February 9: Collins and Reyna

POETRY READING
Monday February 9, 7pm


Martha Collins is the author of seven books of poetry, including Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2014), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012) and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006). She has also published four earlier collections of poems and four collections of co-translated Vietnamese poetry—most recently Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap (Milkweed, 2013, with the author). She founded the creative writing program at UMass-Boston and taught for ten years at Oberlin College, where she continues to serve as editor-at-large for FIELD magazine. Her eighth book of poems, Admit One: An American Scrapbook will be published by Pittsburgh in early 2016.

Bessy Reyna is the author of two bilingual books of poetry, The Battlefield of Your Body (Hill-Stead Museum, 2005) and Memoirs of the Unfaithful Lover/ Memorias de la amante infiel (tunAstral, A.C., 2010). Her poetry and short stories can be found in numerous anthologies, including El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry, In Other Words: Literature by Latinas of the United States, The Arc of Love: Lesbian Poems; "Gathered Light: The Poetry in Joni Mitchell's Lyrics (3Point Press, Canada, 2013). Reyna is the recipient of numerous awards including: The Connecticut Center for the Book Lifetime Achievement in Service to the Literary Community Award (2009). In 2014 she produced "Hartford Loves Poetry" a two-week festival reaching all of the neighborhoods in the city.

PLUS OPEN MIKE

Location: The Studio @ Billings Forge
563 Broad Street, Hartford, CT 06106
Parking available next to Firebox restaurant or along Broad Street.
Free event.

For more information, contact:
Jim
JforJames@aol.com
860-508-2810

Upcoming Readings: 2014...

2015 WordForge Readings

All dates are Mondays, all 7PM start,
& all start with an Open Mike...

February 9: Martha Collins and Bessy Reyna

March 16: Jasmine Dreame Wagner and Steven Ostrowski

April 20: Eric Hoffman and David Epstein

May 11: Marilyn Nelson and Brent Terry

June 8: Joan Sidney and Elizabeth Thomas



WordForge Reading Series History

2014
Dec. 1: Doug Anderson and Leslie McGrath

Nov. 10: Joan Hofmann and Sue Ellen Thompson

Oct. 20: JoAnne Bauer and Brian Simoneau

Sept. 29: Melissa E. Croghan and Rennie McQuilkin

June 2: Edwina Trenthan and Rhett Watts

May 5: Daniel Donaghy and V. Penelope Pelizzon

April 7: Christine Beck and Sarah Nichols

March 10: Dominic Failla and Adam Golaski

Feb. 10: Charles Fort and Kerry O'Keefe

2013
Dec. 2: John Jeffrey & Pit Pinegar

Nov. 4: Jonathan Gillman & Gian Lombardo

Oct. 7: Brad Davis & Heidi St. Jean

Sept. 16: Chivas Sandage & Jonas Zdanys

June 10: Stephen Campiglio & Sarah Pemberton Strong

May 13: Alfred Corn and Glyn Dowden

April 29: Karim Ahmed and Reginald Flood

April 8: Clarke Otter and Ken McManus

March 11: Pate Hale and Steve Straight

2012
Dec. 10: Donna Fleischer and Tom Nicotera

Nov. 12: Charles Douthat and Julia Paul

Oct. 15: Christine Palm and David Pontrelli

Sept. 24: Ginny Lowe Connors and Ken Cormier

June 4: Christine Beck & Cynthia Peck

May 14: Sherri Bedingfield and Benjamin Grossberg

April 16: Catherine Hoyser and Kate Rushin

March 12: Poetry and Translation: David Cappella and Maria Esposito Frank

February 13:  Two Capital Community College poets, Antoinette Brim & Kenneth DiMaggio

2011
December 12: 'Coat Drive' Open Mike

November 14: Three Antrim House Poets: Susan Allison, Polly Brody & Joan Kantor

October 17: Two poets from Trinity College, Clare Rossini and Ciaran Berry

September 26: Short readings by current/former board members of the Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens, featuring: Dennis Barone, Lonnie Black, Christine Palm and Phil Tegeler

June 13: Jesse Abbot and Steve Ersinghaus

May 16: David Leff and Maria Sassi

April 19: John Peck and Lisa Taylor

April 4: Eileen Albrizio and Gray Jacobik

March 14: Irish & American Poetry Night, featuring Ciaran Berry, Leslie McGrath, Kathryn Kelly and James Finnegan.

Jan. 10: Peter Ganick and Eric Hoffman

2010
Dec. 6: Prose Poems & Flash Fiction, featuring Dennis Barone and Charlie Chase

Nov. 15: Fall Harvest Open Mike (benefit for Loaves & Fishes Ministries)

Oct. 18: Marilyn Johnston and John Stanizzi

Sept. 13: Nancy Kuhl and Ravi Shankar

June 14: Suzanne Frischkorn and John Surowiecki

April 26: Poets of the Greater Hartford Arts Academy with Megan Collins, Meghan Evans, Jonathan Gillman, Lynn Hoffman, Pamela Nomura, Rafael Oses, Christine Palm, Pit Pinegar, Kate Rushin

May 17: Brush & Ink: A night of Modern Poetry in the Japanese Tradition—Stanford M. Forrester, Donna Fleischer and Tyrone McDonald

April 5: Leslie McGrath and Tryfon Tolides

March 15: River’s Edge Poets—David Holdt, Elizabeth Kincaid-Ehlers and Drew Sanborn

Feb. 22: Bessy Reyna and Mark Weiss

Feb. 1: Ten Thousand Things

Jan. 11: Favorite Poem Project: Poetry in Spanish<=>English

2009
Dec. 7: Brickwalk Poets

Nov. 16: Fall Harvest Open Mike Reading (benefit for FoodShare)