3 Poetry Events to Take Place in Willimantic this April

Written by Jordan Corey

WILLIMANTIC, CT (03/29/2018) Three poetry readings will take place in Willimantic this April, two of which will occur at Eastern Connecticut State University and benefit the Covenant Soup Kitchen.

On April 5 at 7 p.m. in Eastern’s Science Building, room 301, Maria Mazziotti Gillan will do a reading and book signing as part of the English Department’s “Visiting Writers” series. Gillan has published 22 books of and about poetry, in addition to four anthologies, and received the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature. The event is free and open to the public. Canned and non-perishable food items will be collected for the Covenant Soup Kitchen.

On April 10 at 5 p.m. in Eastern’s Science Building, room 301, the English Department and Creative Writing Club will present a night of readings by Connecticut poets laureate. Featured poets include Susan Allison (Middletown), Christine Beck (West Hartford), Kathy Carle (Seabury Community in Bloomfield), Ginny Connors (West Hartford), Daniel Donaghy (Windham County), Allan Garry (The Veterans Art Foundation), Tarn Granucci (Wallingford), Joan Hofmann (Canton), Pat O’Brien (Old Saybrook), Julia Paul (Manchester), Rhonda Ward (New London) and Gordy Whiteman (Guilford). The event is free and open to the public. Canned and non-perishable food items will be collected for the Covenant Soup Kitchen.

On April 18 at 7 p.m. at the Windham Theatre Guild, “Here in Windham: A Celebration of Poetry” will feature poets Doug Anderson of Northampton, MA; Alexandrina Sergio, poet laureate of Glastonbury; Steve Straight of South Windsor; as well as poets from Windham County high schools. The event is in remembrance of former Eastern professor Alexander “Sandy” Taylor, who founded Curbstone Press, a nonprofit literary publishing house in Willimantic focused on works that express a commitment to social awareness, human rights and peace. Admission for adults is $8 and $5 for students.