Tuesdays at Curley's

Welcome to PoemAlley, Stamford, Connecticut's eclectic venue for poets, poetry reading and discussion! Open to anyone living in Fairfield County and the surrounding area, we meet Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm at Curley's Diner on 62 Park Place (behind Target) . Come contribute, get something to eat, or simply listen!

May 23, 2016

Writing Toward Healing

Tomorrow night's guest reader, Michelle Nelson Giorno, was born to hippie parents with a zest for life and adventure. Traveling repeatedly between Florida to Arkansas, the South was home for her first thirty years. Then, twelve years ago, she began her own adventure and moved to the Northeast, where she currently resides in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Suffering sexual assault at age five and again, at 20 during a home intrusion, Michelle struggled over the next 16 years transitioning from a victim to living life as a survivor, adapting her experiences in support of others as a speaker for the Rape Assault Incest National Network (RAINN) in 2009. The following year, she extended public outreach through The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education in Stamford, which hosted a series of healing-oriented writing workshops she took part in with poetry therapist Dr. Marianela Medrano (a PoemAlley program implemented last December through a CAPP grant from the City of Stamford).

When Michelle is not engaged in her advocacy work (including as a founding member of Survivors Helping to Inspire New Endings [SHINE]), she enjoys spending time with her family, in the natural environment, reading and writing poetry. She is currently writing a memoir.

Michelle’s talk will be followed by Curley’s poets, reading material touching on depression, grief, and sorrow, as well as sharing views on how the writing craft helps them understand pain and sometimes overcome it.

May 21, 2016

A May Celebration Of Poetry And Music

Jane Wickham once again invites poets and poetry fans in and out of the PoemAlley circle to Mapleview Towers for a free-form afternoon of readings and music, this time honoring the spring season.
Jane Wickham

May Celebration is part of PA/Curley’s Poets’ ongoing outreach to the senior community of Stamford, following on 2013’s winter gathering (serendipitously accented by a weekend snow storm), followed the next year by a fall Halloween reading (with costumed appearances). Jane’s programs are highlighted by a spontaneous mixture of readings, singing and piano accompaniment.

Jane has been regularly involved with PoemAlley for several years and is a resident of Mapleview, located across from the Macy’s end of the Stamford Town Center.

Bring your favorite poem to read, or just come and listen and join us for lots of fun and refreshments!

Presented by PoemAlley and Curley’s Diner, this public event is free; only on-street parking is permitted, unless you have a Mapleview Towers Parking Permit.

Community Room
Mapleview Towers
51 Grove Street (Corner of Broad and Grove)

Sunday, May 22, 2016
3-6 pm

203-274-5474, Jane Wickham

Apr 10, 2016

Tapping Your Inner Yeti To Know The Outer World: Boria Sax And The Zoological Guides To Reality

Boria Sax, tomorrow's featured speaker at Barnes & Noble's Open Mic program in Stamford, has some 15 books to his credit, translated into French, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, and Czech, spanning fiction, poetry, history, reference, folklore and, in particular, human/animal relations, both on the zoological and imaginary levels. Choice academic library journal named two books, Animals in the Third Reich: Pets, Scapegoats, and the Holocaust
(Continuum, 2000) and The Mythical Zoo: An Encyclopedia of Animals in Myth, Legend, and Literature (Overlook Press, 2013) among their "outstanding titles of the year".

Boria earned his doctorate in Intellectual History and German from the State University of New York, Buffalo, has served as a human rights consultant for Amnesty International and Helsinki Watch and is founder of Nature in Legend and Story, a non-profit organization fostering appreciation of the traditional bonds between humans and the natural world.

His deep fascination for the metaphorical roots of our species' complex and contradictory ties to other living creatures, whether wild, domesticated, or mythic, is best articulated in the introduction to Imaginary Animals: The Monstrous, the Wondrous and the Human (Reaktion, 2013): "... all imaginary animals, to some degree all animals, are ultimately both monsters and wonders, which assist us by deflecting and absorbing our uncertainties." Depending on our hopes and fears of the moment or the age, "Men and women are not only part angel and part demon, as the old cliché goes; they are also part centaur, part werewolf, part mandrake, and part sphinx."

Below is a video from Overlook Press, publisher of 2012's City of Ravens, where Boria talks of the historical connection between the city of London and its ubiquitous bird population:

Poet's Press, 2010
Boria has received national awards for e-learning, and is a mentor in the Sloan-C Certificate program in online teaching. Currently, he teaches in the graduate literature program of Mercy College, as well as liberal arts courses at Sing Sing and Taconic prisons, where he enjoys the attention of "perhaps the most engaged, interested college students in the world."

"Our Triumphant March Toward Humility", "Animals and Cultural Diplomacy", "Why the French Army Collapsed at Waterloo" and "History and Experience: Revisiting My Childhood In an FBI File" are some of the provocative entries addressing human culture and prospects on the blog he maintains for the Huffington Post, the last addressing his father's role in nuclear espionage during the Cold War. His Stealing Fire: Memoir of a Boyhood in the Shadow of Atomic Espionage relates these confusing, turbulent years in detail.

His latest project is a cultural history of lizards. For more on his writing, visit boriasax.com.

Hosted by Frank Chambers, Barnes & Noble’s Open Mic Poetry takes place (usually) on the second Monday of each month in the cookbook section on the main floor of the bookstore (located in the Stamford Town Center), beginning at 7:15 p.m.

For more information, contact:

Barnes & Noble
100 Greyrock Place, Suite H009
Stamford, CT 06906