UPCOMING POETRY READINGS/WORKSHOPS
February 18 @ 7pm (Thursday) – Find a comfortable chair, light a fire, have a glass of wine in hand and relax for a live poetry reading. Scoville’s first Ramble will feature Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, Poet Laureate for the City of Hartford and Margaret Gibson, Connecticut Poet Laureate. Free, but need to register in advance.
February 18 @ 7-9:30pm (Thursday) – Wintonbury Poetry Series Virtual Zoom reading with featured poets Dr. Joyce Ash and Patrick Donnelly. Open mic follows the featured poets. Sign up during registration or email Tom at: email@example.com. Free to attend, but must register in advance to receive the online link and password.
February 19 @ 7:20-9:30pm (Friday) - Hudson Valley Writers Center's Open Mic night featuring Edward Ahern & John F. McMullen, hosted by Bill Buschel. Open Mic – McMullen & Ahern poetry reading – free attendance, need to sign up to read at the open mic.
February 22 @ 7pm (Monday) – Poetry Atlanta and the Georgia Center for the Book present “Mother Mary 2: Eternal Blessings Boogaloo.” This online reading will feature several contributors to Mother Mary Comes to Me: A Popculture Poetry Anthology and will be hosted by Collin Kelley. Free to attend, but must register on Eventbrite to receive the link to the Zoom webinar.
February 24 @ 8-9pm (Wednesday) – Quintessential Listening: Poetry Online Radio presents Jerry T. Johnson. Hosted by Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram, Jerry T. Johnson will do a live poetry reading, followed by an interview. FREE to attend, but recommended age 21+.
February 24 @ 7-8:30pm (Wednesday) – The Hudson Valley Writers Center presents an online reading with Alicia Ostriker, Roger Reeves, and Jeffrey Yang. Suggested price for tickets is $10, but they are offered free for students/members of HVWC or others who would like to attend but are unable to pay the fee.
March 8 @ 5pm (Monday) – James Merrill House is presenting Dan Chiasson, poetry critic for The New Yorker, in their new interview series called Studio 107. an innovative interview series featuring former Merrill writers speaking about their recent published work. You can tune in through their YouTube channel or Facebook.
Weekdays (recorded episodes every weekday, available 24/7 online after recording) - The Poetry Broadcast by Billy Collins on Facebook.
PLACES TO SUBMIT YOUR POETRY
Publisher: Frontier Poetry
Deadline: February 15, 2021
This New Voices Contest will offer $3000 to the author of the judge's favorite poem. 2nd and 3rd place will receive $300 and $200 respectively. We're looking to shine a light on newer poets—only authors with no more than two full length collection currently published may submit. Submit up to 3 poems. Submission fee $20.
Publisher: Hearth & Coffin
Deadline: February 28, 2021
Free to submit; no payment. Theme is conception. Submit up to 3 poems of no more than 3 pages per poem. Multiple submissions okay.
Publisher: About Place Journal
Deadline: March 1, 2021
Poetry/Lyric: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 50 lines each. The issue seeks work that re-imagines the maps that divide us into the privileged and the disadvantaged, that value some lives more than others; work that exposes systems of medical, environmental, and economic apartheid.
Publisher: Connecticut River Review
Deadline: April 15, 2021
Send up to 4 pages of poetry, no more than one poem/page. Simultaneous submissions okay.
Publisher: Connecticut Literary Festival & Central Connecticut State English Department
Deadline: April 15, 2021
The Connecticut Literary Anthology is now accepting submissions for their 2021 anthology. Submit up to 2 poems - can enter 1 submission in each category (fiction/nonfiction, poetry). Blind read. Submitters must be CT residents. Payment is 1 copy of anthology and invitation to read at the festival.
Publisher: Connecticut Center for the Book
Deadline: April 30, 2021
Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Connecticut Book Awards. Connecticut Book Awards recognize the best books by authors from Connecticut or books about Connecticut. Categories include: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Books for Young Readers. A special category called the Bruce Fraser Spirit of Connecticut Award is in memory of longtime director Bruce Fraser and celebrates Connecticut’s sense of place. Entry fees start at $40 for a 2,000-copy-or-less print run.
Publisher: Afternoon Visitor
Deadline: No deadline posted.
Submit between 3-8 poems, 10 page maximum. They’re open to to all poetic styles, including visual poetry.
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.