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.

November 19

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

Featured poets are Michael Lepore and Rhett Watts. Leslie McGrath was originally scheduled but passed away in August 2020. For the open mic, if you would like to read one of Leslie McGrath’s poems, please do! Sign up for open mic during registration or email Tom at tnicotera@libraryconnection.info.

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.

Michael Lepore

Dr. Michael Lepore, a retired orthodontist, is Glastonbury’s Poet Laureate and the author of three poetry books that deal with the lingering effects of combat service in the Vietnam War. His first book, Forgotten Heroes- Poemsfor and about Veterans of the Vietnam War was published in 2010. His second book, Vietnam Voices- Echoes of the VietnamExperience received a Bronze Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. His third book, Moral Injury- A Vietnam War Journey of Moral and Spiritual Confusion received the Gold Medal in the “Poetry Book” category of the 2017 Awards Program of the Military Writers Society of America. His fourth book, My Inner Eye, is a reflection on his life’s journey. All four books were published by Grayson Books, West Hartford, CT. His poem, Impaired, received the First Prize award from the Connecticut Poetry Society’s 2019 Awards program.

Rhett Watts has lived in Beirut, New York and San Francisco. After 35 years in Connecticut, she and her husband moved to Massachusetts where they live beside Dark Brook. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and is included in the books: The Best Spiritual Writing 2000 and Knitting into the Mystery: A Guide to the Shawl-KnittingMinistry. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she took first place in the CT Poetry Award 2013 and was co-winner of the Rane Arroyo Chapbook Prize for No Innocent Eye. Her books are: Willing Suspension (Antrim House) and The Braiding (Kelsay Books). Rhett holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a member of the 4×4 artist/poet collaborative and also writes with The Shes in Bloomfield. As a certified writing facilitator (Amherst Writers & Artists), she leads workshops in CT and MA. A SoulCollage® facilitator and trained spiritual companion, she views the world as ‘a vale of soul-making’ as poet John Keats wrote in his letters.


December 17

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

Featured poets are Lori Desrosiers and Benjamin Grossberg.  Open mic follows the featured poets. Sign up during registration or email Tom at tnicotera@libraryconnection.info.

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.

Poet Lori Desrosiers

Lori Desrosiers’ third full-length book of poems, Keeping Planes in the Air (Salmon Poetry), has been described by poet Christina Lovin as “[being] for any of us who have witnessed the ambiguity of holding onto our lives and loves in the constant presence of an impending loss that leaves us (and the poet) with a wounded wonderment ‘which is/ more than [we] can fathom/ or just enough.’” When not writing, Desrosiers edits Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry, and Wordpeace, an online journal dedicated to social justice. She also teaches Poetry in the Lesley University M.F.A. graduate program. Lori lives and writes in Westfield, Massachusetts.

Benjamin S. Grossberg‘s books include Space Traveler (University of Tampa Press, 2014) and Sweet Core Orchard (University of Tampa Press, 2009), winner of the Tampa Review Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. His poems have appeared widely, including in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies, Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, and in the magazines Paris ReviewSouthwest ReviewNew England ReviewKenyon ReviewBoulevard, and The Sun. A recipient of individual artist grants from the states of Ohio and Connecticut, he directs the creative writing program at the University of Hartford. Ben is also a distance runner and a vegetarian. His new poetry collection, My Husband Would, will be published by the University of Tampa Press this November.