2021 Connecticut Poetry Award Judge is Rennie McQuilkin
Rennie McQuilkin is the Past Poet Laureate of Connecticut. His work has been published in The Atlantic, Poetry, The American Scholar, The Southern Review, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, and other journals. He is the author of fourteen earlier poetry collections, several of which have won major awards, and has received fellowships from the NEA as well as the State of Connecticut. He co-founded and for years directed the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT, subsequently founding Antrim House Books, which publishes Connecticut, national, and international poetry. In 2003 he received the Connecticut Center for the Book’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2010 the Center awarded him its poetry award under the aegis of the Library of Congress. He and his wife, the artist Sarah McQuilkin, live in Simsbury, Connecticut, where he is the local poet laureate.
Connecticut Poetry Society
CPS Mission Statement
The Connecticut Poetry Society (CPS), an affiliate of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of poetry.
Our mission is to welcome a diverse and inclusive community of poets to share thoughts, ideas and poems with one another through chapter meetings, education, and events. At our core is the idea that we demonstrate the deepest part of our humanity through interacting with each other and sharing experiences through poetry.
CPS publishes Connecticut River Review, a national journal of poetry, and encourages all poets in writing and publishing their poetry. Our group has a long tradition of excellence in publishing the work of poets from Connecticut and around the nation. We currently offer four major contests each year, monthly open microphone events, and educational discussions of poetry through our Poets on Poetry series.
We welcome all poets to join CPS! For more information, browse through our website or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While things have changed so much from what we would call “normal” due to the horrible Corvid 19 virus, many things that are familiar and so integral our lives have not. Poetry whether it is read from books or listened to from recordings or shared in workshops is familiar and comforting to those who are sheltering in their homes. We can find inspiration, solace, entertainment and companionship in our mutual love and sharing of our art form. Several groups, CPS chapters and websites have gotten together using e-meeting software such as Zoom, Google Meet or other form of live or recorded video. It is surprising how well it works and the right technology available for free at the perfect time. For some, anything computer related is beyond the realm of possibility, but it is no more difficult than many of the tasks people do now that we thought out of our learning ability and have since become second nature to us. Visual actions and body language and expressions contain so much more communication then just audio or the words written page. If you or your group of favorite poets have not already tried it, I strongly recommend it, people by nature are social and in its way, this helps fulfil some of that need.