Stonington Residents Gather for a Night of Poetry at the Arts Café Mystic


photo by Maura Nowak

Westerly-based group RiverFlow

Story by Maura Nowak, Staff Writer

Poet Laureate and national bookseller Marjory Wentworth shared her poems in a reading held at the Arts Café Mystic on September 20th.

Last Friday marked the start of the fall season for the Arts Café Mystic, which is entering its 26th year of giving local and national poets a night to share their voices with the community of Stonington. The featured poet, Marjory Wentworth, has held the position of Poet Laureate of South Carolina for 14 years.

Wentworth read her well-know poem Holy City, a remembrance for the victims of the Mother Emmanuel tragedy in her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. She also shared other occasion poems such as Gravity and One River, One Boat, as well as selections from her New York Times bestselling children’s book Out of Wonder.

Music was provided by local group RiverFlow, a five-person folk group that played original songs with lyrics written by Gunilla Norris, the opening voice of the evening. Their lively music, featuring harmonicas, fiddles, and mandolins, is collected on a CD, the purchase of which benefits the WARM Center of Westerly.

The next show, featuring American poet Billy Collins, will be held at the Arts Café Mystic on October 18th, 2019, with doors opening at 7:30 PM.