The Vanilla Bean Café, 450 Deerfield Road in Pomfret, will again host Poets at Large spoken word and poetry performances on the last Saturday of the month, 7-9 p.m., from February through May. Poets at Large is a regional group of poets who read in CT and MA, now in its fifth year. The group’s coordinator, Woodstock author/poet Karen Warinsky, is the Emcee, and those wishing to be in the open mic segment can sign up by contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a 5-minute limit for open mic readers and these events are recommended for ages 14 and up.
March 23 the Poets at Large show will feature well-known Worcester poets Tony Brown, John Hodgen and Karen Elizabeth Sharpe.
Brown has been writing for well over 50 years, and publishing and performing his work for over 40. A seven-time Pushcart Prize and two-time Best Of The Net nominee, he is also the winner of the 2022 Stanley Kunitz Medal, endowed by the late Kunitz, a US poet laureate and Worcester native.
Hodgen is the Writer-in-Residence at Assumption University in Worcester, MA, and Advisory Editor for New Letters at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Hodgen won the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry for Grace in 2005, and is the author of five volumes of poetry.
Sharpe is a poetry editor at The Worcester Review and the author of two volumes of poetry. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and is widely published.