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Since it has been a few years since we received updates on these listings, many of them may be out of date. Please check with a venue's contact before attending. Also see the weekly calendar, linked below, for a more current listing. --egh

The following list of Connecticut poetry venues is updated weekly by The CT Poet, and is reproduced for The Fairfield Review readers. The CT Poet also produces a weekly calendar of local poetry events. For further information, please contact John Jeffrey at --egh



Address: ******** Unless otherwise noted, spaces are smoke free spaces.
Contact Information:
Program Description:
Costs: ******** If costs are not listed, then the event is free to the
public. Most events are free.

******** To update your venue or poetry series information or to add or
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NAME: Arts Café - Mystic Arts Association
Address: 9 Water Street, Mystic, CT 06355
Contact Information: 860-536-7601 or 860-441-6777
Program Description: Featured poet and music, 7:30 p.m.
Costs: $7 donation at the door, $5 for students and seniors.

NAME: ArtSpace Hartford
Address: 555 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105
Contact Information: Contact Peter for more information at 860-548-9975.
Program Description: Random events in the gallery, call for information.

NAME: ArtWell
Address: 51 Water Street, Torrington, CT 06790
Contact Information: 860-482-5122
Program Description: Reading Series for featured poets, call for dates.
Web site:

NAME: Art Works Gallery
Address: 233 Pearl Street, Hartford, CT 06105
Contact Information: 860-247-3522
Program Description: Call for upcoming events.

NAME: Baileywick Books
Address: 50 Bank Street, New Milford, CT 06776
Contact Information: 860-354-3865, Blanche Bailey
Program Description: Call for upcoming events.

NAME: Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Address: 1599 Southeast Rd., Farmington
Contact Information: 860-678-9494. Event host is Priscilla Herrington - email
her at .
Program Description: Slam and open mike every third Sunday 5 p.m. This is a
family friendly venue.

NAME: Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Address: 1599 Southeast Rd., Farmington
Contact Information: 860-678-9494. Event host is Elizabeth Thomas - email
her at or call her at 860-228-2719.
Program Description: Teen Slam and open mike every third Tuesday of the month
at 7:00 p.m. This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY venue. Poets must be ages 13 to 20.

NAME: Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Address: Brass City Mall, Waterbury, CT
Contact Information: Contact person is Kate Thomas - at
Program Description: Featured poet, open mike, and slam every third Friday, 8
p.m. This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY venue. Usually this venue does not hold a
slam. The open mike is pretty great here.

NAME: Barnes & Noble
Address: 1076 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880
Contact Information: 203-221-7955, Rose Marie Barone.
Program Description: Open reading every second Sunday 2-3:30 p.m. This is

NAME: Bethel Arts Junction - A Cooperative Gallery.
Address: 186 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT 06801
Contact Information: Contact either Michael Seri at 270-6202, 203-748-2828
during the day, or Faith Vicinanza at 203-426-3388 or email at .
Program Description: This nearly 5 year old Wednesday Night Poetry Series is
now hosted 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the above gallery. A poetry open
mike, followed by featured poet(s), and then a poetry workshop (reading and
feedback session - bring copies to share). This is a very funky art space
below The Greenwood Restaurant. This is an UNRESTRICTED VENUE.
Costs: $1 suggested donation on regular nights. At the price may vary
depending on who is featured, if so it will be noted in the calendar.

NAME: Borders Books & Music
Address: 1041 High Ridge Rd., Stamford, CT 06905
Contact Information: 203-968-9700, Kenn Finn.
Program Description: Poet's Corner, every 3rd Thursday at 7:30 p.m., FAMILY

NAME: Borders Books & Music
Address: 59 Pavilions Dr., Buckland Hills, Manchester, CT 06040
Contact Information: Chris Phillips at 860-649-1433
Program Description: Open Mic Poetry the last Thursday of every month at
7:30 p.m.

