Wintonbury Poetry Series

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.

Residents of Bloomfield and surrounding communities are invited to submit their poetry for consideration to appear on the library’s Poetry Sharing Page.

Winter/Spring 2019 Schedule

Thursday, April 18, 7:00 PM

“A Connecticut State Poet Laureate”
Featuring Rennie McQuilkin
poet Rennie McQuilkin

Rennie McQuilkin served as CT Poet Laureate from 2015-2018. He co-founded the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, which he directed for 9 years. His poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The American Scholar, The Southern Review, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, and other publications. The author of several poetry collections, he has received a number of awards, including fellowships from the NEA and the CT Commission on the Arts, the CT Center for the Book’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and its 2010 poetry award. He lives in Bloomfield, CT.

Poetry Writing Workshops

Led by James Finnegan

Thursday, May 9, 6:30-8:00 PM

Ten-Thousand Things is how the ancient Chinese defined the universe. In this workshop we attempt to make a poem from one thing, one object, one physical form in the universe. 

Thursday, May 16, 6:30-8:00 PM

Since the advent of photography and then film, for better or for worse, the image has become a central feature of modernist poetics. In this workshop we attempt to make a poem centered on one stunning image, the “telling detail.”

Poet Jim Finnegan

James Finnegan’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, as well as in the anthologies Good Poems: American Places and Laureates of Connecticut. With Dennis Barone he edited Visiting Wallace: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Wallace Stevens. He is the president of the Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens ( His aphoristic ars poetica can be found at the blog ursprache (