Monthly Archives: June 2010

June 30, 2010 – Van Hartmann – at The Garage

Van Hartmann

This is our second meeting at our new venue  The Garage at 53 Church Hill Road, Newtown. DIRECTIONS

Van Hartmann teaches neoclassical and romantic literature, American literature, history of the novel, comedy, and film at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and his first book-length poetry collection Shiva Dancing has been published by texture press.

” Shiva Dancing takes the reader on a journey across a physical and emotional landscape of loss, grieving, and renewal. The poems are lyrical and elegiac. They probe the multiple layers through which we experience the loss that comes with living and the redemption made possible by exploring that loss with honesty, concreteness, and compassion. Each poem is set in motion by a concrete observation or recollected moment that releases its own organic stream of poignant associations. The result is an embodiment, in each poem and in the collection as a whole, of the complex energies and perceptions that define our most human experiences.”

He lives his wife Laurel Peterson in Norwalk, Connecticut.

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June 23, 2010 – Kim Bridgford at “The Garage!”

Kim Bridgford

This will be our first meeting at a new site called “The Garage,” which is a facility that is part of the Newtown Parks and Recreation department. See our New Venue page for directions.

Kim Bridgford is a professor of English at Fairfield University and editor of Dogwood and Mezzo Cammin. Her books include Undone, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; Instead of Maps, nominated for the Poets’ Prize; and In the Extreme: Sonnets about World Records, winner of the Donald Justice Prize. She is currently working on a three-book poetry/photography project with visual artist Jo Yarrington, focusing on journey and sacred space in Iceland, Venezuela, and Bhutan. She is the Connecticut Touring Poet for 2007.

Click to read a poem of hers posted on this site for her last WNPS Wedpoetry  reading

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June 16, 2010 – Celebrate Summer Theme, Mystery Workshop


THEMED OPEN MYK: Loving the sun, the florals, the leaves, the beach, the fact that SCHOOL IS OUT? (Or maybe not loving it that much….  Summer is the theme!

Mysterious WORKSHOP: There will be a workshop by Lisa Marie!  We don’t know what she’s planning.  We love a surprise…


Great job Lisa Marie!



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June 9, 2010 – Appreciate What is Open Myk

This week’s open myk is at the Blue Z, and we will be at the Blue Z until the end of June.

Stuff got you down?  But you have some fellow human-beings,  food to eat,  a roof over your head, enough change to buy a coffee on Wednesday nights and enough gas to get to poetry……    Look out of your window, go outside, go for a walk.  Smell the air after a thunderstorm, look at the vivacity of the green life all around you. Brew up a cup of tea. Think – you aren’t sleeping on the side of a road yet, and so what if poetry is moving – for now we have a great venue and will have another great venue soon – SOOOO bring your poetry of APPRECIATION! LIFE IS.  LET US SAVOR IT!

No one signed up, so the for Sunken Garden trips are canceled.

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June 2, 2010 – Daniel Nester’s poetry

Daniel Nestor

Yes we have heard him reading his outrageous prose at a special event at Western CT State University this past December. But now we will hear his poetry at the Blue Z. Daniel Nester is a journalist, essayist, poet, editor, and teacher. His latest book is How to Be Inappropriate, a collection of humorous nonfiction (Soft Skull Press 2009). He is also the author of God Save My Queen (Soft Skull Press, 2003) and God Save My Queen II (2004), collections on his obsession with the rock band Queen, and The History of My World Tonight (BlazeVOX, 2006), a collection of poems. His work has been anthologized in such places as The Best American Poetry, The Best Creative Nonfiction, and Third Rail: The Poetry of Rock and Roll. He teaches writing at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

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