Your Words, Her Poem! Julie Choffel Reads Poem Using Words Submitted By Public

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  • Over the summer, patrons of West Hartford Libraries submitted 247 unique words that Poet Laureate Julie Choffel will use to write a poem. Julie will unveil the poem on Sept. 25 at Noah Webster Library — and attendees will get a chance to write their own “collage poem” using the submitted words.

    Beginning in July, patrons have scribbled down words and dropped them into boxes at our three locations: Noah Webster Library, Bishops Corner and Faxon. From “adventure” to “zygote,” library patrons submitted an “extraordinary” amount of “mellifluous” words (and yes, those were all submitted!).

    Julie’s poem — and poems created by attendees — will be on display in the Noah Webster Library until Oct. 4 when Billy Collins reads at the West Hartford Town Hall.

    This program is a fun, no pressure poetry challenge for all ages. The event is part of a series of West Hartford READS! events hosted by the West Hartford Libraries between June and Billy Collins reading on Oct. 4. For more information on all the West Hartford READS! programs, go to

    JULIE CHOFFEL teaches creative writing at the University of Connecticut. She was named the sixth poet laureate of West Hartford in July 2017. She is the author of a poetry collection The Hello Delay (2012) and chapbook Figures in a Surplus (2011). Her poems have appeared in a number of magazines and journals including Art New EnglandDenver QuarterlyIndiana QuarterlyFairy Tale ReviewVerseWild EarthAmerican Letters and CommentaryLungfull! and Make/Shift.

  • Address: 20 S Main St
    West Hartford
    United States
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