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.
April 27th will feature two women poets reading in a volta-style on the issue of child abuse and healing, MA residents Candace Curran and Janet MacFayden created the piece and began performing it last year.
Curran, twice named as Western Massachusetts Poets’ Seat Laureate and winner of the 2022 Elyse Wolf Prize, collaborated with MacFayden, who is the author of three full-length collections, the recipient of a 2022 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant and a 7-month Fine Arts Work Center fellowship. She is managing editor of Slate Roof Press.
Also on the program will be MA resident Roger Kechawah Mbianda, a native of Cameroon in Africa. He is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Curriculum Development and Instruction. Mbianda has a poetry collection titled Rays of My Days and is about to finish his first novel. The evening will also present several “Quiet Corner Poets” who will present work created through their monthly writing group.