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Poetorium at Starlite Poetry Open Mic & Reading Series Featuring Tom Skarzynski and Chris Reilley

February 29 @ 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 Tom Skarzynski (Poet, Novelist, and Songwriter) and Christopher Reilley (Author of Breathing For Clouds & One Night Stanzas) 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 contact us at poetorium@mail.com or visit our website at https://poetorium.home.blog/2019/04/29/the-poetorium-at-starlite-2/
Tom Skarzynski (aka Olde Tom Woodwind) is a poet, novelist, and aspiring songwriter. He has been writing poetry for nearly his entire life, with his works first flowering occurring in the mid-eighties when he had many poems and a couple of short stories appear in The Springfield Journal. For a long period, his poetry plant went dormant while he focused on earning a living as a truck driver. Once retirement neared, he was inspired to write a ninety-thousand-word historical fiction novel. Then when he retired, he began becoming the writer he had always wanted to be. He sought out the local poetry community where he was welcomed like the prodigal son and received inspiration and encouragement. He has since written a fantasy novella and had poems published in the Natural Words and Beat Style Love Poems anthologies. He writes poetry every day and has an office that is littered with thousands of poems and somewhat resembles Times Square after the ball drops.
Christopher Reilley is a former poet laureate (Dedham, MA) a two-time Pushcart nominee, and the creative mind behind the Bytesized Studios. His collections include Breathing for Clouds, and more recently One Night Stanzas. His poems have appeared in a wide variety of journals like Boston Literary Magazine, Frog Croon, Word Salad, and others. He has spent time on the boards of the Worcester County Poetry Association, and the Newton Writing & Publishing Center.


February 29
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Paul Szlosek


Starlite Bar and Gallery
39 Hamilton St
Southbridge, MA 01550
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