NAME: Borders Books and Music
Address: Federal Road, Danbury, CT 06810
Contact Information: Toni - Events Manager - 203-798-1100
Program Description: Poetry readings and open mikes from time to time, call
ahead for dates and times.

NAME: Borders Books & Music
Address: 1600 South East Road, Farminton, CT 06032
Contact Information: Bea - Events Manager - 860-674-8110
Program Description: Poetry readings and open mikes from time to time, call
ahead for dates and times.

NAME: Cafe Earth
Address: Rt. 195, Storrs, CT 06268 - across from EO Smith High School and
the UCONN Fine Arts Buildings.
Contact Information: Gabrielle Zane is host. Call 860-423-6940 for more
information - or email
Program Description: Coffee house with feature and open mic, held first Wed.
of the month. Sept. - May @ 7:30 - 9:30 pm.

NAME: Café Lally
Address: 7 Railroad Street, West Cornwall, CT 06796
Contact Information: Call for more info - Carol Bonci @ 860-672-1003.
Program Description: Open mike every 3rd Thursday, 7:30 p.m., poetry / music
/ writers / storytellers / performers / etc. Eat indoors or outdoors - BYOB.

NAME: Collins Diner
Address: Routes 44 & 7, Railroad Plaza, Canaan, CT 06018
Contact Information: 860-824-7040. Ameen Storm Abo-Hamzy.
Program Description: Feature reader and open mike the last Thursday of every
month at 7:30 p.m.
NAME: Common Ground Coffee House
Address: Pearl Street, Enfield, CT 06082
Contact Information: Pete Siena
Program Description: Open Poetry Mike, every 3rd Sunday, hosted by Pete
Siena, 7 p.m.
Costs: $3 cover.

NAME: Danbury Chapter of the Ct. Poetry Society
Address: Meets at O'Neill's Sandwich and Coffee Bar, PT Barnum Square Plaza,
114 Greenwood Ave., Bethel 06801
Contact Information: Doris at 203-790-8073.
Program Description: 3rd Sunday 2 4 p.m. - bring 10-12 copies of a poem you
would like to workshop, typically a working meeting but call first to be
sure. Sometimes it is changed to the fourth Sunday, check ahead.

NAME: Equator Coffee Bar
Address: 841 Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040
Contact Information: 860-646-2895 for directions/details. Al Levine.
Program Description: Open mike every Tuesday, 7:30 sign-up, 8 p.m. poetry,
Costs: $3 cover charge but participants get a free cup of coffee.

NAME: Gallows Hill Bookstore
Address: Trinity College, Hallden Hall, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT 06105
Contact Information: Wally Swist / Manager, 860-297-5231.
Program Description: Featured readers and book signings. Call for upcoming

Address: 181 Court St., Middletown, CT 06457
Contact Information: First Option (best option) - contact the organizer of
this series Victoria Rivas at . Second option - Yvette at
860-343-9444 or reach them online at or
Program Description: Connecticut's longest running continuing Open Mic
Poetry Series (Since July 12th 1994). Rotating hosts for the series are
Cynthia Peck, Colin Haskins, Dan Collin, Dennis Chase, and Victoria Rivas.
All poetry readings start at 8:30 p.m. Informal setting. Funky place.
Great venue for 'first time out" readers and seasoned pros alike.
Open 7 days a week 'till 1 a.m.

NAME: Klekolo World Coffee (The Other)
Address: 386Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457 - located in the downtown
"Main Street Market" hiding there in the back of the mall (next to It's Only
Natural Restaurant).
Contact Information: First Option (best option) - contact the organizer and
host of this slam Victoria Rivas at . Or reach Klekolo
directly, call 860-343-9044 for info and directions, reach them online at or
Program Description: This location holds a slam on the 1st Sunday of every
month at 2 p.m.
Notes: This location just opened in January of 1999. It is huge compared
to the Court St. location. Space is available for reading and writing groups
who might be looking for a place to meet. Contact Hollie at
and put "Main StMarket" in the subject line of your email. This location is
open M,T,W 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Th,F,Sat 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the first Sunday
of every month from 10 a.m. till slam is over. It's Only Natural
Restaurant, across the hall, is open on the same Sunday as the slam every
month for vegan brunches (yum).
Notes: For the record: Klekolo is pronounced Clay-ko-lo. It is an African
word of the Minnianka language in the country of Mali.
Roughly translated Klekolo means: 'A system of rules to live by for peace
and harmony in the World.'

