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Dec 14, 2011 – Putting your poetry collection together / Grinch Night!

Dec 14 – Putting Together Your Poetry Collection – a panel discussion

Wondering what to do with all those poems? Thinking of putting together a collection–of any size? A panel of poets will talk and answer questions about their experience and share useful tips. Panelists to include Brad Davis, Claire Zoghb and Leslie McGrath, and one more to be announced.


Claire Zohbg

Claire Zoghb’s full-length collection, Small House Breathing, won the 2008 Quercus Review Poetry Series Award and was published in fall 2009. A chapbook, Dispatches from Everest, is forthcoming from Pudding House Press. Her work has appeared in Connecticut Review, CALYX, Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America, Natural Bridge, Naugatuck River Review, and in the anthologies Through A Child’s Eyes: Poems and Stories About War, Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems, and the forthcoming CRUSH. Twice a Pushcart Prize nominee, Claire was the winner of the 2008 Dogwood annual poetry competition. Her poem “Boundaries” was selected by Dorianne Laux for an Honorable Mention in the Crab Creek Review’s 2011 Poetry Contest. Her work was recently featured on http://www.mediterranean.nu. A freelance book designer and graphic artist, she lives and dines with her Lebanese husband Nicolas in New Haven’s Morris Cove neighborhood and works just across the harbor as Graphics Director at Long Wharf Theatre. Her late father-in-law, a native Alexandrian, continues to be her main muse.

Leslie McGrath is a widely published poet and a former managing editor of Drunken Boat , an online journal of the arts. “My poetry is informed by my training in clinical psychology, as well as a background in Spanish language literature,” she said. Her poetry has appeared in Agni online, Alimentum, Beloit Poetry Journal, DIAGRAM, Poetry Ireland, and elsewhere. Her literary interviews have appeared in the Writer’s Chronicle and on public radio. Winner of the 2004 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, her first collection of poetry, Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage, was published by Main Street Rag Press (2009.) She is also the editor, along with Ravi Shankar, of Radha Says, the posthumous poetry collection of Reetika Vazirani, published by Drunken Boat Press. A chapbook, Toward Anguish was published by the Providence Athenaeum, 2007. Read her poem How To Wolf A Cook on Poetry Liner Notes

Brad Davis has assembled several of his own books: the winning chapbook of the 2005 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, four books with Antrim House, one with Wipf & Stock, and a chapbook (finalist in two contests) with Finishing Line Press. He is also editor of SUNKEN GARDEN POETRY 1992-2011, an anniversary anthology for Hill-Stead Museum and Wesleyan University Press (May 2012). In addition to editing books, Brad has been an editor of literary magazines since high school, founding Paumanok in 1986, Broken Bridge Review in 2003,and Theodate in 2011. He teaches creative writing at the College of the Holy Cross, and has recently judged two chapbook competitions.
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Faith Vicinanza

Faith Vicinanza

Faith Vicinanza is poet, author of numerous chapbooks, a workshop facilitator and educator, a publisher and founder of Hanover Press which has published books from many poets around the state including a former state poet laureate. (She also founded the Wednesday Night Poetry Series). Faith is an advocate for peace, an advocate for the environment, an advocate for children and a long time supporter of poetry and small press activity in the state of Connecticut.

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Nov 16, 2011 – Remembering Dan DeRosa

Nov 16 Remembering Dan DeRosa – – a wonderful, larger-than-life, funny, caring, outrageous poet who was a long-time host of Wedpoetry and a member of the 2008 White Plains National Slam Team. Oh and King of Haiku. For a copy of a flyer for this event click: Remembering Dan DeRosa

For past entries related to Dan:

https://wedpoetrypast.wordpress.com/tag/dan-derosa/

Or a blog about him

 
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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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December 8th – So You Want to be in Print?

A panel presentation with: Lou Orfanella (poet, editor, publisher, college professor), Cortney Davis (poet, author, nurse), Tony Fusco (editor, publisher, poet, computer geek for a living), Brian Clements (poet, director of the MFA in writing at WCSU), and Faith Vicinanza (poet, photographer, editor, publisher, I.T. manager by day).

