednote.submittable.com/submit
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.