NAME: Laszlo's Arts Café
Address: 179 Main Street (Rt. 25), Monroe, CT 06468
Contact Information: Nuskat is the emcee. 203-459-8889. If you need
directions to Laszlo's, or would like to see the monthly schedule, go to: first page has
directions, next page has the schedule.
Program Description: Open mike and featured poet every Tuesday night at 7:30
to 10 p.m. Poetry workshop at 7:30, featured poet at 8:45, open poetry mike
starts at 9:15 and runs till closing time. Three pieces per artist, no
restrictions on content.
Costs: $1 suggested donation.

NAME: Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, Creative Arts Café Poetry
Address: 272 N. Bedford Road, Mt. Kisco, NY
Contact Information: 914-241-6922
Program Description: Feature and open poetry mike every Monday at 7:30 p.m.
or email at
Costs: $7 suggested donation, $3 for seniors.
NAME: Perfect Blend Restaurant
Address: , 1086 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117
Contact Information: 860-570-0010. Owners Sandy and Kim.
Program Description: Open mike every Wednesday night 7:30 till whenever.
This is a family friendly venue.

NAME: Perry's Coffeehouse
Address: 896 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511
Contact Information: , 203-397-2811
Program Description: Unknown.

NAME: St. Joseph's College
Address: 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117
Contact Information: . 860-233-2349. or contact Dennis Barone at
860-232-4571, ext 379.
Program Description: Featured readers, call for program dates and times.

NAME: The Art Guild
Address: Church Street, Farmington, CT 06032 - across from Noah Wallace
Elementary School and the Farmington Village library branch.
Contact Information: 860-677-6205 or
Program Description: Featured poets, call ahead for dates and times.

NAME: The Buttonwood Tree
Address: 605 Main St., Middletown, CT 06457 - corners of Main and Liberty.
(mailing address P. O. Box 71, Middletown, CT 06457)
Contact Information: 860-347-4957. Stephan and Susan Allison, email them at . The Buttonwood web site is
. Or email Faith at, or Victoria Rivas at or email Priscilla Herrington at
Program Description: . Poetry features and open mike every 1st & 2nd Friday
from Sept. through June, and 4th Friday when there are 5 Fridays in the
month, 8 p.m., suggested donation for featured reader programs is $4. This
is a nonrestricted venue. Poetry hosts are Priscilla Herrington, Victoria
Rivas, and Faith Vicinanza. The last Friday of every month from September to
June is a Slam, with slam host Matt Charnas. Free to the public.

NAME: The Coffee House, Milford Center for the Arts.
Address: Old Railroad Station, Milford, CT 06460
Contact Information: Tony Fusco at 203-932-1897
Program Description: Unknown.

NAME: The Hartford Public Library
Address: 500 Main St., Hartford, CT - in the General Reading room.
Contact Information: Bob Chapman, 860-522-4888 x6462.
Program Description: Poetry Slam every second Thursday at 7:00 p.m. from
September through May. This is a nonrestricted venue. Check out their web
site at

NAME: The Hartford Public Library
Address: 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Contact Information: Bob Chapman at 860-543-8652 or email him at - website at
Program Description: Slam and open readings every second Thursday of the
month in the Reading Room, 7 p.m., prizes to the top three poets.

