Monday Dec. 12: Sherri Bedingfield and Ginny Lowe Connors

POETRY READING: Monday December 12, 7pm—Sherri Bedingfield and Ginny Lowe Connors

Featuring two poets with recently released poetry books based on historical accounts of communities upended by accusations of witchcraft. Sherri’s new book The Clattering: Views from old Forfarshire, Scotland, features poetry that relates the true story of one woman and others in the town of Forfarshire accused of witchcraft in seventeenth century Scotland. The poems in The Clattering, when read together, tell a narrative through the villagers' voices, much like a Greek Chorus summarizes the goings-on. Ginny’s book Toward the Hanging Tree focuses on the witch hunt in Salem Village in 1692. It includes the voices of many people involved: the accused, the accusers, and others.

Sherri [Sheryll] Bedingfield’s poetry has appeared in several anthologies and small press publications including Caduceus, Journal of Poetry Therapy and Connecticut River Review. She has read at Noah Webster House, Noah Webster Library, Hartford Public Library, New Haven Public Library, Windsor Art Center, Wintonbury Poetry Series and Yale Book Store. One of her poems was selected for the Poetry in the Parks Project and is displayed at Fernridge in West Hartford. She also did the artwork that frames the poem. Sherri’s work is not just enjoyed locally; she recently read her poetry in Dingle, Ireland. Sherri is the author of Transitions and Transformations, published by Antrim House in 2010. Her poems have been performed by East Haddam Stage Company in Plays with Poetry. Sherri is on the Board of Riverwood Poetry Series. She works as a psychotherapist and a family therapist. She uses art and poetry as creative therapy with some of her clients.

Ginny Lowe Connors is the author of three poetry collections: The Unparalleled Beauty of a Crooked Line, Barbarians in the Kitchen, and most recently, Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village. Her chapbook, Under the Porch, won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. In addition, she has edited several poetry anthologies. Connors, who has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, is on the executive boards of the Connecticut Poetry Society and of the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate. She served as the Poet Laureate of West Hartford, Connecticut from 2013-2015. Connors also keeps busy running a small poetry press, Grayson Books.

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: 2016...

2016 WordForge Readings

Dec. 12: Ginny Lowe Connors and Sheryl Bedingfield

All dates are Mondays, 7PM, starting with an OPEN MIKE.

WordForge Reading Series History

2016
November 7: Danielle Pieratti and a group reading with Stanford M. Forrester, Tom Clausen, & Michael Ketchek

Oct. 10: Garrett Phelan and Luisa Caycedo-Kimura

Sept. 26: Alison D. Moncrief Bromage

June 6: Joan Sidney and Victoria Muñoz

May 17: Martha Collins and Bessy Reyna

May 2: Elizabeth Kincaid-Elhers & Margaret Gibson

March 7: Pat Hale and Jose B. Gonzalez

2015
Dec. 7: Jeffrey Kaimowitz, Stephen Utz, and Kevin Rita

Nov. 2: Michael Cervas and Bruce Cohen

Oct. 5: Suzanne Levine and Janet Passehl

Sept. 8: Dennis Barone and Anita Durkin

June 8: Elizabeth Thomas

May 11: Brent Terry and Marilyn Nelson

April 20: David Epstein and Eric Hoffman

March 16: Steven Ostrowki

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)