Spring Poetry Series- Part Three- an afternoon

Join us for day three of our three-part Spring Poetry Series. The Sunday May15th afternoon event will be live at the store at 2:00pm. Free to attend- REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

We have a great line-up. Additionally, we have Rick Magee with us- our newly minted Poet Laureate! Welcome Rick.

If you would like to join us remotely- here is the zoom link:


Meeting ID: 840 4466 6734
Passcode: 992947

Authors joining us:

AMY NAWROCKI is a Connecticut native, raised in Newtown, and now living in Hamden. She teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Bridgeport. Amy earned a Bachelor's degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas. She is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Mouthbrooders, which was a finalist for the 2020 Connecticut Book Award. Her memoir The Comet's Tail: A Memoir of No Memory was the recipient of the Mind-Body-Sprit Award from Living Now Books. She and her husband Eric D. Lehman are the authors of several books and articles showcasing Connecticut food, wine, and literature. 

DAVID K. LEFF is an award winning essayist, Pushcart Prize nominated poet and former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He is a member of the Collinsville Historic District Commission and was chairman for about two decades.  David has been a  Boy Scout merit badge counselor and was a volunteer firefighter for 26 years. He is the Canton, Connecticut poet laureate, deputy town historian, and the town meeting moderator.  In 2016 and 2017 he served as poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET), the first ever such designation for any of the country's eleven such trails established by an act of Congress.

The author of a dozen books and editor of two, David has read his work, given book talks, and lectured on literary, historical and environmental topics throughout Connecticut and beyond.  He has served on the board of directors of the Riverwood Poetry Series, Inc. the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, and the Maple Syrup Producers Association of Connecticut.  He is a member of the board of trustees of Great Mountain Forest in Norfolk, Connecticut, a non-profit working forest and conservation education organization, and is on the Collections Steering Committee of the Connecticut Historical Society. David has served as the book review editor of Connecticut Woodlands, the quarterly magazine of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association and is now the poetry editor.

DONNA MARIE MERRITT is the author of seven books of poetry . . . Bible Poems for Reflection and Response (2020), No Winter Maintenance: Pass at Your Own Risk (2017), We Walk Together (2015), Her House and Other Poems, (2013), What’s Wrong with Ordinary? Poems to Celebrate Life (2012), Cancer, A Caregiver’s View (2011), and Job Loss, A Journey in Poetry (2010).

Merritt's poems have also appeared in magazines, school reading programs, language arts books, and American Library Association’s Book Links, along with anthologies such as Yale Medical Group's Caduceus, the Garbanzo Literary Journal, and for children, National Geographic's Book of Nature Poetry and Little, Brown's One Minute Till Bedtime. The newest is National Geographic's The Poetry of Us. Teensy Meensy Mice is her seventeenth children's book.

JACK POWERS is a retired teacher who is the author of the poetry collection Everybody’s Vaguely Familiar as well as scores of other published poems and essays. He is currently submitting his first novel. He was the co-director of Writing Center and taught writing, English, special education and math at Joel Barlow High School for 38 years. He was a Coach for RULER Implementation at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligences. Powers is now an educational consultant, a poetry workshop leader and an occasional college essay tutor.

PHILLIP K. LU, CSU Distinguished Professor of Astronomy Emeritus, earned an MA from Wesleyan University, CT and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, published more than 100 research papers in Astronomical Journals, translated and edited a half of dozen books and nine volumes bilingual (English-Chinese) poetry collections. Recipients of Dr. Da-Yu Wu’s (Late President of the National Academy of Sciences) Science Writer Prize, 2006 and Minor Planet 175450 Phillipklu name by the International Astronomical Union in 2014.

SYDNEY EDDISONFor her work as a writer, gardener, and lecturer, Sydney Eddison received the Connecticut Horticultural Society’s Gustav A. L. Melquist Award in 2002; the New England Wild Flower Society’s Kathryn S. Taylor Award in 2005; The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s Bronze Medal in 2006; and in 2010, the National Garden Clubs Award of Excellence. Her garden has been featured in magazines and on television. A former scene designer and drama teacher, Eddison lectures widely and continues to teach a course on color at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York.

RICK MAGEE grew up in California, and he started writing poetry when he was 9. He continued to write through college at the University of California at Berkeley, where he got a degree in English and studied poetry writing with Gary Soto. Later, while getting an MA in English at Cal Poly, he worked with the poet Kevin Clark. He moved to New York to complete his studies in English, and his poetry writing had to take a back seat to academic writing. After completing his PhD, he began teaching at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He teaches courses in literature, poetry writing, and food writing. He has returned to writing poetry, and his work can be found in The Madrigal, The American Journal of Poetry, Rough Diamond Poetry, and New Note Poetry. He is the current Poet Laureate of Bethel, and he lives there with his wife Rebecca, who is also an English professor, and his son Cormac, who wants to be an author when he grows up.

Event date: 
Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
178 Greenwood Avenue
Bethel, CT 06801
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