25th Year of Inspiring Words and Music

Quickly, never mind death, never mind mute, oblivious, onrushing time:

wake, hold me!
                                             C.K. Williams

My Dear Friends,

I’m writing with thanks.  The Arts Café Mystic is grateful to you for being a part of our audience.  Your curiosity and willingness to engage the words and music we present is why we do it.  Indeed, The Arts Café is a tribute to you.

A week ago we concluded our 25th fall season – imagine: 25 years of major league poetry and music, right here in little Mystic!  Our fall season included stirring readings by the poets Margaret Gibson, Patricia Smith, and Eileen Myles, with sparkling music by The Sea The Sea, Lara Hercovitch, and Phred Mileski.  In addition, Norah Pollard and Edwina Trentham gave strong readings as Opening Voices. Where else but The Arts Café can you encounter such artistry and passion?

As The Arts Café prepares to hybernate for the winter, we invite you to look forward to a bright spring season during which we’ll present:

Mark Doty – winner of the National Book Award for Poetry – one of America’s greatest poets.
Marilyn Nelson – former Poet Laureate of Connecticut, winner of the Neustadt Award and Poets Prize – another American star. 
Lisa Starr – the two-time Poet Laureate of Rhode Island.

We hope to see you then!

In the meantime, we wish you happy holidays and cozy winter nights.