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Poetorium at Starlite

May 30 @ 6:30 pm 9:30 pm

Please join us for a special double feature edition of our monthly open mic and featured poetry reading series The Poetorium at Starlite hosted by Paul Szlosek and Ron Whittle. It will be a full evening of poetry and spoken word starting with a brief interview on stage with our two featured poets Jovonna Van Pelt (Author of Unrelated Questions) and Jonathan Andersen (Author of Augur and Stomp and Sing), followed by poetry readings by our features, a 10-minute tribute to a dead poet by a guest reader, a short intermission, and then an open mic (with 5-minute slots for each reader). Admission is free, but a hat will be passed for donations to pay our features and compensate Starlite for the use of their space. For more information, please contact us at poetorium@mail.com or visit our website at https://poetorium.home.blog/2019/04/29/the-poetorium-at-starlite-2/

Jonathan Andersen’s most recent collection of poems is Augur (Red Dragonfly Press, 2018), which was the recipient of the David Martinson-Meadowhawk Poetry Prize and a finalist for the 2019 Connecticut Book Award in Poetry. Other books include Stomp and Sing (Curbstone/ NWU Press 2005) and, as editor, Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U.S.A. (Smokestack Books 2008). His poems have appeared in print and online publications, including Café Review, Freshwater, Hanging Loose, Here, New American Writing, Nimrod, North American Review, The Progressive, Rattle, Salt, and Worcester Review, among others. An educator for 29 years, Andersen is currently a professor of English at CT State Community College-Quinebaug Valley in Danielson and Willimantic, Connecticut.

Jovonna Van Pelt writes because she has stories to share: funny, difficult, personal stories, and casual observations of contemporary life. She has been a featured reader for Straw Dog Writers Guild, the Garlic & Arts Festival, Poets at Large, Gateway City Arts, and the Great Falls Word Festival and a multiple finalist in the Poet’s Seat competition. Jo’s debut poetry collection, Unrelated Questions (Human Error Publishing, 2019) was the result of serendipity and perhaps good karma. A second volume of poetry and a collection of holiday short stories are forthcoming. She lives happily with her rescue cat in Greenfield, MA.

Paul Szlosek

Starlite Bar and Gallery

39 Hamilton St
Southbridge, MA 01550
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