All CT Poets Laureate

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  • Beck, Christine

    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 [...]

  • Eber, Katie

    Poet Laureate – Wallingford Katie Eber is a graduate of Fairfield University’s MFA program and Roanoke College. Her work has appeared in Hobo Pancakes, MadHat Lit, Quail Bell Magazine, Spry Literary Journal, Sum Journal, DASH, White Stag, and Garbanzo Literary Journal. Her poem “Ding Darling” was a finalist for the Read more [...]

  • Huguenin, Jade C.

    Jade C. Huguenin was born on a U.S. Navy base and spent her life traversing America as a “navy brat.” She is an author, community organizer, youth mentor, and sheltie aficionado as well as a direct descendant of several New England and Acadian founders, including Filles a Marier and Filles Read more [...]

  • Knowles, Frederick-Douglass II

    Frederick-Douglass Knowles II is a poet, educator and activist involved in community education. He is the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Hartford. His collection of poetry, BlackRoseCity was featured at the 2018 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP). His works have been featured in the Connecticut River Read more [...]

  • Margolis, Charlie

    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 [...]

  • McQuilkin, Rennie

    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 [...]

  • O’Brien, Patricia Horn

    Pat is a graduate of Columbia School of Social Work and has worked and volunteered as a social worker throughout her adult life. She’s a long time member of the Guilford Poets Guild and in 2012 co-founded a local poetry group, CT River Poets which now boasts 15 accomplished and productive Read more [...]

  • Paul, Julia

    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 [...]

  • Prasad, Chandra

    Chandra Prasad’s first young adult novel is entitled Damselfly (publisher: Scholastic).  School Library Journal calls its “A compelling modern-day adventure” and the  Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books says it is a “fast-paced, heart-stopping tale.” The author previously wrote novels for adults, including On Borrowed Wings, a historical drama Read more [...]

  • Scrimgeour, James R.

    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 [...]

  • Sergio, Alexandrina

    Poet Laureate – Glastonbury Alexandrina Sergio is currently serving as Poet Laureate of Glastonbury, Connecticut, where she edits a monthly poetry column in the town newspaper and presents events featuring local poets and musicians.  She is author of two poetry collections, My Daughter Is Drummer in the Rock ’n Roll Read more [...]

  • Verstandig, Davyne

    Poet Laureate – Washington 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 Read more [...]

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