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.

February 18

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

Featured poets are Dr. Joyce Ash and Patrick Donnelly.  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.

Dr. Joyce Ashuntantang (a.k.a. Joyce Ash) is a poet and Professor of English at the University of Hartford, Connecticut. Born in Cameroon, Central Africa, she is the author of many scholarly and creative publications, which include four poetry collections, Their Champagne Party Will End: Poems in Honor of Bate Besong, co-edited (2008), A Basket of Flaming Ashes (2010), Beautiful Fire (2018), and Bearing Witness: Poems from a Land in Turmoil, co-edited (2020). She has appeared as an invited poet in many countries including England, Germany, Nicaragua, Greece, Costa Rica, Colombia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, and USA. She has also contributed to several international poetry anthologies including, Peace for AfrinPeace for Kurdistan (2019), Hiraeth-Erzolirzoli: A Wales – Cameroon Anthology (2018), Poems for the Hazara (2014), Reflections: An Anthology of New Work by African Women Poets (2013), and We Have Crossed Many Rivers: New Poetry from Africa (2012). Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Greek, Hebrew, Turkish, Bangla, Arabic, and Romanian. Her collection Beautiful Fire won the 2020 African Literature Association Book of the Year Award-Creative Writing. She also received the Kathrak-Bangladesh Literary Award (2018). For more on Dr. Joyce Ashuntantang, visit her website www.joyceash.com.

Patrick Donnelly is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Little-Known Operas (Four Way Books, 2019). Gregory Orr has written that “everything he writes is suffused with tenderness and intelligence, lucidity and courage.” Donnelly is director of the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, now a center for poetry and the arts. With his spouse Stephen D. Miller, Donnelly translates classical Japanese poetry and drama. Their translations in The Wind from Vulture Peak (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013) were awarded the 2015-2016 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. Donnelly’s other awards include a U.S./Japan Creative Artists Program Award, an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and a 2018 Amy Clampitt Residency Award. Donnelly was 2015 – 2017 poet laureate of Northampton, MA.


March 18

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

“A Poet Ornithologist and a Poet Psychotherapist” – Featuring Polly Brody and Nancy Kerrigan.  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.

Southbury poet Polly Brody is also an experienced field ornithologist who has led many bird-watching excursions in CT. She has authored 5 books of poetry, essays and short stories, and her work has appeared in numerous publications. Polly has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, has twice received the Winchell Award from the Connecticut Poetry Society, and received the 2005 Poetry Prize from the Connecticut River Review. As Chairperson for the Newtown Conservation Commission, she was instrumental in saving 790 acres from development, and a major trail through this tract is named Polly Brody Forest Road.

Nancy Kerrigan is the author of two chapbooks: The Voices: The Poetry of Psychiatry and High Heels & Sneakers. She has shared her poetry in many venues, including some in Ireland. Her work as a psychotherapist in hospitals and private practice has taught her much about the human condition. Her most recent book, Lucky Enough: A Journey (Grayson Books, 2020), traces a life shaped by an Irish Catholic youth in Chicago, and on through the trials and joys of her particular adulthood.