Monthly Archives: August 2007

8/29/07 Richard Cambridge

Richard Cambridge, a gentle, down-to-earth poet with an eye to both transcendence and social justice, is author of “Pulsa – a book of books.” (Hanover Press, 2004) Robert Pinsky called him a “true poet of the streets,” “full of heart….and a genuine devotion to the mysteries of language.”

Richard is a past winner of the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for a Fine Arts Work Center Residency in Provincetown, MA. His work has appeared in Heartland Journal, Paterson Literary Review, Defined Providence, Red Brick Review, Squawk, Nantucket Journal, Asheville Poetry Review, among others.

On the performance side, he won the Master’s Slam at the 1997 National Poetry Slam, and was also a member of the 1992 Boston Championship Slam Team, and 3rd Place 1993 Cambridge team.

A reformed smoker, his one-person theater piece, The Cigarette Papers was dubbed “a tour-de-fome” by the Boston Globe.

He produced and co-authored Where the Red Road Runs, a dramatic performance of poetry and music providing a Native American perspective of the European settle­ment of the Americas. The show had a five month run at Catch a Rising Star in Cambridge, MA.

Richard is also a co-founding member of Singing with the Enemy, a troupe of poets, musicians and performance artists. Their show, IEMBARGO! is (with poetry, music, and dance) is dedicated to raising awareness of the 40-year economic blockade the United States has imposed on the people of Cuba. By special invitation, the troupe performed in Havana, Cuba in July of 1998 at the historic First U.S.–Cuba Friendship Conference.

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8/22/07 Lisa Siedlarz & Valerie McKee

Valerie B. McKee is a Masters candidate and teacher at Southern Connecticut State University and the current SCSU Graduate Student Poet. Her poetry has appeared in The Connecticut Review, Louisiana Literature, Caduceus and The Connecticut River Review. Valerie was also the 2006-2007 Graduate Student Poet and recipient of the 2005 Leo Connellan Poetry Prize. Her poetry has recently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a native Tennessean, but considers herself and adopted child of New York City. She currently lives in New Haven with her husband, Andrei and their newborn son Carson Atticus.

Lisa L. Siedlarz is editor of the Connecticut River Review and the Long River Run and is working towards a second graduate degree – an MFA at Western CT State College. As a graduate student at Southern Connecticut State University among her honors are the 2006 Leo Connellan prize, the 2006 John Holmes Poetry Award, and nomination for a 2006 pushcart prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Louisiana Literature, Connecticut Review, Rattle, Poetry Southeast, The South Carolina Review, New Millenneium Writings, CADUCEUS, Connecticut River Review, Alimentum, and War, Literature & the Arts. She lives in New Haven, CT.

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Posted by on August 22, 2007 in * Past Features


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8/15/07 Improvisational duets

Following a regular open mic, poets and prose writers are invited to read one work to an improvised musical background either with an electronic keyboard with sound effects, or possibly drum, harmonica, guitar, flute etc. depending on who attends. Some number of shakers and bells will be available as well. Poets may also bring their own musician friends to work with.

NOTE: this is not a JAM session as musicians understand the word. The goal is to have a sort of dialogue between the poet’s reading and the music being played, not to have the musicians play together which they can do on Thursday during Molten Java’s music open mic night. Musical Styles may be unusual or conventional. Satisfaction is not guaranteed but fun and a different experience of poetry can be expected

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8/1/07 Field Trip: Antonia Schachter & Elisabeth Cohen

This reading was held at Alumni Hall on the downtown campus of Western Ct State U, and was sponsored by its MFA professional writing program.

There were 2 features – Elisabeth Cohen and Antonia Schachter who read their poetry after a 45 minute open mic. Last year this event met at Molten and there were not enough seats. Alumni Hall is larger and easily accommodated the large crowd. Beer and wine were among the refreshments provided by the college.

The event was part of the University;s Summer Literary Festival which runs Jul. 29 – Aug. 3 and was presented by WestConn;s Master of Fine Arts in Professional Writing program

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Posted by on August 1, 2007 in * Past Features, * Past Specials


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