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2005 WNPS Host listing

NOTE (3/2012): All pages in the “hosts listings by year” category were retrieved from the “Wayback Machine” of the www.Archive.org using the url wedpoetry.com. After 2007 the url was switched to wedpoetry.net and I can’t find any later host pages archived on that site.  These listings are not timely, and include outdated email addresses, websites and older pubcredits, etc.


W.N.P.S. curator and host: Faith Vicinanza – founder and executive director of the Wednesday Night Poetry Series: poet, educator, visiting artist, editor, publisher, nature photographer, Information Technologies Consultant, I.T. Management Consultant, and web site developer. This site is an example of her (my) work. Check out her/my great adventure at www.utterfolly.com


Host: Peter Vicinanza 
– out of work I.T. executive seeks second career as poetry host, WNPS today, Def Jam tomorrow.   Check out his next great adventure at http://faithandpeter.blogs.com


Host: John Jeffrey has a double degree in writing and literature and has spent his adult life trying to unlearn what he was taught. Since then he has won contests and awards for his fiction, his poetry, and his singing. Commercially, he has written advertising copy, technical papers, and currently works with the inscrutable poetry of computer software. He has also published illustrations, edited his college literary magazine, and once even wrote a comedy routine. Recently though, he has turned a serious hand to poetry and has begun circulating it for publication, so be wary.


Host: Alice-Anne Harwood – After abandoning her years of performance training from the State University of New York College at Fredonia, Alice-Anne turned her attention to her literary talents finding opportunities to work as a poet, playwright, publicity director, grant writer, editor, teacher and the proprietress of Harwood Research and Writing Services. She serves the research team at the PACE Center at Yale in editorial, public relations and administrative research support capacities while pursuing her studies in dramatic literature, history, criticism, and dramaturgy. In the little free time she finds remaining, she lends her voice to the Connecticut Choral Society, holds a seat on the executive board for PoetTs, Inc, and is co-editor of the Depot Anthology. She has a severe houseplant addiction and loves cooking, camping and the consumption of fine wines.


Host: Mark Mcguire-Schwartz sometimes imagines that he was raised by bears, and it shows. He believes that laughter is a gift to be shared. People often laugh out loud when they read his writings. Then again, they laugh at a lot of things he does. In twenty-seven years working as a bureaucrat in state government, Mark strove to raise the level of memos and emails to an art form. Mark is author of a short play, Meeting Arthur Miller, which was produced as part of the Short and NEAT program during the 2004 International Festival of Arts and Ideas, in New Haven. He has not yet been published in many national magazines, including Poetry, Story, and the New Yorker, and he has not yet won many prestigious and lucrative awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Grant.


Host: Eli Cleary is a poet, amateur carpenter and landscape designer, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend of many names: Eli, Whit, Grace (although you may want to hide your good chine because she insists she is not graceful). Eli aspires to document the beauty and torment played out in her garden daily. if you stop by, you may catch her digging in the dirt, cooking up a recipe for a poem or stitching together unrelated thoughts but you probably won’t catch her sitting down for too long: too many unfinished projects.


Host: Chery Panosian-Haddad (currently on maternity leave) is an almost full time stay-at-home mom, an activist, a psychotherapist and poet. Her publishing credits include Ararat, Connecticut River Review, the Underwood Review and Memories From The Womb, a chapbook published by The New School. She lives in Danbury, CT with her husband Fadi Haddad and their daughter Jennah.

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Features for 2005

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January 5th, 2005 — Writing Workshop with Faith Vicinanza.
Bring paper and pen, leave your internal critic home. There will be an open mike before and after the writing workshop. If you need a little inspiration, here is your prime opportunity. Faith Vicinanza is a Master Teaching Artist for the Commission on Tourism and Art as well as the co-founder and co-director of Creative Beginnings, a partnership between Faith Vicinanza and Joan Gleckler that offers a variety of writing workshops around the state of Connecticut for accomplished and beginning writers. (host – Faith Vicinanza)


January 12, 2005 — Mark Mcguire-Schwartz

sometimes imagines that he was raised by bears, and it shows. He believes that laughter is a gift to be shared. People often laugh out loud when they read his writings. Then again, they laugh at a lot of things he does. In twenty-seven years working as a bureaucrat in state government, Mark strove to raise the level of memos and emails to an art form. Mark is author of a short play, Meeting Arthur Miller, which was produced as part of the Short and NEAT program during the 2004 International Festival of Arts and Ideas, in New Haven. He has not yet been published in many national magazines, including Poetry, Story, and the New Yorker, and he has not yet won many prestigious and lucrative awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Grant.  (host – John Jeffrey)



