Join Poet Laureate Emeritus Maria Sassi for an afternoon of poetry at Noah's house! The public and poets alike are invited to listen to readings from West Hartford Poet Laureate Julie Choffel and "Celebrate Bloomfield" Poetry Event organizer and poet Tom Nicotera. Following Choffel and Nicotera's reading, there will be an open mic for any poets wishing to share their work.
Julie Choffel is the author of The Hello Delay, winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize, and West Hartford's current Poet Laureate. Her poems have appeared in The Seattle Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Fairy Tale Review, and Art New England. She teaches creative writing at the University of Connecticut.
Tom Nicotera has been a factory worker, street performer, mime, water/sewer repairman, copy editor, library cataloger, and teacher, while keeping poetry the one constant in his life. He has published poems in numerous small press publications, and his poems have been performed by the East Haddam Stage Co. Tom is currently coordinator of Bloomfield Library's Wintonbury Poetry Series and a member of a performance poetry trio called "Not Just Any Tom, Vic and Terri." He annually produces "Celebrate Bloomfield" Poetry Event featuring 17 Bloomfield poets, and is a mentor for the American School for the Deaf poetry collaboration with Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. His poetry book, What Better Place To Be Than Here?, was published by Foothills Publishing in 2015.
Poetry Read-In at Noah Webster's house is sponsored twice annually by Poet Laureate Emeritus Maria Sassi. Sassi is a prize-winning poet and playwright. Her most recent collection of poems is entitled Rare Grasses. Her first poetry collection, Rooted in the Stars, is part of the Beineke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Her chapbook, What I See, presents ekphrastic poems, three of which have won international poetry prizes: the Rene Magritte Prize and the Salvatore Dali Prize. For many years, Maria taught creative writing with an emphasis on poetry at Hartford College for Women, and she has hosted poetry events at several venues including the Noah Webster House, Hartford's Old State House, and the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Her work has been much anthologized and published by many literary journals. She has read at venues throughout the Northeast and at the Poets Library in Edinburgh, Scotland; and she has lectured on the work of many national Poet Laureates.
This event is free and open to the public (donations gratefully accepted). Light refreshments will be served.