"Two Poet Laureates" -- Barb Jennes and Rhonda Ward. Barb Jennes
: B. Fulton Jennes is the Poet Laureate of Ridgefield, CT. Her poems have or will appear in the Connecticut Literary Anthology
(2021 and 2020 editions), Comstock Review
, Tupelo Quarterly
, Night Heron Barks
, Tar River Poetry
, Stone Canoe
, Vassar Review
, Connecticut River Journal
, Naugatuck River Journal
, and many other journals and anthologies. In 2021, her poem “From the Room of an Unknown Girl” was awarded the Leslie McGrath Prize. Blinded Birds
, a chapbook, will be published in spring of 2022. Rhonda Ward
served as the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of New London from 2017 to 2021. Her poems have appeared in print and online, most recently in Connecticut Woodlands
, Cape Cod Quarterly
, the nature anthology Waking Up to the Earth
(edited by Connecticut Poet Laureate, Margaret Gibson), and online at the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day Project. She co-hosts the annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading now in its fourteenth year.
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