Literary Arts


Poetry Rocks! is a quarterly poetry reading series organized by ACE Artist Member and Vernon Poet Laureate, Pegi Deitz Shea. It is co-sponsored by Arts Center East and the Vernon Arts Commission. In 2017, the then ACE Director, Joan Sonnanburg, approached Pegi about beginning a poetry reading series that would feature Rockville High School’s award-winning poets, early career poets, and established Connecticut poets.

Now in its sixth year, Poetry Rocks! has featured numerous poets, including current CT State Poet Laureate, Margaret Gibson, and past CT State Poet Laureate, Rennie McQuilkin. Readings are held on Sunday afternoons at Arts Center East.

Poetry Rocks!

Date: Sunday, February 18, 3:00pm
$5 Suggested Donation

This installment of Poetry Rocks inclues laureates galore! Nzima Hutchings, Poet Laureate of Enfield, shares her new books, Belly Screams, Flowers and Holes, and My Color Purple Voice. B. Fulton Jennes, Poet Laureate Emerita of Ridgefield, reads from, Flinded Birds and Flown. Nadia Sims, Manchester’s new Poet Laureate, reads from A Soft Place to Land and We Know the Dark. Also featuring Athena Lavigne, Rockville High School junior, Scholastic Gold Key winner and Fresh Voice finalist.

Additional parking is available next door at Center Road School.


The ACE Book club is meeting virtually!

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Time: 1:30pm, via Zoom
Title for Discussion: Reaching for the Stars by José M. Hernández

“Born into a family of migrant workers, toiling in the fields by the age of six, José M. Hernández dreamed of traveling through the night skies on a rocket ship.  Reaching for the Stars is the inspiring story of how he realized that dream, becoming the first Mexican-American astronaut.

Hernàndez didn’t speak English till he was 12, and his peers often joined gangs, or skipped school. And yet, by his twenties he was part of an elite team helping develop technology for the early detection of breast cancer. He was turned down by NASA eleven times on his long journey to donning that famous orange space suit.

Hernàndez message of hard work, education, perseverance, of ‘reaching for the stars,’ makes this a classic American autobiography.”

If you are new to the ACE Book Club and would like to join the November meeting, email prior to the meeting date.

Please read our Book Club discussion guidelines before joining.