25th Year of Inspiring Words and Music

Future Shows

MARCH 21          “Youth Will Be Served”

This program will continue The Arts Café’s beloved tradition of honoring and presenting Southeast Connecticut’s best and brightest young poets and musicians.

APRIL 12         Mark Doty

The Arts Café looks forward to welcoming back Mark Doty who is one of America’s most honored poets. His nine books of poems have earned him the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Poetry Series Prize, the Bingham Prize, and Lambda Literary Award. He is the only American poet to have received Britain’s T.S. Eliot Prize. In addition, he has won acclaim for four books of non-fiction, including the best-selling Dog Years and Still Life with Oysters and Lemons. The Pittsburgh Gazette has commented about Mr. Doty that “If words this moving do not constitute great poetry, I’d like to know what does.”

MAY 9          Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson has won or been a finalist for many of the most important honors our nation bestows its poets – including The National Book Award, Robert Frost Medal, Poets’ Prize, Connecticut Book Award, Leonore Marshall Poetry Prize, Annisfield-Wolf Award, and Pushcart Prize, among others. She was also State Poet Laureate of Connecticut from 2001-2006. She has been equally honored as the author of books for teens and children, which have won or been finalist for the Neustadt Prize, National Book Award, Boston Globe/Hornbook Award, Newberry Honor Book, the Corretta Scott King Honor Book, and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in American Poetry.