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Poetorium at Starlite Poetry Open Mic & Reading Series Featuring Brad Davis and Linda Bratcher Wlodyka

June 27 @ 6:30 pm 9:00 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 Brad Davis (Author of On the Way to Putnam: New, Selected, & Early Poems, & Short List of Wonders) and Linda Bratcher Wlodyka (Massachusetts Beat Poet Laureate, 2023-2025) followed by poetry readings by our features, a 10-minute tribute to a dead poet by a guest reader (T.B.A), 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 feature and compensate Starlite for the use of their space. For more information, please get in touch with us at poetorium@mail.com or visit our website https//poetorium.home.blog/2019/04/29/the-poetorium-at-starlite-2/

Brad Davis is a California-born Canadian living in northeastern Connecticut with his spouse. His tenth collection of poems, On the Way to Putnam: New, Selected, & Early Poems, was just released in May. Individual poems have appeared in Poetry magazine, The Paris Review, Vallum, Michigan Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, Brilliant Corners, Image, Connecticut River Review, LETTERS, Presence, and many other journals. He earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught creative writing at two boarding schools and at Holy Cross and Eastern Connecticut State. In 2022, he was a Writer-in-Residence at Trail Wood, the Edwin Way Teale homestead and Audubon property in Hampton, CT. Other writing residencies include Mass MoCa and the Vermont Studio Center. A chapbook, Short List of Wonders, won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize.

Linda Bratcher Wlodyka is the Massachusetts Beat Poet Laureate, 2023-2025. In the summer of 2023, Linda was chosen as a contributor to WordxWord a summer poetry festival in the Berkshires where she collaborated with a team of poets creating a very large poem that was read aloud for the audience at The Mount. She also has held the position as a docent at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s summer home in Lenox, MA from 2002 -2006. She retired as an educator from Mt. Greylock Regional School District in Williamstown in 2020. Linda’s poem, Secret Cottage, was voted Best in the Berkshires in 2012 and she was invited to the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, MA to read that poem. Linda also has had three poems published in Red Barn Volume I, in 2016 after attending Peter Bergman’s workshop at Arrowhead the historic homestead of author Herman Melville in Pittsfield, MA. Linda has 3 chapbooks previously self-published, Her Spirited CameoVoices from the Blue Room, and Tick TockIf Brambles Were Bookends: Collected Poems, is Linda’s first full-length poetry collection released September 2023. Her poems have been widely anthologized throughout the United States. She is a member of the Florence Poet’s Society and has recently been involved reading and choosing poems for publication in the anthologies, Silkworm and Naugatuck River Review.

Paul Szlosek

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