May 7: Laura Mazza-Dixon and Maria Sassi

Sunday May 7, 3pm: Laura Mazza-Dixon and Maria Sassi

Laura Mazza-Dixon's first book of poetry, Forged by Joy, published by Antrim House, will be featured in the Hartford Courant's Poet's Corner in May 2017. Her story/ poem about Harriet Tubman has been presented at Still We Rise: A Celebration of Black History at Trinity Community Church in Hartford. The organizer of the Poetry at the Cossitt series in North Granby, CT, Laura has recently worked with Kate Rushin and the Granby UCC churches to present Words that Matter: Courageous Conversations on Race poetry workshops. Director of the Windy Hill Guitar Studio, Laura performs Renaissance and Baroque music on viola da gamba. Her programs combining traditional Celtic and Appalachian music with poetry and stories have been presented at libraries across New England.

Maria Sassi, who was for several years Poet Laureate of West Hartford, Connecticut, is a prize-winning poet and playwright. Her first poetry collection, Rooted in Stars, now in its second printing, is part of The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Her chapbook What I See presents ekphrastic poems, three of which have won international poetry prizes: the René Magritte Prize and the Salvatore Dali Prize. Maria’s poems have been choreographed and performed on national television, and she is the author of several plays. She has hosted poetry events at several venues including the Noah Webster House, Hartford’s Old State House, and the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Her work has been much anthologized and published by many literary journals.


Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Free event.

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Upcoming Readings 2017

May 7: Laura Mazza-Dixon & Maria Sassi

June date to be scheduled later at another venue.

All dates are Sundays, 3pm – 5pm, reading begins with an Open Mike.

Series History

April 9: Pegi Deitz Shea and Jeff Mock

March 5: Brian Clements and Ben Woodard