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Connecticut’s New Poet Laureate Has Something To Say | Beachcombing |

State’s new poet laureate, Margaret Gibson, views life through different lens.                                                                           

Our new poet laureate, Margaret Gibson, wants to come to your town or city, go to your public library, park, art gallery or coffee shop, and engage you in a community dialogue while she reads her poetry or listens to yours.

Gibson also aims to further the role of the poet as a “truth teller” in a time of political deception.

“It’s getting to the point that just to speak your own truth is becoming a political act,” Gibson muses as she sits in her circa-1700s house set in the woods of Preston.
. . . Gibson says she wants to “green” the state poet laureate position, “to be able to give voice to the fact that what we’re doing to the planet is endangering it and us and our children’s lives and our grandchildren’s lives.”

Source: Connecticut’s New Poet Laureate Has Something To Say | Beachcombing |

Hiromi Itō Interview: Poetry as a Performance – YouTube

Bessy Reyna & Sean Frederick Forbes Read – Elizabeth Park Rose Garden – Saturday, June 15 at 1 pm


Bessy Reyna is a poet, writer and former opinion columnist for the Hartford Courant. Reyna’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies in the USA and Latin America. She is the author of 3 chapbooks and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Reyna has participated in poetry festivals in Cuba, Salvador and Nicaragua and the Hill-stead Museum’s Sunken Garden in Farmington, CT. She is the recipient of many awards including the Outstanding Latina Cultural Award by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, as well as a Lifetime Achievement award from the CT Center for the Book. (


Sean Frederick Forbes is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence of English and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Connecticut. His poems have appeared in Chagrin River Review, Sargasso, A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture, Crab Orchard Review, Long River Review, and Midwest Quarterly. In 2009, he received a Woodrow Wilson Mellon Mays University Fellows Travel and Research Grant for travel to Providencia, Colombia. Providencia, his first book of poetry, was published in 2013. He has co-edited two anthologies of personal narratives titled What Does It Mean to be White in America? Breaking the White Code of Silence: Personal Narratives by White Americans (2016) and The Beiging of America: Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century (2017). He serves as the poetry editor for the literary journal New Square and is a founding member of The Sancho Panza Literary Society. In 2017, he received first place in the Nutmeg Poetry Contest from the Connecticut Poetry Society.

This annual poetry reading features two Connecticut-based poets under the tent in Elizabeth Park, Hartford, CT. Anita Durkin will give the introductions.

The reading is sponsored by the Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens (, with the generous assistance of the Elizabeth Park Conservancy ( For more information contact Jim Finnegan at .




A Call to Life

Kathleen Dean Moore is a philosopher, nature writer, public speaker, and defender of all that is wet and wild. Rachelle McCabe is a concert pianist and professor of music at Oregon State University

Source: A Call to Life

Four In The Morning by Wislawa Szymborska – YouTube

Acclaimed Author Claudia Rankine to Feature in the 56th Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program at UCONN

Acclaimed Author Claudia Rankine to Feature in the 56th Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program at UConn and the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School
Claudia Rankine, a MacArthur “Genius” and National Book Critics Circle Award winner, will read from her work at UConn’s main campus in Storrs and at the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School on March 13, 2019.
She will appear at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 13 at the at the Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School, 85 Woodland St, Hartford. She will offer a second reading at 7 p.m. that night at the Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Center, 405 Babbidge Road on the UConn Storrs campus. Both readings are free and open to the public.
Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf 2008) and the bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf 2014), which uses poetry, essay, cultural criticism, and visual images to explore what it means to be an American citizen in a “post-racial” society. As the Judges Citation for the Jackson Prize notes, “The moral vision of Claudia Rankine’s poetry is astounding. In a body of work that pushes the boundaries of the contemporary lyric, Rankine has managed to make space for meditation and vigorous debate upon some of the most relevant and troubling social themes of the 20th and 21st centuries.” Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the NAACP Image Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the LA Times Book Award for poetry as well as fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts.   –


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CA Conrad reads at Karma Gallery, NYC, January 13, 2019 – Don Yorty

Source: CA Conrad reads at Karma Gallery, NYC, January 13, 2019 – Don Yorty