January 19, 2005 — Robin Sampson

took the long road home to poetry and other persuasions of the written word after swearing off it as a teenager.Along the way she got a degree in geology, was a bass player in a bar band, became a wife and mother to 3 kids (20,17,11), counseled breastfeeding mothers for 12 years, worked various odd jobs, and in her spare time has been a butcher, aand amaker (all home-based and unpaid).Her publishing credits include The Book of Hope, The Company We Keep, Hat City Free Press, The Bitter Oleander, We Shijin 1, Wicked Alice, and forthcoming in The Depot Anthology. She is a member of the performance troupe Shijin, and a Bethel regular. (host – Faith)


January 26, 2005 — Dasha Walters

poet, monologist, this young theoretical arbitrarian aims for the kidneys but owns a gentle heart and an analytical mind that refuses pigeon holes and easy labels. She’s blue-collar punk, an optical specialist who sees clearly the irony in modern life, and an aspiring competitive kick-boxer, so duck!! Turn-ons include: money, gratuitous nudity and violence, tall brunettes. (host – Mark McGuire-Schwartz)



February 2nd 
— Regie Cabico
Seattle Weekly describes poet, activist and stand-up comic Regie Cabico as “… a high-energy star, a whirlwind of great comedic timing. Cabico’s self effacing humor and talent as a poet is brilliant and sucks audience members in.” A. Magazine counted him among the hottest up and coming Asian American stand-up comics. Regie is no newcomer to slam poetry, competing in four National Poetry Slams, and winning the title as a member of Team Mouth Almighty from NYC. The winner of MTV’s ‘Free Your Mind’ competition, he was also featured on the PBS series ‘In the Life’. Regie appears on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. In 1997, Regie received the New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship. His work appears in over 30 anthologies. As a founding member of the Asian Arts Collective, Cabico has developed and led numerous spoken word and writing workshops. (host – Faith)


February 9th, 2005 — Writing Workshop with Faith Vicinanza. 
Bring paper and pen, leave your internal critic home. There will be an open mike before and after the writing workshop. If you need a little inspiration, here is your prime opportunity. Faith Vicinanza is a Master Teaching Artist for the Commission on Tourism and Art as well as the co-founder and co-director of Creative Beginnings, a partnership between Faith Vicinanza and Joan Gleckler that offers a variety of writing workshops around the state of Connecticut for accomplished and beginning writers. (host – Faith Vicinanza)

February 16th, 2005 — Third Annual Erotic Poetry Open Mike. 
Do we need to explain? Okay, leave the kids at home. Come with your hottest poetry. Erotica is not porn, so please come expecting and contributing to an evening of quality erotic poetry, and if you are so inclined come in your hottest outfit. Candy, boas, and good fun for all. (host – Alice-Anne Harwood)


February 23rd—James Scrimgeour 
has several books of poems, and published over 150 poems in small press magazines and anthologies.He received his Bachelor of Arts from Clark University and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.He has taught a wide variety of literature and writing courses at a number of colleges and universities, with the past 17 years spent at Western Connecticut State University.He has published a critical biography of Sean O’Casey and has written numerous articles and reviews on various aspects of poetry and drama. (host –John Jeffrey)

March 2, 2005 — Richard Cambridge. 
BOOK PARTY for his newly released (2005) Pulsa – a book of books. In this, his third collection of poetry, Richard Cambridge takes us on an intense journey of spiritual discovery. It is one man’s agonizing search for understanding that arrives finally at the peaceful place where we learn the extraordinary and often forgotten truth about ourselves. Reminiscent of Rainer Maria Rilke’s noted A Book of Hours, Cambridge’s Pulsa – a book of books is less a collection of individual poems than it is a dramatic narrative — warm and conversational, intimate and humorous. One that brings us to a deep recognition of the humanity that lies within us all. “Full of heart, sincere ambition and a genuine devotion to the mysteries of language, Richard Cambridge is a true poet of the streets, of the city that gives him his name, and also of the books he loves that give his book its title and structure.” — Robert Pinsky. Richard Cambridge is a poet, performer, and activist based in Cambridge, MA. His artistic projects include Where the Red Road Runs, a poetic and musical collaboration providing a Native American perspective on the European settlement of the Americas, and The Cigarette Papers: A Spiritual Journey from Addiction. In 1997, he helped co-found “Singing with the Enemy,” a troupe of poets, musicians, and performance artists whose show, EMBARGO!, depicts the devastating effects of the United States’ 44-year economic blockade on the people of Cuba. Richard is currently involved in PRESENTE!, a dramatic tapestry of poetry, music, dance, mask, mime, and ritual that brings awareness to political prisoners and prisoners of war in the United States. (host – Faith)

