October 5th JOAN KUNSCH Award-winning choreographer and poet Joan Kunsch is on the classical ballet faculty of Connecticut’s Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, where she is also Associate Director Emerita. Her choreography for concert stage, sacred space, television and outdoor sites has been performed in 32 states, D.C., Canada, the Hague, London (The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge and the R.A.D.), Stockholm (The Swedish Ballet School), Reykjavik (Iceland’s National Ballet School) and Oslo (Den NorskeBalletthoyskole and Kirkenaer Balletskolen). She has served as Ballet Mistress to MOMIX (NYC) and Ballet Mississippi and has taught at SMU, Butler U., U. of Utah and SUNY-Binghamton. She has written for Pointe Magazine, and her poetry book Playing With Gravity published by Antrim House in 2007, has been followed by a poetry CD in 2011. With her sister Kathi Byam, she performs in the duo “Flute Meets Poem.”
November 2nd Virginia Shreeves has lived in places as diverse as Nitro, W. VA; Kankakee, IL; Minneapolis, Dallas, and Budapest – and now resides in Collinsville, CT. Her poetry has appeared in The Southern Poetry Review, Cedar Rock, Crucible, and other publications. In the last few years she has returned to poetry after concentrating on other forms of writing, essays and humor in particular. She has participated in Word Art at the Gallery on the Green in Canton, CT since its inception and was the featured reader at the Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Foundation fundraiser in Collinsville in 2010.
December 7th Ravi Shankar is a poet-in-residence and assistant professor of English at Central Connecticut State University. He is the author of Instrumentality, a collection of poems of which poet and critic Alfred Corn writes “Topics most of us brood over in private are here brought out into daylight by an analyst clad in bullet-proof unembarrassment . Ravi Shankar is a comic tragedian of philosophic collisions that occur at the intersection of memory, desire, perception, mutability, and language.” Shankar is a founding editor of the online journal of the arts Drunken Boat (http://www.drunkenboat.com). His poems have won him the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize and the Bennett Prize for Poetry at Columbia University. His critical work has appeared in Poets & Writers, Time Out New York, The Iowa Review, and The AWP Writer’s Chronicle. He reviews poetry for the Contemporary Poetry Review and is also editing an anthology of South Asian, East Asian, and Middle Eastern poetry.
Calling All Poets ( . . . and poetry lovers)
Hosted by Victoria Muñoz
First Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Open mike sign-up 6:20 p.m.
February 1st Black History Program – to be announced
March 7th Jon Anderson
April 4th Dan Wilcox
Silas Bronson Library
267 Grand St. Waterbury, Connecticut 203 574-8233 bronsonlibrary.org