Monthly Archives: July 2011

July 27, 2011 – Kathryn Kelly & Christine Beck

Kathryn Kelly

Christine Beck

July 27 – Kathryn Kelly and Christine Beck

In the Celtic tradition of storytelling, Kathryn Kelly’s poems shape themselves as narratives reflecting her connection to family and the world around her. Kathryn currently teaches English in Portland, CT, and runs a creative writing program for middle and high school students. She has taught poetry workshops in schools throughout the state, and has been an invited poet to facilitate workshops with the Litchfield Performing Arts’ Project Poetry Live! Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, including The Helix and NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English). She is a member of The Random Meetinghouse Poets and is on the Board of Directors of the Riverwood Poetry Festival.

Christine Beck‘s award-winning poems have been published in the anthology, Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge, and in J Journal, Passager, Connecticut River Review, Long River Run, and Caduceus. She is an attorney and instructor of legal studies at the University of Hartford. Her textbook, Forensic Evidence in Court: A Case Study Approach, was published in 2008 by Carolina Academic Press. She is Secretary for the Connecticut Poetry Society, as well as a past president. She is the Contest Chairperson of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.

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July 20, 2011 – a “Just Us” open myk

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July 13, 2011 – C.S. Carrier

C.S. Carrier



C. S. Carrier was born in Dayton, OH and grew up in western North Carolina. He studied English at Western Carolina University and earned an MFA from the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His poems have appeared in numerous journals. He is the author of After Dayton, published by Four Way Books in 2008, and Postcard Feat (with Yago Cura), published by Hinchas de Poesia Press in 2010. Currently, he lives in Hartford, CT with his partner Dawn Holder and their two dogs. In August 2011, he will begin the English PhD Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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July 6th – Emily Dickinson – performed by Faith Vicinanza

Faith Vicinanza

Faith Vicinanza

Emily DickinsonJuly 6 – Emily Dickenson read by Faith Vicinanza

“My hair is bold like the chestnut burr; and my eyes, like the sherry in the glass that the guest leaves.” — Emily Dickinson

From ‘Introduction’ by her niece March Dickinson Bianchi: The poems of Emily Dickinson, published in a series of three volumes at various intervals after her death in 1886, and in a volume entitled “The Single Hound”, published in 1914, with the addition of a few before omitted, are here collected in a final complete edition.

In them and in her “Life and Letters”, recently presented in one inclusive volume, lives all of Emily Dickinson—for the outward circumstance matters little, nor is this the place for discussion as to whether fate ordained her or she ordained her own foreordination.

Many of her poems have been reprinted in anthologies, selections, textbooks for recitation, and they have increasingly found their elect and been best interpreted by the expansion of those lives they have seized upon by force of their natural, profound intuition of the miracles of everyday Life, Love, and Death.

She herself was of the part of life that is always youth, always magical. She wrote of it as she grew to know it, step by step, discovery by discovery, truth by truth—until time merely became eternity. She was preëminently the discoverer—eagerly hunting the meaning of it all; this strange world in which she wonderingly found herself,—“A Balboa of house and garden,” surmising what lay beyond the purple horizon. She lived with a God we do not believe in, and trusted in an immortality we do not deserve, in that confiding age when Duty ruled over Pleasure before the Puritan became a hypocrite.

WNPS founder, Faith Vicinanza is a widely published poet, a change agent for a sustainable planet, photographer, grandmother of eleven, and technologies manager/consultant by day. Ms. Vicinanza periodically presents/embodies classic women poets for our series – Mary Oliver, Syliva Plath, and this night she will treat us to Emily Dickinson. Bring your favorite Dickinson poem for the open mike, even if it is a repeat of a poem in the reading, a second or third or fourth reading of a favorite poem is always a gift.


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