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.
Fall 2018 Schedule
Thursday, December 20, 7:00 PM
“Poems of the Heart, Poems of the Mind”
featuring Tony Fusco and Elizabeth Kincaid-Ehlers
Tony Fusco is Co-President of the CT Poetry Society. He has a Master Degree in Creative Writing from Southern Connecticut State University. He was the editor of Caduceus, the anthology of the Yale Medical Group Art Place and past editor of The Connecticut River Review. His work has appeared in many publications and journals including Encore, Theodate, the Patterson Literary Review, the Red Rock Review, the Southern Review, Louisiana Literature, the South Carolina Review and the Connecticut Review. Tony is the owner proprietor of Flying Horse Press which is currently publishing books of poetry. His latest book is Extinction, 2018, His others are Java Scripture, 2014, Droplines, 2009, which is together with Jessie’s Garden, 2003, both serious and humorous, it features poems about his youth, West Haven, Savin Rock and Allingtown Connecticut. His major influences and favorite poets are Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Carl Sandberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Robert Frost.
Elizabeth Kincaid-Ehlers moved to Connecticut in 1979 to be Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College for one year. She came to like living in Connecticut so much during an extension of her contract that, when it ended, she went back to school and retrained as a psychotherapist in order to stay in the state. During her years of additional studies, she taught at the Hartford branch of the University of Connecticut and participated in the state’s Writer- in-the-Schools Program. Elizabeth was born in Michigan and, after spending part of her growing-up years in Georgia, came back north to earn her B.A. at the University of Michigan in 1955. Throughout the following years, because of her husband’s peregrinations, Elizabeth began many M.A. programs, only to have to abandon credits and move on. At last the family, which, by then, included two sons, stayed still long enough for her to earn an M.A. at the University of Illinois. After a move to Rochester, New York, and the birth of two more sons, the marriage ended. Elizabeth then went on the earn a Ph.D. at the University of Rochester in 1978. During those years she continued to teach and write. Since the mid-1980s, Elizabeth has maintained a private practice as a psychotherapist, all the while writing, giving poetry readings, and, occasionally, teaching. Three sons and their families live in the area, along with seven grandchildren. For them, she is constantly grateful. Furthermore, for love of them, she intends to stay put.
Winter/Spring 2019 Schedule
Thursday, January 17, 7:00 PM
“Two Poets of Profound Impact”
featuring Pat Mottola and memorial readings of Susan Allison’s poetry
Pat Mottola, an award-winning poet and Pushcart Prize nominee, currently teaches Creative Writing at Southern Connecticut State University, where she earned both an M.S. in Art Education and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. In addition to working with students at S.C.S.U., she is thrilled to teach both art and poetry to senior citizens throughout Connecticut. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including War, Literature & the Arts, Connecticut Review, Main Street Rag, San Pedro River Review, VietNow Magazine, and Paterson Literary Review, among others. She has studied with major poets across the country, and has served as Keynote Speaker for the IMPAC-Young Writers Awards as well as judged Connecticut High School Poetry Out Loud competitions. Pat is co-president of the Connecticut Poetry Society, and co-editor of Connecticut River Review. She is the author of Under the Red Dress. She is most proud of her latest endeavor – mentoring Afghan women through the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.
Susan Allison (June 12, 1961 – May 15, 2018) is the first Poet Laureate of Middletown, CT. Born in Derby, CT and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, she returned to Wesleyan University to earn a BA in African Studies in 1985 after mountain climbing and traveling through East Africa. Shortly after graduation, she opened an old and rare bookshop, Ibis Books & Gallery, on Rapallo Avenue in Middletown’s North End. The shop was transformed in 1991 into NEAR, Inc./The Buttonwood Tree, an arts and cultural performance space originally on Rapallo but moved to Main Street which continues to be a hub of artistic and cultural activity. Susan’s second book of poetry was published by Antrim House Books in 2009. She has read from her work in libraries and other many other venue across Connecticut and New York. She recently opened for Richard Bianco, the 2012 Inaugural Poet. Annie Dillard calls her second book of poetry, Down by the Riverside Ways, “…the work of a talented poet.” Rennie McQuilken, Connecticut’s Poet Laureate and publisher, says, “Susan Allison has done for Middletown, Connecticut, what Williams did for Paterson, New Jersey: she has seen past its pedestrian surface to its mythical underpinnings. She has written a book whose passion, honesty, and visceral style make it an important contribution to the world of poetry.” Susan’s latest book, Middletown Poet Laureate Proclaimed and Provoked was published posthumously on June 12, 2018. Susan lived in Middletown with her husband, Stephan, and son, John.