-- Pat, UConn '67, and his wife, Jane Sheehan
I’m not sure what it is,
but I certainly don’t want to miss it!
-- Pat Sheehan
Bear with me on this -– please consider joining us this Friday at the Club for the historic event of LIVE BOXING in the Ballroom. No kidding.
The event is actually sponsored by the Connecticut Young Writers Trust and the State University System, who stage an annual competition among young poets and writers from schools and colleges around Connecticut. As you may know, the state has a wealth of writing talent, and this year the group has been exploring the region’s sports history -– with a focus on boxing!
This coming Friday, the Clubhouse will be filled with young students, sportswriters, poets and musicians as the Writers Trust approaches its annual scholarship contest deadline with an eclectic event that includes (of course) a Big Band performance with star vocalists at lunchtime ... poetry readings from a REAL boxing ring set up in the Ballroom … an appearance by a celebrated New York police detective who was the real-life hero of one highly-acclaimed book on fighting corruption and the author of another ... all capped off by a [professional boxing exhibition] featuring several star athletes from the region. And in case you were wondering: yes, state-certified schoolteachers will be receiving Continuing Education credits for attending.
I just want to share with you my confusion and delight about the entire event. I’m not sure what it is, but I certainly don’t want to miss it! And I hope you will come by, as well.
JAN. 15, 2010
DAVID “THE BODY SNATCHER” CAPPELLA
PAUL “DING-A-LING” DOYLE
12 noon - 1:15 pm
To The Sounds
Of The Jen Allen Big Band, With Vocalists
JEN ALLEN BIG BAND
JEN ALLEN, keyboard
KRIS ALLEN, alto sax
BEN BILELLO, drums
MATT DWONSYK, bass
GEOFF BROOKES. trumpet
JAKE THIBAULT, tenor sax
PETER McEACHERN, trombone
KEITH GIBSON, guitar
Tamara Almai, Shannon Gunnip, Laura McCabe, DominiQue Padilla
Undercard Of Poets & Writers
To Gaby v. Iceman Set 1
FRANZ "ONIONS OREGANATO” DOUSKEY
KATE “LA TERRIBLE” RUSHIN
CHANDRA “BONECRUSHER” PRASAD
RICH “SIX HEADS” ESPOSITO
BOB “THE BREEZE” LEUCI,
AKA PRINCE OF THE CITY
SHOUHUA “HARD ROCK” QI
BINNIE “THE DEMON BARBER” KLEIN
“MERICILESS” AMY MA
THE MAIN EVENT
GABY “SHE BE STINGING” CALVOCORESSI
ICEMAN JOHN SCULLY
Reading From Their Works
Co-Masters Of Ceremonies
‘IRISH’ RAVI SHANKAR
JEFFREY “NO DICE” DRESSLER
RAND “BLOOD” COOPER
Evening Reception & Events
Hors d'oeurves Courtesy Of The Warren Group
Teen Rocker Phenom
Desiree Bassett & The Time Machine
Robert Goddfried, aka Rob The Drummer
Bob Larime, bass guitar
Gaby v. Iceman, Set 2
Sung By DominiQue
Of The Hartford Conservatory
& The Jen Allen Big Band
Sammy Vega, Iceman John Scully,
Mike Mike Machine Gun Oliver
At All Times
CT Young Writers Triple Knockout Event
The Connecticut Young Writers Trust kicks off its 13th year Jan. 15, 2010 at The Hartford Club. "GABY VERSUS THE ICEMAN" is a CT Young Writers Triple Knockout Event: Prose, Poetry And Pugilism. Suggested admission donation is $35. RSVP @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-690-0211.
The day begins at 11 a.m. with open workshops on the teaching and writing of poetry and the teaching and writing of sports stories led, respectively, by Central Connecticut State University English Professor David Cappella and Hartford Courant sportswriter Paul Doyle. Continuing education credits will be granted to teachers for the workshops and other events including dialogue with poets, writers, musicians and boxers. The Jen Allen Big Band -- featuring vocalists DominiQue Padilla, Laura McCabe, Tamara Almai and Shannon Gunnip -- will perform during lunch. Well-known and highly-regarded poets and writers – including Franz Douskey, Kate Rushin, Chandra Prasad, Rich Esposito, Shouhua Qi, Binnie Klein, Amy Ma and Bob Leuci -- enter the ring after lunch. In the main event, poet Gabrielle Calvocoressi and "Iceman" John Scully -- the trainer and former light heavyweight contender -- will read from their works.
Following a mid-afternoon break, the evening reception begins at 6. Reception entertainment by teen rocker phenom Desiree Bassett & the Time Machine. Cash bar at all times. Second set of Gaby v. Iceman precedes singing of the National Anthem by DominiQue Padilla, a Litchfield High School graduate and student at Hartford Conservatory. The evening will conclude with a boxing exhibition.
Since 1998, the Young Writers Trust has awarded more than $182,000 to Connecticut teenagers. More than 5,000 young poets and writers have competed in the program. Entry forms for the 2010 competition will be handed out at the Hartford Club event. Forms are currently available on line at the Connecticut State University System site,
Co-Masters of Ceremonies are: Rand Cooper, the novelist and travel writer for Bon Appetit; Ravi Shankar, the poet and CCSU English professor; and attorney Jeffrey Dressler, a long-time advocate for education and boxing in Hartford and a boxing announcer. The Bookworm of West Hartford will serve as vendor for the event.
During this academic year, two young writers from each of Connecticut's eight counties will win cash awards for either prose or poetry writing. Entries must be nominated by a teacher in a public or private school, and postmarked on or before February 1, 2010. Home school entries are also accepted. (In 2009, there were about 580 entries.)
A home-schooled student from Redding and a student at Westover School in Middlebury were awarded the top statewide prizes in prose and poetry May 31, 2009 in the 12th annual competition. A panel of judges selected works submitted by Emma Lowenberg, 16, of the Lowenberg Home School in Redding, for her story, "Bernard," and Felicity Sheehy, 16, of Westover School of Middlebury, for her poem, "Evening Conversation."
At the annual awards celebration, held at Hartford's Mark Twain House & Museum for the first time, both students received $1,000 for their efforts. Lowenberg and Sheehy also were awarded $500 in April after being named, respectively, prose and poetry winners in Fairfield and New Haven counties.