All Poetry

  • Amy Nawrocki

    Amy Nawrocki is the poetry editor for The Wayfarer and the author of five poetry collections, including Four Blue Eggs and Reconnaissance, released by Homebound Publications. Her work has appeared in many print and online publications including Fox Adoption Magazine, New Millennium Writings, The Battered Suitcase, Coastal Connecticut Magazine, Phi read more

  • Brian Clements

    Brian Clements is the author of several collections of poems, most recently A Book of Common Rituals (Quale Press, 2014). He is Professor of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process at Western Connecticut State University, where he coordinates the Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing. He was founding read more

  • Charles Rafferty

    Charles Rafferty has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. His eleventh book of poetry is Diminution (Paper Nautilus Press). His collection of short fiction, Saturday Night at Magellan’s, was published by Fomite Press. His collection of prose poems — read more

  • Charlie Margolis

    Poet Laureate – South Windsor Charlie Margolis is a retired art teacher. He is Poet Laureate of South Windsor, CT and a member of the CT Coalition of Poets Laureate (ctpoetlaureates.com). Mr. Margolis is author of the poetry book, Class Dismissed, A Teacher Says Goodbye. Charles is an interview and read more

  • Cheryl Della Pelle

    Cheryl Della Pelle is an educator, meditation instructor and master gardener. She owns and operates a one-woman gardening business, and spends as much time out of doors as possible. No doubt her early years spent on her grandparents’ Pennsylvania farm imprinted her for this current life of design and care read more

  • Christine Beck

    Poet Laureate – West Hartford Christine Beck was named the fifth Poet Laureate of West Hartford in May of 2015. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree from Southern Connecticut State University and is the author of Blinding Light (Grayson Books 2013) and I’m Dating Myself, (Dancing read more

  • David K. Leff

    David K. Leff is an essayist, pushcart nominated poet and former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. His work focuses on the surprisingly intimate relationship of people to their built and natural environments. His nonfiction book, The Last Undiscovered Place (University of Virginia Press, 2004) was a read more

  • Davyne Verstandig

    Davyne Verstandig is a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at The University of Connecticut.  Her books include two books of poetry, Pieces of the Whole and Provisions. Her work also appears in the anthologies Sex and Sexuality in a Feminist World; Songs of the Marrow Bone; and Where Beach read more

  • Donna Marie Merritt

    Donna Marie Merritt is the author of five poetry books, most recently We Walk Together (2015, Beech Hill Publishing Company) and Her House and Other Poems (2013, Stairwell Books). She is also the author of the Poetry for Tough Times series: What’s Wrong with Ordinary? Poems to Celebrate Life (2012), read more

  • Ginny Lowe Connors

    Ginny Lowe Connors is the author of three poetry collections: The Unparalleled Beauty of a Crooked Line, Barbarians in the Kitchen, and most recently, Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village. Her chapbook, Under the Porch, won the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. In addition, she has edited several poetry read more

  • Glenn Shea

    Glenn Shea’s first collection of poetry, FIND A PLACE THAT COULD PASS FOR HOME, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2010. Born and educated in Connecticut, he has read his work in local libraries and shops and venues in Paris, Dublin and Verona. He works with a group of illuminati read more

  • Hugo DeSarro

    Poet Laureate – East Hampton Hugo DeSarro was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1919.  He grew up in a time when horse drawn carts were a common sight in the city, when the ragman went door to door, and medicine primarily came in the form of camphor on a string, iodine, flaxseed or read more

  • James R. Scrimgeour

    Poet Laureate – New Milford Dr. James R. Scrimgeour received his BA from Clark University, his MA and PhD from UMass, Amherst and is Professor Emeritus at Western Connecticut State University. He has published nine books of poetry and over 220 poems in anthologies and periodicals. He has been nominated read more

  • Jean P. Moore

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    Award-winning author, Jean P. Moore, is a novelist, poet, and non-fiction writer. Her novel, Water on the Moon, was published June 2014 and was the winner of the 2015 Independent Publishers Book Award for contemporary fiction. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and literary journals such as up street, SN read more

  • Jeff Mock

    Jeff Mock is the author of Ruthless (Three Candles Press, 2010). His poems appear in The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, New England Review, The North American Review, Shenandoah, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA program at Southern Connecticut State read more

  • Jonathan Andersen

    Jonathan Andersen is the author of a book of poems, Stomp and Sing (Curbstone/ Northwestern University Press 2005) and the editor of the anthology Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U. S. A. (Smokestack Books-UK 2008). His poems and reviews have appeared in The Cafe Review, Connecticut Review, read more

  • Julia Paul

    Poet Laureate – Manchester Julia Paul serves on the boards of Riverwood Poetry Series, the Connecticut Poetry Society, and Young @ Art. In 2014, she was named Manchester’s first Poet Laureate. She is a founding member of the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate. In addition to publication in numerous journals read more

  • Margot Schilpp

    Margot Schilpp is the author of three volumes of poetry: Civil Twilight (2012), Laws of My Nature (2005), and The World’s Last Night (2001), all from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her poems have appeared widely in literary magazines, and she has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and read more

  • Marilyn E. Johnston

    Born and raised in Greater Hartford and educated at the University of Connecticut (BA) and at Trinity College (MA) in Connecticut, Marilyn Johnston is the author of two full collections of poetry, Silk Fist Songs (Antrim House) and Weight of the Angel (Antrim House) as well as a chapbook, Against read more

  • Rennie McQuilkin

    Poet Laureate – Connecticut Rennie McQuilkin is Poet Laureate of Connecticut. He has taught English and Creative Writing at secondary schools including Phillips Academy (Andover), The Loomis-Chaffee School, and Miss Porter’s School. In 1992 he co-founded the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, which he directed for nine years at Hill-Stead Museum read more

  • Susan Allison

    Susan Allison is the first Poet Laureate of Middletown, CT. Born in Derby, CT and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, she returned to Wesleyan University to earn a BA in African Studies in 1985 after mountain climbing and traveling through East Africa. Shortly after graduation, she opened an old and rare read more