UPCOMING POETRY READINGS/WORKSHOPS
September 10-12 @ various times (Friday-Sunday) - Hill-Stead’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival celebrates poets laureate, Pulitzer Prize winners, and prestigious award recipients, including this year Jenny Xie (reading and music), Will Cordeiro (poetry workshop), Martin Espada (reading), David Leff (poetry workshop), and Margaret Gibson (workshop, reading, and music). Weekend pass: $45, individual tickets between $10-$25 per event. The Festival takes place on the West Lawn, where attendees will be properly socially distanced. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic. Seating is limited and advance purchase of admission is strongly encouraged. Don’t fret if you cannot be there in person. You can tune in from the comfort of your home with a Livestream presentation as it happens.
September 14 @ 6pm (Tuesday) – A trio of poets - Joan Kwon Glass (recent winner of the Diode Editions Book Contest), James Diaz (poetry editor of Anti-Heroin Chic), and B. Fulton Jennes (poet laureate of Ridgefield) - will share poems addressing the topics of depression, addiction, suicide, and the hope of recovery at the Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center gardens, 152 Main Street in Ridgefield (garden capacity is 60 guests – rain venue is the Ridgefield Guild of Artists at 34 Halpin Lane). For those unable to attend in person, the reading will be live-streamed on the Ridgefield Poet Laureate Facebook page. Free to attend.
September 17-18 @ 10am-4pm each day (Friday-Saturday) - Hartford's L.I.T. sponsors the Hartford Book Festival. This event will take place in person at the Public Library at 500 Main Street in downtown Hartford. It will showcase several local authors, contain workshops, literary discussions and readings, a panel discussion where writers and publishers meet, panel discussion on the relevance of Black Lit and intentional children’s lit, storytellers, local author highlights, featured poets, bookstore highlights, and literary intellectuals, as well as a special poetry writing workshop with the Poet Laureate Fredrick Douglass Knowles. Free to attend, but registration required.
September 17-26 @ various times (Friday-Sunday) – 2021 National Book Festival: Open a Book, Open the World. A 10-day literary festival, it has a wide variety of poetry events and authors, including US poet laureate Joy Harjo. There are also celebrated fiction and nonfiction authors such as Kazuo Ishiguro and Roxane Gay, and celebrities such as LeVar Burton and Michael J. Fox. Most events are free and online, with a couple of ticketed events in person.
September 20-26 @ various times (Monday-Sunday) – The Tell It Slant Poetry Festival is a free multi-day event that celebrates the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson and the contemporary creativity of Western Massachusetts and beyond. This year’s Festival will be held remotely, and will take place on the Cadence platform. Free admission, donations welcome.
September 26 @ 2-4pm (Sunday) – 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.
September 26 @ 3pm (Sunday) – Poetry Rocks will feature José B. Gonzalez and Pat Hale in person at Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon. Student poets are Kaylin Mayer and Cali Miville. There will be an open mic for the first 10 poets to register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Masks may be required. Suggested donation of $5.
September 28 @ 5-8pm (Saturday) – An evening with Billy Collins, former U.S. poet laureate, named “the most popular poet in America” by the New York Times. The evening begins with cocktails and generous hors d’oeuvres inside American Mural Project’s mural building at 90 Whiting Street in Winsted, CT, surrounded by the largest indoor collaborative artwork in the world. Then Billy Collins takes the stage to delight Gala attendees with his conversational, witty poems. The evening concludes with a dessert reception. Tickets $175-$300.
PLACES TO SUBMIT YOUR POETRY
Publisher: Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition
Deadline: September 20, 2021 (UK time – deadline at 6pm ET)
The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre's International Poetry Competition celebrates the power of poetry across the world! The winners of each category will receive £1000 and both runners up £200. The competition entrance fee is £5 for each of your first three entries and then £4 for every subsequent poem. Entrants may submit a maximum of ten poems.
Publisher: Beechmore Books Writing Competition
Deadline: September 25, 2021 (UK time – deadline at 6pm ET)
Everyone's perspectives have all been altered this year. Priorities have been re-orientated, the importance of connection and community has been highlighted like never before and many people’s world views have shifted, choosing to slow down, and re-evaluate what’s important in life. The theme for the contest is “perspective.” You can submit your writing in the form of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. 1st Place £200 + One Years Supply of Beechmore Journals (12 Books) and 2nd Place £100 + Six Months Supply of Beechmore Journals (6 Books). Winner announced October 1st.
Publisher: Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2021
Deadline: September 27, 2021 (UK time – deadline at 6pm ET)
Each poem submitted carries a $7 entry fee. Poems should be 45 lines or under. Blind read. first prize £2,000, second prize £1,000, third prize £500, plus 20 commendeds. Judges will read all poems submitted.
Publisher: Sentinel Poetry Book Competition 2021
Deadline: September 30, 2021 (UK time – deadline at 6pm ET)
A contest in 2 stages. Stage 1: submit 20 pages of poetry plus a cover page and a contents page. The entry must be submitted under a pen name. No poem submitted in Stage 1 may have been previously published anywhere and must not have won a competition. A shortlist of 6 collections will be announced on 30th November 2021. The 6 shortlisted poets submit their full collections by 31st December 2021. The full collections may include poems previously published in magazines, blogs, newspapers or other journals. 3 Prize winners will be announced on 28th February 2022 and will be published by SPM Publications. Entry fee: £25. Prizes: Publishing Contract, £300 (1st), £200 (2nd), £100 (3rd). Each poet will also receive 20 copies of his/her collection.
Publisher: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Prizes
Deadline: September 30, 2021
Submit 1-2 poems for a $15 fee. 250 lines maximum per poem. Each prize will award $3,000 to the winner. Tom Howard Prize is for any style or genre of poem; Margaret Reid Prize is for any poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. 10 honorable mentions who receive $200 each. Top 12 entries published online.
Deadline: September 30, 2021
The town of North Haven is looking for a poet laureate. Must be 21+ and a North Haven resident and able to make a 2-year commitment to promoting poetry in the community. Online application requiring 3-5 poems, resume, artist’s statement, and a letter of recommendation.
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.