What we're about

The Poets' Salon is an all-inclusive group that gets together the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m in the Memorial Room at the Fairfield Public Library. We read our poetry aloud, politely critique each others' work (upon request), highlight publishing opportunities, and also talk about local poetry readings. So if you write sonnets or haikus, free verse or limericks, quaterns or sestinas, or just want to listen to some great poetry, stop by the Fairfield Library and meet your local poets.

Readings may be limited, based on the number of poets attending and time constraints, so RSVP early if you'd like to read. The group is moderated by Fairfield writers Edward Ahern and Alison McBain.

For more info, check out our website at: https://poetssalon.weebly.com/.

Upcoming events (5)

Ode to October

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*** Meeting is on Zoom - click here to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82965527791 *** We’ll start out the meeting talking about publishing opportunities and local readings that are taking place in the upcoming month. After that, we’ll read and discuss a poem by a famous poet that fits the month’s theme, in order to inspire us. Then the floor will be open to poets who would like to read their work, with gentle critiques from their fellow poets. We have optional poetry homework – again, this is optional for anyone interested in participating and completely NOT required to do. In 2020, we’re exploring poetic forms, so this month’s poetry form is ode. And ode is an ancient Greek poem praising or glorifying an event or individual. Our selected journal for submitting this month is Thrush, a magazine open to ongoing submissions at http://www.thrushpoetryjournal.com/submissions.html. We look forward to seeing all of you in October.

Shaping up November

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*** Meeting is on Zoom - click here to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89231870112 *** We’ll start out the meeting talking about publishing opportunities and local readings that are taking place in the upcoming month. After that, we’ll read and discuss a poem by a famous poet that fits the month’s theme, in order to inspire us. Then the floor will be open to poets who would like to read their work, with gentle critiques from their fellow poets. We have optional poetry homework – again, this is optional for anyone interested in participating and completely NOT required to do. In 2020, we’re exploring poetic forms, so this month’s poetry form is shape/concrete poetry. Our selected journal for submitting this month is DIAGRAM, a journal that welcomes submissions that cross the word/art boundary, including shape poetry. Submit here: http://thediagram.com/subs.html. We look forward to seeing all of you in November.

Five-Line Festivities

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*** Meeting is on Zoom - click here to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81692683115 *** We’ll start out the meeting talking about publishing opportunities and local readings that are taking place in the upcoming month. After that, we’ll read and discuss a poem by a famous poet that fits the month’s theme, in order to inspire us. Then the floor will be open to poets who would like to read their work, with gentle critiques from their fellow poets. We have optional poetry homework – again, this is optional for anyone interested in participating and completely NOT required to do. In 2020, we’re exploring poetic forms, so this month’s poetry form is the cinquain - a five-line poem with 2 syllables in the first and last line, 4 in the second, 6 in the third, and 8 in the fourth. Our selected journal for submitting this month is Eunoia Review, a journal especially welcoming to new writers and all types of poetry. Find their guidelines at: https://eunoiareview.wordpress.com/submissions/. We look forward to seeing all of you in December.

Diminishing New Year

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*** Meeting is on Zoom - click here to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83283391211 *** We’ll start out the meeting talking about publishing opportunities and local readings that are taking place in the upcoming month. After that, we’ll read and discuss a poem by a famous poet that fits the month’s theme, in order to inspire us. Then the floor will be open to poets who would like to read their work, with gentle critiques from their fellow poets. We have optional poetry homework – again, this is optional for anyone interested in participating and completely NOT required to do. It's a brand new year of poetic forms, so this month’s poetry form is diminishing verse. In each new line of the poem, the first letter of the end word is removed. (Example: ending word in line 1 is "brand," line 2 is "rand," line 3 is "and...") Our selected journal for submitting this month is New Reader Magazine, which welcomes submissions at https://www.newreadermagazine.com/contribute/submission. We look forward to seeing all of you in January.

Past events (33)

Fall of the Blank Page

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