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3 POETS TO PERFORM AT FREE SPOKEN WORD/POETRY READING: Father’s Day

June 16 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm


Poets at Large is happy to announce their first free poetry/spoken word event of the season will
be on June 16th , 2-4 p.m. in the barn at Roseland Park, 205 Roseland Park Road, Woodstock, CT.


This is the fifth year for the regional group to bring poets to the park. Featured readers that
afternoon will be MA poets Lea Deschenes, and Howie Faerstein, along with Woodstock poet
Karen Warinsky. Featured Open Mic reader will be Long Island poet Steve Borodkin.

Sign up for open mic at karen.warinsky@gmail.com.

5- minute limit as time allows.

Because this reading coincides with Father’s Day, all fathers will be entered in a raffle for a book and gift
from Poets at Large.


Howie Faerstein is the author of 5 books including Play a Song on the Drums He Said (Owl’s Head Press) and Out of Order (Main Street Rag), and has been published in numerous journals including Great River Review, Nimrod, Off the Coast, Rattle, upstreet, Banyan Review, Nine Mile, Verse Daily, Nixes Mate, On the Seawall, Hole in the Head Review, Gyroscope, Peacock Journal, & Connotation. He also facilitates open mics at the Northampton, MA Forbes Library. A multiple Pushcart nominee, Cutthroat Discovery Poet, & recipient of the NOVA 2022 poetry prize, he’s co-poetry editor of Cutthroat & lives in Florence, MA. 

Lea C. Deschenes resides in Worcester, MA and holds an MFA in Poetry from New England College. Her poetry has appeared online, on stage, and in print. A former member of four National Poetry Slam teams and a coach to two more, she also holds a BA in Theater. She has received a Jacob Knight Award, been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and represented Worcester in the 2005 Individual World Poetry Slam. She is the author of thirteen chapbooks. Her first full-length collection The Constant Velocity of Trains is available through Write Bloody Publishing and her editorial debut “Knocking at the Door” is available from Birch Bench Press.

Karen Warinsky is a 2023 Best of the Net nominee and a former finalist of the Montreal International Poetry Contest. She has three books, Gold in Autumn (2020), Sunrise Ruby, (2022) from Human Error Publishing, and Dining with War (2023) from Alien Buddha Press and has been published in numerous anthologies and journals including the 2019 Mizmor anthology, Blue Heron, Ms. Aligned and Whose Sprits Touch. She is the coordinator of CT-based Poets at Large.

Poets at Large is a project of Windham Arts. This series is sponsored in part by bank Hometown, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, and Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors and Global Partners.

Karen Warinsky, Poets At Large

205 Roseland Park Road

205 Roseland Park Road
Woodstock, Connecticut 06281
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