The Poetry Place - Workshops, Readings, Events


In our Poetry Place, Clinton Art Gallery offers a selection of poetry publications by Connecticut poets for you to purchase. You can linger over the books, read  poems and take a poem to keep from the poetry basket.

At our Sunday poetry readings you are welcome to enjoy the presentation and we also invite you to participate in the open mic sessions. Free Admission and complimentary light refreshments served. Please join us at the Clinton Art Gallery, 20 East Main Street, Clinton, CT .

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The Poetry Place at Clinton Art Gallery with Edwina Trentham and Patricia Barone.

Sunday Series Poetry - 2017

For additional information, contact Pat Barone at or 203-627-4148.

 April 23, 2017 2:00-4:00 pm
Margaret Gibson
Greg Coleman
Brie Quartin    

May 29, 217 2:00-4:00 pm
Edwina Trentham
Pit Pinegar
Jamie Crepeau
June 25, 2017 2:00-4:00 pm
Gray Jacobik
Nancy Meneely
Steve Parlato  

July 16, 2017 2:00-4:00 pm
Jay Thumar
Lana Orphanides
Pat O’Brien    

August 20, 2017 2:00-4:00 pm
Jan Blencowe
Mary Volk
September 17, 2017 2:00-4:00 pm
Marilyn Nelson
John Stanizzi
Srini Mandavilli    

October 15, 2017 2:00-4:00 pm
Karen Torop
Zelia Abbott    

November 19, 2017 2:00-4:00 pm
Gwen Gunn
Norman Marshall  

The Poetry Readings include an open mic, which allows local poets the opportunity to share their work and to discover the many classes, which include a variety of workshops in both art and writing offered at the Gallery.  The readings are free and open to the public with open mic, and refreshments will be served.   For more information, contact Pat Barone at or 203-627-4148.

Losing Heart, Finding Voice: Writing in Response to Despair
Sunday, April 2, 2017 • 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Clinton Art Gallery
●  20 East Main Street, Clinton, CT
Not, I'll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee;
Not untwist—slack they may be—these last strands of man
In me ór, most weary, cry I can no more.  (Gerard Manley Hopkins)

We all face times when life seems overwhelming, when sorrow and hopelessness engulf us, when we see no way out of despair.  Not surprisingly, many poets have written powerfully about facing loss and despair, and their work has been an enormous source of comfort and inspiration to others. In this workshop, we will read and discuss the work of W. H. Auden, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Elizabeth Bishop, Lucille Clifton, Stephen Dobyns, Tess Gallagher, Yusef Kumonyakaa, Audre Lorde, James Wright, and others.

We will also try our hand at writing poems that explore grief and loss, using a series of exercises, and spend some time responding to each other’s poems.  Don’t despair!  This will not be a time of sorrow and grieving, but a time of exploration and the joy of reading the works of others who speak to us of our own pain. In addition to writing in response to exercises during the workshop, participants will be given prompts ahead of time, so that they have sufficient time to write a poem and respond to the poems of other participants, to ensure thoughtful and detailed discussion of each other’s work during the workshop. I will also be providing a handout of poems, and hopefully participants will send suggestions for poems to add to that handout.

Participants will bring a brown bag lunch.  Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. The workshop is limited to 10 participants, and the cost is $100.00. 

For more information or to sign up for the workshop, contact Edwina at or 860-873-1472. 

Participants must sign up by Saturday March 18th
Edwina Trentham was a Professor of English at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut, where she taught English and creative writing and edited the poetry journal, Freshwater, which she founded and which celebrated its Fifteenth anniversary in 2014.   She was also a Visiting Instructor in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Wesleyan University from 1988 through 2005.  She has been a fellow at Yaddo and has published her work in a number of periodicals and anthologies. Her poetry has won many awards, including honorable mention in the 2004 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival National Competition, and she has given readings and workshops throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.  A collection of her poetry, Stumbling into the Light, was published by Antrim House in 2004, and she was a featured reader at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival in June 2005.  She won a 2010 Solo Writers Fellowship awarded by the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and spent two weeks in a cabin in the woods outside Saratoga Springs writing a new chapbook.  For additional information go to and
For more information or to sign up for the workshop, contact Edwina at or 860-873-1472.