Monthly Archives: April 2008

4/30/08 – Sharon Charde

Award wining poet Sharon Charde, a retired family therapist, is a writing teacher published in over twenty journals and anthologies. She edited and published I Am Not A Juvenile Delinquent, an anthology young writers that resulted from her weekly writing workshops at Touchstone, a residential treatment facility. Bad Girl At The Altar Rail won first prize in the Flume Press 2005 ;Four Trees Down From Ponte Sisto, won first prize from the Dallas Poets Community in 2006, and Backwaters Press will publish her Branch In His Hand, this coming year. She received the first Litchfield County Inge Morath Award in 2005, given for the significant social impact in the arts, and the “Making A Difference For Women Award” from Soroptimist International of Greater Waterbury, CT. She lives in Lakeville with her husband John.

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Posted by on April 30, 2008 in * Past Features


4/23/2008 – Rennie McQuilkin


Rennie McQuilkin

In come the wrecks to Mark’s
and out the gear knobs, gas tanks,
radiators, speakers, mufflers.
Bins of parts.

The crummiest clunker is worth
Mark’s while. There’s an avenue
of front ends–Beetles, Buicks, Jags,
a ’49 Nash,

an alley of chassis,
a park of gutted bodies piled on
one another like lovers. Everything has
a future.

All of which is very gratifying, a sign
of what we’ll amount to
in the after time.

The loosestrife will take this, frogs
that, the earth will value
our humus, the cardinal put us to use.
Dismantled, we’ll go far.

For many years Rennie McQuilkin was an instructor of English at schools including Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. and Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT. He founded and until 2000 directed the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, which led naturally to his most recent venture: the establishing of Antrim House, a publisher of New England poets.

Rennie McQuilkin’s poetry has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Southern Review, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, The American Scholar, and elsewhere. Two of McQuilkin’s nine books have won major awards, and he has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as several fellowships from the CT Commission on the Arts. Other awards include first prize in the 2000 Yankee Awards series, the Ruth Fox Award of the New England Poetry Club, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut Center for the Book. He is the Poet Laureate of Simsbury, CT, where he and his wife, the artist Sarah McQuilkin, live on a small farm.

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Posted by on April 23, 2008 in * A Few Poems, * Past Features


4/16/08 – Poetry Magazine Discussion & Open mic


The April 2008 issue of Poetry Magazine will be discussed after the evening’s open mic. The discussion is part of the Magazine’s celebration of National Poetry Month. A summary of the discussion will be shared with the magazine publisher who is providing copies of the April issue.
Louise will facilitate the discussion.


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Posted by on April 16, 2008 in * Past Specials


4/09/08 – Jack McCarthy


Jack McCarthy

Jack McCarthy is a working guy from the Boston area who’s been writing poetry since the mid-60s. He’d been averaging about a poem a year until 1992-93, when two things happened. First, his new wife, Carol, blackmailed him into attending a workshop with Galway Kinnell; then he brought his daughter Annie, for her birthday, to the open mike at the Cantab Lounge in Central Square, Cambridge, hoping she’d get excited about poetry. Jack was the one who got hooked.

Since then he’s brought out Grace Notes, two chapbooks (Actual Grace Notes and Too Old to Make Excuses (But Still Young Enough to Make Love)), a 60-minute cassette tape (Poems for Hannah), and a CD (Breaking Down Outside a Gas Station). A major book, Say Goodnight, Grace Notes, was released in 2003 by EM Press to rave reviews. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including The Spoken Word Revolution.

Among his influences he numbers Robert Frost, Dylan Thomas, and Garrison Keillor. He doesn’t think of himself as a “performance poet,” but as a “standup poetry guy,” a writer of poems that perform themselves. — from

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Posted by on April 9, 2008 in * Past Features


4/02/08 – Faith Vicinanza reading Mary Oliver

Faith Vicinanza

Faith Vicinanza

Faith Vicinanza – WNPS founder, consultant and once-in-a-while host – Curator Emeritus, as well as its former executive director. She is 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

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Posted by on April 3, 2008 in * Past Features

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