Poets on Poetry Series
The Connecticut Poetry Society continues its monthly poetry book group discussions this fall and meets on the fourth Saturday of the month at the downtown library from 10:15am-12:15pm. Poets on Poetry is free and open to the public. For further information, visit www.ctpoetry.net.
Sylvia Plath presented by Mark Sheridan
Saturday, October 22, 10:15 am-12:15 pm
Sylvia Plath, a New England-born poet, struggled with depression for much of her brief life, and produced the bulk of her haunting poetry in a manic burst of creativity just before her suicide. Mark Sheridan will lead the discussion of the analysis of Sylvia Plath’s October Poems, including “Fever 103,” “Lady Lazarus,” “Daddy,” and “The Arrival of the Bee Box.” The group will enhance their appreciation of Plath’s unique fusion of the confessional, feminist, and gothic genres.
Mark Sheridan has previously taught at-risk inner-city high school students in New Jersey and has been studying and writing poetry full-time since 2013, after a long career as an international investment banker. He holds a PhD in Modern History & Literature from Drew University.
Gwendolyn Brooks presented by Kate Rushin
Saturday, November 26, 10:15 am-12:15 pm
Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer when she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1950, for her second collection, Annie Allen. Kate Rushin will lead a discussion of Brooks’ poetry, including “We Real Cool”.
Kate Rushin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University, and is the author of The Black Back-Ups, and My Lord, What a Morning, poems in honor of Marian Anderson. Kate serves on The CT Young Writers Trust and the CT Poetry Circuit at Manchester Community College, and has previously run poetry workshops at Hartford Public Library and Poetry Out Loud workshops for the CT Humanities Foundation.