Middletown book store hosts Granby poet

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The Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore, 413 Main St. in Middletown, will host an author night with four poets, on Monday, April 29, 7 p.m.

Granby’s Laura Mazza-Dixon  is one of the four poets. The question “Can joy weigh more than grief?” appears in The Brilliant Assault, a poem found at the heart of her book Forged by Joy. That question informs many of the poems in the book, poems written throughout the course of the author’s life and dedicated to her mother and to the generations of women who came before and after her. Select poems from Forged by Joy have been featured in the “Poet’s Corner” section of the Hartford Courant as well as on the Simsbury Community Television program Speaking of Poetry. Mazza-Dixon, in addition to creating poetry, both plays and teaches guitar and viola da gamba. She is the guiding spirit behind the Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series and the Granby Family Dance Series. She has also organized the Courageous Conversations on Race poetry workshops.

Other featured poets include:

Lois Mathieu authored Snow Raining on Glass, a book of 26 poems—joyful, melancholy, feminist, angry and hopeful, replete with images that sweep through the mystery of life’s table of sorrows and take to a playing field where abundant joy and sorrow are shed of illusion. 

Johnes Ruta’s Fires Eternal Morning is a prose-poetry dream narrative and exploration of human unconscious. It is set in Paradise Green, in Stratford, during the events and consequences of an imaginary nuclear war in the 1960s. 

Dr. Timothy Mercado is the author of Muses of a Small Town Man, a book of poetry written in an unencrypted and plain-spoken style. All aspects of life are set to poetry. 

To register for this free event, visit eaglet.wesleyan.edu or call 860-685-3939.