Norwalk Poet Laureate - Laurel S. Peterson

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Laurel S. Peterson
Laurel S. Peterson is a Professor of English at Norwalk Community College. Her poetry has been published in many small literary journals. She has published two poetry chapbooks, That’s the Way the Music Sounds, from Finishing Line Press (2009) and Talking to the Mirror from The Last Automat Press (2010). She also co-edited a collection of essays on women’s justice titled (Re)Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women’s Experience (2009). Her mystery novel, Shadow Notes, will be released by Barking Rain Press in May 2016, and a full length collection of poetry, “Do You Expect Your Art to Answer You?” will be released by Futurecycle Press in 2017. She is the poet laureate of Norwalk, CT for the 2016 – 2017 year.

News from Laurel: 

Poets in Conversation 2018

Join us this fall for Poets in Conversation at the Norwalk Public Library. Each evening features two poets, who will read from their work and discuss the writing life with the audience. We have an amazing line-up this fall and hope you can join us for all four events! Questions? Contact Laurel Peterson at Hope to see you there. Click here for bios of all the poets.

Thursday, September 6 -  Charles Rafferty and Jonas Zdanys 
Thursday, October 4 - Amy Nawrocki and Brian Clements
Thursday, November 1 - Jean P. Moore and Katherine Flannery Dering 
Thursday, December 6 - Jack Powers and Michele Herman

Each evening will take place from 7:00 - 8:15 pm in the Main Library Reading Room


 I've been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for the following poem:

 Anyone interested in volunteering to help plan events this year should contact me (email Laurel).


This is a question I begin all my Poetry Workshops with at Norwalk Community College, and I thought it might be a good way to get our discussion going this year. Read on....


Thirteen by Laurel Peterson
The Literary Nest Vol 2 Issue 4 Winter 2017

Sculpture, West Avenue, Norwalk, CT by Laurel S. Peterson


Norwalk, CT by Laurel S. Peterson

The Garden Shukkei-En - Poem by Carolyn Forché - Poem Hunter

Prairie Dawn by Willa Cather - A Fourth of July Poem Bus Poems

Blog Posts:

In the Press:

The South Florida Poetry Journal - Interviews - - June 2017

The Sunday Hour - Arts & Life - Pg. C1 & C6 - April 3, 2016
by Frances Carr, Jr., Hour Staff Writer
Photo by Alex von Kleydorff

The Connecticut Post - April 25, 2016
by Christina Hennessy
Photo by Ute-Christin Photography

The Stamford Advocate - June 1, 2016
by Laurel Peterson
Photo by Ute-Christin Photography


Writers Resist YouTube Videos - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3


Poets in Conversation Series 2016 Participants:

Kevin Pilkington (!bio/c1ktj) and Van Hartmann (Van Hartmann is a Professor of English at Manhattanville College, in Purchase, New York. He received his A.B. in History from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina. He has published two books of poetry (Shiva Dancing, Texture Press, 2007, and Riptide, Texture Press, 2016) and a chapbook (Between What Is and What Is Not, The Last Automat Press, 2010). His poetry has been published in numerous literary journals, including Slant, Fourth River, Red Wheelbarrow, and Confluence.)

Shanna T. Melton!biography and Jerry T. Johnson. This evening may appeal to those who prefer spoken word poetry.

Joseph Fasano, who has been nominated for a Pulitzer ; and Alan Walowitz, another Manhattanville connection (Joe teaches there as well). Register Online
David K. Leff and Marianela Medrano Register Online

Sally Blumis-Dunn and Susan Moorhead, She has a chapbook from Finishing Line Press: Register Online

Interesting Poetry Articles:

NIcE festival--Paul--with his mom Cecile Tomaselli

NIcE festival

Kids making the Poet-tree at the Aquarium on Feb. 27, 2017

Kids making the Poet-tree

Pictures from the Artist Market Event on Sept. 15, 2016

Poetry Tonight Sign
Panoramic Image at the Poetry Reading

Poems from the NICE/Poetry Reading:

by Louikenson Paul

I’m a fast, unbreakable lion;
I feel free most when I’m running or lifting something heavy.
I’m yellow cause I feel freedom from everything
 I am strong because it’s somewhere I can feel free, think things really deep.
I just don’t like technology that much;
I am Africa because that is where most lions are.
My family is from Haiti;
I am energetic and I love participating in sports.
I’m a watermelon, juicy and hard on the outside, soft on the inside.
I am Thanksgiving because of family, joy, and feelings.
I’m a bicycle because I’m fast and free as a lion.
The reason I chose a lion was that’s the way my family comes together;
it expresses us and how we think and make decisions.

Louikenson Paul: Louikenson is 13 years old, and a 9th grader at Brien McMahon High School. He grew up in Haiti with his mom. In 2013, Louikenson moved to Norwalk with his father. He enjoys playing football and soccer in his free time.
Louikenson Paul

Hameedo Angawi

Hameedo Angawi
Andrew Zhong, age 10 & Angela Zhou, age 6
Shadow Notes: A Clara Montague Mystery

Other Works:

Shadow Notes: A Clara Montague Mystery

From Amazon:
Clara Montague didn’t want to go home to Connecticut for Christmas. Her mother Constance never seemed to like her—or her intuitive dreams about the people she loved. Clara tried to warn her mother that her father was about to have a heart attack, but Constance wouldn’t listen—and her father died.

Now living in Europe, Clara dreams her mother is in terrible danger, and can’t ignore it. Shortly after she returns, her mother’s therapist (and former lover) Hugh Woodward is murdered—and Constance is jailed for the crime.