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Roar Reading Series

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Roar Reading Series

For the first time, we will be hosting a reading of ekphrastic prose and poetry. In true ekphrastic tradition, participants will be responding to works of visual art; in this case, we're talking about a small selection of Edward Hopper's paintings. 

eaturing the writings of: 

Melissa Wyse is a fiction writer living in Pomfret, CT. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including ShenandoahUrbanite, and decomP. Melissa is currently completing a collection of linked short fiction set in World War II Hawaii titled Moon Over Sand Island. In addition to her work as a writer, Melissa  teaches writing at Pomfret School, manages the Silver Circle Art Center in Pomfret, and is the founder and director of Idlewild Arts, which hosts the annual Idlewild Writers Retreat here in Connecticut each autumn.

Christine Kalafus's essays have appeared in The Woven Tale PressThe Writer in the World, and PAGE Arts Journal. "I Hear You Make Cakes," performed at Laugh Boston, was selected by The Moth for its podcast. Blueprint for Daylight is Christine's memoir-in-progress. It's a story of survival: from her husband's affair, a cancer diagnosis, twins, and the water in her basement - all determined to swallow her whole.

Edmond Chibeau s a performance writer. His work has been published in The NationMulticultural Review, New England Theatre Journal, The World, EAR Magazine, California Quarterly, and anta Barbara News and Review. His work has been performed at the Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Hall, the Knitting Factory, The Ear Inn,  and Hygienic Art. He has worked with John Cage, Alison Knowles, and Charles Bernstein, among others. He teaches scriptwriting at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Meghan Evans is a creative writing teacher at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and a professor of ancient literature at Central Connecticut State University. She received her BA from Trinity College and her MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

Margaret Plaganis is a visual artist, writer, and educator. As a Connecticut master teaching artist, Margaret received grants to pilot creative arts programs which forged strong commitments to learning art and academic skills. Her collaborations with elementary and middle school educators in Hartford, along with her work with Very Special Arts CT and with the Yale School of Medicine, put her on a path to sixteen years teaching special education and visual arts in the Hartford Public Schools. She currently serves on the board of Hartford Performs. An exhibition of Margaret's sculpture and fabric will be at Prosser Library in Bloomfield during February and March 2018, and her books of poetry can be viewed online in the Brooklyn Art Library digital collection:  

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura is a poet and visual artist. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Poet Lore, Off the Coast, the San Pedro River Review, the Connecticut River Review, Crack the Spine, and elsewhere. His paintings have appeared in galleries throughout Connecticut, including the John Slade Ely House in New Haven, the Westport Arts Center in Westport, and the City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport. Aaron is also the author and illustrator of ext, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life

Pegi Deitz Shea is the two-time winner of the Connecticut Book Award and the author or more than 400 published articles, essays, and poems for adult readers. Her works for young readers (poetry, fiction and nonfiction picture books, and novels) frequently focus on human rights issues. Her poetry for adults has appeared in The Christian Science MonitorThe Slag Review, and Connecticut River Review. More pieces are forthcoming in Forgotten Women, published by Grayson Press, and Earth's Daughters. She teaches in the creative writing programs at the University of Connecticut and at the Mark Twain House in Hartford. 

Read more about the Roar Reading Series here.

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Parking in the Storrs Center Garage is free for the first two hours and $1 per hour thereafter, with a daily maximum charge of $8. The Dog Lane Parking Lot offers free parking with a 2 hour limit. Handicapped parking is available in these locations as well.

Earlier Event: April 2
Opening of "Fold In and Fall Flat"
Later Event: April 3