Windsor Art Center hosts series featuring poetry and music

By Judy Henderson - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Dec. 1, 2011
Listening to Michael Cervas read are Nancy Daley and Connecticut poet John Stanizzi. Photos by Judy Henderson.
Listening to Michael Cervas read are Nancy Daley and Connecticut poet John Stanizzi. Photos by Judy Henderson.

The late autumn day of Sunday, Nov. 27, was twice blessed, as unseasonably warm sunshine provided just the right mood for the Windsor Art Center’s “Poetry on the Line” series. This installment featured readings by Nancy Daley and Michael Cervas - two poets widely favored for their diverse reflections on family and friends, traditions, remembrance, loss, love, irony and optimism - and music by Grant Griztmacher.

Reading from her first book of poems, entitled “How Much of Love,” was Daley - an East Hartford native who now lives in Austin, Texas, where she is both a teacher and a psychologist in private practice. By her own description “shy,” Daley had nothing to fear when reading her poems to the audience, who, after only a few lines, sat hushed, appreciating the simple elegance of her words and her insights.

Also reading was Cervas, who not only teaches English at the Westminster School in Simsbury but coordinates both the school’s Poetry Festival as well as its “Reading in the Gund Room” series. Cervas, who stumbled upon his own exceptional talents when suffering through a poetry assignment with his creative writing class, has published two collections of poems. The first, entitled “Inside the Box,” was published in 2007. His latest, “Captivated,” debuted this year.

Before and between readings, guests were treated to “a unique blend of bluegrass and alternative country music” by singer/songwriter/guitarist Grant Gritzmacher. Gritzmacher, who is also a physics instructor on the Westminster School faculty with Cervas, performed some of his original songs, as well as several favorites by other artists.

Directed by Rennie McQuilken - an accomplished poet, as well as creator and former director of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington - the Windsor Art Center’s 2011/2012 “Poetry on the Line” series will sponsor two additional gatherings. The next will be on Feb. 5, 2012, when poets Phyllis Katz and Suzanne Levine will appear with musicians Lary Bloom and Steve Jacobs. On March 18, 2012, poets Katharine Carle and Joan Kantor will read. The series, which includes light refreshments, is free to all guests, though donations are always welcome. To learn more, visit

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