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.

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.   


January 21

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

Features CT poet Robert Cording and a memorial reading of the late West Hartford poet Jerry Howard’s poems presented by Andy Weil.  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.

Robert Cording has published nine collections of poems, the most recent of which are Only So Far and Without My Asking. A new book on poetry, the bible and metaphor, Finding the World’s Fullness, is out from Slant. He has received two NEAs in poetry and has won a Pushcart Prize in poetry. His poems have appeared in such publications as The Georgia ReviewSouthern Review, Poetry, Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, The Common, Agni, New Ohio Review, Orion, and Best American Poetry, 2018. 

Poet Jerry Howard
Jerry Howard

Jerry Howard, who was scheduled to read in March 2019, passed away suddenly on Nov. 14, 2019, and Andy Weil‘s memorial reading was to take place last March but was canceled due to COVID. Jerry was born and raised in Hartford from a family who has been in Connecticut for 350 years. He was a graduate of Hartford High and UConn, and served in the U.S. Marines, stationed in Japan. He resided both in West Hartford and Key West and was founder of Howard Financial Corporation, an investment advisory company. He was a member of the Faxon Poets, the Key West Poetry Guild and Key West Writers Group, and his poems have appeared in their anthologies. He was the Poet of the Month in Key West each January for three years. In his own words, “For me poetry is a part of each day. It is like breathing and the natural sharing of yourself.” Poet Andy Weil will read a selection of Jerry’s poems.

Andy Weil is a performance poet/humorist and 2018 First Place winner of The Altrusa International Poetry Contest (CT chapter). He is the founder/facilitator of “Senior Voices-Expressing Yourself Through Poetry” workshops held in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Florida, and was a close friend of Jerry Howard.