Article & Video clips of Sharmont Little's Inauguration as New Haven's First PL

Ekphrastic Poetry Video

Following an ekphrastic poetry writing workshop at Woodbury Public Library, held by Sandy Carlson with Connecticut Poetry Society members and others, Ed Dzitko produced this video using the poems, our voices, and images of the artwork of acclaimed pastel artist Peter Seltzer, who lives in town.

Marilyn Nelson Reads for TED Institute from her book, Carver

Jan 28, 2020
Poet Marilyn Nelson shares three poems from her collections "Carver: A Life In Poems," recalling the achievements of the iconic scientist George Washington Carver and bringing to life the poetic beauty of his work. Paste this link into your browser.

Nzima's Poetry Cafe

Enfield's new PL Nzima Hutchings has her own monthly TV show that reaches 11 towns in North Central CT. This episode features Pegi Deitz Shea, president of the CT Council of Poets Laureate, discussing how to become a PL, what a PL does, and how the organization supports the state's town PLs. T'Challa Williams performs her dynamic work.

Poetry Peace Reading at the Oliver Wolcott Library, hosted by Jim Kelleher of Goshen

Several CT poets and Poets Laureate read works with themes of peace.

Ryan Parker, Manchester Poet Laureate, Commemorates MLK39 Mural

Ryan Parker performs his poem, "Juneteenth," to commemorate the unveiling of the "Legends of Civil Rights" mural unveiled June 19, 2021, at the Mahoney Center, 110 Center Street, Manchester. The mural, created by Ben Keller, features portraits of Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, and other luminaries. The video features gorgeous aerial footage as Ryan reads his stirring words.

Southbury, Connecticut, Defeats Local Nazis in 1937, by Sandy Carlson

Woodbury Poet Laureate Sandy Carlson reads her poem, backed with archival footage.

Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ridgefield's 27th Annual "The Spirit of MLK" Celebration
When: January 16, 2023
Where: The Ridgefield Playhouse
Hosts: The Town of Ridgefield and Ridgefield Playhouse
Introduction by First Selectman Rudi Marconi
Poem "The Spirit Lives" written and performed by Barb Jennes, Ridgefield Poet Laureate, 2020-2023.

This Old Town Hall, written and performed by David Bibbey, Woodbury Poet Laureate, 2019-2021

Poet David Bibbey tours Woodbury's Old Town Hall, and cites history and features of the architecture and history in lyrical verse.

CT Poets Respond

Alexandrina Sergio

reading her poem “Leaving Bridget”

Davyne Verstandig

Reading “echoes and fragments

Dick Allen

Michael Chief Peterson

Michael Chief Peterson, Poet Laureate of New Britain, performing his poem “Nahla—Muslima in High School”

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Mick Theebs

reading a poem with the mayor:

his poem “Stupid Rocks”

Rennie McQuilkin

on the occasion of his installation as Connecticut Poet Laureate:

introduction to his local tv series “Speaking of Poetry”

Speaking of Poetry Episode 4 guest Katharine Carle

Susan Allison