NAME: The Hill-Stead Museum's Sunken Garden Poetry Festival
Address: 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington, CT - Exit 39 off I-84, straight to
the second full traffic light, left on Main St./Route 10, and left at the
next light (Mt. Rd.). The Museum is 1/4 mile up Mt. Rd. In case of rain,
Bloomfield High School, 5 Huckleberry Lane, off Park Ave. (Route 178) in
Bloomfield, about 3/4 of a mile from the center of town.
Contact Information: For information call 860-677-4787 and ask for Festival
Director Rennie McQuilkin. In case of rain, call (860) 677-9064.
Program Description: . An hour of music/dance starts at 6:30 p.m. followed
by an hour of poetry at 7:30 p.m. Afterwards is a book-signing. The
Festival readings occur every other Wednesday evening (same time) June
through August. Seminars on each of the poets occur on alternate Wednesdays
in the Make-Shift Theater at the Hill-Stead Museum, 7 p.m. - Come early and
bring a blanket or lawn chair. Dinners served from 5:30 p.m. (no picnics),
and half-price tours of the Museum from 5 p.m.
Costs: Parking on the museum property is $3.

NAME: The Liberty Tree Coffeehouse & Eatery
Address: One Market St., Norwich, CT 06360
Contact Information: 860-886-4465 or contact Scott Deshefy at 860-642-7066.
Program Description: Featured reader(s) and open mike - call for dates and

NAME: The Never Ending Bookstore
Address: 810 State Street, New Haven, 06511
Contact Information: HOST: Howard Stern - call for info at 203-624-9053 in
the evenings.
Program Description: First Thursday starting in October of 1999. 8 p.m.,
free to the public though donations to the bookstore are always welcome. A
poetry program which includes featured poets and an open mike.

NAME: The Planet Bean
Address: East Center St. Wallingford, CT 06492 - near Intersection of Rte
Contact Information: HOSTS: Adele & Dan Houston (203) 294-4273. Info -
also email
Program Description: Third Sunday Slam 2-4 p.m. all year except August. July
is Dead Poet Slam. No Tariffs. Poet recognition based on the number of
poets participating (a dozen poets, 3 prizes). Their goal is to be an
inter-generational venue. Open mike follows slam. Location available for
other poetry activities planned one month in advance.

NAME: The Q Cafe
Address: 197 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511
Contact Information: Renay Ghant 203-937-5153 or 203-781-4789 during the
Program Description: First Friday, 7 p.m., slam and open poetry mike.
Costs: There is a $2 cover charge.

NAME: The Writers' Asylum - A Night of the Written Word
Address: Gertrude & Alice's Coffee Bar, 2 Front St., Collinsville, CT 06022 -
(Next to the Collins Company Axe Factory)
Contact Information: Info: Call Cat at Gertrude & Alice's: (860) 693-3816.
Program Description: ), The 3rd Thursday of Every Month - Sign-up 7:45 p.m.
Readings begin at 8:00. Gertrude & Alice's, the birthplace of the
Collinsville Writers' Collective, is an inspiring, congenial, welcoming
place nestled next to the Farmington River in the village of Collinsville,
Connecticut. Come and share your writing, or just listen. G & A's welcomes
all form of writing: poetry, short stories, plays, et al.

NAME: The Yale Bookstore, A Barnes and Noble College Bookstore
Address: 77 Broadway, New Haven, CT 06511
Contact Information: 202-777-8440, x165. Contact Don Levy, Community
Relations, or email him at
Program Description: Featured reader(s) and open mike every last Friday (may
be 4th Friday, may be 5th Friday), 8 p.m. - sign-up is at 7:45.

NAME: UCONN Co-op Bookstore
Address: 81 Fairfield Road, University of Conn., Storrs, CT
Contact Information: 860-486-5027, Suzanne Staubach.
Program Description: : Featured reader(s) and book-signings. Call for dates
and times.

NAME: Unitarian Universalist Society
Address: 20 Forest Street, Stamford, CT
Contact Information: 203-348-0708 for info
Program Description: Poem Alley, a monthly poetry appreciation and workshop
with featured discussion leader(s) and/or poet(s), includes the discussion of
work of prominent poets, meets on the second Friday of each month, at the
Unitarian Universalist Society in Stamford in the Social Room 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Costs: There is a $5 suggested donation.

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