What does it take to get a publisher, to get accepted, to know a poem is ready to be submitted, to track your submissions, what about the guidelines, what about self-publishing, what about an agent?  Come ask your questions of a CT-based panel of experts.

There will be refreshments and Cortney Davis has generously offered to bring two bags of used journals, anthologies and books on writing to give away, as well as books for sale which include 80+ full length poetry collections, in mint condition and some brand new, all by well-known poets, that will sell for $2 each with $1 going to Wednesday night poetry! This will be great, because it’s by donations that we are able to occasionally bring in out-of-state poets.

Cortney Davis is the author of four poetry collections, including “Leopold’s Maneuvers,” winner of the Prairie Schooner Poetry Prize.  Her other publications include two non-fiction books, “I Knew a Woman” (Random House), winner of the Center for the Book non-fiction award, and “The Heart’s Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing” (Kent State Univ.), winner of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award and an IPPY Silver Medal in non-fiction; two anthologies, a book of poems for children and, most recently, a novel, “To Begin Again” (OakTara Publications).  Cortney has been awarded an NEA Poetry Grant and three CT. Commission on the Arts Poetry Fellowships.  She is the poetry editor of the journal “Alimentum: the Literature of Food.”  www.cortneydavis.com.

Tony Fusco is President of the CT Poetry Society and has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Southern Connecticut State University. He is the editor of Caduceus, the anthology of the Yale Medical Group Art Place and past editor of The Connecticut River Review, and Long River Run, journals of the Connecticut Poetry Society.  He has been editor of the Southern News and the poetry anthologies High Tide and Sounds and Waves of West Haven. His work as appeared in many publications including the Connecticut Review, Louisiana Literature, the Red Rock Review, The South Carolina Review, Lips, and The Paterson Review. He is the author of Droplines published in 2009 by Grayson Books and of Jessie’s Garden published in 2004 by Negative Capability Press and 3 Chapbooks.  His poetry has won prizes in several contests including: The Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, He is a member of the New England Poetry Club. Tony has produced West Shore Poets a television poetry series at CTV. and is web-master for several web sites including the CT Poetry Society.

Brian Clements is the Founding Editor of the independent non-profit press Firewheel Editions and of Firewheel’s flagship publication _Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics_. He is the author or editor of seven books, most recently a book of prose poems, _And How to End It_ from Quale Press, and its sequel, _Jargon_, which is out this month, also from Quale Press. He teaches at Western Connecticut State University.

The Last Automat Press owner/publisher Lou Orfanella is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama including most recently The Sun Cannot DecideBrief Encounters: Flash Fiction, and A Cabin in the Pines: A One Act Play.  His work has appeared in publications including The New York Daily NewsCollege BoundEnglish JournalWorld Hunger Year MagazineDiscoveriesTeacher Magazine, and New York Teacher.  He holds degrees from Columbia University and Fordham University and teaches writing at Western Connecticut State University.  He has presented scores of public readings of his work and offers individual and group writing workshops.  He can be contacted at LORFANELLA@hotmail.com.

Faith Vicinanza is a published poet, nature photographer, grandmother of eight, author of three collections of poetry, and currently working on her 4th and 5th poetry collections and a memoir.  She is widely published and has been the editor for Hanover Press for nearly 15 years.

 
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Sept. 8, 2010 – The Poetry of Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath

Faith Vicinanza

Faith Vicinanza

Faith Vicinanza will present Sylvia Plath.

Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Born in Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College Cambridge before receiving acclaim as a professional poet and writer. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and they lived together first in the United States and then England, having two children together: Frieda and Nicholas. Following a long struggle with depression and a marital separation, Plath committed suicide in 1963.[4] Controversy continues to surround the events of her life and death, as well as her writing and legacy.

Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for her two collections The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel. In 1982, she became the first poet to win a Pulitzer Prize posthumously for The Collected Poems. She also authored The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death.[5]

 
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