Poetry festival

Enfield - posted Apr, 23 2013

ENFIELD - Asnuntuck Community College will celebrate the publication of the 2013 issue of its internationally known poetry journal, "Freshwater," on Friday, May 3 and Saturday May 4, with the 14th Annual Freshwater Poetry Festival. On Friday at 7 p.m., Asnuntuck student Jonathan Hinkel will play the guitar and sing, followed by a reading by the winners of the 21st Annual Student Poetry Contest: Caitlin Breen, Brie Quartin, Matthew DuFresne, Alexis Sanchez and Jeremy Mullikin. The reading will be followed by a music and poetry open mic until 9 p.m. The reading and coffee house are free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. On Saturday, after coffee and a welcome, together with Stations of the Word, an interactive writing exercise at 8:30 a.m., the festival will features three morning poetry workshops beginning at 9:30 a.m.: morning workshops offered by Greg Coleman, a poet and labyrinth designer; Pat O’Brien, recently published author; and Asnuntuck Professor Emerita and poet Edwina Trentham. After lunch and an open poetry mic for workshop participants, three afternoon workshops will be offered from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. by award-winning poet and artist Gray Jacobik; poets Leslie McGrath and John Surowiecki McGrath. The workshops are $20 each or two for $35; $15 each or two for $25 for students and seniors. A buffet lunch is availabe for $12. The afternoon reading and book signing are free and open to the public. Copies of Freshwater 2013, books by the poets, and other poetry books will be available for sale throughout the day. More information is available on the Freshwater website: http://www.asnuntuck.edu/current-students/freshwater, or contact Edwina Trentham at 860-253-3105 or etrentham@asnuntuck.edu.

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