Literary Reading: Connecticut Poetry Society presents Kathleen McIntosh, Peter Ulisse Tues., Sept. 24, at 7 PM

The Connecticut Poetry Society presents a reading by poets Kathleen McIntosh and Peter Ulisse at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The event starts at 7 PM. Admission is free but donations to support BVFCC’s programming are encouraged.

The Connecticut Poetry Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of poetry. Its mission is to encourage a community devoted to poetry through chapter meetings, education and events. Laura and Victor Altshul co-Chair the New Haven branch of the CPS, which meets monthly to workshop poems and to encourage programs in the area.

Kathleen McIntosh grew up in various parts of the Midwest as well as Texas and California. Following this peripatetic childhood, she attended college in Massachusetts and then remained in the Northeast, anchored by graduate school, work and family, as three siblings also migrated to New England. In 1980 she received a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and thereafter was a professor of Hispanic Studies for over thirty years at Westfield State University. Beginning in the early 1980’s, she also helped to establish and taught in a Women’s Studies program. She began to write poetry when retirement opened up a space for this dormant passion, and has been pleased to discover on her Connecticut doorstep a large and welcoming community of lovers and writers of poetry.

Peter Ulisse has been writing poetry for over 40 years and has published over a hundred poems in literary magazines, journals, and books throughout out the country. He has read many of them in libraries, schools, and in the media, both radio and public television. In addition, he has turned out several chapbooks and the Edwin Mellen Press published hardcovers of his Memory Is An Illusive State and the very well reviewed Vietnam Voices.

Peter is a former President of the Connecticut Poetry Society and editor of the Connecticut River Review as well as having reviewed poetry for Small Pond of Literature. A retired English professor at Housatonic Community College, he also chaired the Humanities Department there for 20 years twice serving as Acting Academic Dean. He is married to former colleague Sheila Anderson and has three adult children-Chris, Rebecca, and Justin—as well as three grandchildren—Tyler, Austin, and Naomi. He practices daily meditation and enjoys tai chi, yoga, pickle ball, painting, movies, and just about anything to do with nature.

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Literary Reading: Connecticut Poetry Society presents Patricia Mottola, Tony Fusco Tues., June 25, at 7 PM

The Connecticut Poetry Society presents a reading by poets Patricia Mottola and Tony Fusco at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Tuesday, June 25. The event starts at 7 PM. Admission is free but donations to support BVFCC’s programming are encouraged.

The Connecticut Poetry Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of poetry. Its mission is to encourage a community devoted to poetry through chapter meetings, education and events. Laura and Victor Altshul co-Chair the New Haven branch of the CPS, which meets monthly to workshop poems and to encourage programs in the area.

Award-winning poet and Pushcart Prize nominee Pat Mottola teaches Creative Writing at Southern Connecticut State University, where she earned both an M.S. in Art Education and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. In addition to working with students at S.C.S.U., she is thrilled to teach both art and poetry to senior citizens throughout Connecticut. Her work is published in journals across the country. On a global scale, she has mentored Afghan women writers living in Afghanistan through the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Pat served as editor of Connecticut River Review from 2012-2017, and is currently Co-President of the Connecticut Poetry Society. Pat was recently awarded the CT Board of Regents Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Under the Red Dress (Five Oaks Press) and After Hours (Five Oaks Press).

Tony Fusco is the new and first Poet Laureate of West Haven, Connecticut, Co-President of the Connecticut Poetry Society. He has a Master Degree in Creative Writing from Southern Connecticut State University. He was the editor of Caduceus, the anthology of the “Yale Medical Group Art Place” and past editor of the Connecticut River Review, Long River Run. His work has appeared in many publications including the Connecticut Review, Louisiana Literature, the Red Rock Review, The South Carolina Review, Lips, and The Paterson Review.

He has published four books of poetry and three chap books, Extinction 2018, Java Scripture 2014, Droplines 2010, and Jessie’s Garden 2003. His poetry has won prizes in many contests including the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. Tony is a life long resident of West Haven, Connecticut; his writing is infused with the local flavor of growing up a Catholic Italian, and with memories of the now defunct Savin Rock Amusement Park and working at the Yale School of Medicine. He is married to Patricia White Fusco, has two daughters, Emily and Cyndi, and four grandsons.

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Literary reading: Connecticut Poetry Society presents Laura & Victor Altshul Tues., Mar. 26, at 7 PM

The Connecticut Poetry Society presents a reading by poets Laura and Victor Altshul at Best Video Film & Cultural Center on Tuesday, Mar. 26. The event starts at 7 PM. Admission is free but donation’s to support BVFCC’s programming are encouraged.

The Connecticut Poetry Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of poetry. Its mission is to encourage a community devoted to poetry through chapter meetings, education and events. Laura and Victor Altshul co-Chair the New Haven branch of the CPS, which meets monthly to workshop poems and to encourage programs in the area.

A retired educator, Laura Altshul tutors and serves on non-profit boards focused on providing educational and arts experiences for New Haven’s children whose families don’t ordinarily have access to these opportunities. Her two books of poetry are Searching for the Northern Lights and Bodies Passing. Her poems have won prizes from The Connecticut Poetry Society, The Hamden Arts Commission, The New York Poetry Society, and The Tennessee Poetry Society. She was the featured poet in Speaking of Poetry Episode 36.

Victor Altshul is a psychiatrist in private practice affiliated with Yale Medical School. His four published poetry books are: Stumblings, Singing with Starlings, Ode to My Autumn, and the most recent Strange Birds. His poems have been published in numerous journals and he was the featured poet in the half-hour public television program Speaking of Poetry Episode 43. He and his wife Laura have given numerous readings in Connecticut.

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