UPCOMING POETRY READINGS/WORKSHOPS
May 8 @ 7pm (Saturday, today) – The online Poetry Box LIVE on the 2nd Saturday of each month is hosted by Shawn Aveningo Sanders. Their May Featured Poets are Dianalee Velie (New Hamshire), Julia Paul (Connecticut), Zeina Azzam (Virginia). No pre-registration required. Simply click on the link below approximately 5 minutes before showtime to enter the 'waiting room" and they’ll let everyone in when it's time to start.
Zoom link HERE.
May 11 @ 7pm (Tuesday) – Join Riverwood @ Real Art Ways for the season finale's poetry reading by Southern Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor, Vivian Shipley via Zoom. An open mic follows her reading and Q&A. Register HERE. And sign up for the open mic by emailing RiverwoodPoetry@yahoo.com.
May 13 & May 20 @ 6:30-8pm – Wintonbury Poetry Series Workshop (online), led by Ginny Lowe Connors and hosted by the Bloomfield Public Library. Can join in for one session or both days. May 13: Writing a List Poem. May 20: Pathways to Publication. Sign up below to get the Zoom link, and also to register for the open mic.
May 15 @ 12:30pm (Saturday) – An Environmentally-Inspired Poetry Reading with CT’s State Poet Laureate, Margaret Gibson and poets Mary Guitar, Lana Orphanides, Pat O'Brien, and Ginny Lowe Connors. They will read from their new anthology, titled Waking Up to the Earth: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Climate Crisis. The event will feature several poet laureates from around the state sharing their poems inspired by nature and the climate crisis.
Register for in-person HERE.
Register for online HERE.
May 19 @ 7-8:30pm (Wednesday) – An evening reading with Alex Dimitrov & Donika Kelly. Registration is free, donations encouraged and appreciated.
May 23 @ 2-3:30pm (Sunday) – An open-mic poetry reading and competition on the theme of the environment and nature, hosted by Ben Grossberg, Poet Laureate of West Hartford. This will be an in-person outdoor event at Westmoor Park outdoor classroom, 119 Flagg Rd, West Hartford. Bring a blanket and snacks. Advanced registration is encouraged but not required: email Ben at Grossberg@Hartford.edu. $75, $50, and $25 prizes (gift cards) for the best poetry reading in student and adult categories. Judges: Margaret Gibson, Connecticut State Poetry Laureate and poet Sarah Strong.
June 4 @ 7pm – Yellow Arrow Publishing presents readers from their latest journal publication, VI-01 Spring with the theme of Renascence. Alison McBain will be one of the many fabulous readers! Register on their website’s calendar link above to get the Zoom link.
June 6 @ 2-4pm – Poetry Summer 2021 Series at Roseland Park, 205 Roseland Park Road in Woodstock, CT, in the outdoor amphitheater. This series is free to the public and will be held from 2-4 p.m. These readings are for people ages 14 and up. Wine will be served. Folding chairs or camp chairs are recommended for a more comfortable time. Besides featured readers there will be an open mic segment at each event as time allows. Covid guidelines will be met. There are 4 reading dates over the summer, and some of the summer’s featured poets will include Paul Richmond, Candace Curran, Karen Warinsky, Paul Rabinowitz, T’Challa Williams, Christine Kalafus, Brian Sneeden, Robert Eugene Perry, Dina Stander, Gerald Yelle, David Wyman, Janine Roberts, and Jayce Porter. Organized by Mrs. Warinsky, who can be reached at email@example.com.
PLACES TO SUBMIT YOUR POETRY
Publisher: Pedestal Magazine
Deadline: May 30, 2021
Submit up to 5 poems. No restrictions on theme, style, length, or genre. $3 submission fee, $50 paid per published poem.
Publisher: Thimble Literary Magazine
Deadline: May 31, 2021
No fee/no payment. Accept all genres and styles of heartfelt poetry. Hybrid works encouraged. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Send 2-4 poems.
Publisher: Circumference magazine
They want to publish passionate, provocative poems that push limits. They welcome poems that take strong stands and raw, riotous rhymes that cross boundaries, including howling and yawping. Send up to 3 poems to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write “Circumference Submission” in the Subject Line and include a brief bio of not more than 50 words. The poems and bio should be submitted together in a single Word Doc attachment. In the text of your email, confirm that you are the sole author of your poems and that you own the rights to the poems, and that you give Circumference the right to publish the poems.
Publisher: Hudson Valley & Studio Theater in Exile
Deadline: June 15, 2021
Anthology: Writing off the Walls: Creativity in the age of COVID. Looking for poems inspired by the art in How We Live: Part II at Hudson Valley MOCA. Sub up to 3 pieces.
Publisher: Slapering Hol Press
Deadline: June 15, 2021
The Press Chapbook Competition is open to all writers (who are not current students at HVWC) who have not yet published a collection of poems in book or chapbook form. You may not have self-published a book or chapbook at any point in the past and still submit to this contest. Individual poems can be previously published, but poems should not have been published as a group in any form, including self-published collections. Manuscripts can be either a collection of poems or one long poem between 16-20 pages. $15 entry fee with reduced rate for BIPOC submitters. Winner receives $500, editing and marketing advice, publication, 10 copies, and a reading at Hudson Valley Writers Center.
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.