Online: Poems From Connecticut's Four Corners

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Join us online for a reading by notable poets representing each of the state’s four corners, plus one from the central Hartford area. Our October reading will feature: John Barr, Rich Bowering, Pat Hale, Susan Kinsolving, and Nadia Sims.

Hosted and curated by Ridgefield Poet Laureate Emerita Barb Jennes, Poems from Connecticut’s Four Corners readings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00.

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John Barr served as the inaugural president of the Poetry Foundation. His poems have been published in books, fine press editions, and magazines, including The NY Times and Poetry. His newest book, The Boxer of Quirinal, was published in June. Barr.

Rich Bowering is the author of Big Fire at Spahn Ranch, a full-length poetry collection. While studying for his MA at SCSU, he was the first winner of the university’s E.D.G.E. poetry contest and took first place in the 2003 Folio graduate-student poetry contest.

Pat Hale, winner of the Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize and the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, is the author of two poetry collections. Her work appears in many journals and anthologies, and she serves on the board for the Riverwood Poetry Series. 

Susan Kinsolving—a poet and opera librettist—is the author of four poetry collections, including Dailies & Rushes, a finalist for The National Book Critics Circle Award. She has taught at universities (including UConn), private schools, and a men’s prison.

Nadia Sims is a spoken word artist and writer dedicated to a message of grace and mental health awareness. Her two poetry collections are A Soft Place to Land and We Know the Dark. She is a Connecticut native and graduate of Princeton University