Inspire your creativity, make connections, and share the love of poetry! The Wintonbury Poetry Series runs monthly, on third Thursdays, from October through April.  We feature notable Connecticut poets who read their work, followed by an open mic.  (Poetry workshops are offered in May.)

Everyone is welcome!

Held at P. Faith McMahon Wintonbury Library

1015 Blue Hills Ab. Bloomfield, CT 860-242-0041

SPRING 2017 –   Our 20th Anniversary Year Celebration Continues!   

“Bringing Great Poetry to Bloomfield Since 1996”

Thursday April 20 7:00 PM

“An Evening with the Laureates” – We are honored to present an enchanting evening of poetry as Connecticut State Poet Laureate, Rennie McQuilkin, and West Hartford’s first poet laureate, Maria Sassi, share readings from their respective new books, A Quorum of Saints (by McQuilkin) and Rare Grasses (by Sassi).  A festive closure to our 20th anniversary year, honoring two top stars in poetry on the Connecticut scene!

Open mic, book signing, and refreshments follow featured poets at each event.



with Chivas Sandage

“Writing Beyond Genre:   Lyric Vision and Voice for Writers and Poets”


Thursdays May 11 and May 18 2017   6:30 – 8:00 PM

Do you long for a breakthrough in your writing, feel locked-in to patterns, or abandoned by your muse? Do you want your writing to sing, rivet, and surprise? Beyond genre, there is another way to understand everything you will ever read and write. This workshop explores the lyric sensibility in all powerful writing. You’ll learn strategies to generate image-driven work that emphasizes rhythm and sound, invites compression and fragmentation, and enriches narrative voice.

This 2-session workshop includes a full presentation with handouts, intriguing prompts, and exploratory writing periods, followed by participant readings and supportive, inspiring discussion of your work. Open to all levels and genres!

Chivas Sandage is an author, writing teacher, and consultant. Her first book, Hidden Drive (Antrim House 2012) was a finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards in poetry. Formerly an assistant professor at Westfield State University, she earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA from Bennington College. Currently, she’s at work on a narrative nonfiction book and a second collection of poems. For more info:

 Please register for these workshops by calling 860-242-0041 or by going to “P. Faith McMahon Wintonbury Branch”