DominiQue, Laura, Shannon, Tamara
Keith, Jen, Matt ...
Jen Allen Big Band,
Lunch, Jan. 15, 2010
The Hartford Club
PHOTOS BY MEG RIVERS
VIDEOS BY CHELSEA FEAR
Video Links Are Spaced
Throughout This Post
More Photos To Come From Sammy Vega & Bob Thiesfield
Undercard of Poets & Writers;
THE MAIN EVENT,
[Gabrielle She Be Stinging Calvocoressi]
VERSUS THE ICEMAN, SETS 1 AND 2;
Israel Pito Cardona,
Mike Mike Machine Gun Oliver,
Also, Video Of Iceman John Scully
Reading From The Iceman Diaries
Young Writers Competition Entry Deadline Feb. 1, 2010
Connecticut Young Writers Trust
231 Beach St.
Litchfield, CT 06759
* 800-814-6931 * Fax- 860-567-9119
CT Young Writers Triple KO Event: Poetry, Prose, Pugilism
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
Jen Allen Big Band
With Amy Ma's Students
From Jumoke Academy
Tamara Almai, Jen Allen, Matt Dwonszyk
Peter McEachern, Geoff Brookes, Jake Thibault
Vocal Team Soaks Up
A Little Appreciation From The Crowd
Videographer Chelsea Fear @ Work
Ben Bilello, Kris Allen, Peter McEachern, Andy Thibault With Jumoke Students
Shannon, Tamara Say A Little Prayer
Vocalists Have To Eat, Too
Marcus Thibault, Lauren Witkewicz
At The Bookseller's Table
The Food Was Good
From The Evening Program:
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.