Wintonbury Poetry Series

Spark your creativity, make connections, and share the gift of poetry! Bloomfield Public Library offers readings by notable poets and a warm, supportive atmosphere for sharing your own work. Everyone is welcome!

The Wintonbury Poetry Series is held on the third Thursday of the month, October – April, at 7:00 PM. Open mic follows each program.

Upon registering your email for this program, you will receive the Zoom link to join. All participants will start with video off and sound muted. No computer/internet at home? Call the Library for the phone number, meeting ID & password and join us over the phone.

Residents of Bloomfield and surrounding communities are invited to submit their poetry for consideration to appear on the library’s Poetry Sharing Page.

October 15

7:00 PM
Register Online or call 860-242-0041

This reading is presented by 4 poets in the new anthology, Shadows from Unfinished Things: Poems and Photographs: Dom Failla, James Finnegan, James Govoni, and Marilyn Johnston. In 2019, seven local poets were invited to submit poems to an anthology being planned by QTR Books. Dom Failla served as editor. The book was designed by Marilyn Rabetz with the poems beautifully enhanced by the photography of her late husband, poet Walter Rabetz. Open mic follows.

Dominic Failla taught philosophy, religion, and psychology at a private school in CT and has written a collection of poetry entitled A Fist Full of Stars




James Finnegan founded the WordForge Reading Series in 2009, and in 2016 it was relaunched as The Charter Oak Readings at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford. James served as West Hartford Poet Laureate from 2011-2013. 



Jim Govoni’s poetry strives to lend a voice addressing the complexities arising from the spirit of our unconscious and the spirit of our times. Jim’s work appears in the anthologies, Creativity and Constraint (Wising Up Press, 2014) and BEAT-itude (Local Gems Press, 2019). 



Marilyn Johnston is the author of two full poetry collections from Antrim House Books, and her chapbook, Against Disappearance, won publication as Finalist for the 2001 Poetry Prize of Redgreene Press.  She co-founded the Wintonbury Poetry Series in 1996 and coordinated it for 20 years.