March 9, 2005 — Ira Joe Fisher. 
Ira Joe Fisher has been the weather reporter for The Saturday Early Show since 1999. In addition to in-studio forecasts, which feature his trademark “backward” presentations, Fisher can be seen entertaining crowds live on the plaza outside the CBS studios. Previously, Fisher served as a weather and feature reporter at WCBS-TV, the CBS-owned station in New York.
Before that, Fisher served as a weather and feature reporter for WNBC-TV/New York (1989-1995). Previously, he hosted “The Ira Joe Fisher Show,” a daily talk/variety show on WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio (1985-89). He also worked at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati earlier in his career (1980-83), when he served as a weather reporter and co-host of “P.M. Magazine.” He also appeared regularly on WKRC radio as a commentator. Before that, was a weather and feature reporter at WABC/New York and “Live with Regis and Kathy Lee” (1983-85). Fisher worked for 10 years at KHQ-TV in Spokane, Wash., (1970-1980) as a disc jockey and reporter. In addition, he hosted a daily, five-hour radio broadcast, “The Ira Joe Radio Show,” a daily magazine broadcast, “The Noon Thing”; and served as master of ceremonies for “Starlit Stairway,” a weekly talent show that featured acts from around the American Northwest. Fisher began his career at the age of 16 in radio broadcasting at WGGO-AM in Salamanca, N.Y. He also worked at WDOE-AM in Dunkirk, N.Y. and KWFR-FM in San Angelo, Texas. Fisher is also a prolific writer and poet. He has received two Emmy Awards for television writing. Fisher served as a contributing editor for Spokane Magazine, and also has authored regular newspaper columns in The Stamford Advocate and The Greenwich Times. Fisher’s poetry has appeared in Poetry New York, The Alembic, The New York Quarterly, Entelechy International, Ridgefield Magazine and the anthology Confrontation. He is the author of “Remembering Rew,” a poetry chapbook. His experience in acting has included appearances in the ABC daytime drama, “Loving”; the feature film, “California Girls”; “The Fantasticks,” an off-Broadway production, and the Broadway production of “The Prince and the Pauper.” Fisher was born in Salamanca, N.Y. He has taught communications and broadcast history at New England College and poetry at the University of Connecticut, New England College and Founders Hall in Ridgefield, Conn. He was graduated from New England College with a master’s degree in fine arts. (host – Mark McGuire-Schwartz


March 16th, 2005 — Mike (Mighty) MeGee. 
Co-founder/Member of Tons of Fun University (TOFU); 2004 San Jose Grand Slam Champion; 2003 San Jose Grand Slam Champion; 2003 National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Champion; 2003 San Francisco Grand Slam Champion. Michael Matthew McGee was once heckled by his mother’s kidney while performing in the womb. Mike was born January 12, 1976 and shares his day of birth with Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern, however, on a more awesome note, he was born exactly 100 years after Jack London. Having been born with the birth defect Spina Bifida, his great-grandmother Alice advised his mother to seek medical care in the San Francisco Bay Area. This began a long childhood of hospital stays and surgeries, visits and illness. At six years old, Mike began writing short stories to pass the time. It wasn’t until he realized that people seemed to enjoy what he wrote, that he decided to make a lifetime and career out of words. Mike McGee writes to inspire through entertainment. Since 1989, Mike has been involved in various projects including theater, music, radio, slam poetry, stand up comedy and television. In 2003, Mike had a great year as a poetry slam competitor. He won the San Francisco Grand Slam Final, San Jose Grand Slam Final, and the 2003 National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Slam Championship held in Chicago. He has gone on spoken word tours through Texas, the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver B.C., the Atlantic Coast, and several dozen cities, schools and venues throughout North America. Mike has appeared and taped for the fourth season of Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam on HBO, twice on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s ZeD (solo and as TOFU with Shane Koyczan), and on several San Francisco Bay Area local programs. Mike has also been working with his best friend Jeff Archuleta on a TV pilot, along with their friends Rick and Chris. His obscure humor and quick delivery make for one helluva show. His serious side, coupled with his comic take on life and community are what keep him sane. It is recommended that all listeners chew gum prior to hearing Mike McGee perform, but nobody knows why. Mike is a hell of a lip syncer and has never smoked crack. He loves sushi and pudding and firmly believes women rock unlike anything we’ll ever see. If he says to you “smell it” it is a good thing. (host – Peter Vicinanza)

March 23rd, 2005 — A. David Cappella (SNOWED OUT!). 
A poet and teacher, David Cappella is a member of the English department at Central Connecticut State University. He is the co-author with Baron Wormser of Teaching the Art of Poetry: The Moves and of A Surge of Language: Teaching Poetry Day to Day. In 2003, he was the resident teacher/poet for the Frost Place Confere3nec on Poetry and Teaching. He is chairperson for the NCTE’s Commission on Poetry. He has presented workshops on the teaching of poetry in public schools in Connecticut and throughout the United States. His poems have appeared in The Connecticut Review, Diner, The Bryant Literary Review, The Bradford Review and other journals.  (host – John Jeffrey)

March 30th, 2005 — Jack Mccarthy. 
Visiting us from Washing state, and a long time favorite of WNPS. This will be one of the best readings of the year, as it always is. This is Jack’s 5th reading with us in as many years and we are delighted to have him stop in while he is on the East Coast. Don’t miss him. (host Alice-Anne Harwood)

April 6th, 2005 — Gary Mex Glazner. 

