CT Poet Laureate – Robert Rennie McQuilkin
“I write to be more in touch with the people, places, and things around me. Writing allows me to be more alert, more humane, more involved in the great adventure of life.”
Poet – Rich Gruber
“I write poetry to build a community of love, and to try to express the ineffable, by sharing what is in my heart.”
Poet – Jonathan Gillman
“I started writing about my father, in what turned out to be the last six months of his life, as he declined with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
To begin with, I was just making observations–a dozen or more a day–trying to figure out what was going on: was the same person still inside, and we just couldn’t, or didn’t know how to, access or communicate with him; or had he fundamentally changed in some way so that he was no longer the person he had been.
The event that made all this come together is chronicled in the poem I will be reading, “My Father, Humming, II”. When he hummed along with me as I played his piano–very much the wrong way–not only did we make a deep, non-verbal connection we had never made before, but it clearly indicated that the same person was still there, inside, and was still capable of making art, no matter how declined he appeared to be.”
Singer/Songwriter – Michael Blanchard
Doreen Breen – Artist
Doree is a textile artist and the designer & owner of Soul Threads where she creates one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces using recycled, repurposed and natural fabrics. She has sewn, knitted and embroidered since she was a child in Scotland and over the last ten years has studied painting (with dyes) on silk, discharge, Shibori dyeing, free form crochet and most recently weaving.
Doreen’s passion for the colors and textures in textiles came from her upbringing in Edinburgh, a cultural city frequented by visitors from all over the world, as well as the beautiful knits and tartans Scotland is famous for.
Her reason for working in textile art is best said in philosophy of Soul Threads: Explore, create and inspire the threads of one’s soul to be woven into cloth that can be seen in the outer world.
Rosemari Roast – Artist
Jeanine Molnar – Artist