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 Schoo’s award-winning poets, early career poets, and established Connecticut poets. Now in its fourth 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! Reading
Date: Sunday, May 15
Time: 3:00pm
$5 Suggested Donation

The next Poetry Rocks reading will take place in person Sunday, May 15, 3:00pm, at Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT. The featured poets are Christine Beck, author of four books of poetry, Summer Tate, who teaches at Fairfield University and in Hartford area programs, and award-winning Rockville High School student, Muriel Stankeviciute. 

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A donation of $5 is appreciated, and masks may be required.


The ACE Book club is meeting virtually!

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Time: 1:30pm (via Zoom)
Title for Discussion: Lessons from the Edge by Marie Yovanovitch

Instant New York Times Bestseller

An inspiring and urgent memoir by the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine—a pioneering diplomat who spent her career advancing democracy in the post-Soviet world, and who electrified the nation by speaking truth to power during the first impeachment of President Trump.

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

Please read our Book Club discussion guidelines before joining.