— author of several books of poetry, Executive Director of the 1990 (1st ever) National Poetry Slam Championships & again 1993 – both events in San Francisco. His newest book “How to Make a Living as a Poet”. * A guide to writing and surviving as a poet featuring interviews with major American and international poets such as Sherman Alexie, Mary Karr and Naomi Shahab Nye! Includes a practical how to guide to readings, slams, tours/tour promotion, publishing in magazines, self-publishing, writer’s markets and writer’s residencies. The only book to address both the creative and day-to-day challenges of the poetry writing life! How to Make a Living as Poet details how Gary Mex Glazner and a diverse group of American scribes found ways integrate poetry into their financial affairs until they could do what many writers consider unthinkable: list their life’s passion on their tax forms. Glazner should know. After selling the flower shop he owned for 18 years, the champion of the 1998 Poetry Olympics worked as poet-in-residence at a hotel (leaving 45,000 copies of his poems on guests pillows!), secured sponsorship to take 100 poets on an 8,000-mile tour of America and got Pontiac to hire him to promote a new car. From his own project using poetry to help Alzheimer’s patients to an interview on the nuts and bolts economics behind the world’s only “Poetry Diner,” Glazner details how creativity off the page can spark new approaches to writing itself. From marketing ideas for how to break out of the “poetry ghetto” to the how’s and why’s of analyzing the economic impact of slam festivals, Glazner shows exactly how its possible to not just survive but thrive on one’s art. Gary Mex Glazner was the winner of individual series in the 1998 Poetry Olympics, held in Stockholm, and along with Amelia Ortiz won the 2001 Tag-Team Championship at the Taos Poetry Circus. He and his wife Margaret traveled to 18 countries, resulting in the book of travel stories and poems, Ears on Fire: Snapshot Essays in a World of Poets. He is also the editor of Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry. Glazner is curator of the Word Art series at the Palace of the Governor’s Museum in Santa Fe, and the director of Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, which reads poems to the patients that they learned as children. He organized Slam America, a poetry bus ride featuring 37 readings over 30 days in 36 cities & directed a documentary film on the tour, Busload of Poets. He has given lectures/performances all over the world and appeared on both the Today Show and NPR’s Weekend Edition in 2004. Glazner is poet-in-residence and coach of the Precision Poetry Drill Team at Desert Academy, in Santa Fe. A graduate of Sonoma State University’s Expressive Arts program with an emphasis in poetry, Glazner and his wife live outside of Santa Fe. (host – Mark M.-S.)
A WORKSHOP WILL COINCIDE WITH THE READING, the workshop time and participation fee have yet to be established, we will keep you posted.

April 13th, 2005 — Anthony Joseph Arlotta: Reconsiderate:
 
first began to take his creativity seriously when he noticed that events occur in his world only after he sources their essence. He aims to conjure and stabilize within himself The Bijective Experience, a transcendent state of complete harmony between the inner and outer worlds. All is well and no subject need be discussed. (host – Faith Vicinanza)
April 20th, 2005 — Victor D. Infante. 
VICTOR D. INFANTE is a poet and journalist living in Worcester, MA. He is the author of eight chapbooks of poetry, including his most recent, “Warhol Days,” a copy editor for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and a frequent contributor to “OC Weekly” in Orange County, California. He writes two online columns: “How to Succeed As A Failing Writer” for Gotpoetry.com and “Infante’s Inferno” for WriteMovies.com, and is currently finishing his first novel, “Nihilist Chic.” His poems have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies, including the “So Luminous the Wildflowers” anthology of California poets; “Poetry Slam: the Competitive Art of Performance Poetry” and “Incidental Buildings and Accidental Beauty,” the poetry of Orange County and Long Beach, to which he also wrote the introduction. But what he’s most famous for is his devotion to the late TV show, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” (host – Peter Vicinanza)

