Learning to Heal: Reflections on Nursing School in Poetry and Prose at Byrd’s Books

In Celebration of National Nurses’ Week, join us at Byrd’s Books for a reading from a new anthology “Learning to Heal: Reflections on Nursing School in Poetry and Prose” on May 10, 2019  7 p.m.

What is it like to be a student nurse? What are the joys, the stresses, the transcendent moments, the fall-off-your-bed laughing moments, and the terrors that have to be faced and stared down?  And how might nurses, looking back, relate these experiences in ways that bring these memories to life again, demonstrating how nursing education has changed and yet remained the same?

Join these nurse-writers as they read from their work in this one-of-a-kind anthology from Kent State University Press:

Amanda Anderson, MSN, MPA, RN, Associate Director of Care Transitions, Mount Sinai Health System and Contributing Editor for the American Journal of Nursing.

Cortney Davis, MA., APRN, Poet Laureate of Bethel; Editor and Annotator for the NYU Literature and Medicine Database.

Jeanne LeVasseur, APRN, PhD, Professor of Nursing at Quinnipiac University, CT.

Frances Smalkowski, CSFN, PMHCNS-BC-retired; BCC, Director of Pastoral Care at St. John Paul II Center in Danbury, Ct.



Spring Poetry Series at Byrd’s Books- Vol. III

Byrd’s Books celebrates poetry with opportunities to hear poets read their own work. The last date in the series is  Sunday May 19th at 2:00pm.

We will host Donna Marie Merritt, Tony Abbott, Jen Sage-Robison, Gail Carson Levine, Catherine D’Andrea and Sydney Eddison.

Light refreshments will be served and the poet’s books will be available for sale (when available).


Love Poetry February 15th at 7:00pm

Come to Byrd’s Books for Read a Love Poem Night! We will gather Friday February 15th at 7:00pm to read poetry that celebrates love: love of another, love of the Earth, love of a pet…any love. Pick a poem or two by ANY poet that you would like to share and we will read them out loud. If lots of folks attend, each person reads one poem. If only a few show up, we will each read 2-3 poems. We love poetry.

Light refreshments- Literary tea (Simpson & Vail) and cookies.

Registering helps me put out enough chairs, but doesn’t commit you to reading…:-)

Poetry Writing Workshop for People Who Are Sure They Can’t Write Poetry

Would you like to write a poem but don’t know where or how to begin?  Do you feel some poetic stirrings but are afraid to put pen to paper?  Come join Cortney Davis, Bethel’s Poet Laureate, for a fun, easy, non-threatening workshop on Sunday March 31st from 3:30-5:30 during which you will discover your inner bard.  Through a series of prompts and writing exercises, you will find yourself writing poems–and hopefully go home invigorated with renewed belief in your own creativity abilities.

Bring a pad of lined paper, pen or pencil, an open mind and a sense of humor.

To register, click HERE.

($10 fee)

Byrd’s Books welcomes Bethel’s First Poet Laureate

Please join us for a celebration on Saturday November 10th at 6:30pm honoring Bethel’s first Poet Laureate, Corney Davis. We will hear from the finalists in an informal evening of poetry.
The evening is early enough to go out to dinner in Bethel, should you choose to do so.
Light refreshments will be served and Cortney’s books will be available for sale.

The Spring Poetry Series at Byrd’s Books

Byrd’s Books winds up our Spring Poetry Series on May 18th-  we found we needed the inspiration that only poetry can bring- join us and be enriched!


May 18th at 7:00pm:   

POETS: Amy Nawrocki, Cortney Davis, Emily Carney and  Jerry Brooker
To register for May 18th,  click here.

These events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase.

Registers of Illuminated Villages

By Tarfia Faizullah.

“Tarfia Faizullah is a poet of brave and unflinching vision.” —Natasha Trethewey

Somebody is always singing. Songs
were not allowed. Mother said,
Dance and the bells will sing with you.
I slithered. Glass beneath my feet. I
locked the door. I did not
die. I shaved my head. Until the horns
I knew were there were visible.
Until the doorknob went silent.

—from “100 Bells”

Registers of Illuminated Villages is Tarfia Faizullah’s highly anticipated second collection, following her award-winning debut, Seam. Faizullah’s new work extends and transforms her powerful accounts of violence, war, and loss into poems of many forms and voices—elegies, outcries, self-portraits, and larger-scale confrontations with discrimination, family, and memory. One poem steps down the page like a Slinky; another poem responds to makeup homework completed in the summer of a childhood accident; other poems punctuate the collection with dark meditations on dissociation, discipline, defiance, and destiny; and the near-title poem, “Register of Eliminated Villages,” suggests illuminated texts, one a Qur’an in which the speaker’s name might be found, and the other a register of 397 villages destroyed in northern Iraq. Faizullah is an essential new poet whose work only grows more urgent, beautiful, and—even in its unsparing brutality—full of love.

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Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

By Brian Clements. A powerful call to end American gun violence from celebrated poets and those most impacted, including a foreword by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly and an introduction by Colum McCann, published on the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. Original.

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Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

By Mary Oliver.

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An Afternoon of Poetry

In celebration of poetry and poets, please join us for a very special afternoon of poetry readings on Saturday December 9th at 4:00pm.

Some of the poets attending, so far, are: David K. Leff, Phillip Lu, Lisa Schwartz, Sydney Eddison, and more to come!

Light refreshments will be served.

To save a spot, click HERE.