POETS AT LARGE Spoken Word/Poetry Event
March 26TH in Webster, MA
Poets at Large continues its 2023 series of spoken word/poetry readings on Sunday, March 26th at The Rose Room Café, 4 East Main St., Webster, MA. The reading is free to the public (ages 14 and up) and will be held from 2-4 p.m. Featured readers will be B. Fulton Jennes, poet laureate of Ridgefield, CT, and author G. John Brand. There will be an intermission and an open mic after the featured poets. Anyone wishing to participate in the open mic should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open mic readers will get 5 minutes each.
- Fulton Jennes is the Poet Laureate of Ridgefield, CT, where she leads intergenerational poetry workshops and serves as poet-in-residence at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Her poems have appeared in The Comstock Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Night Heron Barks, SWIMM, Tar River Poetry, the Connecticut Literary Anthology (2020 and 2021 editions), Connecticut River Review, Naugatuck River Review, Vassar Review, One Hand Pointing, Limp Wrist, Ekphrastic Review, Extreme Sonnets II, and many other journals and anthologies. In 2021, her poem, “From the Room of an Unknown Girl,” was awarded the Leslie McGrath Prize by Helix Magazine.In 2021, her collection Mammoth Springwas a finalist for the Two Sylvias Wilder Prize and the Small Harbor Press Laureate Prize. Her chapbook Blinded Birds (Finishing Line Press) was released in April of 2022.
- John Brand is Professor Emeritus of English at Quinsigamond Community College, where he enjoyed a career spanning over two decades. Brand began writing poetry regularly in the mid 1980’s in a creative writing class. During his career Brand enjoyed making poetry, literature and theatre accessible to students, fostering a lifelong enthusiasm for the literary arts. His book, Things I Might Have Said, is a collection of amusing and entertaining poems.
This year’s series at The Rose Room is sponsored in part by Hometown bank, the Putnam Area Foundation, and Global Parners (Ashford Xtra Mart and Webster Honey Farms).