April 27th, 2005 — Croilot Semexant which is pronounced in the English language as Kwalo, was born in Port-au-Prince of Haiti. He is a New Haven resident, graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a history degree and is currently pursuing a master degree in history. He started writing poetry when he was 19, in his senior year of high school. He was inspired by the Last Poets. An audio tape of their performance was given to him by one of his neighbors. The poem “Niggers are Afraid of Revolution” gave Kwalo the push to pick up a pencil and paper to write. Since this incident Kwalo started writing and reading poetry books by Nikki Giovanni, Charles Burkowski, Saul Williams, Cornelius Eady to name a few. Kwalo’s Poems has been published in Folio (An SCSU magazine). He is currently working on a manuscript entitled “Kreyol Mangoes”, which entails his experience as a child in Haiti and America. He has been an actor in the first take of the play entitled “What it IZ”, at the Long Wharf Theater in Connecticut. He is also a member of the Universal Arts Movement in New Haven. He has been a host and or featured artist in various colleges and universities: SCSU, CCSU, Yale, Quinnipiac University, University of New Haven, Gateway, University of Bridgeport and Housatonic Community College. He won two slams at the Nuyorican Poets Café, and has been a finalist in the urbanentertainment.com cyber slam created by the Hottest Poets in New York. Besides his manuscript, he is soon to release his first album entitled Sweat and Blood in July of 2005. (host – John Jeffrey)


May 4th, 2005 — Jai Chakrabarti is a writer of poetry, fiction, and mathematical algorithms. Born in Calcutta, India, his work has been published in Barrow Street, Symposium, Rattapallax, as well as The Statesman and Festival (from India). He lives in NYC and is a contributor to the LouderArts reading series, where he was a 2004 Poetry Slam Finalist.     (host – Alice-Anne Harwood)

May 11th, 2005 — TBD. 
(host – Mark McGuire-Schwartz)


May 18th, 2005 — Laura E. J. Moran is the 1992 recipient of the Jean Garrigue Award. She travels throughout the country and abroad touring and headlining at numerous universities, elementary schools, festivals, competitions, women’s organizations, literacy groups, coffee houses, churches, and nightclubs. In addition, in 1992 Laura became Providence’s first Grand Slam Champion and in 1996, Seattle’s Grand Slam Champion. She has represented both Seattle and Providence on various national teams from 1996-1998. For four years as vice-president of Projective Verse, Inc., she introduced children of all ages to the wiles of poetry and cohosted the Providence 2000 National Poetry Slam. Several of her pieces appear in such publications as Defined Providence, Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapalooza 1994, and Children Remember Their Fathers. Her work was performed in collaboration with Words and Letters: RI Calligraphers and Poets and with Island Moving Company’s production of Out of the Box. In 1999, she received the Mayor’s citizen’s citation for artistic contribution in Providence, RI. Her books include “Where We Live” (Photosynthesis Press, 1995), “Exodus” (Photosynthesis Press, 1997), “Original Skin” (w/cd) (Photosynthesis Press, 2001), and “Kiss of an Axe” (11th Hour, 1992). Laura Moran is a return feature and a stunning performer. Check out her poetry athttp://www.louderarts.com/poets/moran/    (host – Eli Cleary)


May 25th, 2005 — TBD. 
(host – John Jeffrey)


June 1st, 2005 — Welcome to IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU open mike night. 
This feature program was introduced in 2004 and this year will be a regular program for June, July, and August with an occasional feature poet over the summer. IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU is a night of open mike with no feature, which will allow for multiple rounds of open mike readings, one poem per round and keep going through the open mike list until we reach 9:30 p.m. This is YOUR night.
 (host – Alice-Anne Harwood)


June 8th, 2005 — Sarah Hannan. Sarah Hannah’s poem have appeared in Parnassus, The Southern Review, Southern Humanities Review, Boulevard, Barrow Street, Western Humanities Review and Crab Orchard among many other important journals. Awarded a Governor’s Fellowship for residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, she was a semi-finalist for the “Discovery” / The National Poetry Award and received a Davidoff Scholarship to attend the Wesleyan Writer’s Conference. Ms. Hannah received her B.A. from Wesleyan University, and M.F.A. from Columbia University, and a recent doctorate in English Literature from Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences. Her recent book “Longing Distance” (Tupelo Press, 2004) is stunning. Annie Dillard says of this book “Shadow and lover beware: these poems will fix you.” . (host – Mark McGuire-Schwartz)


Charles RaffertyJune 15th, 2005 — Charles Rafferty’s book The Man on the Tower was published by the University of Arkansas Press in 1995 after winning the Arkansas Poetry Award, and Where the Glories of April Lead was published by Mitki/Mitki Press in 2001. In addition, Charles Rafferty has several chapbooks out and placed poems in such journals as Massachusetts Review, DoubleTake, TriQuarterly, The Southern Review, The Underwood Review, Quarterly West, Washington Square, Connecticut River Review, Louisiana Literature, The Laurel Review, Poetry East, and Connecticut Review, as well as in an anthology published by Carnegie Mellon University Press-American Poetry: The Next Generation. He has received the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry, the Brodine/Brodinsky Poetry Prize, and a grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. He currently works as an editor for a technology consulting firm. (host – Eli Cleary)


