Riverwood Poetry Series
Join us for this in-person reading! An open mic will precede the featured reader—one poem, one page.
Since we are always trying to perfect our open mic, this month we will draw 10 names from all those who sign up by 7 PM.
The series is also updating their contact list!
If you would like to receive email notifications of upcoming events, please leave your name and preferred email address at the book sales table.
The authors’ books will be available to buy for book signing & conversation, and beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks will be available for purchase. Bring a friend! Free of charge. Ample parking available at Real Art Ways.
Daniel Donaghy is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Somerset, which was named co-winner of the 2019 Paterson Poetry Prize. His previous poetry collections are Start With Trouble (University of Arkansas, 2009), winner of the University of Arkansas Poetry Prize and the Paterson Award for Literary Excellence and a Finalist for the Connecticut Book Award and the Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award, and Steetfighting (BkMk Press, 2005), a Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist.
He earned a BA in English from Kutztown University, an MA in English/Creative Writing from Hollins College (now University), an MDA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Cornell University, and a PhD in English from the University of Rochester. Donaghy was awarded the 2022 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize and a 2019 Artist Fellowship by the Connecticut Office of the Arts. He is a professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he edits Here: a poetry journal with his students, and serves as Poet Laureate of Windham, CT. He grew up in the Kensington section of Philedelpha, PA, which has inspired many of his poems.
Frederick-Douglass Knowles II
Frederick-Douglass Knowles II is a professor of English at Connecticut State Community College (Three Rivers Campus). He is a Hartford Poet Laureate Emeritus. Knowles has been the recipient of the Nutmeg Poetry Award and the Connecticut Office of the Arts Fellow in Artistic Excellence for Poetry/Creative Non-Fiction. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of BlackRoseCity.
The Riverwood Poetry Series, Inc. is a non-profit arts organization committed to the promotion and appreciation of poetry in Connecticut. RPS, Inc. is invested in providing entertaining and thought-provoking programming, while responding to the needs of our neighbors through community outreach and collaboration. From their Facebook page: “The Riverwood Poetry Series has innovated many programs since our inception, all of them free to the public. We provide entertaining and thought-provoking poetry in a relaxed atmosphere.”