Note on the Host listings: This 2010 listing was retrieved from a computer backup file. No pictures were stored with it however. I have added this oil pastel sketch of the hosts that year. However, they are way better looking than this. Listings from 2007 and earlier were retrieved from the Wayback Machine at http://www.archive.org using the url wedpoetry.com. (WNPS used wedpoetry.net after that year.)
Faith: Founder of the Wednesday Night Poetry Series “I am a poet, avid gardener, amateur photographer, Ms. Corporate by day, grandmother by night, poet always, with four collections in print and working on my fifth collection of poetry and a memoir.” Also see ShijinLive.com.
Mark: says he imagines he was “raised by friendly bears, and it shows.” Mark is a host as well as Wedpoetry’s steering committee chair. His new chapbook of poems is “Loss and Laughs, Love and Fauna,”Â and his short play, Meeting Arthur Miller, was produced as part of the Short and NEAT program during the 2004 International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven. His work has appeared in The Whatever Journal, RougueScholars.com, The Fairfield Review, the Connecticut Law Journal and in Bent Pin Quarterly, etc.Â Mark is also a co-host, co-director of pi New Haven’s 3rd Thursday Open Mic< at the Institute Library, and involved with a poetry group in Gilford.
Robin: host, bookings coordinator, cat herder, director of daily stuff, editor of Poetry Liner Notes, is an aspiring novelist, reader, inquirer into the gritty, beautiful business of life, nature and geology. Robin is a member of the Shijin-SubQ, a performance poetry group, and the Marathon Critique, a writer’s group. 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. Her website is RobinESampson.com.
Mar: (aka Mad Mar or Mistryel)” I ‘ve been coming to Wedpoetry for 15 years, from it’s very first venue at the Book Review in Newtown. I am a host, web-mistress, and sender of the weekly email update. I have a poetry chapbook called Inverse Origami – the art of unfolding and a blog
Ernie, a host spins out yarns and philosophy inspired by the wonder of the outdoor world, walking and working in the woods, sampling fine beer, and admiring women, particularly his girlfriend! Ernie is a hard-working fair-minded egalitarian woodsman. This is the bio.
Louise “ a host – “I write because it provides relief from social anxiety. I don’t always enjoy it. It’s like being drawn to bad boys. Do I really want to know what makes me tick? I am no quitter. I believe there’s great comradeship to be had in listening to other people’s work. It’s where you don’t need a green card, upbringing, private schooling, money, pets, or good appetizers. Even people who don’t read or write poetry are in it, whether they know it or not. I have a sneaky side.“
Moriah, a host: “I am a book writer, letter sender, drummer, chanter, dancer, film-goer and ocean reveler. I invoke and evoke the energetic power of healing words as a cosmic travel agent. Poetry performs with me as a storyteller, children’s theater director and medicine wheel teacher,” Moriah says.
Lisa Marie, a host says she is: “a lover of literature and stories, has been writing since she was a little girl.Â She’s working on a play, chapbook, memoir, and many other works. After obtaining her BA in English, she began tutoring at a local learning center. Her ultimate passion is to become a creative writing teacher in which she hopes to, one day, ‘provide inspiration and motivation for all listeners and writers.’ Lisa advocates overcoming any social constraints that may occur to original thinkers with ‘ingenious perspectives.’ ”
Derek a host says he “is a child and a father, a writer and a reader, a musician and a listener. He believes in cycles. His publishing house, upton thoroughfare, believes in beauty. His blog, l:fe,unfurl:ng, keeps track of all this. He is the digital sky, he says.
John, a former host of Wednesday Night Poetry, and the former editor of the CT Poet Newsletter. His fiction and poetry have appeared in journals such as The Fairfield Review, Bent Pin Quarterly, and the Connecticut River Review, among others, and he has read at numerous venues around CT and NY. Years ago, John earned a double degree in writing and literature, but says he has spent his adult life trying to unlearn what he was taught.
Dan– a former host and slam master, is a nationally vetted slam poet who served on the 2008 White Plains Library Team, and a 2009 psychology graduate of Western CT. State University who works with Autistic children. He’s gone to graduate school in Florida. We hope to see him again soon!
