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Poets To Bring Verses To Life In Celebration At Byrd's Books in Bethel

Winning authors and a poet laureate will read works in an afternoon of poetry hosted by owner Alice Hutchinson at Byrd's Books in Bethel Sunday, April 2.
Winning authors and a poet laureate will read works in an afternoon of poetry hosted by owner Alice Hutchinson at Byrd's Books in Bethel Sunday, April 2. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox

BETHEL, Conn. — An award-winning children's book author and poet laureate are in the lineup for an afternoon of poetry Sunday, April 2, at Byrd's Books in Bethel in celebration of National Poetry Month.

The public is invited to hear from Gail Carson Levine, David K. Leff, Lisa Schwartz, Sydney Eddison, Brian Clements, Kateri Kosek and Ben Chase.

Gail Carson Levine wrote "Ella Enchanted," a Newbery Honor Book, as well as "Ever," "Fairest," "Dave at Night" and the six Princess Tales books. "Transient" is her first book of poetry.

David K. Leff is an essayist, poet and former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. His nonfiction book, "The Last Undiscovered Place," was a Connecticut Book Award finalist. His poetry collections are "The Price of Water," "Depth of Field" and "Tinker's Damn."

Lisa Schwartz is the former Poetry editor of The Newtowner Magazine. She was also recently named the Poet Laureate of Newtown.

Sydney Eddison of Newtown has had articles published in Fine Gardening and Horticulture. She is the award-winning author of seven books on gardening, including "Gardening For a Lifetime." She has written two books of poetry.

Brian Clements is the author of "And How to End it, its sequel, "Jargon," and "A Book of Common Rituals." He is a professor of writing, linguistics and creative process at Western Connecticut State University and coordinator of the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing program.

Former and current WestConn MFA students, Kateri Kosek and Ben Chase will also read from their works.

The free poetry reading is at 3 p.m. at the store, 126 Greenwood Ave., Bethel.

There will be refreshments.

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