The new, but reluctant Curator of WNPS 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. Thought it has appeared in RougueScholars.com, The Fairfield Review and in Bent Pin Quarterly. However he protests that he has not yet won many prestigious and lucrative awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Grant. For a sample of his poetry in the Fairfield Review, Click Here
Currently a full-time psychology major at Western CT State University, Dan hopes to work with young children with Autism once he graduates. He is a former member of the improvisational acting group the Melting Pot Players and once ranked nationally in competitive Judo. Dan says his writing is heavily influenced by Shel Silverstein, Dr Seuss and various “Old School” hip hop artists. To hear some audio clips head to MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/dannydrosa
Ernie Daruka – a WNPS regular who is full of the wonder of the outdoor world, a lover of woods, fine beer, women has joined the ranks of WNPS hosts. Stay tuned for a bio.
Editor of the CT Poet Online Newsletter – 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. For a sample of his work in the Fairfield Review CLick Here
LOUISE Sieviec another regular at the WNPS open mic has also agreed to lend a hand with the hosting of WNPS. Stay tuned for her bio.
After he lists the usual stuff: loved/lost, married/divorced, two sons, occasional insanity/untimely deaths, Terry says he moved from the suburbs of Iowa to the stony ex-urbs of CT where he lives in the penthouse of a stable where two goats, five horses, and six cats also live. In his poetry explorations, he first tried to create the perfect poem for college, then moved toward creating, in private, poems that were a process for understanding what he saw and felt. When he realized how important the eyes and ears of others were, he moved into another phase of writing poetry using a private/public process to explore the relationships between him, his poem, and anyone else in the vicinity.
Victoria Munoz brings her experience of running the music open mic to the poetry open mic night She is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a BA in Music, and has been an active singer/songwriter performing in Western Connecticut as well as in her travels out West and Florida. Besides being one of 5 hosts in the Wednesday Night Poetry Series. Her poetry has been a featured in York, Pennsylvania in association with the York Arts Festival as well as Sparky and Clark’s, Jester’s Cafe (Mass.), and The Spoken Word Series in South Windsor, CT, appearing solo as well as with the “Not Just Any Tom, Vic and Terri” Poetry Ensemble. Though busy with her Music Therapy practice, she still finds time to let her poetry surface and combines all three mediums when she can. Her influences stem from both her parents who are spanish language poets. You can find her work can be found on Poetz.com 2005 archives and will be includied in the upcoming Wood Memorial Library Poetry Anthology, and in the Fall 2007 issue of Bent Pin Quarterly.
a long-time WNPS attendee, aspiring novelist, reader, inquirer into the gritty, beautiful business of life, nature and geology. Glass-bead jewelry creator, earthmother, keeper of the hearth, maker of death-by-chocolate deserts, relentless seeker of “ma” (that which is missing). Besides her writing life, she sustains three kids and a husband, Will. Her work has been published in the New Verse News, The Book of Hope, The Company We Keep, The Hat City Free Press, & Bitter Oleander, in Poets Against the War, Wicked Alice. and Bent Pin Quarterly. Robin is a member of the Marathon Poetry Critique and a member of the performance troupe Shijin. A number of her poems were in the group’s chapbook We Shijin I http://shijinlive.com/rsamp.html
Faith Vicinanza, founder, consultant and once-in-a-while host – Curator Emeritus, former host, founder and executive director of the Wednesday Night Poetry Series: poet, educator (a CT Master Teaching Artist), visiting artist (PoetTs, Inc.), editor (The Ct Poet, The Underwood Review, The Depot Anthology), publisher (Hanover Press), event facilitor/creator (the Connecticut Poetry Festival), nature photographer, Information Technologies Consultant, I.T. Management Consultant, and web site developer. She’s read from “San Fancisco to Stockholm” and has several books of poetry out including one from Pudding House Press. Her work has been published in The Paterson Review, The Connecticut River Review, The Red Brick Review, The Fairfield Review, in Dogwood, on the Ct Authors & Publishers Assoc. web, in Poetry Slam – The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry, In The Raw, Poetry Superhighway, and Selected Poems From The Daily Grind, among many others. She and her late husband Peter rode touring bicycles from Key West Florida to St. Stephens, Canada and a book on their three-month journey is in the works. You can read the trip blog at http://www.UtterFolly.com
Web-mistress Mistryel Walker (mad mar)
has a different bad-hair-day every day. A freelance writer, artist, musician, web site tweaker and multi-media tinkerer, she is founder and editor of Bent Pin Quarterly. She has one chapbook Inverse Origami – the art of unfolding. You can find her poetry at the METAPHORatorium or view the stalled poster series for WNPS 2006 . Questions on the WNPS site can be directed to her at: (defunctaddress@sdljlj)
The late Peter Vicinanza
husband of WNPS founder Faith Vicinanza, – a past I.T. executive, and businessman also served as a poetry host on ocassion.”WNPS today, Def Jam tomorrow….” he said once. He took over the series for a year when it was still at Dr. Java’s Caffeine Emporium, so that Faith could concentrate on her job. Check out the Vicinanza’s great cycling adventure at http://faithandpeter.blogs.com
a poet, a freelance house painter and mason, a multimedia artist creating sculptures from found materials, fond of low-budget globe-trotting and of taking courses at the New School in NYC – there’s more to tell here…. an amazing guy,
Alice-Anne Harwood serves Long Wharf Theatre as the Director of Institutional Giving. Her voice can be heard on a variety of documentary and professional development training videos for area educational outlets, where she also serves as a script writer and artistic producer. Ms. Harwood is a member of Shijin, a Connecticut-based poetry performance troupe, a member of the Marathon and Sub Q poetry groups, she sings lead vocals for Document 183, a New Haven based folk-rock band, and is a member of the Arts and Literature Laboratory. She serves as a co-host for multiple reading venues. Ms. Harwood’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including We Shijin, Connecticut River Review, X Magazine, Pen works, Caduceus, the Underwood Review and in Bent Pin Quarterly: Doublet: Idol & Rebound
– 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. Another member of Shijin
– Cheryl Panosian-Haddad, psychotherapist, parent, poet writes about family, including her Armenian ancestry, life as a mom, and social commentary. She often employs creative writing and art in the counseling process in her part-time private practice at The Center For Healing and Recovery in Ridgefield. Her poetry publishing credits include, Ararat, Another Chicago Magazine, Bard Papers, Connecticut River, The Underwood Review and Memories From The Womb, a chapbook published by the New School For Social Research. She has led poetry workshops for teens and adults throughout Connecticut. She enjoys life with her husband Fadi, and daughters Jennah and Julianna. .
Reconsiderate (Anthony Arlotta)
– (who moved away…) has a relatively large reservoir of thoughts and ideas that find no suitable outlet through casual socializing. In order to fully express his views in a socially acceptable fashion, Anthony turns to writing (essays, poetry & music). In his view, the purpose of writing is to concretize subtle neurological pathways that lead into some desired future. By vocation, Anthony is a Master-level teacher for The Princeton Review. For your daily supply of thought provoking information and music, plus your online open mic, visit http://www.geocities.com/ajarlotta.
– has had over 300 articles and poems published; was chairman of the English Department at Staples High School in Westport for over 25 years; and is very active in national and international peace and hunger community efforts with students from America and abroad. Mr. Brooker is a Fullbright Fellow, has received the Peace and Understanding Award from the National Education Association, the Mahatma Gandhi-Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award from the Connecticut Education Association, two honorary degrees and other awards for humanitarian contributions, along with being inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 1998. He has two books of poetry published and reads regularly throughout Connecticut.