Monday Nov. 7: Danielle Pieratti, Stanford Forrester, Tom Clausen & Michael Ketchek

POETRY READING: Monday November 7, 7pm—Danielle Pieratti and a group reading with Stanford M. Forrester, Tom Clausen, & Michael Ketchek

Danielle Pieratti's poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Boston Review, Barn Owl Review, Rhino, and other journals, and she received The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Connors Prize for Poetry in 2004. She is the author of two chapbooks: “By the Dog Star," the 2005 winner of the Edda Chapbook Competition for Women, and “The Post, the Cage, the Palisade," published by Dancing Girl Press in 2015. Danielle holds an MFA from Columbia University and is a teacher-consultant for the National Writing Project. She currently teaches high school English in South Windsor, and runs regular writing workshops and retreats for teacher-writers through the Connecticut Writing Project-Storrs at the University of Connecticut.

Group reading with Stanford M. Forrester, Tom Clausen, & Michael Ketchek drawing from the haiku tradition with glimpses of haibun, senryu, and tanka...

Stanford M. Forrester is a past president of the Haiku Society of America as well as the editor of bottle rockets: a collection of short verse, which boasts its 18th year in print. Stanford has had poems published in many journals and anthologies worldwide. He perhaps is most proud of his haiku being included in Haiku edited by Peter Washington in the Everyman’s Pocket Poetry Series published by Knopf, American Zen: A Gathering of Poets published by Bottomdog Press, and Haiku in English: The First 100 years published by Norton with an introduction by Billy Collins. In 2004 he took first seat in the 57th Annual Basho Anthology Contest in Ueno, Japan and in 2012, one of his haiku won second place in the International Robert Frost Poetry & Haiku Contest. That same year he was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Fairly recently one of his poems was featured in Japan on the NHK TV show Haiku Masters.

Tom Clausen

Michael Ketchek'shaiku have appeared regularly in haiku journals for the last 30 years, and in anthologies such as Haiku Moment (Charles E Tuttle Company), and Baseball Haiku (W.W. Norton and Company). My latest collection of haiku is entitled Who I Am (Free Food Press).


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

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Upcoming Readings: 2016...

2016 WordForge Readings

Nov. 7: Danielle Pieratti and Stanford M. Forrester with two haiku poets: Michael Ketchek and Tom Clausen

Dec. 5: Ginny Lowe Connors and Sheryl Bedingfield

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

WordForge Reading Series History


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec. 7: Brickwalk Poets

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