WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford Poet Laureate Julie Choffel will host the next session of her reading and writing series focused on new poetry at the Noah Webster Library on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.

The Poetry Now! series started in early 2019 and meets every other month. Each session, Choffel reads four or five poems from contemporary writers and the group discusses them in a relaxed and open atmosphere. Attendees will leave with a related writing prompt to try on their own.

The group has three scheduled meetings for 2020 so far, including Thursdays, Jan. 16, March 26 and May 21.

This series was inspired by a successful program Choffel and West Hartford Libraries hosted in 2018 where patrons submitted words that the poet turned into a “collage poem” titled “Unfounded.” To read the poem, visit our site.

Choffel teaches creative writing at the University of Connecticut. She was named the sixth poet laureate of West Hartford in July 2017. She is the author of a poetry collection The Hello Delay (2012) and chapbook Figures in a Surplus (2011). Her poems have appeared in a number of magazines and journals including Art New England, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Quarterly, Fairy Tale Review, Verse, Wild Earth, American Letters and Commentary, Lungfull! and Make/Shift.

No registration is required, simply show up. For more information on Poetry Now!, go to https://westhartford.librarymarket.com/events/poetry-now-series-nwl-4. Noah Webster Library is located at 20 South Main Street in West Hartford.

Connecticut Media Group