* Poetry: An Afternoon of Laureates
River Bend is honored to present An Afternoon of Laureates, "The Many Faces of Love" on Sunday, February 16, 4:30-6:00pm.
Produced by Dr. Michael Lepore, Glastonbury Poet Laureate, we will be joined by current and former Laureates reading poems dedicated to love, in all its wonderous forms.
This free event is open to all, and qualifies for our new River Bend Event Points program. Light refreshments will be served, and a book signing will take place after the reading.
About the Poet Laureates:
Alexandrina Sergio is author of three poetry collections: My Daughter is Drummer in the Rock ’n Roll Band, That’s How The Light Gets In, and Old Is Not A Four Letter Word, all published by Antrim House. Her work has received national and state awards and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. While Sandy’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, she thinks poetry is best experienced out loud. Her work has been performed multiple times by a professional stage company and she herself frequently performs her poetry, often accompanied by her husband, pianist David Sergio. She served from 2015-2018 as the first Poet Laureate of Glastonbury,CT.
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. Connors has also edited several poetry anthologies. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Founders Award, top prize in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, first prize in Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition, and recently top prize in the Flash Ekphrastic Artist for Artists Project, as well as other awards. Connors has an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is on the executive boards of the Connecticut Poetry Society and of the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate. During her tenure as the Poet Laureate of West Hartford, from 2013-2015, she initiated the Poetry in the Parks program, combining poetry, nature, and art.
Pegi Deitz Shea teaches at the Institute of Children’s Literature and the University of Connecticut and has presented at more than 350 schools, libraries, and conferences across the United States. She is the author of The Carpet Boy’s Gift, Patience Wright, Tangled Threads, Ten Mice for Tet, and The Whispering Cloth, which have been made Notables by organizations including the International Reading Association, National Council for the Social Studies, and the New York Public Library. Pegi is Poet Laureate of Vernon, CT.
Michael Lepore is Poet Laureate of Glastonbury, CT. He lives with his wife, Nancy, in Glastonbury, Connecticut. They converted their 1850 Georgian Revival home into a bed and breakfast inn, A Cardinal House, where they specialize in small weddings, elopements and afternoon Victorian High Teas. Dr. Lepore is the author of Forgotten Heroes: Poems for and about Veterans of the Vietnam War, Vietnam Voices: Echoes of the Vietnam Experience, and Moral Injury: A Vietnam War Journey of Moral and Spiritual Confusion, all published by Grayson Books.
Dr. Michael Lepore is Glastonbury Poet Laureate, and a friend of River Bend Bookshop. His latest collection, My Inner Eye, is a beautiful exploration of the seasons of life. -- Meghan