Well, are you ready for spring?  Are you ready for National Poetry Month?  Get your calendars out!  Over the course of this month, postings will highlight the many happenings and resources available to poets and poetry fans related to National Poetry Month.

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For Connecticut Poetry events we recommend checking out the Shoreline listing or subscribing to the CT Poet Newsletter at Poetz.com for event listings: http://www.poetz.com/connecticut/

For Events in Boston and NY, we recommend suscribing to the AGNI poetry event listings: http://www.bu.edu/agni/agnimail.html



March wrap-up

The Sleeping Giant Poets Guild extends it’s thanks to the Hamden Arts Commission for their sponsorship and support of our March Event, especially the great food and refreshments they provided.

Over 60 people attended our first Evening of Poetry featuring Richard Tillinghast. Thanks to everyone who participated in the open mic.  Guilford Poets Guild, Wednesday Night Poetry, Curly’s, The Poetry Institute were some of the representatives of Connecticut Poetry participating.  In addition to their readings, they brought flyers about their venues for the table where Tony Fusco, President of the Connecticut Poetry Society shared information about CPS membership, benefits and activities.

Richard Tillinghast chatted with us in between his poems about their history, and about his writing.  What a setting.  It felt like we were in his living room for a discussion among friends.  And we were.  Connecticut has many wonderful poets.  Thank you to those who shared your work with us this past Friday.

An Evening of Poetry Featuring Richard Tillinghast

Friday Evening March 26th

Thornton Wilder Hall in Hamden, Connecticut

This event is free and open to the public.

You don’t want to miss this event!

Location:  Thornton Wilder Hall, Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT

Date: Friday, March 26th, 2010

Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm, Open Mic begins at 7:00 pm

Open Mic: Feel free to bring a poem, take the stage and share a song, a memoir excerpt, even a limerick to the open mic. 3 minutes per participant. Sign up for the open mic at the door. Read your own work, even a favorite poem!

Richard Tillinghast, is the author of eight books of poetry and as well as non-fiction works.  His poems have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, The New Republic, Poetry London, Poetry Ireland Review, as well as online on Slate, Poetry Daily and elsewhere.  Born in Memphis, educated at Harvard, travel and change have always been a part of this poet’s life and work. Each of his collections of poetry reflects his restlessness and need to reinvent his way of writing.

For twenty years beginning in the 1980s Tillinghast reviewed new poetry for the New York Times Book Review. He has also reviewed and written literary essays for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and The New Criterion, as well as writing travel articles for the Times and other magazines. Now that he is living in Ireland, he reviews frequently for The Irish Times and the Dublin Review of Books.

Adrian Frazier notes that Tillinghast’s latest work, Finding Ireland, “enacts the belief that literature is a form of pleasure, woven out of history and society, and weaving its way into the personal lives of readers anywhere.It shows how and why Ireland has become a magnet for writers worldwide.” http://www-personal.umich.edu/~rwtill/

Sponsored by The Hamden Arts Commission and The Sleeping Giant Poets Guild

The Hamden Arts Commission is pleased to add Poetry to the growing list of arts activities in Hamden.  The commission is Hamden’s cultural resource and information center.  Presenting close to 40 programs annually, it’s 15 volunteer commissioners enthusiastically support the individuals and organizations working to enhance the arts in Hamden. http://www.hamden.com/content/47/213/2992.aspx

With the support of The Hamden Public Library, the community’s information center. Visit http://www.hamdenlibrary.org/ for program information.


Welcome to the Sleeping Giant Poets Guild!

If you are a poet (oh come on you know you are!) from the greater Hamden, Connecticut area, we hope you will get involved with the Guild!

The Guild’s purpose is to foster poetry in the local community.  It’s easy! It’s fun!

Check out the site for information and do-it-yourself ideas.  Check here for information on our activities and information about how you may get involved.  Post your comment below and let us know who you are and why you love poetry!

However you choose to get involved, thanks for visiting and spread the word.

-Cheers, Elizabeth Cleary