Ginny Lowe Connors named West Hartford’s fourth Poet Laureate
On Tuesday, June 25, the Town Council of West Hartford accepted the nomination of Ginny Lowe Connors as West Hartford’s fourth Poet Laureate. All three previous poet laureates, James Finnegan, Dennis Barone, and Maria Sassi, were in attendance to welcome the new Poet Laureate of West Hartford.
Mayor Scott Slifka gave a short history of the how West Harford came to have a poet laureate, and he spoke of how it had become “a wonderful every two-tradition” for West Hartford to name its own poet laureate. Mayor Slifka acknowledged council member Shari Cantor, who was out of town, for her work to recognize “the qualified, well renowned, and nationally recognized poets living in our community who could fill the position.” And Mayor Slifka singled out Maria Sassi, the town’s first poet laureate. for helping to define the role during her tenure.
Upon receiving the honor, Ginny Lowe Connors stated, “West Hartford is a town that deserves to have an ambassador of poetry, because we’re such a literate community and everyone in the town values the arts.” Besides being an accomplished poet, for many years Ginny Lowe Connors has been a teacher in the West Hartford public schools. For her first official reading as the fourth Poet Laureate of West Hartford, and with nod to a major poet Wallace Stevens who lived in West Hartford for a short time, she read a poem entitled, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Classroom.”
Ginny Lowe Connors is an English teacher at Sedgwick Middle School. As well as working with her students there, she has designed poetry lessons made available to teachers through the Sunken Garden Poetry web site. She has been named “Poet of the Year” by the New England Association of Teachers of English. Connors also runs a small poetry press, Grayson Books. Antrim House Books has published two of her poetry collections: The Unparalleled Beauty of a Crooked Line and Barbarians in the Kitchen , and she has edited several poetry anthologies. One of the anthologies, Where Flowers Bloom, focuses on poems about Elizabeth Park. She’s won numerous awards for her poetry, including the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, the Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition, and numerous prizes sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, including their top prize, The Founders Award. Some of her poems have been performed by the East Haddam Stage Company. Connors has been invited to participate in the West Cork Literary Festival in Ireland. A board member of the Connecticut Poetry Society and a founding member of the Partners in Poetry writing group, Connors has many local ties to poetry. She has an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Madison Poet wins Senior Poet Laureate award
Carol Leavitt Altieri, 74, retired teacher of Madison, won the 2011 Connecticut Senior Poet Laureate award in the 19th annual National Senior Poets Laureate Poetry Competition for American poets age 50 and older. Her winning poem “Nature’s Wide-Screen Light Show” explores the infinite beauty of the Aurora Borealis.
Winners of the 2011 National Senior Poet Laureate Awards are two retired educators. Raynette Eitel of Las Vegas, Nev. won the national SPL title for “At the Irish Pub” and Jo Carpignano, Ph.D. of San Mateo, Calif. was runner-up with “The Yellow Bus.”
All winning poems appear in Golden Words online anthology at the sponsor’s website
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Gray Jacobik's most recent book is Little Boy Blue: A Memoir in Verse from CavanKerry Press (http://www.cavankerrypress.com -- click on books/Notable Voices or visit Gray's website at www.grayjacobik.com).
Gray Jacobik is blogging on the Michigan Quarterly Review's website. Her blog is titled "Come A Little Bit Closer Now Baby" and is dedicated to the practice of close reading. Twice monthly, by her own lights, Gray will examine how a single canonical poem achieves its effects. (www.michiganquarterlyreview.com -- click on "blog" then scroll down to "Gray Jacobik").
Donna Marie Merritt,
New Book Job Loss: A Journey in Poetry
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Doris Henderson's What Gets Lost is available from her or from Antrim House Books (www.AntrimHouseBooks.com) and from the Barn Gallery, Route 37, New Fairfield, CT.The date of publication is December 2009
Polly Brody has a new book-length poetry collection. Published by Antrim House. Title: "Stirring Shadows." It is priced at $16.00, and can be obtained directly from Polly or through the publisher.
A collection of poetry by Alexandrina Sergio, My Daughter is Drummer in the Rock 'n Roll Band, was released by Antrim House in September. Copies are available at $18.00 (plus 6% sales tax in CT) from Antrim House. For more information on the book and upcoming readings or to order, see www.antrimhousebooks.com .
Peggy Sapphire(In The End A Circle) is available from Antrim House
Tony Fusco - Droplines, Grayson Books, 2009 for more information
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Lisa Siedlarz- I Dream My Brother Plays Baseball, Clemson University, 2009 -$15, contact Lisa at email@example.com
Greg Salvatore's first poetry collection, Digging Up the Past: Poetry from High School (1994-97), can do so by writing out a check for $12 (plus $3 shipping and handling, for a total of $15) to: Greg Salvatore, P.O. Box 3113, Vernon, CT 06066. All CPS members need only pay $12, as shipping fees will be waived for them. Also, purchasers should signify if they want the books signed (and to whom), and where to send the books, if different from the address provided on their checks. Sample poems
Sharon Olson, of Guilford, has had two books published. The first is Clouds Brushed in Later, an Abby Niebauer Memorial Chapbook, published by the San Jose Poetry Center Press in 1987. Out of print.
The second book is The Long Night of Flying, published in 2006 by Sixteen Rivers Press, San Francisco, California. This book is available on Amazon, from Small Press Distribution (www.spdbooks.org), and directly from the publisher Sixteen Rivers Press, P.O. Box 640663, San Francisco, CA 94164-0663, Tel: 415.273.1303 (www.sixteenrivers.org).
More information about her work can be found at this page: http://www.sixteenrivers.org/books_authors/long_night_of_flying.asp
POLLY LASZLO BRODY
The Burning Bush: Essays with Poems, Antrim House, 2005, $17.00
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GINNY LOWE CONNORS
Barbarians in the Kitchen, Antrim House, 2005, $18.00
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Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge: Poems about Marriage (ed.), Grayson Books, 2003, hardcover: $21.95, softcover: $15.95
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To Love One Another: Poems Celebrating Marriage (ed), Grayson Books, 2002, hardcover: $16.95, softcover: $12.95
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Essential Love: Poems about Mothers and Fathers, Daughters and Sons (ed), Grayson Books, 2000, hardcover: $21.95, softcover: $14.95
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Debra Sansone published her first chapbook of poetry. The title of the book is Shared Air and Other Poems, which was published by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky on February 28, 2008. The book can be obtained either through finishinglinepress.com or amazon.com.
Jessie’s Garden, Negative Capability Press, 2004, $10
GERRI RADACSI Trapped in Amber , Connecticut River Press, 2005, $15.95 Tightrope Walker, Antrim House, 2007, $15.00 www.antrimhousebooks.com
SYLVIA FORGES RYAN (with Edward Ryan) Take a Deep Breath: The Haiku Way to Inner Peace , Kodansha International, hardback, 2002; Russian edition published in 2003 by Sophia Press, Kiev ; paperback edition published by Apocryphile Press, Berkeley , California , 2006. www.amazon.com
PEGGY SAPHIRE A Possible Explanation, Partisan Press, $12.00
JEAN TUPPER Woman in Rainlight, Hobblebush Books, $14.95 www.hobblebush.com or www.finelinepoets.com or
JENNIFER SMITH TURNER Lost and Found: Rhyming Verse Honoring African American Heroes, Connecticut River Press, www.jennifersmithturner.com
CHRISTOPHER L. WEBBER
Beyond Beowulf, iUniverse, 2006