This collection presents the work, lives, and thoughts of the state and local poets laureate of Connecticut. The Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate, which represents current and emeritus poets laureate, has worked together to produce this volume.
Poetry is flourishing in Connecticut. Towns, cities, and other sponsors are naming laureates at an unprecedented rate, as people of all ages and all walks of life turn to poetry for guidance and inspiration.
Within these pages one can find sample poems from state and local poets laureate, as well as descriptions of some of their public projects and reflections on poetry. As editor Ginny Lowe Connors says in the book's introduction, "In today's world of instant sound bites, poetry is needed more than ever. It encourages us to slow down, observe, reflect, and engage more deeply with the world."
Ginny Lowe Connors is the author of three poetry collections: The Unparalleled Beauty of a Crooked Line, Barbarians in the Kitchen, and most recently, Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village. Her chapbook, Under the Porch, won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. Connors has also edited several poetry anthologies. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Founders Award, top prize in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, first prize in Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition, and recently top prize in the Flash Ekphrastic Artist for Artists Project, as well as other awards.
Connors has an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is on the executive boards of the Connecticut Poetry Society and of the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate. During her tenure as the Poet Laureate of West Hartford, from 2013-2015, she initiated the Poetry in the Parks program, combining poetry, nature, and art.
Charles Margolis, Poet Laureate of South Windsor, is a founding member of the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate. His poetry book, Class Dismissed, A Teacher Says Goodbye, chronicles his final year as a high school art teacher. He is the author of "Did I Really Say That?" The Complete Pageant Interview Guide. Mr. Margolis was the Committee Chair and a contributor to South Windsor Voices, a book of poetry written and published by residents of South Windsor. Margolis is an interview specialist who coaches pageant contestants, political candidates and job applicants. He is Executive Director of Interview Image Associates.
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