New Treasurer - Michael Lepore Steps Down
Our long time Treasurer Michael J. Lepore is stepping down from that position which he has served with distinction for years. Under Michael’s administration our membership has grown and our financial position improved considerably. Michael on his own initiative has found sponsors for all our contests which has made our budget no longer dependent on the ups and downs of our annual contest entry fees to cover costs. Michael has generously sponsored a contest himself for several years and made his beautiful home the Cardinal Inn available for our board meetings, and for workshops. Our organization and particularly our executive board will greatly miss him.
Michael is a retired orthodontist and with his wife Nancy owns and operates A Cardinal House bed and breakfast in Glastonbury, CT. Dr. Lepore is the author of Forgotten Heroes: Poems for and about Veterans of the Vietnam War, Vietnam Voices: Echoes of the Vietnam Experience, and the award-winning Moral Injury: A Vietnam War Journey of Moral and Spiritual Confusion, all published by Grayson Books. Upon graduation from the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Lepore received a commission in the U. S Navy Dental Corps and served his active duty attached to Headquarters, 2nd Marine Division at Camp LeJeune, NC. He is Treasurer of the local Veterans' Service Commission and Paymaster of the Peter P. Monaco Jr. Detachment of the Marine Corps League where, through his poetry, he helps to raise funds for the Marines Helping Marines, Wounded Marine Program, for the combat troops returning from the Iraqi and Afghanistan conflicts.
Mark Sheridan has taken over as our treasurer and is settling into that position. Many of our members know Mark from his many outstanding presentations as part of our POP (Poets on Poetry) series at the Hartford Public Library, the Southington Library, and other Connecticut Poetry Society events.
Mark spent twenty-five years as a Managing Director with JPMorgan & Co, living and working as an investment banker on four continents. He then earned a PhD in Modern History & Literature from Drew University. He taught at-risk inner-city high school students in Newark and Elizabeth, NJ for five years; and has dedicated himself full-time to studying and writing poetry for the last five years.
We are sorry to report that one of our great poets and former Connecticut Poet Laureate Dick Allen has passed away.Dick was a lifetime member of the Connecticut Poetry Society.
CRR Nominations for Pushcart Prize
Connecticut River Review has nominated the following poems for the 2017 Pushcart Prize (from the 2016 issue).
Daddy’s War by Esther Whitman Johnson
Triptych by Antonia Lewandowski
Sepia Girl by Sarah E. Page
Mirage by Rex Moon
Do Not Disturb by Peter Ludwin
Timescape: The Age of Oz by Joanna Sit
The Pushcart Prize was named among the most influential projects in the history of American publishing by Publishers Weekly. “A truly remarkable collection of the finest small press poems, essays and short stories.” –Booklist
Connecticut River Review 2016