Asnuntuck Community College’s Freshwater Magazine will be holding its 16th Annual Poetry Festival on May 1st and 2nd at the college. The weekend’s festivities will kick-off on Friday evening with the reading of the 23rd Annual Student Poetry contest winners. This event, to be held at 7 p.m. in Café 2, is free and open to the public. Three prize winners will be announced, along with three honorable mentions.

Asnuntuck faculty member Lisa Mangini is leading the group in organizing the weekend. “It’s a real fun experience,” says Mangini. “I have some wonderful people from my own writing circle participating.” Participants will be coming from as far as Chicago for the festival. Mangini took over the reins from retired faculty member and Freshwater founder Edwina Trentham. “The format will be generally the same with new workshops being featured,” said Mangini.

A light breakfast and lunch will be available on Saturday. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., with the morning’s workshop beginning at 9 a.m.  A choice of three morning workshops will be available. The presenters include Mangini, whose workshop is entitled “Hidden Potential: An Intro to Found Poetry”; David Walker, whose workshop is entitled “Depth through Levity: Using Humor in Poetry” and Megan Cowen whose workshop is called “Lost in the Woods: Surrealism in Poetry”. Lunch will be available for $10 at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will include an open mic, books for sale, games, and more.

Afternoon workshops will kick-off at 12:30 p.m. Participants can select from Sandra Marchetti’s “The Confluence of Rhythm Begins: Mapping the Sounds of Your Poems”; Benjamin Grossberg’s “The Persona Poem: Finding Your Voice in a Character” and Leah Nielsen’s “The Blank Page: How to Get Over It”.

The weekend will conclude with a Poetry Reading by Sandra Marchetti, Benjamin Grossberg, and Leah Nielsen, followed by a book signing.

Each workshop has a fee of $25 with the fee being $20 each for students/seniors. To register, and to order lunch, contact Lisa Mangini at