Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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Alice and Steve
Byrds Books

Poetry Read by Poets!

Join us for a chance to hear poetry read by the poets who wrote them! Amy Nawrocki, David Leff and Jonathan Andersen will read their poetry. What could be more calming, refreshing and inspiring than to hear a little poetry on a summer night?

We wish we could hear poetry in person... but we are going to try this by zoom. It keeps us all safe and relaxed. So, grab your favorite beverage and enjoy. If you would like one of their books we have them in the store.

When you register below you will receive the link to the zoom event.

About Amy Nawrocky: 

Amy Nawrocki is a Connecticut native, raised in Newtown and now living in Hamden. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas. She has received numerous honors for her poetry, including awards from the Litchfield Review Poetry Contest, the Codhill Chapbook Competition, The Loft Anthology, Phi Kappa Phi, New Millennium Writings, and the Connecticut Poetry SocietyShe is the 

author of five poetry collections: Potato Eaters, Nomad's End, Lune de Miel, Four Blue Eggs and Reconnaissance. With her husband, Eric D. Lehman, she wrote A History of Connecticut Wine, A History of Connecticut Food and Literary Connecticut. She teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Bridgeport and is mother to two cats, Maple and Django.


About David K. Leff: 

David K. Leff is an essayist, Pushcart Prize nominated poet, and former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. He is the author of six nonfiction books, three volumes of poetry, and a novel in verse. He has served on the boards of the Riverwood Poetry Series, Connecticut Forest and Park Association, the Connecticut Maple Syrup Producers Association and Audubon Connecticut. He has taught nature poetry at the famed Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts and elsewhere. David has been a contest judge for the Connecticut Poetry Society and given poetry readings at venues throughout the state. He has lectured on environmental and historical topics, the craft of writing, and other subjects on college campuses, at conferences, for annual meetings and at other events. David is the town meeting moderator and town historian in his hometown of Canton, Connecticut where he has also served 26 years as a volunteer firefighter and in other civic activities.

About Jonathan Andersen: 

Jonathan Andersen's other books include The Burden Note (Meridian Prize, 2014), an English/Serbo- Croatian chapbook, and Stomp and Sing (Curbstone Press/Northwestern University Press, 2005). He is the editor of the anthology Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U.S.A. (Smokestack Books, 2008). For twelve years he was a high school English and special education teacher, and since 2008 he has been a professor of English at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson and Willimantic, Connecticut. He and his wife, fellow writer and educator Denise Abercrombie, live in Storrs, Connecticut with their two sons, Kit and Miles.

NOTE: Bethel's Poet Laureate, Cortney Davis has a new book of poetry out! Although she could not join us for this night, we do have her book. Please find it on the registration page- we have them at the store.