Spark your creativity, make connections, and share the gift of poetry! The P. Faith McMahon Wintonbury Library offers readings by notable poets and a warm, supportive atmosphere for sharing your own work. Everyone is welcome!
The Wintonbury Poetry Series and Open Mic is held at the McMahon Wintonbury Library on the third Thursday of the month, October – April, at 7:00 PM. Poetry writing workshops are offered in May.
Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule
Thursday, January 18, 7:00 PM
Featuring Luisa and Aaron Caycedo-Kimura
“Poetry as a Visual Art” – Luisa and Aaron Caycedo-Kimura will read from their work. Luisa is a widely published poet and translator who often uses stunningly visual imagery and has won numerous awards for her poetry. Aaron is a published poet and artist whose art has appeared in galleries throughout Connecticut and is author/illustrator of Text, Don’t Call: an Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life. Open mic follows.
Luisa Caycedo-Kimura is a writer, translator, and educator. She was the 2014 John K. Walsh Residency Fellow at the Anderson Center at Tower View, the 2014 Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Fellow at Ragdale, and in 2013 she travelled to Spain as a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow in Poetry. Luisa holds an MFA from Boston University. Born in Colombia and raised in New York City, Luisa left the legal profession to pursue her passion for writing. She has received numerous awards for her poetry and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Sunken Garden Poetry 1992-2011, Mid-American Review, Nashville Review, Jelly Bucket, PALABRA, FRIGG Magazine, Ellipses… Literature and Art, Connecticut Review, San Pedro River Review, Crack the Spine, Pilgrimage, Pith, and elsewhere.
Aaron Caycedo-Kimura was born in Santa Rosa, California, and relocated to the East Coast to earn a Master of Music from the Juilliard School in New York City. His poetry appears in Off the Coast, San Pedro River Review, Connecticut River Review, Crack the Spine, Rust + Moth, Gravel, Tule Review, and elsewhere. His visual art has appeared in galleries throughout Connecticut, including the John Slade Ely House in New Haven, the Westport Arts Center in Westport, the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, the Betty Barker Gallery in New Canaan, the Fisher Gallery in Avon, and City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport. Also a cartoonist, Aaron is the author and illustrator of Text, Don’t Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life (TarcherPerigee, 2017).
Thursday, February 15, 7:00 PM
Featuring Michael Czarnecki
“Poems from a Wandering Poet and Poetry Publisher” – featuring Michael Czarnecki. Open mic follows.
Michael Czarnecki is a poet, small press publisher and oral memoirist who lives in the hills of upstate New York. He has been making his living solely through the creative word for nearly a quarter of a century. He founded FootHills Publishing in 1986. FootHills has released over 500 chapbooks and books of poetry since that time. Michael, who often goes out on the poetic road, has given hundreds of readings and facilitated scores of Palm of the Hand Memoir workshops throughout the country. More information can be found on his website: http://www.foothillspublishing.com/poetguy/index.html
Thursday, March 15, 7:00 PM
Featuring Mary Elizabeth Lang and Tarn Granucci
“Poets from East of the River and West of the River” – featuring Mary Elizabeth Lang and Tarn Granucci. Open mic follows.
Mary Elizabeth Lang is a retired college instructor. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Bennington Writing Seminars. Her poetry has appeared in Comstock Review, Ekphrasis, The Prose Poem, Malpaís Review, Connecticut Review, War, Literature and the Arts, Naugatuck River Review, and other journals. Her short memoirs have appeared recently in The Sun and The Pink Paper. Her first book of poetry, Under Red Cedars, was published by Little Red Tree Publishing in 2008. She lives in Bozrah, where she is working on several projects, including a new poetry collection and a book of her father’s World War Two letters
Tarn Granucci, Poet Laureate of Wallingford, has enjoyed a lifetime of exposure to classical and contemporary literature, poetry, and most of the arts. He comes from a family of artists and has studied writing with highly regarded poets such as Robert Bly.
Tarn has written poetry since childhood and has had his writing published in several publications. He is a member of Saturday Mornings with Poetry, a group that meets at the Wallingford Public Library. Tarn is working on putting together a collection of his poems to be published in the near future.
Tarn says, “I have a deep abiding belief that poetry is the best way to express deep feelings of the heart, whether they be of joy or sadness or despair; or intrigue or silliness or mystery; or based on history or imagination or grandiosity. Poetry is a means of expression of deep feelings and sometimes extraordinary expressions of the celebration of life that is unavailable in other creative writing venues, not because the others are lacking, but because in poetry one can express so much in so little space and one can capture the essence of feelings in magical words that often surprise the reader or listener. I have been blessed to have had so many teachers who have shown me the way to expressiveness of life and love and loss through poetry.”
Thursday, April 19, 7:00 PM
Featuring John Roche
“Poetry from the Land of Enchantment” – featuring Albuquerque poet John Roche.
John Roche now spends most of his time in Albuquerque, where he helps run the Poetry Playhouse with his wife Jules Nyquist and also continues to teach remotely for Rochester Institute of Technology. John and Jules are currently editing a series of issues-themed anthologies called Poets Speak, which include the volumes Trumped, Hers, Water, Walls, and Survival. The first three volumes are in print. John’s first two full-length poetry collections were On Conesus (2005) and Topicalities (2008), both from FootHills Publishing, Kanona, NY. His 2011 poetic memoir, Road Ghosts, is available from theenk Books (through SPDBooks.org). Albuquerque’s Beatlick Press published an anthology of 120 poets called Mo’ Joe (2014), inspired by his Joe Poems: The Continuing Saga of Joe the Poet (FootHills, 2012). Mo’ Joe was a finalist in the 2014 Arizona/New Mexico Book Awards and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He also edited the collection Uncensored Songs for Sam Abrams (Spuyten Duyvil, 2008), co-edited an anthology of poems by inmates at Auburn Prison with Patricia Roth Schwartz, and edited Martha Rittenhouse Treichler’s Black Mountain to Crooked Lake: Poems 1948-2010, with a Memoir of Black Mountain College (FootHills, 2010).