NOTE NEW VENUE: Reception Room, 2nd Floor, Bruyette Athenaeum, University of St. Joseph, 1678 Asylum Ave., W. Hartford CT.
The annual Rose Garden Reading features two Connecticut-based poets, Suzanne Frischkorn and Charles Rafferty.
The Rose Garden Reading is sponsored by the Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens , and is held each year in mid-June in honor of Wallace Stevens’ close connection to Hartford’s Elizabeth Park. Hear the poetry then go to the park to stroll among the roses.
Suzanne Frischkorn is the author of Girl On A Bridge (2010), and Lit Windowpane (2008). In addition she is the author of five chapbooks, most recently American Flamingo (2008). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies – Copper Nickel, Ecotone, Indiana Review, North American Review, Puerto del Sol, Verse Daily, and Conversation Pieces: Poems That Talk to Other Poems, part of the Everyman’s Library Pocket Series (Knopf) among them. Her honors include the Aldrich Poetry Award for her chapbook Spring Tide, selected by Mary Oliver, an Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Writers Center, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. She serves as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Anti--.
Charles Rafferty has received poetry grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. He has published five poetry chapbooks, the most recent of which is Appetites (Clemson Univ. Press), and he has published five full-length collections of poetry, including The Man on the Tower (U. of Arkansas Press), A Less Fabulous Infinity (Louisiana Literature Press), and, most recently, The Unleashable Dog (Steel Toe Books). His collection of flash fiction, Saturday Night at Magellan's, came out with Fomite Press. He has published hundreds of poems, essays, and stories in such places as The New Yorker, Oprah Magazine, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and Massachusetts Review. His poems have also appeared in several anthologies, including American Poetry: The Next Generation, Rhyming Poems: A Contemporary Anthology, and Sonnets: 150 Contemporary Sonnets.