Minor Memorial Library is pleased to host an afternoon of exceptional poetry and music.
This FREE event will feature a quintet of award-winning poets: Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, George Guida, Adam Hughes, John Paul O’Connor, and John Surowiecki as well as music by singer/songwriter Rick Drost.
Cynthia Brackett-Vincent is a Pushcart Prize nominee who has published/edited The Aurorean poetry journal since 1995. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in the United States and abroad. Her most recent co-edited book is Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (named “One of 100 Best Books for Writers” by Poets & Writers), and her most recent book of poetry is Questions About Home. Cynthia offers poetry workshops in a variety of settings. She received a Norton Island residency in poetry in 2016.
George Guida is the author of seven books, three of which – Pugilistic (WordTech Editions), his third collection of poems; The Sleeping Gulf (Bordighera Press), his fourth collection of poems; and Spectacles of Themselves: Essays in Italian American Literature and Popular Culture (Bordighera Press), his second collection of critical essays – were published in 2015. His poetry, fiction and essays appear in numerous journals and anthologies. He teaches writing and literature at New York City College of Technology, and co-edits 2 Bridges Review.
Adam Hughes is the author of four full-length poetry collections, most recently Allow the Stars to Catch Me When I Rise (Salmon Poetry, 2017) and Deep Cries Out to Deep (Aldrich Press, 2017).
John Paul O’Connor’s work has been published in dozens of literary magazines, including Indiana Review, Cold Mountain, Rattle, Sycamore Review, St. Ann’s Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature, and Baltimore Review. He has won the Associated Writer’s Program’s Prague Prize and his poetry has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. His collection of poems, Half the Truth (Snake Nation Press), won the Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry in 2015.
John Surowiecki received his BA in English from UConn and his MA in 1976. He has worked as a journalist, copywriter, and teacher; I’ve been a freelance writer since 1995. His honors and awards include the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel (2017); Encircle Publications Chapbook Contest (2015); a finalist for the Mississippi Review Prize (2010); the Pegasus Award for Verse Drama from Poetry Foundation (2007); and the Pablo Neruda Award from Nimrod International Journal (2006).
Rick Drost – a singer/songwriter from Cambridge, MA – has been writing songs since the late 1960s. His first solo album of songs, Turning the World, was released in June 2017.
Voices of Poetry was founded by poet and poetry activist Neil Silberblatt. Since 2012, VOP has presented a series of poetry events – featuring distinguished poets and writers – at venues throughout CT, NY and MA, including Hartford Public Library; Ridgefield Library; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; and The New Britain Museum of American Art.