The late Peter Vicinanza, a former host, and long-time supporter who died Oct. 4, 2007, was a major sardonic wit who didn’t believe in soft-pedaling reality. Peter often worked as a consultant, was an entrepreneur, a Vice-President of Information Technology at various corporations and a victim of multiple buyouts and take-overs with subsequent down-sizings. Around 1996 he took over hosting duties for a year to give his wife (WNPS founder Faith Vicinanza) a rest for a while when the series was still at Doctor Java’s Caffeine Emporium in Bethel and she was its only host. Later, he was a willing participant in a 2,000 mile bicycling trek, an UtterFolly blogger, a poet & prose writer of memoir – particularly his days growing up in old New York. Peter’s work has been in The Connecticut Review and in Bent Pin Quarterly. He was an honorary member of the Shijin-SubQ and we miss him still.
The late Terence Steward McLain: 5/24/51 to 11/24/08 A former host ,Terry joined the series around 2003 or 2004, proved himself to be a man who thought deeply about both life and poetry. He often read not only his own surreal poetry, but poems by vetted “great” poets of many schools and would offer biographica sketches of the poet right along with the poeml. He was a former exec at a relocation company, then at an online electronics re-seller. He was divorced, had two sons he spoken of with great love. During his time at WNPS he lived in what he called, “the stony ex-urbs of CT” in the “penthouse of a stable” where two goats, five horses, and six cats also lived. He occassionally putup out-of-state poets like Jack McCarthy at his diggs there. Terry was a member of the Marathon Critique and attended the Housatonic Friends Society. His death at 57 years of age, in Nov. of 2008 left us all scratching our heads, blowing our noses and wondering why.
Victoria, a former host: “I am a singer/song writer and poet, music therapist on my days off. My work has been published in various small presses and also in the text-book, Stories from the Other Side, Thematic Memoirs, and in Bent Pin Quarterly. Other works include chapbooks, During Your Reading and Scenes From Nature, Five Poems, translations my Fatherâ€™s poetry; and a collaborative CD of the Not Just ANY Tom, Vic and Terri Poetry Ensemble.Â I currently host the Calling All Poets Series at the Silas Bronson Library (Waterbury, CT).
Anthony, a former host when the series was at the Bethel Arts Junction. Anthony, a psyh graduate from WCSU who has moved out west, is better known as RECONSIDERATE, a composer of eclectic electronica with wildly ironic lyrics. Visit reconsiderate.com for a sample or signup for his offbeat philosophy emailing list. He has a dramatic reading style. No one sleeps through his poems.
Eli, a former host, poet, organizer, facilitator, a software/open source liaison, an avid gardener, a safeharbor for cats, a sister, auntie, friend, often sarcastically called Grace. Eli is founder of the The Sleeping Giant Poets Guild in Hamden, a co-host of the pi New Haven 3rd Thursday poetry series at the Institute Library in New Haven, and a member of Shijin-SubQ. Her work has appeared in Caduceous and Bent Pin among others
Alice-Anne, a former host, singer-song-writer whose band Document 183 has featured at WNPS, is theater graduate, a professional grant-writer, gourmet cook, and a member of the Shijin-SubQ and of Marathon Critique. She is director and co-host Â of pi New Haven 3rd Thursday poetry series at the Institute Library in New Haven. Her work has appeared in Caduceous and Bent Pin among others.
Cheryl, a former host, poet, and licensed psychotherapist was winner of the first annual WNPS Halloweenie party and costume contest at Doctor Java’s Caffeine Emporium – which she attended dressed as Sylvia Plath, complete with a cardboard oven over her head. Yes she has a great sense of humor. Her poetry revolves around family and her Armenian heritage. Of late, she has been teaching writing workshops at Founders Hall in Ridgefield.Â Cheryl has two lovely, lively daughters and hubby who keep her very busy.
Jerry, a former host, is a retired Staples High School (Westport) English Department chair, poet, novelist, award-winning peace-activist has multiple honorary degrees and has written several books of poetry and several novels. This photo is from his teaching days. Now Mr. Brooker sports long hair and flannel! Check out his memorable costumed spoof on YouTube called: “Taking Off Emily Dickenson’s Clothes.” performed while the series was at the Bethel Arts Junction.
Mike, a former host, a sculptor, poet, painter & traveler was with the series from its days at Doctor Java’s Caffeine Emporium. He was instrumental in finding the Bethel Arts Junction, a venue which WNPS called home for quite a few years. Though he doesn’t come to poetry much these days, he can often be found having mid-morning coffee or an early lunch Molten Java. He also loves to attend lectures at the New School in New York City.