The evening will begin at 6:30pm with an Open Mic and our Guest Poet will share her work from 7-8pm. If you would like to participate in the Open Mic, please email: email@example.com. The format of the evening’s poetry presentation will be virtual.
After 35 years away, Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely returned to Connecticut to pursue what Baron Wormser calls “the poetry life”. She thrives by her association with both The Guilford Poets Guild and The Connecticut River Poets and, with Gray Jacobik, founded an ongoing week-long summer poetry retreat for Frost Place programs alums. She has taught at high school, college and graduate school levels and managed Federal and State training programs. Her first book, Letter from Italy, 1944 (Antrim House) was noted by the Hartford Courant as one of thirteen important books published by Connecticut writers in 2013. It provided the libretto for an oratorio of the same name composed by her sister, Sarah Meneely Kyder. The oratorio was debuted by the GM Chorale with the Yale Symphony Orchestra in 2013 and performed again in 2017 by the Hartford Chorale with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Karyl Evans’ documentary about the making of this oratorio garnered a Regional Emmy Award. Her second book, Simple Absence (Antrim House), was nominated for The National Book Award and placed as a Grand Prize Finalist for the 2021 Next Generation Indie Awards and the 2021 Eric Hoffer Award.