Leading poets and scholars to hold poetry reading

writerEnjoy rhythm and rhyme on March 21 from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at a poetry event to be held at Congregation Adath Israel. Leading poets and scholars from surrounding universities will gather for an inspirational evening of poetry. Refreshments will be served including wine, cheese and crackers.

A Sabbath service will precede the poetry reading from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The community is welcome to attend both events.

“Poetry has a way of cutting through the chase and getting to the deeper core of human consciousness,” said Rabbi Shaul Praver, spiritual leader of the congregation. “We are very fortunate to have these poets, many of whom I’ve had the great pleasure hearing read at Westcon last summer.”

The poetry reading will include James R. Scrimgeour, Professor Emeritus at Western Connecticut State University. He has published nine books of poetry and more than 220 poems in anthologies and periodicals. He served as editor of Connecticut Review from September 1992 through September 1995. Furthermore, he has published a critical biography of Sean O’Casey, along with numerous reviews and articles on poetry and drama.

Another reader, Carol Ann Davis, is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry; her poetry collections are Psalm (2007) and Atlas Hour (2011). After editing the respected literary journal Crazyhorse for more than a decade and directing the undergraduate program in creative writing at the College of Charleston for a number of years, she joined the faculty of Fairfield University in 2012 and began teaching in their MFA Program.

Jeff Schlicht, a part-time poet and full-time professor in Western Connecticut State University’s department of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences will also present. One of the first poems he wrote was to the son of an archeologist doing a summer dig on St. Croix near his home. Schlicht compared their new friendship to the spectrum of a rainbow. He still views life through a multi-faceted lens.

Brian Clements, the author of several collections of poetry, professor and coordinator of the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University, and a member of Congregation Adath Israel, will also participate in the reading.

The event is free and the entire community is encouraged to attend. For more information email office@congadathisrael.org or call 203-426-5188.

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