May 8: Richard Deming, Reading & Talk

May 8, at 7PM, Richard Deming will give an online Reading and Talk.

This is a special online event. Zoom Link, click to Register.

Richard Deming is an award-winning poet and critic, whose work explores the intersections of literature, philosophy, and visual culture. He is the author of six books, including This Exquisite Loneliness (Viking, 2023), Day for Night (Shearsman, 2016) and Art of the Ordinary (Stanford UP, 2018). He teaches in the English Department at Yale University, where he is Director of Creative Writing.

2023 Wallace Stevens Birthday Bash

The Twenty-Eighth Annual


Saturday, November 4, 2023, 2:00pm

The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence St., Hartford, CT


“How to Live. What to Do: An Episodic Primer”
Video Recording Here

Anna Maria Hong is the author of three recent books: Age of Glass,winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition, the novella H & G, winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize, and Fablesque,winner of Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize. Her poetry, fiction, and essays appear in publications including The Nation, The Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, Ecotone, Shenandoah, The Hopkins Review, Colorado Review, Fairy Tale Review, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Poem-a-Day, The Best American Poetry, and The American Sonnet: An Anthology of Poems and Essays. Her awards include a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship.

2023 Rose Garden Reading

Saturday, September 9, 3PM

At the Bandshell in Elizabeth Park, Hartford, Connecticut

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura and Frederick-Douglass Knowles II

This annual poetry reading features two Connecticut-based poets—

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II is an Educator and Activist fervent in achieving community augmentation through the literary arts. He is a Professor of English at Three Rivers Community College in his native city of Norwich, CT and the inaugural Poet Laureate of Hartford. He is the recipient of the Nutmeg Poetry Award and the Connecticut of the Arts Fellow in Artist Excellence for Poetry/Creative Non-fiction. Knowles is a Pushcart prize nominee and the author of BlackRoseCity.

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura is the author of Common Grace (Beacon Press, 2022) and Ubasute (Slapering Hol Press, 2021). His honors include a MacDowell Fellowship, a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry, a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award in Literature, and nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best New Poets anthologies. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Plume Poetry, Poetry Daily, RHINO, Pirene’s Fountain, and elsewhere.

2023 Wallace Stevens Student Poetry Prize and Scholarship winner, Asia Hamilton, will also be invited to read a poem

Anita Durkin will give the introductions.

This reading is sponsored by the Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens ( with the cooperation of the Elizabeth Park Conservancy (

For more info, contact: Jim Finnegan – – 860.508.2810


2022 Wallace Stevens Birthday Bash

Saturday November 5, 2pm
Hartford Public Library (500 Main Street, Hartford CT)
Guest Speaker: SIMONE WHITE - "I am not Wallace Stevens"
$10 suggested donation (entirely optional).
Program begins with a reception: beverages and light bites.

Audio File: Simone White’s talk, “I am not Wallace Stevens,” presented November 5, 2022 at Hartford Public Library. Introduction by Dennis Barone. At SoundCloud.