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Public invited to readings, open mic hosted by WCSU M.F.A. in Creative and Professional Writing program

DANBURY, CONN. — The staff of the Western Connecticut State University literary journal Poor Yorick will hold a seasonal celebration between 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at @287 Gallery and Meeting place on 287 Main Street in Danbury. Graduate students in WestConn’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing program and the program’s new director, Anthony D’Aries, will be in attendance, along with Poor Yorick staff. The public is invited, but RSVPs are requested to account for catering needs.

Poor Yorick is a literary journal that focuses on the theme of rediscovered objects and items of cultural significance. To celebrate the nature of the journal and the recent observation of Halloween, attendees are welcome to come dressed as an historical figure.

The event will begin with selected readings from the journal before opening the mic to students and the public to read their own work. Guests are welcome to mingle and chat with the staff and students about the journal and M.F.A. program.

The event will be catered by Pour Me café located across the street from the gallery. Poor Yorick T-shirts will be on sale for $20.

Poor Yorick Editor-in-Chief Melissa Johnson said, “We are really looking forward to showing off the M.F.A. program’s literary journal to the community. Poor Yorick publishes mostly established writers from around the United States and the world, and running it and being part of the M.F.A. program has enriched my life. All of us in the program have devoted much of our lives to expressing ourselves through writing, and connecting with others is such an important part of that.”

For more information or to RSVP, contact Johnson at or (860) 333-3962.


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