Celebrate National Poetry Month With Us

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Join us for this special evening on Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate National Poetry Month, when New Canaan poet Gwen North Reiss will serve as the program's moderater, read some of her own work and  introduce other participating poets.

Poets reading include Gwen, Dr. David Brown, Mary Anne Case, Elizabeth Thurber Massey, Mimi Haik, Suzie Wall, Martzi Eidelberg, and New Canaan High School students. The reading will be followed by a reception and conversation.

Suzie Wall will also read poems by Wislawa Szymborska.  Martzi will read a poem called "The Child" by Ingrid Jonker in both English and in Afrikaans.  It was a poem that was read by Nelson Mandela.  Martzi, who is from South Africa, will say a few words about it. Martzi, Mimi, Suzie, Mary Anne, and Liz Massey are all from the St. Mark's Poetry Group. Dr. Brown represents writers at New Canaan Inn. 

Gwen North Reiss is a freelance writer and poet who lives in New Canaan. A graduate of Yale College, she has published poems in the Connecticut Review, the Atlanta Review, Fairfield University’s Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose, and the 92nd Street Y’s online literary magazine, Podium.  She has new work appearing this spring in Rhino, a literary annual based in Evanston, Illinois.  Her poem “Illuminated” won the 92nd Street Y’s Rachel Wetzsteon Prize in 2012.  Her poetry manuscript-in-progress was a finalist for the Larry Levis Prize at Four Way Books in 2013.

Gwen directs the Poetry Group at St. Marks's. She also works part-time for the Glass House as a guide and occasional blogger, and served as moderator for the 2013 Conversations in Context program.  Her interviews for the Glass House oral history program have won awards from the Connecticut Press Club.  

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