Poetry Rocks! Black History Month
Connecticut welcomes back Charles Fort, a New Britain native and nationally acclaimed poet, as headliner of Poetry Rocks’ Black History Month tribute.
Charles Fort is the author of six books of poetry and ten chapbooks including: The Town Clock Burning, We Did Not Fear the Father, Darvil, Prose Poems Book 1, Frankenstein was a Negro, Prose Poems Book 2, Mrs. Belladonna’s Supper Club Waltz, Book 3. His first novel is forthcoming: The Last Black Hippie in Connecticut. Fort is a Distinguished Emeritus Professor at the University of Nebraska, and Founder of the Wendy Fort Foundation Theater of Fine Arts.
A recipient of Yaddo and MacDowell Fellowships, he has won The Writer’s Voice Poetry Award, Individual Artist Award in Poetry given by Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the Mary Carolyn Davis Memorial Award, the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, and others. To learn more, please go to https://www.poetcharlesfort.com.
Nzima Sherylle Hutchings is CEO and organizer of the annual Hartford L.I.T. Festival, which draws hundreds of writers and readers eager to learn more about the craft and celebrate noted authors. Herself a published author and poet, she is a Community Advisor for the Greater Hartford Family Advocacy Center, and a 2020 100 Women of Color honoree. She founded and runs the “Literary Wellness” organization, Every Kinda Lady, to teach women how to use expressive writing to overcome challenges and trauma. For more information, please go to https://www.everykindalady.com.
Also reading is Rockville High School poet, Dyamanee Monge. Participating in the Advanced Creative Writing program, she writes short fiction, one-act plays, poetry, and particularly ekphrastics (poems written in response to art). She often writes about contemporary adolescent issues.
To register for the program and receive the Zoom link, please call Rockville Public Library at 860-875-5892.
Poetry Rocks is sponsored by Rockville Public Library, the Vernon Arts Commission, and Arts Center East.