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An Afternoon with Four CT Poet Laureates


Host, Faith Vicinanza, Southbury Poet Laureate
Sunday, April 2
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

April is National Poetry Month. Join us for an afternoon of words and conversation featuring four Connecticut Poet Laureates. Free event featuring Sandy Carlson of Woodbury, Rick Magee of Bethel, Deborah Rose of New Milford, and Faith Vicinanza of Southbury.

Sandy Lee Carlson lives with her family in Woodbury, where she is poet laureate.  Sandy has published several collections of poetry, and she hosts the literary podcasts Woodbury Writes (in collaboration with Woodbury Public Library) and People and Their Poems. You'll find her work on her website,

Rick Magee,

Rick Magee teaches literature and writing class at Sacred Heart University. He has been published in the American Journal of Poetry, The Madrigal, New Note Poetry, and in An Áitiúil, an anthology of poetry about the Irish landscape. He is the Poet Laureate of Bethel, where he lives with his wife and son.

Deborah Rose is a writer, photographer, poet, and award-winning journalist. A native of New Milford, she is editor, writer, and photographer for the Town of New Milford’s tourism and community website, Deborahwas appointed New Milford Poet Laureate in 2022 and facilitates the New Milford Public Library poetry workshop. She is VP of Public Relations for the Ostomy Foundation in New Milford, vice president of Kent News, Inc., and serves on several town committees.

Faith Vicinanza is the author of four collections of poetry and is currently working on several new collections and a memoir. She has served as a Connecticut Master Teaching Artist, an editor for several literary magazines, and as the founder and executive director of the Connecticut Poetry Festival. In 2003 she was a recipient of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Advocates for the Arts Award. 

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