June 22nd, 2005 — Andrew Green and Elizabeth Thomas
Andrew Green is a poet, writer, and teacher living in Natick, MA. He is the Founder of Potato Hill Poetry, an organization devoted to promoting poetry in schools throughout the country. For the past fifteen years he has been conducting writing, portfolio, and poetry workshops for teachers and students in schools throughout the country. His work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, English Journal, New England Review, The New York Times, and Yankee Magazine. Andrew has also been a writing consultant to the Vermont Department of Education where he served as a Network Leader for the Vermont Portfolio Project. He is co-editor of The Portfolio Sourcebook and is currently at work on a book about teaching poetry to young people. 
Elizabeth Thomas is a published poet who designs and teaches writing programs for schools organizations throughout the U.S. These programs promote literacy and the power of both the written and spoken word. As an outstanding advocate of youth in the arts, she is the founder of UpWords Poetry – a company dedicated to promoting programs for young writers. Check out her resource rich web site at www.upwordspoetry.com(host – John Jeffrey)


June 29th, 2005 — Helen Trubek Glenn and Jack Wolfteich
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 (host – Alice-Anne Harwood)

July 6th, 2005 — NO POETRY – I could say something like “HAPPY BIRTHDAY! to the most open, accepting, reasonable, and progressive country there has ever been in the world and whoever doesn’t see that needs to stop with the knee-jerk reactions and the limited view of things
and read some history.” (thank you John) – but I would have to throw myself off a bridge if I said anything so fantasy-based as that. OR I could remind you of something more important that happened on July 6th 1957 (I was just 3 1/2 years old) — at a picnic 15-year-old Paul McCartney meets 16-year-old John Lennon. (Thank you John, again) OR, better still, for something the poetry crowd might appreciate (lol) — and local too — George W. Bush, forty-third President of the United States was born on July 6, 1946 in New Haven, CT.
 Scary, isn’t it. So for any or all of the above reasons, we are taking the night off, TAKE THE NIGHT OFF YOURSELF FOR WHAT EVER REASON MOST SUITS YOU AND ENJOY IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 


July 13th, 2005 — Faith and Peter Vicinanza. 
That would be us (Peter and Faith), two of the hosts of WNPS, and the two folks who are cycling 2800 miles of the summer, check out our adventure at www.utterfolly.com. Go to the hosts page to find out about us or to our web site. We will be reading poetry and talking about our trip. We will be in Connecticut for a week on our way to Canada. (host – Eli Cleary)


July 20th, 2005 — Artemis Rising.
 The women of this renowned writers’ circle will share their expertly crafted, intensely emotional, humorous and poignant poetry. Enjoy an evening of many textures and fragrances with Priscilla Herrington, Victoria Rivas, Suzy Lamson, Eileen Albrizio, Linda Yuhas, Paula Panzarella, Terri Klein, Mary Elizabeth Lang and Suzanne Niedzielska.
Paula Panzarella of New Haven is a social justice activist, performance poet, writer, editor, and events coordinator.
Victoria Rivas is a poetry addict who supports her habit by programming computers for a living.
Mary Elizabeth Lang is a poet of a certain age, living in the present age, firmly rooted in ages past and growing into the age of the future.
Terri Klein hopes to be given dime enough to make cents of her life.
Eileen Albrizio has found a way to rise high above the negative to a place where she can soar freely, speak openly, love with passion and laugh really, really loud. 

Suzanne Neidzielska lives her second shift as a troubadour, playing recorder and writing poems, no hit songs (yet).
Suzy Lamson is a lover of language, words, and word play, writes poems that focus on themes of poignancy and playfulness within the human condition.
Linda Yuhas likes to play with language, sounds and images to express how the outer world and individual souls intersect.
Priscilla Herrington is a student, artist, poet, and finds meaning in the commonplace and truth in lies and enjoys every moment of the process.
(host – John Jeffrey)


July 27th, 2005 — Thaddeus Rutkowski grew up in central Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Cornell University and The Johns Hopkins University. His novel, Roughhouse (Kaya Press, New York), was a finalist for the Members¹ Choice of the Asian American Literary Awards. He has taught fiction writing at Pace University, the Writer¹s Voice of the West Side YMCA, the Hudson Valley Writers Center, and the Asian American Writers Workshop. He won the Friday slam one time at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and was selected to read in the former home of East German President Erich Honecker in Berlin. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter. His Web site can be found at www.thaddeusrutkowski.com.    (host – Alice-Anne Harwood)


August 3rd, 2005 — Welcome to IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU open mike night
— the “theme” is “I Wish I Wrote That”. 
Favorite poems by Friends, Foes, or Famous Folk. Anything from Shakespeare’s sonnets to that Limerick your Uncle Harry once told you. his year will be a regular program for June, July, and August with an occasional feature poet This is YOUR night, no feature poet during the month of August. (host – Mark Mcguire-Schwartz)


