Category: poetry

Renovating a Family

I’m honored and delighted that my essay, “Renovating a Family” is a feature on Longreads. The gorgeous illustration is by Missy Chimovitz. 

Women in the News

Well, holy moly.

The Connecticut news site CT By the Numbers has published my essay “Women’s March on Washington: A Self-Portrait”

Previously published in the print-only journal PAGE, it’s now available online. March on. 

Connecticut Literary Festival

so looking forward to this!

october 5, 2019 10 AM- 6 PM at Real Art Ways

The first annual Connecticut Literary Festival will be a full day for writers & readers, with panel discussions, all-day readings, and a marketplace. I’ll be there wearing two hats: representing PAGE, a Connecticut-based literary magazine where I am a contributing editor and providing information for the Connecticut Poetry Society.

see you there!

Six Connecticut Poets

The accomplishments of these six Connecticut poets are extra-ordinary. I’m thrilled to emcee. Open mic and all donations benefit TEEG. Don’t miss it!

Spring Dance Collective

this is so cool

An all-girl improv troupe of high schoolers will dance in front of a live audience while I read a personal essay about lying to get into a ballet audition when I was sixteen years old. 

Don’t miss it!

Tickets are $10 and available HERE

My Word!

Prose and Poetry

February 16th 7:30 PM

Published Writers + Open Mic*

Jotham Burrello

Maria Sangiolo

Nick Beams

Michelle Cole

Joe Miragliuolo

Emcee: Christine Kalafus

Suggested Donation of $10 to Benefit TEEG

*Sign-up sheet first come, first served

Pushcart Nominee

i’m honored that my poem Horses is a pushcart prize nominee and featured in the fall 2018 TNG Volume VII.

My prose poem “Horses,” featured in the issue, was selected the 2017 winner of their Knightville Poetry contest and now available for purchase HERE. I am in very talented company: the Machigonne Fiction Contest winner is Maureen Connolly with Featured Authors, Grace Carpenter and Eamon Murphy. Judges were Mark Doty (poetry) and Chris Abani (fiction). The letters section theme is “Letters to Aliens.” Contributors include Claudia Manley, Jessica Lipnack, Lyndsie Manusos, Naomi Ulsted and more.

The cover artist is Abraham Danso.

congratulations all!

Spoken Word at The Complex!

 One of my favorite things to do is celebrate writers

and bring them to the attention of the Quiet Corner public. I mean, I really LOVE it.

Last year, Nichola Johnson, the one-woman whirlwind at the helm of The Complex for Performing Arts in Putnam, asked if I’d be interested in emceeing Spoken Word events, something she’d been wanting to do for years. Who needed to the think about it?! Not me. I was all in.

We held two events in 2017, each featured five writers, including poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, playwrights, and songwriters. The best and most unexpected benefit of these events was bringing multiple generations together. This happened organically after the scheduled performers, when we opened the stage to the audience for open mic. There’s something especially resonant when a 60 year-old speaks about an enduring love followed by a 16 year old speak about having his heart broken.

The applause for each performer was consistent and warm, and totally addictive. What began as accident is now intentional: a celebration of diversity.

I’m over the moon to present five local writers next Thursday, March 1st 7 PM at the first Spoken Word of 2018.


Tim Peck is a noted composer and performer hailing from the Quiet Corner of Connecticut. He has held residencies at Le Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Willapa Bay Air. Tim has produced two albums of original music: Rivulets and Ms. Matched. Currently, Tim is Artist-in-Residence and Director of Contemporary Music at Pomfret School, where he guides students through a centuries-old musical conversation, teaching courses in contemporary music, composition, and improvisation. Tim keeps an active performance calendar, and his upcoming shows can be found at his website



Erin Reid is a student of Fine Arts and English at Framingham State University and Theatre Performance at the Hanover Theater Conservatory. She writes poetry and memoir where she lives in Oxford, MA while doting on her fluffy, black kitten Coco.



John Etheridge is an engineer and Digital Systems Enterprise Architect, a surprisingly ‘techie’ background for someone who also writes poetry. That tension between the sciences and the arts explains much about him. Born a Canadian, but now also an American, John is married to the long-suffering, but infinitely patient and wonderful Lyn, and has lived in New England for the past 20 years. Who knows, he may even retire here, if something can be done about these winters…



Parker Kalafus is a junior at the Woodstock Academy where he is also a tutor at the writing center. Parker enjoys writing outlandish short stories which range from comical to extremely morbid and has submitted one such works to the Connecticut Student Writers magazine at UConn. Parker also acts from time to time and has been in two school plays at Woodstock schools. When not consumed by homework, video games, writing or sketching, Parker will be found reading a wide variety of novels ranging from classics such as “Frankenstein,” “The Three Musketeers,” the entire James Bond series, and most recently “The Silence of the Lambs.” He hopes to attend Roger Williams University with a double major in architecture and psychology.



Bridget Tsemo is a speaker, a thinker, and writer who loves participating in the lives of her two extraordinary teenagers, Kayta and Mambi. She is the co-host of “The Lighthouse” a radio show on arts and culture on WBVC 91.1 FM every Tuesday night from 7 to 8 PM. Bridget has a completed manuscript on nineteenth-century African-American writers that she can’t wait to share with the world as soon as she can get a publisher to knock down her door and demand to publish it. In the past two years, Bridget has been writing poetry and essays about her life as a mother, teacher, parent, and student in the 21st century. Bridget is an English teacher and English Department Chair at Pomfret School.

join us! Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Storytelling at Woodstock Academy

I had the pleasure of working with senior Modern Literature students yesterday. I am looking forward to seeing them shine!