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.

Wintonbury Poetry Series Workshops

Presented by Ginny Lowe Connors, a retired English teacher and author of several poetry collections, including Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village (Antrim House, 2017), as well as The Unparalleled Beauty of a Crooked Line and Barbarians in the Kitchen. Her chapbook, Under the Porch, won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize and she has earned numerous awards for individual poems. Connors holds an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a former poet laureate of West Hartford. As publisher of her own press, Grayson Books, Connors has also edited a number of poetry anthologies, including Forgotten Women: A Tribute in Poetry. A Board Member of the Connecticut Poetry Society, she is co-editor of Connecticut River Review. Connors writes a column for the Hartford Courant: CT Poets’ Corner.

Workshop #1: Writing the List Poem

Thursday, May 13
6:30 PM

Register Online or call 860-242-0041

Stuck in a rut with your writing? Try writing a list poem. They are easy to write, and can be a surprisingly effective way to express certain ideas or emotions. A list poem can be amusing, or it can use the incantatory power of repetition to reinforce a depth of feeling. In this workshop we will look at some samples of list poems, talk about possible topics, and try writing a draft of our own.

Workshop #2: Pathways to Publication

Thursday, May 20
6:30 PM

Register Online or call 860-242-0041

People often write poems in order to sort through their feelings or express a personal truth, and at times, just writing things down is enough. Sometimes poets write to mark special occasions or milestones, to celebrate or mourn family members or friends. However, much of poetry is meant to be shared with a wider audience. How does one go about getting poems published? In this workshop we’ll concentrate mainly on a discussion of the publication of individual poems, but also examine the possibilities of chapbooks and full-length collections: how to submit your work, where to submit, and what to include.