August 10th, 2005 — Welcome to IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU open mike night.
  — the “theme” is “Back in the Saddle Again”. Poems about travel to welcome home Faith and Peter from their wild two-wheeling adventure (www.utterfolly.com). This is YOUR night, no feature poet during the month of August. ***** Plus there will be welcome back party for Faith and Peter from their three months on the road.    (host – John Jeffrey)


August 17th, 2005 — Welcome to IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU open mike night.
  — the “theme” is “I Write the Songs”. Favorite Lyrics. Some of the best poets of the past and present may well by lyricists. Share a favorite. Feel free to sing it if you wish and bring an instrument if you wish. This is YOUR night, no feature poet during the month of August. ***** Plus there will be welcome back party for Faith and Peter from their three months on the road.(host – Faith Vicinanza)


August 24th, 2005 — Welcome to IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU open mike night.
  — the “theme” is “To Sleep: Perchance to Dream”. Lines from Theater. Admit it, you’re a ham. Come and show off your acting chops. This is YOUR night, no feature poet during the month of August.(host – Alice-Anne Harwood)


August 31st, 2005 — Welcome to IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU open mike night.
  — the “theme” is “Quoth the Raven”. Favorite Quotes. Mark Twain once remarked of Adam: “When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before.” The rest of us have quotes. Let’s hear your favorites. This is YOUR night, no feature poet during the month of August. (host – Faith Vicinanza)


September 7th, 2005 — A Writing Workshop with Faith Vicinanza.
Bring paper and pen, leave your internal critic home. There will be an open mike before and after the writing workshop. If you need a little inspiration, here is your prime opportunity. Faith Vicinanza is a Master Teaching Artist for the Commission on Tourism and Art as well as the co-founder and co-director of Creative Beginnings, a partnership between Faith Vicinanza and Joan Gleckler that offers a variety of writing workshops around the state of Connecticut for accomplished and beginning writers. (host – Peter Vicinanza)


September 14th, 2005 — Bessy Reyna is the author of the poetry chapbooks The Battlefield of Your Body (Hill-Stead Museum Publications) and She Remembers, (Andrew Mountain Press, Hartford, CT, 1997.) Her poem Memoir, was awarded the first prize in the 21st Annual Joseph E. Brodine Poetry Contest sponsored by the Connecticut Poetry Society. She is also the recipient of individual artist’s awards given by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and the Greater Hartford Arts Council. She was selected by the Puerto Rican Forum/Hispanic Professional Network as a recipient of a cultural award and as Latina Citizen of the Year by the State of Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission. Reyna, who is currently an op-ed columnist for the Hartford Courant, has been a frequent contributor to Northeast, the Sunday magazine of The Hartford Courant. Her poems and stories have been included in several anthologies and literary magazines in the U.S. and Latin America including Connecticut Review; El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry (UMass Press, 1997); and In Other Words: Latina writers in the US (Arte Publico Press, 1994.) Reyna is a frequent contributor to Spanish language newspapers in CT. She is currently the editor of Latin Arte News, an e-mail newsletter showcasing Latino art and culture which also appears in Identidad Latina. She has served as a volunteer editor of arts sections for several Spanish-language papers in CT, is a Master Teaching Artist with the CT Commission on the Arts, and has been a writer-in-residence at several area elementary and middle schools. Reyna who was born in Cuba and grew up in Panama. She is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College (B.A.) and the University of Connecticut (M.A. and J.D.) (host – Eli Cleary)

September 21st, 2005 — A. David Cappella.    A poet and teacher, David Cappella is a member of the English department at Central Connecticut State University. He is the co-author with Baron Wormser of Teaching the Art of Poetry: The Moves and of A Surge of Language: Teaching Poetry Day to Day. In 2003, he was the resident teacher/poet for the Frost Place Confere3nec on Poetry and Teaching. He is chairperson for the NCTE’s Commission on Poetry. He has presented workshops on the teaching of poetry in public schools in Connecticut and throughout the United States. His poems have appeared in The Connecticut Review, Diner, The Bryant Literary Review, The Bradford Review and other journals.  He is the winner of The 2005 Bright Hill Press Poetry Chapbook Competition for his manuscript GOBBO: A SOLITAIRE’S OPERA. (host – Mark McGuire-Schwartz)


September 28th, 2005— Dianne Bilyak decided to take poetry more seriously after she wrote a piece about an old barn that fell on the back roads between Amherst and Northampton. She is grateful to Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music for giving her the chance to work on her own poetry while exploring the connection between religion and literature. This opportunity, coupled with the desire to avoid full-time work at all costs, has solidified her continuing status as a “professional student.” Several years ago she had the good fortune of working part-time at the Beinecke Library. She was happy they still hired her to work in a library even though she admitted to being both “stubborn and chatty” in the interview. She has been published in Freshwater, Palimpsest, Peregrine, and The Massachusetts Review. 
(host – John Jeffrey)


