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.
“Two Women of Diverse Talents”
Featuring Eileen Albrizio and Leslie McGrath
Thursday, October 17, 7:00 PM
Open mic follows
Wethersfield poet Eileen Albrizio, former ABC and NPR radio news host and journalist and co-owner of a comic book store in Rocky Hill, writes novels, short stories, plays and poetry, and tonight will read from her poetry collections.
Essex poet Leslie McGrath is the author of 3 full-length poetry collections, Feminists Are Passing from Our Lives; Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage; and Out from thePleiades. She has been called “an oral historian of the alienated.” Winner of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and the Gretchen Warren Award from the New England Poetry Club, she teaches creative writing at Central CT State Univ. and The Graduate Institute in Bethany.
“Two Poet Laureates”
Featuring Julie Choffel and Frederick-Douglass Knowles II
Thursday, November 21, 7:00 PM
Open mic follows
West Hartford Poet Laureate Julie Choffel grew up in Austin, Texas, where she studied geography, ecology, and writing. She is the author of The Hello Delay and The Chicories; a graduate of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst; and an adjunct professor of creative writing at the University of Connecticut. She also hosts the Poetry NOW discussion group at the West Hartford Public Library in her role as Poet Laureate.
Hartford Poet Laureate Frederick-Douglass Knowles II is an educator and activist dedicated to community development. His collection of poetry, BlackRoseCity, was featured at the 2018 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP). His works have been featured in the Connecticut River Review; Sinkhole Magazine; Poems on the Road to Peace: A Collective Tribute to Dr. King by Yale University Press; and many other publications. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the recipient of the 2019 Nutmeg Poetry Award. He is an Associate Professor of English at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT.
“A Poet Ornithologist and a Poet Laureate”
Featuring Polly Brody and Joan Hofmann
Thursday, December 19, 7:00 PM
Open mic follows
Southbury poet Polly Brody is also an experienced field ornithologist who has led many bird-watching excursions in CT. She has authored 5 books of poetry, essays and short stories, and her work has appeared in numerous publications. Polly has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has twice received the Winchell Award from the Connecticut Poetry Society and received the 2005 Poetry Prize from the Connecticut River Review. As Chairperson for the Newtown Conservation Commission, she was instrumental in saving 790 acres from development, and a major trail through this tract is named Polly Brody Forest Road.
Joan Hofmann serves on the Executive Boards of Riverwood Poetry and the Connecticut Poetry Society and was Poet Laureate of Canton, Connecticut, 2015-2019. Her poems have been published in various journals and anthologies, including Rumble Fish Quarterly, Juniper, Bird’s Thumb, Spaces, SLANT, Plainsongs, Interpretations, Caduceus, and Freshwater, and in chapbooks: Coming Back (Antrim House, 2014), Alive (Grayson Press, 2017), and Alive, Too (Grayson Press, 2019).