Congratulations to Antoinette Brim-Bell! Antoinette Brim-Bell of West Haven is Connecticut’s 8th State Poet Laureate. Antoinette Brim-Bell is a poet, printmaker, and author of These Women You Gave Me, Icarus in Love, and Psalm of the Sunflower and her work has been featured in various journals and magazines. She has received recognition as a Cave Canem Foundation fellow, a recipient of the Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies including Villanelles, Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, Critical Insights: Alice Walker, 44 on 44: Forty-four African American Writers on the 44th President of the United States, and the Whiskey of our Discontent: an anthology of essays commemorating Ms. Gwendolyn Brooks, winner of the 2017 Central New York Book Award for nonfiction. In addition to her literary accomplishments, Antoinette hosted a series of Black History Month television programs for the OneWorld Progressive Institute and is a former guest host of Patrick Oliver’s Literary Nation Talk Radio (KABF 88.3, Little Rock) for which she interviewed a variety of entertainers, literary figures, political pundits and community developers. Antoinette is a Professor of English at Capital Community College. The Witness Stone project of Old Lyme has galvanized her interest in collaboration and her greatest aspiration is for connections and collaborations between poets across the state, for diverse populations to come together to share their poetic stories, and for poets, visual artists, musicians, and stage performers to engage in poetic expression. As part of the review and selection process, panelists acknowledged the strength and diverse content and style of Antoinette’s poetry and her inclusive vision for the State of CT Poet Laureate position. The panel of reviewers included Michael Collier, Octavio Quintanilla, Kimolee Eryn, and Alison Meyers. Learn more on the Connecticut Poet Laureate webpage or at https://www.antoinettebrim.com/
CPS Mission Statement
The Connecticut Poetry Society (CPS), an affiliate of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of poetry.
Our mission is to welcome a diverse and inclusive community of poets to share thoughts, ideas and poems with one another through chapter meetings, education, and events. At our core is the idea that we demonstrate the deepest part of our humanity through interacting with each other and sharing experiences through poetry.
CPS publishes Connecticut River Review, a national journal of poetry, and encourages all poets in writing and publishing their poetry. Our group has a long tradition of excellence in publishing the work of poets from Connecticut and around the nation. We currently offer four major contests each year, monthly open microphone events, and educational discussions of poetry through our Poets on Poetry series.
We welcome all poets to join CPS! For more information, browse through our website or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, August 27, CPS members attended a picnic hosted by Vivian Shipley and Ed Harris at their beautiful waterside home in East Haven. Everyone who attended picked up their copy of the hot off the press Connecticut River Review and could participate in the Open Mic. A brief business meeting saw the bylaws adopted.
On Saturday, July 23 participants in the monthly President's workshop which is held via Zoom, met in person to socialize and have a brief poetry writing workshop. All members enjoyed the event which was held at Morgan Point, East Haven, which served as an inspiring backdrop for writing poetry.
Spring Fling Event A Big Success
On Sunday, June 5, CPS members met in person in Glastonbury at the Riverfront Community Center . A very large turnout enjoyed presentations, food, open microphone meeting and socializing in the beautiful venue . View photos click here.
CPS/NEBT Collaboration Winner
In October Connecticut Poetry Society collaborated with New England Ballet Theatre on NEBT’s first production of their 2021/2022 season, “The Myth and Madness of Edgar Allen Poe,” based on Poe’s poem “The Raven.” CPS members were invited to submit poems inspired by Poe/Poe themes to be judged by NEBT’s Artistic Director Christopher Fleming. The winning poem, “The Mysterious and Unfortunate Incident at the Grave of Eliza Barrow,” was written by CPS member Ed Lent. Ed read his poem at the October 30 performance of the ballet.
CPS Member Ed Lent, a “poet for people who think they don’t like poetry,” publishes under the pen name Ezra Lovecroft. In 2020 he won the CT Arts Hero Award from the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut. He published his first collection of poems, As Above, So Below, in 2018.
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 fulfill some of that need.