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Social Justice Reading




Sunday, June 23, 2013

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

77 Forest Street, Hartford, CT








Kate Rushin

JOHN L. STANIZZI has delighted readers and listeners throughout New England and (thanks in part to his presence on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac) beyond the Northeast. He is the author of Ecstasy Among Ghosts, now in its fourth printing, Sleepwalking, Windows, and Dance Against the Wall(www.antrimhousebooks.com). His newest book is After the Bell(www.bigtablepublishing.com). His poems have appeared in The New York Quarterly, Tar River Poetry, Rattle, Freshwater, Passages North, The Spoon River Quarterly, Poet Lore, The Connecticut River Review, and many other publications. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, in 1998 John was named The New England Poet of the Year by The New England Association of Teachers of English. He has read at many venues throughout Connecticut, including RJ Julia Booksellers and the Arts Café Mystic (with Gerald Stern and with Carl Dennis). In 2011 he introduced Dick Allen, Connecticut’s Poet Laureate, at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, presenting a lecture and discussion session prior to the reading. This past summer he did the same for Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. Poet Laureate. John L. Stanizzi has judged the Connecticut Poetry Out Loud Program, the 2011 Connecticut Book Award for Poetry, and the Sunken Garden Poetry Award for Adult Writers. He teaches English at Manchester Community College and Bacon Academy, where he also directed the theater program for fifteen years.

John L. Stanizzi

John L. Stanizzi

Richard McGhee

Richard McGhee

RICHARD MCGHEE III (Multi-Reed Artist/Composer) has worked as a musician for over 30 years in many different venues. He’s worked with Anthony Braxton, Jay Hoggard, Sabir Mateen and many other world-class musicians in the United States and Europe. He has performed in the Pork Pie Hat Concert Series, The Hartford Jazz Society Monday Night Jazz Concert series and The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz.


MARGAUX HAYES (Vocalist/Performance Artist) has performed at La MaMa E.T.C. in Vincent Katz’s New York production of Polyergus and she has worked as a vocalist with the choreographer Ronald K. Brown in Witches in Review. She has opened for Jimmy Cliff and Dave Mason. Margaux directed The Vagina Monologues at the Charter Oak Cultural Center and performed a tribute to Nina Simone with Richard McGhee that was featured in the Jazz Times.


As a duo, MARGAUX and RICHARD have continued to develop themselves in music and the arts. They have both performed at The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. In 2009, they traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, as musical ambassadors sponsored by The U.S. State Department.

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