October 5th, 2005 — IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU open mike night   — the “theme” is “I Write the Songs”. Favorite Lyrics. Some of the best poets of the past and present may well by lyricists. Share a favorite. Feel free to sing it if you wish and bring an instrument if you wish. This is YOUR night, no feature poet. This theme was a big big hit in August and we can’t help but do it again – if you missed it the first time, it was a wonderful evening, check out it this time for sure. (host – Alice-Anne Harwood)


October 12th, 2005 — Susan Jasko. This is Susan’s first performance as a featured poet, and she is so happy to be reading at WNPS, among friends and some of the best poets in the tri-state area. On her first grade report card her teacher, Mrs. Riddle, wrote “Susan’s expression in oral reading is enjoyable. She has much creative ability. We enjoy her original stories in language class. She has a talent which should be encouraged.” Please come and encourage her talent! Susan lives in Stamford, Connecticut, where she works as a child therapist. (WNPS has given many promising poets their start over the years. Susan is a very fine poet and we are thrilled to be her first formal stage. We encourage you to join us in celebrating her exceptional voice).
(host – Faith Vicinanza)


October 19th, 2005 — TBD. 
(host – Peter Vicinanza)


October 26th, 2005 — Cine-Bite Night. This program is a partner program with the Bethel Film Festival, come and read cinematically inspired poetry and prose in the open mike that celebrates the cinema — original poems that are either cinematically inspired or formatted, and/or slected readings from pithy film scripts (think Barfly, The Piano, Dr Z, Shakespeare in Love, Streetcar Named Desire…). (host – Eli Cleary)


November 2nd, 2005 — WNPS Annual Halloween Poetry Bash
WNPS Annual Halloween Poetry Bash 
is our longest running themed event. Come as a favorite dead poet or as a character in one of your own poems. Dress the part. Prizes galore, and big prizes for the top three best poetry/costume combinations. Come have fun celebrating the macabre or just come have fun! 
(host – Mark Mcquire-Schwartz)


November 9th, 2005— TBD. 
(host – John Jeffrey)


November 16th, 2005 — John Surowiecki is the author of Watching Cartoons before Attending a Funeral [White Pine Press, 2003], and four chapbooks: Caliban Poems [West Town Press, 2001], Five-hundred Widowers in a Field of Chamomile [Portlandia Group, 2002], Dennis Is Transformed into a Thrush [White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 2004] and Further Adventures of My Nose: 24 Caprices [Ugly Duckling Presse, 2005]. In 2005, John was awarded a fellowship grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Office of the Arts. Publications include: Poetry, Wisconsin Review, Xanadu, Mochila Review, Tar Wolf Review, Folio, West Branch, Ginger Hill, Gargoyle, Antietam Review, Rosebud, GW Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Common Ground Review, Mississippi Review, Columbia, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Indiana Review, RHINO, among others. John makes his living as a freelance writer. 
(host – Alice-Anne Harwood)


November 23rd, 2005 —

NO POETRY – HAPPY THANKSGIVING. 



November 30th, 2005 — TBD. 
(host – Faith Vicinanza)


December 7th, 2005 — Brian Clements
(host – Peter Vicinanza)


December 14th, 2005 — Bruce Weber plus an end of year celebration — last reading of 2005. Come celebrate the end of another year on the calendar, another year in your life, and another year of poetry at Wednesday Night Poetry Series (WNPS), now in its eleventh year. Bring food and drink for yourself, or to share, or both. Bring poems of endings and beginnings, poems of celebration, or any other poems you wish to bring to share. 
Bruce Weber 
is the author of four published books of poetry, These Poems are Not Pretty (Miami: Palmetto Press, 1992), How the Poem Died (New York: Linear Arts, 1998), Poetic Justice (Icon Press, 2004), and The First Time I Had Sex with T. S. Eliot (Venom Press, 2004). His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Long Shot, Rolling Stone, A Gathering of the Tribes, Café Review, and Saint Elizabeth Street. His work was also featured in the Downtown Poets Anthology and The Second Word Thursdays Anthology. Bruce has performed regularly in the New York area, both alone and with his group, Bruce Weber’s No Chance Ensemble, and has produced the CD Let’s Dine Like Jack Johnson Tonight. He is the organizer of the Unorganicized Sunday Reading at ABC NO RIO, the chief editor of the broadside Stained Sheets, and the producer of the 11 years running Alternative New Year’s Day Spoken Word/Performance Extravaganza. 
(host – Faith Vicinanza)


December 21st, 2005 — No Poetry.HAPPY SOLSTICE!


December 28th, 2005 — No Poetry.HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Thanks to the Way Back Machine of the Internet Archive for preserving these early entries.  http://web.archive.org

 
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