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Norwalk Public Library Presents New Poets In Conversation Series

A series of conversations with poets are planned at the Norwalk Public Library.
A series of conversations with poets are planned at the Norwalk Public Library. Photo Credit: Google Maps

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Public Library announced its Poets in Conversation Series, which will kick-off with a special event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Artists’ Market, 163 Main St., Norwalk.

Reading and discussing their works at this first program will be Kevin Pilkington and Van Hartmann. Future programs in the series will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month through January in the library’s main auditorium. Books will be available for purchase.

Norwalk’s Poet Laureate, Laurel Peterson, has brought together the following group of published poets for the series:

  • Oct. 6 – Shanna T. Melton, Jerry T. Johnson
  • Nov. 3 – Joseph Fasano, Alan Walowitz
  • Dec. 1 – David K. Leff, Marianela Medrano
  • Jan. 5 – Sally Blumis-Dunn, Susan Moorhead

At the Sept. 15 event, light refreshments will be provided. Pilkington is a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the author of six collections, and his collection "Spare Change" was the La Jolla Poets Press National Book Award winner. His collection "Ready to Eat the Sky" was a finalist for an Independent Publishers Books Award. "In the Eyes of a Dog" was published in September 2009 and won the 2011 New York Book Festival Award. His poems and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines, including: The Harvard Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Boston Review, Yankee, Hayden’s Ferry, Columbia and North American Review.

Hartmann is a professor of English at Manhattanville College. He received his A.B. in history from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina. He has published two books of poetry, "Shiva Dancing," 2007 and "Riptide," in 2016, and a chapbook, "Between What Is and What Is Not" in 2010. His poetry has been published in numerous literary journals, including Slant, Fourth River, Red Wheelbarrow and Confluence.

For more information, please contact Cynde Bloom Lahey at (203) 899-2780, or clahey@norwalkpubliclibrary.org.

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