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, December 3, 3:00pm
$5 suggested donation

Poetry Rocks, the quarterly poetry series in Vernon, hosts D. Walsh Gilbert, T’challa Williams, Tony Fusco, and RHS student writers Natalie Crowley and Grace Dehnel at Arts Center East, Sunday, Dec. 3rd at 3:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. The reading will be followed by an open mic, reception and book signing. For more information, please email Additional parking for Arts Center East is available next door at Center Road School.

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.