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!

Jun 13, 2016

Ways Of Verbal Inspiration With Jerry T. Johnson

Described by one reader as a reaffirmation of “the promise of every new day (through) eloquent, simple wisdom”, Jerry T. Johnson’s first chapbook Good Morning New Year! An Inspirational Journey is a 2015 release available on the Kindle ebook platform.  

As tonight's Open Mic reader, Jerry is a spoken-word artist with numerous appearances to his credit at a range of New York City venues and, as a new contributor to the Connecticut/New York writing community, has placed “I Be a Bad Dude” and “Ways of Peace” in Catalyst magazine and Burningword Literary Journal, respectively.

Hosted by Frank Chambers, Barnes & Noble’s Open Mic Poetry program meets 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

Jun 8, 2016

Poems For A Feverish Planet: An Evening Of Readings & Conversation With Kamala Platt

In a special PoemAlley engagement tomorrow night at Curley’s Diner, beginning at 7:30, environmental feminist, visual/performance artist, author and adjunct profesora Kamala Platt will share and discuss material from her various collections, including Weedslovers (Finishing Line 2014) and On the Line (Wings Press, 2010), as well as the “green rascuache” lifeways by which she seeks footholds of dignity, well-being and sustainability defying industrialism, militarism and other toxic -isms driving a simmering world’s accumulating crises.

While Kamala’s concern for ecology and human rights owes
its roots to a cross-cultural childhood in Orissa, India and in the Kansas Mennonite community, her knowledge has been enhanced through her work with the Esperanza Center for Peace & Justice, the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, Texas Women Farmers’ Holistic Management and other organizations.

Her creative and social activism finds expression in The Meadowlark Center, a rural venue for community arts, education, environment and social justice activities, situated on the Meadowlark Homestead in Kansas built by her grandmother in the 1950s, as well as Kamala’s complementary Eastside Barrio home in San Antonio, affording guests an all-in-one native habitat/garden, library and studio, where nopalitos, loquats and other seasonal produce are served up in equal measure with books and art.

Kamala has attained fellowships with the Feminist Research Institute at the University of New Mexico and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (Gateways) in San Antonio. Holding several degrees, including an MFA in poetry from Bowling Green State University, Ohio and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (University of Texas, Austin), Kamala served as compiler on Kimientos (Wordsworth, 1992) and contributor to Wild Things: Children's Culture and Ecocriticism (Wayne State University Press, 2004).

Explore Kamala’s blog, ”artists vs death penalty” here; you can also click here to find out more about her.


Further Reading:

Adams, Carol J., Ecofeminism and the Sacred (Continuum, 1993)

Diamond, Irene, Fertile Ground: Women, Earth, and the Limits of Control (Beacon Press, 1997)

                     “, Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Ecofeminism (Sierra Club Books, 1990)

Pandey, S, Emergence of Eco-Feminism and Reweaving the World (MD Publications, 2011)

Shiva, Vandana, Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace (North Atlantic Books, 2015)

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.