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Saturday, May 6 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
A Rising Role: Connecticut Poets Laureate

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Connecticut is comprised of some 170 towns, 20 of which now have appointed local writers as poets laureate. The number of local laureates has doubled in the last year, and with that rise the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate was created. This session will provide insight into the role of the poet laureate, the process of creating a poet laureate position in a municipality, and the role and exciting activities of both the Coalition and the poets laureate in their local communities as they spread a thousand points of poetry throughout the state. It will include readings from the Coalition's recently published book, Laureates of Connecticut: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. This session is for poets, writers, artists, municipal administrators and active citizens interested in the confluence of the civic and the creative, the community and the arts.

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Christine Beck

Christine Beck holds an MFA from Southern Connecticut State University and teaches creative writing at local universities. Her works include Blinding Light, Stirred, Not Shaken, and Beneath the Steps:Writing for Recovery.  Her blog is beneaththe steps.blogspot.com
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Julia Paul

Pres., Board of Directors, Riverwood Poetry Series, Inc
Julia Paul is president of Riverwood Poetry Series, a longstanding reading series in Hartford, CT, and an elder law attorney. Her chapbook, Staring Down the Tracks, was published by The Poetry Box (2020), and her book, Shook, by Grayson Books (2018). Her poetry appears in numerous... Read More →
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James Scrimgeour

Dr. James R. Scrimgeour is a Professor Emeritus at Western Connecticut State University who has been writing a poem per week since 1993. He has published nine books of poetry and over 200 poems in anthologies and periodicals and has given over 150 public readings of his work. He has... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Connect PEM Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970