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Join us at Henry Park Pavilion for an outdoor, socially distanced poetry reading!

Due to Covid restrictions, attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs and their own refreshments.

Margaret Gibson, CT State Poet Laureate, is focusing her tenure on poetry about the environment. She is the author of 12 collections of poems, most recently Not Hearing the Wood Thrush and Broken Cup. Her many honors include the Connecticut Book Award, the Melvin Kane Award and the Lamont Selection. She is a native of Virginia and current resident of Preston, CT. For more information, please visit www.margaretgibsonpoetry.com.*

David K. Leff is an award-winning author of eleven books: six nonfiction, three poetry, and two novels in verse. The Breach won a silver medal for Best Northeast Regional Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), and was a finalist for the Spirit of Connecticut Award. Canton’s Poet Laureate, he is also Deputy Town Historian and Town Meeting Moderator, a photographer, and a retired volunteer firefighter having served 26 years. For more information about him and his work, please visit https://davidkleff.typepad.com.

Vernon Poet Laureate Pegi Deitz Shea is a two-time winner of the CT Book Award, and author of hundreds of articles, essays, fiction, poems and books for both adults and children. She has received awards from organizations including The International Reading Association, American Library Association, and Junior Library Guild. A creative writing teacher at UCONN and for the Institute of Children’s Literature, she founded and directs Vernon’s Poetry Rocks reading series, now in its fifth year. www.pegideitzshea.com. For more info or to sign up for the limited Open Microphone, please email Pegi at pegideitzshea@aol.com

*Green Poetry Cafés is a state-wide initiative begun by Margaret Gibson. Vernon’s event will be the local launch of the new book she edited, Waking Up to the Earth: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Climate Crisis. It will be for sale at the reading!

Poetry Rocks events are sponsored by Rockville Public Library, Arts Center East, Vernon Arts Commission. The Green Poetry Café is sponsored by a grant from the American Academy of Poets.

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