February 14, 2017. West Hartford Senior Center Valentine's Reading, 1:30 pm. Bishop's Corner.
November 17, 2016. Wintonbury Library, Bloomfield. Featured Reader.
October 19, 2016. Meriden Poetry Society, Featured Reader
April 9, 2016. Workshop Leader: Poetry Prompts to Improve Your Writing. Austin International Poetry Festival.
November 5, 2015. Art Talk at Golden Thread Gallery, West Hartford, "Beneath the Threads: Uncovering my Spirit Through Poetry."See Teaching and Workshops for a Transcript.
October 21, 2015. Reading from "I'm Dating Myself," West Hartford Public Library and announcement of West Hartford's Favorite Poem Project.
September 10, 2015. Featured Reader for Guilford Poets Guild, Greene Art Gallery 29 Whitfield St., Guilford, 7pm. Video posted on Youtube.
June 15, 2014. Book Launch for Blinding Light at University of Hartford, Butterworth Hall, 1265 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT. 2 - 4pm. Proceeds of all book sales to go to Christine Beck Lissitzyn Scholarship Fund at University of Hartford.
April 27, 2014, Presentation on "What Writers Need to Know About the Law" at Hartford Writer's Weekend, Mark Twain House.
May 3, 2014. Presentation on "Five Poetry Prompts to Change your Life" at Massachusetts Poetry Festival, with panelists Ginny Connors, Ben Grossberg, and Ruth Foley.
May 17, 2014. Emcee of panel of Connecticut Poetry Society chapter presidents on "What can Joining a Chapter Do for My Writing." MCC on Main, Manchester, Ct 12 - 4:30pm.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Reading "The Bargain" at the launch of "The Perch," a new journal of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, 319 Peck street, New Haven.
Friday, March 8, 2013, 9am. Host and participant in a panel at Association of Writers and Writing Programs in Boston: "Why Creative Writing Programs Should Teach Ethics."
Connecticut Poetry Society, Greater New Haven Chapter
The Greater New Haven Chapter of CPS meets monthly, generally on the third Saturday of the month, at Miller
Memorial Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT from 10:15 am-12:30 pm. Bring 10 copies of a poem to read for critique. Contact me through this website for further details.
Gray Jacobik, The Frost Place
Learn to be“lovingly disposed” toward your reader. Don’t drop an emotional bomb on her and then walk away.
Ruth Foley, Connecticut River Advanced Conference on Poetry
Build“contraries” into your poem. Play with paradox. This will help deepen your work and avoid sentimentality.
Matthew Dickman, The Dodge Festival, 2010
Strive for surprise!
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Tony Hoagland and Christine at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival 2012
"Practice the 'muscle of material imagination' by using names that are particular based on their sonic appeal, such as Zanzibar."
Don Sheehan, founder and former director of The Frost