24th Year of Inspiring Words and Music

Next Show

November 3

Poet: Brenda Shaughnessy

Music: The J Hunter Group

Opening Voice: Pegi Deitz Shea


7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00)


Mystic Museum of Art
9 Water Street
Downtown Mystic

Admission $10, Students 21 & Under Free

Call: 860-912-2444
E-mail: info@theartscafemystic.org

Poet » 

Brenda Shaughnessy

I spent the whole day
crying and writing, until
they became the same…

… A scratch on the page
is a supernatural act, one twisting

fire out of water, blood out of stone.
We can read us.  We are not alone.

From “Miracles” by Brenda Shaughnessy

At mid-career, Brenda Shaughnessy has earned a reputation for writing “poems that absolutely matter.”  In poem after poem, her plain-spoken honesty is both fierce and brave.  Yet love is her great theme, or
how we love – how we love as parents, siblings, friends, and how, especially, we learn to love ourselves.  Shaughnessy’s poems are also esteemed for their sophisticated and playful language and their muscular turns of phrase.  She is a poet at the top of her game, and a strong game it is. 


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The J Hunter Group

The J Hunter Group features some of the finest jazz players in New England – including saxophonist Steve Marien, Peter Emanuel on piano, Nathan Lassell on drums, and Mr. Hunter on Bass.

Steve Marien certainly brings an expertise to his craft — an expertise honed throughout 30 years with performances in Connecticut and the region. A versatile performer on the tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, Steve has performed and recorded with the swing quartet Razamataz, with rhythm and blues band The Hornets and with free jazz artist Mike Murray. Throughout his jazz career, Steve has also been a member of many bands including the show band Top Shelf, oldies trio The Thamesmen, Top 40 groups A Little Night Music and Times Square, jazz fusion ensemble Total Eclipse, club favorite Sugar Daddy and jazz ensemble The J Hunter Group.