One of the most engaging American poets writing today is Naomi Shihab Nye. She lives and works in Texas and is one of the leading poets of the Southwest. Her father was a Palestinian refugee and her mother was an American of European descent. The overlap of cultures she experienced growing up influences her poetry. In her poems, similarities and differences are acknowledged, but the search is always for connection. Join us as on Saturday, October 17th at 10 AM as we read and discuss some of her poems. https://zoom.us/join/ Meeting ID: 989 0159 5751 Passcode: 249895
Moderator Bio: Ginny Lowe Connors is the author of several poetry collections, including Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village. Her chapbook, Under the Porch, won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize and she has earned numerous awards for individual poems. As publisher of her own press, Grayson Books, Connors has also edited a number of poetry anthologies, including Forgotten Women: A Tribute in Poetry. She is co-editor of Connecticut River Review.
Connecticut Poetry Society
Mission Statement The Connecticut Poetry Society (CPS), an affiliate of the National Federation of Poetry Societies (NFSPS), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of poetry. Our group has a long tradition of excellence in publishing the work of poets from Connecticut and around the nation. Connecticut Poetry Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of poetry. Our mission is to encourage a community devoted to poetry through chapter meetings, education and events. The Society also publishes a national journal of poetry and encourages members in writing and publishing their poetry. Browse through our site to get information about CPS or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the days of Zoom poetry
While things have changed so much from what we would call “normal” due to the horrible Corvid 19 virus, many things that are familiar and so integral our lives have not. Poetry whether it is read from books or listened to from recordings or shared in workshops is familiar and comforting to those who are sheltering in their homes. We can find inspiration, solace, entertainment and companionship in our mutual love and sharing of our art form. Several groups, CPS chapters and websites have gotten together using e-meeting software such as Zoom, Google Meet or other form of live or recorded video. It is surprising how well it works and the right technology available for free at the perfect time. For some, anything computer related is beyond the realm of possibility, but it is no more difficult than many of the tasks people do now that we thought out of our learning ability and have since become second nature to us. Visual actions and body language and expressions contain so much more communication then just audio or the words written page. If you or your group of favorite poets have not already tried it, I strongly recommend it, people by nature are social and in its way, this helps fulfil some of that need.
Holiday Celebration- December 14th at RAW (Real Art Ways) 56 Arbor Street Hartford
Connecticut River Review Poetry Contest Submissions Open Aug 1 to Sept 30th
The Connecticut Poetry Society (CPS) devotes its 2020 Connecticut River Review Contest to the natural world. Call it wild, wilderness, environment, the place of the soul. We want great, ecological, and ecocritical poems of praise, complication, outrage and concern that move us, enlighten us, provoke us. Submit up to three poems on a single document. Do not put your name or contact information on the poems; that information goes on submission form only. Previously unpublished, 80-line limit for each poem. The contest judge is Connecticut Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson. Prizes: 1st $400, 2nd $100, 3rd $50. Winning poems published in Connecticut River Review and posted on CPS website. Submissions Submittable Only https://connecticutriverreview.submittable.com/submit
Connecticut River Review 2020
The 2020 edition of Connecticut River Review is available now. Copies have been mailed to contributors and CPS members who are up to date on their dues.
You can order copies at our Publications Page Special thanks to Editors Ginny Lowe Connors and Debbie Gilbert, as well as Cindy Stewart for Design, Stephanie LeBlanc for the cover photo and Mark Sheridan for distribution.
The poetry of Michael Lepore: Telling the stories of those who served
Michael Lepore has been featured in a recent edition of the Hartford Courant. Michael Lepore came of age during the Vietnam War. Although he never went to Vietnam, he served in the U.S. Naval Dental Corps attached to the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He had just graduated from dental school. At Camp Lejeune his patients were young marine recruits who were soon to be shipped off to Vietnam. He also saw those who had just returned, including some of his high school buddies. He witnessed various ways that the war changed the young people.